Returning to the blog with the second in her Rescue Dog Romance series, Casey Griffin has managed to create a story that creates interest and intrigue, with a dash of humor. Please read on for my review of
Beauty and the Wiener
So from the title, you might expect a correlation between this story and the fairy tale, Beauty and the Beast. And you wouldn’t be far off, for while appearing more unplanned than carefully thought out, there are easy to spot ties between the two. Not unlike the first book, the heroine Addison, is more than slightly dog-obsessed, with a dachshund, Princess, and a job that allows her to work around and with dogs every day. Addison is a bit more immature in her thought processes and behavior than one would expect: she dreams of a Disney-like Prince Charming to sweep her off her feet and they lived happily ever after, with, of course a herd of dogs. A groomer (or stylist as she prefers to be called), Addison spends her free moments designing dog apparel, just hoping for her designs to make it big.
Two men at the show where she is going to debut and showcase her line, Phillip and Felix, both catch Addison’s eye. Phillip is the epitome of what she believes she needs: rich, cultured, handsome and uber polite, he FITS her obsession for the man of her dreams, perfectly. Felix, the bartender and rather smart-mouthed and grounded man does not, however, fit, no matter how intriguing he may be. But, when some of Addison’s models for the doggie fashion showcase go missing, both she and Felix are suspects.
From the start, while Addison isn’t dislikable, she does appear to be rather clueless and a bit blind to the realities of the world. She is so focused on her “dream life” and using that to push through the tough times that her tenuous connection to the here and now is often too much for her. Felix is so very much an in the now sort of guy with few to no illusions about people and love. From the start, the opposites attract connection between these two is strong. Felix is certainly the more grounded and realistic of the two, and he sees something in Addison that he likes, and it doesn’t require her to be anything but who she is.
The mystery here is a bit basic, and while the culprit is easy to spot, the many twists and turns that lead to the discovery serve best to show us the interactions between Felix and Addison, and allow readers to see their connection and romance develop. There’s nothing particularly new or groundbreaking here in terms of story or mystery: the plot is fairly straightforward without great surprises. Some may find interest in the insets from the dog-show world, a place populated with people unlike any other (unless it’s horse show people) with their quirks, foibles and often eccentric behavior. A story that is perfect light reading, particularly for those who enjoy a little four-legged character in their stories, or for those who enjoyed the first title.
Title: Beauty and the Wiener
Author: Casey Griffin
Series: A Rescue Dog Romance #2
Also in this series: Must Love Wieners, A Wedding Tail
Genre: Contemporary Romance, Mystery Elements
Published by: St. Martin's Paperbacks
Published on: 7 February 2017
Source: Publisher via NetGalley
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A TAIL AS OLD AS TIME…
Addison Turner has scripted a perfect future for herself, complete with a fairytale ending. She will become the name in doggie fashion design and live happily ever after with the husband of her dreams—and her dachshund, Princess, by her side. Just when her plan is on track and she’s gaining recognition at the local dog show, Addison is hit with some Oscar-worthy drama. A group of prize-winning show dogs are stolen from under her nose, and she’s stuck asking for help from Felix Vaughn, an infuriatingly hot bartender who is the exact opposite of Prince Charming.
When more dogs go missing—and Felix becomes a suspect—the two team up to clear their names. Although Felix and Addison fight like cats and dogs, there’s an undeniable spark between them. And as the trail to the missing dogs heats up, so does their red-hot chemistry. Can Addison be persuaded to throw away her script to find an ending that just might be better than she ever expected?
A copy of this title was provided via Publisher via NetGalley for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.
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