Book Review (and a Giveaway!): Paws for Love by Dana Mentink

Posted February 10, 2017 by meezcarrie in Christian, contemporary, Dana Mentink, giveaway, romance / 20 Comments

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about the book

The Only Thing Sweet About Jellybean Is His Name
Jellybean the terrier is about to unleash some serious mayhem on the unsuspecting town of Albatross.

There’s no quiet on the set when over-the-hill screen star Lawrence Tucker brings his naughty terrier, Jellybean, on location to the beachside town of Albatross, California. When Jellybean develops a rapport with Tucker’s violin tutor, the painfully shy, socially awkward Misty Agnelli, her arm is twisted into minding the obnoxious animal. Trailing Jellybean leads Misty into the candy store of Bill Woodson, a handsome chocolatier with a painful secret and a three-year-old niece to raise.

Misty must deal with the unstable Tucker, a temperamental Jellybean, her budding feelings for the mysterious Bill, and the high-pressure atmosphere on the set. Though she wants nothing more than to flee, how can she tell her Grandma, Lawrence Tucker’s biggest fan, that she abandoned the star and his dog?

It’s actors, animals, and antics galore when Jellybean gives his own heartwarming performance.

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SERIES: Love Unleashed #3
GENRE: Inspirational Romantic Comedy
PUBLISHER: Harvest House
RELEASE DATE: January 2017
PAGES: 226

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He wondered how a dog no bigger than a loaf of bread had accomplished so much damage in a matter of moments.

Dana Mentink has done it again! She’s taken a quirky, mischievous dog and turned him loose to wreak havoc on a story and on our hearts. In all the best possible ways.

Enter Jellybean.

A tiny terror of a terrior with a powerful presence. And a bit of a Houdini complex.

And while everyone is chasing him around the teensy town of Albatross, he’s doing more than just keeping them guessing. He’s also bringing them together in his own precocious (perhaps underappreciated) way.

Misty and Bill – and Lawrence and Gunther and Vivian too, for that matter – are misfits, of sorts. Kinda like Jellybean. Each has their own backstories and their own current secrets that make them such compelling characters, and precious little Fiona is the sweet icing on the cake. Or… the caramel in the chocolate, to make it more appropriate to the book’s theme.

Bottom Line: You will laugh (a lot). You will cry (a little) – particularly over a certain scene at the end. You will most certainly fall in love. With Jellybean. With Bill and Misty. With Fiona. And with the whole cast and crew of Paws for Love. Through it all, the message of letting your light shine – even if it just seems the size of a tiny match – is sweet and encouraging.

(I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book which I received from the author. All views expressed are only my honest opinion.)

My Rating: 4 stars / Love it!

KissingBook Level: 3 / May forget to breathe on occasion

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about the author

Dana Mentink (Junie’s mom) is a two time American Christian Fiction Writers Carol Award winner, a Romantic Times Reviewer’s Choice Award and a Holt Medallion winner. She is the author of over thirty titles in the suspense and lighthearted romance genres. She is pleased to write for Harlequin’s Love Inspired Suspense, Harlequin Heartwarming and Harvest House. Besides writing, she busies herself teaching third grade. Mostly, she loves to be home with Papa Bear, Yogi, Boo Boo, a nutty terrier, a chubby box turtle and a feisty parakeet.

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Dana is giving a copy of Paws for Love to one of my readers. Comment on this review and then head over to Zuzu’s interview with Junie and claim five extra entries on the Rafflecopter form!

What about you? Any rascally pets in your life?

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20 responses to “Book Review (and a Giveaway!): Paws for Love by Dana Mentink

  1. Donna B

    I don’t currently have any spoiled fur babies of my own. My last rescue baby passed a little over a year ago. I do love to spoil them rotten even when then have been a little rascal! Hopefully soon I can rescue another puppy.

  2. Kim

    We have two. A sweet 7 year old Rhodesian Ridgeback and a very vocal, opinionated, furniture moving 1 year old English Mastiff who I am sure would give Dana inspiration for a whole new book!

    Looking forward to reading this one!

  3. Marilyn

    I enjoy ed this interview. I like the questions you always ask. It reflects the author’s personality. Thank you for the giveaway and interview.

  4. Dianne Casey

    I just adopted two kittens, Hamilton and Jefferson and they get along really well. But, Hamilton isn’t afraid of anything and he just gets that look in his eyes that means he’s up to no good. Jefferson is more laid back and lets Hamilton check everything out.

  5. Pam K.

    All three of these books look really good. To answer the question which teacher made the most impact in my life, I’ll have to say my first grade teacher, since she taught me to read. My third and fourth grade teacher (tiny school) read to us every day so she helped further my love of reading.

  6. Pam K.

    I don’t have any pets, however, my daughter brings her ornery cat when she comes for more than a day visit. We used to have a border collie that I miss.

  7. Patty

    I only have one cat, and she’s not to rascally.

    She does try to sneak into our bedroom and sleep all day on the bed if we are not careful.

  8. Elizabeth

    This book looks like it could be the best in the series and I am looking forward to reading it! I have a very un-rascally cat. 🙂

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