Author: Amy Lane

Publisher: Riptide Publishing

Rating: 4 stars

Buy Links: Riptide & Amazon

Type: Short Novel

Purchased by Reviewer


Blurb:  Carter Embree has always hoped to be rescued from his productive, tragically boring, and (slightly) ethically compromised life. But when an urchin at a grocery store shoves a bundle of fluff into his hands, Carter goes from rescuee to rescuer—and he needs a little help.

Sandy Corrigan, the vet tech who helps ease Carter into the world of dog ownership, first assumes that Carter is a crazy-pants client who just needs to relax. But as Sandy gets a glimpse into the funny, kind, sexy man under Carter’s mild-mannered exterior, he sees that with a little care and feeding, Carter might be Super-Pet Owner—and decent boyfriend material to boot.

But Carter needs to see himself as a hero first. As he says good-bye to his pristine house and hello to carpet treatments and dog walkers, he finds that there really is more to himself than a researching drudge without a backbone. A Carter Embree can rate a Sandy Corrigan. He can be supportive, he can be a hero, he can be a man who stands up for his principles!

He can be the owner of a small dog.


Review: At thirty-three, Carter’s life revolves around a job as an attorney that not only has impacted his relationships with the hours he works, but that makes him downright unhappy. His boss skirts the line of legal in favour of being morally and ethically bankruptcy if it pays better. Carter is deeply troubled by what his job requires of him, but he feels trapped and unsure what he can do about it. He meets vet tech Sandy when pet ownership is unexpectedly, and literally, thrust upon him. His record of being able to take care of others’ needs, or his own, but he is determined to do his best for the little puppy he’s suddenly responsible for. That’s how he meets thirty-three year old Sandy, a vet tech at the clinic Carter takes his flea-ridden fluffball to for a check over and some much needed advice.

Sandy is pretty happy with his life. He’s got a good job in a field he loves and is working towards becoming a veterinarian. Sandy’s first impression of Carter is that the man is a little crazy, but his determination to do right by his puppy wins Sandy over and Sandy starts to fall for the straight-forward, caring man he is getting to know.

Freckles is sweet, drama-free romance with very likeable characters and a (mostly) cute puppy. The romance is a slow burn that suits Carter’s character and their relationship develops in a very believable way. It would have been nice to see more of Carter standing up to his boss on page, rather than just being told about it, but that’s only because that aspect of his character development would have felt more resolved for me if I had actually witnessed it. However, that was only a small thing in a feel-good story that I enjoyed. It was a cute story – perfect for a happy, easy holiday read.

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