Note – I received a copy of Stepdog from the publisher through TLC Book Tours in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
Paperback: 416 pages
Publisher: William Morrow Paperbacks (August 4, 2015)
What’s the difference between puppy love and dogged devotion?
When Sara Renault fired Rory O’Connor from his part-time job at a Boston art museum, and in response, Rory–Irishman, actor, musician, reformed party-boy impulsively leaned over and kissed her . . . she kissed him back. Now, as Rory’s visa runs out on the cusp of his big Hollywood break, Sara insists that he marry her to get a green card. In a matter of weeks they’ve gone from being friendly work colleagues to a live-in couple, and it’s all grand . . . except for Cody, Sara’s beloved dog from her troubled previous relationship. Sara’s over attachment to her dog is the only thing she and Rory fight about.
When Rory scores both his green card and the lead role in an upcoming TV pilot, he and Sara (and Cody) prepare to move to Los Angeles. But just before their departure, Cody is kidnapped–and it is entirely Rory’s fault. Desperate to get back into Sara’s good graces, Rory tracks Cody and the sociopathic dognapper to North Carolina. Can Rory rescue Cody and convince Sara that they belong together–with Cody–as a family? First they’ll need to survive a madcap adventure that takes them through the heart of America.
The one critique I’d have about the book is the writing style. I definitely felt I was being told a story and I prefer to feel like I’m part of the story, but I was still swept away.
The characters were fantastic! I loved each of them–even Rory, who drove me (a dog-lover) up the wall from time-to-time. Even the minor characters were so vivid that I felt like I knew them. I loved that each of them had their quirks and that none of them were perfect, one in particular. (*cough* Rory and his weirdness about dog-love *cough*)
And I was hooked on the story itself. I wanted to see where things were going to go and from the start I was crossing my fingers and hoping that Rory would be hit with a deep love for dogs. After all, when you spend time with them how can you not?
Stepdog took me on an adventure that had me on the edge of my seat. I kept reaching out to hug my dog–or at least keep a protective hand on her to make sure she was still there. Highly recommended for dog-lovers and fans of lively romances.
I looked at Galland’s novel Godiva a few years ago, so I’m glad I had a chance to read this and be reminded of that. It’s been added to my to-read list.
Nicole Galland’s five previous novels are The Fool’s Tale; Revenge of the Rose; Crossed; I, Iago, and Godiva. She writes a cheeky etiquette column for the Martha’s Vineyard Times. She is married to actor Billy Meleady and owns Leuco, a dog of splendid qualities.