The Puppy Proposal
Harlequin Special Edition, Sep 15 2015, $5.50
Nic Caruso arrives in Paradise Isle, Florida to assess the locale as his family’s potential next mega resort. When Nic rescues Murphy, a dog who lives up to his “legal” name, he also meets local veterinary technician Jillian Everett.
To his amazement, Nic finds Jillian so alluring that he ignores his mantra of family first. She wants to believe he is her Prince Charming, but after a childhood of foster care Jillian distrusts everyone, but especially handsome charmers who always have a devious agenda. While they fall in love; he knows the Caruso family construction project to lure tourists here will end his relationship with Jillian as her Paradise will become lost. While he struggles between his close-knit family and the love of his life, Jillian remains a doubting cynic that anyone truly wants her permanently at their side.
This engaging contemporary stars two opposites in love and a page stealing matchmaking canine; and ably supported by a robust secondary cast (his kin and her two future book leads BFFs). Though somewhat philosophically passive as the lead couple separately reflects back on their respective lives of with and without a loving family; the first Paradise Animal Clinic romance is a sunny delight.