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Ruff and Tumble by Lucy Gilmore

Ruff and Tumble, Lucy Gilmore

"If there was a way to hide a heavily pregnant golden retriever under a desk, Hailey had yet to discover it."

Adorable puppies, emotional pasts, and a happily ever after... the perfect read to submerge yourself in! 

I adored this little book. Hailey is a production assistant for the Puppy Cup. It is pretty much what it sounds like, puppies "playing football". The Puppy Cup is an yearly event where rescue dogs simulate playing football during the football season. Hailey therefore knows all things puppy and all things football. Specially the Seattle Lumberjacks.

What she doesn't know is family. She lost her parents young and grew up in the foster system. She is a pre-teen by the time she is adopted and her adoptive father leaves her too soon. She has no one, just the puppies. It is a lonely life but she is going through the motions and making it work. She loves her job, she loves fostering pups, and takes immense joy in finding homes for all the rescue dogs used in the Puppy Cup after the event. 

Cole's entire life is football. His family have dedicated their whole lives to his career. His sister is his manager and his father sees the career he was not able to have on Cole. Cole must succeed for them, for his team, and his fans... Expect he is not sure he can. A past injury is hurting more than he is letting on and he needs a way out. Hailey and her puppies might not be the way out he needs exactly, but he knows a way they can help with the transition. 

They meet in an elevator with a big mama golden retriever ready to pop. The elevator is old and breaks down. The moments that followed were tense but also very beautiful. Their relationship was fun to read. Hailey knows football well and has a lot of things to say, not all -if much- very nice. Cole appreciates the honesty. She sees him for who he is and not just 'the' star quarterback. The problems start when she realizes he is failing to see there is more to life than football. That yes, his family will be devastated when they learn he can't play anymore, but he at least has a loving family, something she can only dream of! 

The books is cute and fun to read, how could it not be with so many puppies? But it also pulls at your heartstrings. A great weekend read!

Find the book at: Inklings Bookshop

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