Sit, Stay, Love

Sit, Stay, Love

by Debbie Burns

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781492650874
Publisher: Sourcebooks
Publication date: 04/03/2018
Series: Rescue Me , #2
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 416
Sales rank: 54,000
File size: 1 MB

About the Author

Debbie Burns lives in St. Louis with her family, two phenomenal rescue dogs, and a somewhat tetchy Maine coon cat who everyone loves anyway. Her hobbies include hiking, gardening, and daydreaming, which, of course, always leads to new story ideas. Debbie's writing commendations include a Starred Review from Publishers Weekly and a Top Pick from RT Book Reviews for A New Leash on Love, as well as first-place awards for short stories, flash fiction, and longer selections. You can find her on Instagram and Twitter (@_debbieburns), on Facebook (facebook.com/authordebbieburns), and at authordebbieburns.com.

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Sit, Stay, Love 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
Anonymous 5 months ago
Great, great story! Love this series!
EllenParker More than 1 year ago
Be careful what you wish for… The staff of High Grove Animal Shelter returns in this delightful contemporary romance. Ms. Burns does a masterful job of granting Kelsey Sutton’s birthday wish to “shake things up.” Kurt Crawford has had enough of the military, hot climates, and dogs. He plans to check in with his family and then head West to either lose or find himself in hard, physical labor. But fate, in the form of his mentor and dogs rescued from a large fighting ring, intervene. After observing the cute blonde from an animal shelter select dogs for rehab at their new facility, he wants her to succeed. And knows he’s the trainer best suited for the situation. Kelsey doesn’t know how to handle this attraction for Kurt. The man is always in motion – the very definition of hyperactive – except when working with the damaged dogs. Then he’s the model of calm and patience. A great read. Everyone needs a “dose of dog” with a happy ending.
RomanticReadsandSuch More than 1 year ago
Kurt is fresh out of the military and dealing with a few personal issues.  At first he wasn't sure that he wanted anything to do with dogs but one look at the rescues (and Kelsey) and somehow he finds himself right in the middle of the rescue efforts.  Kelsey is one of those good souls that really wants to do good things and that comes through in her work with the dogs.  She's not exactly Snow White but she's pretty darn close and Kurt finds that her magic works on him too.  While exploring his growing attraction to her and helping the dogs get ready for a better life, he also finds himself working through his past.   This is one of those slow burn love stories.  There isn't a lot of conflict, just a couple of people who slowly get to know each other and explore their growing feelings.  Sometimes you are looking for something with a little more fireworks and sometimes you just want to have people who can behave in an adult manner with very little drama.  It's a more subtle and gentle story, but no less enjoyable.  **Review given honestly and freely after receipt of an advanced reader copy. This opinion is completely my own and was not influenced in any way.**
Janeen More than 1 year ago
This is book two in the series and a great addition so far. I enjoyed it immensely - I wouldn't say it was five-star material but I wouldn't give three-stars...I'd put it at four stars. I loved the characters and I loved seeing the heart of the story which is that dogs can be trained and rehabilitated from dog fighting rings and placed in homes for adoption. This was one of those books where you thought there would be angst and there really wasn't. You really love the hero, Kurt and everything that he's gone through. He's an ex-marine who has some secrets and he's not handling the acclimation of being out. I loved that Kelsey wasn't a harpy!! She didn't tell the hero what he needed to do at any time or try and fix things - she was just supportive. This was just a heartwarming story to me. Great job.
Justpeachy1 More than 1 year ago
Debbie Burns returns with the second book in the Rescue Me series, Sit, Stay, Love. Readers who are also dog lovers will find this one particularly appealing. With a house full of fighting dogs, a former military dog handler with PTSD, and a very invested neighbor, Kelsey has her hands full. You'll love her sweet and saucy personality as she navigates love and rescue dogs. Burn gives us, a slow build romance that gets to the heart of what the saying, 'opposites attract' really means. This one is a keeper! What I liked: To start with I really liked the whole idea of this series. As an avid reader I read a lot of books about a lot of things and I always find myself drawn to books about rescue animals. Main character Kelsey works for a no-kill animal shelter, which I think is amazing. There needs to be tons more of these kinds of shelters and I think books like this show awareness to the issues. It also shines a light on the rigors and taking care of animals that have been abused and need special care. This aspect of the book was really Burns' fortay. A lot of the book was focused on the animals and the mansion that has been donated as a shelter. A dog fighting ring is busted and Kelsey finds herself moving in with a bunch of dogs that have seen better days. From injuries to abuse. I loved the fact that she took on such a huge challenge. She comes across as a character that is almost too sweet at times, but the reader will have no problem seeing her love for her work and these animals. She is driven and optimistic and I felt like that was what was needed in the main character of a book like this. Burns did an amazing job of making Kelsey someone readers would believe was so invested. Ahhh, Kurt. What a great character. Not only an ADHD sufferer but also dealing with PTSD on top of that. I have a soft spot for military men and Kurt was no exception. I liked the fact that Burns shows him as very clinical in some ways but also very efficient and very loving with the animals. His relationship with Kelsey showed such vulnerability and trust once it got going. This one is a slow build, but that's perfect for the type of book it is. This one doesn't have bombs going off or kidnappings or all that crazy stuff. It's more about an everyday kind of life and love and that was such a nice break from books that need too much action to move the plot. What I didn't like: Kelsey is a real sweetie pie and that could come off as a bit saccharine to some readers. You know those overly perky chicks at the drive through window at 6:00 am... Oh yeah the ones you wanna just slap. She could come off like that in the beginning, so give her character a chance to marinate a bit. She gets better. I liked her chatty optimism but not everyone would. Kurt needs some help. A counselor, a therapist, a good friend to talk to. I don't know but I felt like he had some issues that were addressed but not really solved here. I wanted to see him get some relief from some of the things that were weighing so heavy on him. My only real gripe. Bottom Line: If you love dogs and rescue stories, this one is just a really good read. The romance is a slow builder and it when it gets steamy, it fits perfectly. I loved the mansion and the story behind it and the eclectic secondary characters like Ida. Lots of good stuff here. Plenty for the reader to sink their teeth in (see what I did there lol...)
Nicolerko More than 1 year ago
This is the first book I've read by this author and I guarantee it won't be the last. She has gained a new reader. I love books with animals in them and this one got me right in the heart. The stories of the abused fighting dogs broke my heart, but seeing the rescue organization give them a second warmed my heart. It's a beautiful story. Kurt needs to find meaning again, but there is no way he's going to be convinced to help Kesley or will he? Kesley brings Kurt peace he didn't know could exist, but he still struggles to let go of the past. The characters will grab you right from the beginning and the animals will grab your heart. I wouldn't pass up on reading this one. I'm so looking forward to the next book in the series and I'm going to go back and read the first.
ReadingLlama More than 1 year ago
Trigger warning: animal abuse (dogfighting – not on page, but dog’s injuries after surgery are described), PTSD from military service This is a sweet opposites-attract contemporary with just a hint of magical realism. It’s the second in the Rescue Me series, but I read it as a standalone. I’m very much looking forward to going back and reading the first book soon! Kelsey works at a no-kill shelter, and when a dogfighting ring is busted, the responsibility falls on her to figure out which dogs can be safely rehabilitated and rehomed, and how to do it. She initially comes off as a bit overly optimistic and softhearted – she wears a different colored rescue animal shirt each day of the week and has an “I Brake For Turtles” bumper sticker – but she’s actually quite levelheaded. And she has to be, considering she’s signed herself up for housing thirty-eight dogs in a rundown mansion that was donated to the shelter. At one point, Kurt describes her as being “all-heart,” and I think it does fit her quite well. She’s such a kind, loving person. Kurt is everything Kelsey is not – he’s an ex-military dog handler, and initially wants nothing to do with Kelsey and what he sees as her harebrained, doomed to failure idea. He has near-crippling ADHD that’s soothed by being around and working with dogs. His last tour, though, has taken a toll on him, and he thinks getting away from dog training and life as he’s known it is the perfect cure – until he can’t get Kelsey and the dogs out of his mind. Underneath it all, he’s a squishy cinnamon roll, and watching him shake off the prickly outside as the book progressed was fun. They’re still very much opposites, though, and it’s perfectly encapsulated in an argument over whether the dogs should be named (because they’re all going to forever homes!-Kelsey) or referred to by number (so the volunteers don’t let down their guards around possibly dangerous animals-Kurt). And so begins a lovely dance of crushing and sexual tension interrupted by dogs that need to be fed. “I had heard about people feeling like a place was made for them, but never understood it. That wasn’t the desert for me, or the jungle, or the post. But this house… When I’m here, I don’t feel like a puzzle piece that will never fit in. When I’m with you, that rings even more true.” It’s not just about the rescue dogs, though, or about their budding relationship, but also about the house they’re doing the rehab in, which I thought was a fascinating side plot. I loved Ida and Sabrina, the sisters who lived in mansions next to each other, until Sabrina died and left the house – and Mr. Longtail the cat – to the rescue. While most of the book’s POV is from Kurt or Kelsey, there are small snippets from Ida’s POV, and some of my favorite scenes where her telling the history of the house and her sister to them. As for cons, Kelsey verges on being just too sweet and wonderful. I rolled my eyes a few times at some of her antics, but was able to overlook it for most of the book. Also, between Kurt’s ADHD and his PTSD, I would’ve liked to see him get some sort of therapy. Both seemed pretty bad at times, and I left the book wondering how he’d recover. Overall, I really enjoyed this book. I can see where, if you’re not a fan of dogs, this may not be anywhere near appealing, since so much of it deals with their rehabilitation. Other than that, this was adorable and sweet! I received this book for free from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
grammyx3 More than 1 year ago
Sit, Stay, Love, book #2 in Debbie Burns Rescue Me series is a wonderful second chance love story and that includes a number of rescued dogs as well as their human keepers. It is filled with lots of love and laughter. The dogs rescued from a dog fighting ring managed to work their way into the main characters' hearts. And mine too! This author has told a story of loving, caring and dedicated dog lovers. Anyone who has ever rescued a pet will surely relate. I'm sure all who enjoy a love story with dogs involved will really enjoy this book!
Lashea677 More than 1 year ago
Man's best friend becomes his unwitting wingman in this appealingly adorable bundle of heart. Bring on the cuddles, highlight the wisdom and amp up the humor to create an enchanting tale of faith, empathy and romance. Love is a long time coming, but it arrives right on time.