Sit, Stay, Love by Debbie Burns

These dogs aren’t the only ones in need of rescue.

For devoted no-kill shelter worker Kelsey Sutton, rehabbing a group of rescue dogs is a welcome challenge. Working with a sexy ex-military dog handler who needs some TLC himself? That’s a different story.

Kurt Crawford keeps his heart locked away from everyone. Well, everyone except the dogs who need his help…and always have his back. But as Kurt gets to know the compassionate, beautiful woman he’s been assigned to work with, he can’t help but feel a little puppy love…

Titles in the Rescue Me series include:  A New Leash on LoveSit, Stay, Love

Title:  Sit, Stay, Love
Series:  Rescue Me #2
Author:  Debbie Burns
Genre:  Contemporary Romance
Published:  April 3, 2018
Publisher:  Sourcebooks Casablanca
My Rating:  4.5 stars

You know what I really loved and respected about Sit, Stay, Love – aside from the dogs, of course?  Adults acting like adults, okay, maybe flawed, not perfect, have their own issues adults… but, still acting like an adult.  I was drawn in to this story by the plight of the dogs, but the human characters kept me captured to find out what happens next to them all.  It may sound silly, but so often characters act like children throwing a tantrum – so yes, it is noteworthy and enjoyable to find a non-human driven story (dogs desperately in need of help and a forever home) with humans acting like grown-ups.

Both Kurt and Kelsey have realistic issues to be dealt with, there is no denying that.  Kurt has lost too many friends, both human and canine, in his time in deployment.  The absolute last thing he wants to be doing as a new civilian is training dogs again – yet, he cannot let Kelsey face the realities of retraining now former fight dogs in the hopes of eventually finding them forever homes completely on her own.  She’s going to need help and he cannot just walk away from the dog or the woman.  Their’s is a slow burning romance, from strangers to team mates with a purpose, to friends and then more.  There is little sugar glossing on any of the situations.  We all know the reality of life for fight dogs isn’t always a happy ending, yet watching caring humans try to redirect the learned instincts of these rescues is truly heartwarming.  Could there have been more harshness?  I suppose, but I also liked that the author let her readers be human themselves, and trusted us to know the realities, the hardships and the joy of retraining fight dogs without having to hit us with a sledgehammer.

I was easily caught up in Sit, Stay, Love.  With dogs who need love and patience, one superior cat, lots of interesting secondary characters and a story that touches the heart whether you’re a dog lover or not – really, what’s not to enjoy about this one?  I’d recommend Sit, Stay, Love to any Contemporary Romance reader – and if you haven’t read it yet, I’d also recommend the first story in the series, A New Leash on Love 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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