Cold Nose, Warm Heart (Fur Haven Dog Park, #1)
A poodle, a black lab and a Chihuahua walk into a dog park...All Caleb Donovan has to do to redeem his family name is take a rundown Miami Beach apartment building and turn it into luxury condos. Easy, right?Unfortunately, that would also turn the local dog park into a parking lot and the neighbors aren't having it. Caleb is faced with outright revolt, led by smart, beautiful building manager Riley Carson and her poodle, LouLou.For Caleb, this project should have been a slam dunk. But even more challenging than the neighborhood resistance is the mutual attraction between him and Riley. It would be so much easier just to stay enemies.Can Riley and her canine sidekick convince Caleb that what's best for business isn't always best for the heart?

Cold Nose, Warm Heart (Fur Haven Dog Park, #1) Details

TitleCold Nose, Warm Heart (Fur Haven Dog Park, #1)
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseJan 28th, 2020
PublisherSourcebooks Casablanca
ISBN-139781492698586
Rating
GenreRomance, Contemporary Romance, Animals, Fiction

Cold Nose, Warm Heart (Fur Haven Dog Park, #1) Review

  • Dianne
    January 1, 1970
    COLD NOSE, WARM HEART by Mara Wells is a cute, comedic romance easily read in just a few hours for a quick escape from reality. Kind of fluffy and quirky, not real in-depth, it is the story of opposing forces, old heartaches and new beginnings that will leave readers smiling.Business and the almighty dollar versus the lives of a group of senior residents and their pets as well as the sentimentalities of the unqualified handywoman, toss in a budding attraction from the enemy and this one is cute, COLD NOSE, WARM HEART by Mara Wells is a cute, comedic romance easily read in just a few hours for a quick escape from reality. Kind of fluffy and quirky, not real in-depth, it is the story of opposing forces, old heartaches and new beginnings that will leave readers smiling.Business and the almighty dollar versus the lives of a group of senior residents and their pets as well as the sentimentalities of the unqualified handywoman, toss in a budding attraction from the enemy and this one is cute, although not so much about animals as I thought!A quick read, predictable, but entertaining!Series: Fur Haven Dog Park - Book 1Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca (January 28, 2020)Publication Date: January 28, 2020Genre: Romantic ComedyPrint Length: 384 pagesAvailable from: Amazon | Barnes & NobleFor Reviews, Giveaways, Fabulous Book News, follow: http://tometender.blogspot.com
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  • Leslie aka StoreyBook Reviews
    January 1, 1970
    I'm a sucker for any book that involves dogs...and this one involves MANY dogs! Probably because there is a dog park located near the apartment building that brings out all of the dogs in the neighborhood and is quite the community gathering space. Of course, I use the term dog park loosely as it is a fenced area that people squeeze through a gap to enter. But it is definitely a gathering space.Caleb and Riley are friendly rivals once the truth is out about who Caleb is and why he is at The I'm a sucker for any book that involves dogs...and this one involves MANY dogs! Probably because there is a dog park located near the apartment building that brings out all of the dogs in the neighborhood and is quite the community gathering space. Of course, I use the term dog park loosely as it is a fenced area that people squeeze through a gap to enter. But it is definitely a gathering space.Caleb and Riley are friendly rivals once the truth is out about who Caleb is and why he is at The Dorothy that Riley manages. As in a romance novel, there are the ups and downs in their relationship, starting as friends, becoming slight enemies, resolving their differences and finding happiness together.I appreciated how the community came together when The Dorothy was in trouble and everyone offered their assistance for free to save this iconic building. Sure it was dilapidated but it had charm. Even a crotchety old man can be taught new tricks and that it does not have to be a dog eat dog world.
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  • Gaele
    January 1, 1970
    Take a run-down building next to a dog park, a VERY busy dog park that has become THE place in the community, an idea for redevelopment of the run down building and two people who cant quite decide if they are attracted or repelled by their own different agendas and you get this. With plenty of tug toys, character, cute dogs and an issue for the doggie community (the two-leggers not the four) to rally around. Because the rundown Miami Beach apartment building is the PERFECT location for new, Take a run-down building next to a dog park, a VERY busy dog park that has become THE place in the community, an idea for redevelopment of the run down building and two people who can’t quite decide if they are attracted or repelled by their own different agendas and you get this. With plenty of tug toys, character, cute dogs and an issue for the doggie community (the two-leggers not the four) to rally around. Because the rundown Miami Beach apartment building is the PERFECT location for new, updated, luxurious condos. It’s just that Caleb’s plans mean the Fur Haven Dog Park will be no more. He’s only got to get people to see what he can bring to the table when he works, or so he hopes, hand in hand with the building manager Riley.This was cute – particularly for the outrage on Riley’s part (along with the others who bring dogs to play at the ‘park’ regularly. She and Caleb are really well matched and could be really good together – if he weren’t planning on paving over the park. Although “refurbishing” the apartments would be plausible – if not quite as lucrative as condos, there’s still plenty that Caleb has to work through to see what is possible. Clever for the community (people and dogs) who add personality and voice to first their protests, then their skills – to reach a conclusion that will suit everyone. A quick read that lacked much of the development between Caleb and Riley that I was hoping for – there wasn’t really anything that “wrong” here – it just didn’t feel as if their relationship had a real foundation. And the friends to enemies to lovers vibe that I think formed the plot points never really felt as if they were solidly meant to be there – it went quickly and that lack of build up kept the emotions pent up and not very accessible. It was cute and surprisingly low-angst despite the community resistance and involvement – and the dogs were cute, but never really jumped up to beg for time in the story. I think that if you want a quick escape read – this is it.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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  • Linda 📚
    January 1, 1970
    Review to post soon.
  •  Reading In Pajamas
    January 1, 1970
    ✦Review, Excerpt & Giveaway: COLD NOSE, WARM HEART by Mara Wells https://wp.me/p3d0RZ-bp6Publication Date: January 28, 2020Genre: Contemporary RomanceReviewed by: Reading in Pajamas/ Donna Rated 4 Stars This is a sweet debut novel by Ms. Wells, full of quirky characters, both human and animal. I enjoyed how the author wove this diverse group of people into a community that fit together perfectly. Riley could have easily sunk into bitch-mode under the circumstances, but luckily, she remained ✦Review, Excerpt & Giveaway: COLD NOSE, WARM HEART by Mara Wells https://wp.me/p3d0RZ-bp6Publication Date: January 28, 2020Genre: Contemporary RomanceReviewed by: Reading in Pajamas/ Donna Rated 4 Stars This is a sweet debut novel by Ms. Wells, full of quirky characters, both human and animal. I enjoyed how the author wove this diverse group of people into a community that fit together perfectly. Riley could have easily sunk into bitch-mode under the circumstances, but luckily, she remained likeable and Caleb’s attraction was believable. I also appreciate that Caleb was written with all his emotional layers on display while he worked through his past and present obstacles. I liked them both and happily watched them work through the issues surrounding them. This romance had family drama, frustrations, humor and love. It was a pleasure to read.*Review copy provided by NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. ~*~*~*~Kindle https://amzn.to/2Gpm5nl
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  • Julie (Jewlsbookblog)
    January 1, 1970
    Tasked by his grandfather with taking an older building called the Dorothy and converting it into money-making condos, Caleb comes up against a force called Riley and it was game on! Caleb came from money but when his dad lost everything, including the family business, Caleb lost his investments as well and had to learn to pinch pennies. He has a better grasp of living in the real world, just not so much when it comes to the family business expectations. He still follows family dictates instead Tasked by his grandfather with taking an older building called the Dorothy and converting it into money-making condos, Caleb comes up against a force called Riley and it was game on! Caleb came from money but when his dad lost everything, including the family business, Caleb lost his investments as well and had to learn to pinch pennies. He has a better grasp of living in the real world, just not so much when it comes to the family business expectations. He still follows family dictates instead of trusting his own instincts. He’s full of doubt and hesitation, constantly questioning his decisions on what is the right thing to do. Alpha he was not, however, he was sweet, a little misguided, and charming, but what I enjoyed most about him was how much he grew into his own. Riley is colorful and lively, yet sort of floating through life. After losing her job as hotel assistant, she takes over as building manger to the Dorothy where she spent her childhood and where her grandmother still lives. She’s learned to do repairs with DIY tutorials and has come to love the tenants and their furbabies in the time she’s lived there, even getting a pet of her own. Riley is resourceful and loyal, but lacks confidence in really going after what she wants. Possibly losing the her home spurs her in to action, and with the help of her poodle Lou Lou and the small community of loyal tenants, Riley has to learn how valuable she really is. This book turned out to be a really cute read! Caleb and Riley were frenemies on a journey of self discovery, learning what they wanted versus really needed to be satisfied. The true magic of this book, however, revolved around precious, precocious fur babies and the neighborhood dog park! The effort Caleb and Riley put in was heartwarming and sometimes comical, but it also kept their romance on slow burn, giving each other time to learn one another. The colorful cast living in Dorothy also provided plenty of their own senior-minded amusement, especially with their matchmaking skills. Overall, I think this was a good start to what appears to be a new series. I received an advance reader copy from Netgalley/Sourcebooks and this is my honest review.
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  • Gmr
    January 1, 1970
    A Contemporary Romance from the enemies to more trope for dog lovers everywhere!The Donovan's lost their brilliant shine in a scandal to end all business scandals, but whereas some were without remorse, there are those that want to make a new go of things. All they need is a second chance, the right opportunity...and maybe to turn what is some people's idea of a shabby nirvana into...condos? Okay, well maybe that part of the plan isn't so good, but as much as I wanted to despise Caleb through A Contemporary Romance from the enemies to more trope for dog lovers everywhere!The Donovan's lost their brilliant shine in a scandal to end all business scandals, but whereas some were without remorse, there are those that want to make a new go of things. All they need is a second chance, the right opportunity...and maybe to turn what is some people's idea of a shabby nirvana into...condos? Okay, well maybe that part of the plan isn't so good, but as much as I wanted to despise Caleb through and through, his heart kept showing. That and let's face it, the fact that he's easy on the eyes, definitely kept me coming back...but yeah, he SO needs to work on first impressions (I'm here to fire you is NOT the best opening line...gheesh!). Now, as for the one that has to resist him...Riley is a great gal through and through. She tries her hardest, has the best intentions of everyone in mind, but she's human...sometimes she falls. Luckily for her, Caleb is there to catch her...and LouLou...several times, but she's an independent woman, perfectly capable of handling things on her own, and when the wool of attraction is removed from her eyes, the intents she initially sees are not the best. She won't let Caleb destroy the lives of all those that depend on "the Dorothy" to be their safe haven, their forever (and FURever) home, no matter how charming he might be or how blue his eyes are. She'll be strong. She'll resist. Or at least she'll try...and those good intentions, along with a fabulously snappy Grandmother, will take her a long way.It was great getting to know everyone, human and non, and a wonderful way to be introduced to the Fur Haven Dog Park series. Can't wait to see what's in store for both our two and four legged friends!**ebook received for review; opinions are my own
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  • Robin Loves Reading
    January 1, 1970
    Riley has one thing in mind - well, that is after unplugging a clogged drain, changing a few light bulbs... - she needs to save her grandmother's building. Her grandmother, and a host of other elderly people, and their fantastic pets, all live at The Dorothy.Caleb Donovan is connected to The Dorothy as well. After all,, he has plans. He is going to tear it down and build luxury condominiums. Little did Caleb realize what he would have to face in order to meet his objective. Caleb also plans on Riley has one thing in mind - well, that is after unplugging a clogged drain, changing a few light bulbs... - she needs to save her grandmother's building. Her grandmother, and a host of other elderly people, and their fantastic pets, all live at The Dorothy.Caleb Donovan is connected to The Dorothy as well. After all,, he has plans. He is going to tear it down and build luxury condominiums. Little did Caleb realize what he would have to face in order to meet his objective. Caleb also plans on turning the local dog park into a parking structure.Opposition towards Caleb and his ideas stop him dead in his tracks. Riley is currently the building manager and she is one of the people Caleb must fight against. It is business first, now if he could just get Riley to see that.Not only do we see the war that is bound to explode between Caleb and Riley during the pages of this book, but we meet some delightful pets, like LouLou, the little poodle Riley adopted. I loved the scenes when Riley took LouLou to the dog park and how she had owr own group of friends. That was a pure delight.Another enjoying factor while reading this book was the development and growth of the relationship between Caleb and Riley. And I just loved the feisty old neighbors. If I ever end up in an over-65 building I would love for it to be just like The Dorothy. Cold Nose, Warm Heart is the first book in a new series by Mara Wells. I look forward to reading about more canine shenanigans and couples finding love.Many thanks to Sourcebooks Casablanca and to NetGalley for this ARC for review. This is my honest opinion.
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  • Vikki Vaught
    January 1, 1970
    Really enjoyed this book! Full review to follow.
  • Jennifer
    January 1, 1970
    I should be honest up front-I am totally a cat person and not a dog person. That said, Im always up to read a romance that has an animal on the cover though the overwhelming majority are canines (except for cozy mysteries which arent my cup of tea.) That was definitely the initial draw behind this debut novel by author Mara Wells, but as soon as I read the description with the enemies to lovers theme which is one of my favorites, though I think this one is better termed as frenemies to lovers! I should be honest up front-I am totally a cat person and not a dog person. That said, I’m always up to read a romance that has an animal on the cover though the overwhelming majority are canines (except for cozy mysteries which aren’t my cup of tea.) That was definitely the initial draw behind this debut novel by author Mara Wells, but as soon as I read the description with the enemies to lovers theme which is one of my favorites, though I think this one is better termed as frenemies to lovers!Riley Carson became the manager/handywoman for her Grams’s apartment building after the loss of her previous job; she had worked for one of the Donovan family’s hotels but lost her job when the CEO went to prison and the properties were sold off. While her new job is nowhere near as exciting, it allows her to live in a place she loves with the people she considers her extended family since she had moved into the Dorothy as a child as her mom’s job on cruise ships kept her away for extended periods of time. Along with her rescue poodle LouLou she spends her days among the people she loves most in the world, trying to keep the Dorothy from falling to pieces or out in the empty lot that serves as the neighborhood dog park.Her world is rocked however when Caleb Donovan shows up and announces that he is going to take over the Dorothy and oversee renovating it into high end condos in an attempt to rebuild business after his father’s fall from grace. His grandfather has promised him the property as long as he can rope his two estranged brothers into the plan, and his first goal is to fire the manager who he blames for the unkempt and rundown building. Needless to say this is not your typical meet-cute situation and while they share an instant attraction, their disagreements are a delightful fuel for their road to romance! Toss in meddling residents and neighbors, adorable animals and you are in for a fun read with a lot of heart!Overall I enjoyed the read and would recommend it to other readers who want a fast and fun story. I would have liked more depth into the strained relationship between Caleb and his brothers, but fortunately they have their own books coming so I will definitely be on the lookout for them! (Especially Knox-the mysterious military man who is definitely my type of book boyfriend!)Thank you to Netgalley and Sourcebooks Casablanca for the opportunity to read this early!
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  • Barb (Boxermommyreads)
    January 1, 1970
    One look at this cover and clearly anyone who visits my blog regularly knows I was at least going to give it a chance. And I did. And while I wanted to love this book, it fell a little short for me. However, I still love the cover.Cold Nose, Warm Heart tells the tale of Riley and Caleb. Riley used to work for Caleb's rich family is resort management until their illegal activities cost her a job and Caleb's family most of their assets. Riley ends up being property manager for her Grams' place, One look at this cover and clearly anyone who visits my blog regularly knows I was at least going to give it a chance. And I did. And while I wanted to love this book, it fell a little short for me. However, I still love the cover.Cold Nose, Warm Heart tells the tale of Riley and Caleb. Riley used to work for Caleb's rich family is resort management until their illegal activities cost her a job and Caleb's family most of their assets. Riley ends up being property manager for her Grams' place, The Dorothy, and honestly, she isn't doing the best job. She seems to be able to put band aids on a lot of the repairs popping up but that's about all. Enter Caleb. He has been tasked by his grandfather to restore The Dorothy to greatness, and encouraging his brothers to assist. However, Caleb is headed straight to a fight because the elderly residents of The Dorothy, as well as Riley, don't plan on letting the property go so easily. So if I'm going to read a book with romance, usually a hate-to-love trope is one I enjoy. But I found Cold Nose, Warm Heart to be fairly problematic. First of all, the connection between Riley and Caleb seems forced. I didn't really care for either of them and I felt like Riley came across as someone in or recently out of college and Caleb as egotistical and self-absorbed. Also, the book heavily focuses on the creation of a dog park near the property which Caleb quickly uses as way to manipulate the neighborhood into agreeing with his renovation plans. Now I LOVE dogs which is evident, but it seems like there should have been more focus on the run-down complex, the past financial mismanagement and how to make sure people, as well as their pets, didn't lose their home. But let's not be all negative, because there were parts I really enjoyed. The cast of side characters is great. Grams is a hoot an so is Eliza, a retired attorney who lives down the street with her dog Lady (who is on the cover). I liked a lot of The Dorothy's elderly residents and Riley's poodle LouLou is pretty cute too. I also must admit that Riley did show some growth during the book, I just felt she should have more capabilities in the beginning. The development of her friendship with Sydney and her dog Chewy was definitely a plus. So overall, this was a middle of the line read for me. The book does introduce Caleb's brother Lance who in his brief appearances already grew on me more than Caleb did the entire book. The next in the series focuses on him so I will be picking it up and giving the author and the series a second chance. One last pet peeve and I'm sure this seems trivial to some but will shock few who visit regularly. The dog on the cover is Lucy. Lucy is pretty and Lucy is in the book. But Riley, the star of the show, has a poodle named LouLou. Could they not find a cute poodle to feature or at least add to Lucy?
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  • Stormi (BMReviewsohmy)
    January 1, 1970
    Been in a bit of a romance reading mood lately, maybe I just needed some time away from mysteries. 🙂 Anyway I thought this one would be a good one especially since it featured a dog on the cover!Riley is the manager at a rundown complex called the Dorothy, she got the job because her grams lived there and pulled some strings. She use to have a good job at as the manager of a Donovan resort hotel until they went belly up and she was out of a job. She is pretty content with the job she has and Been in a bit of a romance reading mood lately, maybe I just needed some time away from mysteries. 🙂 Anyway I thought this one would be a good one especially since it featured a dog on the cover!Riley is the manager at a rundown complex called the Dorothy, she got the job because her grams lived there and pulled some strings. She use to have a good job at as the manager of a Donovan resort hotel until they went belly up and she was out of a job. She is pretty content with the job she has and likes the older crowd that lives there.Caleb Donovan is a bit down on his luck after the horrible scandal his dad put them through with his money skims and they losing their business. His grandpa is trying to help him build up his own empire and it starts with the Dorothy and now that Caleb has seen it he is thinking he is in over his head.Riley and Caleb clash when he tells her he his there to fire her and it gets worse from there but they can’t deny the growing attraction for each other. Caleb wants to tear the place down and build condos, but that would put the older group out of a home as they couldn’t afford it. Riley has gotten to know a lot of the community from the small dog park they have made besides the Dorothy and her and her group of elderly’s will not be letting Caleb take their park or the housing unit without a fight.I guess you would call this sort of an enemies to lovers trope though they were never hard core enemies even though Riley got mad at him on several occasions because of his plans. It’s still kind of a trope that I enjoy and part of why I enjoyed this one. I also enjoyed the fact that it involved lots of cuddle fur babies!I like Riley she has a lot of spunk and found it funny that she pretty much run the Dorothy on looking up Youtube videos on how to repair things! At her old job she could just call someone but this one didn’t come with the budget to do so and so when it came to figuring out how to unclog a garbage disposal she had to look it up and do it herself. I also found Caleb charming and liked that get was getting a healthy dose of reality after going from having it all to starting over on his own. They made a cute couple.While I did enjoy it I didn’t find it to be humorous as I was hoping and it was just lacking something that would give it higher marks. I am still going to check out the rest of the series and I am really curious about the next one involving Caleb’s brother Lance.
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  • Anne - Books of My Heart
    January 1, 1970
    This review was originally posted on Books of My Heart Review copy was received from NetGalley. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review. 2.5 heartsI was excited to buddy read with Barb, at Booker T's Farm , because Cold Nose, Warm Heart has dogs and romance.  Dogs were in the story and important to the characters but I didn't get much personality from the dogs themselves.  I really enjoyed the planning and ideas for the dog park.I didn't however enjoy the main This review was originally posted on Books of My Heart Review copy was received from NetGalley. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review. 2.5 heartsI was excited to buddy read with Barb, at Booker T's Farm , because Cold Nose, Warm Heart has dogs and romance.  Dogs were in the story and important to the characters but I didn't get much personality from the dogs themselves.  I really enjoyed the planning and ideas for the dog park.I didn't however enjoy the main characters. The power balance was typical with the rich guy and down on her luck gal. Even with Caleb's family having issues, he still drives a Porche and has money. Riley, for having worked in the corporate environment did not seem very professional or aware of standard business practices.  I did feel for them as people who never had a positive experience in a romantic relationship, where someone cared about them. But the romance seemed to build without basis.They also spent too much time on the dog park, rather than figuring out what was going on with the property and why it had such poor maintenance and was lacking in maintenance budget. Again, neither one seemed very businesslike.  Both Caleb and Riley should have been giving it a look.I did really enjoy Grams' spirit.  Lance was fun and felt much more real than Caleb. He was busy working and supporting himself. The other residents and those in the neighborhood were great. I loved Eliza and Sydney. I was happy Riley had some great friends.  Perhaps this is why she had the strength to figure out how to make things work.In the Fur Haven Dog Park series, I am excited the next book is Lance!  I hope we will see how the construction goes and get an update on all our dog friends.Barb, my COYER buddy reader, rated this one 3 paws.
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  • Tammy
    January 1, 1970
    Cute story but the relationship between Caleb and Riley wasn't developed enough for me. It had so much potential. Their personalities were perfect but I just didn't get the depth of their relationship outside the drama of the building. What I took from the book was the story of Dorothy and her residents plus the dog park.
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  • Gina
    January 1, 1970
    Such a fun, dog-filled story this was. I loved absolutely everything about it!!! I was rooting for Riley and Caleb to find their happily ever after from the first time they met. What I loved most about this book was how much dogs were involved in it. There wasn't just one on the cover, they were a main character in the story. Mara Wells is definitely going on my favorite author list!!!
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  • Leah
    January 1, 1970
    The story takes place in Miami, Florida. The setting was the best part of the story. There are several dogs on the story, which I liked more than the humans. I didn't like the romance or the story. It's due to the characters. I didn't like most of them.
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  • Tracie R
    January 1, 1970
    The first book in Fur Haven Dog Park, Cold Nose, Warm Heart, was an ok read for me. I enjoyed the premise of this story, but the author focused heavily on some area which caused other area to be rushed breaking the easy flow to the read. Will I read more, yes, I feel this is still a good overall read and these minor things will disappear in future books
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  • Margie
    January 1, 1970
    Riley Carson knew her grandmother tended to exagerate at times but this one was a beyond-the-pale giant whopper. Grandma told her that she owned the Dorothy, an Art Deco apartment building where her grandmother lived for years, where Riley grew up staying with her grandmother while her mother was away doing her job on cruise ships. Now here she is apartment manager of the Dorothy after losing her job as assistant manager of the luxury resort, the Donovan, in downtown Miami after the CEO was Riley Carson knew her grandmother tended to exagerate at times but this one was a beyond-the-pale giant whopper. Grandma told her that she owned the Dorothy, an Art Deco apartment building where her grandmother lived for years, where Riley grew up staying with her grandmother while her mother was away doing her job on cruise ships. Now here she is apartment manager of the Dorothy after losing her job as assistant manager of the luxury resort, the Donovan, in downtown Miami after the CEO was incarcerated and the Donovan chain of resorts had to be sold off. Now she is being confronted by Caleb Donovan, son of the crooked ex-CEO, who claims he owns the Dorothy and plans to convert the building to condos and turn the lot everyone calls their dog park into a parking garage. Riley didn't believe Caleb and she confronts her grandmother. Seems Grandma was once married to Caleb's grandfather and got possession of the Dorothy in the divorce settlement. Too bad Grandma's husband number three lost the Dorothy to Caleb's Grandpa William in a poker game. How could she be attracted to Caleb when he is planning to take the Dorothy and their dog park away from her and all her friends?At first Caleb Donovan didn't realize that the Dorothy apartment manager he stopped in to meet, Riley Carson, was a beautiful woman. The pretty lady who frantically raced into the apartment lobby calling her poodle named LouLou caught his eye immediately. They were getting along just fine until he found out she was actually Riley Carson, Apartment Manager and announced he was going to fire her. Oops! She sure wasn't going to go out to dinner with him now.Cold Nose, Warm Heart by Mara Wells is the first book in this author's Fur Haven Dog Park series. I seem to have picked up and read a number of books about dog parks and dog rescues recently and I have to say this is one of the best I have read. The storyline runs smoothly and the characters are very likeable. I found myself becoming quite invested in these characters and rooting for a good outcome for all. I especially liked the heroine Riley Carson. I saw her as a very strong, very resourceful woman who also had trust issues. In this case I understand why she didn't trust hero Caleb Donovan throughout much of the story even though she was falling for him. At one point as I was reading I wanted her to kick him to the curb and never look back. But I also really liked Caleb. His grandfather put him in a difficult position. Plus he really is a nice guy. Things got rough between the two and I thoroughly enjoyed their back and forth and how they achieved their HEA. I love books with pets who play a significant role in the story. Riley's rescued poodle LouLou is adorable. This is a super enemies to lovers story!
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  • ѕнelley
    January 1, 1970
    ★ ★ ★ First in a fun, funny contemporary romance series about the passions and perils of a local dog park in Miami's trendy South Beach. A poodle, a black lab and a Chihuahua walk into a dog park All Caleb Donovan has to do to redeem his family name is take a rundown Miami Beach apartment building and turn it into luxury condos. Easy, right? https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B... Affiliate link Unfortunately, that would also turn the local dog park into a parking lot and the neighbors aren't ★ ★ ★ First in a fun, funny contemporary romance series about the passions and perils of a local dog park in Miami's trendy South Beach. A poodle, a black lab and a Chihuahua walk into a dog park… All Caleb Donovan has to do to redeem his family name is take a rundown Miami Beach apartment building and turn it into luxury condos. Easy, right? https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B... Affiliate link Unfortunately, that would also turn the local dog park into a parking lot and the neighbors aren't having it. Caleb is faced with outright revolt, led by smart, beautiful building manager Riley Carson and her poodle, LouLou.For Caleb, this project should have been a slam dunk. But even more challenging than the neighborhood resistance is the mutual attraction between him and Riley. It would be so much easier just to stay enemies.Can Riley and her canine sidekick convince Caleb that what's best for business isn't always best for the heart? THOUGHTS OK - so I really like the idea of this book; rich man is shown what the true value of time is all about. The girl hard done by is shown the really meaning of loves. LOTS & LOTS of adorable dogs (so much so you just want to cuddle up with the poochies!?!)I hate that I always default to it was a slow burner, this should have been such an easy read. I should have sailed through it within a couple of hours, unable to put the book down. I should have had a major crush on Caleb and routed for Riley for her to finally have something her way. And I did - but I also kept loosing interested in what would happen.When compared to other author's I read in the same genre they have this perfect balance of humour and romance. The little happenstance that happen that force the leading lady and man to spend more time with each other. Cold Nose, Warm Heart (Fur Haven Dog Park Book 1) was missing the humour, the relationship between Caleb and his brothers was rushed and Mara Wells never really delved a little deeper into why the brothers weren't close. Lance appeared to be a likeable guy but wouldn't give Caleb the time of day, Knox only appeared on the scene because of Lance. There has to be a juicy back story as to why the brothers didn't really speak to Caleb. For me, Mara Wells focused too much on certain areas when she could have delved into other areas. Keeping the readers attention - drawing us through the story to better understand why Caleb was the way his was. **Thanks to the Author and Netgalley for the advanced copy of this book. I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own.**
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  • Barb Lie
    January 1, 1970
    Cold Nose, Warm Heart by Mara Wells is the 1st book in her new Fur Haven Dog Park series. This is the first time I have read this author, and I really enjoyed this light sweet romance story line and the wonderful addition of dogs.Riley Carson, our heroine, is the building manager for the run-down apartment building, The Dorothy, which her grandmother lives in and owns. Riley is constantly called to help fix things within the apartments, which is made up of mostly senior citizens, but due to Cold Nose, Warm Heart by Mara Wells is the 1st book in her new Fur Haven Dog Park series. This is the first time I have read this author, and I really enjoyed this light sweet romance story line and the wonderful addition of dogs.Riley Carson, our heroine, is the building manager for the run-down apartment building, The Dorothy, which her grandmother lives in and owns. Riley is constantly called to help fix things within the apartments, which is made up of mostly senior citizens, but due to barely making ends meet, they have no money to fix up the place. Caleb Donovan, our hero, has been given a mission by his grandfather to devise a plan to tear down The Dorothy and replace it with luxury condos, and a huge parking area, which is currently a dog park for the local residents. He meets Riley, and to his surprise, the beautiful young girl is the manager, and she has no idea that his grandfather owns the building, not her grandmother. Both Caleb and Riley get off on the wrong foot, especially since it was Caleb’s family that cost Riley her job as a hotel assistant. Though they are on opposite sides, in a short time a friendship and romance will develop between them. Riley and her friends work to fight the Donovan’s from taking over the building, and leaving everyone with no homes. Caleb feels bad, and knows his father and grandfather are doing an injustice to these long-term residents.While all this is going on, Riley, who has a cute dog, Lou Lou, whom she takes to the dog park next door a few times a day, and we get to meet some of her friends, who also have dogs. Caleb will get to know some of them, and he will help plan to redesign and create a nice dog park for them; but he still needs to get his grandfather to change his mind about tearing down The Dorothy.What follows is a cute, fun enjoyable adventure, as we watch Caleb and Riley’s romance heat up, even as they both are on different sides. As Caleb meets most of residents, and all Riley’s friends, he is determined to come up with a viable solution for all. There are some comical moments, especially with the dogs, as well as when Riley’s grandmother joins in the fight, and comes face to face with her ex (Caleb’s grandfather). I loved Riley, as she was a wonderful heroine, who was always there for everyone; I liked Caleb, and rooted hard for them to get together. Wells also has created a wonderful group of secondary characters.Cold Nose, Warm Heart was a heartwarming story about family, division, senior citizens, dogs, dog parks, and doing the right thing. Mara Wells did an excellent job in writing this story. I suggest you read Cold Nose, Warm Heart.BarbThe Reading Cafe
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  • Michelle
    January 1, 1970
    Truly a keeper. I really became immersed in the story - it reminded me of my relationship with my family. My grandmother and I were more mother and daughter. I too was raised by my grandmother more than my mom. I always wanted to keep my grandmother happy - never wanting to disappoint her. Similar to how Riley and her grandmother were in the story. Caleb was always trying to win the approval of his father / and grandfather in the Donavan properties. His father was convicted of tax evasion and Truly a keeper. I really became immersed in the story - it reminded me of my relationship with my family. My grandmother and I were more mother and daughter. I too was raised by my grandmother more than my mom. I always wanted to keep my grandmother happy - never wanting to disappoint her. Similar to how Riley and her grandmother were in the story. Caleb was always trying to win the approval of his father / and grandfather in the Donavan properties. His father was convicted of tax evasion and bad business practices and placed in jail. The family lost everything. Caleb lost his wife and all the Donavan properties along with much of his income / assets. Neither Caleb or Riley know that their grandparents were once married to each other. Gloria has never forgiven William for cheating on her while they were married, When they divorced she was given the Dorothy - an art deco building in the heart of the Florida beach scene. Neither Gloria of William has forgiven the other for what happened years ago. William had made sure that Gloria would always have a home in the Dorothy for as long as she was alive. Riley had been an employee at one of the Donavan properties when the suit against Richard took place. She and the rest of the employees were laid off with no warning or severance package. Riley would up a the Dorothy as the new building manager. She has managed to keep the place bandaged for the last 2 years - at great emotional cost to her. She loves the entire building residents - but she feels like she is letting them down. The budget does not allow her to hire outside help to properly fix the buildings many problem. Caleb learns of the building from his grandfather - the building was kept secret for all these years. William has big plans to bring / force all his grandsons to work together - to rebuild the once great Donavan name again. None of the grandsons want to work on a Donavan project after the debacle their father made to the business. The only one that is willing to try to bring the Dorothy up to date is Caleb - only after he discovers Riley and her bunch of neighborhood dog parents put road block after road block up to help save their dog park and neighbors. I won't give the ending away - it is a must read for all dog lovers.
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  • Kathy
    January 1, 1970
    After losing her job at Donovan Resorts, Riley ends up managing the apartment complex, named the Dorothy, her grandmother owns. The job is, to say the least, difficult and time consuming, made only more difficult and time consuming by the over 55 (actually mostly over 70, in this case) residents of the complex. There are two bright spots in Rileys life: her grandmother, who just about raised her due to her mothers constantly moving job, and her poodle LouLou, both of whom really keep her going. After losing her job at Donovan Resorts, Riley ends up managing the apartment complex, named the Dorothy, her grandmother owns. The job is, to say the least, difficult and time consuming, made only more difficult and time consuming by the over 55 (actually mostly over 70, in this case) residents of the complex. There are two bright spots in Riley’s life: her grandmother, who just about raised her due to her mother’s constantly moving job, and her poodle LouLou, both of whom really keep her going. The Donovan family has fallen on some hard times, mostly because the father of the sons and the son of the family patriarch, has been sentenced to prison for fraud. Thus, one son, Caleb, is trying to keep the company together, despite bad publicity and major financial losses. His grandfather decides Caleb and his two brothers, neither of whom has ever shown any interest in the business, should try to repurpose the Dorothy to keep the Donovan company going. Therein lies the problem. The residents and the community want to keep the Dorothy as it is and to also keep the rag-tag dog park they have built in the vacant lot beside the building, so Caleb is met with fierce resistance. To complicate matters, after their meeting, Caleb is smitten with Riley, who is likewise smitten with Caleb. As discussions about the complex continue, we get a good picture of life at the Dorothy and within the community and how strong the bond between residents really is, as they all work together to preserve the Dorothy.This is a pretty good doggie story. Riley’s dog as well as the other dogs in the complex and surrounding community pay a big role, but do not overpower the story. It was fascinating to watch the community all come together and unite for a common cause, as I always enjoy watching strong communities in action. In addition, it was interesting to watch the romance between Riley and Caleb grow and flourish, with lots of ups and downs. This is a great book for dog lovers, and a wonderful start of a new series. I will be eagerly watching for the next book to come out. The author has managed to put together a fantastic story for dog lovers and for romantics. I would give it more than five stars if I could. I received this from NetGalley to read and review.
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  • Leslie
    January 1, 1970
    I received an advanced copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for a fair and honest review. You dont have to be a dog lover to adore this absolutely adorable fun read. That said, dogs add so much joy to the world that even if you dont have one or want one, go out and meet one. Theyre fabulous, honest, trustworthy and when they love, they love hard! It will make your day brighter, lower your blood pressure and there is little cuter than a full on doggie wagging his or her whole body with I received an advanced copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for a fair and honest review. You don’t have to be a dog lover to adore this absolutely adorable fun read. That said, dogs add so much joy to the world that even if you don’t have one or want one, go out and meet one. They’re fabulous, honest, trustworthy and when they love, they love hard! It will make your day brighter, lower your blood pressure and there is little cuter than a full on doggie wagging his or her whole body with joy to see you. If a dog or a child doesn’t like someone take notes and RUN!! So family is enough to drive even the sanest person absolutely crazy! Grandfather William has serious control issues and no care or concern about how his actions impact anyone in his sphere (or outside of it either) even though he created the issues to start with. elfish is possibly the nicest thing I could say about him. He thinks he is slick but what he really is is a class A jerk. There is nothing likable about him. Riley and LouLou are managing a building called The Dorothy after she was unceremoniously fired from her job because Grandpa Williams son was such a lying thieving cheat he wound up in jail and lost everything his family ever worked for and had. Caleb is being manipulated by Willian to take over the Dorothy, the last property he owns, but has a crazy amount of restrictions, stipulations and rules to get it done. It is his way or Caleb will lose the little he has left and his brothers, who are a part of Grandpa Williams plan want less than nothing to do with The Dorothy, Grandpa or their father. Calebs first words to Riley are “I am here to fire you” when he goes to the Dorothy. And so begins a lot of back and forth, legal threats, Grandpa using undue influence to get the community board get the building approved for conversion to a condo so they can kick out life long tenants, an entire community coming together to fight for their dog park, their beloved home and all that is theirs and of course the eventual HEA between Riley and Caleb. There are no surprises, but it’s a sweet quick light read.
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  • Danielle Urban
    January 1, 1970
    Cold Nose, Warm Heart by Mara Wells is a great read. It shows how money can corrupt and break apart a family. Money usually gets its ways in the operation of things like what Mara Wells tells in her book. However, things did not go as well-planned as some of the characters would have liked. I liked how an elderly woman could make the elderly hard ass feel embarrasses and do what is right. Not always, But somehow she has a little bit of a sway over that man.The elderly man treated his grandson Cold Nose, Warm Heart by Mara Wells is a great read. It shows how money can corrupt and break apart a family. Money usually gets its ways in the operation of things like what Mara Wells tells in her book. However, things did not go as well-planned as some of the characters would have liked. I liked how an elderly woman could make the elderly hard ass feel embarrasses and do what is right. Not always, But somehow she has a little bit of a sway over that man.The elderly man treated his grandson with absolute disrespect all the way. If Caleb did exactly as his grandfather wanted, his grandfather would sing him praises. If it looked like Caleb failed to turn a piece of property into profit like his grandfather wanted, then Caleb was a loser. Only he really wasn't. He was a good hearted man whose heart was broken by people he should been able to rely on and trust. Yet they kept hurting him constantly...Caleb has a heart of gold. But he is also the biggest idiot. He does not do well in handling his relationship with Riley. Caleb was a terrible actor. Riley is one the only big time characters that I truly loved. She was true all the way. Never was she a dummy. The only blind side was, that she thought her grandmother owned the run down elderly apartment building only to find out none of that was true. Also, the company handling the finances was stealing from the real apartment's owner. Riley did what she could to save the residents both human and the fury kind. In addition, I loved the second chance theme presented in this book. It was done well. The plot was entertaining. It was steady paced throughout the book. Characters had a way of charming me. They made me laugh and cry. I also wanted to hit some sense into a few of the characters. The fur babies mentioned in this novel was perfect. I loved how one tiny lady dog kept urinating on Caleb's expensive shoes. The tiny lady dog loved him. And if you read the book, you will find out why. I received this copy from the publisher. This is my voluntary review.
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  • Marsha Keeper Bookshelf
    January 1, 1970
    Reviewed at Keeper BookshelfCold Nose, Warm Heart is a fun romance with adorable pups, a classic yet crumbling apartment building, lots of long-time residents who will fight for their home, and a man who has an agenda far different from what hes originally showing and a woman who might be in over her head in many ways but will not back down from a fight for what (and who) she loves.While I enjoyed Caleb and Rileys romance, for the most part, there were times when their story fell short for me. I Reviewed at Keeper BookshelfCold Nose, Warm Heart is a fun romance with adorable pups, a classic yet crumbling apartment building, lots of long-time residents who will fight for their home, and a man who has an agenda far different from what he’s originally showing and a woman who might be in over her head in many ways but will not back down from a fight for what (and who) she loves.While I enjoyed Caleb and Riley’s romance, for the most part, there were times when their story fell short for me. I liked them but I didn’t love them – and that’s not necessary to enjoy a book but I couldn’t fall easily into their world. Small reasons that ended up making a difference for me. Yet, that’s my opinion and you may feel very different. That’s the fun of reading, we each have our own takes on the same story.Caleb is out to make his grandfather’s plans for The Dorothy a reality, Riley and crew are going to fight him every step of the way until he changes his mind. And along the way, in the middle of dog antics, seniors making their voices heard, Caleb and Riley will go beyond enemies to friends to lovers but that journey isn’t going to be easy. Since this is the first book in the series, there is world-building, there has to be to some extent. I simply wish I understood Caleb’s family dynamic better – but then, I suppose that will be explained throughout this series.I enjoyed myself and really that’s all that matters, any questions in my mind will, I’m sure, be answered eventually. If you love pups and their antics, fighting for a cause that seems hopeless, and watching two unlikely people begin to really see each other enough to fall in love – then you’d enjoy Cold Nose, Warm Heart.*I received an e-ARC of this novel from the publisher via NetGalley. That does not change what I think of this story. It is my choice to leave a review giving my personal opinion about this book.*
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  • Melanie
    January 1, 1970
    This is my first book by Mara Wells and it happens to be the first book in a new series. Riley and Caleb are drawn to each other, but they are also at odds with each other. They have opposing views on how a historic building should be dealt with. Renovation or not? Which side will win? Riley is also the owner of an adorable poodle and the neighborhood makeshift dog park is also in dispute. Caleb and Riley are connected in that their grandparents were once married and have connections to the This is my first book by Mara Wells and it happens to be the first book in a new series. Riley and Caleb are drawn to each other, but they are also at odds with each other. They have opposing views on how a historic building should be dealt with. Renovation or not? Which side will win? Riley is also the owner of an adorable poodle and the neighborhood makeshift dog park is also in dispute. Caleb and Riley are connected in that their grandparents were once married and have connections to the building as well. I thought that this book was unique in many ways. There was a lot of back and forth between the main characters caused by a lack of communication. Both had interesting back stories which made their actions easier to understand. I loved how the neighborhood banded together to show Caleb and the city what was important to them. Even though Caleb wanted something different, they still embraced him because he had become important to Riley and she was important to them. It sounded like a great place to live. I was a little puzzled as to why the dog on the cover is not a poodle since Riley's very cute sidekick was a poodle, otherwise it is an attractive cover. I plan to check out the next book which looks like it is to be Lance's story. My thanks to the publisher and Net Galley for the opportunity to read an ARC of this book. My review gives my personal opinion of this book and mine alone.
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  • Becca
    January 1, 1970
    What a cute read! This was my first book by Mara Wells and I really loved Riley and Caleb! Plus how can you resist a book full of cute dogs who steal your heart?Riley Carson has been trying to hold down the fort at her grandmother's art deco building that is a 55 plus residence on the Beach in Miami. After being laid off from the job that she loved with Donovan Resorts, being the building manager and super she at least gets to help her grandma and the makeshift dog park they put together next to What a cute read! This was my first book by Mara Wells and I really loved Riley and Caleb! Plus how can you resist a book full of cute dogs who steal your heart?Riley Carson has been trying to hold down the fort at her grandmother's art deco building that is a 55 plus residence on the Beach in Miami. After being laid off from the job that she loved with Donovan Resorts, being the building manager and super she at least gets to help her grandma and the makeshift dog park they put together next to the building is a great way to bring the community together. So imagine her surprise with the dashingly handsome Caleb Donovan shows up and says HE owns the building and will be tearing it down to erect a new and shinier condo in its place.Caleb and Riley have this instant connection. But she can't be playing with the enemy, can she? There are secrets all around and when the two have to bring the issue to the city commissioners, each will do what they can to get their vision moved forward. The only thing is Caleb and Riley can deny the chemistry and the magnetism they have for each other. With their grandparents involved, it gets to be an even bigger mess than they initially thought it would be.I really loved not only the main characters but all of the neighborhood friends (that I'm hoping will get some matchmaking in the future.) This was a fun read and can't wait for book two in the series.
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  • Aly
    January 1, 1970
    Riley Carson doesn't need anyone else than her poodle Loulou, her gram (who mostly raised her) and her friends at the dog park to be happy. A fail engagement made her wary of romance anyway. After losing her job (thanks to a fraudulent boss), she's now working as a landlord for her apartment building. If there's something she doesn't know how to do, there's always YouTube videos. But just imagine that the son of your former boss is after the building you're living in and working for ? And what Riley Carson doesn't need anyone else than her poodle Loulou, her gram (who mostly raised her) and her friends at the dog park to be happy. A fail engagement made her wary of romance anyway. After losing her job (thanks to a fraudulent boss), she's now working as a landlord for her apartment building. If there's something she doesn't know how to do, there's always YouTube videos. But just imagine that the son of your former boss is after the building you're living in and working for ? And what would you do if he was too charming and you couldn't deny your attraction to him? "He kept his eyes on the road, but she saw the flash of his smile in the dark. It warmed her more than her blanket, more than a hot cup of coffee on a cool morning. More than a video of a wiggly puppy licking mashed bananas off a laughing baby's face. She was in trouble now, liking a Donovan, but she couldn't find it in herself to fight it." This book was an excellent cure for a "I got the blues day" because :-Dogs (I could just list that and that would be enough for me)-The way the hero immediately bond with Loulou the poodle and is always talking to her-The author's writing style. I love how she write some sentences, like for example, this one: "It had always been Riley and Grams, with special guest star Mom whenever she was in town."
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  • Lori
    January 1, 1970
    The premise of the book sounded really good, and it would of been if the focus had been more on the relationship aspect instead of the dog park that was being built, and the residents of the worn-down apartment building which the story was based around. First the main characters. Riley - she seemed very young, more like a teenager than a grown woman. She is a college grad and feels she would have made manager in her old job, but, she can't seem to accomplish anything, seems to spend way too much The premise of the book sounded really good, and it would of been if the focus had been more on the relationship aspect instead of the dog park that was being built, and the residents of the worn-down apartment building which the story was based around. First the main characters. Riley - she seemed very young, more like a teenager than a grown woman. She is a college grad and feels she would have made manager in her old job, but, she can't seem to accomplish anything, seems to spend way too much time drinking coffee at the dog park, and doesn't notice major discrepancies with the finances at the building she manages. Caleb - seems like a sweet guy, except when he is telling you how much he has lost when his company went under while he is driving his Lamborghini, and wearing expensive shoes and clothes. The best part of the book for me was when Caleb's brother Lance shows up, now he seems really interesting.The thing that bothered me the most was all the plot points that were introduced and then just disappeared. What happened with the financials for the Dorothy, why was Caleb's es-wife mentioned but never discussed, why was Riley's Mother even brought into the story. I really thought until the last few chapters she had died. As a story there were so many problems for me.Received as an ARC from Netgalley.
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  • Julie
    January 1, 1970
    Im a sucker for stories with dogs. Loulou the poodle was an adorable character and she has many lovely canine pals. Her owner, Riley, manages a building called the Dorothy. Riley used to work for a Donovan resort, but the chain went bankrupt when the Donovan patriarch went to prison. Her grandmother lives in the Dorothy, and Riley practically grew up there. She more or less keeps the building running on a shoestring. A benefit of the building is an adjacent empty lot that Riley and the I’m a sucker for stories with dogs. Loulou the poodle was an adorable character and she has many lovely canine pals. Her owner, Riley, manages a building called the Dorothy. Riley used to work for a Donovan resort, but the chain went bankrupt when the Donovan patriarch went to prison. Her grandmother lives in the Dorothy, and Riley practically grew up there. She more or less keeps the building running on a shoestring. A benefit of the building is an adjacent empty lot that Riley and the neighborhood use as a dog park. It’s kind of a community gathering place.Enter Caleb, one of the aforementioned Donovan family. His grandfather owns the Dorothy and is offering it to Caleb as a rehab opportunity to salvage the Donovan name and start rebuilding a family business. Sparks fly between Caleb and Riley. The last thing Riley wants is for the Dorothy to be converted into upscale condos forcing the residents out. Despite his attraction to Riley, Caleb is committed to this project. This is a story of redemption, dogs, dog parks, family, trust, and taking a chance. Overall, it was cute. Personally, I wish I had connected more to Riley, Caleb, and their extended family members. Thanks to NetGalley and SOURCEBOOKS Casablanca for an advance copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
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