• Paperback: 416 pages
• Publisher: William Morrow Paperbacks (August 4, 2015)
What’s the difference between puppy love and dogged devotion?
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.
Hello everyone and welcome to my stop on the tour for Stepdog. I’d like to send a BIG thank you to the author Nicole Galland as well as TLC Book Tours for giving me a chance to read this book in exchange for an honest review!
Stepdog is a contemporary novel bout two coworkers Sara and Rory, who upon the very moment Sara fires Rory, take the first leap in a whirlwind romance. Rory soon learns that he is not the only love in Sara’s life when he meets her dog, Cody and his life changes forever. That’s all I really want to reveal about the plot other than the synopsis above because this book is so cute and so good!
When I got the chance to read and review this book, I jumped all over it. I am always down to read a novel with a dog or any animal at it’s core. I’m a dog mother and my dog and I are super close so I loved the dynamic of Cody and Sara’s relationship and Rory’s attitude toward Cody irked me at times throughout the story. I feel like it’s inevitable when you’re around a dog alot, that you fall head over heels in love with them. It’s just inevitable so I enjoyed seeing the moments when Rory would realize how much Cody was starting to mean to him like when he missed her leaning against his legs. So cute! I loved not only the story of how Rory and Sara’s relationship came to be but most of all, how Cody and Rory’s relationship came to be. I nearly died when the events surrounding Cody and Sara’s ex came into play because I am not a stranger to that type of situation. I really love the title of this book “Stepdog”, I think that is SO cute. I call my dog my daughter as I don’t have human kids so that really resonated with a sap like me!
I loved this book. I gave it five stars, I had a really hard time putting it down and therefore, it was a really fast read for me. The writing was great and I loved all the characters we met. It was light, humorous, touching and just lovely. I really needed to read a heartwarming story like this…I definitely got the feels and there was a little laughter and a few tears. I don’t know why I do this to myself but I love a good book that can make me cry and get the feels, especially when it has to do with animals. If you’re an animal lover or just plain looking for a good contemporary novel to read, consider giving Stepdog a try, I’m convinced you won’t be disappointed.
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.