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Puppy Dog Tales

4.17  ·  Rating details ·  59 ratings  ·  25 reviews
An animal hater and an animal lover’s paths collide the week leading up to Valentine’s Day.

Melvin Lai inherited the last thing he ever wanted from his favorite uncle: a cocker spaniel. Now he’s on the verge of losing his home to the unruly puppy and, much to his surprise, his heart when he meets Dr. Chu, Sparkle’s vet.

Vivian Chu loves caring for her furry friends, so she c
Kindle Edition, 74 pages
Published December 15th 2016 by 2 Square 2 Be Hip
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Dec 16, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Sometimes, the puppy knows best.

Heartwarming story.
Jul 11, 2017 rated it really liked it
Melvin Lai doesn't like animals at all and isn't shy about sticking his foot in his mouth when he is giving his opinions about them, so when he inherits his uncles dog, he finds himself in need of a vet pronto!

Vivian Chu loves animals so much that she became a vet and so when Melvin arrives at her office calling his dog degrading names she has declared him the enemy.

Can opposites overcome such grievous differences? With the help of friends, moms and pets they might have a chance!
Aug 03, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
If you're looking for a story that contains animals, laughter, & love, look no further. Liwen's Puppy Dog Tales, will check off all the boxes. I really liked the humor sprinkled throughout the story. Liwen has great comedic timing ! I enjoyed how she made the characters so relatable. ...more
Camilla Cruz
Jul 25, 2017 rated it really liked it
Such a cute story with much to giggle over. A really quick and fun read. I enjoyed the perspective of the traditional Chinese family traditions.
Sue Cullins
Jul 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing
A wonderful little romantic comedy

I loved this book. It is a wonderful little romantic comedy. It is great for all animal lovers. I highly recommend it. I think that it you love animals like I do, you will love this short, but sweet little book.
Jul 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Loved it!

This is the first book that I read by this author. I am not a dog person so I totally understood where the H was coming from! It had me cracking up laughing! It was so sweet to see the chemistry between H and h. For being such a short book the characters are all well developed and the storyline doesn't move too fast either. The length of the book is perfect, just long enough to get a good story but short enough to read before bed or during lunch. After I read this book I went on a total
Jul 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing
A modern - and humorous - take on the "opposites attract" theme. This was such a fun and entertaining read, I sped through it in no time. The alternating viewpoints of Melvin and Vivian drew me into the story, showing how, despite their clear and deep-rooted differences, the attraction between them was a powerful force - made even more so by a cute puppy who played a huge part in bringing them together. The pop references were both timely and witty. It's very cleverly written and makes for a qui ...more
M Silk
Jun 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing
What a delightful story! Its unusual premise grabs my attention from the beginning and the funny details make me laugh. I enjoy the Asian aspects of the story, but what keeps me engaged is the impossible mission of bringing an animal lover and an animal “hater” together. Will love overcome hate? Of course, but how? Liwen Ho’s skillful writing makes the difficult transition smooth and easy. I like Sparkle and Risotto too. I’m not an animal person either, but these fluffy creatures really warm my ...more
Nadine Keels
Dec 15, 2016 rated it really liked it
Just knowing Uncle Bruce had thought of him was enough. "I'll take whatever I get."
Melvin would live to regret those words.

Anesthesiologist Melvin Lai has anything but a soft spot for animals—including the cocker spaniel he just inherited and doesn't want. But, surely that wouldn't ruin all of his chances with the dog's beautiful veterinarian, Vivian Chu, would it?

I'll admit I needed a light, pick-me-up kind of read when I picked up Puppy Dog Tales by author Liwen Y. Ho, and this romantic comed
Donna Weaver
Mar 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
An animal hater's and an animal lover’s paths collide the week leading up to Valentine’s Day.

Melvin Lai inherited the last thing he ever wanted from his favorite uncle: a cocker spaniel. Now he’s on the verge of losing his home to the unruly puppy and, much to his surprise, his heart when he meets Dr. Chu, Sparkle’s vet.

Vivian Chu loves caring for her furry friends, so she can’t fathom how anyone could think poorly of her new patient, especially his owner. To her, first impression
Mar 04, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Puppy Dog Tales
By: Liwen Ho
Narrated by: Satauna Howery

What do you do when you don't like animals and are left a dog? Melvin is about to find out as he now is the proud owner of his uncle's cocker spaniel. When he takes the puppy to the vet, his life is about to change, as he sees the one he would love to have as his valentine. Vivian is an animal lover, the reason for becoming a vet, and now her first impression of Melvin is far from perfect. I loved this odd couple. It's so fun to watch Melvin
Puppy Dog Tales is a romantic comedy short-story by author Liwen Y. Ho.

This is such a cute, clean story. I was drawn to the book by the cover and so glad I read it. The puppy was left to Melvin Lai after his favorite uncle passed. He couldn’t figure out why because he hates animals. What he needed, and wanted, was a wife.

Vivian Chu enjoyed her job as a veterinarian. But her ma wanted grandchildren.

I loved both characters in this sweet story and I hope to read more by this author. I highly recomm
Pam Evans
Aug 23, 2018 rated it really liked it
Surprise Inheritance

This charming novella begins with Melvin,a single anesthesiologist, at the reading of his late uncle’s will. Not an animal lover, Melvin finds himself left with his uncle’s cocker spaniel, Sparkle. Things between Sparkle & Melvin get off to a rocky start, leading them to a female vet, Vivian, for solutions.
Melvin makes a horrible first impression, coming across as an animal hater. They are both secretly attracted to each other - in spite of their differences. The magic that
Erica Mbasan
Jan 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I found this a very enjoyable read! I thought it was very well written, clever, and funny. It's a light, short, and easy read for anyone who needs some entertainment or a distraction from heavier things in life. It very easily can be read in one or two settings. Grammatically it was very well written and engaging. I also enjoyed the little pieces of Asian culture that were weaved into it. It's also clean and decent. ...more
Jeanne Okerlund
Mar 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was a fun book. A sweet and fun story. Who ever thought that two people who's lives are so different could find some common ground?

I thought the scene when they first met was quite funny. To start off on such a bad note, I think I would have hoped the world would swallow me whole.

Sep 11, 2018 rated it liked it
I didn't really care for Vivian - she was very judgey and quick to push Melvin aside. I really liked him and thought he handled inheriting Sparkles really well considering he isn't really a dog person. Sparkles was adorable and grew on Melvin. I am glad that Melvin kept pursuing Vivian because I believe he made me like her. Love the puppies. ...more
Lisa Rector
Oct 30, 2017 rated it liked it
Totally cute!

Animal lovers will find this story adoring. Opposites don’t attract so much in this story. Melvin and Vivian don’t quite hit it off, making some great tension.

Clean read for all ages.
Feb 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I am reviewing the audible copy I received from the author. I so loved this story. So fun, funny & all-around enjoyable. The epilogue was such a surprise & added to the story. Ms. Howery does a great reading of the story. You should get this book for lots of laughs.
Mar 23, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This story made me want to cuddle my dog. I also loved the give and take between the main characters. It was a novella that did an awesome job of making you feel like you know the character and still had a well developed plot. Great craft, despite being a short work of fiction!
Jul 17, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Perfect relaxing read

I absolutely adored reading every moment in this book. Both Melvin and Vivian are well developed characters, wholeheartedly realistic and the addition of the animals made it even better! The perfect story to read for a relaxing night in bed!
Margaret Nelson
Jan 14, 2018 rated it really liked it
This is a short but fun read - lots of good humor, and romance, with dogs and cats thrown in. I thoroughly enjoyed it.
Aug 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: romance
Delightful romance about opposites attract. Two Asian American Docs and a dog create a twist and turn plot. Believable characters with a satisfying resolution.
Linda Worthy
Dec 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Cute short story

I enjoyed this book and laughed out loud at some of the situations Melvin got himself into. Very nice ending!
Oct 04, 2018 rated it really liked it
A cute, short and sweet read.
May 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites, kindle, audio, lrobb
(07/2020) Updated review for the audio version: Puppy Dog Tales was such a fun listen! Having read this story before (and loved it), I could really focus on the narrator's voice(s) and how she'd bring to life all the characters. I loved the different voices she used, and how she especially made both Vivian and Melvin relatable; but what I ended up enjoying the most from her performance was the voices of Vivian's mom, as well as the meows and barks from the pets that are a part of this story. The ...more
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Liwen Y. Ho works as a chauffeur and referee by day (AKA being a stay at home mom) and a writer by night. She writes sweet and inspirational romance infused with heart, humor, and a taste of home (her Asian roots).

In her pre-author life, she received a Masters degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from Western Seminary. She loves makeovers of all kinds, especially those of the heart and mind. She

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