Tuesday, February 14, 2017

REVIEW: "Beauty and the Wiener" by Casey Griffin (Romantic Comedy, Contemporary Romance)

by Casey Griffin

Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Genre: Romantic Comedy, Contemporary Romance
Publication Date: February 7th 2017

Series: A Rescue Dog Romance, #2
Standalone: Yes

Dog Lovers, Romance, Suspense
Other Books by Casey Griffin

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Description from Publisher:

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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My Musings:
I seriously loved every minute of this and was sad for it to end!!

Addison is a dog groomer - sorry, stylist - who is trying to expand her company and introduce her fashion line of clothing for dogs. She is also on the hunt for Mr. Right. While at an event for show dogs, she thinks she meets him and everything is going well for her until most of the dogs who were supposed to be showing a preview of her line disappear. There are two suspects - her, and the obnoxious but super sexy bartender, Felix (who isn't Mr. Right because he is too much Addison type). She pretty much makes him help her figure out who stole the dogs, and it's quite the adventure!

The mystery of this was good, though I had an inkling well before the reveal (I still second guessed though, so it was still fun!). The adventure and then suspense was seriously great and had me on the edge of my seat and staying up much too late because I had to know what happened.

And oh the romance! I loved the scorching-hot chemistry Addison amd Felix had but also the depth of their relationship and how they supported one another. Their banter had me laughing and really rooting for the two of them to work it out.

I really enjoyed the lack of serious drama from their past since there was plenty in their present, and it kept things focused on the present. Addison's resistance to the burning attraction between her and Felix, and how wrong she had things added a great layer to this too.

Really, I have to say it again: I loved Felix and the reasons he is on my list of awesome book boyfriends now just became more and more as the book went on. I couldn't help but see him as Robert Downey, Jr., which is my ideal hero. Cocky and funny, yet vulnerable.

And the dogs! So cute! As a huge dog lover who considers her little dog part of the family, I thought every doggy aspect was perfect.

So, yes, this was fantastic and I highly recommend it!!

My Source: I received a digital ARC from the publisher to voluntarily review. This in no way influenced my review. My opinion is unbiased and my 100% own.

About the Author: Casey Griffin
Casey Griffin can often be found at comic conventions on her days off from her day job, driving 400 ton dump trucks in Northern Alberta, Canada. As a jack of all trades with a resume boasting registered nurse, English teacher, and photographer, books are her true passion. Casey is a 2012 Amazon Breakthrough Novel finalist, and is currently busy writing every moment she can.
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