Erryn reviews ‘Passions of a Papillon (A Fuzzy Love Romance)’ by Tara Lain. The book was published January 21, 2020 and is 210 pages. The audiobook was narrated by Kale Williams. It was released on April 28, 2020, and is 6hrs and 47mins. A copy was provided for an honest review.
After you’ve sold your soul to the devil, can you renegotiate with a dog?
Brilliant defense attorney Finn Morgenstern knows the worst guys pay best, so defending slimeball Rance Franklin becomes his path to senior partner and a whole lot of benefits. But then a walk home to his pricey townhouse brings him face-to-ears with a batshit-crazy little dog who just won’t leave him alone. So Finn takes the dog to the local veterinarian to find out how to get her back to her owners.
Hello vet! Emerson “Em” Fairweather sure doesn’t match his stodgy name. Tall, platinum blond, and gorgeous, Em puts the pet in pet ownership. But Em has ugly secrets, and Batshit the dog is up to her ears in larceny. Suddenly, Finn is the one who needs defending, and he’s faced with a choice between what he thought was important and a whole new batshit-crazy life.
First, let me say I’m a sucker for dogs. I had a Labrador retriever in my twenties and I swore I would only ever have big dogs. Until I met a rescue dog who stole my heart. My Ally is a chinpoo, so just a little bit bigger than a papillon. Now that I have a small dog, I can understand the appeal. I love both dogs equally, but there’s something about a dog curling up in your lap that makes cuddle times special. Something about being able to pick up your dog that can be quite handy at times. Then there’s the escape artist tendencies. Ally leapt from the car once to follow me into a store when I was quite sure I’d secured her. No, my little darling dashed across the parking lot and followed me into Starbucks – quite proud of herself and not understanding my shrieks of panic.
So when Marisol, sorry, Batshit, got free, I understood how it might happen. Don’t underestimate a dog’s desire to be free, especially if that means being closer to the one they love (or escaping one they hate).
But I digress. Finn is a young lawyer. Very talented (although I think making junior partner at twenty-six might have been a bit much). He’s ambitious, and driven by the desire to be financially comfortable. If he has to represent questionable people, that’s okay. Even criminals deserve good lawyers after all. And if his conscience tweaks, that doesn’t matter because he can come home to his nice house and also send money to his parents. Life’s good.
Until he meets a little dog running around in the middle of the night. He names her Batshit because she is crazy, but he brings her home. He intends to return her to her rightful owner as soon as possible. Because that’s the right thing to do. And, of course, he doesn’t do dogs. Then there’s Emerson, the vet. He has advice on how to locate Batshit’s owner, but he also has a twinkle in his eye. Soon he and Finn are spending time together. Bonding over Batshit, as it were.
Of course Batshit has to be returned to her owner and that’s where things get a little crazy. There’s a caper, bad guys, and Em’s past coming back to haunt him. Finn also has to reconcile his conscience with what he does for a living. In the end, of course, everything works out.
Although I enjoyed the love story between Em and Finn, by far my biggest connection to the book was Batshit. I could see her floppy ears and endearing smile. I cheered when she got into mischief and worried when she got into trouble. The whole time I was rooting for her.
That brings me to the narration of the book. There are tons of dog noises and I have to say Kale Williams handled them brilliantly. I felt Batshit was right there with me (and all the other dogs she encountered). I also thought the cooing and silly voices people made upon meeting Batshit were great as well. I admit it – I make those cooing sounds. Dogs are smart – they know if they react they’ll get more attention. Even if you’re not a dog lover, the book is endearing and well worth the listen. I’ll stick to my chinpoo, but I’ll never look at a papillon the same way again.
9/10 Pots of Gold or 90% recommended
Tara Lain writes the Beautiful Boys of Romance in LGBT romance novels that star her unique, charismatic heroes. Her best-selling novels have garnered awards for Best Series, Best Contemporary Romance, Best Erotic Romance, Best Ménage, Best LGBT Romance, Best Gay Characters, and more. Readers often call her books “sweet,” even with all that hawt sex, because Tara believes in love and her books deliver on happily-ever-after. In addition to writing dozens and dozens of romance novels, Tara also owns an advertising and public relations firm. Her love of creating book titles comes from years of manifesting ad headlines for everything from analytical instruments to semiconductors. She does workshops on both author promotion and writing craft. Together with her soulmate husband and her soulmate Dog, she recently realized a vision to live where there were a lot more trees and a lot fewer cars by moving to Ashland, Oregon. She hasn’t stopped smiling since.
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