ARC Review: Paws for Love by Mara Wells

Thank you so much to Sourcebooks Casablanca and Netgalley for letting me read an e-ARC of Paws for Love! I love dogs and books with dogs and I’ve recently been more and more into greyhounds (well Italian greyhounds really since they’re so funny and all over Instagram) so this was the perfect book for me! Paws for Love is the third book in the Fur Haven Dog Park series and even though I haven’t read any of the other books in the series, I really enjoyed Paws for Love.

Paws for Love 4/5 Stars

Summary from Goodreads:

Damaged hearts–man, woman, and dog–have a second chance for love, healing and happiness under the warm Miami Beach sun in this endearing contemporary romance…

Danielle Morrow works tirelessly for the greyhound rescue as an adoption coordinator, rehabilitating retired racing dogs and helping them find forever homes. She guards her heart as vigilantly as her two adopted greyhounds guard her home. One heartbreak per lifetime is enough for any woman, and no one she’s met since her high school boyfriend dumped her to join the military has ever tempted her enough to risk love again.

Knox Donovan expected to be career military, but an injury has resulted in an honorable discharge that leaves him uncertain of his future. When his brothers ask him to come back to Miami Beach to help manage their new condo conversion, he figures he can at least advise them about security systems before declining the job. He has no intention of staying in the city that has so many bad memories for him.

Knox is reminded that not all his memories of growing up in Miami Beach are bad when he sees Danielle again at the Grand Opening of the new Fur Haven Dog Park. Fifteen years haven’t softened the pain of their breakup. But Knox is different now, more hard-edged and suspicious, and when he bonds with the retired racing greyhound, Sarge, Danielle’s cool reserve begins to melt. Sarge needs special care after the injuries that ended his racing career, and it’s not long before Danielle realizes that Knox does too. Can Danielle trust her heart to the one man who’s ever broken it?

Snuggle up with your best dog companion and get reading: This adorable romance includes a veteran who could use a four-legged best friend, a second chance with a high school sweetheart, and a determined heroine who isn’t going to let the man of her dreams get away again.

This book was pretty much exactly what you expected from a second chance, ex-high school lovers meet again romance novel with pups mixed in. I really liked Danielle as a character and while Knox wasn’t my favorite (I can’t even put my finger on why I don’t really like him- there’s just something about him that’s a little off putting to me), I thought they worked together well enough. I really liked all of the supporting characters and all of the dogs and the way that Miami Beach seemed like such a small town/had such a small town feel to it, even though it definitely isn’t anywhere close to a small town. I thought the overall lost love story was cute and I loved that Danielle’s father also found love in the book. It was also really nice that he pushed her (aka pretty much forced her) to do more with her life and try and go back to school so she could live out her dreams. The amount of miscommunication and times that Danielle ran off/just didn’t talk to Knox was a little annoying, but I get why the author did things the way that she did. Overall, this was a cute, easy, fun read, and I definitely loved all the dogs.

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