Mara Wells comes to the blog with the first installment in her Fur Haven Dog Park series with
Cold Nose, Warm Heart
Take a run-down building next to a dog park, a VERY busy dog park that has become THE place in the community, an idea for redevelopment of the run down building and two people who can’t quite decide if they are attracted or repelled by their own different agendas and you get this. With plenty of tug toys, character, cute dogs and an issue for the doggie community (the two-leggers not the four) to rally around. Because the rundown Miami Beach apartment building is the PERFECT location for new, updated, luxurious condos. It’s just that Caleb’s plans mean the Fur Haven Dog Park will be no more. He’s only got to get people to see what he can bring to the table when he works, or so he hopes, hand in hand with the building manager Riley.
This was cute – particularly for the outrage on Riley’s part (along with the others who bring dogs to play at the ‘park’ regularly. She and Caleb are really well matched and could be really good together – if he weren’t planning on paving over the park. Although “refurbishing” the apartments would be plausible – if not quite as lucrative as condos, there’s still plenty that Caleb has to work through to see what is possible. Clever for the community (people and dogs) who add personality and voice to first their protests, then their skills – to reach a conclusion that will suit everyone.
A quick read that lacked much of the development between Caleb and Riley that I was hoping for – there wasn’t really anything that “wrong” here – it just didn’t feel as if their relationship had a real foundation. And the friends to enemies to lovers vibe that I think formed the plot points never really felt as if they were solidly meant to be there – it went quickly and that lack of build up kept the emotions pent up and not very accessible. It was cute and surprisingly low-angst despite the community resistance and involvement – and the dogs were cute, but never really jumped up to beg for time in the story. I think that if you want a quick escape read – this is it.
Title: Cold Nose, Warm Heart
Author: Mara Wells
Series: Fur Haven Dog Park #1
Genre: Contemporary Romantic Comedy
Published by: Sourcebooks Casablanca
Published on: 28 January, 2020
Source: Publisher via NetGalley
Audio Length: 8 Hours: approx
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A poodle, a black lab and a Chihuahua walk into a dog park...
All Caleb Donovan has to do to redeem his family name is take a rundown Miami Beach apartment building and turn it into luxury condos. Easy, right?
Unfortunately, that would also turn the local dog park into a parking lot and the neighbors aren't having it. Caleb is faced with outright revolt, led by smart, beautiful building manager Riley Carson and her poodle, LouLou.
For Caleb, this project should have been a slam dunk. But even more challenging than the neighborhood resistance is the mutual attraction between him and Riley. It would be so much easier just to stay enemies.
Can Riley and her canine sidekick convince Caleb that what's best for business isn't always best for the heart?
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.