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Fetching Sweetness

(Love Unleashed #2)

4.30  ·  Rating details ·  180 ratings  ·  116 reviews
Standing Between Stephanie and Her Dream
Is One Hundred Pounds of Lovable Trouble

It should have been so simple for Stephanie Pink: Meet up with Agnes Wharton in a small town in California, retrieve the reclusive author's valuable new manuscript, and be promoted to a full-fledged literary agent.

But Agnes's canine companion, Sweetness, decides to make a break for it before
Paperback, 224 pages
Published August 1st 2016 by Harvest House Publishers
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Carrie Schmidt (Reading is My SuperPower)
This latest book in Dana Mentink's Love Unleashed series from Harvest House Publishers is hilarious and sweet and cute and romantic and all-around fun. I laughed, I swooned, I got teary, and I was reminded that God imagines much better dreams for me than I can. Even as the avid reader of fiction that I am.

Which brings up a key point. You will LOVE Stephanie Pink, the heroine of Fetching Sweetness. She is a book addict, just like we are. She can’t go long periods of time without reading a book or
Carole Jarvis
Apr 19, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Reviewed at The Power of Words:

Without a doubt, Fetching Sweetness by Dana Mentink is one of the most enjoyable books I’ve ever read. It’s an exquisite little gem, a wonderful feel-good book – and, although I didn’t know it at the time, it really is possible to read an entire book with a smile on your face. In fact, I’d love to meet Dana because anyone who can write like this must be quite a character! Fetching Sweetness is #2 in the Love Unleashed series, but stands alone.
Aug 24, 2016 rated it really liked it
Fetching Sweetness was a lighthearted romp of a story with a much deeper underlying message. I must admit that I struggled to connect with the main characters, Rhett and Stephanie. But even though the connection wasn’t very strong for me with these characters, there were still some very sweet and tender moments that I enjoyed reading about which were wrapped up in Fetching Sweetness.

Both Rhett and Stephanie had signifigant journeys to travel both physically and emotionally in this book. Each bel
Jul 06, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: contemporary, romance
After the cuteness of Sit, Stay, Love, I knew I'd want to read more by Ms. Mentink. Because these dogs are super adorable! In this one, we get to meet Sweetness, who is a huge, overgrown ball of fluff who has a heart of gold. Really, there's simply no way for you not to fall in love with him! :)

Pick up this book because of the dog, but continue reading for the humans! Stephanie and Rhett reluctantly join forces early on, and while the sparks do fly between them, they've both got a lot of growing
I really liked this fun sweet book. The first line immediately throws you into the humor that flows through the rest of the book. I found myself chuckling several times. This book is an easy read with some quirky humorous moments, fun doggy antic moments, tender romantic moments, and the realization that when you follow God's plan and not your own, life works out for the good!

I loved both Stephanie and Rhett. (What's not to love about Stephanie - she's a book lover!!:)) They are both still hurti
Jul 28, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Fetching Sweetness by Dana Mentink is a totally delightful Christian romance and I absolutely loved it. I love Dana Mentink's writings that focus around adorable dogs and have God at the centre. Dana Mentink's novels will make you laugh and they will make you think, and if you let them, her writings will help you abandon yourself to God's plans.
A major theme in the novel is plans and dreams. Rhett has a dream. Stephanie has a dream. God has a plan, an individual plan for both their lives. Are th
Jul 23, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Fetching Sweetness : A Novel for Dog Lovers ( Love Unleashed )
By: Dana Mentink

Fetching Sweetness is a novel for Dog Lovers book two in Love Unleashed . These novels can be read alone with no problems. Dana Mentink captured me right at the start and did not let go till the end. I caught myself laughing out loud all through Fetching Sweetness. Sweetness is a one hundred pound dog that will make you laugh and will capture your heart even if you are not a dog lover. Stephanie and Rhett are looking
Jul 17, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I thought I loved this author, but discovered I loved her even more through this book!!! Her humor shines through, spilling onto every page of this cute, sweet, lovable book.

Sweetness—how can one describe a big oaf of a dog, one who has bad manners, bad breath, and eats spatulas and paper plates? I call him a big ball of love, a tender-heart for stray animals (even those who don’t wish to be rescued), devoted to his humans and just generally there for a good time; as long as you scratch that ha
Tina at Mommynificent
May 17, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I can't believe how much I enjoyed this book. I won't be surprised if it ends up on my top 10 list for this year, and I'm not even a dog person! What a treat to have received a complimentary advance reader copy for review from NetGalley! This author has a knack for creating great characters, including the animals she writes into her stories. I particularly loved the redemptive themes in this book; I found it very poignant at times. One of my all-time favorite books is Dear Mr. Knightley by Kathe ...more
Sep 04, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2016
Another sweet story revolving around a dog in the Love Unleashed Series.

In Fetching Sweetness, a large white dog with a fondness for rescuing strays brings together Rhett and Stephanie. Rhett and Stephanie are both driven by their own goals and in the course of an unexpected journey find that God may just have different plans for them.

I look forward to reading the next in the series.
Cathy Daniel
Apr 17, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorite-books
I loved this book! If I could I'd give it 5+++++ stars! Instead I'll just put it on my favorites shelf. Great fun story with endearing characters! Great godly message as well. This book should be made into a Hallmark movie!
Lisa Johnson
Aug 07, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Title: Fetching Sweetness (Love Unleashed #2)
Author: Dana Mentink
Pages: 224
Year: 2016
Publisher: Harvest House
My rating is 5 stars.
Just looking at the cover of the book I thought the dog looked like a real sweetie and the story within is one of the best! One character, Stephanie, is a literary agent trying to get a manuscript deemed a real gem by her boss. What readers learn about Stephanie is her dreams, heartbreaks, faith and hope. Rhett is a man who is plagued by guilt, convinced he is on the
Susan Snodgrass
Jul 19, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Fetching Sweetness is such a precious book! Dog lovers, you do not want to miss this one. Dana Mentink's 'Sit, Stay, Love' was the first in her Love Unleashed series and was wonderful. She outdoes herself in this one.

A hopeful literary agent.
A man on the run from a different life and with a new dream. He thinks.
A big, unruly dog with a penchant for spatulas.
A crazy road trip in a dilapidated travel trailer.
This is a recipe for love and loss, merriment and mayhem, fun and faith in the backwoods o
Apr 20, 2016 rated it it was amazing
The first sentence in this sweet story was a huge invitation to a whole lot of fun and hilarity! Stephanie and Rhett are well depicted, and their stories illustrate how exacting our lives can become. We want what we can't have, and trust is something for which to strive. Strangers to one another, Stephanie and Rhett quickly become entwined in each other's lives through the vivacity of a dog who takes precedence over everything else in their lives.

Once Sweetness is discovered, the story really b
Dana Mentink has done it again. In her second novel in her Love Unleashed Series, Dana has written an engaging, entertaining, and humorous story that readers will absolutely love! From page one readers will be laughing at the mishaps and adventures of Stephanie Pink, as she gets entangled with a somewhat naughty but loveable dog, Sweetness, and a famous man, Rhett Hastings, that is running from his previous life. Readers will be pulled into the story from page one and enjoy it until the very end ...more
Aug 03, 2016 rated it it was amazing
FETCHING SWEETNESS is a lovable story that was laugh-out-loud funny. I absolutely adored Sweetness and I grew to love Stephanie and Rhett as well. Add in an eccentric writer and a much desired manuscript and the story goes on from there.

Stephanie and Rhett were both realistic characters, very well developed, and ones that you seriously could meet on the street. Add a lost dog and a promise that if the dog is found and returned to the owner the manuscript would be given to them... and then the
Jul 24, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc-reviewer
This story was entertaining from the first sentence. Stephanie and Rhett are two people who are trying to live their lives to correct or make up for past mistakes. They are brought together by the runaway Sweetness. Left to return him to his owner the two become friends as they head north to Washington and many surprises are in store for them on the way.

These two imperfect characters and the charmingly imperfect Sweetness made for a fun read. There are serious storylines in the book but Sweetnes
Apr 22, 2016 rated it really liked it
Humorous and heartwarming, Fetching Sweetness introduces readers to a quirky mutt and the unlikely pair of humans he leashes. Mayhem ensues when this “one hundred pounds of lovable trouble” drags Stephanie and Rhett on a series of madcap misadventures. Along the way they encounter strays, experience surprises, and make several unexpected discoveries. While it is light-hearted and entertaining, their story is also threaded with a meaningful message. I enjoyed Fetching Sweetness and look forward t ...more
Awww, I'm such a sucker for a good dog story! Especially one that's well-written and has a Hallmark-sweet ending with a good Christian message.

Rhett and Stephanie are evaluating just where they are headed in life, and the careful plans they've made are about to blow up in their faces. But crazy, spatula-stealing, stray-rescuing Sweetness may just lead them on a path to where they really need to be with God and each other...

I've already loaned my copy to a friend. :)
DNF too much god-talk and religious proselytizing, and the dog on the cover is in no way a Great Pyrenees, as claimed in the story, which would not even fit in the cab of a truck with two adults!
Jun 02, 2016 rated it it was amazing
What do you get when you combine a wanna-be literary agent, a runaway dog, and a self-proclaimed curmudgeon? Fetching Sweetness fits this bill and then some. Dana Mentink has told this tale in the third person and centered the story around Stephanie Pink, a woman who wants to be a literary agent, and Rhett Hastings, a former CEO with a ruthless business reputation. Playing a major part in the novel is a possible Great Pyrenese dog with a penchant for finding wounded animals and bringing them hom ...more
Aug 03, 2016 rated it really liked it
Mentink has given us another cute story involving dogs and an interrupted career advancing appointment.

Stephanie Pink, literary agent assistant, is ready for the author meeting that will change her life. The elusive author of a bestselling memoir is finally ready to sign for a sequel. Making this deal will make Stephanie indispensable to her boss. There's only one problem. The reclusive author has lost her dog, Sweetness. Stephanie is given the task of finding the dog and returning him. What cou
Tressa (Wishful Endings)
3.5 Stars

FETCHING SWEETNESS was full of laugh-out-loud hilarious mishaps and mayhem, some inspiring moments as the characters try to figure out their lives, and a little sweet romance. It was an enjoyable read from beginning to end and perfect for contemporary romance readers and dog-lovers alike.

I wasn't quite sure how to initially take these characters. They both have such a single-mindedness about them and they didn't want anything to deter them, which made it tough for them to see their bles
Just Commonly
Aug 12, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Fetching Sweetness by Dana Mentink is the second of her Love Unleashed collection, but it's a standalone novel. Like the first one, Sit, Stay, Love, it oozes with sweetness of the dog and the main characters. Rhett and Stephanie meets early on in the story, and together with "Sweetness" encounters many fun and funny events, bringing laughter to you, as the reader. I especially enjoyed the different levels of development Rhett and Stephanie have by the end of the story. Hard topics as loss and gu ...more
ASC Book Reviews
Aug 19, 2016 rated it it was amazing
GREAT READ! I really thought the first in this series Sit, Stay, Love a really fun read and Fetching Sweetness is even better!!! I had SO much fun reading this book! There are hilarious scenes, great characters, lovable animals, and a whole bunch of circumstances that twist and turn but Dana brings everything together beautifully in the end! This story has God's never ending love for us at it's heart. Showing that no matter how bad we mess up or how hurt and angry we've been; He still loves us a ...more
Michelle Jinnette
Aug 23, 2016 rated it it was ok
Fulfilling dreams is wonderful, but trying to fulfill the dreams of others will not end in the way you think. Both Rhett and Stephanie are perfect examples. Rhett broke his sister's heart after having her fiance' deported. Stephanie's brother dreamed of having their own publishing company. As each one tries to correct past mistakes and do what they think will make everything perfect, everything just falls apart.
I like Rhett. His change from a "take no prisoners" mentality to one who prays over
Aug 08, 2016 rated it really liked it
Stephanie Pink has one job - meet the best selling author, Agnes and get her to sign her manuscript with Stephanie's publishing company. But when Sweetness, Agnes's dog, runs away, Stephanie is tasked with finding the dog before she can take possession of the manuscript. Stephanie stumbles upon Rhett in a camp ground. Rhett is a business man, taking a break from the corporate world. He's on his way to heal his relationship with his sister and see if he even wants to return to business. The two ...more
Aug 17, 2016 rated it it was amazing
The Story

It's strange how a dog can change someone's life. Stephanie Pink works in the world of literary agents. And she is set to get a big client to sign, but the author looses her dog Sweetness. And Stephanie's adventure begins. She must help find the dog. Along the way she meets Rhett Hastings who agrees to help her find the dog. And there are a few adventures along the way.

What I Think

I liked reading this book. It is a fun and easy read. I love how the author uses a dog to draw everyone tog
Maureen Timerman
Jul 20, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2016
Stephanie Pink feels her whole life and career depends on her scoring the new novel of a reclusive writer. Her hopes and dreams depend on this, and she is willing to do most anything to achieve her dream, and that of her deceased brother.
When the author demands she find her lost dog Sweetness, Stephanie is hot on the dogs trail, and ends up in a campground where she meets another soul trying to find himself, Rhett Hastings.
She soon has Rhett helping in the hysterical capture of Sweetness, and so
May 12, 2016 rated it really liked it
You don't even have to be an animal enthusiast to fall in love with "Fetching Sweetness". This witty, entertaining, and ultimately romantic story of "boy meets girl",( in a campground chasing a large, slobbery, adventurous mutt of a dog) will play your every heart string like a maestro.

Stephanie Pink has plans; rendezvous with the reclusive Agnes Wharton, cinch a deal to publish her long-awaited sequel, and return to New York with enough accolades to become a full-fledged literary agent. How co
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Dana Mentink enjoys writing in many different capacities. She currently writes for Harlequin's Love Inspired Suspense, Harlequin Heartwarming and Harvest House Publishers.

Dana is the recipient of a Romantic Times Reviewer's Choice Award, two ACFW Carol Awards as well as a Holt Medallion.

Dana loves feedback from her readers. Contact her via her website at

Other books in the series

Love Unleashed (3 books)
  • Sit, Stay, Love: A Novel for Dog Lovers (Love Unleashed, #1)
  • Paws for Love (Love Unleashed, #3)