Margot doesn’t have time for love.
Will is afraid to love.
And neither of them are expecting to fall in love with Blossom: a gentle Staffy with a tragic past, a belly made for rubbing and a head the size of a football.
After their first meeting at the rescue centre, both Margot and Will want to adopt Blossom so reluctantly agree to share custody. But Will’s obsession for micro-managing and clear-cut boundaries and Margot’s need to smother Blossom with affection, means that soon they have a very confused and badly behaved dog on their hands.
Can they put their differences aside to become successful “co-pawrents” and maybe even friends? And meanwhile, does Blossom have plans of her own?
I enjoy a really good romance novel and that, alongside my love of dogs, and this was a must read. I went into it expecting a lightweight, simple romance but this is so much more, and whilst most of the book is light-hearted and humorous, it is counter balanced by the fact the author addresses some difficult topics such as bereavement and abuse and also highlights the importance of adopting rescue animals. It is well written and compelling and I devoured it in a few days. Although the premise of the story sounds a little unbelievable, that of two strangers meeting at a rescue centre, falling for the same dog and agreeing to share custody, it actually worked quite well and made a great basis for the love story. The pacing of the book is good and it felt just the right amount of build up to the romance.
All of the characters are authentic and I don’t think there was any one of them I didn’t like. The main characters Will and Margo are still coming to terms with some deep rooted past issues. Will had an alcoholic father who was abusive and Margo is dealing with a recent relationship breakdown and she also tragically lost her parents early on in life. Polar opposites they initially irritated each other, but their relationship begins to grow and nurture and they come to respect and support each other as their feelings deepen. We realise early on where the book is headed but its lovely to see the character progression of these two lovely people along the way. The side characters are also delightful, Will’s family features quite a lot in the story, they are fun and energetic, but also have set family traditions such as regular Sunday lunch with all the family. They are full of heart and warmth and welcomed Blossom into their lives with open arms. Margo’s friends are equally as amiable and their loyalty and support shines through.
Rescue Me is an entertaining and heartwarming read. It portrays real life issues as well as some more light-hearted comedy moments and treats us to a slow burn romance. Blossom, of course, completely steals the show and the ending is adorably touching. Highly recommended to anyone who likes gentle romances with some more weightier issues addressed…..and not forgetting dogs!
Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton
Publication Date: 21 January 2021
Page Count: 399 pages
Genre: Contemporary Romance/Romantic Comedy
Thank you to the publisher for the review proof in exchange for an honest review and for kindly having me on the blog tour.
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