Book Review: The Dachshund Wears Prada by Stefanie London

Posted May 13, 2022 by WendyW in Book Review, bookblogger / 33 Comments

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Series: Paws in the City #1
by Stefanie London
Publication Date May 3, 2022
Published by HQN Books
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Genres: Fiction / Animals, Fiction / Romance / Billionaires, Fiction / Romance / Contemporary, Fiction / Romance / Romantic Comedy
Pages: 384
Format: ARC

***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.***

"London’s characters leap off the page... It’s a delightful start to a series that promises to be good fun."—Publishers Weekly

"This is the romcom Carrie Bradshaw would have written if she were a dog person, and I'm obsessed!"—Teri Wilson, USA Today bestselling author of A Spot of Trouble

How do you start over when the biggest mistake of your life has more than one million views?

Forget diamonds—the internet is forever. Social media consultant Isla Thompson learned that lesson the hard way when she went viral for all the wrong reasons. A month later, Isla is still having nightmares about the moment she ruined a young starlet’s career and made herself the most unemployable influencer in Manhattan. But she doesn’t have the luxury of hiding until she’s no longer Instagram poison. Not when her fourteen-year-old sister, Dani, needs Isla to keep a roof over their heads. So, she takes the first job she can get: caring for Camilla, a glossy-maned, foul-tempered hellhound.

After a week of ferrying Camilla from playdates to pet psychics, Isla starts to suspect that the dachshund’s bark is worse than her bite—just like her owner, Theo Garrison. Isla has spent her career working to make people likable and here’s Theo—happy to hide behind his reputation as a brutish recluse. But Theo isn’t a brute—he’s sweet and funny, and Isla should not see him as anything but the man who signs her paychecks. Because loving Theo would mean retreating to his world of secluded luxury, and Isla needs to show Dani that no matter the risk, dreams are always worth chasing.

Paws in the City

The Dachshund Wears Prada by Stefanie London is the first book in her Paws in the City series.  This adorable romance has a high maintenance and delightful dachshund named Carmen that steals the show.  

Isla Thompson just suffered a career-ending blow when a video goes viral of her interview with a Disney princess.  Isla has been caring for her younger sister, Dani for the past several years, and built her influencer business up from nothing.  But after the viral interview, she doesn’t know how she’ll be able to support herself and her sister, as nobody will hire her after that video.  

Theo Garrison just lost his grandmother, his only family, and has inherited her misbehaving dachshund named Carmen.  Exasperated with Carmen’s shenanigans, he takes the dog out for a walk in the park where he runs into Isla and Dani.  Carmen takes an instant liking to both women and Theo is amazed that the dog is so calm with them.  He offers Isla a job as a dog sitter for Carmen. Will Isla be able to tame Carmen and Theo?  

This is a cute and charming, but predictable story.  Carmen makes the story a bit more interesting with all her high-end spa treatments and photo shoots.  The romance between Theo and Isla was good and a bit steamy.  I loved the relationship between Isla and her sister, Dani.  They have a horrible mother, so they depend on each other very much, and I enjoyed watching them figure out how to add a romance to their dynamic.  

I also enjoyed the Theo and Carmen relationship.  They were both grieving their grandmother, and both were acting out in their own ways to keep their broken hearts from breaking any more.  

I recommend The Dachshund Wears Prada to anyone who enjoys a good romance. I received a complimentary copy of this book.  The opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.

About Stefanie London

Stefanie London is a multi-award-winning, USA Today bestselling author of contemporary romances and romantic comedies.

Stefanie’s books have been called “genuinely entertaining and memorable” by Booklist, and “elegant, descriptive and delectable” by RT magazine. Her stories have won multiple industry awards, including the HOLT Medallion and OKRWA National Reader's Choice Award, and she has been nominated for the Romance Writers of America RITA award.

Originally from Australia, Stefanie lives in Toronto with her very own hero and is doing her best to travel the world. She frequently indulges in her passions for good coffee, lipstick, romance novels and anything zombie-related.

33 responses to “Book Review: The Dachshund Wears Prada by Stefanie London

  1. I also enjoyed this book, Wendy. I agree Dani’s and Isla’s relationship was wonderful. Carmen was a hoot and I liked listening to the doggy psychic talk about the reasons behind her behaviour. Based on the cover, the steam was not what I was expecting.

  2. Sometimes we just need a cute, charming, and predictable book. It is comforting. I love the cover! The artwork is awesome.

  3. Glad Carmen made the story more fun. And that the romance and the sisters’ relationship were enjoyable even if the story was predictable🙂

  4. I’m glad you liked this one. The title makes me think of The Devil Wears Prada and I very much disliked the book. I liked the movie much better. And, I may like this one more with the dog in it, lol.

  5. I like cute and charming every now and then and if there is a cat or a dog involved, I might be easily sold. I’ve seen The Dachsund wears Prada around and if it crosses my path, I will definitely read it.

    Lovely review as always Wendy!

  6. I have been waiting for your review on this book. It sounds as cute as the title and cover suggest. I love books where the dogs are characters and not just background. Good review!

    • It was very entertaining. The book started with the viral incident, so it started the book off on a great note.

  7. Omg, this sounds adorable. I’ve seen the title a few times but didn’t know the plot. Now I’m thinking this is a must-read for the summer. How fun!

  8. This book does sound adorable! And predictable is good when you just want a cute romance with a happy ending. 🙂

  9. That title just cracks me up. And predictable is fine as long as it’s a good story. Sometimes I choose a book because it is predictable and I know it’ll hit the spot. Excellent review!