The Dachshund Wears Prada
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
***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.