Aug 282015


Stepdog by Nicole Galland

Paperback: 416 pages
Publisher: William Morrow Paperbacks (August 4, 2015)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0062369474
ISBN-13: 978-0062369475

What’s the difference between puppy love and dogged devotion?

When Sara Renault fired Rory O’Connor from his part-time job at a Boston art museum, and in response, Rory—Irishman, actor, musician, reformed party-boy— impulsively leaned over and kissed her . . . she kissed him back. Now, as Rory’s visa runs out on the cusp of his big Hollywood break, Sara insists that he marry her to get a green card. In a matter of weeks they’ve gone from being friendly work colleagues to a live-in couple, and it’s all grand . . . except for Cody, Sara’s beloved dog from her troubled previous relationship. Sara’s overattachment to her dog is the only thing she and Rory fight about.

When Rory scores both his green card and the lead role in an upcoming TV pilot, he and Sara (and Cody) prepare to move to Los Angeles. But just before their departure, Cody is kidnapped—and it is entirely Rory’s fault. Desperate to get back into Sara’s good graces, Rory tracks Cody and the sociopathic dognapper to North Carolina. Can Rory rescue Cody and convince Sara that they belong together—with Cody—as a family? First they’ll need to survive a madcap adventure that takes them through the heart of America.

This is a fun read that has romance, an adorable dog named Cody, a dognapping, a car trip to rescue Cody, and more.It’s a funny and quick read that you won’t want to put down. The characters are engaging and I really liked Sara,  but I fell in love with Cody from the first mention of him. As for Rory, I liked him at first, then that kind of waned when he met Cody
because of his attitude toward him, and then as the book unfolded and he left to go search for Cody, he redeemed himself in my eyes.If you like love stories, or dogs, this is a book for you. It’s a book that will make you smile all the way through (mostly) and I bet you’ll be glad you read it.
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27588 Nicole Galland’s five previous novels are The Fool’s Tale; Revenge of the Rose; Crossed; I, Iago, and Godiva. She writes a cheeky etiquette column for the Martha’s Vineyard Times. She is married to actor Billy Meleady and owns Leuco, a dog of splendid qualities.

Find out more about Nicole at her website and connect with her on Facebook and Twitter.




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  6 Responses to “Stepdog by Nicole Galland”

  1. Vicki, this does sound like a book that would make me smile. Thank you for a wonderful review, and for hosting this giveaway. I will add it to my blog’s sidebar.

  2. This sounds really sweet!

  3. A book that makes me smile is always a good thing. 🙂

    Thanks for being a part of the tour!

  4. My dog once got really dirty whilst playing in the woods and since she’s a white puppy, I had to wash her. It was such a mess. But I love her so much

  5. This sounds like a fun book – and I love books about dogs. I have two dogs of my own, Samson (a purebred Keeshond) and Jack (a mutt – probably half Keeshond and half Golden Retriever). They are both 12 years old, and love our family. Samson loves Lake Michigan, but Jack likes the walk to it, but does not want to get wet unless he thinks he is rescuing one of the kids. A recent story was the Samson went missing this spring. A gate on our fenced back yard had inadvertently been left open. We found Jack, but couldn’t find Samson anywhere. It was cold out and even with his long fur coat, we worried that Samson wouldn’t make it. Then we got a call from school. Samson was watching our daughter Penelope play outside through the fence in the graveyard next to the school. He couldn’t figure out how to get out of the cemetery (his eyes aren’t so good in his old age), but he had heard his girl.

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