Genre: Adult Contemporary Romance
Series: Forever Home #1
Rating: 2 out of 5
Recommend to Others?: No
ABOUT: Sophie Vasquez runs Puppy Promise, a service puppy training organization. Sophie’s always been treated as the frail baby of the family—a thing she hates but doesn’t know how to change. Until, that is, she meets her newest client.
Harrison Parks is a wildfire firefighter who isn’t allowed back in the field unless he finds a service dog. Reluctantly, he agrees, never expecting to be assigned a skittish Pomeranian and the equally skittish woman who’s supposed to wrangle them both into order. As it turns out, they all have something to prove…and more than enough room in their hearts for a little puppy love.
I picked this book up because it centered around service dogs – which I love, admire and respect – and the premise sounded like it’d be a really cute story.
Sophie, after surviving leukemia, wants to prove she’s not fragile; Harrison just wants to get back to work without damaging his image and protect his heart from everyone. Sophie and Harrison are two very different people but have a lot in common – making them perfect for each other based off their initial interactions.
However, I did not like how Sophie handled Harrison’s case from the very beginning. It was unprofessional, unethical, and borderline sexual harassment. I didn’t like how she used their mutual instant attraction to get him to open up and work with her and Bubble (like purposefully wearing certain clothing to show off her body). It was wrong – like a therapist taking advantage of their client’s vulnerabilities, knowing exactly how to manipulate them. And her sisters encouraged this. This went on for 3/4 of the book and I couldn’t shake my disapproval.
The only good part of this book was Bubbles. I loved her to bits and loved even more that she was a rescue dog. As much as I didn’t like Sophie, I was happy to see her push and advocate for Bubbles to be paired with Harrison.
I think I would’ve loved this story if not for the inappropriate conduct of business.