The Sweetheart Bargain

Posted: Friday, February 14, 2014, 8:36 am

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The Sweetheart Bargain

Shirley Jump

2013

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Laela T

Adults

General fiction, Romance

families

In brief

4

This is a sweetheart of a romance about dogs, Coast Guard heroes, girls trying to start over and meddling grandmothers.

I love dogs, and this story has enough cute pups to keep me interested. Olivia, an animal therapist with her dog Mrs. Sadie, moves from Boston to Florida when her birth mother leaves her a house. Upon arriving at this new house, Olivia finds an injured dog that leads her right next door to a very handsome neighbor, Luke. Luke is a former Coast Guard hero recovering from an eye injury. Although Olivia and Luke are both nursing injured hearts, they find themselves attracted to each other. The dogs really help these two find their way.

This book can be heavy on the tantalizing relationship and light on the steamy bits. Shirley Jump has included lots of quirky characters that keep the plot moving along (who doesn't love speed-walking seniors in neon tracksuits?). I laughed out loud when Luke gave Olivia a roll of duct tape to solve all her household problems. I also loved that there was a serious amount of cookie eating going on in this story. There is a lot of confusion in the Luke and Olivia relationship as they deal with some serious life changes. Reading about them trying to work things out is enjoyable. I was truly rooting for them to find their happily-ever-after, and I think you will be, too.