Puppy Christmas

Puppy Christmas

by Lucy Gilmore

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Overview

These adorable service puppies are matchmakers in the making...

Lila Vasquez might not be the "fun one" at Puppy Promise—the service puppy training school she runs with her sisters—but she can always be counted on to gets things done. So when her latest client shows an interest in princess gowns over power suits, Lila puts aside her scruples, straps on the glittery heels, and gets to work.

If only the adorable six-year-old's father wasn't such an appealing Prince Charming.

Ford's whole life revolves around his daughter...until he meets Lila. Smart, capable, and amazing at helping Emily gain confidence with her new service puppy at her side, Lila is everything he ever wanted—but she's way out of his league. Good thing Emily and her new pup are up to the matchmaking task. This Christmas, it's all hands (and paws) on deck!

Service Puppies Series:
Puppy Love (Book 1)
Puppy Christmas (Book 2)
Puppy Kisses (Book 3)

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781492671688
Publisher: Sourcebooks
Publication date: 09/24/2019
Series: Forever Home Series , #2
Pages: 416
Sales rank: 66,443
Product dimensions: 4.10(w) x 6.80(h) x 1.20(d)

About the Author

Lucy Gilmore is a contemporary romance author with a love of puppies, rainbows, and happily ever afters. She began her reading (and writing) career as an English literature major and ended as a die-hard fan of romance in all forms. When she's not rolling around with her two Akitas, she can be found hiking, biking, or with her nose buried in a book. Visit her online at http://lucygilmore.com.

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Stream Title 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 12 reviews.
C_Beddow 10 days ago
This book was so sweet. A special needs puppy trainer is dressed at a formal in an outrageous bubble gum pink gown. She finds a little girl who is lost in almost the same dress. She becomes Princess Lila. The story tells about a father and daughter who get a puppy to help her needs when she can't hear well. He is smitten with her, but she doesn't take him seriously because her self esteem is not very high. The neighbors at Ford's place seem nosy, but turned out to be well meaning. I really enjoyed the story and have read the ending twice already. This book is definitely going in my reread pile
beckymmoe 16 days ago
Absolutely adorable! Lila and Ford's story was a whole lot of fun to read--the romance was really sweet, the puppy and Ford's little girl were too cute for words, and Ford's apparently contagious habit of spelling not-appropriate-for-six-year-olds words out loud made me LOL more than once. The secondary characters (Lila's sisters and Ford's next door neighbor, as well as Emily and her cockapoo Jeeves) felt realistic and fairly fleshed out, not as if they're just there to advance the plot for our main characters. Ms. Gilmore did a good job of showing the (many) insecurities that Lila and Ford had that were getting in the way of their relationship without making them overblown and ridiculous--even as they did their best to break my (and their) hearts, I got why they were doing and why they believed what they did--and yet, the ways she had them get over them and find their HEA also worked out well. It was more than a little heartbreaking to realize that Lila's whole idea of how everyone else saw her her whole life was so off--that wasn't all the fault of her ex--but seeing her begin to realize her true worth was wonderful. Ford too saw himself as less-than, though it manifested itself totally differently than in Lila--and his turnaround too was really rewarding. When I realized that this is just Lucy Gilmore's second published book, I was twice as impressed! This was my first book from Ms Gilmore, but definitely not my last! Book 1 ( Puppy Love --) is already on my TBR, and book 3 (middle sister Dawn's, I presume) will join it, as soon as it has a title :) Rating: 4 stars / A- I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book.
Jasmyn9 18 days ago
Puppy Christmas really brought all the good feels out. We have cuteness overload with a service dog in training and his new little girl, her dad (oddly named Ford Ford), and the puppy trainer they all fall in love with from the moment they set eyes on her in the super fluffy princess dress. The characters in this book jumped right out of the pages into my heart. Ford and his flirty ways have most of the single moms in the neighborhood at his beck and call - but not in a creepy way. They love the guy and have taken him under their wings to help him care for his beyond adorable daughter, Emily, who is hearing impaired. The bond these two share made me jealous. I also loved that there wasn't really a villain - just life and history and fear that was standing between Ford and Lila. Lila has a lot to learn about the more carefree side of herself, and Ford needs to learn to stop hiding behind jokes and flirting. Emily has her own vital role to play in all this as well, and I think giving her more of a primary role in the book was the perfect touch. This was the perfect way to start my Christmas Romance reading. **I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book**
ReadingInPajamas 20 days ago
✦Review: PUPPY CHRISTMAS by Lucy Gilmore Publication Date: September 24, 2019 Genre: Contemporary Romance Reviewed by: Reading in Pajamas/ Donna Rated: 5 Stars I thoroughly enjoyed this light contemporary romance. Sometimes quirky, sometimes solemn, it ticked all my boxes and kept me reading. To Lila, she evolved throughout the story, but to the readers and those around her, she became the loving and fun person she was at the beginning. I liked her from the start and enjoyed her journey. Ford was a likeable single father raising a hearing impaired daughter. His flirting was an emotional shield that crumbled when he met Lila. The immediate attraction between them was believable and a joy watching it grow into a smoking romance. Christmas and the puppies only added to the charm. I now have a new author added to my “must read” list. *Review copy provided by NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. ~*~*~*~
Anonymous 21 days ago
What could be more endearing than a romance that centers around a single-father who is doing all he can for his little girl, an adorable child with a degenerative hearing problem, who is scheduled to get a service puppy to help her out. They meet Lila, the puppy-trainer, at the reception to announce that Emily will be winning a puppy. Due to a dressing mistake, Emily mistakes Lila’s poofy pink dress for a princess gown. Lila plays along and wins both Emily and her father’s hearts that first night. Ford, the dad, is a charming fellow who has given up everything so that he can work from home and be there for his little girl. He will win your heart just as Emily and Jeeves the puppy will. 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.
Anonymous 23 days ago
Thank you to the author and Sourcebook Publications for the opportunity to read this book! Puppy Christmas was an adorable read solely for the dogs! And Emily, the heroes daughter who suffers from medium to high deafness requires a service dog and that is where our story begins. The meeting between Lila and Emily was a great way to start the book and introduces us to the hero, Ford Ford yes his full name is Ford Ford. Individually I loved Ford and Lila. I love that under all the flirtiness Ford is a vulnerable guy and Lila recognizes that and Ford helps Lila feel more confident in her skin after she is told by an ex of hers that she is cold. I just wished we got to see them interact more as a couple because I felt that there was a lot of characters introduced and I wanted more time with them as an actual couple or maybe a longer epilogue?. I did like Emily and Lila's relationship and loved Ford and Emily's relationship, he is a great Dad! She is his number one priority which should be more common in the real world :) It's a great read and you do not have to read the first book in the series but I would highly recommend it! 4.5/5 ARC kindly provided in exchange for an honest review.
Reader_Lady 23 days ago
4.5 Stars This is the second book by Lucy Gilmore and even more delightful than the first. When I received an invitation from the publisher, via Net-Galley, to read and review Ms. Gilmore’s second novel in her Forever Home series, I eagerly accepted. My opinions are my own and are not influenced in any way. Puppy Christmas is a fast-paced romance with lots of laugh-out-loud moments. The characters are engaging, and the plot is unique. The bantering between the hero and heroine is natural and delightful. Ms. Gilmore certainly tells an amusing, yet heartfelt story, and her writing is emotionally-charged. Lila Vasquez is an endearing heroine with a little bit of a quirky personality. Her love for her work comes through loud and clear and is her only focus when she meets Ford. From the first scene, I fell in love with her. Her willingness to help a little girl with a disability and pretend she’s a princess when that’s the last thing Lila wants, stole my heart. That took her way out of her comfort zone. Her shy manner and insecurities with Ford endeared her to me as well. Ford Ford––and yes, the hero’s name is Ford Ford––is a geeky, yet loveable hero. His strong desire to do right by his daughter is so admirable. He’s sacrificed everything for his six-year-old. His easy, flirty banter covers up his feelings of inadequacy. He has his own insecurities since his wife walked out on him and their disabled daughter when Emily was only a few months old. I truly enjoyed his amorous ways of wooing Lila. The romance between Lila and Ford is more sexual than I initially expected. The passion ignites fairly quickly and burns hot. It’s playful and fun. I found Ford’s need to spell out curse words, so his daughter would not repeat them adorable, and it added to my enjoyment of this story. If you’re looking for a romance that will put a smile on your face and have you chuckling as you read, while still managing to touch on plenty of deep emotion, then you will love Puppy Christmas. I can’t wait to read the next book in this delightfully funny series. Happy reading!
BarbTRC 23 days ago
Puppy Christmas by Lucy Gilmore is the second book in her new Forever Home series. Puppy Christmas was a sweet, cute and funny story line that revolves around Puppy Promise, a service (special needs) puppy training school run by three sisters. In Puppy Christmas, the oldest sister, Lila Vazquez is our heroine and she was a wonderful heroine. Lila, as the oldest, always considered herself strait-laced, workaholic and follows rules; as well as not sure she can handle very young children. Lila decides to take the case of a young girl with a hearing impairment, and is determined to do it right, as she hopes to gain the approval of the Auditory Guild, as it would mean more business for them. Ford Ford (yes that is his name) is our hero and the father of Emily, the young girl who is hearing impaired. Despite that name, Ford is a gorgeous hunk, whom all the girls fall over, but Ford does not want any romantic entanglements, since he is focused only on helping his daughter. Ford meets Lila, the woman who will help them pick the service dog that is right for Emily, as well as train both dog and girl. Ford finds himself very attracted to the beautiful Lila, and his conversation between her or any woman are usually joking, which eventually turns into sexual banter between them. Lila was dressed up to the event in a pink gown, and Emily began to call her Princess Lila, which kind of continues throughout the story; as Emily doesn’t have friends, and Lila steps in to help her gain confidence, as well as learn to work with her cockapoo dog, Jeeves. What follows is a humorous adventure, as Lila spends a lot of time with Ford, Emily and Jeeves; especially the banter between Ford and Lila, which was zany from the start, and frankly at times it was hilarious. In a short time, they both feel the strong attraction for each other, with their fun romance escalating; however, Ford doesn’t feel he deserves Lila, as his financial situation wasn’t very good. Puppy Christmas was a fun lighthearted story, with a sweet couple, a darling young girl and a wonderful puppy. I loved the characters, such as Lila, Ford, Emily, Jeeves, as well as Sophie and Dawn. Lucy Gilmore kept us entertained from start to finish, as well as giving us an informative glimpse at a service dog working with a hearing-impaired child. I look forward to Dawn’s story next.
SarkuraCherryBlossom 25 days ago
Title : Puppy Christmas Series:Forever Home #2 Author: Lucy Gilmore Pub Date September 24th 2019 Genre:Romance Pages:416 Lila Vasquez might not be the "fun one" at Puppy Promise―the service puppy training school she runs with her sisters―but she can always be counted on to gets things done. So when her latest client shows an interest in princess gowns over power suits, Lila puts aside her scruples, straps on the glittery heels, and gets to work. If only the adorable six-year-old's father wasn't such an appealing Prince Charming. Ford's whole life revolves around his daughter...until he meets Lila. Smart, capable, and amazing at helping Emily gain confidence with her new service puppy at her side, Lila is everything he ever wanted―but she's way out of his league. Good thing Emily and her new pup are up to the matchmaking task. This Christmas, it's all hands (and paws) on deck! My thoughts Rating: 5 Would I recommend it: yes Would I read more of this series : yes Would I read more by this author: yes Another cute and adorable story from this author ,its Filled with humor and heart,even if it has some touches of some serious themes mixed in with it but it doesn't take anything away from the story in fact it seems to bring the story more to life , and the attraction between Lila and Ford ,was hot and funny at the same time as was Ford little girl Emily , no matter how much I read of this story I just couldn't stop smiling , or laughing at the chaos that happens when you mix one little girl and a cute puppy and a poor father who can do nothing but shake his head at them and full even more in love with Lila . There was some characters I didn't like but then there was some that just made me smile even more so as they became friends with Lila , and I can't forget her sisters they was just as fun and charming in this one as they was in Puppy Love , with that said I can't wait for the third book to come out so I can read that one as well and see what happenings next . With that said I want say thanks to Netgalley for letting me read and review it .
SherriBabb 26 days ago
Honestly what drew me to this book was the cover and then when I read the blurb I was hooked. This book has it all. It has cute puppies, an adorable six year old, and a single father. To top it off this book was so much fun to read. I loved Ford and Lila together. When you added in Ford’s daughter it just made this book so much more interesting. This book is filled with romance and lots of humor. I was laughing and smiling from one page to the next. Honestly this book is a must read. Thanks Net Galley. I voluntarily reviewed this book in exchange for an honest review.
AFerri 26 days ago
What a cute story. I feel in love with Emily and you will too. She was adorable. Now I want to go back and read the first book in this series. Thank you SOURCEBOOKS Casablanca via NetGalley for the ARC copy of this book. All opinions expressed are my own.
Shirleylinn 26 days ago
Wow, just Wow. This was an amazing story. It was a wonderfully well written Christmas romance with amazing characters. The story flowed seamlessly in this character driven storyline. Ford and Lila were endearing characters and I loved Emily and Jeeves. Is is not only a Christmas romance, it is a story about love, hope family and friends. If you like Christmas Romances or well written romances or stories about adorable puppies, or just amazing stories in general, then you will love this book. If you only have time to read one Christmas romance book this year, I would highly recommend this one. I have read many and this is the best one yet.