Sometimes, you get the best of both worlds if you can’t tell by the cover. This romance book features dogs within its storyline but is also entangled with our characters, which doesn’t always happen.
Yes, pets can be a romantic part of a story but rarely do they end up being part of the plot but are used as a sidekick. Of course, that’s not the case in real life but sometimes in fiction, it’s easier to ignore that but thankfully, that’s not the case with I Hate You More.
If anything, I Hate You More puts the pups front and center so if you’re a dog lover and are on the hunt for a romance book featuring dogs, this one won’t disappoint.
I Hate You More by Lucy Gilmore is for romance-reading dog lovers!
As I said, the cover drew me to this book because it’s so cute and has a dog on there. Upon reading the description, though, I knew I wanted to pick it up and I’d like to thank Sourcebooks Casablanca for sending me a finished copy of my very own.
I Hate You More is about Ruby Taylor, a former pageant girl who is now a nurse’s assistant at a retirement community. Ruby gets ropes into helping her elderly resident as she wants to put her dog, Weezy into the West Coast Canine Classic. Even so, everything that can go wrong with the situation goes from.
From Weezy not being trained to Ruby being late to sign-ups, nothing seems to work out especially when Ruby meets Caleb and Spencer Wilson. Spencer is a veterinarian and also one of the judges of the dog show who immediately judges Ruby upon meeting her. Of course, the tension between these two is palpable and they end up having this hate-to-love thing going on.
After that first meeting, we watch as Ruby and Spencer grow closer while also seeing the many training failings for Weezy. There’s also a ragtag group of side characters we come to know and love including Caleb, Ava who is Spencer’s co-worker and fellow judge, and all of the retirement community residents.
While this one doesn’t reinvent the wheel by any means, I Hate You More is such a fun and cute romance that I have to recommend it. If you’re looking for a romance with lots of cute dogs and plenty of hijinks, then you’ll enjoy this one.
That’s not the only dog-focused book Lucy Gilmore has written. She’s also published the Forever Home series which is currently 3 books and features Puppy Promise which is a service puppy training school. I haven’t read that one, but you might see it in the future so keep your eyes peeled if you’re on the lookout for more romances with dogs.
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