Triple Review and Sweepstakes: Going to the Dogs Series by Zoe Dawson

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Hey everyone!! I can’t even begin to tell you how stoked I am to be a part of Zoe Dawson’s Going to the Dogs series tour hosted by AToMR Tours.  I blew through the first three books in this series and have already whined to the author about having to wait for book four to be released in October.  Yeah, I love this series!!!  So, without further ado, I have three reviews and a link for the event-wide sweepstakes.  You can also see what everyone else participating in the tour has for you by clicking here.  Thanks for stopping by my blog and have a wonderful Wednesday 🙂

Title: Leashed Series: Book #1: Going to the Dogs Author: Zoe Dawson Format: Kindle Edition, 79 pages Published: September 29, 2012 by Blue Moon Creative   ASIN: B009JVSCO2
Title: Leashed
Series: Book #1: Going to the Dogs
Author: Zoe Dawson
Format: Kindle Edition, 79 pages
Published: September 29, 2012 by Blue Moon Creative
ASIN: B009JVSCO2

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My Rating: 5/5 stars

My Review:

Leashed is a super-sweet, quick and easy read that had be smiling from start to finish!  Zoe Dawson cleverly introduces her Going to the Dogs series with this fun little novella that features Callie and Owen, and their dogs Jack and Jill.  See?  Even the dogs have super-sweet names 🙂

Callie Lassiter is a first rate dog trainer who owns her own business, adores her Great Dane, Jack and has absolutely, positively and without doubt, sworn off bad boys!  Owen McKay is well, Owen McKay and everyone knows him.  Owen owns the hottest night club in town, he has everything he could possibly want and, he is a bad boy with two capital B’s!  On the surface, Callie and Owen are oil and water and everyone knows those two things just don’t mix.  Unfortunately, no one told Jack and Jill the rule about oil and water 🙂

Callie lives next door to Owen and has watched as many a woman has made her way into and out of Owen’s apartment.  Though Callie has no problem admitting how deliciously hot her neighbor is she also has no problem admitting she really doesn’t want to be a part of the trollop train.  Even when you just live next door, a walk of shame is still a walk of shame.  But, as so often happens in novels, fate and two ginormous Great Danes have other plans. Jack and Jill just don’t have the same issues as their humans and when the two finally meet, it is all kinds of puppy love.  Oh, and because they ran away together and shagged each other, there’s gonna be some babies J  Nothing like forcing your humans into a relationship, right?

Over the next several weeks and months, Callie and Owen are forced to deal with one another for the sake of their dogs and the puppies.  Both lay all their cards on the table and decide (as smart adults do) that despite being totally in lust with one another and enjoying each other’s company immensely, there is just no way they will ever work as a couple.

But there is always the nagging attraction, the lust . . . maybe, if they knock boots just once . . . .the dogs got too . . . .

The Bottom Line: I’m not even gonna lie, there is no way I saw this book and how much I enjoyed it coming!  Leashed is every bit as much about Jack and Jill’s love story as it is about Callie and Owen’s story.  Every character, even the dogs, is well-developed, well-rounded and someone worth investing your time in.  Another bonus: the fact that Dawson has used a novella-length story to introduce the entire series. This little bit of awesome worked wonders for me and just as soon as I finished Leashed, I scurried right on over to Amazon and bought the second full-length book, Groomed for Murder.  As for recommendations: this is a well-written, fast-paced read with an HEA.  Leashed will appeal to a wide variety of readers including animal lovers, romance lovers, and anyone just looking for a fun, quick read.

Links to find/buy Leashed (Book #1: Going to the Dogs series):

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Title: Groomed for Murder Series: Book #2: Going to the Dogs Author: Zoe Dawson Published: December 28, 2012 by Blue Moon Creative, LLC  ASIN: B00AUBKOX2
Title: Groomed for Murder
Series: Book #2: Going to the Dogs
Author: Zoe Dawson
Published: December 28, 2012 by Blue Moon Creative, LLC
ASIN: B00AUBKOX2

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Synopsis:

Can a dog have a bad hair day?

Brooke Palmer owns Pawlish, an exclusive doggie spa and grooming business in upper Manhattan, but when a client’s champion poodle gets a bad poodle cut and has to undergo therapy to recover, the client sues. The lawyer they send is drop dead gorgeous, but Brooke won’t be wooed by a corporate shark in a sharp suit.

Corporate lawyer Drew Hudson has better things to do then take on this ridiculous lawsuit, but since he works for the client’s husband, he has no choice. After meeting the beautiful, sweet-tempered owner, he can’t keep his mind on the silly case. But when the client turns up dog gone dead, Brooke may be a conflict of interest when she’s charged with the murder. All Drew wants to do is prove that this sexy entrepreneur is not dangerous, except to his heart.

Can she take a chance on him?

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My Rating: 5/5 stars

My Review: 

Groomed for Murder is the second installment (and first full-length installment) of Zoe Dawson’s Going to the Dogs series and man, oh man is this read a good one.  Groomed is Brooke’s story, the girl who is by far the kindest, gentlest, and most caring of the dog park four.

Brooke, like her friends is dog lover and has parlayed her love of canines into a lucrative yet time consuming career.  Brooke is the owner of Pawlish, a high-end grooming shop that caters to the wealthy and their precious pups.  Brooke has invested everything into Pawlish and has worked hard to make it a successful establishment with a good reputation.  Everything is going well – an expansion is in the works! – until Kristin Wright-Davis decides to throw a fit and sue Brooke for everything she’s got.

Kristin Wright-Davis is a super bitch with far too much money and far too little common sense.  After her hyperactive yappy little dog Mimi (that Brooke has repeatedly asked be sedated before coming in) receives a sub-par grooming, Kristin demands Brooke fire the groomer or else.  Brooke is fiercely loyal and refuses to give in to the big brat’s demands.  And this would be where Drew makes his entrance.  Drew is a beautiful and skilled attorney who has spent his life supporting himself and his younger sister following the death of their parents.  In order to ensure his younger sister has everything she needs and gets through college, Drew has become a crack lawyer with an unrivaled instinct for winning.  All Drew has to do to finally earn his partnership is convince Brooke to settle out of court.

Drew’s first meeting with Brooke is spectacular!  Finding the door open and no answer, Drew decides to walk on into Brooke’s apartment where he meets Roscoe, Brooke’s aged yet fearless bulldog.  Roscoe takes the seat out of Drew’s $500 suit, Brooke sews up the pants and sternly and stubbornly refuses Drew’s offer to settle out of court, Drew steals Brooke’s calendar and, Brooke sends Drew on his way with one of her homemade muffins.  To say that Drew is completely confused wouldn’t even come close J  Drew is desperate for the promotion and so he begins to conveniently show up everywhere Brooke is in order to sway her to his way of thinking.  The thing Drew doesn’t count on is how involved in Brooke’s life he becomes and how absolutely taken with her that he is.  It doesn’t take Drew long to figure out that he is way in over his head where Brooke is concerned.

In the meantime, Brooke firmly believes all conflicts can be resolved through the fine art of negotiation and so she goes to see Kristin Wright-Davis.  After a lengthy conversation, Brooke and Kristin come to an agreement and Brooke leaves only to find herself arrested on murder charges shortly thereafter.  Huh?  Of course, the girls immediately circle to wagons in an attempt to comfort Brooke and help her out of this abysmal situation.  The only thing the girls can’t quite understand is why Brooke keeps associating (that’s code for sexing up) with Drew.  To be fair, even Brooke isn’t entirely sure about her connection to Drew but she does know she is undeniably attracted to him.  Of course, even the naughty bits and the fledgling feelings won’t be enough to save Drew once Brooke finds out about his unscrupulous plan to weasel his way into her life.  Stupid boy!!  After some very tense, very sad and, ultimately very happy moments, Brooke gets exactly what she deserves.

The Bottom Line: I fell a little more deeply in love with this series after reading Groomed for Murder!  To be honest, I wasn’t entirely sure about Brooke in the beginning (she seemed a bit naïve) but Brooke’s attitude and actions really changed my mind.  She is a sweet and well-intentioned woman who will do anything within her power to help others but she is no one’s fool.  Brooke has principles she lives by and compromising those principles is simply not going to happen.  As for Drew, for being such a smart guy, he is also a serious dumbass from time to time yet in the end, he proved himself and won me over.  At its core, Groomed is all about the characters and Dawson has a real knack for creating believable, relatable and, endearing characters of both the canine and human persuasion.  Though the plot is not incredibly deep or complicated (this is not a criticism) it is totally engrossing and fits nicely with the characters.  Overall, Groomed for Murder is a very good follow-up to Leashed and immediately after I finished this read I went right on over to Amazon for book three in the series!  If you haven’t started this series, what in the world are you waiting for?

Links to find/buy Groomed for Murder (Book #2: Going to the Dogs Series):

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Title: Hounded Series: Book #3: Going to the Dogs Author:  Zoe Dawson  Release date: June 17, 2013 Age Group: Adult Genre: Contemporary Romance Publisher: Blue Moon Creative, LLC
Title: Hounded
Series: Book #3: Going to the Dogs
Author: Zoe Dawson
Release date: June 17, 2013
Age Group: Adult
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Publisher: Blue Moon Creative, LLC

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Synopsis:

I’ll get you and your little dogs, too!

Veterinarian Poe Madigan enters The Fur Ball with her Jack Russell terriers (aka The Terrible Two) to compete for a substantial cash prize that will keep her mother from losing her home.  But when her fabulous partner sprains his ankle, Poe must trade him and his talented Bichon for a sexy, muscle-bound hunk who can’t dance and his Basset Hound, Lazy Daisy. If that’s not enough to make her despair, it seems The Terrible Two have angered someone and they’re receiving death threats!

Security specialist Jared Taylor promises one of Poe’s friends that he will go undercover as her dog dancing partner to protect her from danger.  He didn’t expect to find his staid, traditional life would be turned all topsy-turvy and he would find a soft spot for a neglected hound and fall for a Goth princess.  But when he reveals who he really is and why he is in Poe’s life destroy the foundation of trust they’ve built?  Could he lose the real prize – Poe?

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My Rating: 5/5 stars

My Review:

POE!!!  Poe Madigan and her Terrible Two (the terriers known as Edgar and Allan) are the focus of Hounded, book three of Zoe Dawson’s Going to the Dogs series.  Of the dog park group of girls, Poe is by far the weirdest of the bunch.  Poe is a strange mix Goth girl and nerd with a passion for animals and bacon and a true belief in a Zombie Apocalypse.  Does it really get any better than this?  Yes, it does.  When Poe gets nervous, she has a tendency to ramble super-intelligent veterinary type stuff.

Poe’s story begins with a nasty mugging that leaves her in the hospital and the Terrible Two temporarily missing.  As always, the dog park girls rally around their own and come running to Poe’s bedside; one which is carrying the Terrible Two.  But, Harper goes a bit further than a hug and an offer of a night or two stay at the penthouse.  Harper, totally unbeknownst to Poe, enlists the help of her friend and security expert Jared to watch over Poe and ensure her safety.  How does Harper pull this off?  Cleverly!  She pays off Poe’s dance partner for the Fur Ball dance competition and inserts Jared as the replacement.  The only two problems?  Jared can’t dance and the competition requires canine competitors.  So, Jared borrows a dog from his brother and prepares himself to be humiliated in front of a large audience.  What could possibly go wrong?

As Jared and Poe get to know one another they both discover a ginormously inconvenient attraction to one another.  Poe is hot, a little naughty, a little nerdy and all kinds of right as far as Jared is concerned.  Jared is a smokin’ hot man with an interest in half Goth/half nerd veterinarians who fits so nicely and comfortably into her life as far as Poe is concerned.  To seal the deal, Jared runs through the streets and gets all kinds of banged up in order to save on of the Terrible Two.  But, Poe can’t afford to get distracted; she has to finish her residency, find a real job and win the Fur Ball dance competition so she pay off her mother’s mortgage.  Oh, and the mugging has turned out not to be an isolated incident but an ongoing threat to both Poe and her dogs.  Crapsicles!!!

Slowly but surely, Jared and Poe come together as a couple but there is always the threat to Poe and the dogs hanging over them as well as the real reason Jared has come into her life.  For a variety of reasons, Poe has a hard time relying on others so it is a particular betrayal when the truth of the situation finally comes to light.  Poe has to come to terms with everything and accept both Jared and Harper back into her life or continue on as she always has, self-reliant and alone.  For a girl like Poe, this is a hard decision to make especially when she single-handedly resolves the threat to her safety.

The Bottom Line: I am totally and completely in love with this series!!  Even with the same characters, Dawson manages to keep everything fresh and new.  Poe is a gem, Jared is a doll and the Terrible Two are simply fantastic!! Seriously, the scene with the TT’s and the classical music is priceless!!  Dawson delivers yet another fine read in the Going to the Dogs series and I will truly, truly be sad to see this series come to an end with book four.  The writing style is smooth and easy, the plot is filled with light suspense, humor, excellent dialogue and, some yummy naughty bits.  Well done Zoe Dawson; you have created a super-fan who will sing the praises of your work far and wide.  Woof!!

Links to find/buy Hounded (Book #3: Going to the Dogs Series):

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About the author and where to find her:

Zoe DawsonZoe Dawson is the alter ego of Karen Anders, award winning, multi-published author. Her writing journey started with poetry and branched out into fiction. With a couple of college English courses under her belt, she penned a historical, then moved onto contemporary romance fiction. Today, she is happy producing romantic suspense, romantic mystery,  urban fantasy and paranormal novels. The words feed her soul and the happily ever afters feed her heart.

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Sweepstakes:

Woot!!  Up for grabs is one (1) eCopy of A Perfect Mess and one (1) winner will receive all three (3) books in the Going to the Dogs series.  If you would like to see all the FTC mumbo jumbo just check out the terms and conditions.  Otherwise, all you need to do to enter for your chance to win is click on the Rafflecopter link below. 🙂

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