Puppy Love

Puppy Love

by Lucy Gilmore

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

When Sophie Vasquez and her sisters dreamed up Puppy Promise-their service puppy training school-it was supposed to be her chance to bring some good into the world. But how can she expect to do anything when no one will take her seriously?

Enter Harrison Parks: a rough, gruff, take-no-bull wildlife firefighter in need of a diabetic service dog. He couldn't be a more unlikely fit for Sophie or Bubbles-the sweet Pomeranian she knows will be his perfect partner-but when Sophie insists he give them both a shot, something unexpected happens: he listens. Even better, he keeps on listening, even as Sophie and Bubbles turn his lonely, uber-masculine world upside-down.

As it turns out, they all have something to prove...and more than enough room in their hearts for a little puppy love.

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

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781492671657
Publisher: Sourcebooks
Publication date: 05/28/2019
Series: Service Puppies Series , #1
Pages: 384
Sales rank: 141,283
Product dimensions: 4.10(w) x 6.80(h) x 1.10(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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Puppy Love 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 11 reviews.
Shirleylinn 3 months ago
Wow, this was an another amazing story. It was a wonderfully well written romance with amazing characters. The story flowed seamlessly in this character driven storyline. Harrison and Sophie were endearing characters and I loved Bubbles If you like well written romances or stories about adorable puppies, or just amazing stories in general, then you will love this book. I read the second book in this wonderful series first. It was an amazing read so I had to read this one and I am glad that I did. I would definitely recommend both books. I can't wait to read the next one.
Anonymous 12 months ago
Adorable-with puppies!
RobinLovesReading More than 1 year ago
Harrison Parks has been sidelined due to his diabetes. After lapsing into a diabetic coma while on the job, his boss demands he find a service dog that can alert him when his blood sugar is low. When he goes to the service center where the dogs are located, he is thinking that he will get a big, husky dog. Instead, Harrison walks out with a Pomeranian. The little female dog is nervous from the start. Nervous and clingy, The woman who runs the center, Puppy Promise, Sophie Vasquez, needs to train Harrison and the dog, Bubbles. Not only does Sophie have a huge job ahead of her, she has to contend with her family, who are rather overprotective. This comes to no surprise, because Sophie was very ill with leukemia as a child. Meanwhile, Harrison wants to get back out in the field. When this happens depends on how well he and Bubbles work together. It certainly doesn't come easy. However, the adjustment period is indicative of this example: The very first night, Harrison is trying to put Bubbles to bed. So, he sets up pillows at the edge of the mattress. After all, he thinks, babies roll, so puppies must roll too. But then Harrison worries that the pillows might suffocate the dog. So, on the very first night Bubbles sleeps on his chest. This is the beginning of an incredible bonding experience between man and his dog. The way Harrison treats Bubble is in complete contrast to his personality. On the job, while training, he is tough as nails, even making grown men cry. Also, due to his health, and his experience with his mother, which is explored in the story, he has a wall around his heart. It was a true pleasure while reading this book to see both Bubbles and Sophie melt Harrison's heart. This debut novel by Lucy Gilmore truly hits the mark. It is a warm romance, but also one that deals with some sensitive issues. As mentioned, Harrison's diabetes and how serious it is, and also Lucy's past illness and how she has worked hard to make her life er own. This book is balanced quite well, because the serious moments are interspersed with moments that will truly make you laugh out loud. I am thrilled to have read Puppy Love and I look forward to the next book in the series, which is Puppy Christmas, due in September. Then there is Puppy Kisses, release date TBA. Many thanks to Sourcebooks Casablanca and to NetGalley for this ARC to review in exchange for my honest opinion.
RomanticReadsandSuch More than 1 year ago
I think my favorite part (outside of Harrison’s love for Bubbles) is how these two managed to see the true person underneath the other’s skin.  Harrison is gruff and not a very good people person, but he’s got a big heart and a strong sense of dedication.  He was raised by a man who wasn’t much for softness but that didn’t mean he wasn’t loved.  Unfortunately, it means that, combined with his size, he tends to be a bit gruff and intimidating. There’s something about Harrison that brings out the best (or worst) in Sophie from their first meeting.  Sick as a young child, she’s spent her life being taken care of and, even now, coddled.  Only Harrison doesn’t have a clue what her past was like, so he just sees a spitfire who is willing to give him a little grief over a puppy.  It’s so appealing to her to have someone treat her like she’s strong, and having seen something more under all that crustiness, that she can’t help but be drawn to Harrison. These two going at each other (in a bit of verbal foreplay) is such a hoot.  Left alone, they rub sparks of all kinds and start to develop a certain amount of respect & understanding that just heightens their attraction.  Throw in an adorable ball of fluff and Gilmore definitely delivers a ton of entertainment for her readers. **Review given honestly and freely after receipt of a reader copy. This opinion is completely my own and was not influenced in any way.**
blonde_betty More than 1 year ago
I fell and I fell hard for Lucy Gilmore’s Puppy Love, the start of her new Service Puppies series. Her hero, Harrison Parks, is big and tough with a gooey center, which is only more prominent when he gets paired with a fluffy Pomeranian service dog. Sophie, who everyone treats as the frail baby of the family, is only too willing to take on Harrison and his puppy while they both find out where family begins and loyalty reins. I voluntarily reviewed an ARC of this novel.
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HEChapter More than 1 year ago
4.075 > Entertaining Concept, Excellent Delivery. POV ~> Third person The cover features Harrison and Bubbles, looking happy and well-adjusted. Grouchy wildfire firefighter, Harrison, is out of the field after a drop in blood sugar puts him in a coma. Now, boss-man says he can’t return to active duty without a scent detection service dog to help keep his insulin levels in check. Sophie is tired of being treated as if she were fragile. Sure, she nearly died. But she overcame leukemia and has since become a strong and independent woman – even if her friends and family refuse to see it. Bubbles is NOT what he wanted and the last thing he expected. After all, who in their right mind would pair a six-foot-plus firefighter with a two-pound, flame-shy Pomeranian? The lead characters were complex. They were enjoyable when they did not dwell on all their baggage. He was a grumpy loner, she was pushy and extremely social. Two more different people could not be found. The chemistry between them was entertaining to watch unfold. Secondary characters were plentiful, as they tend to be in a series debut. Dialogue was smart, interactions were mostly believable. The plot concept was intriguing and the execution was well-done. The story flowed smoothly and the pages turned quickly. There were a few conflicts throughout, providing enough dynamics in this lengthier novel. They were resolved (or, at least, addressed) in a timely manner. Predictability was on the lower end. The conclusion was mostly satisfying but not truly solid. It provided an implied HEA. Overall, I did enjoy the story and liked the cast. I would consider reading more from this series, mostly for the service animals. . Rating: [R] ~ Score: 4.075 ~ Stars: 4 ========================== ⭐ ⭐ **** Disclosure of Material: I received a copy of this book from Netgalley and the Author/Publisher with the hope that I would voluntarily leave unbiased and unsolicited feedback. I was not asked, encouraged, or required to leave a review - nor was I compensated in any way. I am posting this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising". ***** ⭐ ⭐
SherriBabb More than 1 year ago
Let’s all be honest who doesn’t love a story that features an adorable puppy. This story not only had that it had some great characters and it had an incredible story line. I loved Harrison and Sophie together but when you put Bubbles in there it changed the whole dynamic of the story. Bubbles brought out the worst and the best in Harrison. The story was fast paced and so sweet at the same time. I am looking forward to reading more by this author. Thanks Net Galley. I voluntarily reviewed this book in exchange for an honest review.
Bette313 More than 1 year ago
Puppy Love is a nicely done sweet, cute, fun romance that had me smiling all the way through the book. Sophie and Harrison are great characters and then of course there are all the puppies! I enjoyed this new author's writing style very much and will be looking for more from her in the future. I definitely recommend this one.
BarbTRC More than 1 year ago
Puppy Love by Lucy Gilmore is the first book in her new Forever Home series. Puppy Love was a sweet, cute and fun story line that revolves around a service puppy training school run by three sisters. In Puppy Love the youngest sister, Sophie Vazquez is our heroine and she was a blast throughout the book. Sophie usually listens to her older sisters, Dawn and Lila, when it comes how to handle placing a puppy to someone who has special needs. But once Sophie meets Harrison Parks, our hero, she steps forward in handling this case fully on her own. Harrison is on leave as a wildfire firefighter and wants badly to get back to work. He is being forced to get a service dog, who is trained to recognize signs of his sugar getting low, putting him into danger of falling into a diabetic coma. When he has his sights set on a great Dane, he is surprised to have Sophie turn down that request; especially after he meets the dog she suggests. Harrison meet Bubbles, a little cute Pomeranian. First off, Harrison hates the name Bubbles, and the fact he is a small dog; afterall Harrison is a tall and strong hunk, and this small dog would be an embarrassment for him. The banter between Harrison and Sophie was off the wall from the start, and frankly at times it was hilarious. But Sophie put her foot down, despite everyone’s feeling that perhaps Bubbles was not right for Harrison. In a short time, after Harrison take Bubbles home to stay with him, with visits daily from Sophie, he slowly begins to fall in love with the dog, not to mention he is becoming very attracted to Sophie, who usually ends up having the last word. Sophie comes from a wonderful loving family and is very close to her two sisters; I loved the family and Sophie was a fun, sweet and wonderful heroine. She had a rough childhood, being treated for a disease and her family always by her side. Now she is determined to prove her independence, as well as being recognized as a good trainer. I loved Sophie with Harrison and Bubbles, as they were so much fun. However, at times I wanted to smack Harrison for his stubbornness; though he knew he was falling in love with Sophie, Harrison did not want to be in a permanent relationship, as he felt his life as a firefighter was all he wanted or needed. But once our lovable dog goes missing, all bets are off, and in the end love will prevail. Puppy Love was a heartwarming, sweet, and fun story, with a great couple and adorable dog, which was so very well written by Lucy Gilmore. I look forward to more stories from Puppy Promise and the remaining sisters.
ytcruz More than 1 year ago
I am so very glad I picked up this book that has introduced me to an author I will definitely be following. The first book of this series about three sisters who own a service puppy training school, belongs to Sophie Vazquez and Harrison Parks. Sophie has come a long way from all the suffering she experienced as a child. She doesn’t consider herself as pretty or as bright as her sisters, and is determined to become an excellent dog trainer. Add that to her spunky personality and you have a winner. Harrison is a wildfire firefighter, a big tough guy that doesn’t smile and though respected by his peers, is also feared. His type 1 diabetes latest episode and his boss are forcing him to find a service dog so he can continue to work the fires. When these two meet, sparks fly and not always in a good way, especially after Sophie chooses the opposite kind of dog that Harrison wants. The story is at times funny, at times heartbreaking but also touching and sweet. The complex and imperfect characters make it a wonderful story. Aside from the obvious plot, it’s also a story on how our experiences as children, as well as our family support and love or lack thereof, mold us as adults . Sometimes making us stronger, at other times making us feel that we are not good enough or loved enough if the person that is suppose to be there for us , abandons us. Can’t wait to read what else the author has in store for us in the next book. I was entrusted a copy of this book by Netgalley. The opinions expressed ares solely my own.