Opposites attract when a straitlaced lawyer and whimsical party planner must fake-date as co-parents of a rambunctious Irish wolfhound in the second book of this im-paw-ssibly charming small-town romance series.
Connor Wyeth has a plan for everything. But when he adopts Maximus, an unruly Irish wolfhound mix, he gets more than he bargained for. If he doesn’t act fast, the big dopey mutt is going to destroy his house. The only person Max ever listens to is the volunteer who used to walk him at the shelter—a perennially upbeat woman whose day job is planning princess parties for little kids. Connor couldn’t ever imagine that she’d be able to tame such a beast as Max, but he’s desperate enough to try anything.
Deenie Mitchell isn’t looking forward to spending more time with uptight, rules-oriented Connor—no matter how attractive he is. But when her sister announces her engagement, Deenie realizes he’s the perfect person to impress her type-A family. When she learns he needs a plus-one for his law firm’s work events, an unlikely alliance is formed. But as they play the perfect couple, the friendship—and the feelings—that are forming start to feel all too real. Opposites may attract, but can the man with a plan for everything and the misfit who makes her own rules ever find common ground?
I absolutely love a book that features two opposites put into a situation. Each protagonist had an issue that needed to be dealt with and the other could help them. Connor has a dog who is destroying his furniture. But to be honest, Connor has not taken the time to bond properly with his pet. He is a workaholic. First comes business then everything and everyone else. However, he is learning that the schedule and that way of life does not work. He is desperate. Connor seeks out the rule breaking yet fun woman. The same woman who turns his disobedient dog into a pro. I laughed so hard with this book. The characters rubbed each other the wrong ways yet there was a magnetic pull between them. I could not resist liking them and the adorable mutt featured in this story. Once Upon a Puppy by Lizzie Shane is a must read for all fans of rom-coms and contemporary romance. This had the heart of a Hallmark movie but a lot more depth and humor. I enjoyed this sweet heartfelt rivalry more than I can put into words. Overall, I highly recommend to all readers.