Unleashed by Rachel Lacey

Posted October 28, 2014 by Kate in Liked It, Review / 0 Comments

Unleashed by Rachel LaceyUnleashed by Rachel Lacey
Series: Love to the Rescue #1
Format: eARC
Published by Hachette-Forever Source: Netgalley
Genres: Animals, Contemporary Romance, Friendship, Romance
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What happens when you find the right one at the wrong time?

Cara Medlen has a serious case of animal attraction. And it's not because of all the foster dogs she's rescued. She's got it bad for her incredibly sexy neighbor. Her one rule: Don't get attached. It's served her well with the dogs she's given to good homes and the children she's nannied. Yet the temptation of Matt's sexy smile might just convince her that some rules are made to be broken.

Matt Dumont doesn't need his skills as a private investigator to detect disaster on the horizon. Cara is everything he thought he'd never find-gorgeous, funny, and caring. But there's no way he can start a relationship just as he's about to move to another state. Talk about bad timing. As their attraction sizzles too hot to deny, they'll have to make a decision: forget the consequences and let loose, or forget each other and let go...

I adore this book. I am a sucker for books that showcase animals, especially books that showcase people who are interested and active in rescuing or advocating for animals (especially dogs). And I loved that this book tackled the issue of fostering within it, I myself tried to foster once, it’s how we went from four dogs to six, I am not a person who can get a dog ready for its forever home, but the people who do that job, I have tons of respect for, so I loved the portrayal of how that is emotionally for a person.

So when the book starts both Cara and Matt are in no place to start a relationship. Matt is about to move states away back to where he is from, and Cara is in a self-imposed no-go relationship zone (she’d been sick in the past and was determined to get to 10 years cancer free before making any kind of long term commitment). When the book starts I really felt for Cara, she’s coming home from a funeral, was bringing home a new foster in pretty bad shape, and was dealing with some serious neighbor issues. Cara has such a giving heart, and she puts every bit of her soul into rehabilitating and rehoming the boxers that come to her as fosters. Only problem, she lives in a neighborhood with an HOA and they don’t like her dogs, ignorance in this case on the part of her neighbors. This is an ongoing theme with the book, the ongoing fight for the right to keep her dogs.

Matt on the other hand is a guy who is closing this particular chapter of his life. He’s moving back home, opening up a PI business with his brother, selling his place, and moving in with his mom who has had some health issues. Right before he leaves he starts to take notice of his neighbor. It’s actually kind of hilarious how wrong he was about her right off the bat. And I really liked how their whole dynamic kind of started out. I also liked that the two of them became fast friends, and that Matt is just a really stand up good guy. He is kind of a stick in the mud about certain issues (you have to read to find out what), which did annoy me just a bit, but it wasn’t enough to make me dislike him in anyway.

I really enjoyed reading this book. I loved the friendship dynamic turning into something more. I loved that both these people were both kind in a transitioning place, and neither really ended up where they thought they were going to. I thought this was a really sweet romance, and the dogs were a super awesome bonus.

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About Rachel Lacey

Rachel Lacey lives in North Carolina, with her husband, son, and their own rescued pup. She volunteers her spare time with Carolina Boxer Rescue and truly has a passion for helping our furry friends. She is a member of the Romance Writers of America as well as her local Heart of Carolina RWA chapter.

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