Rating: 4/5 Stars
Format: eARC via NetGalley
Thank you NetGalley and Source Books Casablanca for the advanced reader copy. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
So yet another Christmas romance in September. I guess publishers want to hook the reader early. It works though. I haven’t been able to stop requesting Christmas romances left and right.
Lila is dressed as a princess when she meets Emily and her father, Ford. Emily is convinced Lila is a princess, and no one is going to convince the little girl otherwise. Lila is attending an event in a silly princess dress because her company, Puppy Promise is donating a service animal to someone with hearing problems. I guess since it’s a romance book, there’s no big surprise Emily is the recipient of the service animal and Lila will be spending a lot of time with this family. Of course they are going to fall in love or something akin.
Lila helps Emily choose a puppy. Jeeves, the puppy, is going to be trained by Lila so he can be Emily’s ears and companion. Lila isn’t sure how well she is going to do with Emily since she doesn’t have a lot of experience with children. Her issues stem from an ex boyfriend calling her cold and uncaring. Bearing this in mind, she’s self conscious about being around Emily and making sure she treats the little girl properly. But Emily thinks Lila is an awesome princess and someone Emily can finally call a friend.
This is the second book in the Forever Home series. The first one is mentioned in passing because the series focuses on three sisters. So you get an appearance of the characters from the first book. So I guess it’s slight spoilers if you haven’t read the first one, which I haven’t but I was okay. This brings a sweet holiday romance with puppies into the mix and who doesn’t love that combination? I like this book because the characters were real and the romance was adorable. I like that Lila wants to make a good impression on Emily so she dresses like a princess every day and even sets up a tea party with Lila’s sisters. It shows Lila cares about her job, Emily, and she is close with her family. I adore stories when the families get along or people become a part of a family. I blame having a baby on this.
I like the way Ford and Lila get to know each other. Lila wants to be professional even though she’s attracted to Ford. And Ford is just a giant flirt in her eyes so she isn’t expecting anything serious from him. Lila is focusing on training the puppy for Emily, not thinking about falling in love. Of course Emily is growing attached to Lila and so is her dad. Ford and Lila spark up a friendship since she’s around so much. Of course, feelings shift for Lila and Ford. I like the pacing because it was not rushed. Lila is level headed and didn’t just jump into the romance because of professionalism and her hesitation after her last relationship. Lila is afraid she’s seen as cold and not caring and I like that Ford and Emily show her that she’s actually the opposite of what she believes.
My only issue with Puppy Christmas, is the way Lila just let her ex boyfriend say these things to her and she never really like talked to him about it. Her sisters defended her against him and told him he was wrong. He even apologized for what he thought of Lila, but I think them having an actual conversation would have been closure. Especially since Lila sets him up with someone else. I also thought this was a little strange too. I love this book a lot. I’m glad I got to read this, but I don’t know if I’m completely sold on just how Lila can let go of how her ex was so mean to her. Yeah, she cares about Ford and Emily. But being called cold seems to bother her so badly. Ford tells her she is a good person and how much Emily loves her. So I think that matters more, but I’m just surprised her ex is wrapped up so well and just dates another character Lila sets him up with. I just think Lila realizing she’s amazing on her own sooner would have been great instead of her sisters and Ford having to tell her. She runs Puppy Promise, she dresses like a princess to make Emily happy, and she’s the one in her family who always steps up. Lila needs to see on her own she is a caring person, not just other people telling her.
Okay but seriously, this is such a good book. Puppy Christmas is a must read for the holiday season. Read it because you get a cute romance along with puppies. Those are awesome on their own. Together they make up this awesome story. I like how the story focuses on all aspects of their relationship, not just falling in love. I can’t wait to read the other two books in the series. I think Gilmore is a new favorite romance author. This is a must this holiday season. Don’t miss out on this book along with the first one in the series.
Until I rant about books again,