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The Charm Offensive

(City by the Bay Stories #1)

4.24  ·  Rating details ·  21 ratings  ·  14 reviews
Winning her over means winning everything

Sophie Callahan is PI Brad Harrington's best lead to tracking down the man he's been hired to bring to justice: Sophie's own thieving father. But when Brad arrives at The Pampered Pooch, just behind a litter of stray kittens, the pet-store owner is the big surprise. This scrappy, huge-hearted woman with charm to spare gets to Brad
Paperback, 384 pages
Published July 4th 2017 by Harlequin Heartwarming Large Print
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Lisa  (Bookworm Lisa)
This is a sweet book. Two people who have been hurt by their family learn to trust and love.

Sophie is amazing. She is an entrepreneur. She helps animals in need, but her greatest attribute is that she is the caretaker of her disabled niece. Her niece was born premature and is basically blind. Sophie has been the constant in this young girls life. She has cared for her and protected her when her sister has been out finding herself and being a negligent mother.

Brad comes from a family where there
Jessica Baker (A Baker's Perspective)
You can't pick your family, and this story is certainly a great illustration of that. Both Sophie's father and sister were not the type of family members you would brag about to your friends. But God knows how to turn something bad into something good. Sophie's father led her to meeting Brad (although she doesn't know it!) and her sister led to her watching over her beautiful niece Ella. Readers, let me just share something with you. Ella steals the show. No joke. You will be reading this with ...more
Suze Lavender
Jul 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Private investigator Brad has to catch a man who has stolen a lot of money and that brings him in Sophie's pet shop, The Pampered Pooch. Brad expects Sophie will be just like her thieving father, but instead he finds a beautiful woman, both inside and out. Every abandoned pet is welcome in her store, Sophie is raising her sister's daughter Ella and she's always there for her friends and even for her family, even though they have never done anything nice for her. Sophie instantly finds a way into ...more
Carrie Schmidt (Reading is My SuperPower)
One word: Ella.

This sweet, feisty, and older-than-her-years child completely steals the show. Her insights, her view of life, her heart, her courage – all of these things wrap up into one tiny package with lots of spirit. You will laugh, grin, and cry over Ella – and you’ll wish she was a real person so you could hug her!

Brad and Sophie are both complex characters with much dimension. Neither of them expected the other. Watching their relationship sneak up on them – as we are, of course, the
Lynn Brooks
Jul 06, 2017 rated it really liked it
Secrets and crime pave the way for Cari Lynn Webb’s latest Harlequin Heartwarming! Really good characters grab our attention with a promising plot from the beginning. I was a bit thrown by the writing style where we would get a subtle hint of knowledge on a character without giving us details several places throughout the book that kind of left us guessing … but overall, it was an enjoyable read with a happy ending to be enjoyed by all.

Private Investigator Brad Harrington is on the hunt for a
Jul 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Charm Offensive is such a cute book! I have been so busy lately, that I haven’t had much time to read, but after reading the synopsis of this one, I knew I wanted to read it! I’m so glad I made the time for this one. You all know what an animal lover I am. Well, so is Sophie Callahan, the owner of The Pampered Pooch. She’s not only taking care of animals, she’s also taking care of her niece since her sister flaked out on caring for her. Sophie’s entire family has major issues, and those ...more
Jun 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing
The Heartwarming name of this line describes this story perfectly! The Charm Offensive is truly a wonderful story about two people who have had bad luck, and bad things, happen to them throughout their entire lives. The very best news is that they find each other.

Just a short bit about this story, because I could never do it justice: Sophie Callahan has managed to rise above her lower than humble beginnings to own her own business, The Pampered Pooch. She is also raising her niece. Trust that
Jess Lawson
Jul 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: everyone
I absolutely adored Sophie and Brad. Even though Brad had a pretty huge hidden motive in getting involved with Sophie. Sophie owns a pet spa and Brad is a PI.

Sophie has worked her entire life to ensure her father doesn't get to do her niece the same way he did her and her sister. Sophie will protect her niece at all cost and ensure she has a stable life. Sophie has custody of her because her sister isn't much of a parent. Sophie wears her heart on her sleeve and is constantly trying juggle five
Jul 01, 2017 rated it really liked it
The Charm Offensive is a sweet romance. Sophie is a strong heroine that keeps pushing forward and working toward her goal of making a better life for her niece, Ella, no matter how many obstacles she encounters. Even though Brad seems to fit perfectly into Sophie and Ella's life, he resists becoming too involved because he knows he will be escaping soon to follow his dreams. I really liked Sophie, Brad, Ella and all of the other people involved in their lives. I hope that some of the secondary ...more
Jul 14, 2017 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed reading "The Charm Offensive." It was a clean, sweet romance. Sophie is someone that is strong and really cares for others as well as an animal lover. Brad is a PI and meets Sophie and Ella while trying to locate Sophie's dad without her knowing. He then finds out that she is nothing like her father and starts to fall for her. Ella, I really like. She has a strength about her and how she deals with what life has given her. She loves her Auntie! I also enjoyed the character Evie. She ...more
Jan 31, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Enjoyable and heart warming

Really enjoyed the pacing and premise of this story. The characters were heartwarming and it is always fun to see characters from Other stories make an appearance. Worth the time it took to read it.
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Aug 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This is a heart warming story. The main character wrestles with many years of distrust. Two people with trust issues finding love leads to some moments ehen you want to.throw the book down buy seriously people really are like this. we all enter relationships with baggaged and it affects our beginning trust. i also enjoyed some of the SF hints. It is an old.stomping ground for me. I look forward to more books by this author.
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Jul 04, 2017 marked it as dnf
Shelves: arc, contemporary
Just didn't work for me. I wasn't feeling anything at all between the hero and heroine--it was as if they were trying to convince me it was instalove, but not. I am perfectly willing to say this is a case of "it's not you, it's me," though...

I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book.

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