REVIEW: Dog Park Sweethearts by Sasha Summers
Best friends fur-ever…
Autumn Welsh has a full life. Dream job. Loyal dog. Good friends. And a happy family. Or it would be, if she could stop worrying about her dad. He needs to get out, live a little, maybe even find someone special. And she has the perfect woman in mind. With the help of her steadfast, dog park buddy Noah, she sets out to help her father find companionship just in time for Valentine’s day. Little does she guess that her dad won’t be the only one finding love…
Restoration expert Noah Contreras was all in favor of Autumn’s matchmaking. His mother was lonely and her father was too. So why not give them a little push toward one another? Besides, spending time with Autumn is always an adventure. From giving art lessons to helping with pet adoption events, she embraces life with an energy and joy Noah finds irresistible. But Noah’s contract is almost finished, and he’ll soon have to move on.
Does he dare ask Autumn to be his Valentine, when he might not be around for the rest of the year?
Dear Ms. Summers
This book sounded sweet and indeed it was. Right in time for Valentine’s Day, a small town in Texas readies for the annual holiday dance and two best friends discover that there’s more to their relationship than they realized. And there are dogs plus yummy sounding muffins.
Noah and Autumn are friends who meet, with their dogs, three times a week to sit, talk, and let their dogs play. After doing this for a year, neither one seems to have noticed how much they enjoy each other’s company. The rest of the small town does but not them. It’s a good thing this is a nice small town and that the nosiness is of the pleasant kind that never tips over into outright manipulation of the main characters.
Noah might not be overly enthusiastic about Autumn’s idea to match-make their widowed parents but he doesn’t oppose it and when the parents appear to hit things off, he supports all the maneuvering it takes to keep them around each other. The fact that this keeps Noah and Autumn even more in close contact scoots their relationship along even if both need to be goosed a bit to get to declaring it.
I like that the woman in Noah’s past isn’t Evil nor has she wrecked him (in his opinion) for any future love. The speed bumps in the road to HEA are (fairly easily) dealt with and everyone has nothing but their best intentions in mind. I might wish that much of the background info about them hadn’t been repeated a good bit and that things had kicked into gear a bit sooner but this is a happy, holiday story that’s nice with few conflicts and fast to read. B-