Review: YOU LUCKY DOG by Julia London
Published by Berkley Romance on August 25, 2020
Genres: Contemporary Fiction, Romance, Chick Lit
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FTC Disclosure: I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher via Netgalley. All opinions are my own.
Thanks so much to Brittanie from Berkley for inviting me to take part in Berkley’s 2020 Romance blog tour. Today I’m excited to share my thoughts with you on You Lucky Dog by Julia London.
Julia London’s latest novel, You Lucky Dog, is the perfect choice if you’re looking for a light read filled with dogs, a little romance (including the sweetest meet-cute), and some hilarious dysfunctional family fun. The story follows Carly and Max, who meet when their beloved basset hounds are accidentally swapped in an incident involving a pot-selling dog walker and an ill-timed encounter with the police. Although their initial meeting is somewhat awkward because of the circumstances, two things become clear right away: 1) Their dogs, Baxter and Hazel, clearly adore each other, and 2) Carly and Max are attracted to one another as well.
The timing couldn’t be worse for either of them though. Carly is an up and coming publicist who is desperately trying to build her brand and grow her clientele, while Max is a professor of neurology at the local university who is working hard in hopes of achieving tenure this year. Carly is also dealing with her dysfunctional divorced parents, while Max has his hands full helping his dad care for his brother, Jamie, who has autism. Even with all of those obstacles in their path, however, after a couple of doggie play dates, Max and Carly can’t deny their attraction any longer and hope they can figure out a way to make things work even though it feels like the deck is stacked against them.
I really loved both main characters in You Lucky Dog. Carly definitely has her hands full with some pretty quirky and moody clients, but I admired her persistence and determination as she continued to push to make things happen for herself. Max is literally the sweetest guy and in addition to loving the way he cares for his dog (and for Carly’s), I also adored the scenes with Max and his brother. Max is such a good brother to Jamie and it just warmed my heart to watch the two of them together. I also, of course, adored Carly and Max together. At first I was hesitant because it felt a little like insta-love but seriously how can you not bond while watching your adorable basset hounds frolic in the park together? Scenes like that sold me on their growing chemistry pretty quickly and I was rooting for them to get together, in part because I wanted Baxter and Hazel to have their own happily ever after.
In addition to the cute factor, there’s also a healthy dose of family drama to balance out the reading experience. Carly’s mother is having a sexual reawakening, which is downright hilarious at times until her awakening actually threatens Carly and Max’s relationship and lends an almost star-crossed lovers vibe to the story. Don’t let that scare you off if you need a happy ending though. The story is meant to be a rom-com so you know what that means. 😊
If you’re into dogs, meet cutes, and romance, with a side of family drama to keep things interesting, You Lucky Dog is a perfect fit for you.
Sometimes a sweet, low-drama romance just hits the spot. Carly sounds like a likable character and Max seems like an absolute sweetheart. 🙂
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This one really does hit the spot. 🙂
This sounds so cute, and the basset hounds on the cover immediately drew my attention! What a great title and cover😁
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I love the cover so much!
I just found out about this one! I love a good meet-cute, so I’ll have to check it out.
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I hope you enjoy it!
I agree, the way these two met was cute. I liked them both right away too. Not sure if if was me or the book, but I put this aside, but I do plan on picking it back up.
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I hope it works better for you the second time around. 🙂
This sounds really great – fantastic review! I always wonder if there will actually be any dogs in the story or if they will be part of the story and sometimes end up disappointed at how little they are involved. I do like the idea that there isn’t some big drama because of secrets or miscommunication but more just some family and adjusting to a new relationship.
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The dogs are definitely involved in this one and stole the spotlight several times. 🙂
This sounds like a perfect light summer read!
It really is. 🙂
Cats are my fave, but I really love reading books with animals in it. Add to that some funny characters and I’m all in! Hugs, RO
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I love cats too. 🙂
This sounds like a totally cute read – reminds me of the lovely real-life version of 101 Dalmations with Glenn Close as Cruella deVille… Except for the wicked dress designer, of course! Glad you enjoyed it so much, Suzanne.
this sounds super cute and I am always looking for books like that these days!
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Me too. I have craved them so hard during the pandemic.