Saturday, April 3, 2021

Review: Lost, Found and Forever by Victoria Schade

Lost, Found, & Forever
by Victoria Schade

Publisher: Berkley Books
Pages: 352
Format: eARC
Buy the Book: Amazon

Goodreads:  What do you do when you discover your four-legged best friend might belong to someone else? From the acclaimed author of Who Rescued Who comes the charming story of a custody battle between two pet parents who would do anything for the dog they both adore.

Justine Becker could not be more in love with her rescue dog, Spencer. He's her best friend and colleague at her dog supply store, Tricks & Biscuits, in upstate New York. When she discovers a heartbreaking social media post trying to locate a dog that looks suspiciously like Spencer, Justine realizes that her beloved pup might actually belong to someone else.

Her worst fears are realized when she and Spencer meet up with Brooklyn-based Griffin McCabe, and he wants Spencer back. He claims he is the dog's rightful owner, and has the paperwork to prove it. But Justine refuses to roll over and let him take Spencer without a fight.

It's not easy juggling Spencer's burgeoning new career as a dog actor, along with the demands of her life upstate, all while constantly trying to prove she's a better pet parent than Griffin. Their not-so-friendly competition teeters on the edge of flat-out hate, so when romantic feelings for Griffin catch Justine off guard, she needs to determine if it's all part of his plot to win the pup back, or if the guy who was good enough for Spencer might also be good enough for her.

Kritters Thoughts:  What happens when your rescue dog isn't technically your dog?  Justine Becker is living her life innocently in Connecticut with her rescue dog Spencer at her dog store, Tricks & Biscuits when her employee finds out that Spencer belongs to someone who has been looking for him for a year.  Pair it with a chance encounter that takes Spencer and Justine onto a tv set - this book was such a fun ride.  

The great thing at romance books is the reader knows where we will end up, but what makes a great romance book is when the author takes the reader on a great ride and Victoria Schade did just that.  From the beginning, I loved Justine as she was trying to juggle a few balls in the air while being a dog mom.  I enjoyed watching her meet Griffin and seeing the ups and downs of their encounters as they struggled with ownership of Spencer/Leo.  

I tend to judge romance books by their steaminess and while this book definitely had some sexy times, they fit into the arc of the story and didn't feel forced.  There wasn't lusting from the beginning which I appreciate and instead was a natural uphill climb to the top!  Of course, throw in a cute dog with tricks and I am sold!

This is my second Victoria Schade book and I love how she writes romance.  I have one more in her backlist that I want to read soon!

Rating: absolutely loved it and want a sequel

Ebook 2021 Challenge: 32 out of 100

Disclosure of Material Connection:  I received one copy of this book free of charge from Berkley  I was not required to write a positive review in exchange for receipt of the book; rather, the opinions expressed in this review are my own.

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