A TAIL AS OLD AS TIME...
Addison Turner has scripted a perfect future for herself, complete with a fairytale ending. She will become the name in doggie fashion design and live happily ever after with the husband of her dreams--and her dachshund, Princess, by her side. Just when her plan is on track and she's gaining recognition at the local dog show, Addison is hit with some Oscar-worthy drama. A group of prize-winning show dogs are stolen from under her nose, and she's stuck asking for help from Felix Vaughn, an infuriatingly hot bartender who is the exact opposite of Prince Charming.
When more dogs go missing--and Felix becomes a suspect--the two team up to clear their names. Although Felix and Addison fight like cats and dogs, there's an undeniable spark between them. And as the trail to the missing dogs heats up, so does their red-hot chemistry. Can Addison be persuaded to throw away her script to find an ending that just might be better than she ever expected?
"A lively romantic mystery...Paws down, one of the funniest books I've read in a long time." — bestselling author Diane Kelly on Must Love Wieners
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Griffin's fun sequel to Must Love Wieners is a screwball contemporary romance with detective filling that fans of cozy mystery might also enjoy. Quirky secondary characters and their dogs contribute to the intimate small-town atmosphere of the San Francisco dog show world. A case of dognapping threatens to destroy the business of canine stylist Addison Turner, catapulting her into amateur investigation and bantering, flirtatious encounters with insightful bartender Felix Vaughn. When Felix also becomes a suspect, the case grows more urgent for both. Addison must juggle attraction to Felix with her considerable fears of financial failure and romantic commitment as they work together to solve the mystery. Past tragedy leaves Addison unwilling to trust in Felix's honest, frequently stated admiration for her; she sees rivals at every turn and struggles to communicate honestly. A high-stakes final confrontation resolves into a heartwarming conclusion.
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A cute tale
This was a sweet love story that involved dogs! I am a dog rescuer, so the stories that include rescues in them always find a special place in my heart. In this book Addison and her dog Princess are embarking on a new business adventure when Addison is implicated in a dognapping crime. Felix is the bartender at the event and eventually decides to help Addie find the real dognappers. This book made me laugh at some parts and I absolutely swooned at the dog parts. Princess ends up being the true hero of the story and I love it!
This book was a little slow in the beginning for me and it took me a while to get into it, but then I couldn't wait to see Addison and Felix solve the mystery! Also Felix ends up being a single dad and there is nothing hotter than that. I do wish the author would have told us what happened to the mother of Felix's daughter and that relationship. Overall a good read and I enjoyed it.
perfect light reading, particularly for those who enjoy a little four-legged character in their stor
So from the title, you might expect a correlation between this story and the fairy tale, Beauty and the Beast. And you wouldn’t be far off, for while appearing more unplanned than carefully thought out, there are easy to spot ties between the two. Not unlike the first book, the heroine Addison, is more than slightly dog-obsessed, with a dachshund, Princess, and a job that allows her to work around and with dogs every day. Addison is a bit more immature in her thought processes and behavior than one would expect: she dreams of a Disney-like Prince Charming to sweep her off her feet and they lived happily ever after, with, of course a herd of dogs. A groomer (or stylist as she prefers to be called), Addison spends her free moments designing dog apparel, just hoping for her designs to make it big.
Two men at the show where she is going to debut and showcase her line, Phillip and Felix, both catch Addison’s eye. Phillip is the epitome of what she believes she needs: rich, cultured, handsome and uber polite, he FITS her obsession for the man of her dreams, perfectly. Felix, the bartender and rather smart-mouthed and grounded man does not, however, fit, no matter how intriguing he may be. But, when some of Addison’s models for the doggie fashion showcase go missing, both she and Felix are suspects.
From the start, while Addison isn’t dislikable, she does appear to be rather clueless and a bit blind to the realities of the world. She is so focused on her “dream life” and using that to push through the tough times that her tenuous connection to the here and now is often too much for her. Felix is so very much an in the now sort of guy with few to no illusions about people and love. From the start, the opposites attract connection between these two is strong. Felix is certainly the more grounded and realistic of the two, and he sees something in Addison that he likes, and it doesn’t require her to be anything but who she is.
The mystery here is a bit basic, and while the culprit is easy to spot, the many twists and turns that lead to the discovery serve best to show us the interactions between Felix and Addison, and allow readers to see their connection and romance develop. There’s nothing particularly new or groundbreaking here in terms of story or mystery: the plot is fairly straightforward without great surprises. Some may find interest in the insets from the dog-show world, a place populated with people unlike any other (unless it’s horse show people) with their quirks, foibles and often eccentric behavior. A story that is perfect light reading, particularly for those who enjoy a little four-legged character in their stories, or for those who enjoyed the first title.
I received an eArc copy of the title from the publisher via NetGalley for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for that review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.
This is a fun, light-hearted read that is filled with some adorable pups, a bit of mystery, and a cozy little romance. Addison "Addy" Turner is a pet groomer but has much bigger dreams to be a dog stylist. Trying to promote her new business at the annual dog show Addy soon finds herself in the middle of a dognapping that could permanently derail her dream. The only person she can ask for help is Felix. These two bicker like an old married couple but they need each other when Felix becomes the prime suspect for the dognappings going on.
Don't miss the hilarity of this book. I definitely recommend it.