Stepdog by Nicole Galland
Paperback: 416 pages
Publisher: William Morrow Paperbacks (August 4, 2015)
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.
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.