You Lucky Dog
An accidental dog swap unleashes an unexpected love match in this new romantic comedy from New York Times bestselling author Julia London.Carly Kennedy's life is in a spiral. She is drowning in work, her divorced parents are going through their midlife crises, and somehow Carly's sister convinces her to foster Baxter--a basset hound rescue with a bad case of the blues. When Carly comes home late from work one day to discover that the dog walker has accidentally switched out Baxter for another perkier, friendlier basset hound, she has reached the end of her leash.When Max Sheffington finds a depressed male basset hound in place of his cheerful Hazel, he is bewildered. But when cute, fiery Carly arrives on his doorstep, he is intrigued. He was expecting the dog walker, not a pretty woman with firm ideas about dog discipline. And Carly was not expecting a handsome, bespectacled man to be feeding her dog mac and cheese. Baxter is besotted with Hazel, and Carly realizes she may have found the key to her puppy’s happiness. For his sake, she starts to spend more time with Hazel and Max, until she begins to understand the appeal of falling for your polar opposite.

You Lucky Dog Details

TitleYou Lucky Dog
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseAug 25th, 2020
PublisherBerkley Romance
ISBN-139780593100387
Rating
GenreRomance, Contemporary, Adult, Womens Fiction, Chick Lit, Fiction, Contemporary Romance, Humor, Animals, Adult Fiction

You Lucky Dog Review

  • Sheyla ✎
    January 1, 1970
    The blurb had me at mentioning dogs. Actually, even the cover was good enough to pick my interest.You Lucky Dog begins with a dog walker getting into trouble with the law. Because of it, Carly's dog, Baxter, who is a calm basset hound, is swapped with Hazel, another basset hound who has tons of energy. Hazel belongs to Max Sheffington, a neuroscience professor. Max is working on getting tenure. He is also trying to find ways to help his brother who is autistic. He thinks that dogs might play The blurb had me at mentioning dogs. Actually, even the cover was good enough to pick my interest.You Lucky Dog begins with a dog walker getting into trouble with the law. Because of it, Carly's dog, Baxter, who is a calm basset hound, is swapped with Hazel, another basset hound who has tons of energy. Hazel belongs to Max Sheffington, a neuroscience professor. Max is working on getting tenure. He is also trying to find ways to help his brother who is autistic. He thinks that dogs might play a part in helping him.Carly is a publicist. She has only 2 clients and neither one it's making her job easier. Her dream is to work in New York and one of her clients might be her ticket there. She just has to convince him to believe in his work. When Carly and Max meet, they share more than the love of their basset hounds. Attraction leads to something more. I wish I had loved You Lucky Dog but I had a couple of issues with it. The main one being that I didn't feel the connection between the two main characters. They lacked depth and their insta-love was a turnoff for me. The second one was the plot with the parents, I just felt it was unnecessary and too easily resolved and accepted. I didn't feel any empathy for Carly's family. On the other hand, I felt quite a lot for Max's dad and his brother, Jaime. Despite my problems with the main characters, I did love Baxter and Hazel. Every scene they were in, they stole my heart. Cliffhanger: No2.5/5 FangsA complimentary copy was provided by Berkley via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.MrsLeif's Two Fangs About It | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram
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  • Heather
    January 1, 1970
    Any book with dogs on the cover I am immediately drawn to so of course I was excited to read this book.I thoroughly enjoyed it and loved so many aspects about it. Both of the characters were nice and you cared about them and what was happening in their lives. I also enjoyed the family element in this book especially with Max's brother who is autistic. As someone who has very close experience with autism, I think the author wrote it amazingly. I also loved how Max cared for his brother so much it Any book with dogs on the cover I am immediately drawn to so of course I was excited to read this book.I thoroughly enjoyed it and loved so many aspects about it. Both of the characters were nice and you cared about them and what was happening in their lives. I also enjoyed the family element in this book especially with Max's brother who is autistic. As someone who has very close experience with autism, I think the author wrote it amazingly. I also loved how Max cared for his brother so much it even shaped what he wanted to do with his career. The romance was adorable and wasn't the main focus of the book but I was more than happy with that. I would say this book is mostly character development with a splash of romance. The romance we got adorable and I loved it. The two basset hounds were the stars of the book and what I wouldn't do to have Hazel and Baxter in my life. This book put a smile on my face throughout and I had a great time reading it.
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  • Berit☀️✨
    January 1, 1970
    An absolute treat!Heartwarming and hilarious. Fab characters and furry friends. Julia London has written a sweet romcom that will have you giggling, smiling, and wagging your tail. Carly is trying to stay relevant as a publicist burning the candle at both ends, so it is quite disturbing when she returns home and discovers the dog in her house is not hers. Max is a brain scientist, a Professor of neurological science at the University of Texas on the tenure track. He is equally perplexed to find An absolute treat!Heartwarming and hilarious. Fab characters and furry friends. Julia London has written a sweet romcom that will have you giggling, smiling, and wagging your tail. Carly is trying to stay relevant as a publicist burning the candle at both ends, so it is quite disturbing when she returns home and discovers the dog in her house is not hers. Max is a brain scientist, a Professor of neurological science at the University of Texas on the tenure track. He is equally perplexed to find that his lively Hazel has been replaced with a much more solemn dog, we later learned to find out is named Baxter. When Carly shows up at Max’s door with Hazel in tow there is an immediate connection... between Hazel and Baxter that is. OK well there might be a little bit of an attraction between Carly and Max but they are not willing to admit to that yet. On the outside they appear to be quite different Carly is quirky and free spirited while Max is A little more buttoned up and serious. However they cannot deny that Hazel and Baxter love spending time together and this offers them an excuse to also spend time together. What follows is a charming story filled with family, romance, growth, some surprises, and of course dogs. This story was beyond adorable! I did really like Carly and Max, but Hazel and Baxter stole the show! Carly was a great strong and spunky character who I would love to have as a friend. The things she had to do for her job especially wearing those crazy high fashion outfits created by her fashion designer client had me cracking up. Max was great and I found the research he was doing involving dogs and autism really interesting. Max’s brother was autistic so he had a personal connection to this research, this also led to many heartwarming moments between Max and his brother. Carly’s family on the other hand was quite over the top. The interactions between Carly and her family generally left me chuckling. This is an absolute can’t miss for anyone who loves dogs, romance, and humor.This book in emojis 🐶 🦴 🍕 👗 📸 🐕*** Big thank you to Berkley for my gifted copy of this book. All opinions are my own. ***
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  • Helen Power
    January 1, 1970
    This is a sweet romance with some laugh-out loud funny moments. Carly is a publicist for a fashion designer, and she has to wear his outfits as a part of her promotion--outfits that get her into some truly hilarious trouble when she has to do, well, anything.The theme of dogs carries throughout the story, and it is a definite strength of the novel. Max and Carly are brought together because of their nearly identical dogs, who are seemingly smitten with one another.  Max's research at the univers This is a sweet romance with some laugh-out loud funny moments. Carly is a publicist for a fashion designer, and she has to wear his outfits as a part of her promotion--outfits that get her into some truly hilarious trouble when she has to do, well, anything.The theme of dogs carries throughout the story, and it is a definite strength of the novel. Max and Carly are brought together because of their nearly identical dogs, who are seemingly smitten with one another.  Max's research at the university deals with the neuroscience of the brain and he uses dogs in his research. His younger brother has autism, and he loves dogs.This book also has strong family themes, as both Carly and Max have complicated personal lives.  Max's love for his younger brother makes him a sweet and caring character, despite the fact that he may come across as aloof and overly "scientist-y" to others.While the tone of the novel itself is sweet, it has a bit of a gloomy feel to it. It's hard to explain. Maybe it's because of their personal lives, but I felt quite sad while reading it, even during the funny bits.  Both Max and Carly are under a lot of pressure--Carly with losing her job, her parent's divorce, the ever-increasing rent of her home, and Max with going up for tenure against the department's star researcher.  The one highlight in their lives seems to be each other, and of course, their relationship isn't easy. There's a major twist about halfway through the book that really puts a wrench in what they have found together, and while it seemed like it was intended to be funny, it did fall flat to me a little.I recommend this book to lovers of romance novels that have a strong dog-lovers theme. *Thank you to Netgalley and Berkley for the arc to review* This review appeared first on https://powerlibrarian.wordpress.com/ Instagram | Blog | Website | Twitter My 2020 Reading Challenge
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  • Maria Zuppardi
    January 1, 1970
    Thank you so much to Berkley and NetGalley for the eARC! Looking for your perfect summer escape read? Take one look at that cover and synopsis, and tell me you’re not intrigued! I read this book a month or two ago because I was in a major slump and needed something funny and light-hearted, and this was the perfect cure! I loved the storyline, the romance, the craziness (trust me – there’s an INSANE plot twist!), and the overall vibe of the story.The characters are all over the top hilarious and Thank you so much to Berkley and NetGalley for the eARC! Looking for your perfect summer escape read? Take one look at that cover and synopsis, and tell me you’re not intrigued! I read this book a month or two ago because I was in a major slump and needed something funny and light-hearted, and this was the perfect cure! I loved the storyline, the romance, the craziness (trust me – there’s an INSANE plot twist!), and the overall vibe of the story.The characters are all over the top hilarious and dramatic, and I LIVE for it. Crazy mom telling you all about her boyfriend of the day, sister who cannot handle her kids, really random dog mix-up…..it’s the funniest story and I laughed out loud multiple times when reading.There were plenty of heartwarming moments that I think you would enjoy! Were the characters slightly cheesy? Yes, but honestly, it was just too funny and darn cute! Usually I’m not a fan, but these characters were written with just the right amount of cheesiness to keep me, an overly serious person, happy!
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  • Lubnaa (Romance Library)
    January 1, 1970
    I received an ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. "What, she was going to meet a great guy through a dog mix-up and suddenly find happiness? Only in the movies, girlfriend." I requested this book because hello, a meet cute through a dog mix-up? Sign me up! The hero and heroine share a dog walker and one day, their dogs, both basset hounds, are switched. Carly ends up with Max's hyper dog and Max ends up with Carly's sad dog. This book actually started off on a less than stabl I received an ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. "What, she was going to meet a great guy through a dog mix-up and suddenly find happiness? Only in the movies, girlfriend." I requested this book because hello, a meet cute through a dog mix-up? Sign me up! The hero and heroine share a dog walker and one day, their dogs, both basset hounds, are switched. Carly ends up with Max's hyper dog and Max ends up with Carly's sad dog. This book actually started off on a less than stable note and I was not sure if it would work for me. The prose has a strong romantic comedy tone that is rambly and chaotic in a stream of consciousness way. Carly was especially stuck way too deep inside her head; there was too much internal dialogue that came across as rambly for Carly and sciencey for Max. But I'm glad I stuck with the book because the writing improved as I continued reading. A couple of chapters in, the prose becomes less rambly and the focus is narrowed to dialogues and plot development. I can understand why some readers might not be patient with the writing style and if that's the only thing bugging you, my recommendation is to stick with it.One early reviewer wrote that the romance is insta-love and I beg to differ. This is actually a friends to lovers romance, with a fairly low level of angst. There are sparks of attraction when they first meet, but there is no insta-love. Max and Carly don't exactly get off on the right foot because of the dog mix-up, but they become friends and start meeting up for cute dog dates. Their dynamic is adorable; they're both such cute weirdos lol. Carly and Max snuck up on me and I'm enamored of them. I also really like how the author spent time fleshing out Max's job as a neuroscientist and Carly's job as a publicist. I was very invested in their career paths and I think the author did a great job writing their careers in way that is interesting and brings a lot of depth to their character arcs. Max's part of the story can be a little too sciencey, but it was easy enough for me to actually understand the kind of research he's working on. Carly's part of the story can be frustrating because she does not have the best clients, but you can't help but root for her success. And as for reviewers calling Carly a doormat...again, I beg to differ. I don't see Carly as a doormat; I see her as a person who is desperate to not lose her clients—her only source of income.My least favourite part about this book is the family drama. I love Max's family, but I had a really hard time liking Carly's family. These two families converged in a really dramatic and predictable way and I was not a fan of the so-called family conflict. It was annoying and not really necessary, to be honest. But everything else was great: the dogs, Max, Carly, their romance, and their individual careers. I'm so glad I stuck with this book because I ended up loving it!
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  • Andi (Andi's ABCs)
    January 1, 1970
    This review was originally posted on Andi's ABCs I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review. In theory You Lucky Dog sounds like it would be a really fun, cute rom com. It had all the parts. Sadly, for me, that just wasn’t the case. Don’t get me wrong, I enjoyed some of it, like the dogs because they were ADORABLE. And I also liked some of the family aspect. That was a good thing to include, es This review was originally posted on Andi's ABCs I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review. In theory You Lucky Dog sounds like it would be a really fun, cute rom com. It had all the parts. Sadly, for me, that just wasn’t the case. Don’t get me wrong, I enjoyed some of it, like the dogs because they were ADORABLE. And I also liked some of the family aspect. That was a good thing to include, especially Max’s family. But for the most part I found the plot very slow and Carly’s family felt like caricatures and not characters. Carly and Max did have some chemistry but I was missing the wow and the woo. I did read it as a buddy read so that helped. All in all this wasn’t the cute rom com I was anticipating, but that didn’t make it a horrible book. Check it out for yourself.
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  • Miranda Kenneally
    January 1, 1970
    Very cute and funny! I LOL'd many times. Love the dogs.
  • nick
    January 1, 1970
    3.5/5I picked up You Lucky Dog for the two puppies on the book cover and I was not disappointed. What an adorable little story! It left me with a smile and feeling very happy! The premise of You Lucky Dog is so cute! Two basset-hounds get swapped and end up with different owners after their dog-walker is arrested. The two pups could not be more different in temperament and Carly immediately notices that the energetic dog waiting for her at home is not her usually calm Baxter. Turns out, Hazel, a 3.5/5I picked up You Lucky Dog for the two puppies on the book cover and I was not disappointed. What an adorable little story! It left me with a smile and feeling very happy! The premise of You Lucky Dog is so cute! Two basset-hounds get swapped and end up with different owners after their dog-walker is arrested. The two pups could not be more different in temperament and Carly immediately notices that the energetic dog waiting for her at home is not her usually calm Baxter. Turns out, Hazel, aforementioned energetic dog, belongs to Max, a neuroscience professor. In the process of getting their respective pets back, Max and Carly find themselves being attracted to each other and forge a friendship. Their romance was pretty low-key. Their attraction to each other was almost instant and so may not work for every reader. I thought they were cute together and I enjoyed the banter they shared.There's a lot going on with both of these characters. Carly desperately wants a publicist job in NYC. She is stuck working with 2 clients who don't make it easy for her. She also faces financial issues and may have to move out of her beloved little cottage. Not to mention, she also has to deal with her parents, who are a piece of work. Max is up for tenure at his university but he has some tough competition. Max also has an autistic brother that his father is taking care of. I appreciated the insight into families handling adult autistic children and how it can impact the different relationships around you. It did feel like there was a bit too much going on with them in their own lives at times, which took away from the romance. Now the real stars of this book were Baxter and Hazel, the dogs. They were so adorable and just the best addition to You Lucky Dog. All in all, You Lucky Dog was a sweet story and I enjoyed my time with it. The puppies will definitely have you smiling as will the romance. :)
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  • Breanna
    January 1, 1970
    THIS REVIEW & MORE → Paws and PaperbacksARC provided by Berkley through NetGalley.2.5 stars ✨I never thought a book about dogs would disappoint me so greatly. At first glance, You Lucky Dog seems like everything I could ask for in a book: an accidental dog switch leading to a romantic match between their owners? Sign me up. However, between the lukewarm romance and the writing, I was pretty indifferent towards the story.I am never a fan of long passages of text and exposition, and unfortunately THIS REVIEW & MORE → Paws and PaperbacksARC provided by Berkley through NetGalley.2.5 stars ✨I never thought a book about dogs would disappoint me so greatly. At first glance, You Lucky Dog seems like everything I could ask for in a book: an accidental dog switch leading to a romantic match between their owners? Sign me up. However, between the lukewarm romance and the writing, I was pretty indifferent towards the story.I am never a fan of long passages of text and exposition, and unfortunately You Lucky Dog was full of them. I can’t tell you how many chapters were dedicated to painstakingly describing every minute of Carly’s day in detail. I don’t care and it lends absolutely nothing to the story. I also wasn’t a fan of Max’s internal dialogue. Max is a neuroscientist, yes, but I found it super pretentious and annoying whenever he would think something like, “the norepinephrine levels were increasing throughout my body at the thought” instead of simply, “the thought was exciting me.”The book does shine a light on autism awareness which was really appreciated. The author did a great job showing some of the challenges of living with someone/having a family member with autism. Max’s brother, Jamie, plays an important role in this book and it felt honest and realistic.As a dog lover, I was really looking forward to You Lucky Dog. Who could resist that cover or the synopsis? But when it came down to it, I did not enjoy the writing style and the story itself was mediocre.
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  • ✰ BJ's Book Blog ✰Janeane ✰
    January 1, 1970
    ARC received from Netgalley for an honest reviewI was hooked by the cover and the dogs in this story, and I wanted to love it.Unfortunately, I didn't love it. I did like it, however I did not feel this one at all.I didn't really feel any emotion from either Max or Carly. And for most of the time I felt like Carly was just phoning it in and was a doormat for everyone around her. Baxter and Hazel saved this one for me. I couldn't help but smile every time they were on the page.I also felt, from my ARC received from Netgalley for an honest reviewI was hooked by the cover and the dogs in this story, and I wanted to love it.Unfortunately, I didn't love it. I did like it, however I did not feel this one at all.I didn't really feel any emotion from either Max or Carly. And for most of the time I felt like Carly was just phoning it in and was a doormat for everyone around her. Baxter and Hazel saved this one for me. I couldn't help but smile every time they were on the page.I also felt, from my experience, the topic of autism was dealt with quite well.
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  • Aila
    January 1, 1970
    3.5 stars "Forget the chemical reaction - was this love, that thing that pushed all rational thought aside and drove men to do things they might never do? Was it love that made this feel momentous and slightly desperate and unworldly? It wasn't just corporeal - it was more transcendent than that. It was wird, this thing called love - you didn't see it, you didn't hear it, but suddenly, you were there." YOU LUCKY DOG has an adorable premise, lovable characters, and a fun family subplot. There w 3.5 stars "Forget the chemical reaction - was this love, that thing that pushed all rational thought aside and drove men to do things they might never do? Was it love that made this feel momentous and slightly desperate and unworldly? It wasn't just corporeal - it was more transcendent than that. It was wird, this thing called love - you didn't see it, you didn't hear it, but suddenly, you were there." YOU LUCKY DOG has an adorable premise, lovable characters, and a fun family subplot. There was something about it, though, that was lacking the magic. Maybe it was passion between the main characters? They were both level-headed, and the romance a smooth development. I don't know why, but I just felt a disconnect between their relationship development and the eventual "I-love-you's." Nevertheless, the premise sets it up to be a light-hearted and sweet romantic read that's perfect for a summer day.
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  • Pj Ausdenmore
    January 1, 1970
    Any cover with two adorable dogs on it will always draw my interest and Baxter and Hazel more than live up to their cuteness. In fact, they pretty much steal every scene they're in. It's clear the author has a great love for, and experience with, dogs. They're the catalyst that brings Max and Carly together and keeps their relationship moving forward. By the end of the book, I wanted to adopt both of them. Some of the other characters, not so much.Carly and Max are both likable characters - okay Any cover with two adorable dogs on it will always draw my interest and Baxter and Hazel more than live up to their cuteness. In fact, they pretty much steal every scene they're in. It's clear the author has a great love for, and experience with, dogs. They're the catalyst that brings Max and Carly together and keeps their relationship moving forward. By the end of the book, I wanted to adopt both of them. Some of the other characters, not so much.Carly and Max are both likable characters - okay, Carly is pretty annoying at the beginning but she grows into her likability - and though they may seem an unlikely pair at first, London deftly guides them along the path to eventual friendship with the potential for more. It's a sweet, low-key romantic journey, with a happy ending, but, as this is a romantic comedy, not a contemporary romance, it takes a bit of a back seat to everything else going on in their lives, especially Carly's. Both are at turning points in their careers, with Max on a tenure track at the university and Carly trying to salvage her sagging PR business while keeping her dreams of a New York career alive (she has two clients, neither of which is doing anything to help further those goals). A great deal of the story focuses on Carly's clients and career. Then there are the families.Honestly, I don't blame Carly for wanting to move to New York. With her family, I'd be setting my sights much further. Like, maybe Australia. As for Max's family, I felt London did a credible job of portraying an adult character with Autism (Max's brother) and both the joys and challenges of living with a person with special needs. I liked Max's father and brother a whole lot more than anyone in Carly's family, especially her mother. Carly's sister may have been annoying but I couldn't find one single redeeming quality in her mother. And I looked really hard.Overall, I enjoyed Carly's journey and was happy with the decisions she made, as well as how they came about. The author could have taken an easier path with her but it wouldn't have felt as authentic to her character. Because of that, I was confident she would move forward with no regrets and that her relationship with Max would be stronger because of it. I liked Max's nerdy sweetness and how he and Carly balance one another. I liked his relationship with his brother and his determination to support, encourage, and protect those he loves. And I absolutely adored the dogs. *ARC received for fair and unbiased review
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  • Gracie {_a_court_of_books_}
    January 1, 1970
    A huge thank you to Net Galley for sending me an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review. Just because I received this free does not mean my review is not honest. Y’all know I only believe in honest reviews.😉Can I just say how much I LOVED this book? This book had such fabulous things in it. Hot guy? Check. Dogs? Check. Autism rep? Check. First off, I love how this book was different than other romance/ rom-coms. Does it still fit those categories? Yes! But it also drew in more diversi A huge thank you to Net Galley for sending me an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review. Just because I received this free does not mean my review is not honest. Y’all know I only believe in honest reviews.😉Can I just say how much I LOVED this book? This book had such fabulous things in it. Hot guy? Check. Dogs? Check. Autism rep? Check. First off, I love how this book was different than other romance/ rom-coms. Does it still fit those categories? Yes! But it also drew in more diversity with the autism. As some of y’all may, or may not, know, my brother has autism. So to see autism getting seen more in books has me excited! Just because someone is different doesn’t mean it’s bad! Everyone should be represented in books!One thing that did get on my nerves, and the reason this is not a five star read, is how they treated Max’s brother Jaime. Jaime has autism and is heavily dependent on his father to help care for himself. My brother is completely dependent upon my family and I, so this hit home for me. I didn’t agree with how Toby would handle Jaime sometimes. He basically blew his son off to go marry this woman he’s only known a few weeks— was even willing to pul his son is a disability home. While I have nothing against home for people with autism, sometimes it’s a good thing— I just did not agree with how the father handled it. He totally disregarded Jaime, and I felt like he just wanted him off his hands. To be honest, it made me fairly sick. Is having a child with autism hard? Heck to the yes! But my family would never treat or throw my brother away like that. It just stuck under my skin.Another thing that got on my nerves was Carly’s family. Good Lord those people are so annoying! I felt stressed just reading about them. Carly’s mother is insane, plainly not caring for her family and nearly destroying Max’s in the process. Ugh! And Mia? Help me Father God..🤦🏻‍♀️ She needs to get her children under control. Like babe, take a chill pill and control your kids! You can’t let them do whatever, you know? Dunno, maybe I was raised in a different time.🤷🏻‍♀️ Other than those two minor things, I absolutely adored this book! I loved the pacing! I felt as if it were perfect for the book. I loved every aspect of the dogs in it and how Max even did neuroscience around dogs and autism. Love, love, love!❤️Overall this books absolutely phenomenal and I highly recommend.Solid 4 stars.⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
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  • Amy
    January 1, 1970
    Thanks to Netgalley and Berkley Publishing Company for an E-ARC for an honest review.This was such a fun and breezy little romance novel. I particularly enjoyed Baxter and Hazel, our beloved Basset Hounds who charmed you from the very beginning. I'm a dog lover, and this book really did snuggle up to my heart in the best way. I will admit that I didn't particularly like Carly at first, but as I continued to read I found her rather endearing. Max was utterly adorable in his nerdy self, and I felt Thanks to Netgalley and Berkley Publishing Company for an E-ARC for an honest review.This was such a fun and breezy little romance novel. I particularly enjoyed Baxter and Hazel, our beloved Basset Hounds who charmed you from the very beginning. I'm a dog lover, and this book really did snuggle up to my heart in the best way. I will admit that I didn't particularly like Carly at first, but as I continued to read I found her rather endearing. Max was utterly adorable in his nerdy self, and I felt that these two really did work well together. I also liked how their relationship progressed naturally. They started off as two dog owners who had their dogs switched then somwhat acquaintances that had doggy play dates to friends to lovers. Their chemistry was a bit lacking, but I really did enjoy them as a couple.One of the major downfalls with this book was the drama between Max's dad and Carly's mom (who is the absolute worst person in this entire book). I didn't think it was needed to add more drama to Max's and Carly's story. Carly was very vocal about moving to NYC, and Max is up for tenure. That could have been enough to create some conflict between them, which after the forced drama between their parents, was the main reason for their "split up". Even then, it wasn't like they never spoke to each other again, and they respected each other's decisions and boundaries. The end decision Carly makes was all on her own, and I really appreciated the author for that. The other downfall is Carly's family. They brought the book down for me. I hated all of them, especially her mother and her sister, who apparently just loves to get pregnant and have children like they're accessories but can't actually handle them. She angered me the most. I did appreciate the Autism rep, but I will warm people that they use "disorder" quite a lot when referencing Jamie's (Max's brother) autism. It is technically in the DSM-V as a neurocognitive disorder, but there's a lot of personal beliefs regarding that. If you have Austim or know someone with Autism, please be cautious. It may be a hot topic or a button for you. Also, the treatment of Jamie by his father was also appalling, but I tried to think of them as a family unit, and how being Jamie's caregiver had to be exhausting for a 60-something year old man. I'm not excusing it, and there were times where I was like, "Wow, f*ck you, dad," but it did push the story along with Jamie's story arc, and it does have a lovely happy ending.All in all, if you like dogs and breezy romances, this is one to check out. It's the perfect book for the summer.
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  • Kristin
    January 1, 1970
    I was really looking forward to reading this story. Not only is the cover adorable, but the whole idea of a romance building all because your dog walker returned the wrong dog to you just sounds too cute. However, with that being said, this one just didn't work for me. The main character was a little annoying for my taste and seemed very conceited and full of herself. There was also a lot of inner-dialog that just seemed very choppy and disorienting. So, I never fully connected with the characte I was really looking forward to reading this story. Not only is the cover adorable, but the whole idea of a romance building all because your dog walker returned the wrong dog to you just sounds too cute. However, with that being said, this one just didn't work for me. The main character was a little annoying for my taste and seemed very conceited and full of herself. There was also a lot of inner-dialog that just seemed very choppy and disorienting. So, I never fully connected with the characters or their story because of it. In all honesty, I wish this story focused more on the switched dogs, than everything else. I kind of felt like that whole scenario took a backseat in this story. I don't know about you, but if let's say, I had someone who watched my dog while I was gone and I came home to find that there was a different dog in my house... I would flip out. I wouldn't just shrug it off and go about my day wondering when my crazy dog-sitter will return my calls. No, I would be a panicking mess wondering where my dog was. So, I was a little taken back when Max just sort of seems fine with it all and just brings "his" dog to work like nothing is wrong. Like I said, I really wanted to like this story. The cover and the sound of it seemed like it would be a sure win for me. However, I had a hard time connecting with the characters and found myself not really wanting to pick up the book because of it.
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  • Jordan
    January 1, 1970
    3.5 stars but rounded up to 4!This book is insanely cute and catchy. I couldn’t put it down. I love the idea of dogs bringing their owners together to fall in love with each other. When Carly’s dog Baxter is somehow mixed up with Max’s dog Hazel, Carly is fed up and just wants her dog back. After tracking down Baxter, Carly is intrigued by this man who has taken to feeding her dog (who only eats organic kangaroo) Mac and cheese. Max and Carly realize that Baxter and Hazel are actually dog friend 3.5 stars but rounded up to 4!This book is insanely cute and catchy. I couldn’t put it down. I love the idea of dogs bringing their owners together to fall in love with each other. When Carly’s dog Baxter is somehow mixed up with Max’s dog Hazel, Carly is fed up and just wants her dog back. After tracking down Baxter, Carly is intrigued by this man who has taken to feeding her dog (who only eats organic kangaroo) Mac and cheese. Max and Carly realize that Baxter and Hazel are actually dog friends and decide to go on a couple of puppy play dates but find themselves falling for each other. However Carly and Max are both in different directions of their lives currently. Can they make it work for the dogs and for themselves?I really enjoyed the writing in this book. The meet cute of the characters and their initial hatred for each other drew me in. I am always a fan of those tropes. I really liked the way Carly wasn’t going to just sacrifice her career for a man and was willing to put herself first. Another aspect I loved was that Max’s brother was autistic and the author really tried to educate readers on how Max worked with triggers for his brother and other ways to support someone on the spectrum.This is definitely a cute book and the fact that it involves dogs makes it even better!
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  • Norah Gibbons
    January 1, 1970
    I received an ARC of this book to read through NetGalley. All opinions are my own. You Lucky Dog by Julia London is a captivating romp of a book to read that had me both laughing out loud and looking for my box of kleenex. Carly Kennedy is a publicist whose clients are going to drive her out of her mind. She’s been trying to find a way to get her life back on track and move to New York. That things are not going well is an understatement. Max Sheffington is a university professor on the tenure t I received an ARC of this book to read through NetGalley. All opinions are my own. You Lucky Dog by Julia London is a captivating romp of a book to read that had me both laughing out loud and looking for my box of kleenex. Carly Kennedy is a publicist whose clients are going to drive her out of her mind. She’s been trying to find a way to get her life back on track and move to New York. That things are not going well is an understatement. Max Sheffington is a university professor on the tenure track, he’d thought this would be his year but recently found out he's got serious competition from another professor. They meet when the dog walker they hired is arrested, and their dogs are accidentally switched. This a funny and charming story about meeting the right person at the wrong time, and as always, Julia London writes a book that will have you hoping for their HEA even when it seems everything is lost. I enjoyed it very much and highly recommend reading it not only are Carly and Max delightful, so are their dogs, Hazel and Baxter. Medium Steam. Publishing Date: August 25, 2020. #YouLuckyDog #JuliaLondon #ContemporaryRomance #EscapeRead #NetGalley #BerkleyPublishingGroup #bookstagram
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  • Rosemary K
    January 1, 1970
    Who knew that an accidental dog swap would be life changing? Carly is struggling with work. She needs her few clients to be successful but that's not happening. They are either needy or crazy or both. She wants to be successful so that she can move to New York and live life in the fast lane. Unfortunately, her family needs her. Her recently divorced parents are out of control and her sister needs help wrangling her children. Her missing beagle is the final straw. When she tracks down Baxter, he' Who knew that an accidental dog swap would be life changing? Carly is struggling with work. She needs her few clients to be successful but that's not happening. They are either needy or crazy or both. She wants to be successful so that she can move to New York and live life in the fast lane. Unfortunately, her family needs her. Her recently divorced parents are out of control and her sister needs help wrangling her children. Her missing beagle is the final straw. When she tracks down Baxter, he's with a sexy, handsome man who's letter her dog break all the rules. Max Sheffington is a professor who's in a rut. He needs someone special in his life. I loved the chemistry between these characters. Sparks fly when they're together. Her unpredictable family might just derail their new relationship. Her mother is planning to marry Max's father. I couldn't believe what Julia London put these characters through. I couldn't stop reading this book. So much drama. I loved it! I received a copy of this book which I voluntarily read and reviewed. My comments are my honest opinion.
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  • Nursebookie
    January 1, 1970
    I THOUGHT THIS WAS SUCH A CUTE PREMISE. Meet cute – Basset Hound switcharoo style and I am hooked – Hazel and Baxter were just so adorable. Can we also just appreciate the beautiful cover of this book which I was immediately drawn to.I enjoyed reading about the characters Carly Kennedy and Max Sheffington – they were such a delight to read about and they were such cute sometimes over the top and slightly over dramatic - totally get it! That actually made it so much more fun to read for me - so c I THOUGHT THIS WAS SUCH A CUTE PREMISE. Meet cute – Basset Hound switcharoo style and I am hooked – Hazel and Baxter were just so adorable. Can we also just appreciate the beautiful cover of this book which I was immediately drawn to.I enjoyed reading about the characters Carly Kennedy and Max Sheffington – they were such a delight to read about and they were such cute sometimes over the top and slightly over dramatic - totally get it! That actually made it so much more fun to read for me - so cute and so delightful.I found the writing to be so charming and adorable. Also, including an autistic character in the book also brought the heart melting moments for me about Max – I thought the writing captured this in such a beautiful and sensitive way that I really admired in this novel. I found this to be a perfect summer escape read many would enjoy, for being funny, and also for being such a light hearted read that involved really adorable hounds and so much more. If you are a dog lover, you cannot miss this!
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  • Quinn Fforde
    January 1, 1970
    I loved the quirkiness of this story! It starts with two bassett hounds that get mixed up, and everything spirals out from there. There were surprises all through the plot, and I found myself gasping with shock several times.Carly is trying to believe herself into the life she wants because her hard work doesn't seem to be getting her there. She is trying to put the best face on things, but that is cracking one facade at a time. I found her struggles to be very relatable. She seems a bit shallow I loved the quirkiness of this story! It starts with two bassett hounds that get mixed up, and everything spirals out from there. There were surprises all through the plot, and I found myself gasping with shock several times.Carly is trying to believe herself into the life she wants because her hard work doesn't seem to be getting her there. She is trying to put the best face on things, but that is cracking one facade at a time. I found her struggles to be very relatable. She seems a bit shallow in the beginning because she is trying so hard to keep the plates spinning. Her true self comes through as she gets to know Max, and I really loved her as I read on.Max is trying to follow his career path, but he is beginning to feel that something is missing. When it crashes into his life, he will hardly know what to do with it or about it. Even though emotions are a little difficult for him, I loved that he was honest with himself about his feelings as he moved through this story, especially as pertained to his father and Jamie. Carly and Max have the best conversations. They are so funny and offbeat, and I think I highlighted almost everything they said to one another. I could feel their connection as they learned to communicate with each other. I was definitely rooting for them the whole way.Under the craziness and comedy, there are some serious themes. What do you do if hard work is not enough to get what you want? What is the balance between logic and emotion, and how do you know when to favor which? London also realistically portrays the challenges of caregivers and their family members. I enjoyed evvery page and am looking forward to a reread soon.
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  • Karmen
    January 1, 1970
    Give me a book with sweet romance, cute pups and some humor and I'm all in. You Lucky Dog is the perfect summer, light read that will have you cheering on these this couple, Carly and Max and their totally opposite basset hounds. This is the first book, I've read from this author and now a fan. Her writing style sucks you into their story and brings life to these characters!
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  • Anne Morgan
    January 1, 1970
    Carly Kennedy dreams of the perfect life, as presented in every rom-com and social media account out there telling her to work hard and life will reward her: she'll move to New York City, have the perfect job, lots of friends, live somewhere trendy and beautiful, eat and drink at trendy, beautiful places. Life will be perfect. So far, she's perfected the "work hard" part, but the rest isn't following. Her life is a non-stop whirl of crazy, artistic publicity clients (who knew two people could fe Carly Kennedy dreams of the perfect life, as presented in every rom-com and social media account out there telling her to work hard and life will reward her: she'll move to New York City, have the perfect job, lots of friends, live somewhere trendy and beautiful, eat and drink at trendy, beautiful places. Life will be perfect. So far, she's perfected the "work hard" part, but the rest isn't following. Her life is a non-stop whirl of crazy, artistic publicity clients (who knew two people could feel like so much more?); crazy, divorced parents; and a crazy, stressed-out sister who dumps a depressed basset hound on Carly to deal with. When the dog walker leaves the happy Hazel in place of her depressed Baxter, that's it! By the time she tracks Baxter down days later, she's ready to explode. She's not ready for Max Sheffington, who is feeding her dog mac and cheese on the couch and is far too cute to be a neuroscience professor. Hazel and Baxter hit it off so well that Max and Carly keep puppy play dates going, which quickly turn into something magical between the dog parents as well as the dogs. But into every rom-com some wrenches must be thrown, and Carly and Max have to try and untangle more than just leashes if they're going to get their happily ever after!Carly is a stressed publicist trying to build a brand with a twenty-year old "artistic" fashion designer and a retiree who believes wooden circles are art. The most sane person in her life is probably Baxter, the depressed basset hound her mother adopted to give away as a surprise gift (spoiler alert- pets as surprise gifts are never a good idea, even under the best and most thoughtful of circumstances. Which this wasn't). Having the dog walker mix up Baxter and another basset seems like the kind of thing that would absolutely happen to Carly. But at heart, Carly is an optimist who accepts the craziness life enjoys throwing at her and attempts to positively reframe it in ways that would make her podcast motivational speaker mentor proud. Max is a "brain scientist", a professor of neuroscience who researches dogs, humans, and autism- inspired by his autistic brother Jaimie. He's a bit of the classic science type, not great with social setting or cues, not sure if someone's flirting with him, and never confident around women. He's also kind, caring, super cute, and loves dogs. The outgoing Carly and the quiet Max seem like opposites, but thanks to two stubborn dogs, they get the chance to discover that opposites really do attract. The longer they spend together, the more they discover they enjoy each other's company, and the relationship that develops is sigh-worthy in its wonderfulness.Right from the start, You Lucky Dog lets you know it is going to be a fun, comedic experience. The writing is bright and bubbly, rather like Carly herself, with plenty of humor, but never so overblown that it crosses into crazy, unrealistic drama. Instead, the drama is completely believable and largely thanks to Carly's mother, who turns every scene she's in into a whirlwind that leaves you breathless and unsure whether you're coming or going. Jaimie and the struggles and stresses he, Max, and their dad go through are well-written, with touching empathy. The characters are wonderful all the way around. The dogs are magical in their basset cuteness. You Lucky Dog is a celebration of dogs, love, and what happens when you stop overthinking and let things happen. It was a book I smiled at every time I picked it up (with a cover like that, how can you not?) and was sorry when I had to put it down for any reason. A definite must read for romantic comedy fans, dog lovers, and anyone else looking for a happy way to spend the afternoon!I received an ARC of this book from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review
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  • Erica Brazauskas
    January 1, 1970
    I was given an ARC of "You Lucky Dog" by Julia London through Berkley Publishing to provide an honest review. *This review may contain Spoilers. *" You Lucky Dog" is a contemporary book by Julia London. It is about a college professor named Max and a publicist named Carly. Max's life is pretty steady. He has a great job and is trying to get a tenure spot at his university with his research, and Carly is a publicist, with only 2 (soon only 1) difficult clients trying to make it on her own and bui I was given an ARC of "You Lucky Dog" by Julia London through Berkley Publishing to provide an honest review. *This review may contain Spoilers. *" You Lucky Dog" is a contemporary book by Julia London. It is about a college professor named Max and a publicist named Carly. Max's life is pretty steady. He has a great job and is trying to get a tenure spot at his university with his research, and Carly is a publicist, with only 2 (soon only 1) difficult clients trying to make it on her own and build up her new business. Max and Carly each have basset hounds. Carly's dog is Baxter, and Max's dog is Hazel. Through a series of unfortunate events, their dog walker is put in jail for selling weed, and the dogs get mixed up with the wrong owner because they look so much alike. Carly ends up figuring out that her dog is the wrong one, and goes to find Max to swap the dogs. Max is a professor, and he uses dogs to study how brains work through people with autism. He is researching this because his brother, Jamie, is autistic. Max's dad needs a break from being a full time caregiver to Jamie, so Max decides to take Jamie on a trip to a dog show one weekend so that his dad can go on a much needed fishing trip. The problem with this, however, is that he doesn't have anyone who can take care of the dog, so he decides to ask Carly. Carly agrees, and what happens next is pure chaos, and hilarity ensues. I laughed out loud when I read this book at the antics the dogs did when they were reunited. I found the chaos to be completely relatable, especially if you've ever had a mischievous pet. The main characters Carly and Max have great chemistry in this book. I could relate with Carly a lot when it came to her personal life. She is a strong woman trying to make a new start in life, and she's doing everything she can to work hard and make everyone around her happy. She's so busy trying to keep her head above water to pay her bills and get ahead, that she's missing the opportunity for love and to meet new people or spend time with her friends. Basically, for her, there's not enough time in the day, and I'm sure we can all relate to that in our own busy lives. When she finally slows down a little, she realizes she doesn't have to "people please" so much, and realizes she has value and worth. (You'll see what I mean when you read about one of her particular clients.) I also think it's refreshing that the main male character in this book (Max) can be considered both alpha male/nerdy scientist guy. What I mean by that, is that normally in the romance world, at least in my opinion, the male character is all "brawn" and take charge or rich and not relatable. In this situation, Max proves that you can be smart, attractive, nerdy etc all rolled up into one. I really liked that aspect of his character. It made him seem more down-to-earth and more relatable to me. All in all, I loved this book. I would definitely recommend it to anyone, even my own husband or dad to read. "You Lucky Dog" had a lot of heart, fire, and soul, and I think Julia London hit it out of the park with this one. I can't wait to see what she does next.
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  • Lindsey Mae
    January 1, 1970
    Overall - 3Heat - 3You Lucky Dog is the latest romantic comedy from York Times bestselling author Julia London. Carly Kenney is struggling, her life and career seem to be stifling her. To make matters worse her sister has saddled her with a depressed basset hound. Max Sheffington is on the fast track to tenure, he’s content with his life and his dog. When the two dogs are accidentally swapped he meets Carly and is intrigued. But Carly wants to move and Max is preparing to cement his life as it i Overall - 3Heat - 3You Lucky Dog is the latest romantic comedy from York Times bestselling author Julia London. Carly Kenney is struggling, her life and career seem to be stifling her. To make matters worse her sister has saddled her with a depressed basset hound. Max Sheffington is on the fast track to tenure, he’s content with his life and his dog. When the two dogs are accidentally swapped he meets Carly and is intrigued. But Carly wants to move and Max is preparing to cement his life as it is. Can these two figure out how they fit into each other’s lives?This book has gone on a lot of Summer Reading lists, and I was excited to pick it up based on the cover and the blurb. I’m always up for a good rom-com that feels light and easy to read and I’m a sucker for a dog on the cover. I loved Max, the sexy bespectacled professor and his charming dog Hazel. Max is the exactly perfect kind of sweet and nerdy hero that I want to read in a rom-com. I had a harder time connecting with Carly, who felt both too much and not enough for me. She was constantly put upon by her family and felt taken advantage of, and yet she didn’t really ever step up to them and take control of her life.The author included an excellent story line about Max’s brother and his autism. Her representation of Jamie felt very well developed and a good representation of how families deal with the challenges of raising children with autism. I hated Max's dad and the way he seemed to be able to drop Jamie whenever it was inconvenient for him. Luckily, Max was a wonderful brother and his treatment of Jamie felt honest and real.Both Carly and Max’s families play a large role in this book which really took me out of their romance. When I read romance I want to be absorbed in the love story and all the extra family drama felt manufactured to create the “black moment” towards the end of the book. This external drama also slows down the plot for me and really made me less interested in the last half of the book. I think if the author had just stuck to the problem of their jobs the midpoint turn wouldn’t have felt so slow and cumbersome.The lead up to the romance between Carly and Max was super sexy and interesting. I enjoyed their “dates” with the dogs and the chemistry leading up to the sexy times was wonderful. I wanted more time between these two, I liked seeing them fall in love and it’s that chemistry that we need to sustain us through some of the tougher elements of the story.I personally am not a fan of this trend of adding a lot of drama to rom-coms as it only serves to slow down an otherwise quick and fun read. I enjoyed their banter, the dogs, and the secy times and I could have done without the plot around their families. Overall, this was a decently fun read that was light and fluffy with a decent amount of steam. Fans of Jasmine Guilory, Sally Thorne, or Emily Henry’s latest rom-coms will probably also love this book.ARC received in exchange for an honest review.
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  • Suzanne (The Bookish Libra)
    January 1, 1970
    Julia London’s latest novel, You Lucky Dog, is the perfect choice if you’re looking for a light read filled with dogs, a little romance (including the sweetest meet-cute), and some hilarious dysfunctional family fun. The story follows Carly and Max, who meet when their beloved basset hounds are accidentally swapped in an incident involving a pot-selling dog walker and an ill-timed encounter with the police. Although their initial meeting is somewhat awkward because of the circumstances, two thin Julia London’s latest novel, You Lucky Dog, is the perfect choice if you’re looking for a light read filled with dogs, a little romance (including the sweetest meet-cute), and some hilarious dysfunctional family fun. The story follows Carly and Max, who meet when their beloved basset hounds are accidentally swapped in an incident involving a pot-selling dog walker and an ill-timed encounter with the police. Although their initial meeting is somewhat awkward because of the circumstances, two things become clear right away: 1) Their dogs, Baxter and Hazel, clearly adore each other, and 2) Carly and Max are attracted to one another as well.The timing couldn’t be worse for either of them though. Carly is an up and coming publicist who is desperately trying to build her brand and grow her clientele, while Max is a professor of neurology at the local university who is working hard in hopes of achieving tenure this year. Carly is also dealing with her dysfunctional divorced parents, while Max has his hands full helping his dad care for his brother, Jamie, who has autism. Even with all of those obstacles in their path, however, after a couple of doggie play dates, Max and Carly can’t deny their attraction any longer and hope they can figure out a way to make things work even though it feels like the deck is stacked against them.*****I really loved both main characters in You Lucky Dog. Carly definitely has her hands full with some pretty quirky and moody clients, but I admired her persistence and determination as she continued to push to make things happen for herself. Max is literally the sweetest guy and in addition to loving the way he cares for his dog (and for Carly’s), I also adored the scenes with Max and his brother. Max is such a good brother to Jamie and it just warmed my heart to watch the two of them together. I also, of course, adored Carly and Max together. At first I was hesitant because it felt a little like insta-love but seriously how can you not bond while watching your adorable basset hounds frolic in the park together? Scenes like that sold me on their growing chemistry pretty quickly and I was rooting for them to get together, in part because I wanted Baxter and Hazel to have their own happily ever after.In addition to the cute factor, there’s also a healthy dose of family drama to balance out the reading experience. Carly’s mother is having a sexual reawakening, which is downright hilarious at times until her awakening actually threatens Carly and Max’s relationship and lends an almost star-crossed lovers vibe to the story. Don’t let that scare you off if you need a happy ending though. The story is meant to be a rom-com so you know what that means. 😊If you’re into dogs, meet cutes, and romance, with a side of family drama to keep things interesting, You Lucky Dog is a perfect fit for you.3.5 STARSNote: I received a complimentary copy of this book from Netgalley. All opinions are my own.
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  • Smitten
    January 1, 1970
    You Lucky Dog is the latest romantic comedy from York Times bestselling author Julia London.Carly Kenney is struggling, her life and career seem to be stifling her. To make matters worse her sister has saddled her with a depressed basset hound. Max Sheffington is on the fast track to tenure, he’s content with his life and his dog. When the two dogs are accidentally swapped he meets Carly and is intrigued. But Carly wants to move and Max is preparing to cement his life as it is. Can these two fig You Lucky Dog is the latest romantic comedy from York Times bestselling author Julia London.Carly Kenney is struggling, her life and career seem to be stifling her. To make matters worse her sister has saddled her with a depressed basset hound. Max Sheffington is on the fast track to tenure, he’s content with his life and his dog. When the two dogs are accidentally swapped he meets Carly and is intrigued. But Carly wants to move and Max is preparing to cement his life as it is. Can these two figure out how they fit into each other’s lives?This book has gone on a lot of Summer Reading lists, and I was excited to pick it up based on the cover and the blurb. I’m always up for a good rom-com that feels light and easy to read and I’m a sucker for a dog on the cover. I loved Max, the sexy bespectacled professor and his charming dog Hazel. Max is the exactly perfect kind of sweet and nerdy hero that I want to read in a rom-com. I had a harder time connecting with Carly, who felt both too much and not enough for me. She was constantly put upon by her family and felt taken advantage of, and yet she didn’t really ever step up to them and take control of her life.The author included an excellent story line about Max’s brother and his autism. Her representation of Jamie felt very well developed and a good representation of how families deal with the challenges of raising children with autism. I hated Max’s dad and the way he seemed to be able to drop Jamie whenever it was inconvenient for him. Luckily, Max was a wonderful brother and his treatment of Jamie felt honest and real.Both Carly and Max’s families play a large role in this book which really took me out of their romance. When I read romance I want to be absorbed in the love story and all the extra family drama felt manufactured to create the “black moment” towards the end of the book. This external drama also slows down the plot for me and really made me less interested in the last half of the book. I think if the author had just stuck to the problem of their jobs the midpoint turn wouldn’t have felt so slow and cumbersome.The lead up to the romance between Carly and Max was super sexy and interesting. I enjoyed their “dates” with the dogs and the chemistry leading up to the sexy times was wonderful. I wanted more time between these two, I liked seeing them fall in love and it’s that chemistry that we need to sustain us through some of the tougher elements of the story.I personally am not a fan of this trend of adding a lot of drama to rom-coms as it only serves to slow down an otherwise quick and fun read. I enjoyed their banter, the dogs, and the secy times and I could have done without the plot around their families. Overall, this was a decently fun read that was light and fluffy with a decent amount of steam. Fans of Jasmine Guilory, Sally Thorne, or Emily Henry’s latest rom-coms will probably also love this book.~ Lindsey
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  • Michelle the Romance Witch
    January 1, 1970
    3.75 stars. Well that was ummmm… interesting to say the least. This story was one that I really found hard to say I liked it per se, but it was definitely compelling enough that I also found it nearly impossible to put down. I am a huge fan of the historical writing of Ms. Julia London, but I always find it much harder to get into her contemporary stories, though I am not sure why as they are always written well and interesting, but this story was one where I didn’t much care for the female lead 3.75 stars. Well that was ummmm… interesting to say the least. This story was one that I really found hard to say I liked it per se, but it was definitely compelling enough that I also found it nearly impossible to put down. I am a huge fan of the historical writing of Ms. Julia London, but I always find it much harder to get into her contemporary stories, though I am not sure why as they are always written well and interesting, but this story was one where I didn’t much care for the female lead and also didn’t much feel the emotional or romantic connection between the characters until nearly the end of the story. Carly has been kicked a lot lately and she is beyond down, but when she arrives home from the mother of long days to find that the dog walker has mixed up her basset hound with another much different dog, she doesn’t realize how much it will change her life. Conversely Max Sheffington doesn’t realize the issue with his own beloved basset immediately but once he does, he is livid and confused, but determined to care for the animal until his own sweet Hazel comes back to him. When Carly and Max’s worlds collide as they attempt to trade back their dogs, they strike up a strange and reluctant friendship, though neither truly understands one another. Carly’s life continues to unravel in the strangest ways and Max has his own issues, but leaning on one another for emotional support they are able to build a believable friendship, but soon it becomes something more and they find themselves depending on the other and dating. Then the shit just hits the fan and their lives go off the rails, making them wonder if they even have a chance at a future relationship. So I have to admit I still don’t actually like Carly, despite her becoming a little bit more likeable in the end of the story. She is opinionated, but the opinions are not her own, controlling in the weirdest ways, and strict about the dumbest things. Maybe it was just something about the way she behaved with the dogs in the beginning or the way she let people walk on her too much, but she seems like a characters that would not be someone I can be friends with, and that has always been how I rate characters. She did slowly learn to stand up for herself, make herself heard and let others’ shit not affect her so much so that she could deal with her own shit. Don’t get me wrong, we all have those times where the world just seems to be conspiring against us, but there was so much whining and not enough proactive doing from her, that I found myself not a fan. And compounding bad decisions with more just because she felt she needed to do something was just not cool when it left so many people including herself unhappy. Max was a weird guy to get to know, very much in his head most of the time, but he was overall a decent guy and one of those people that just seemed to move along in life letting things happen around him and not dealing with the hard stuff until he was forced to. At the same time he handles catastrophe much better and knows what he wants out of life and goes for it in a way that made me like him much more, despite his confusion over why he was actually attracted to the strange and outrageous Carly. I loved both the Bassets in the story and they were obviously both perfect for their masters and the perfect outlet for them to come together again and again, giving them a high rating for sidekick characters in my book. While the laughter and weirdness of the relationship between Carly and Max kept things interesting, it was hard to truly point out passion or emotional connection unless they were directly pointing it out themselves. There were a few really great moments as they comforted one another through hard times, but other than that, everything seemed very superficial until the end. I also just have to put out there that I hated Carly’s entire family and hope that she is able to leave them to live their own lives for the most part as they were dragging her down through 90% of this story. If you are into quirky, compelling and interesting rom-com meet-cute stories this one will hit every button, though there was plenty of serious and dark moments, but in the end there wasn’t a lot of sensuality if you’re looking for those types of moments. I look forward greatly to the next London release in her historical series and will guarantee it will be amazing, but I continue to feel her contemporaries just aren’t my cup of tea, sadly.
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  • Barb Lie
    January 1, 1970
    You Lucky Dog by Julia London is a standalone novel that is a romantic comedy. I have read a number of books by London, and this one was a bit different. Carly Kennedy, our heroine, is a publicist for a fashion designer and other cliets. Carly has a basset hound dog named Baxter, who always seems depressed, and when she comes home late one evening, she notices that Baxter was acting strange. She realizes that the dog walker brought in the wrong dog, and now Carly has to find who has Baxter.Max S You Lucky Dog by Julia London is a standalone novel that is a romantic comedy. I have read a number of books by London, and this one was a bit different. Carly Kennedy, our heroine, is a publicist for a fashion designer and other cliets. Carly has a basset hound dog named Baxter, who always seems depressed, and when she comes home late one evening, she notices that Baxter was acting strange. She realizes that the dog walker brought in the wrong dog, and now Carly has to find who has Baxter.Max Sheffington, our hero, is a scientist, who owns a basset hound dog named Hazel, and when he comes home, he sees his dog is not acting like her rambunctious self. With the dog walker in jail, Carly manages to find Max’s address and goes to get her dog. What she didn’t expect was a handsome hunk opening the door, and Baxter running out to greet Hazel, his beloved. Now we know why Baxter was always depressed, as Hazel was his love.In a short period, Max and Carly become friends sharing time with the dogs being together, and a slow build romance starts. But each has their own issues, with Carly’s clients being disasters, and her career in jeopardy, she is desperate to find a job that pays well. Carly also has issues with her divorced parents, and her mom claiming she has met a wonderful man. Max is worried as he is up for tenure at the university, and feels his chances are slim, since another woman seems to have a better shot. At the same time, Max’s autistic brother, Jaime depends on his father, with both knowing he will need to eventually find a group home for him. Things totally change when both families are brought together, as Max’s dad and Carly’s mom are in love. The family part of story becomes a bit crazy, and funny at times, but also a bit annoying, as it was kind of a hit miss with them. I did love Max and Carly together, as they made a great couple, and most of all I loved loved Hazel and Baxter together. That was the best part of this story. lolAs cute and adorable this was at times, I wasn’t crazy about the designer, especially when he continued to ruin all of Carly’s plans. The chemistry between Carly and Max was great, and I enjoyed their time with the dogs, as we rooted hard for them to stay together. A lot happened in the last ¼ of the book, that changes things for Max, Carly and their family. Will Max and Carly find a way to stay together? You will need to read the book to find out. You Lucky Dog was a cute lighthearted read.BarbThe Reading Cafe
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  • Laura
    January 1, 1970
    I received an ARC of this title from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review."We should all be such lucky dogs."Once upon a time, there was a stoner/dealer/dog walker in Austin, Texas, and his getting arrested for dealing created a whole lot of chaos...Carly Kennedy, a public relations expert currently failing at finding a steady income, didn't know what she was getting into when she agreed to take in Baxter, the somber basset hound her newly divorced mother bequeathed her harried mother-of-t I received an ARC of this title from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review."We should all be such lucky dogs."Once upon a time, there was a stoner/dealer/dog walker in Austin, Texas, and his getting arrested for dealing created a whole lot of chaos...Carly Kennedy, a public relations expert currently failing at finding a steady income, didn't know what she was getting into when she agreed to take in Baxter, the somber basset hound her newly divorced mother bequeathed her harried mother-of-three sister. But it certainly wasn't a dog mix-up.Dr. Tobias Maxwell Sheffington III, better known as Max, loves dogs. He's a neuroscientist up for tenure, and incredibly devoted to his father and his younger brother, Jamie, who is Autistic. He is also the proud dog dad of Hazel, a cheerful basset hound whom he dotes upon. Then, one day, he comes home to find that his precious Hazel has been replaced with the most emo basset hound you could ever lay eyes on.Carly and Max eventually find each other, returning the dogs to their rightful humans... only to find that Hazel and Baxter adore each other, and can't stand to be parted. Soon, Carly and Max start to feel the same way about each other...Family drama, depressed fashion designers, out of control toddlers, and a whole lot of dogs come together for this unforgettable rom-com!While this was very good (I read it in a day, so it was good), the amount of drama--especially the drama that Carly is forced to endure--to be somewhat anxiety inducing. It just seemed like one thing after another and constantly being in a no-win situation. Carly is a saint for not losing it on everyone every five minutes over their stupid nonsense, or having a mental breakdown. But the romance is great! The premise is phenomenal, and the writing is amazing, though there are some chapters that bounce around with timeframes (is it currently in the moment? Is it two days ago? Who knows?) that made it distracting and hard to follow along. Though other than the main leads, the only character I cared about was Jamie; he was much more fleshed out than the rest, and the one I least wanted to smack upside the head. Jamie deserves all the dogs to pet. I'd take him to a million dog shows.
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