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Not all heroes wear capes. Some of them wear collars.
A Dog’s Purpose meets The Happy Ever After Playlist in this charming, pitch-perfect take on relationships as seen through the eyes of a wise pug named Doug, who is determined to play cupid to fix his owner’s love life with his own four paws.
Doug wants his rescuer, Julie, to be happy. He is loyal and loves her unconditionally—two things that can’t be said about Julie’s married boss and lover, Luke. Yet Julie is reluctant to break up, afraid to end up like her eccentric cat-owning neighbor. It’s a prospect that horrifies Doug, too.
Newly divorced Tom, on the other hand, is perfect for Julie. Everyone can see it—except for Julie and Tom. Doug is confident that with his help they will get over their initial animosity toward each other.
As Doug humorously navigates the quirks of human relationships, he knows he can’t give up on Julie—after all, being a “rescue” works both ways.
Dunn (Then I Met You) delivers a quirky romance told by a lovable four-legged narrator. Pug Doug is far more astute in the ways of the heart than Julie, his hapless, 35-year-old owner, who's stuck in an unsatisfying affair with her married louse-of-a-boss. As a rescue himself, Doug recognizes that his beloved Julie is now the one in need of saving. So when Julie's father and his friend Dot conspire to set up Julie with Dot's divorced son, Tom, Doug is all for it and is even willing to look past the fact that Tom is a V-E-T. But the instant spark between Julie and Tom ignites into an argument when Tom whose ex cheated on him learns of Julie's affair. Despite this disastrous first meeting, Doug is sure that Tom is the right guy for Julie and will do whatever it takes to bring the pair together including suffering bodily harm in hopes of landing himself and Julie in Tom's office. Alternately poignant and laugh-out-loud funny, Dunn's cute narrative effortlessly conveys both Julie's and Tom's vulnerabilities and all-too-human foibles. Doug's hilarious antics, astute observations, and dogged determination to get the pair together pull at the heartstrings on the way to a thoroughly satisfying happily ever after.
Skipped me completely
I really tried to like this story. All the correct hooks were there, but it fell short. Not a totally bad read, it is missing the link that makes it real and enjoyable. This one skipped me completely.