Review: Like Cats and Dogs: Based on the Hallmark Channel Original Movie by Alexis Stanton

Like Cats and Dogs

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Laura is drifting through life. Spencer has the next decade perfectly planned. Laura loves her dog Frank. Spencer pampers his cat Mozart. Both humans have nothing in common, but when there’s a mix-up with a vacation rental house, they’re suddenly stuck together. At first, they fight like cats and dogs. Yet they can’t deny that opposites definitely attract. Can they find a way to share a roof without driving each other crazy…or falling in love?

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Source: Netgalley          My Rating: 4½/5 stars

Laura isn’t exactly unhappy with her life, but she isn’t dancing on cloud nine either.   With two weeks away from “real” life in an idyllic location with nothing but her camera and little dog, Frank, Laura is hoping to find some clarity, some direction.  She’s tired of simply drifting through life and is ready to make some hard choices related to her future.  Unfortunately, the rental agency has made an incredible error, and Laura and Frank’s idyllic location is marred by the presence of the single-most uptight human in the history of ever.

Spencer has two weeks to write his dissertation.  With his rigidly planned and scheduled life, two weeks is exactly the amount of time he needs, and then he’ll move on to the next step of his life’s plan.  With nothing but his laptop, his perfectly written and arranged notecards, and his cat, Mozart, Spencer is ready to check off the next item on his life’s to-do list.  Unfortunately, his peace and solitude have been brutally interrupted by the loudest, messiest human God has ever created.  And, she has a dog!

Though they have both reached out to the rental agency to correct the egregious error in scheduling, it quickly becomes clear, there isn’t going to be a satisfactory resolution to their shared dilemma.  With nothing to do but learn to live with one another, Laura and Spencer, Frank and Mozart embark on the most exciting, frustrating, and surprising two weeks of their collective lives.  To be sure, there are some huge obstacles to overcome, not the least of which is the intense attraction Laura and Spencer feel towards one another despite being vastly different people. 

Over the course of two weeks, both the longest and shortest of their lives, both Laura and Spencer are forced to face some hard truths about their respective lives.  Laura is done drifting, she is done being spontaneous and somewhat reckless 24/7, and she’s ready for a new challenge.  Spencer learns the value of not planning, of indulging in a bit of bad from time to time, and of taking the time to really enjoy the moment.  For both Spencer and Laura, trying something new, moving beyond their comfort zone is somewhat terrifying, but with the support of one another they find they can soar when they learn to look at things, at life, from the other’s perspective.

The Bottom Line:  Seriously, y’all, I requested this book without knowing a thing about it simply because it’s another based on a Hallmark Channel movie book.  I so love these books!  They are light, fun, entertaining, guaranteed HEAs that just make me smile.  Laura and Frank are immediately likeable while Spencer and Mozart, as they were designed to do, were a bit tougher to like.  As the story unfolds and Laura and Spencer learn more about one another, through good and bad experiences, I found myself totally crushing on these two and rooting for their HEA.  In all, this is an easy breezy read with just enough drama and heat to be totally appropriate for the Hallmark Channel and any reader age 13 and above.

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