Review: Once Upon a Puppy by Lizzie Shane

Happy 2022 y’all! I can’t believe we’re already in 2022- let’s see how this year ends up going. I have high hopes haha

I finished Once Upon a Puppy (Pine Hollow book 2) near the end of December and OMG it was so good! Thank you so much to Forever for sending it to me in order to read and review!

Once Upon a Puppy 4.5/5 Stars

Summary from Goodreads:

Opposites attract when a straitlaced lawyer and whimsical party planner must fake-date as co-parents of a rambunctious Irish wolfhound in the second book of this im-paw-ssibly charming small-town romance series.

Connor Wyeth has a plan for everything. But when he adopts Maximus, an unruly Irish wolfhound mix, he gets more than he bargained for. If he doesn’t act fast, the big dopey mutt is going to destroy his house. The only person Max ever listens to is the volunteer who used to walk him at the shelter—a perennially upbeat woman whose day job is planning princess parties for little kids. Connor couldn’t ever imagine that she’d be able to tame such a beast as Max, but he’s desperate enough to try anything.

Deenie Mitchell isn’t looking forward to spending more time with uptight, rules-oriented Connor—no matter how attractive he is. But when her sister announces her engagement, Deenie realizes he’s the perfect person to impress her type-A family. When she learns he needs a plus-one for his law firm’s work events, an unlikely alliance is formed. But as they play the perfect couple, the friendship—and the feelings—that are forming start to feel all too real. Opposites may attract, but can the man with a plan for everything and the misfit who makes her own rules ever find common ground?

Oh I loved Deenie and Connor so much. Their connection is so great and I really loved their banter and the way they were together. Their personalities are probably my favorites of the group. I also loved Max so much- such a cute dog that just needs a little bit of training (and a wonderful way to bring two people together)! Connor’s mom was so sweet and I loved how close Deenie was to her great-aunt (even though her great-aunt didn’t remember who she was most of the time). Plot and pacing wise, I thought that everything was done really well and I wasn’t ever bored nor did I feel like things were dragging. Overall, Once Upon a Puppy was a great, cute contemporary romance that I highly recommend to anyone (even if you haven’t read The Twelve Dogs of Christmas)!

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