Thank you so much to Berkley and Netgalley for letting me read an eARC of Paws and Prejudice! This book came out on June 29, so you can 100% go out and grab it now! Also, this is the second book in the Hearts of Alaska series, but even if you don’t read book 1 (I definitely didn’t), I don’t think you miss out on anything (I’m 100% going to read book 1 ASAP and then book 3 when it comes out)!
Paws and Prejudice 4/5 Stars
Summary from Goodreads:
It’s up to a trio of adorable rescue huskies to make two lonely hearts in a coastal Alaskan town realize that true love is worth too much to turn tail and run.
Glaciers have nothing on Kelsey Porter when she decides to freeze someone out. After getting burned once, she’s not about to let it happen again. And right now all that icy contempt is focused on one annoyingly attractive and entitled interloper: Ian Roth. Not only is he looking to take advantage of her quaint, coastal community, tainting the small-town charm of Helen, Alaska, but he has committed the one crime she can never forgive—he doesn’t like her dogs.
Unlike what Kelsey believes, Ian loves Helen’s charms as much as she does. That’s partly why he’s determined to open a brewery there, and he’s not about to let anything or anyone stop his dream from coming true. But he didn’t count on the beautiful, prickly woman getting under his skin. Or having to be within hand-biting proximity of her three huge huskies.
When Kelsey’s family conscripts her into helping Ian get his brewery off the ground, she finds herself caught between a rock and a hard . . . muscular . . . man who has a fear of dogs. But the longer they work together, the more she can feel herself begin to thaw. Now she’ll have to choose: let sleeping dogs lie to protect her heart, or mush head-on toward love.
Man y’all, there are so many great contemporary romances set in Alaska these days! Makes me think that if I want to, you know, not be single anymore, maybe I need to move to Alaska (I definitely would not do well in that kind of cold/with that kind of wildlife, but a girl can dream). Anyway, moving on, I really liked Paws and Prejudice! I loved Kelsey’s huskies (such cute dogs in general) and I love how big of a part they played in the book. I also really liked Ian and Micah- their camaraderie was great and I love the fact that they’re running this whole brewery on their own in this little town. I thought the town feud was an interesting concept and it brought a lot of great tension and drama and I can see it playing out really well in book 3 and I’m sure it also was really intense in book 1, so I’m glad it was a big part of the book! Pacing wise, I thought that the plot moved along at a pretty good pace- nothing was too fast or too slow, except maybe Ian’s exposure therapy- I feel like that would take a little longer than a few meetings for him to get to the point where he was by the end of the book. I really liked the chemistry between Kelsey and Ian and I love how things for book 3 were already foreshadowed (and I know I keep mentioning that book, but I know I’m going to love it)! Overall, Paws and Prejudice was a super fun read and I definitely think y’all should check it out!