Review: Must Love Wieners (Book #1: Rescue Dog Romance Series) by Casey Griffin

Must Love Wieners

Title: Must Love Wieners Series: Rescue Dog Romance Author: Casey Griffin Format: Paperback and eBook, 368 pages Published: August 2, 2016 by St. Martin’s Paperbacks ISBN: 1250084679

goodreadsPiper Summers works like a dog juggling three jobs to put herself through veterinary school—driving taxis, delivering pizzas, and singing telegrams. Thankfully, Piper has her devoted dachshund Colin to help her keep things in line. That is, until she gets fired…and someone throws her a bone that is too good to resist.  Aiden Caldwell is an Armani ad come to life—a billionaire CEO who’s just adopted a dachshund from the rescue center where Piper volunteers. He’s hot on Piper’s tail to be his personal dog walker…but he may be after more than a walker for his wiener. The gorgeous, spirited Piper is everything he’s ever wanted from a woman—and more. But can Piper ever love, and trust, a man who has never learned to open his heart—or has she bitten off more than she can chew?

Source: Netgalley

My Rating: 4/5 stars

My Review:

Piper Summers is just fine!

Aiden Caldwell does not mix business with pleasure!

Piper Summers is focused on her goals and is determined to accomplish everything without anyone else’s help.  To get through vet school, she works multiple crappy jobs, lives in a ramshackle little apartment with her contraband dog, Colin, and spends every one of her precious free moments at the dachshund rescue center.  With just a few weeks left in her final semester of school, Piper can make it as long as the universe cooperates. 

Enter the universe with a sense of humor . . . .

In one afternoon, Piper manages to get fired from two of her crappy jobs and fall face first into the lap of the most stunningly gorgeous man she has ever met only to get up and sing to him.  There’s no stopping a singing telegram girl!  With no expectation of ever seeing him again, Piper is stunned when the stunner makes an appearance at the doggy rescue center where she volunteers.  As if falling into his lap weren’t humiliating enough, the gorgeous man also knows Piper lost two of her jobs and is in a bad way, financially speaking.  What else is there to do but offer her a job??

Aiden Caldwell never mixes business with pleasure but he may be willing to make an exception where Piper is concerned.  Though her first and second impressions left something to be desired, Aiden is attracted to Piper and wants to know more about her.  The getting to know her better becomes all the easier when Piper agrees to work for Aiden as dog walker to his rescue dachshund, Sophie.  Aiden is stunningly wealthy, wants what’s best for Sophie, and is willing to help ease Piper’s way financially.  Though she expects to work alone, Piper is surprised when, day after day, Aiden makes a point of accompanying her and the dogs to the park for some play time.  On most occasions, Aiden acts interested but he runs hot and cold which often leaves both he and Piper confused.  Keeping business and pleasure separate isn’t as easy as it sounds and things are about to get a whole lot worse.

Dating Aiden Caldwell is as thrilling as it is frustrating.  Between the two of them, there is a lot of back luck which makes building a new relationship even more difficult.  Aiden’s hot and cold comes out at the most inconvenient of times and one of the two of them is apparently being targeted by a crazy person.  There’s the car that tries to run them down, there’s the vandalism of the doggy rescue center (which Aiden just happens to own), and there’s the vile behavior of one of Piper’s singing telegram customers and several of Aiden’s employees.  While one or two of these things may be written off as pure coincidence, collectively, Aiden and Piper are worried and the police are proving to be of little help.  Figuring out who is targeting one or both of them and surviving the next attack is of the utmost importance but mixed into the mystery is the distinct possibility that Aiden is a dirty, rotten bastard and the one behind all the awful. 

The Bottom Line:  I am always going to read a book that has dogs in it so it’s just a bonus when the book is also really good.  Piper’s life is like a comedy of errors and with every new incident I just found myself shaking my head in disbelief.  Piper really does have a crappy life for the time being and everything she loves and holds dear is being threatened.  Aiden is the only seemingly good thing in her life but life with him comes with its own set of complications.  Aiden is a good man who has some really funny rules about mixing his personal life and work.  While he tries to do the right thing, Aiden often stumbles and has to dig himself out of a mess.  This quirkiness makes for a sweet romance that is only enhanced by the presence of the two totally adorably Doxies.  Because of all the action and drama, Must Love Wieners reads quickly, has a strong plot line, believable characters, and some really funny plays on the whole wieners thing.  Overall, an enjoyable read and a good start to what is sure to be a fun series.

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About the author and where to find her:

Casey GriffinCasey Griffin can often be found at comic conventions on her days off from her day job, driving 400 ton dump trucks in Northern Alberta, Canada. As a jack of all trades with a resume boasting registered nurse, English teacher, and photographer, books are her true passion. Casey is a 2012 Amazon Breakthrough Novel finalist, and is currently busy writing every moment she can.

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