Series: Pine Hollow
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Setting: Pine Hollow
Source: ARC, NetGalley
A delightful holiday romance about a small-town single dad and an animal rescue owner as they try to find forever homes for a dozen lovable pups before Christmas.
Pine Hollow has everything Ally Gilmore could wish for in a holiday break: gently falling snow in a charming small town and time with her family. Then she learns some Grinch has pulled the funding for her family's rescue shelter, and now she has only four weeks to find new homes for a dozen dogs! But when she confronts her Scroogey councilman nemesis, Ally finds he's far more reasonable -- and handsome -- than she ever expected.
As the guardian of his dog-obsessed ten-year-old niece, Ben West doesn't have time to build a cuddly reputation. But he does feel guilty about the shelter closing. So he proposes a truce with Ally, agreeing to help her adopt out the pups. As the two spend more time together, the town's gossip is spreading faster than Santa's sleigh on Christmas Eve. And soon Ben is hoping he can convince Ally that Pine Hollow is her home for the holidays. . . and the whole year through.
The Twelve Dogs of Christmas is a total hallmark movie! If they haven’t optioned this yet, they are missing out! City girl uprooted to small town? Check! Town grump trying to raise his niece? Check!
Dog lovers will delight in the plot for sure. Ally and Ben are trying to find homes for 12 dogs. I LOVED that the author put a positive spin on pit bulls. The dogs are some of the sweetest but they get such a bad rap in the mainstream media. Adding to the delight of the dogs is the endearing townspeople. They are your mix of campy gossip mongers, loving family, and zany characters. They really make the town feel real and I wanted to visit.
Ally and Ben have a slow burn relationship; this would normally not be my thing, but I was so charmed by the story, I wasn’t bothered by it! Their romance is the main point of the story, but it isn’t the ONLY thing in the story. I think readers who don’t want a sexy romance will enjoy this because it’s very low flame. At the same time, regular romance readers who enjoy all heat levels will be charmed by the story and romance! The Twelve Dogs of Christmas is sweet, lovable small town romance that will provide an escape for readers!
- POV: 3rd
- Tears: no
- Trope: small town romance
- Triggers: none
- Series/Standalone: stand alone
- Cliffhanger: View Spoiler »no « Hide Spoiler
- HEA: View Spoiler »yes « Hide Spoiler
Holiday romances from authors like Debbie Mason, Annie Rains, Debbie Macomber…then you will probably like The Twelve Dogs of Christmas!