by Casey Griffin
Series: A Rescue Dog Romance #2
Published on February 7, 2017 by St. Martin's Paperbacks
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance
A TAIL AS OLD AS TIME…
Addison Turner has scripted a perfect future for herself, complete with a fairytale ending. She will become the name in doggie fashion design and live happily ever after with the husband of her dreams—and her dachshund, Princess, by her side. Just when her plan is on track and she’s gaining recognition at the local dog show, Addison is hit with some Oscar-worthy drama. A group of prize-winning show dogs are stolen from under her nose, and she’s stuck asking for help from Felix Vaughn, an infuriatingly hot bartender who is the exact opposite of Prince Charming.
When more dogs go missing—and Felix becomes a suspect—the two team up to clear their names. Although Felix and Addison fight like cats and dogs, there’s an undeniable spark between them. And as the trail to the missing dogs heats up, so does their red-hot chemistry. Can Addison be persuaded to throw away her script to find an ending that just might be better than she ever expected?
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Contemporaries are not my thing.
I know, I know, then why did I read this one, you ask? Well, one of my goals this year is to read more in this particular genre to balance out the massive amounts of fantasy I read. So keep that in mind when I talk about Beauty and the Wiener because, while this wasn’t the book for me, I think it was a solid choice for the genre that avid contemporary romance readers will enjoy.
We’re introduced to Addison, a dog stylist preparing some pooches for a big show and getting her business name out there. She meets the bartender, Felix, and the two chat for a bit before going separate ways. Then…wait for it…some of the dogs are stolen! Which, of course, forces our leading lady and gentleman to work together to solve the mystery. And avoid falling for each other.
So, I guess my big issue with this book is that I went in expecting a romance that was a little… hotter. I’d describe Beauty and the Wiener as a cute, fluff romance perfect for dog lovers and fans of happily ever afters. But in a romance, I expect there to be, well, romance. And while the two grew closer emotionally, developing that bond of trust that’s ever so important, there wasn’t enough of the chemistry to really kick things up to the next level.
The vast majority of the book focuses around the mystery of the stolen show dogs which, frankly, was far less interesting for me. I am an animal lover through and through but the dogs didn’t even play that large of a role outside of serving as the reason for these two to spend time together. So I couldn’t even throw the book that bone (yes, pun intended).
But as I mentioned at the beginning, while this writing style didn’t work for me and what I wanted to get out of this book, it was still a really well written romance. The characters had significant growth over the course of the book, all the while weaving in a mystery that (for most) will keep you on your toes guessing who did it. It’s longer than I expected too, and there’s a lot going on between the dog-napping and each of the character’s personal struggles.
Oh, and I can’t forget to mention this one scene involving a doggy shower where Addison works and a few lines regarding Jack Sparrow and someone being a naughty wench… I couldn’t take any of the “sexier” scenes serious after that but it was definitely good for a giggle fit.
Honestly, this book was just perfectly lighthearted. Though part of a series, it reads as a standalone and I’d recommend it to anyone looking for a simple mystery story with a bit of simmering romance beneath the surface. Though not my cup of tea, I have no doubt that this book would be perfect for fans of the genre!