Thursday 2 March 2017


Puppy Love
Redwood Ridge #1
By: Kelly Moran
Releasing February 28th, 2017
Lyrical Shine

In Puppy Love (Redwood Ridge #1) by Kelly Moran, after being treated as nothing more than a trophy wife for years, Avery Stowe finally did what was right for her and her autistic daughter by divorcing her husband and moving to be closer to her mother. Redwood Ridge seems to the perfect place to settle down, but just like most small towns it doesn't appear she'll get the privacy she was hoping for, especially when the townspeople start matchmaking. Will she give Cade O'Grady a chance at forever love, or will her fear of losing her newly found independence and not being able to put her trust in another man keep them apart? 

I've read quite a few of Ms. Moran's books, and really enjoyed them, but this first story in her new Redwood Ridge series -- I believe -- is one of her best. Right from the beginning, this story was a real page turner, as Avery is finally free of her cheating ex and determined to discover whether the small town where her mom lives is the perfect place to raise her daughter. Will they be happy there? Will her daughter be able to make friends when she doesn't speak due to her neurodevelopmental condition? However, it was the moment that the hero and heroine came face-to-face for the first time in this story where things got really interesting because of Cade's reaction towards Avery and the situation. 

As for the dialogue, it was well-written; filled with plenty of emotion I could feel along with the main characters; and a wonderful combination of intense dialogue due to the main characters back stories and teasing banter between the hero and heroine as well as between the main and secondary characters. Avery's past with her ex has left it impossible for her to trust another man, which I could sympathize with, because her ex sounded like a man that didn't deserve someone as kind-hearted and loyal as Avery. Yet, Cade is different and I liked that she was wiling to give him a chance.

Both the main characters entertained me from start to finish, and made it difficult for me to put this book down. Avery is strong, brave and I liked how she handled the secondary characters matchmaking, the townspeople's reactions to her and Cade's growing relationship and the way she handles being tossed into a position she palpably thrives at. But what I liked most of all about the heroine is how kind and caring she is and the fact that she manages to accomplish something no-one else has with one of Cade's brothers; a brother that needs someone to help him realize that he can't continue to keep people at  a distance.

While Cade, he's hard-working, confident, smart and I liked the challenge he faces in trying to win Avery over and make her realize how good they could be together. A challenge that isn't made easy by her fear of being hurt again, but I liked that the hero didn't give up on proving himself. Certainly, he has a lot of things in his favor such as the kindness he shows Avery's daughter and the growing bond between the pair that prove the little girl trusts him. Those moments between Cade and the heroine's daughter were absolutely precious and I looked forward to those.  

Overall, Ms. Moran has penned a delightful read in this book where the strong chemistry between this pair spilled over onto the pages in some really hot sex scenes that illustrated how lucky Avery is to have found her Mr. Right. The way this story ended was perfect, because of the surprise Cade has for the heroine; a surprise that she's absolutely overjoyed about, as she never thought what the surprise was would ever happen. I would highly recommend Puppy Love by Kelly Moran, especially if you enjoy small town romances where the secondary characters love to match-make and offer sound advice or if you enjoy books by authors Marina Adair, Candis Terry or Jill Shalvis.


This playboy has met his match, and she's organized...

After a passionless marriage under the scrutiny of high society, Avery Stowe is taking back her life. All she wants is a little privacy and a quiet place to raise her autistic daughter, Hailey. Redwood Ridge, Oregon, seems to offer all the right ingredients. Except for the problem of the local sexy veterinarian. The last thing she needs in her life is to fall for his irresistible allure, even if he is a nice guy who keeps doing her favors. But the well-meaning patrons of her new hometown have other ideas, and it appears playing Cupid is one of them.

Cade O'Grady has never met a woman he couldn't handle, but when Avery Stowe walks into his office late one night cradling an injured puppy, he's struck stupid. Which might explain her total lack of interest in him. But now that she's working for his family's clinic, he doesn't have to lust from a distance. He might just have a chance at convincing Avery--and her too-guarded heart--that falling for the right man isn't a mistake . . .
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  1. I haven't read any books by this author before, but I love small town romances, so I'm definitely going to buy this. Nice review!

    1. You'll definitely like this book if you enjoy small town romances. The secondary characters are so nosy but adorable. Hope you enjoy this book. Happy reading!

  2. Thanks so much! I'm delighted you enjoyed it. xo

    1. You're welcome, Kelly. Your books are great. Now I can't wait to read Counterbalance. I love the cover for that book.