Monday, February 20, 2017

Paws for Love

GIVEAWAY

MENTINK, DANA
PAWS FOR LOVE

The only thing sweet about Jellybean is his name...

Jellybean the terrier is about to unleash some serious mayhem on the unsuspecting town of Albatross.

There's no quiet on the set when over-the-hall screen star Lawrence Tucker brings his naughty terrier, Jellybean, on location to the beachside town of Albatross, California. When Jellybean develops a rapport with Tucker's violin tutor, the painfully shy, socially awkward Misty Agnelli, her arm is twisted into minding the mischievous animal. Trailing Jellybean leads Misty into the candy store of Bill Woodson, a handsome chocolatier with a painful secret and a three-year-old niece to raise.

Misty must deal with the unstable Tucker, a temperamental Jellybean, her budding feelings for the mysterious Bill, she wants nothing more than to flee, how can she tell her nana, Lawrence Tucker's biggest fan, that she abandoned the star and his dog?

It's actors, animals, and antics galore when Jellybean gives his own heartwarming performance.

My Review:

Paws down the cutest cover ever!!!! Who can resist that face? Even if it belongs to a "fuzzy wrecking ball?" I don't know if anyone will be surprised if I tell you that Jellybean might have a bigger piece of my heart than two-legged hero, Bill. Such a little scamp (dog, not man) and while I found it highly entertaining to read about his escapades, I think the thrill would soon wear off if I actually lived through them. It takes a certain personality -- one that consists of an abundance of patience -- to cope with that opinionated mutt. Grinning just thinking about it.

And a huge 'hoorah' for a klutzy heroine!!! You don't often find them in the pages of a romance novel. At least I haven't spied that many and as a self-proclaimed klutz I pay attention to things like that. So there was an instant connection between Misty and me. And her deer-in-the-headlights reaction to complicated social situations just warmed my heart even more.

I think what impressed me the most about Bill was his insecurities and the fact that the author went out on a limb to write an atypical hero.  He is struggling to adjust to being the sole caregiver to his orphaned niece and feelings of inadequacies keep creeping in. He's an 'out of the box' kind of guy and I love the way Mentink slowly reveals a major issue. I fell in love with his vulnerability and courage.

And even though Paws for Love is slapstick funny -- there's a touching inspirational thread that binds everything together. "God made you to shine a light...You don't get to pick what kind of candle you get." (p 79) Has to be one of my favourite lines ever.

A rousing comedic masterpiece that also delivers a stirring amount of tenderness and hope.

My thanks to the author and Harvest House Publishers for providing me with a copy of this book.

Giveaway Opportunity:

 If you would like an opportunity to win a copy of Paws for Love please leave a comment below or email me at kavluvstoread AT yahoo DOT ca. If you post a comment and add your email address please use AT and DOT instead of @ and . to protect yourself from spammers. If you enter the draw via email please remember to put the title in the subject line so it's easier for me to spot your entry. Draw will be held and winner announced on Sunday February 26 2017.  Offer open to international readers. Good luck!

40 comments:

  1. I love this one along with the first two books in the series! I can't name a favorite as they are all just as good as the last one. Dana has a penchant for writing about petulant pooches! And quirky two-legged characters as well & wrapping it up in a great spiritual lesson to boot! I sure hope she continues the trend with these lovable but sometimes naughty K-9's, she has a certain knack for that kind of story.

    I was eagerly waiting for your review on this, as I knew you'd love it ;-)

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    1. I adored it! I've missed the second one so I'm going to get that soon. It has a border collie on the cover! Woot!

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  2. I love these kind of books. They look really good. Thanks for all the chances to win. iamabho (at) gmail (.) com

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    1. You're welcome, Linda. Good luck.

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    2. Thanks What other books do these go with?

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    3. Sit, Stay, Love and Fetching Sweetness. All standalones but they all feature a key canine who helps the plot move along. :-) And the romance too.

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    4. OK I think I have both they looked really familiar The solid color background with just a dog on the cover and her name sounded familiar too Thanks

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  3. I've looked forward to each release in this new series by Dana Mentink. I love to see what type of dog will be featured on each cover. And they never fail to bring a smile to my face. tlhcoupon(at)hotmail(dot)com

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    1. There something about a goofy canine that brings umph to a story. Good luck, Terrill.

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  4. Awww, I love Jellybean already and can't wait to read his story! Thanks for the chance, Kav.

    texaggs2000 at gmail dot com

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    1. Isn't that a cute cover???? Good luck, Britney.

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  5. You had me at the cover! I'm looking up the first two books in this series right now.
    eswright18 at gmail dot com

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    1. I know....how can anyone resist????? Good luck, Ellie.

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  6. I love Dana's dogs series. I do can't wait to read this!!

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    1. She certainly captures the essence of canine. LOL Good luck, Karen.

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  7. Oh, this sounds so cute. Thank you
    leliamae54(at)aol(dot)com

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  8. SQUEAL! (and I'm not usually a squealer! ;) ) I LOVE THIS SERIES! :D I to love the slapstick and heart warming tales!

    Many Blessings, Amada
    amada_chavezATyahooDOTcom

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    1. Hee hee...don't you mean heart warming TAILS? Good luck, Amada

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    2. LOL! YES how could I possibly have misspelled it! ;)

      Hugs, A

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  9. I've only read her suspense books so this will be refreshingly different and fun!

    mindyhoungATmsnDOTcom

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    1. Very different but just as good. Good luck, Mindy.

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  10. Sound like a cute story and with some depth! Plus as you said, no one can resist this little fur ball :)

    samanthabis23 at gmail dot com

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    1. Yes -- a winning combination. Good luck, Samantha.

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  11. I agree, the escapades are fun to read about but wouldn't be as fun in person after a few of them. I can hardly wait to read this series of stories! Thanks for the review and giveaway. d[dot]brookmyer[at]yahoo[dot]com

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    1. You're welcome, Donna. Good luck. I think you'll enjoy Jellybean's story...from the comfort of your un-Jellybean home. LOL

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  12. Loved the first book in this series, they are so cute!

    pattymh2000(at)yahoo(dot)com

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    1. Aren't they though? Good luck, Patty.

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  13. Books with cute little dogs are always so much fun!
    pbclark(at)netins(dot)net

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    1. They sure are. Good luck, rubynreba.

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  14. Cute cover. Gotta be a cute read. cheetahthecat1986(at)gmail(dot)com

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    1. It is, Kim, and so much more. Good luck.

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  15. The first two books of this series are so sweet and hilarious, can't wait to read this one! Thank you for the giveaway opportunity, Kav! betherin02 AT gmail DOT com

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    1. Yes, you need to complete the set. Good luck, Beth Erin.

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  16. My heart just melted when I saw Jellybean! Show my a cute dog and I'm immediately in love. Glad I'll get to read about his antics and not have to live them. Excited to meet Bill too.

    ecriggs1990(at)aol(dot)com

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    1. Yes, there's something alluring about a rascally terrier, isn't there? Good luck, Liz.

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  17. I love this series, but then I love dogs too! I have been waiting to find a copy of this release. I would love to win a copy.

    Blessings,
    Cindy W.
    countrybear52 AT yahoo DOT com

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    1. I love dogs too. Always get excited when there's a dog featured in a story. Good luck, Cindy.

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  18. Love stories that include animals & this one sounds like it really shines. Thank you for including me in this giveaway. adult4beckyATaolDOTcom

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    1. The combination is soooooo sweet. You'll love it. Good luck, tickmenot.

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