PAWS FOR LOVE
The only thing sweet about Jellybean is his name...
Jellybean the terrier is about to unleash some serious mayhem on the unsuspecting town of Albatross.
There's no quiet on the set when over-the-hall screen star Lawrence Tucker brings his naughty terrier, Jellybean, on location to the beachside town of Albatross, California. When Jellybean develops a rapport with Tucker's violin tutor, the painfully shy, socially awkward Misty Agnelli, her arm is twisted into minding the mischievous animal. Trailing Jellybean leads Misty into the candy store of Bill Woodson, a handsome chocolatier with a painful secret and a three-year-old niece to raise.
Misty must deal with the unstable Tucker, a temperamental Jellybean, her budding feelings for the mysterious Bill, she wants nothing more than to flee, how can she tell her nana, Lawrence Tucker's biggest fan, that she abandoned the star and his dog?
It's actors, animals, and antics galore when Jellybean gives his own heartwarming performance.
Paws down the cutest cover ever!!!! Who can resist that face? Even if it belongs to a "fuzzy wrecking ball?" I don't know if anyone will be surprised if I tell you that Jellybean might have a bigger piece of my heart than two-legged hero, Bill. Such a little scamp (dog, not man) and while I found it highly entertaining to read about his escapades, I think the thrill would soon wear off if I actually lived through them. It takes a certain personality -- one that consists of an abundance of patience -- to cope with that opinionated mutt. Grinning just thinking about it.
And a huge 'hoorah' for a klutzy heroine!!! You don't often find them in the pages of a romance novel. At least I haven't spied that many and as a self-proclaimed klutz I pay attention to things like that. So there was an instant connection between Misty and me. And her deer-in-the-headlights reaction to complicated social situations just warmed my heart even more.
I think what impressed me the most about Bill was his insecurities and the fact that the author went out on a limb to write an atypical hero. He is struggling to adjust to being the sole caregiver to his orphaned niece and feelings of inadequacies keep creeping in. He's an 'out of the box' kind of guy and I love the way Mentink slowly reveals a major issue. I fell in love with his vulnerability and courage.
And even though Paws for Love is slapstick funny -- there's a touching inspirational thread that binds everything together. "God made you to shine a light...You don't get to pick what kind of candle you get." (p 79) Has to be one of my favourite lines ever.
A rousing comedic masterpiece that also delivers a stirring amount of tenderness and hope.
My thanks to the author and Harvest House Publishers for providing me with a copy of this book.
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