Sunday, February 12, 2017

Review: Must Love Wieners (A Rescue Dog Romance #1)

Must Love Wieners (A Rescue Dog Romance #1)by Casey Griffin

First in a wickedly funny new series brimming with mystery and romance!
Piper Summers works like a dog juggling three jobs to put herself through veterinary school—driving taxis, delivering pizzas, and singing telegrams. Thankfully, Piper has her devoted dachshund Colin to help her keep things in line. That is, until she gets fired...and someone throws her a bone that is too good to resist.
Aiden Caldwell is an Armani ad come to life—a billionaire CEO who’s just adopted a dachshund from the rescue center where Piper volunteers. He’s hot on Piper’s tail to be his personal dog walker...but he may be after more than a walker for his wiener. The gorgeous, spirited Piper is everything he’s ever wanted from a woman—and more. But can Piper ever love, and trust, a man who has never learned to open his heart—or has she bitten off more than she can chew?
Themes: contemporary, rom-Com
Rating:  3 stars
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 Let’s be honest, what true romance reader out there could resist a title like this, not to mention the utter cuteness of the cover. I came across this story cruising netgalley and it looked like something I would love, and while there were some moments, overall it was a fun and interesting read. Griffin keeps the suspense up, giving us multiple connected (?) disasters for the heroine to handle and even as her world seems to be falling apart around her she finds love with a billionaire; so really can life be that bad? I enjoyed the plotline very much, never knowing what crazy antics Piper would get up to next and even with all her insecurities and hang-ups I like Piper a lot. One dislike for me was the way the story came exclusively from Piper’s POV; one of the reasons I prefer to read stories written in third person is so that we CAN see the relationship develop from both sides of the story, so having only Piper’s feelings displayed and developed left me feeling a little bit let down. There were plenty of laughs, even through tears, as Piper and her posse worked to unravel mysteries and to help Piper get back on her own two feet. The relationship aspect was greatly underdeveloped in my opinion, with very few scenes in private between Piper and Aiden where the world wasn’t burning down around them.  I would have given a higher rating if there had been more time for Piper and Aiden to develop and grow together in love, because even if you fall in love at first sight, getting to the point where you can trust one another enough to open your heart and share your feelings takes time. If you are looking for a sweet romance with lots of wit, sarcasm, sweetness, and just a little bit of mystery and silliness, Casey Griffin’s Must Love Wieners if a great place to start, but those that prefer deep or dark romances might need to look elsewhere.  I am looking forward to reading the second book in the series and reading more about Piper’s friends and seeing if they can overcome their own problems in order to find love.
*ebook provided by publisher (via netgalley) for the purpose of an honest and unbiased review.  No compensation was provided.

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