Rescue Dog Romance #1
Piper Summers is having a terrible day: she gets fired from two of her jobs, her taxi cab gets stolen, she embarrasses herself in front of a hot CEO, and her landlord is hounding her for rent money. But surprisingly the CEO, Aiden Caldwell, wants to hire her to walk his recently adopted Dachshund. The more time they spend together the more Piper’s attraction grows; but Aiden doesn’t believe in mixing business with pleasure. When the rescue center Piper works at becomes the target of vandalism and harassment they must work together to protect the center and find the culprit.
This book was so funny! It was like the book form of a great romantic comedy; like the best ones from the 90s: Serendipity, My Best Friend’s Wedding, 10 Things I Hate About You. Casey Griffin does a phenomenal job of writing an entertaining romance with lovable characters and adorable dogs. I was laughing out loud in a few parts and even with the mystery going on Griffin keeps the laughs coming.
I loved Aiden, he was a great hero; caring and protective without being too much of an Alpha. Often times stories where the hero is very rich or in this case a “big CEO” they come across as very conceited and in my opinion annoying. They also always seem to maintain the millionaire persona. I loved that Aiden wanted to just be a normal guy around Piper and even though he’s a bit stuffy at first and has to work on it, he genuinely cares for Piper. Griffin does a great job showing the type of person Aiden is outside of his job.
There was a lot going on in Piper’s life and maybe a few too many “enemies” but for the most part it didn’t bother me. Piper was incredibly stubborn about getting help. Independence is fine but she wants it too much. There were several times when I just wanted Piper to accept Aiden’s help, especially when she was in danger from the person attacking the rescue center. She knew that this person had gotten her address and she still refused to stay at Aiden’s place or let him stay at hers. Independence is fine until it makes you stupid.
I also really enjoyed the dogs and how Griffin wrote them. It’s clear she has dogs herself, because she understands how much a dog’s personality can be so distinct and human-like. The dogs in this book are ready to steal the page anytime they appear and Griffin had me ready to go adopt a Dachshund because they were so cute (though my black lab would not appreciate this).
Boss/Employee, Dog Walker
Piper Summers works like a dog juggling three jobs to put herself through veterinary school—driving taxis, delivering pizzas, and singing telegrams. Thankfully, Piper has her devoted dachshund Colin to help her keep things in line. That is, until she gets fired…and someone throws her a bone that is too good to resist.
Aiden Caldwell is an Armani ad come to life—a billionaire CEO who’s just adopted a dachshund from the rescue center where Piper volunteers. He’s hot on Piper’s tail to be his personal dog walker…but he may be after more than a walker for his wiener. The gorgeous, spirited Piper is everything he’s ever wanted from a woman—and more. But can Piper ever love, and trust, a man who has never learned to open his heart—or has she bitten off more than she can chew?
Published by St. Martin’s Press on August 2, 2016