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Thursday, January 7, 2021

Cupid to the Rescue Anthology

Title: Cupid to the Rescue: 
A Tail-Wagging Valentine's Day Anthology
Authors: Kathryn Shay, Judith Arnold, Linda Barrett, M.L. Buchman, Kay Lyons, Barbara McMahon, and Debra Salonen 
Genre: Valentine's Day Anthology
Release Date: January 5, 2021

Humans may think they have their acts together? So not! Sometimes they need to be rescued by big-hearted four-legged friends. Come join eight modern masters of romance as they celebrate Valentine’s Day with brand-new tales of tail-wagging joy.

𝐂𝐡𝐚𝐬𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐂𝐮𝐩𝐢𝐝 𝐛𝐲 𝐋𝐢𝐬𝐚 𝐌𝐨𝐧𝐝𝐞𝐥𝐥𝐨, 𝐍𝐞𝐰 𝐘𝐨𝐫𝐤 𝐓𝐢𝐦𝐞𝐬 𝐛𝐞𝐬𝐭𝐬𝐞𝐥𝐥𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐚𝐮𝐭𝐡𝐨𝐫
Montana (Tana) Reeves is about to lose her apartment because her ex-boyfriend left her with the rescue dog, Cupid, he'd used to sweet-talk her into their relationship. Losing her apartment over a dog is bad enough, but veterinarian Jett Billings' gentle way and sexy smile melts her heart just as much as the Great Dane does, and Tana quickly realizes that as she was chasing Cupid, she fell in love with both of them.

𝐓𝐞𝐚𝐜𝐡𝐞𝐫'𝐬 𝐏𝐞𝐭 𝐛𝐲 𝐊𝐚𝐭𝐡𝐫𝐲𝐧 𝐒𝐡𝐚𝐲, 𝐍𝐞𝐰 𝐘𝐨𝐫𝐤 𝐓𝐢𝐦𝐞𝐬 𝐁𝐞𝐬𝐭𝐬𝐞𝐥𝐥𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐀𝐮𝐭𝐡𝐨𝐫
When Maggie Marino comes to work at Stepping Stones Special Needs School, Noah Carson has no idea she and her glossy-coated Golden Retriever, Rosie, will change his life. But will the emotional-support dog be enough to bring Noah and Maggie together again after the tragedies of their pasts collide?

𝐓𝐚𝐤𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐂𝐚𝐫𝐞 𝐨𝐟 𝐁𝐮𝐬𝐢𝐧𝐞𝐬𝐬 𝐛𝐲 𝐉𝐮𝐝𝐢𝐭𝐡 𝐀𝐫𝐧𝐨𝐥𝐝, 𝐔𝐒𝐀 𝐓𝐨𝐝𝐚𝐲 𝐁𝐞𝐬𝐭𝐬𝐞𝐥𝐥𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐀𝐮𝐭𝐡𝐨𝐫
When Hank Patterson hires dog walker Abbie Harding to take care of his mother's rambunctious mutt while his mother is out of town, he doesn't expect romance to be a part of their arrangement. After all, Abbie loves dogs and Hank doesn't—and as they soon learn, mixing business with pleasure can cause a whole lot of trouble.

𝐇𝐞𝐫 𝐑𝐨𝐚𝐝𝐬𝐢𝐝𝐞 𝐑𝐞𝐬𝐜𝐮𝐞𝐬 𝐛𝐲 𝐋𝐢𝐧𝐝𝐚 𝐁𝐚𝐫𝐫𝐞𝐭𝐭, 𝐍𝐚𝐭𝐢𝐨𝐧𝐚𝐥 𝐁𝐞𝐬𝐭𝐬𝐞𝐥𝐥𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐀𝐮𝐭𝐡𝐨𝐫
On his way to Sea View House, Brandon Bigelow hadn’t counted on hitting a tree to avoid hitting a dog during a winter storm. He hadn’t counted on meeting a petite dynamo who insists he adopt the dog. Farewell to a peaceful life at the beach!

𝐇𝐞𝐚𝐫𝐭 𝐨𝐟 𝐚 𝐑𝐮𝐬𝐬𝐢𝐚𝐧 𝐁𝐞𝐚𝐫 𝐃𝐨𝐠 𝐛𝐲 𝐌. 𝐋. 𝐁𝐮𝐜𝐡𝐦𝐚𝐧, 𝐔𝐒𝐀 𝐓𝐨𝐝𝐚𝐲 𝐁𝐞𝐬𝐭𝐬𝐞𝐥𝐥𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐀𝐮𝐭𝐡𝐨𝐫
Attacked by Russia while on US soil, a lovely Ukrainian minister must turn to a US Secret Service dog team for protection. While the massive Russian Bear dog charms his way into her heart, trusting his handsome handler is not going to happen.

𝐓𝐡𝐞 𝐌𝐚𝐭𝐜𝐡𝐦𝐚𝐤𝐞𝐫'𝐬 𝐒𝐞𝐜𝐫𝐞𝐭 𝐛𝐲 𝐊𝐚𝐲 𝐋𝐲𝐨𝐧𝐬
Professional matchmaker Marsali Jones didn’t mean to share her secret crush on national television, especially when it’s her brother’s best friend and Hollywood A-lister Oliver Beck. But the damage is done and her career is on the line. Deny it and she loses all credibility, but to move forward means paying Oliver’s price....

𝐕𝐚𝐥𝐞𝐧𝐭𝐢𝐧𝐞'𝐬 𝐑𝐞𝐬𝐜𝐮𝐞 𝐛𝐲 𝐁𝐚𝐫𝐛𝐚𝐫𝐚 𝐌𝐜𝐌𝐚𝐡𝐨𝐧, 𝐔𝐒𝐀 𝐓𝐨𝐝𝐚𝐲 𝐁𝐞𝐬𝐭𝐬𝐞𝐥𝐥𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐀𝐮𝐭𝐡𝐨𝐫
Snowbound on Valentine’s Day. Two strangers. A twice-burned cowboy and a nurse with nightmares too horrific to share. A storm brought them together, but a fearless dog seems intent on teaching them that sometimes friendship can evolve into love.

𝐇𝐞𝐫 𝐂𝐨𝐰𝐛𝐨𝐲 𝐕𝐚𝐥𝐞𝐧𝐭𝐢𝐧𝐞 𝐛𝐲 𝐃𝐞𝐛𝐫𝐚 𝐒𝐚𝐥𝐨𝐧𝐞𝐧, 𝐍𝐚𝐭𝐢𝐨𝐧𝐚𝐥 𝐁𝐞𝐬𝐭𝐬𝐞𝐥𝐥𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐀𝐮𝐭𝐡𝐨𝐫
Paige Jackson’s volunteer sabbatical in Prospect Creek goes from bad to redonkulous when TJ Huey delivers a pregnant and abused donkey to Paige’s care. But neither cowboy nor city gal is immune to the matchmaking skills of a rescue donkey named Miss Valentine.


This is an anthology of books where dogs bring couples together. And I really enjoyed it.
CHASING CUPID The Goddess Circle  by Lisa Mondello
This is funny about a dog called Cupid bringing Tana and Jett. Cupid is mischievous and brought to Tana by accident.
I really enjoyed this story.

TEACHER’S PET To Serve and Protect     Kathryn Shay
I loved this story. It had some sad moments and some great moments. I loved Maggie and Noah together. And I loved Rosie and how she was with everyone.

TAKING CARE OF BUSINESS The Magic Jukebox     Judith Arnold
I enjoyed this story. I wasn't sure how it would go. I enjoyed seeing Hank and Annie getting together. And I laughed at the antics of Priscilla.


I am a dog story fan and was delighted to find this K-9 box set. I read a couple of the stories and will read the rest as I have time and need a doggy story fix. Here are a couple of examples:

What does a girl do when her boyfriend--now ex-boyfriend--adopts a big dog then moves to another town and breaks up leaving her to take the poor baby back to the rescue? The apartment says the dog is much bigger than the rules allow, barks, and doesn't obey.

The neighbor--a very hot neighbor--tells her she has to deal with her dog. As they try to work through the situation of being dog lovers and feel bad the poor dog has to go back...well, it is a novel way to start a relationship. (pun intended)

She is a teacher and has a wonderful emotional support dog. When the chance came she took a part-time job in a special needs school. She'd used the dog to help each of the kids in their different needs as well as teach them about caring for such an animal.

It is a touching, emotional story of an amazing woman with her own problems who meets a great guy, shows the kids her own special kindness as well as her amazing pet. There are touching scenes with the kids, a budding relationship, and a tragic situation that may require a tissue warning.

I loved this one and know it will go in my reread file for sure. Can't wait to read more of them.

Reviewed for Words Turn Me On


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