Life on the Leash
Must Love Dogs meets My Not So Perfect Life in this hilarious romantic comedy about a dog trainer who’s a master at managing her four-legged friends, but when it comes to her love life...let’s just say she still has a lot to learn.Cora Bellamy is a woman who thrives on organization. She’s successfully run her own dog training business for years, perfectly content with her beloved rescue pitbull as the main man in her life. She’s given everything to her business, and her lack of social life (or slobber-free clothes) has been completely worth it.But all that changes when she meets Charlie Gill, the hottest client she’s ever had. The only problem? Charlie’s taken. Luckily, Cora has a new friend—the sweet, lovably geeky Eli Crawford. More loyal than a retriever, he’s always there to help Cora with her problems, including her love life. That’s why she’s shocked to realize that even as things start heating up with Charlie, there might just be a more-than-friends spark between her and Eli, too.As Cora’s life gets more tangled up than a dogwalker’s leashes—and as she prepares to audition for a dog-training TV show that may irrevocably change her entire life—she has to figure things out before it all goes straight to the dogs.Charming, witty, and warm-hearted, Life on the Leash inspires you to cheer for every underdog looking for love.

Life on the Leash Details

TitleLife on the Leash
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseSep 18th, 2018
PublisherGallery Books
ISBN-139781501191671
Rating
GenreRomance, Womens Fiction, Chick Lit, Adult, Fiction, Contemporary

Life on the Leash Review

  • Melisa
    January 1, 1970
    5 big old ginormous stars for this book from me! Any book that gives you chills at the end deserves a full sweep! I loved everything about this book - not only did it appeal to my love of dogs but it was so, so much more. It was about the kindness and compassion of people like our main character, Cora, who have made such a difference in the lives of animals. I have three rescue dogs myself, so this was especially close to my heart. The message here is an important one. It was also a realistic de 5 big old ginormous stars for this book from me! Any book that gives you chills at the end deserves a full sweep! I loved everything about this book - not only did it appeal to my love of dogs but it was so, so much more. It was about the kindness and compassion of people like our main character, Cora, who have made such a difference in the lives of animals. I have three rescue dogs myself, so this was especially close to my heart. The message here is an important one. It was also a realistic depiction of dog training with positive reinforcement instead of negativity and abuse. But! It’s not just about dogs! We have a villain, two love interests, and a landscaping competition reality show. There was humor and depth and romance. I loved the comic relief from Cora’s roommate and best friend, Maggie. I adored Eli and his salsa dancing and giant heart. And the dogs - they all had their own personalities and were important characters!I highly recommend this to animal lovers! You will not be disappointed!A huge thank you to Gallery Books for my early copy. This one will be available September 18th!
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  • Kendall
    January 1, 1970
    Happy pub day to this fantastic furry read!! Get your hands on this. Oh my gosh this was such a fun and adorable book!! First off... LOVE the title of this book and the cover! Life on the Leash is a perfect mix of humor, love, friendship, and even a lil mix of romance :) You can help but love on your main character Cora. Cora has her own dog training business in Washington D.C and has such a huge heart helping her fellow dog companions. Cora finds an amazing opportunity to audition for a tv show Happy pub day to this fantastic furry read!! Get your hands on this. Oh my gosh this was such a fun and adorable book!! First off... LOVE the title of this book and the cover! Life on the Leash is a perfect mix of humor, love, friendship, and even a lil mix of romance :) You can help but love on your main character Cora. Cora has her own dog training business in Washington D.C and has such a huge heart helping her fellow dog companions. Cora finds an amazing opportunity to audition for a tv show that is right up her alley... training for dogs. While Cora has the reality show on her mind, she meets a new client Charlie Gill that is practically the man of her dreams. But, only one tiny issue... he comes with his other half Maddison. On the upside, Cora meets a new friend Eli, who may turn out to be more then just her friend. Can Cora get it together and untangle her web of leashes between these two men and compete for this reality show?! This book was so refreshing to me... I can't tell you how nice it is to see something different then the typical dark thrillers. Victoria Schade is new author for me but one I am definitely going to put on my radar moving forward as should you! :) If you love dogs like I do, a little bit of romance, and quirky yet sassy characters then this is the perfect women's fiction novel for you.4.25 stars rounded up on this one! This is one not to miss and to pre-order! :) Huge thank you to Gallery and Netgalley for an advanced arc in exchange for my honest review.Published to GR: 6/29/18Publication date: 9/18/18
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  • Holly B
    January 1, 1970
     Cora is a successful dog trainer and her love of dogs is a priority in her life, but could Mr. Right be in her near future? Cora spends all her time training dogs for clients that really have no clue about dog ownership (yes, we do have to train them to potty outside).  She is a hero to the dogs she helps and she has the special touch it takes to understand the pups.  The one thing that is missing from her life is that special man (he needs to be a dog lover of course).  One of her new clients  Cora is a successful dog trainer and her love of dogs is a priority in her life, but could Mr. Right be in her near future? Cora spends all her time training dogs for clients that really have no clue about dog ownership (yes, we do have to train them to potty outside).  She is a hero to the dogs she helps and she has the special touch it takes to understand the pups.  The one thing that is missing from her life is that special man (he needs to be a dog lover of course).  One of her new clients is quite the hunk, but he has a gorgeous girlfriend. He is taken, but she wishes he would act like it (yep, I know the type) and stop all the shenanigans.Dog lovers will love the mishaps, the adventures and the gentle training methods Cora uses to help her clients with their pups. She doesn't mind getting sloppy kisses or muddy paw prints on her clothes. How could I not love her?A sparkling story that was full of laughs, four-legged friends and a few compromising situations. This was the perfect light and fluffy read I needed.Thanks to Gallery Books for my ARC. Review will post to Amazon/BN on publication date Sept. 18,2018
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  • Iryna (Book and Sword)
    January 1, 1970
    3.5/5 stars This review wouldn't be complete without a picture of my own dog, so reading world, meet Luna (named after a Luna-cat in Sailor Moon).The main reason as to why I picked this book up:"Cora Bellamy is a woman who thrives on organization. She’s successfully run her own dog training business for years, perfectly content with her beloved rescue pitbull as the main man in her life."Sure, the cover caught my eye too, but once I saw the words rescued pitbull I was sold. As an owner of a pitl 3.5/5 stars This review wouldn't be complete without a picture of my own dog, so reading world, meet Luna (named after a Luna-cat in Sailor Moon).The main reason as to why I picked this book up:"Cora Bellamy is a woman who thrives on organization. She’s successfully run her own dog training business for years, perfectly content with her beloved rescue pitbull as the main man in her life."Sure, the cover caught my eye too, but once I saw the words rescued pitbull I was sold. As an owner of a pitlab mix dog I am sick and tired of people judging the poor breed for what we, as humans, did to them (and sadly still continue to do). Will a cub tiger try to eat you or will it cuddle you? Baby animals do not learn their instincts until they are are taught them - by their mother or by a human. As shocking as it sounds a pitbull dog doesn't want to fight another dog for your entertainment . But it will do it if its trained to do so. So before you call a pitbull (or a doberman, or a boxer or whatever breed you have prejudice with) a monster, think about the true monsters behind the dog who enjoy watching innocent animals fight to death so they can make money on it. I got a bit off topic over there, but some things you just can't keep inside. I enjoyed every single bit of this book that had to do with dogs - dogs of all shapes and sizes. Cora is a dog whisperer and the bond she was able to share with each dog made me pet my dog twice as much as I normally do (and I already pet her a lot!)​The only reason this book wasn't a complete winner for me was because I didn't really care for the tv-show plot. There was just too much tv-show talk in it - I read books because I don't care about tv-shows, so obviously I don't really want to read about them. But it did propel the plot forward and all of the things that happened were nicely wrapped up in the end. Cora was a great main character - she was shy, but strong. She had her baggage but she always came through when important things were on the line. And her devotion to her profession was truly remarkable. We need people like Cora in real life! The love interest, or should I say the lust interest of Cora's infuriated me, but in the end I was able to see where Cora was coming from and forgave her. ​The side characters were well developed and added nice dimension to the story. I really enjoyed Maggie, although her falling out with Darnell and then falling back in was a bit too easy to be believable. Despite the happy ending the book wasn't the lightest of reads for me. As a loving dog owner it was incredibly hard to read about abuse and injustice many dogs had to go through. And from the hands of their owners! It broke my heart and I definitely teared up more than once while reading. I think that this will make a great summer read for both dog lovers and those who don't know much about dogs and how they operate. If I had to classify this I'd say chick-lit + dogs. The book is actually rich on good dog advice (thanks to the author's dog training background) so I think I also learned something from it. Big thanks to NetGalley and Gallery, Threshold, Pocket books for an advanced e-copy of this book. All opinions are my own, honest and come from the heart. Life on the leash will be published in September of 2018.My WEBSITEMy INSTAGRAMMy WORDPRESS BLOG
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  • Cristina | CristiinaReads
    January 1, 1970
    ➳A sexy standalone romance filled with so much potential of readers falling in love with the characters... ➳ARC kindly provided by Gallery Books in exchange for an honest review...➳Follow Me On:Blog ♕ Instagram ♕ Facebook ♕ Twitter
  • Stephanie
    January 1, 1970
    4.5 StarsWhat a delightful, heartwarming story! I had so much fun reading Life on the Leash! Victoria Schade has written a funny, refreshing, feel-good novel that is perfect for a lighthearted, quick read. Wait, did I mention there are dogs in the book??!! Oh, yes!! Lots of dogs, which is one of the main reasons that I picked this book up since I'm a huge dog lover and always have my 10-year-old black lab/pit bull mix Onyx right beside me (hogging the couch or bed) whenever I'm reading or writin 4.5 StarsWhat a delightful, heartwarming story! I had so much fun reading Life on the Leash! Victoria Schade has written a funny, refreshing, feel-good novel that is perfect for a lighthearted, quick read. Wait, did I mention there are dogs in the book??!! Oh, yes!! Lots of dogs, which is one of the main reasons that I picked this book up since I'm a huge dog lover and always have my 10-year-old black lab/pit bull mix Onyx right beside me (hogging the couch or bed) whenever I'm reading or writing my book reviews! There's also some romance going on in the book, and you just have to love a book with romance and dogs!Cora Bellamy, the main character, is absolutely adorable! I love her! She is one of those book characters who you just want to be best friends with; I'm sure we've all encountered one or two of those along the way while reading, right? I love spending all my time with my dog, being covered with his kisses, and trying to get black dog hair off my clothes, so I think she and I would be great friends!Cora used to be hugely successful in corporate America, but she left that world to follow her dreams to work with and help save dogs because of a passionate love for dogs she's had since she was a young girl. Now, she has a successful dog training business and blog that advocates dog behavioral training methods based on kindness, gentle corrections, and positive training instead of training dogs using aggression and fear. The excellent dog training advice throughout the book was just an added bonus and when I realized that Schade is a dog trainer, I appreciated it even more!The other characters, people and pups alike, are fabulous too--even the few that you dislike because they are so well written and characterized! They range from wonderful, friendly, funny, silly, quirky, sad, despondent, sinister, egotistical, selfish, amazing, and drool-worthy! Cora's rescue pit-bull, Fritz stole my heart with his loving affections and the way he made every rescue dog she brought home feel welcomed and safe. He's just the epitome of doggie friendship and is the way I wished everyone viewed rescue dogs and beautiful pits, who have such loving hearts and only fight and are aggressive if trained that way, as well as all rescue dogs, who are so loving and need a second chance at a loving, forever home!!While Life on the Leash has its romantic moments and the ending was fantastic, what I loved the most was the emphasis on friendships throughout the book! Cora's best friend and roommate Maggie is always there to brush her off and give her a needed push, and Cora is there to do the same for Maggie. And her friend Eli is always around anytime Cora needs him and shows her what it really means to be a true friend, which is so much more than what she's getting out of the burgeoning relationship between her hot but very much taken client!    Life on the Leash is the perfect read for when you are looking for something a little lighter like I was when I read it! It will make you laugh, smile and if you are like me, you will even shed some tears over how some dog owners treat their own dogs, but that in no way ruined my enjoyment of this delightful book since that's, unfortunately, the sad truth. I highly recommend dog lovers pick this one up! Actually, I think all animal lovers will be won over by Cora and her unadulterated love of dogs and the friends in her life! Definitely, don't miss this one because Schade has written a wonderful book full of heart, joy, and about taking second chances! **Thank you Netgalley and Gallery Books for my ARC in exchange for my fair and honest review. **
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  • Chris C - A Midlife Wife
    January 1, 1970
    What a lighthearted sweet story! 4.5 Stars~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~When you’ve never read an author before, sometimes it can be a little disconcerting because you don’t know what you’re going to get. When I was looking at this to review, I thought it was a more of a women’s fiction. However, I was pleasantly surprised that this was actually a contemporary look at living life and a yearning for romance.I love what the author did with the story. You take a ex-corporate girl who decided to follow her passio What a lighthearted sweet story! 4.5 Stars~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~When you’ve never read an author before, sometimes it can be a little disconcerting because you don’t know what you’re going to get. When I was looking at this to review, I thought it was a more of a women’s fiction. However, I was pleasantly surprised that this was actually a contemporary look at living life and a yearning for romance.I love what the author did with the story. You take a ex-corporate girl who decided to follow her passion. Then throw in a bit of man crush, some humorous friends, many wacky clients, and you get a delightful story with a happily ever after ending that leaves a smile on your face.It was direct and very accurate story of what we experience in life today. I loved her characters and great personalities that she gave them. What was best of all was that they were not perfect. They made mistakes but through that they got stronger and found their way to filling their dreams.Fresh, fun, and full of optimism, not to mentions some great dog training tips, this story is a sweet read, perfect for women of all ages. You need to grab this one for your must read list!* Cope received for review considerationFull Review - http://amidlifewife.com/life-on-the-l...
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  • FMABookReviews
    January 1, 1970
    3.5 Stars!Victoria Schade is a new author on the scene. She's written a couple of books about dogs, Bonding with Your Dog: A Trainer's Secrets for Building a Better Relationship and  Secrets of a Dog Trainer: Positive Problem Solving for a Well-Behaved Dog , but Life on the Leash is a fiction book and I really liked her voice and writing style.CORA BELLAMY is a dog trainer who believes in treating dogs humanely while teaching them to do what it is you want them to do. She spends so much time wit 3.5 Stars!Victoria Schade is a new author on the scene. She's written a couple of books about dogs, Bonding with Your Dog: A Trainer's Secrets for Building a Better Relationship and  Secrets of a Dog Trainer: Positive Problem Solving for a Well-Behaved Dog , but Life on the Leash is a fiction book and I really liked her voice and writing style.CORA BELLAMY is a dog trainer who believes in treating dogs humanely while teaching them to do what it is you want them to do. She spends so much time with her dogs that her social life has suffered. Her last relationship didn't end well, so she's thrown herself into her business. Most everyone she works with loves her and her methods. But while dogs are man's best friend, she begins craving a friend of the "man" variety.When hot and successful CHARLIE GILL enters her life via his adorable dog, she is smitten. He says the right things, flirts and kisses her better than she's ever been kissed before. But Charlie isn't single and he keeps stringing her along, promising there will be a day when he leaves his live-in girlfriend.ELI CRAWFORD is a good man with morals who knows how to treat women. While he really likes Cora, he accepts that he's been friend-zoned. He's there when she needs help and when her dogs need rescuing. Cora seems blind to the goodness that is Eli. She's so wrapped up in the handsome Charlie that she can't see all that Eli has to offer. That is until Charlie's light goes dark and Cora sees Eli for all that he is; loyal, handsome, and kind. Unfortunately for Cora, Eli is done being used.While I enjoyed Cora's story and her desire to have the world adopt her views on humane training, I questioned the love triangle in this book. Cora is a woman with a heart of gold who would never dream of hurting an animal so I had a hard time accepting that she would willingly enter into and continue a relationship with someone who had a girlfriend. So while this added angst to the storyline, and at times tugged at my heart-strings, I was also conflicted by the apparent contrasting morals her character displayed.I loved Eli! He was quirky, sensitive and had a heart of gold. His self-confidence was sexy and his self-preservation was endearing.While reading Life on the Leash, I found myself laughing one minute, wanting to throw my Kindle across the room the next. Overall, I enjoyed the story and hope to read more from Victoria Schade in the future.I was provided a review copy by the publisher. This did not influence my opinion of the book nor my review.
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  • Ashley (pawingthroughpages)
    January 1, 1970
    I will put this disclaimer out there, I normally will NOT pick up a book if it relates to dogs. Even though I am obsessed with dogs, my heart can't take it if something happens to a dog in a book. With that being said, I ADORED and LOVED this book. I love me some romance, and this book was the perfect balance of that, along with the dog training, friendships, dogs, dogs, and more dogs! I don't have a single gripe. This book was utter pawfection! So please, if you love dogs, THIS is the book for I will put this disclaimer out there, I normally will NOT pick up a book if it relates to dogs. Even though I am obsessed with dogs, my heart can't take it if something happens to a dog in a book. With that being said, I ADORED and LOVED this book. I love me some romance, and this book was the perfect balance of that, along with the dog training, friendships, dogs, dogs, and more dogs! I don't have a single gripe. This book was utter pawfection! So please, if you love dogs, THIS is the book for YOU.
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  • Stacey A. Prose and Palate
    January 1, 1970
    Loved it!!! If you are a dog lover looking for a feel good read, this is it!!
  • Ann
    January 1, 1970
    This is a fun dog lovers book with a human romance. Cora has a dog training service in the Washington DC area and is happiest when she helping her canine customers. Her best friend, Eli is encouraging her to try out for a tv show looking for a dog trainer. Lots of training hints and solutions for common puppy problems. Cute story that’s fun to read. Victoria Schafer is a new author for me and I found her style quite refreshing.
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  • Chanel Cleeton
    January 1, 1970
    Charming and heartfelt, Life on the Leash will delight readers. The perfect book for dog lovers!
  • Gaele
    January 1, 1970
    Cora is a successful dog trainer, fully in the camp of gentle methods and no tugging. Her bestie is a pit-mix named Fritz, who generously shares his affections with her roommate Maggie and a number of foster dogs that have come through their tiny Washington D.C. apartment. Having spent her time in corporate America, Cora created her dream job and started her own company and has a roster of successful and happy dog-owner partnerships. There’s only a couple of tiny burrs in her world of doing for Cora is a successful dog trainer, fully in the camp of gentle methods and no tugging. Her bestie is a pit-mix named Fritz, who generously shares his affections with her roommate Maggie and a number of foster dogs that have come through their tiny Washington D.C. apartment. Having spent her time in corporate America, Cora created her dream job and started her own company and has a roster of successful and happy dog-owner partnerships. There’s only a couple of tiny burrs in her world of doing for the dogs: a boxer puppy named Ollie, a toy poodle named Chanel, their owners, and watching her ex strut and floss on television as part of a reality landscaping television show. Ollie is just a puppy – and like all puppies, he’s got his own way of looking at the world, made easier with some consistent, kindly performed training: but his ‘parents’ are on two sides of the coin. One wishes that he be perfect, NOW, and the other is more willing to endure and enjoy his puppydom, all in a way to flirt with and get closer to Cora. Charlie also has a high-powered job as an attorney of a rescue organization – and is gorgeous to boot, leaving Cora more than a bit flummoxed and starstruck. But, a visit with one of her favorite people and her Bouvier, she meets Eli, a ‘geek-chic’ computer whiz with a way with dogs, an easy demeanor, and neighbor of the barking and often neglected poodle Chanel. But Eli is a ‘comfortable’ guy – when Cora is (and history proves it) attracted to the twuntwaffle himbos, selfish, egotistical and wholly unbothered by morals, loyalty or even their own over-developed competitive natures. Charlie is an utter cad, but she can’t help but think with her libido – and when he fails her spectacularly – it really fails. But, in the middle of that relationship failing, we see Cora’s quiet but always apparent affinity for dogs, bringing her into helping with Chanel, a white toy poodle with an owner who is incapable of taking care of herself, let alone a dog. More than a bit depressed, with an apartment full of clutter in a ‘hoarder’s starter kit’ way, Eli’s first running into Cora and Chanel, and Chanel’s obvious liking of him, to his stepping into the breach to foster the desperately needy dog is wonderful and a perfect example of the ‘right’ man for Cora – if only she would see it. It’s not all about dogs – or even training: it’s Cora’s ability to befriend canine and humans alike, all with her quiet and considered approach. Her no-nonsense roommate always ready to boost her up when she’s low, fashionista who pulls together outfits and is that sort of best friend who is ready with ice cream, hugs or a bottle of champagne. As a duo- these two play off one another as friends should, and the bolder Maggie is more than willing to push Cora into things she should do: mostly auditioning for a new dog training show. From nerves through the audition, and her back and forth between Charlie and Eli, Cora has a ton of revelations come to her, and more than a few disappointments. A nice mix of friendship and chick-lit feel to the solid train-wreck that is the romance to nowhere with Charlie, and the unexpected emergence of Eli in the running for her heart – the story was sweet, cute and clever: particularly the ‘pro shelter doggie’ message with her rescued pit, and his ‘doggie welcome wagon’ approach to meeting and welcoming new doggie friends. If you like dogs- you’ll love this. If you are a cat person- well, you may find a new tolerance for the canines you encounter. And everyone can appreciate Cora’s growth in confidence and her relationship with Eli – perhaps even more than wanting to put her in a time-out when it comes to Charlie. I received an eArc copy of the title from the publisher via NetGalley for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility. Review first appeared at I am, Indeed
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  • ✰ BJ's Book Blog ✰Janeane ✰
    January 1, 1970
    Copy received via Netgalley for an honest reviewWhat a completely sweet and adorable story is Life On The Leash.Victoria Schade is a new-to-me author, however she won't be for much longer. I will be reading more of her in the future.She has given us a refreshing mix of humour, romance and flirty fun.Cora being a dog trainer did make me miss my old girl who crossed the rainbow bridge last year, however the dogs made me remember what a terror pups could be lol.I liked how the romance sort of playe Copy received via Netgalley for an honest reviewWhat a completely sweet and adorable story is Life On The Leash.Victoria Schade is a new-to-me author, however she won't be for much longer. I will be reading more of her in the future.She has given us a refreshing mix of humour, romance and flirty fun.Cora being a dog trainer did make me miss my old girl who crossed the rainbow bridge last year, however the dogs made me remember what a terror pups could be lol.I liked how the romance sort of played second fiddle to the dogs in this one too. I mean, yes, Cora is looking for love (in all the wrong places) however it might just find her where she isn't looking.Some of the antics of the dogs and their humans had me in fits of giggles. And I just wanted Cora to get everything she wanted in life.I really enjoyed Life On The Leash.
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  • Meredith Schorr
    January 1, 1970
    This was a very cute book about a dog trainer named Cora who is trying to find her way in her career and in her personal live all while her ex-boyfriend (who dumped her unceremoniously) is taking reality television by storm. Cora's love for dogs really shined through and it's obvious the author either did her research or is personally acquainted with dog training because her descriptions felt very authentic. Another thing I liked about Cora was how much she cared for her friends and her clients. This was a very cute book about a dog trainer named Cora who is trying to find her way in her career and in her personal live all while her ex-boyfriend (who dumped her unceremoniously) is taking reality television by storm. Cora's love for dogs really shined through and it's obvious the author either did her research or is personally acquainted with dog training because her descriptions felt very authentic. Another thing I liked about Cora was how much she cared for her friends and her clients. I wasn't happy with some of the decisions she made with respect to her romantic life but it wouldn't be a good book if the protagonist did all the right things from the very beginning.I'd recommend this novel to fans of chick lit and especially to dog lovers! Thank you Netgalley for providing me an ARC.
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  • Lynn
    January 1, 1970
    Life on the Leash is a delightful, easy read and it packs a lot of charm. It follows the antics of a dog trainer as she navigates the world of her clients and explores a career opportunity in television all while looking for love. The characters are sweet and engaging, human and canine alike. Animal lovers will surely appreciate the respectful messages of caring and kindness the author champions in her work.
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  • Noemie
    January 1, 1970
    Thanks to Gallery Books for sending me a free copy to review! #partnerThis book was the cutest thing ever. I couldn’t put it down! It was the perfect mix of a likeable main character, a little romance, and DOGS. So many sweet dogs. The book was very easy to read & flew by. I think this would be the perfect vacation or feel good book!I personally love that the author is a dog trainer, because I felt it lent to the authenticity of the description of Cora’s work as a dog trainer. This was an ex Thanks to Gallery Books for sending me a free copy to review! #partnerThis book was the cutest thing ever. I couldn’t put it down! It was the perfect mix of a likeable main character, a little romance, and DOGS. So many sweet dogs. The book was very easy to read & flew by. I think this would be the perfect vacation or feel good book!I personally love that the author is a dog trainer, because I felt it lent to the authenticity of the description of Cora’s work as a dog trainer. This was an excellent debut novel, and I really hope she writes more!
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  • Christina
    January 1, 1970
    Full disclosure: Victoria and I are if not friends, at least friendly. She used to own a pet shop (with the same name as this book) in a town where I used to be a reporter, and I have interviewed her for stories. I've also asked her for pet care and training tips. She and I have judged dog Halloween costumes together. And we chat on Twitter and regularly like each other's dog photos on Instagram.But that wouldn't stop me from giving this book a negative review if I didn't like it. I'm also frien Full disclosure: Victoria and I are if not friends, at least friendly. She used to own a pet shop (with the same name as this book) in a town where I used to be a reporter, and I have interviewed her for stories. I've also asked her for pet care and training tips. She and I have judged dog Halloween costumes together. And we chat on Twitter and regularly like each other's dog photos on Instagram.But that wouldn't stop me from giving this book a negative review if I didn't like it. I'm also friendly with Jonathan Maberry and I hated his book "Patient Zero."I really, truly enjoyed "Life on the Leash."It reminds me a bit of the "Shopaholic" books, or "Pug Hill" by Alison Pace, or maybe even "The Devil Wears Prada." And sure, none of those books will ever win a Nobel Prize or a Pulitzer or any kind of prize. But I don't care. I love 'em. They're like fairy tales for working women. And who doesn't need a little bit of that kind of story once in a while, especially with the world we live in now?"Life on the Leash" is a bit of a Cinderella tale. When we meet dog trainer Cora, she's covered in dog hair, drool and muddy paw prints. We learn that she used to work in the corporate world (Cinderella was an aristocrat until one or both of her parents died, depending on which version of the story you read, and the corporate world is sort of the modern version of that). Her fairy godmothers take the form of dramatic feminist badass Maggie and fashion maven Darnell. But in this tale, Cora meets TWO princes (Charlie and Eli), and gets to go to TWO balls. And there are dogs. Lots of dogs. And there are dog-training tips scattered throughout.It's fun and educational!If I have any criticism at all, it's that there are no pugs. The world can never have enough pug books!
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  • Cara Achterberg
    January 1, 1970
    This was simply a fun read. I looked forward to opening the book and turned to it after I finished my 'assigned reading' as a little treat each night. Chick-lit plus dogs? What fun. You can't help but fall in love with Cora, despite her quirks and over-thinking. She is a dog-hearted woman and a kind soul. This book was such a refreshing change from the dark, twisty tales that seem to populate the charts right now. I loved the dog-training tips mixed in and the sly pitch for positive-based traine This was simply a fun read. I looked forward to opening the book and turned to it after I finished my 'assigned reading' as a little treat each night. Chick-lit plus dogs? What fun. You can't help but fall in love with Cora, despite her quirks and over-thinking. She is a dog-hearted woman and a kind soul. This book was such a refreshing change from the dark, twisty tales that seem to populate the charts right now. I loved the dog-training tips mixed in and the sly pitch for positive-based trained methods. A little sunshiney read was the perfect antidote for the gray winter we've had. I really enjoyed Life on the Leash.
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  • Katie(babs)
    January 1, 1970
    Life on a Leash is an adorable chick-lit type book featuring a lovable, smart and kind heroine who adores dogs. The book gives the reader insight on her life, and the decision to try out for a reality show about training dogs, and the one client who has a girlfriend but makes the heroine feel something special that she needs. Cora Bellamy is someone we can all sympathize with, and one you root for. Life on a Leash is the type of book that would be perfect as a TV movie. It's full of happy and sm Life on a Leash is an adorable chick-lit type book featuring a lovable, smart and kind heroine who adores dogs. The book gives the reader insight on her life, and the decision to try out for a reality show about training dogs, and the one client who has a girlfriend but makes the heroine feel something special that she needs. Cora Bellamy is someone we can all sympathize with, and one you root for. Life on a Leash is the type of book that would be perfect as a TV movie. It's full of happy and smiles.If you love everything about dogs, and people who care of them and want them to have wonderful forever homes, this book is a must read. Also Cora's HEA is everything wonderful and grand.
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  • Teresa
    January 1, 1970
    *****3.5 Stars*****Cora has always been in control, she has built a dog training business from the ground up and she has friends and families that love her unconditionally. When she meets a man that could be her soulmate, Charlie, Cora is crushed when she learns he is taken. Enter Eli, a funny, friendly man that seems to help Cora whenever she needs it...and lately she has been needing more and more help. When Cora's life starts to get away from her she will need to sit down and decide what she *****3.5 Stars*****Cora has always been in control, she has built a dog training business from the ground up and she has friends and families that love her unconditionally. When she meets a man that could be her soulmate, Charlie, Cora is crushed when she learns he is taken. Enter Eli, a funny, friendly man that seems to help Cora whenever she needs it...and lately she has been needing more and more help. When Cora's life starts to get away from her she will need to sit down and decide what she wants, what she needs and maybe what she deserves. Thanks to Simon & Schuster for the ARC!
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  • Sarah Perchikoff
    January 1, 1970
    There was really no way for me not to like this book. Dogs and romance. What more can you ask for from a book? Unless this book was somehow triggering or had an awful plot twist, I was going to like it. And spoiler Alert: I do! Cora is a fun and relatable main character to follow and Victoria Schade wrote a brilliantly fluffy (pun not intended), sweet, and enjoyable book. It was just what I needed after reading some rather depressing stories earlier this year. Let's get to the review!Synopsis (f There was really no way for me not to like this book. Dogs and romance. What more can you ask for from a book? Unless this book was somehow triggering or had an awful plot twist, I was going to like it. And spoiler Alert: I do! Cora is a fun and relatable main character to follow and Victoria Schade wrote a brilliantly fluffy (pun not intended), sweet, and enjoyable book. It was just what I needed after reading some rather depressing stories earlier this year. Let's get to the review!Synopsis (from Goodreads):Cora Bellamy is a woman who thrives on organization. She’s successfully run her own dog training business for years, perfectly content with her beloved rescue pitbull as the main man in her life. She’s given everything to her business, and her lack of social life (or slobber-free clothes) has been completely worth it.But all that changes when she meets Charlie Gill, the hottest client she’s ever had. The only problem? Charlie’s taken. Luckily, Cora has a new friend—the sweet, lovably geeky Eli Crawford. More loyal than a retriever, he’s always there to help Cora with her problems, including her love life. That’s why she’s shocked to realize that even as things start heating up with Charlie, there might just be a more-than-friends spark between her and Eli, too.As Cora’s life gets more tangled up than a dogwalker’s leashes—and as she prepares to audition for a dog-training TV show that may irrevocably change her entire life—she has to figure things out before it all goes straight to the dogs.Cora Bellamy is a dog trainer for the rich. She loves dogs and loves working with their owners to help them have a healthier, happier relationship. She lives with her best friend, Maggie, and the love of her life, Fritz, a pit bull she rescued. Her main goal in life is to help as many dogs as possible. Well...that and to destroy Boris Ershovich. He is a fellow dog trainer but his methods are less than ethical and Cora hates how many people listen to his "advice" on how to train their dog. He is pretty much abusive.Through one of Cora's clients, she finds out that a show is being pitched called Everyday Dogs that is looking to be counterprogramming to Boris's show. While Cora is hesitant to put herself out there to be the host of the show,  her clients and her best friend Maggie push her to audition for the role. She is perfect for it. She's nice, knowledgeable, and has a way with dogs that at times seems like borderline ESP.But while Cora works on preparing for her audition, she still has clients and dogs to help. One of which is Oliver, the dog of Madison and Charlie. While Madison sees 101 things wrong with Oliver, Cora just sees a dog that is a little rough around the edges and that could use a few lessons. Cora also sees Charlie and he's hot af. While she is against dating a man who is in another relationship, Charlie is hard to resist once Madison goes away on a trip. Cora ends up having to be alone with Charlie for Oliver's lessons each week. And Charlie does not seem averse to Cora either. He flirts, texts her during the week, and eventually asks her to a gala he is going to for work (He's an animal rights lawyer). I don't want to give any spoilers, but let's just say Charlie is not as great as he seemsCora also meets another man through her dog training business. She meets Eli when she's visiting her client, Fran. Eli works for Fran and also happens to live in the same building as another of Cora's clients. He is kind of the total opposite of Charlie. Eli is cute, nerdy, and always there when Cora needs a helping hand. But that doesn't mean he's not just as attractive.Ok. I know what you're thinking. "Ugh, a love triangle?!" No. Not really. There is no competition. Cora is dealing with one dude at a time. Since she is the one we are following through the story and she is unaware of one of the men's possible feelings for her, it doesn't give off that love-triangle vibe. And...unpopular opinion: I love a love triangle, so you wouldn't hear any complaining from me even if that's what was happening in this story. But don't worry love-triangle haters, I think you're safe here.But Cora's life doesn't just revolve around dogs and men. She lives with her best friend, Maggie. Maggie is a fun, free-spirited high-end apparel saleswoman (Think Saks, Bloomingdales, Barney's, etc.). She is the perfect contrast to Cora who is a little more careful with life. Maggie is a joy to read about and I love how much she supports Cora even when she thinks she's not making the best choices.Life on the Leash is such an enjoyable read and just what I needed right now. Who doesn't like reading about dogs with a little romance on the side?! No one! I am giving Life on the Leash 4 out of 5 stars. If you are looking for a good beach read or just something different from your usual dark magic, history of pneumonia, or monster stories (you know who you are! I'm right there with you), I highly recommend checking this out. Life on the Leash by Victoria Schade comes out September 18, 2018.Thank you to NetGalley and Gallery Books for this free ARC in exchange for my honest review.
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  • Morgan
    January 1, 1970
    *3.75 stars*Witty, fast paced, and full of puppies, Life on the Leash is an enjoyable contemporary adult novel about dog trainer Cora Bellamy as she figures out life and what she wants to get out of it. Cora is a pretty likable character, strong and passionate about helping dogs and training them in the most humane ways possible while writing an anonymous blog calling out a more notable and famous trainer who’s methods she strongly disagrees with. I enjoyed her light personality, but also wanted *3.75 stars*Witty, fast paced, and full of puppies, Life on the Leash is an enjoyable contemporary adult novel about dog trainer Cora Bellamy as she figures out life and what she wants to get out of it. Cora is a pretty likable character, strong and passionate about helping dogs and training them in the most humane ways possible while writing an anonymous blog calling out a more notable and famous trainer who’s methods she strongly disagrees with. I enjoyed her light personality, but also wanted to smack her a few times when it came to her romantic entanglements.Cora quite easily gets caught up in her infatuation with her client Charlie, even though he has a girlfriend. Charlie is horrible as he almost encourages it, flirting with Cora while his girlfriend is out of town, pushing for the two to have a secret affair. He’s clearly an asshole, and for a while Cora is too blinded by his attractiveness to care, lusting from afar, even though her friends are telling her what he’s doing is wrong. This is what annoyed me about her the most, but she’s smart, and in the end she makes good choices.While Charlie rests at one end of the dating pool, Eli completely expunges the douchiness by being a totally sweet cinnamon roll that Cora becomes fast friends with. He is clearly the much better choice in romantic partner, but it takes Cora a little time to figure that out. Along the way, she has great scenes with her roommate and best friend Maggie, a super fun personal shopper named Darnell, and a whole slew of eccentric dog owners that she helps with training.From what I have researched about the author, she is an experienced dog trainer herself, and that showed really well in the story, as all of Cora’s teachings seemed very practical and helpful and real.Overall, this is a really cute enjoyable read with several fun side plots and side characters as well as a bunch of sweet dogs that I wish were real because I wanna kiss all of their faces.*Thank you to Gallery Books and Netgalley for the free ARC in exchange for an honest review.*
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  • Barb Lie
    January 1, 1970
    Life on the Leash by Victoria Schade is a standalone romantic comedy that centers on dogs, and the dog trainer. Cora Bellamy, our heroine, owns her own dog training business for years. I did not know what to expect, but I am happy to say this was a fun, humorous storyline, with lovable dogs and a sweet romance.We meet Cora immediately as she is with her own dog, Fritz (a pit bull), and is rushing to be on time for one of her training sessions. We get to meet many of Cora’s clients, many of whom Life on the Leash by Victoria Schade is a standalone romantic comedy that centers on dogs, and the dog trainer. Cora Bellamy, our heroine, owns her own dog training business for years. I did not know what to expect, but I am happy to say this was a fun, humorous storyline, with lovable dogs and a sweet romance.We meet Cora immediately as she is with her own dog, Fritz (a pit bull), and is rushing to be on time for one of her training sessions. We get to meet many of Cora’s clients, many of whom have money, but have no idea how to treat or take care of their dogs. Some of the things Cora trains them on are basic, and others are great tips dog owners can use. Some of the things that happen are funny, but there are a number of things that are terrible; which makes Cora occasionally try to secretly help the dogs. Cora is a wonderful heroine, who loves her job, as well as loves all dogs. Cora has not found a man in her life, but in a short time she will meet two totally different men that will change this. She finds herself very attracted to one of her clients, Charlie, who has a girlfriend, who is also in on training their dog; but when the girlfriend is out of town, Charlie begins to make advances on Cora. She also meets Eli, who becomes a friend that always finds time to help Cora with the dogs. In the midst of this fun story surrounded by dogs, laughter & romance, Cora is offered a chance to do a tv show on Dog Training. When she does an audition, she ends up as one of the top 3 candidates. Will Cora be the chosen one?I loved Cora, who was such a sweet lovable character, who despite any mishaps or concerns, she never backed down or gave up. Cora was a great hero to all dogs. I did enjoy some of the secondary characters created by Schade. If you love dogs, humor, a bit of romance, then Life on the Leash is a book you should be reading.BarbThe Reading Cafe
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  • Susie Williams
    January 1, 1970
    (I received this book for free in exchange for my honest review)This was such a cute and enjoyable book for me and I can't recommend it enough for any dog lovers who are looking for a light-hearted chick-lit-ish read.One of the reasons I love this book is that there's so much going on. Several storylines that are all entertaining and make us feel like we're getting a real look at Cora's life. Cora is a dog trainer extraordinaire with her own successful dog walking business and lots of clients wi (I received this book for free in exchange for my honest review)This was such a cute and enjoyable book for me and I can't recommend it enough for any dog lovers who are looking for a light-hearted chick-lit-ish read.One of the reasons I love this book is that there's so much going on. Several storylines that are all entertaining and make us feel like we're getting a real look at Cora's life. Cora is a dog trainer extraordinaire with her own successful dog walking business and lots of clients with all different types of personalities. When she finds herself crushing on one of her clients, she knows she needs to resist, considering a) he's a client and b) he's living with his girlfriend. In the meantime, she's applied to be on a dog training reality show, has met another guy who has a crush on her, is living 20-something life with her roommate, dog, and friends, and heading off to see multiple clients a day.The other thing I love about the book is that it's written by an actual dog trainer and includes lots of details that help you see Cora really knows what she's doing as a trainer (I find so often that books like this feel so empty and "fake" with only surface details). I actually found myself seriously wishing I could be one of Cora's clients... I think she could work wonders with my pup! Lastly, I love how much Cora loves her dog and felt myself relating to her so much.Overall, this is a fun and fast read that to me, feels more entertaining than the average chick lit!
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  • Lghiggins
    January 1, 1970
    If you want a fun, relaxing novel, try Victoria Schade’s Life on the Leash—especially if you like dogs and chick lit. Schade is an animal trainer, and Life on the Leash is her first novel. Her main character, Cora, left the corporate world to do what she loves—teach pet parents how to train their dogs in a loving fashion. Her clientele in Georgetown can afford her services, and she can afford to be choosy. Cora tries to be professional in all of her sessions, but that is hard to do with flirtati If you want a fun, relaxing novel, try Victoria Schade’s Life on the Leash—especially if you like dogs and chick lit. Schade is an animal trainer, and Life on the Leash is her first novel. Her main character, Cora, left the corporate world to do what she loves—teach pet parents how to train their dogs in a loving fashion. Her clientele in Georgetown can afford her services, and she can afford to be choosy. Cora tries to be professional in all of her sessions, but that is hard to do with flirtatious Charlie whose girlfriend is out of town. Complete this love triangle with Eli, the slightly geeky boy-next-door who works for one of her clients. Cora toys around with the idea of her own dog training show in opposition to one hosted by Doggie Dictator Boris Ershovich who claims to “fix” dogs through his harsh methods. Life on the Leash made a light-hearted read in the wake of several suspense novels. I found myself chuckling at some of the characters’ antics, gasping at a few unwise decisions, and sympathizing with Cora’s pet friendly stances. I found myself wishing that a few of her tips and tricks could have been explained thoroughly, perhaps in an addendum so as not to interrupt the story.I would like to extend my thanks to netgalley.com and to Gallery Books (Simon & Schuster) for giving me the opportunity to read this book in exchange for an honest review.
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  • Danni
    January 1, 1970
    Ok so this is really a 3.5 that I'm tempted to round up to a 4 because it has DOGS I LOVE DOGS but I'm rounding it down to a 3 because it's not super memorable or dazzling. Our main character Cora owns a dog training business so this novel is filled with delightful stories of the challenges of training unruly pups and their equally unruly owners. In addition, there is a famous "Doggie Dictator" giving out terrible training advice and Cora contemplates auditioning to host a reality tv show where Ok so this is really a 3.5 that I'm tempted to round up to a 4 because it has DOGS I LOVE DOGS but I'm rounding it down to a 3 because it's not super memorable or dazzling. Our main character Cora owns a dog training business so this novel is filled with delightful stories of the challenges of training unruly pups and their equally unruly owners. In addition, there is a famous "Doggie Dictator" giving out terrible training advice and Cora contemplates auditioning to host a reality tv show where she could demonstrate the correct, kinder way to handle problem dogs. Meanwhile, she's single and dealing with her attraction to one of her clients, Charlie (EVEN THOUGH CHARLIE HAS A GIRLFRIEND :/ ). There's also another dog-loving dude, Eli, who is obviously the right guy for her, but it takes Cora a loooong time to notice him. Even though this book isn't super long, it seems like it has a lot of filler and there's lots of scenes that really dragged on. It takes Cora forever to actually submit her reality tv show audition, after thinking about it for at least 150 pages. One of the dogs is being neglected and Cora just shrugs and keeps thinking "oh well there's nothing I can do" over 3 visits (thankfully this has a happy ending and the dog gets rescued but it takes A WHILE). As a light, quick beach read, this was entertaining — but not a huge standout for me.
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  • Joy Novel Thoughts
    January 1, 1970
    I picked up Life on the Leash expecting a romantic comedy, and while it was funny and there was some romance in the story, it was definitely more of a women's fiction/chick lit story. Even though I didn't get what I expected going in I still very much enjoyed Life on the Leash! I basked in watching Cora grow and mature, even as an adult we are still continually growing and learning about ourselves and learning that we need to surround ourselves with people that will lift us and build us up, inst I picked up Life on the Leash expecting a romantic comedy, and while it was funny and there was some romance in the story, it was definitely more of a women's fiction/chick lit story. Even though I didn't get what I expected going in I still very much enjoyed Life on the Leash! I basked in watching Cora grow and mature, even as an adult we are still continually growing and learning about ourselves and learning that we need to surround ourselves with people that will lift us and build us up, instead of people that want to hide us and tear us down. Honestly, until I sat down to write this review I didn't truly understand why Cora's ex-boyfriend was even mentioned in the story, but I realize now that it's to show the reader how far she has come in her personal life.The author of Life on the Leash, Victoria Schade, is a professional dog trainer, and it shows in her writing, you can sense her knowledge in dog training and you know that she is an expert in that field. In fact, the relationship between the dog and owner is what really set this story apart for me, and I'm sure I will think of it for years to come. Life on the Leash had me smiling and truly talking to the Cora as I read along! I wanted to yell at her to stop and pay attention. Tell her she is making a bad decision, she didn't listen to her best friend, so I'm sure she wouldn't have listened to me even if she could hear me. This easy and fun summer read that you will find yourself invested in! I can't wait to see if Victoria will publish more novels in this genre!
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  • Meg's
    January 1, 1970
    Thanks to Gallery Books and Goodreads giveaways for sending me a free copy to review. Goodreads is my Go-To resource for updating my reading list.As a dog owner and dog lover, I was instantly drawn to the title and cover art. I jumped into reading it as soon as it arrived in the mail. I even took it to PSD class, while watching my dog @training. I'll be passing it along to the other trainers.The story is charming. Just the right mix of relationship development...human and canine! The story is re Thanks to Gallery Books and Goodreads giveaways for sending me a free copy to review. Goodreads is my Go-To resource for updating my reading list.As a dog owner and dog lover, I was instantly drawn to the title and cover art. I jumped into reading it as soon as it arrived in the mail. I even took it to PSD class, while watching my dog @training. I'll be passing it along to the other trainers.The story is charming. Just the right mix of relationship development...human and canine! The story is relevant, and will entertain readers from libraries, and book shelves into the future. There are some good training tricks too. Have your furry family curl up with you and enjoy this book together!
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  • Ashcclapp
    January 1, 1970
    Such a cute book! It actually exceeded my expectations as there were a lot of different side plots that I didn't expect but still added a lot to the overall story. All the characters were great in their own way and it was just a really easy read that made you feel happy. Was it predictable? Sure. Could there have been minor changes throughout to make it slightly less predictable? Maybe. But at the end of the day, this was a happy book with a great story and main character and I even picked up so Such a cute book! It actually exceeded my expectations as there were a lot of different side plots that I didn't expect but still added a lot to the overall story. All the characters were great in their own way and it was just a really easy read that made you feel happy. Was it predictable? Sure. Could there have been minor changes throughout to make it slightly less predictable? Maybe. But at the end of the day, this was a happy book with a great story and main character and I even picked up some great dog training tips. I would even greatly enjoy reading a sequel if the author wrote one. Overall, this book settled between a 4 and 4.5 star for me but if you are into chick lit and beach reads, put this at the top of your list.
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