Lila Vasquez might not be the “fun one” at Puppy Promise―the service puppy training school she runs with her sisters―but she can always be counted on to gets things done. So when her latest client shows an interest in princess gowns instead of power suits, Lila puts aside her scruples, straps on the glittery heels, and gets to work.

If only the adorable six-year-old’s father wasn’t such an appealing Prince Charming.

Ford’s whole life revolves around his daughter…until he meets Lila. Smart, capable, and amazing at helping Emily gain confidence with her new service puppy at her side, Lila is everything he ever wanted―but she’s way out of his league. Good thing Emily and her new pup are up to the matchmaking task. This Christmas, it’s all hands (and paws) on deck!

Titles in the Service Puppies/Forever Home series include – Puppy Love – Puppy Christmas – Puppy Kisses –

Title:  Puppy Christmas
Series:  Service Puppies/Forever Home #2
Author:  Lucy Gilmore
Genre:  Contemporary Romance, Christmas Romance
Published:  September 24, 2019
Publisher:  Sourcebooks Casablanca
My Rating:  4.5 stars

Sometimes a story just hits me in the “feels” and lingers on long after I’ve flipped the final page.  PUPPY CHRISTMAS is such a story.  The second book in the Service Puppy / Forever Home series this one is about the eldest of the sisters, Lila, and she is as complex and as down to earth as any woman can be.  When I first met her in PUPPY LOVE, I wasn’t sure if she really was that serious all the time or if something made that happen – I got my answer, that’s for sure.  I loved how she came alive, out of that shell and showed her true self to not only Ford and Emily, but to those around her as well.  She needed the right man (and a little girl) in her life to shine and did she ever.  Not without some stumbles, but I adored who she showed herself to be at the heart.

Ford is a charmer, no doubt.  He uses humor and his flirting ability to deflect people from getting too close.  His one true focus is his daughter, Emily, and she is so adorable I’d just love to hug her tight.

PUPPY CHRISTMAS is a delightful, fun, realistic romance that may have a bit of a slow burn feel, but at the core, this is two people discovering that they can be seen for themselves completely, just as they are, and still be loved.  Now, expect scenes to be stolen (and maybe your heart, too) by a service pup named Jeeves and one princess loving little girl who’s hearing difficulties are realistically and subtly explained.  I loved these characters individually and together they make the perfect family.  Secondary characters mean so much to me in any story, and there are plenty of them to enjoy in this story.

I had fun with Ford, Emily, Jeeves, and Lila – and that is the entire point.  If you enjoy a really good, realistic Christmas love story then you’ll want to check out PUPPY CHRISTMAS, or any story in this series for yourself.  I’d highly recommend it without hesitation.

*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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