Thursday, August 15, 2013

Zoe Dawson's 'Hounded' Blog Tour: Review and Giveaway

Title: HOUNDED (Going to the Dogs 3)
Author: Zoe Dawson
Release date: June 17, 2013
Age Group: Adult
Genre: Contemporary Romance
PublisherBlue Moon Creative, LLC
Tour organized by: AToMR Tours
Leashed (Book #1) - novella, Groomed for Murder (Book #2), Hounded (book #3)
Leashed is currently free on Amazon and Barnes and Noble at the time of this posting.
Book Description:
I’ll get you and your little dogs, too!
Veterinarian Poe Madigan enters The Fur Ball with her Jack Russell terriers (aka The Terrible Two) to compete for a substantial cash prize that will keep her mother from losing her home.  But when her fabulous partner sprains his ankle, Poe must trade him and his talented Bichon for a sexy, muscle-bound hunk who can't dance and his Basset Hound, Lazy Daisy. If that's not enough to make her despair, it seems The Terrible Two have angered someone and they're receiving death threats!
Security specialist Jared Taylor promises one of Poe's friends that he will go undercover as her dog dancingpartner to protect her from danger.  He didn't expect to find his staid, traditional life would be turned all topsy-turvy and he would find a soft spot for a neglected hound and fall for a Goth princess.  But when he reveals who he really is and why he is in Poe’s life destroy the foundation of trust they’ve built?  Could he lose the real prize - Poe?
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About the Author:

Zoe Dawson is the alter ego of Karen Anders, award winning, multi-published author. Her writing journey started with poetry and branched out into fiction. With a couple of college English courses under her belt, she penned a historical, then moved onto contemporary romance fiction. Today, she is happy producing romantic suspense, romantic mystery,  urban fantasy and paranormal novels. The words feed her soul and the happily ever afters feed her heart.
My Review:
I was asked for an honest review of the first book in the Going to the Dogs series, the novella Leashed.
I was immediately attracted to and excited for this book. I am a HUGE fan of dogs and animals in general. I had no idea what this book was about going in, but I immediately knew I would most likely like it, and I was correct. I loved this story so much! It is a very quick, short read at around 26,000 words, but the story was in no way forced or rushed. The story was ridiculously sweet and loveable, and the characters are all really well developed in such a short amount of words.
The story begins by introducing us to Callie. Callie lives in New York and comes from a family of Great Dane dog breeders. She owns a dog obedience school and lives with her favorite boy, Jack the Great Dane. Having an admitted bad boy addiction she tends to avoid men in general aside from her dad, brother, and Jack. Caleb, the ridiculously hot and womanizing man living across the hall from her, owns a hot New York night club and due to his troubled childhood avoids commitment when it comes to women. When Jack meets Caleb's dog Jill the dogs fall in love. The dogs end up forcing Callie and Caleb to interact and they have an instant physical chemistry. They both try to avoid becoming romantically involved, thus forming a strong friendship before things begin to evolve into more.
Callie and Caleb were so much fun to read about. They both drove me a little crazy at first, but I could understand why they both tried to avoid forming a romantic relationship. Their chemistry and banter were so sweet and real. The other two main characters, Jack and Jill, were also so adorable together. I honestly felt like Zoe Dawson wrote this story just for me. It had everything I could want in a book; between the puppy love and the human love and Dawson's slightly snarky comedy.
The writing and dialogue were funny and witty and reminiscent of the writing on Sex and the City. I ended up reading the whole novella in a couple of hours (I'm generally not a very fast reader) because I just couldn't put it down. The book introduced the reader to characters that are in the next books as well and I cannot wait to get my hands on the them. I am just so excited to know a book series exists that combines romance, dogs, and fun, witty characters in a hip urban setting. This is a must read for any dog lover who also happens to love reading romantic stories.
My Rating:
To see other stops on the tour for reviews, guest posts, and excerpts click here.


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