Pride & Puppies
by Lizzie Shane
Publication Date November 22, 2022
Published by Grand Central Publishing
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Genres: Fiction / Classics, Fiction / Romance / Contemporary, Fiction / Romance / Romantic Comedy, Fiction / Small Town & Rural, Fiction / Women
***I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.***
Struggling to find her modern-day Mr. Darcy, a Jane Austen fan gets more than she bargained for when she swears off men and adopts an adorable puppy.
Dr. Charlotte Rodriguez is single—again—and she blames Jane Austen. She made brooding, aloof men sound oh sodreamy. But after years of failing to find her own Mr. Darcy, Charlotte decides it’s time to swear off dating. She’s going to lavish all her love and affection on someone who actually deserves it: her new puppy, Bingley.
And there’s no one better to give her pet advice than her neighbor and coworker George Leneghan. He’s quiet and patient and, best of all, way too sweet to ever be her type. But as their friendly banter turns flirty, the unimaginable happens—Charlotte starts catching feelings.
Just as Charlotte is trying to untangle what it is she truly wants, George announces he’s contemplating a cross-country move. Suddenly, Charlotte wonders if she’s kept her soulmate in the friend zone so long that she’s entirely missed her chance at a happily ever after. Dear Reader, could it be possible she’s had it wrong all this time?
Pride & Puppies by Lizzie Shane is the fourth book in her popular Pine Hollow series but can be easily read as a stand-alone. This friends-to-lovers story set in a delightful small town with a couple of sweet dogs made for a delightful feel-good story.
Dr. Charlotte Rodriguez blames Jane Austen for being single again. She goes for those dark brooding characters and it’s always ended in disaster for Charlotte. She’s sworn off men and decided to focus on her own life and her new puppy, Bingley.
George Leneghan lives next door to Charlotte for the past year and has harbored a little crush on Charlotte. Since George is also a dog owner, he’s the perfect person to give dog advice to Charlotte as she tries to train her very active new puppy. Will spending time together training the dogs keep George in the “friend zone” with Charlotte or will Charlotte and George figure out they have a lot more in common?
I loved this sweet romance where the main characters developed a friendship first and then realized there was more. Both Charlotte and George have issues with love, and neither is ready to put their hearts on the line. It was clear that they enjoyed each other’s company and complimented each other’s personalities.
The side characters added to the story and were also a lot of fun to read about. Of course, my favorite side characters were the dogs. Bingley was a cute and energetic puppy and Duke is the older, well-trained dog.
I also enjoyed all the nods to some of the classic Jane Austen novels, and I loved that Hannah was a big fan. George is such a wonderful hero, he never tries to push Hannah, and instead, he waits until she is ready.
I highly recommend Pride and Puppies to anyone who enjoys romance. I received a complimentary copy of this book. The opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.
Have you read Pride and Puppies?
This book sounds a bit of me! I love a Jane Austen type retelling!
An excellent review.
Have a great week!
I just love a friends-first romance.
This sounds so cute! Fab review.
Thank you, Yvonne!
I love that this is based on Austen without being a retelling of sorts. And puppies? I’d love to read anything with them🐶 Great review, Wendy!
Puppies, plus banter, plus the romance starts as a friendship! I’m in!
This sounds really cute and I like the way Jane Austen is tied in.
I read the first book in the series and it was a miss for me, but I do love dogs in books. Glad you enjoyed the story!
Sounds like you really enjoyed the book – and I appreciate that you shared it could be a standalone instead of feeling like you have to start at the beginning of a series.
This sounds like a nice read and Jane Austen is a favorite, so I think I’d enjoy this one. Glad it works as a stand-alone. Nice review!
I love the play on Pride and Prejudice. How fun!
Nice Review, Wendy! Sounds like a good one!
A wonderful review of this book Wendy! It sounds like such a lovely read.
Lovely review Wendy! This sounds like such a sweet story, and even better that there are puppies too! Thanks for sharing!
Pride and Prejudice is my favorite Austen book, so this one caught my attention – adorable title and cover. I like that some of the character names are the same, also.
I so want to read this one…mostly because of the dogs! 😀
Good review, Wendy!
Okay, I generally think Jane Austen-related stories are a bit overdone at this point but I can’t resist friends to lovers! This one sounds cute.
Such a cute cover! I love anything with dogs.
You sold me INSTANTLY with friends-to-lovers, my favorite trope! I definitely need to get my hands on this title ASAP! It sounds adorable and so much fun!
Sounds really sweet, I still need to try a modern day Jane Austen type read, great review 😊
Thank you, Jenny!
This sounds so cute! We love that the book features puppies.
I do too!
It really was! Thank you, Nadene!
I love the sound of this one! Awesome review Wendy!🤗🌞☕📚💜
Thank you, Susan!
This sounds so cute. I love when couples are friends first.
I do too, Rae! Thank you!
It does sound very sweet yes! Am I the only one who really didn’t want a Mr. Darcey? I don’t do moodiness….
Have a lovely Tuesday Wendy!
I hope you have a great week, Mareli!
Great for dog lovers. I do like a book that has interesting secondary characters too.
Thank you, Rosie.