Thursday, August 13, 2015

Stepdog by Nicole Galland

Happy Thursday, everyone! Today I'm a stop on the TLC book tour for Nicole Galland's latest, Stepdog! (You can check out an excerpt and enter to win a copy here.)

When Rory gets fired, it should be a bad thing. But instead it turns out to be quite a pleasant ordeal. It is, after all, the reason he gets to kiss Sara, his boss. And it's also the reason they start dating. But when Rory is offered a shot at a series lead, his immigration status presents some problematic issues. In other words: no green card, no job!

Rory has a marriage offer already on the table courtesy of his cousin's widow. It would be a paper marriage, but it would definitely hinder his burgeoning relationship with Sara. So Sara offers to marry him instead. And Rory finds that being married to Sara isn't all that bad except for the fact that a relationship with Sara comes with one big, hairy, attention-hogging dog. It's not that Rory doesn't get along with Cody, but living life around the dog grates on the former bachelor. And when Cody is kidnapped, thanks to Rory, it's all he can do to get her back and save his relationship with Sara. 

Sooo, first off this is a very cute book and, I might add, a successful change of pace for Galland. I should actually point out that it's a change in setting only, though. Rory, Sara, and Cody might all be in the here and now but Galland's wit, charm, and poetic prose are all present regardless of the fact that this isn't an historical novel. Rory even has a penchant for picking Shakespearean roles, as a little nod to Galland's backlist!

I felt for Rory. I've never quite experienced the feeling of being second to my husband's dog (yes, I have a stepdog and she did treat me as such for the first few years! We get along perfectly now.) but I've certainly known people who seemed just a bit... hm... Sara like. I've also been accused of loving my cats more than a boyfriend (I didn't, until he said it. Being with a person who's jealous of your pet is not pleasant.) So you can see, I sympathize with Sara, too!

There's a bit more to the story but Stepdog is basically about a new couple trying to figure out their relationship under atypical circumstances. And of course every new relationship comes with hurdles, which is why Rory and Sara are so relatable and likable. It probably helps to some degree that this was a bit of a personal story for Galland as she herself did go through SOME of the same things Rory and Sara did.

Stepdog is great fun, readers. Seriously, great fun! Galland, as always, is a pro and I think Cody and her humans are going to win over even the most anti dog readers out there!

Rating: 4/5

To see more stops on the tour be sure to check out the official TLC tour page here.

For more on Nicole Galland and her work, you can visit her website here (I love the header "Historical Novelist now moonlighting in contemporary fiction"). You can also like her on Facebook and follow her on Twitter.


Unknown said...

I've wondered about this book as I've seen it on TLC. Sounds cute like it could be a nice beach read. :)
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Heather J @ TLC Book Tours said...

Adjusting to a new relationship is difficult in any circumstance but adding animals to the mix, particularly those with big personalities, can add a whole new dimension! This sounds like a story many readers will relate to on some level or other.

Thanks for being a part of the tour!