Book Review: The Love Dog by: Elsa Watson


Rating: 4/5

Publisher: Tor Books

Publish Date: January 29, 2013

Origins: From Publisher for Review

Format: Mass Market Paperback

Order From:  Amazon / Barnes & Noble

Synopsis: Fired from her job as a paralegal, Samantha Novak is in trouble. When Telltale, a Hollywood tabloid, asks her to write an expose on the reality television dating show, The Love Dog, Samantha is thrilled. She’s always dreamed of being a writer, and the fat paycheck won’t hurt. After being recently left at the altar, she’s not too keen on love either.

Hired as the canine star’s handler, Samantha finds that digging up dirt on set is harder then she thought. Apollo, the show’s star, is a sweet golden retriever who takes his job as the “love dog” very seriously. He only wants to help couples fall in love and make everyone on set happy. Mason Hall, the show’s producer and leading man, is down to earth, charming, and... very attractive.

If Samantha doesn’t reveal to the world that the reality show isn’t exactly “real,” her new career will be over before it starts. But when she falls in love with Apollo and Mason, will she still have the heart to expose The Love Dog’s dirty secrets?

Elsa Watson returns with another charming "tail"!


Review: Samantha Novak is a paralegal and an "anti-love" blogger who dreams of being a published fiction author. When she’s fired from her paralegal job because she stood up for her firm’s client, she doesn’t know what she’s going to do for work. She gets a call from a tabloid editor who has read her blog and wants her to dig up dirt on a reality TV show called The Love Dog. She finds an “in” as a dog handler for the star of the show, Apollo, and is well on her way to exposing the ugly truth behind ‘reality TV’. Samantha had been hurt by love before, jilted at the altar, so she’s very cynical now and when the opportunity to dig up the truth on a “dating reality show” appears, she’s all for it…in the beginning. Yet what will happen to Samantha’s career if she’s not willing to give the tabloid the dirt? What happens when she finds herself drawn to the show’s host, Mason Hall, and its star dog?

I really liked ‘The Love Dog’, especially the parts from Apollo’s viewpoint. He’s a very caring and beautifully sensitive dog, who only wants the best for the people around him. He can tell who is right for each other and he tries his best to send his love to them so they are open to the opportunities around them. Ms. Watson brings Apollo, Samantha, and Mason to life beautifully and has written a sweet romance. I found myself tearing up at the ending, which will touch the heart of even the most cynical.

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