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Falling for the Underdog: A Romantic Comedy with Mystery and Dogs (A Rescue Dog Romance Series Book 2) Kindle Edition
She dreams of Prince Charming. He’s seriously rough around the edges. Can they collar a dognapper and steal each other’s hearts?
Addison Turner has her entire fairytale life planned out. But just as the dachshund lover is about to hit it big with her doggie grooming and fashion line, thieves snatch her valuable four-legged clients right from under her nose. And to her disgust, the only one who knows the show scene enough to help is the infuriatingly hot bartender who turns her down cold.
Cocktail-slinger extraordinaire Felix Vaughn longs to open his own bar. So when he gets a gig at a high-society tail-wagging event, he thinks his gravy train has arrived and isn’t about to involve himself with a suspected thief. But when more pooches get pinched and he’s fingered for the crime, he reluctantly teams up with the fluffy prima donna to find the pups and split the reward.
With her reputation on the line, Addison doggedly follows the clues, afraid she’s falling for a mutt. And as their chemistry reaches a boiling point, Felix reveals exactly how much of his heart he stands to lose…
Will they both end up in the doghouse, or will their love win Best in Show?
Falling for the Underdog is the riotous second book in the Rescue Dog Romance comedy series. If you like fiery relationships, crazy hijinks, and canine capers, then you’ll adore Casey Griffin’s tempting tale.
Buy Falling for the Underdog to take the blue ribbon today!
"A fun, screwball contemporary romance." ―Publishers Weekly
"If you like your contemporary romance with a dash of humor and mystery, then Griffin has just the book and series for you!" ―RT Book Reviews
"Casey Griffin keeps it fast and fun with this wonderful contemporary story. [It] had a little bit of everything...high society, friendship, mystery, adventure, romance and intrigue." ―Night Owl Reviews (Top Pick!)
"A lively romp for dog lovers and romance fans alike." ―Reader to Reader reviews
"A really cute read that combines romance and cozy mysteries to a nice degree. Fans of Janet Evanovich will adore this series." ―Bookhounds
"Wins best in show! A furtastic good time." ―Cheryl's Book Nook
"This book has it all - romance, a little mystery and dogs (especially a doxie!)." ―Storeybook Reviews
"Casey Griffin has a way of bringing the love of animals and believable characters to life. Her stories have tons of humor, action, and most of all a brewing romance. Once I started to read it, I couldn't put it down. Mystery, suspense, and an adventure wait within its pages." ―Urban Book Reviews
"I would read another story written by Casey Griffin in a heartbeat!" ―Charlotte's Book Review--This text refers to the hardcover edition.
About the Author
- ASIN : B09CYBM2HT
- Publisher : Charming Frog Publishing; 2nd edition (September 21, 2021)
- Publication date : September 21, 2021
- Language : English
- File size : 1680 KB
- Simultaneous device usage : Unlimited
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Sticky notes : On Kindle Scribe
- Print length : 506 pages
- Best Sellers Rank: #331,610 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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The Plot (no real spoilers): In this modern-day romance novel we follow protagonist Addison Turner, a dog groomer and stylist, as she struggles to find love and a dognapper out to ruin her reputation and business. In the search for love she has two contenders: (1) Philip a guy with everything and only eyes for her it seems and (2) Felix, the heartbreaker bartender who has to look out for "his number one." The list of suspects for the dognappings, which seem to always happen when she is around, is a lot longer.
The men - In most romance novels we have one guy that we meet early on, who the protagonist immediately dislikes and simultaneously thinks is very attractive, and we know that this will be the guy we fall for and it is just a matter of reading the story to find out how. Even though I knew who to put my money on in this book it was nice to have the option of two very different men and watch the protagonist (finally) figure out what she really wanted and needed.
The mystery - The who and how they did it behind the dognapping was my favorite part of the book. The plotline in romance novels are often not the best and feel like background noise to the main story of two people falling in love but I enjoyed how Casey Griffin didn't abandon a good plot for endless pages of romantic musings or banter. Everything was nicely tied up into one package and delivered well.
The dogs and their owners - I got a good laugh out of some of these show dog owners and their eccentric love of their dogs/dog shows. It made for an interesting mix of secondary characters.
The protagonist - My only real con of this book is I couldn't root for our lead Addison because I couldn't figure out what this girl was about. She first appears to be a quirky, gullible, but loveable character with dreams of opening up her own doggy fashion line to go along with her pet grooming business and a hopeless fairytale romantic. And I was okay with that. But then it becomes clear that for some guys she's a hopelessly impractical romantic and for others, she's a woman who's been burned and is cautious with her heart. Learning more about her backstory makes the latter make a lot of sense, but I could not understand throughout the rest of the book why she still clung to her movie-picture fantasy of how love and life are going to work out when she's already learned the harsher realities of life. I was wiping out my college psych classes to classify her ego defense mechanism (idealization? repression?). And once again I was okay with this as it brought a surprising amount of depth to her character. What truly drove me nuts was seeing our leading lady who is resilient, intelligent, and independent constantly trying to play the damsel in distress role and still believe that finding Mr. Perfect is going to magically fix everything. Cringe. Also, the moment that leads to her finally realizing the impracticality of her thinking (obviously, two seconds too late), is kind of ho-hum and falls back into the category of making a guy out to be the answer to all.
One Last Pro (to always end on a good note): The writing was good with never a stagnant moment. Minus being annoyed by the main character I liked the book overall and would definitely finish the series, especially since I'm pretty sure I know who the other books are about and really liked those characters.
You might like this book if you're a fan of Megan Cabot, Janet Evanovich's Elise Hawkins series, Annika Martin's Billionaires of Manhattan series
While waiting for her perfect gentleman, she finds Felix Vaughn who is bartending in the dog show. While there is certainly chemistry between them, she knows he is not the one. Prince Charming suddenly appears though in the name of Philip Montgomery III. They dance together just like in fairytales, but in a Cinderella fashion, she remembers that she is almost late to start her fashion show! She runs back to get it ready, only to discover that the dogs have been...well.. dognapped!
As the prime suspect for this dognapping, she wants to clear her name as not only her reputation and business are on the line, the poor dogs are out there and need to be rescued. She tries to recruit Felix with his bartending insider knowledge, but he refuses until he can't refuse no more as he suddenly also becomes the prime suspect for another dognapping.
I kind of had an idea of how the book will go, but I am glad that it totally surprised me in the turn that the story took with the dognapping. I love the banter that goes on between Addison and Felix, but I kind of wish there wasn't an immediate physical attraction from the get go. I would probably have enjoyed it more if the attraction started to appear as they spent time together, and get to know each other while solving the mystery of the dognapping.
The story has funny twist and turns, the characters are entertaining, relatable and felt very natural, the mystery is certainly intriguing of who could have done the deed and for what reason. The amount of flirting between Addison and Felix made me question a few times if they really wanted to find the dogs or just wanted to spend time together. Overall though, it was a charming story that would be perfect for those who like romance or are dog lovers, even better if you are both.