Published by Harlequin Source: Author
Genres: Animals, Contemporary Romance, Friendship, Millionaire/Billionaire Hero, Romance, Small Town Romance
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Sit, Stay…Fall In Love?
Veterinary technician Jillian Everett has met plenty of canines—and some men who deserve "dog" tags. But when millionaire hotelier Nic Caruso strides into Paradise Animal Clinic, a scruffy border collie muddying his designer suit, Jillian has to sit up and take notice. Nic might be gorgeous, but she's had more than enough heartbreak for one lifetime in dog years.
Nic doesn't expect to fall for a dog in need—or his beautiful caretaker! The big-city bachelor is on Paradise Isle to wreak havoc on the town Jillian loves so much. For the first time in forever, Nic realizes there's more to life than work…and love might be worth a shot. But can Jillian tame this stray for good? Or will Nic remain a lone wolf forever?
As all of my readers are aware of, I love animals, specifically dogs, so when this book came my way and I saw the title of the book, I knew I had to read it. Another thing that really stuck out to me about this book was the setting, I haven’t spent a lot of time in Florida, but I have spent a lot of time in small towns, and I think they make awesome settings for books, especially when that small town way of life is threatened by the big city businessman who wants to come in change it all.
So I guess I was expecting Nic to be like big time business man from NYC, you know kind of rough around the edges, only concerned with the bottom line, I totally didn’t expect him to be so conflicted about things. When he shows up on Paradise Isle, he is looking to buy a hotel and some land, so he can put a big sky-scrapper hotel and turn sleepy little Paradise Isle into a tourist stop complete with chains and nightclubs. But being on the island really showed him what he was missing in life, the way of life is such a slower pace and he is finally feeling like he can relax for the first time in years. Plus he meets Jillian who is super attached to the island the way it is, and oh man does Nic feel conflicted about his plans.
As for Jillian, she’s really sweet. She has a hard life story, parents who died at an early age and foster care until she aged out. She is a vet tech and has a serious love of animals (although she can’t own one of her own because of her landlord), but when Nic walks into her life with an injured dog she knows, she can’t help but be attracted to the guy. Of course, that’s when she finds out about his true purpose to the island and then things change.
I normally read a lot of sweet romances, because I just like more action in my books, more drama, and this book definitely fell under the sweet romance category for me, although this one was enjoyable for me. While yes, I did totally wish there was a lot more action between Nic and Jillian, I did this the character development between them was sweet and I did want them to end up together, they had a good dynamic. The pacing was relaxed, and kind of made the book perfect for like a lazy Sunday read. If you like sweet romances, especially ones with animal lovers, then I think this should be a book you check out, it was a good read for me.