By Elsa Watson
Publisher: Tor Books
Publication Date: January 29, 2013
Genre: Adult Contemporary/Fantasy Romance
Fired from her job as a paralegal, Samantha Novak is in trouble. When Telltale, a Hollywood tabloid, asks her to write an expose on the reality television dating show, The Love Dog, Samantha is thrilled. She’s always dreamed of being a writer, and the fat paycheck won’t hurt. After being recently left at the altar, she’s not too keen on love either.
Hired as the canine star’s handler, Samantha finds that digging up dirt on set is harder then she thought. Apollo, the show’s star, is a sweet golden retriever who takes his job as the “love dog” very seriously. He only wants to help couples fall in love and make everyone on set happy. Mason Hall, the show’s producer and leading man, is down to earth, charming, and… very attractive.
If Samantha doesn’t reveal to the world that the reality show isn’t exactly “real,” her new career will be over before it starts. But when she falls in love with Apollo and Mason, will she still have the heart to expose The Love Dog’s dirty secrets?
Confession time: I’m not a dog person. It’s not even that I’m just a cat person, but I’m pretty much really, really not a dog person. They make me nervous, their barks are like nails on chalkboard to me and no matter how many times you bathe them, they smell. So book dogs are great, with all the fun, none of the pooper scoopers. I hadn’t read any dog-centric books until last year’s Dog Days by Elsa Watson and I loved the whimsy of being inside of one’s head. When Tor sent me Watson’s newest release, I was happy to read it and thought with that title, I had to do it on Valentine’s Day. I can review romance anytime, but how often can I do it from a dog’s perspective?