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Monday, November 3, 2014

Book Review and Tour Giveaway: Unleashed (Love to the Rescue) by Rachel Lacey

This is a solidly cute romance with lots of animal interest.
by Rachel Lacey
  • File Size: 1224 KB
  • Print Length: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Forever (October 28, 2014)
  • Sold by: Hachette Book Group
  • ASIN: B00I829RT2
Genre: Contemporary Romance
My Rating: 4.25 of 5.0

What happens when you find the right one at the wrong time?
Cara Medlen has a serious case of animal attraction. And it's not because of all the foster dogs she's rescued. She's got it bad for her incredibly sexy neighbor. Her one rule: Don't get attached. It's served her well with the dogs she's given to good homes and the children she's nannied. Yet the temptation of Matt's sexy smile might just convince her that some rules are made to be broken.

Matt Dumont doesn't need his skills as a private investigator to detect disaster on the horizon. Cara is everything he thought he'd never find-gorgeous, funny, and caring. But there's no way he can start a relationship just as he's about to move to another state. Talk about bad timing. As their attraction sizzles too hot to deny, they'll have to make a decision: forget the consequences and let loose, or forget each other and let go...

Cara works as a nanny and is fortunate that her job allows time to volunteer at the local pet shelter. She loves dogs and is a foster home for rescued dogs. Unfortunately some of her neighbors have objected to the dogs which growl when they first come home with Cara. Now the homeowners association is asking her to give up the dogs or move.

Cara has noticed the hot looking guy next door but she has remained aloof from all her neighbors due to her policy of holding herself apart because of past illness. She figures there is no reason to get involved with others until she gets a 10 year clearance on her own health situation. That is the same reason she has held off starting her dream career, photography.

Matt has been busy building his PI business but he has noticed his pretty neighbor. Now he is preoccupied with wrapping up his jobs so he can move back to Boston to take care of his sick mother. This is no time to get involved with a woman, no matter how attracted he is.

These are two fun, warm characters and their distinct reasons to avoid relationship make for interesting conflict when it is clear they have wonderful chemistry. The dogs and Cara’s dilemmas are a great element, providing lots of adorable animal interest. I enjoyed the encouraging message of the book and I  liked the clean interactions (although there is plenty of sizzle and some bad words). The dialogue is easy going and the story reads quickly. I recommend this to readers who love animals and a warm romance.

I received this from Forever Romance through NetGalley for tour participation.

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About Rachel Lacey
Rachel Lacey lives in North Carolina, with her husband, son, and their own rescued pup. She volunteers her spare time with Carolina Boxer Rescue and truly has a passion for helping our furry friends. She is a member of the Romance Writers of America as well as her local Heart of Carolina RWA chapter.

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    The temperature had indeed begun to fall as they drove home. Matt was glad for the jacket he kept tucked behind the back seat. He shrugged into it, then walked Cara to her front door.
    “Thanks for dinner, and for helping us out. Really, if you get us the evidence to get those dogs seized, I won’t even know how to thank you.” Her warm eyes shone up at him as they stood on her front porch.
    Matt gave her a devilish grin. Seriously, did she say these things just to drive him crazy?
    Cara licked her lips and took a step back toward her front door.
    “No problem.” His gaze slid to her neck, soft skin gleaming white as marble in the silvery light of the moon.
    He saw her pulse pounding there. Her chest rose and fell with rapid breaths. Her eyes met his and held on like a magnet drawing him in.
    Matt tried to resist. He really did.
    And then her lips parted, and his blood turned to steam, and the only thing he could hear was his own pulse hammering away in his ears.
    He leaned forward and brushed his lips against hers. Cara let out a whimper that caught in his chest and tugged at his restraint. Her lips were soft and warm, tentative as they pressed against his. Her eyes slid shut.
    Matt gave her one more gentle kiss. Just a little goodnight kiss, nothing either of them would regret in the morning. He ran his fingers through her curls, and they were as soft as he’d imagined. Softer.
    She was kissing him back now, her lips pushing against his, asking for more.
    His tongue swept into her mouth. She tasted spicy, like wing sauce and the promise of hot, sweaty sex. The next thing he knew, she was pressed against her front door, Matt’s body crushed against hers. Cara’s arms were around his neck, her tongue tangling with his, her soft moans driving him right out of his mind.
    After a minute, she ripped her mouth from his, gasping for breath. “Damn, what did they put in those wings?”
    All he could do was smile.
    Cara leaned in and brushed her lips against his. Then she winked. “Goodnight, Matt.”
    She slipped inside and shut the door in his face.
    Matt swore under his breath. He was really starting to develop a love-hate relationship with Cara Medlen’s front door.
    Oh. My. God.
    Cara leaned against the wall, heart flipping in her chest, silly grin on her face. She couldn’t quite believe she’d just been wedged up against her own front door with Matt’s big, hard body pressed against hers while he kissed her like she was a friggin’ Playboy model.
    Okay, now she got the fuss about kissing. With other guys, she’d enjoyed it, but it was nothing she couldn’t live without. She was always worried about where she should put her hands and how quickly he was going to start unbuttoning her blouse.
    She’d have unbuttoned her own blouse if Matt had asked. Good lord. His kiss had heated her blood and curled her toes, all those clichés she’d heard but not experienced. Phew.

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