Discover what makes Lucy Gilmore an instant fan favorite with this unforgettably funny enemies-to-lovers romcom starring:
• a grumpy dog show judge
• a determined former beauty queen
• and a Golden Retriever more interested in stealing bacon than winning Best in Show.
Ruby Taylor gave up pageant life the day she turned eighteen and figured she'd never look back. But when an old friend begs her to show beloved Golden Retriever Weezy at the upcoming Canine Classic, Ruby doggedly straps on her heels and gets to work.
If only she knew exactly what the adorably lazy lump of a dog was getting her into.
If there's one thing veterinarian Spencer Wilson knows in this world, it's dogs. Human beings are a different story. Especially gorgeous women clearly in way over their heads. As judge for the local dog show, Spencer advises Ruby to quit while she still can, but her old fervor for winning has returned—and she wants to show the stern, broody-eyed judge that she's more than just a pretty face. In the end, she'll show him who's best in show.
"AS APPEALING AS A PUPPY."—Publishers Weekly STARRED for Puppy Christmas
Sparks fly when a former beauty queen crosses paths with an uptight veterinarian in the run-up to the West Coast Canine Classic dog show in this delightfully over-the-top rom-com from Gilmore (Ruff and Tumble). Though 28-year-old Ruby Taylor abandoned her pageantry career at 18 to work as a nursing assistant in a senior residence, she trusts her competition know-how will help her fulfill an old woman's dying wish to see her golden retriever, Wheezy, win a local dog show. Thirty-year-old Spencer Wilson, one of the Canine Classic judges, has never seen a more beautiful woman or a less qualified dog. But when Ruby hires Spencer's twin brother and roommate, Caleb, to train Wheezy, Spencer is pulled into close contact with Ruby, and the more time they spend together, the more he's tempted to throw away the rule book. Gilmore's empathetic, appealing lovers both wrestle with old family dynamics Ruby with her demanding pageant coach mother and Spencer with his challenging twin as they seek to break out of roles that no longer work for them. Snappy dialogue, a brisk pace, and buoyant humor will charm Gilmore's fans and newcomers alike. Agent: Courtney Miller-Callihan, Handspun Literary.