Saturday, July 16, 2016

Book Review: Puppy Love For The Veterinarian w/recipe

Author: Amy Woods
Title: Puppy Love for the Veterinarian
Publisher: Harlequin Special Edition
Publish Date: June 21, 2016
Buy: Amazon
Book Blurb: 
A New Leash On Love

When June Leavy finds two puppies abandoned outside during a storm, she immediately feels a bond with the adorable animals. Swindled out of her life savings by her no-good ex, she, too, was left with nothing but heartache and struggles of her own. But when she arrives at the local veterinary clinic, June is met by dangerously handsome Dr. Ethan Singh, whose sexy smile threatens to disarm her hard-won emotional strength.

Back in Peach Leaf, Texas, to recover from an ugly breakup, Ethan gently tends to the puppies and their charming caretaker. But as the storm rages, so does the electric attraction between Ethan and June. Is this real, or a cruel phantom of lost love? Stranded alone at the clinic, only one thing is certain: they've got all night to figure it out…

Review: I love a sweet romance and Puppy Love For The Veterinarian was definitely a sweet one. June and Ethan were both on the rebound from bad love affairs. I felt really sorry for June, since her ex took all her savings with him when he walked out. Ethan's ex was just a lying cheatin' fool.

Neither of them were looking for love again, but two puppies found behind the pizza shop June works for brought them together. Dr. Singh is filling in for his father while he vacations with his mother. When June shows up in the midst of a snowstorm they are stuck together.

The pacing of the story is a bit slow considering the time span of the book. They fall in love pretty quickly, without sharing that information with one another, but it wouldn't be a romance if they shared the necessary things with each other, right!

I really loved Ethan and I loved that he wasn't your typical Harlequin hero. He wasn't alpha and he wasn't a big buff guy. In fact he was of Indian descent. Props to Amy Woods for creating a non sheikh, non Caucasian hero that was still sexy. That was one thing that really made this book stand out for me. The other was that both were both suffering from heart break.

My only gripe is that Ethan didn't bother to consult June about what she wanted to do with the puppies she found. This is the one thing that really bugged me, because anyone that would have gone to the trouble June did to get those puppies help would want a say so in their upbringing.

I truly enjoyed the story and all the twists and turns. I especially loved Ethan's family and June's mom.  June's mom in particular is sweet and she wants what is best for her daughter.

This is a great book to cozy up to when you have an afternoon to spend with a book.

Rating: 4 flowers

For many barbecue lovers, it’s all about the meat. Not so for this Texas girl—give me sides over the main course any day! I love all the classic southern barbecue pairings—mashed potatoes, macaroni and cheese, pinto beans, potato salad…and the list goes on. But my favorite of all, hands-down, no contest, is fried okra. I could seriously eat bucket-loads of this breaded, crispy, deliciousness, and it’s one of those rare treats that I love so much I don’t even think about the calories. And anyway, it can’t be that bad, right? After all, okra is a vegetable! ;-)

Fried Okra (from
Prep: 15 m
Cook: 15 m
Ready In: 30 m
Recipe By: Linda Martin

-10 pods okra, sliced in 1/4 inch pieces
-1 egg, beaten
-1 cup cornmeal
-1/4 teaspoon salt
-1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
-1/2 cup vegetable oil

  1. In a small bowl, soak okra in egg for 5 to 10 minutes. In a medium bowl, combine cornmeal, salt, and pepper.

  1. Heat oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Dredge okra in the cornmeal mixture, coating evenly. Carefully place okra in hot oil; stir continuously. Reduce heat to medium when okra first starts to brown, and cook until golden. Drain on paper towels.



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