Cold Nose, Warm Heart

Cold Nose, Warm Heart

by Mara Wells

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Overview

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?

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781492698593
Publisher: Sourcebooks
Publication date: 01/28/2020
Series: Fur Haven Dog Park , #1
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 384
Sales rank: 68,628
File size: 2 MB

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Cold Nose, Warm Heart 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 19 reviews.
gaele 17 days ago
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.
KWeldon 5 days ago
***I received a free copy of this book. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own. Cold Nose, Warm Heart by Mara Wells is a cute romance centered around a dog park. Riley is the manager of the Dorothy, a very old apartment building. Caleb is the grandson of the owner of the Dorothy and he wants the apartment building as his next project. Riley and Caleb have to deal with their a love/hate relationship while trying to compromise on the building and spare lot which is being used as dog park. This is a fun light read. The first half of the book was rather slow but I really enjoyed the second half of the book and loved the characters. The neighbors are sweet and likable. Riley is strong and independent. Caleb is unsure if himself and wants out of the shadows of his family. If you enjoy romance books with sweet and lovable dogs this is a perfect read for you. I enjoyed this book and would read more from this author. Thank you to Netgalley and the publisher for the opportunity to read and review this book. General Fiction (adult) Romance Release Date: January 28, 2020
Karen4Cowboys 5 days ago
Mara Wells’ Cold Nose, Warm Hearts is a heartwarming romance for dog lovers. It’s the first book of Fur Haven Dog Park series, and it is about a woman and her little pooch living in a run-down Miami Beach apartment building. When Riley Carson learns that Caleb Donovan plans to convert her building into condos and turn her beloved dog park next door into a parking lot, she rallies the neighbors to revolt. For Caleb, it should have been a slam dunk, but the mutual attraction between him and Riley is far more challenging than the neighborhood resistance. So much for staying enemies. Can Riley and her canine sidekick convince Caleb that what’s best for business isn’t always best for the heart? I had a toy French poodle, a runt, while growing up, so I was delighted to learn that Riley’s faithful canine was a poodle name LouLou. One thing I like about Cold Nose, Warm Hearts is the way neighbors come together as a community and how the dog park plays a vital role in their community. Mara Wells’ style of writing is superb in creating a funny and sweet romance, featuring dogs, Miami, likeable characters, and even cantankerous grandparents. I have had the pleasure in meeting Mara Wells and receiving this book from her at a book signing event. I look forward in reading her books. This is my honest review.
Anonymous 14 days ago
At first this seemed to be a story about the rich guy who heartlessly wants to convert this old, but charming apartment building into condos which would drive out the elderly residents and transform their dog park into a parking lot. But plucky Riley Carson vows to save her grandmother’s home and the dog park. But the story has several twists that help it rise above the cliches of a rich, selfish developer clashing with the sweet, yet poor heroine. Caleb is the son of a man who blew through the family fortune in some sort of ponzi scheme. Caleb is trying to regain some self-respect while pleasing his grandfather who owns the apartment building. Riley lost her job working at one of Caleb’s dad’s resorts and is now reduced to unplugging the plumbing in the apartment building where her grandmother lives. Caleb is actually a good guy who tries to find some sort of compromise to please both his grandfather and Riley. And they spend their time cleaning up and redesigning the dog park. These plotlines help the novel rise above the standard tropes I was afraid the book was going to be about. I voluntarily reviewed an advanced reader copy of this book that I received from Netgalley; however, the opinions are my own and I did not receive any compensation for my review.
Booksnpugs 16 days ago
Thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for making this ARC available in exchange for my review. Love the cute cover and that it's a cute rom com with dogs! First time author for me and so I'm not familiar with the writing style & thoughts. The characters need more dimension & more relationship building. Overall it's a fun and easy read.
ReadingInPajamas 17 days ago
✦Review: COLD NOSE, WARM HEART by Mara Wells Publication Date: January 28, 2020 Genre: Contemporary Romance Reviewed 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. ~*~*~*~
Denice_L 18 days ago
A feel good read that hits all of the emotional buttons you want in a romance. Mara Wells gives her readers a couple of really good characters with a great supporting cast of man's best friends and throws in a no win situation that must be overcome before we get to go AAAHHHH. Loved it!
CeeCeeHouston 20 days ago
A 'furry' little story. Cold Nose Warm Heart is my first book by Mara Wells. I was drawn in by the cover-who can resist a cute furbaby??? Plus, I was missing my own who had recently passed, so I took a chance with this story. Pet’s have a way of knowing if someone has a good heart and the furry characters in here certainly knew their stuff. Riley and Caleb- the human element- were a lovely couple. They were drawn to one another, but they had some challenges to overcome. Caleb wanted to build an apartment complex where Riley and her friends had their dog park. It leads to some issues and confrontations. This was an easy read, if a bit predictable. But still enjoyable all the same.
DiiFL 21 days ago
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!
Anonymous 21 days ago
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. 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.
BarbTRC 25 days ago
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.
Madm007 25 days ago
A Cute, Sweet Romance with Fur Babies This did not start out as a romance, but fur babies have a way of knowing who's good and who's not. Riley's poodle, LouLou (adopted) loved Caleb right off, not so much Riley though. She and Caleb were always battling about the apartment complex and the dog "park", but the sparks weren't always only in anger. Chemistry at work here! The story base was good. Some of it, I felt, got a bit redundant, bringing up the past, over, done with, move on. I didn't care for the lack of communication, Riley always seemed to be stomping off instead of really listening to Caleb, so willing to always doubt him, and I felt he was always trying to make it right for her. Except when Caleb has the rug pulled out from under him, then she texts him--of course no answer as he feels betrayed, by everyone! Then she just ignores him and ends up being mad at him? SMH I didn't feel the flow, the give and take. It was kind of funny that their Grandparents had been married to each other wbw, but I didn't care for their characters that much either, both controlling, just by different means.
SherriBabb 25 days ago
What drew me to this book was the cover but it was the story line that drew me in. This was such a sweet and cute read about Caleb and Riley. There was so much chemistry between these two right from the start. Sometimes the chemistry came out in anger but it was still there. You add in the animals and for me it was a great way to spend the afternoon. I am looking forward to reading the next book in this series.Thanks Net Galley. I voluntarily reviewed this book in exchange for an honest review.
Shirleylinn 25 days ago
Caleb and Riley were wonderful characters but the dogs won my heart. This is a sweet story about two people finding love and all of the wonderful, precious pooches. This is a well written story that pulled me in and kept my attention until the end. I would definitely recommend this wonderful book.
Rainn2978 26 days ago
This book had so much potential but I almost felt like I was missing the romance portion of it. Caleb is trying to redeem his family name and build luxury apartments but in order to do that the dog park would be gone. Riley is trying to stop so that she can keep the dog park where it is. While there are some good laughs and the story line was good, the romance fell flat. I couldn't connect to these two and had a hard time believing they were even attracted to each other. Some people may love it as the writing itself was good. But I didn't really care for it for me because I couldn't connect to the characters.
RobinLovesReading 26 days ago
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.
Texas109 26 days ago
Cold Nose, Warm Heart is a sweet story about new beginnings and dogs. Caleb Donovan’s grandfather owns a rundown apartment building housing senior citizens, that he wants his three grandsons to work together on renovating. Riley manages the building that she always believed belonged to her grandmother, who it turns out used to be married to the elder Donovan. Attached to the apartment complex is a vacant lot that the neighborhood uses as a dog park. The Donovans’ plan to make it a parking lot. No way will the neighborhood dog owners let this happen without a fight! It’s too bad that Caleb and Riley are attracted to each other because neither one wants to betray family. The author has created a group of interesting relatable characters, human and canine, that will warm readers’ hearts and bring smiles and chuckles. I voluntarily reviewed an advance copy of this book from NetGalley.
MKF 26 days ago
Riley and her dog LouLou manage the motley Dorothy apartment building. It's filled with mostly older people (including her grandmother) and yes it's a little shabby (more than a little) but it's home and right next door is the dog park. Caleb worked for his father, who managed to lose all their money (and the hotel where Riley used to work) and now he's been given a challenge by his grandfather- to redo the Dorothy and make it condos. You know where this is going- don't you? Riley and Caleb meet and like each other- a lot- until they realize who they are. Regrettably, this is the sort of story that can be pulled from real life- minus the romance and the HEA, of course- and Well has done a nice job with creating sympathetic characters. Thanks to net galley for the ARC. A nice read with good people (and dogs) to root for!
blonde_betty 27 days ago
I really loved this book. However, the puppy on the cover is not the cute little apricot poodle that stole the show within its pages. This puppy is Lady, who definitely plays a part. If you are in the mood to have your heart stolen by adorable furriness, this book is definitely for you. I voluntarily reviewed an ARC of this novel.