"Ollie brings the dating-phobic Theo into contact with Westvale’s hottest bachelor, Dr. Brent Knight. Despite her best friend Lorna’s urging to go after him, Theo hangs back due the eleven year age gap and her past romantic history..."
Pages: 51 pages
Publisher: Secret Cravings Publishing on June 2012
Form: E-book (from tour for an honest review)
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Amazon: Buy / $8.04 (Kindle) ( EU price, click to see yours )
Barnes & Noble: Buy / $4.99 (Nook)
Excerpt: Chapter 1
"Theo decides to give up on love when she catches her sister in bed with her husband. Instead of blaming her sister or her husband, she blames herself, divorces her husband, distances herself from her sister, and shuts her heart to love.
Her son inadvertently pushes her back into the dating game when he drops off his puppy, Ollie, as he heads out to deployment abroad. He fails to inform her that the puppy isn’t even close to being trained or even somewhat obedient.
Ollie brings the dating-phobic Theo into contact with Westvale’s hottest bachelor, Dr. Brent Knight. Despite her best friend Lorna’s urging to go after him, Theo hangs back due the eleven year age gap and her past romantic history, but it doesn’t stop Ollie from barreling ahead.
When her high school rival Jenny shows up, Theo decides to fight for her man with comic and passionate results."
The synopsis pretty much tells it all, the whole novella. Puppy Love wasn't written very engagingly, it jumped all over the place. The character thought of something to do and skipped right into doing it in the middle of a paragraph... ugh. Both main characters aren't deep at all and I got the feeling they are just saying and doing corny stuff and things that one would think is generally sexy.
It is a story that had a decent plot, though unbelievable - but hey romance plots don't always have to be believable - what confused me about the story was how the main character just popped into all different places, situation and dialogues, sure this was a novella, but it felt messy.
So I can't say I liked it. I'll tell you few things that I did like, I liked the nerdiness of the male lead and the possibility of more puppies, though the puppy was forgotten when the doc stepped into the picture.
I've read Secret Cravings' novels before with good results so this kinda blindsided me.
P.S: I wouldn't pay 8$ or the 4.99 for US for this, I think 0.99$ would have been a fair price. First it's too short, and it's not as great as the synopsis. Read the first Chapter HERE.