Publisher: Dirty Dog Press
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Rory Hoyle is visiting his hometown of Hollyridge, always a stressful experience. Rory’s parents don’t understand him and, frankly, he doesn’t understand them. One final ‘what are you doing with your life’, pushes him to the breaking point and Rory storms out of their house into the cold winter evening with no idea where he’s heading.
After the death of his partner, Brett Tanner never thought he’d love again, it was too much to ask, or want. That is until Rory stumbles into his bookstore one evening awakening his heart. But, is it too much? Is he betraying his first love by finding himself attracted to the sexy, but socially awkward, younger man?
Will bookish magic, an adorable dog and a little assistance from their friends help Brett and Rory realize the world is what you make of it? That a chance at happiness is something to be seized, not tossed aside?
I love small town romances, and the atmosphere in this story hit all the right spots. The descriptions are fabulous, and I especially loved the bookshop and the wine tasting bar. Lazy Dog Books is a perfect name for a bookshop as it invokes everything a friendly small town bookshop should be. I also loved Lucille, the dog that inspired the name.
The characters drew me into the story immediately, and I was invested in Brett and Rory both as a couple who are interested in each other at first sight, and as individuals. I really liked the family vibe of this story, and how although it’s Brett and Rory’s story, it’s very much about them reconnecting with their families too. The epilogue made me happy, especially the scene that gives the story its title.
The supporting cast come across as very real, and have quirky personalities of their own. I especially liked Jaime and Dag, and Skylar is wonderfully colourful. Audrey grew on me as the story progressed, as did Jeff, who I hope gets his own HEA.
I loved this cute feel good story about love, bookshops, and a dog who is a character in her own right. 5 out of 5 stars.