Olivia Graham isn’t in a position to have a dog of her own, but her new position as a volunteer rescue driver for the local animal shelter will keep her close to her four-legged friends. When she’s called to transport dogs and cats that have been displaced by flooding, she doesn’t hesitate to help, but her aging car isn’t as reliable as she is…
She’s picked up by veterinarian Gabe Wentworth, former EMT, and firefighter, who’s also heading to the rescue site. After a bad breakup, Gabe’s embraced the hermit life. When he meets Olivia, he can’t deny their irresistible mutual attraction, and his first thought is to run the other direction. But the more he learns about the woman who would risk everything to save vulnerable animals, the more he realizes what he might be willing to risk…
Title: Head Over Paws
Series: Rescue Me #5
Author: Debbie Burns
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Published: April 28, 2020
Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca
My Rating: 4.5 stars
Head Over Paws is the fifth title in the Rescue Me series – and this one stole my heart from the very beginning… especially as we get several points of view in this story – including one amazing dog’s, Morgan.
While Olivia can’t have her own dog that doesn’t stop her from lavishing all her love on the pups at a shelter she volunteers at. Right now she’s heading out to be the driver/rescuer of dogs and cats devastated by local flooding – except maybe her car isn’t up to the very real challenge. Fortunately, her hero, in the form of Gabe and his now-retired dog, Samson come to her rescue — and straight into each other’s hearts.
I’m going to admit that I waited impatiently for Morgan’s chapters. I did. While I loved Olivia and Gabe who are perfect for each other once they get past the trust/risk issues, it was definitely one pup who won my heart in Head Over Paws. If you’ve ever wondered what your dog is “really” thinking about your shenanigans then this is the perfect book for you.
I had such fun with this couple as they navigate not only floodwaters but getting beyond those perceived risk factors they both have. As always in the Rescue Me series, the animals are just (if not more) important to the overall story – and I’ve a feeling you’ll fall in love with Samson and Morgan quite easily. I know I did. Looking for a story to steal your heart in these challenging times? Head Over Paws should do the trick very nicely.
*I received an e-ARC of this novel from Sourcebooks Casablanca 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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