A New Leash on Love by Debbie Burns

When Craig Williams draws the short straw and has to take his daughter’s adorable new puppy to a shelter after the holidays, it’s just another painful episode in the fall-out of a miserable divorce.

He needs to pick up the pieces of his life, and, after a fiery confrontation with Megan Anderson, the young woman running the shelter, he wants to put the whole episode behind him. However, when he keeps finding new ways to reconnect with her, he realizes Megan’s compassionate and caring nature just might be the perfect salve for his broken heart.

Titles in the Rescue Me series include:  A New Leash On Love

Title:  A New Leash On Love
Series:  Rescue Me #1
Author:  Debbie Burns
Genre:  Contemporary Romance
Published:  July 1, 2017
Publisher:  Sourcebooks Casablanca
My Rating:  4.5 stars

On the surface A New Leash On Love may appear to be a light-hearted romance with a puppy… and in some ways it is exactly that.  Yet it won’t take long to realize that this is a story that digs deeper into human and animal emotions, to situations beyond one’s control and the ways we all deal with the realities of life.

At the moment Megan is running the no kill animal shelter.  She’s stressed, overworked, the shelter is at max capacity and she has a rescue dog that needs them when one more walks in the door.  What looks like yet another Christmas present that a family could not handle.  Yeah, it’s great that they picked a no kill shelter to dump the puppy at… but they should have thought out their new pet purchase a bit better.  And you know what is said about that word “assume”.  Megan couldn’t have been more wrong about this new puppy’s situation but that doesn’t stop her from practically attacking the man she is seeing as irresponsible.

The last place Craig wants to be is walking into this shelter with an adorable puppy that he wishes they could keep.  Recently life has been extremely rough for his family.  Death, divorce, selling their home, a new move… it’s all overpowering to the strongest of people.  He hadn’t expected to be attacked by one lovely woman when he walked into the shelter.  He knew his reasons for being there, she didn’t.  Yet he had no other choice and neither did the puppy.

There is so much going on beneath the surface in A New Leash On Love that it becomes such a learning and an enjoyable experience.  First impressions aren’t always the best ones, but Craig and Megan get another chance to change how they view each other.  A slow, naturally progressing romance will bring two people together, ease some of the family tensions and let love do some healing along the way.  We’ll get a better understanding of how no kill shelters operate and of course, lots of lovable, desperately in need of a forever home animals.  Unless you absolutely despise cats and dogs it’s going to be difficult not to have a few cases of puppy love here yourself.

I enjoyed my time in this world and would recommend this story to any Romance reader who enjoys realistic situations, likable and believable characters and loves to see animals, not only humans, get a happy ending as well.

*I received an e-ARC of this novel from the publisher via NetGalley. That does not change what I think of this story. It is my choice to leave a review giving my personal opinion about this book.*

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