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Sit, Stay, Love

(Rescue Me #2)

4.11  ·  Rating details ·  371 ratings  ·  96 reviews

These dogs aren't the only ones in need of rescue

For devoted no-kill shelter worker Kelsey Sutton, rehabbing a group of rescue dogs is a welcome challenge. Working with a sexy ex-military dog handler who needs some TLC himself? That's a different story.

Kurt Crawford keeps his heart locked away from everyone. Well, everyone except the dogs who need his help...and always

Kindle Edition, 1st edition, 418 pages
Published April 3rd 2018 by Sourcebooks Casablanca (first published April 2018)
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Robin Loves Reading
My Rating: 4.5 Stars

When a huge dog fighting ring is discovered, the dogs will be in need of rescue and rehabilitation. Kelsey Sutton is a rescue worker in a shelter and she is asked to help with a few dozen dogs. Kelsey will not be alone in this and a specialized trainer is needed. She is none-too-pleased that it will be a former military guy, Kurt Crawford. He is far too gruff, and she cannot imagine working with him.

They do have the perfect location, however, and that is a donated mansion
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Sit, Stay, Love is a heartwarming story that will pull at your heartstrings for the dogs as well as their handlers. The dogs have been rescued from a dog fighting ring and are in bad shape and in need of rehabilitation. Kelsey and Kurt have been put in charge of their rehab and use the donated mansion as an outreach of the animal shelter. Not only do you see the slow changes in the dogs they are helping but you see a slow relationship developing between the humans as they too open their hearts
Mar 30, 2018 rated it really liked it
A mass rescue operation of dogs abused in a huge dog fighting ring bust for a local St. Louis area shelter leads a sweet yet closed off woman and a scarred and rudderless man a new chance right along with the rescue dogs. I saw the blurb and it was all over. I had to give this new to me author and series a go.

Sit, Stay, Love is the second book in the Rescue Me series. Fortunately, it works so well as a standalone because I spotted the blurb and didn't have the patience to go back and start from
"Sit, Stay, Love" was a sweet love story, with delightful dogs and a cat that I want to adopt. I enjoyed this one quite a bit and I'm looking forward to more in the series. I'm really hoping that Patrick will be the lead in the next book. He's an interesting character, who happens to be on the autism spectrum but it's presented as just a part of him, like his hair color or his height. To my knowledge, there's a dearth of romantic leads who have autism so I'm rooting for Patrick to be a romantic ...more
Apr 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: e-arc, 2018, romance
In Debbie Burns's Sit, Stay, Love, the second installment in the Rescue Me contemporary romance series, this heart-warming romance novel would make you fall in love and cry. For Kelsey Sutton, she works in a rescue shelter in St. Louis area and seeks the approval of her parents. But when news broke out about a dog fighting ring, it was up to her and her supervisor Megan to bring them into a huge mansion, the estate of Sabrina Raven, to take them in and to tend to them. But that had brought an ...more
Another fantastic read with down to earth characters (no-one is a player). Our hero has just left the army after serving for 8 years and somehow finds himself doing what he vows he wouldn't caring for dogs, and not just one but 37 dogs rescued from a dog fighting ring. Giving him company is the heroine whose dog shelter (she works as an adoption coordinator there) is also involved to rehab the dogs so that they can find forever homes. I honestly loved the h/H, how they slowly got to know each ...more
May 06, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"Dogs do speak, but only to those who know how to listen."

Kelsey Sutton is the adoption coordinator for the High Grove Animal shelter. When the police force disband a dog-fighting ring, the poor canines need a place to stay before they can be rehabilitated in the hope of finding a forever home. But the HG animal shelter doesn't have enough space for the 37 dogs. It's just their luck the refuge got an unusual inheritance with only one particular condition : a 114-year-old mansion they can use as
Christa Schönmann Abbühl
Such a sweet read. The romance was nice, but those dogs stole the show. Tears were shed.
Mar 22, 2018 rated it really liked it
This is such a feel good romance, a bit surprising with how it opened. Kurt was a bit of a curmudgeon, then there was the whole situation with the dogs. Kelsey was so open and happy that I didn't want her with someone like Kurt and I worried that things with the dogs would be too much for her. Instead Kelsey worked her magic on all of them. I loved seeing Kelsey fighting for all of the dogs, but especially loved how everyone saw how great Frankie was!

The romance between Kurt and Kelsey had a
Leslie aka StoreyBook Reviews
I am a sucker for any book that has dogs in it, and this one is loaded with dogs. They were rescued from evil owners that pitted them against one another for what they thought was a sport. You expect the dogs to aggressive to all the humans they come across, but not always.

Kurt is tough and wants nothing to do with training dogs anymore after losing one overseas to an explosive device. It devastated Kurt because there was nothing he could do. He comes back home and gets rooked into helping his
 Reading In Pajamas
Spotlight, Review & Giveaway: SIT, STAY, LOVE (Rescue Me) by Debbie Burns
Publication Date: April 3, 2018
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Reviewed by: Reading in Pajamas/ Donna
Rated 4.5 Stars

This is a lovely, light romance with a cast of varied personalities and emotions. There is no real drama to tense you up, yet it never got boring or saccharine. Kurt may have seemed a bit too standoffish at first, and Kelsey too naively optimistic, but it all worked. It was real
Elley Murray
This book was great on so many levels. Kelsey and Kurt are both great characters dealing with issues from their pasts, as well as trying to do their best to get through each day and build a better future. I love Kelsey's history with depression, her rainbow color-of-the-day T-shirts, and how she takes one of the shelter dogs home with her each night. I appreciate the amount of diversity in this book - Kurt is dealing with PTSD, Kelsey struggles with depression, Patrick (a wonderful side ...more
Jun 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
5 Stars

RRRC June 2018 Monthly Challenge #4. June is National Adopt-a-Cat Month
2018 Where Are You Reading - #26. Missouri
Summer Romance Book Bingo 2018: Read a book with a cat or dog on the cover
Pelusa Rivera
We have a retired marine who is fighting battles within and what is helping him deal is the training dogs. While at the shelter he meets Kelsey who comes to realize that this man needs help too not only the animals. This was a sweet story, probably a little too sweet for me, but good none the less.
Jan 10, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kindle
I am loving this series. I wanna cuddle puppies and pet kitties for hours now. I have enjoyed EVERY CHARACTER both human and animal.
Dec 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Kelsey and Kurt were amazing characters the dogs all had their own issues and I love the realistic of what happens when good people try to save dogs from the bad humans. It was well written. The romance took long to get there it was definitely a slow romance but I love learning about both characters so it was worth the read. I love the uniqueness and the dogs of course ...more
Marsha Keeper Bookshelf
Reviewed at Keeper Bookshelf

You know what I really loved and respected about Sit, Stay, Love – aside from the dogs, of course? Adults acting like adults, okay, maybe flawed, not perfect, have their own issues adults… but, still acting like an adult. I was drawn in to this story by the plight of the dogs, but the human characters kept me captured to find out what happens next to them all. It may sound silly, but so often characters act like children throwing a tantrum – so yes, it is noteworthy
Jan 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
If you love romances that include animals then Sit, Stay. Love by Debbie Burns is a must addition to your TBR pile.

Kurt Crawford is an ex-military man, an ex-military dog handler that has server ADHD with a healthy does pf PTSD. Kurt finds moving back home a difficult task. He enjoys working with dogs its like a healing for him. That is what lead him to work with the striking Kelsey Sutton who wears her heart on her sleeve. Her do good-er tendencies rakes on Kurt’s nerves, he continually reminds
Donna (More Than a Review)
Sit, Stay, Love by Debbie Burns is an adorable sweet romance. The book immediately caught my interest in the first chapter. I am a dog lover so I really wanted to like it and I was not disappointed.
Kelsey was a like able character. She is a manager at an animal shelter. She is asked to handle a big situation where a lot of dogs had been mistreated. It showed her strengths and her heart. I found it realistic how she dealt with her family’s feelings about her career.
Kurt is an ex-military dog
Danielle Urban
Feb 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Sit, Stay, Love by Debbie Burns is the kind of novel that pulled me deeper into its story. I felt the emotions from the characters as well as the ones coming from the furry creatures. A tough cat who fights an ex marine for a pillow space to sleep, a homeless dog that broke down the wall the marine built around his heart, and a cute female human who has wormed her way into his soul...has left me feeling emotional. An animal shelter takes on dogs that are not fit to be in a regular shelter and ...more
Avid Reader
Mar 27, 2018 rated it really liked it
Sit, Stay, Love (Rescue Me #2) by Debbie Burns
3.5 stars
M/F Romance
Triggers: Dog fighting
I was given this book for an honest review by Wicked Reads.

Kurt and Kelsey are a couple who would seemingly not have very much in common. Kelsey is a very soft hearted woman who would die for any of the animals in her shelter. She gives everything that she has to them and with that devotion, she also makes an incredible friend. When she is asked to head up a rehabilitation program for a dog fighting ring, she
Nicole Smith
Apr 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This is the first book I've read by this author and I guarantee it won't be the last. She has gained a new reader. I love books with animals in them and this one got me right in the heart. The stories of the abused fighting dogs broke my heart, but seeing the rescue organization give them a second warmed my heart. It's a beautiful story. Kurt needs to find meaning again, but there is no way he's going to be convinced to help Kesley or will he? Kesley brings Kurt peace he didn't know could exist, ...more
Jo  (Mixed Book Bag)
Kurt and Kelsey are great characters and they are aided by some awesome dogs. A older house left to the shelter becomes on of the characters as well. This is a very well plotted story with two character who have to overcome their past to move on to their future. There is great dialog, interesting side characters and a multilayered story line. Great addition to the Rescue Me series.

I received a free copy of the book in return for an honest review.
Isha Coleman
Mar 28, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Man's best friend becomes his unwitting wingman in this appealingly adorable bundle of heart. Bring on the cuddles, highlight the wisdom and amp up the humor to create an enchanting tale of faith, empathy and romance. Love is a long time coming, but it arrives right on time.
Sit, Stay, Love- the 2nd book in the Rescue Me series- is a delightful romance with rescue dogs, a recently retired marine, and true love. What more could one ask for?

The ARC was provided by Sourcebooks Casablanca in exchange for an honest review.
Mar 07, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Enjoying this contemporary romance series that incorporates animal rescue into the storylines.
Book 2 of the series and I loved it. Wonderful story with great characters and I want all the dogs starting with Peter Frankie. Kelsey and Kurt are so sweet and great together. Story has romance, friendship, humor and dogs. I can't wait for the next book
Amy Bergstrand
Apr 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Such a sweet love story with a storyline that will captivate animal lovers, especially rescue dog, immediately. I loved the characterizations if the dogs. I want to know what happens to each of the 37 rescue dogs. I also want to know who was remodeling the neighboring house as well as when/if Ida moves. Will Tess and Patrick hit it off? So may questions. I was invested in this lovely story.
Lauren loves llamas
Trigger warning: animal abuse (dogfighting – not on page, but dog’s injuries after surgery are described), PTSD from military service

This is a sweet opposites-attract contemporary with just a hint of magical realism. It’s the second in the Rescue Me series, but I read it as a standalone. I’m very much looking forward to going back and reading the first book soon!

Kelsey works at a no-kill shelter, and when a dogfighting ring is busted, the responsibility falls on her to figure out which dogs can
Apr 16, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Kelsey is the lead adoption coordinator for High Grove Animal Shelter, and is feeling like she's at a crossroads in her life. She left college abruptly after a humiliating post-coital rejection from her best male friend that sent her into a major depressive episode, but has been more or less content with her job. Her boss, Megan (who's story was in the first book), has noticed her unease and a major project has fallen into her lap, and she eagerly assigns Kelsey to the task. What is the project, ...more
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Though she still dreams of country life, Debbie Burns currently lives in a gingerbread house in Saint Louis along with her family, two phenomenal rescue dogs, and a somewhat tetchy Maine Coon cat who everyone loves anyway. Her hobbies include hiking, gardening, and daydreaming, which of course always leads to new story ideas.

Debbie’s writing commendations include a starred review from Publisher’s

Other books in the series

Rescue Me (4 books)
  • A New Leash on Love (Rescue Me, #1)
  • My Forever Home (Rescue Me #3)
  • Love at First Bark (Rescue Me, #4)