You Lucky Dog (Lucky Dog #1) by Julia London
An accidental dog swap unleashes an unexpected love match in this new romantic comedy from New York Times bestselling author Julia London.
Carly Kennedy’s life is in a spiral. She is drowning in work, her divorced parents are going through their midlife crises, and somehow Carly’s sister convinces her to foster Baxter–a basset hound rescue with a bad case of the blues. When Carly comes home late from work one day to discover that the dog walker has accidentally switched out Baxter for another perkier, friendlier basset hound, she has reached the end of her leash.
When Max Sheffington finds a depressed male basset hound in place of his cheerful Hazel, he is bewildered. But when cute, fiery Carly arrives on his doorstep, he is intrigued. He was expecting the dog walker, not a pretty woman with firm ideas about dog discipline. And Carly was not expecting a handsome, bespectacled man to be feeding her dog mac and cheese. Baxter is besotted with Hazel, and Carly realizes she may have found the key to her puppy’s happiness. For his sake, she starts to spend more time with Hazel and Max, until she begins to understand the appeal of falling for your polar opposite.
– Meet-Cute Romance
Dogs on the cover? SOLD! Any story where the sidekick/secondary character are dogs and I’m 100% absolutely IN. Sign me up!!
I tend to read a lot of angst and emotional roller coasters and sometimes you just need a palate cleanser, you know? A light lemon granita to freshen it all up – and that’s what this book was. Yes, there was some angst – it felt like the world was working against them at times – however, there was just so much adorableness and heartwarming hilarity, and was just a great read.
The story is about timing and how when the timing is off, it feels like the world is working against you. But true love, and the love of dogs, will persevere. Max and Carly are great characters – smart, funny, awkward and their banter was wonderful. The writing was superb. I also loved the family relationships that we got to witness, especially that of Max and his brother, Jamie, who has autism (who may rival my own love of dogs). I think London did a great job capturing the nuances and emotional roller coaster that is your family – the good, the bad, the crazy
I also think that Hazel and Baxter, their dogs, could have easily stolen the show. I needed an ending that kept the two of them together forever. I need a book just about Hazel and Baxter adventures – just sayin’.