Love at First Bark
"This heartstring-tugger is certain to win fans." —Publishers Weekly STARRED Review for A New Leash on Love
Animal portrait painter Mia Chambers and architect Ben Thomas have volunteered at the High Grove Animal Shelter for years, and they share a complicated history. Ben has secretly loved Mia all this time, but she was married to his best friend. Now she's newly widow...more
Mia Chambers and Ben Thomas both volunteer at a no-kill animal shelter. Mia was married, then separated, and ultimately widowed. The man she was married to was Ben's best fiend. There has always been a problem, however. Ben has been in love with Mia for years, and she never learned of his feelings. Not only do they see each other often at the shelter, Ben is Mia's son's godfather, so he still plays an important role in their lives.
A rescue operation concerning a dozen border ...more
Mia is recently widowed, with a young son. She is in a transition position in life and not quite sure what to make of the unexpected changes. Focusing on her son and working at the local shelter have given her the stability she needs to keep her footing in life.
Ben was her husband’s best friend but has secretly held a torch for Mia. He is there for Mia and her son but feels extremely conflicted about his roles in both their lives.
The best way to describ ...more
Our heroine is a widow, one who doesn't feel like one because she was finally on the verge of letting go of a bad marriage before her husband passed. She is dealing with a lot of worri ...more
This book is a little sadder than others at least to start. It focuses on Mia who is a recent widow. She has ...more
Rating: ★★★☆☆ (3/5 Stars)
Title: Love At First Bark
Author(s): Debbie Burns
― Mia Chambers: 30 years old, Brunette, Blue Eyed
― Ben Thomas: 30 years old, Brown Eyed
Tag(s): Romance, Contemporary
Content Rating: PG-13
POV: Third Person
Smexy Level: Warm
― "Sometimes I swear you’re the only person in the world who really sees me."
"Love At First Bark" was a cute romance that could easily tug at anyone's heart strings. The story focus on the ...more
Mia is at odds. Her recently deceased husband left her in a world of turmoil. Mia was in the process of divorcing Luckily she has Ben, her late husband's best friend, and godfather to her son Ollie, by her side.
Ben wants to be there for Mia and Ollie is every way but he's full of guilt. He never let Mia know that it was actually him who has been in love with her si ...more
This one was a bit different, sort of a melancholy tone. Mia was in an odd spot in her life, not really sure what to think and learning new things seemed to throw her in a tail spin. Luckily she had her son and the shelter to focus on, to steady and grou ...more
Debbie Burns is a new author to me so I haven’t read any previous books in the series based around the High Grove Animal Shelter.
This is Mia Chambers and Ben Thomas’s story.
Ben has been in love with Mia for years even though she married his best friend; in fact he is her son’s godfather.
When her estranged husband dies, Ben steps in to help out. This is a story of love, romance and friendship. Throw in some cute animals and you are i ...more
Guilt-free widowhood, so as to have our single-mom cake and eat it too. Longterm Unrequited Pining. Friends to Lovers, with a side of The Sweetheart Deal. Almost insta-family. Inherited grandparents' house. Woman with a cool/quirky but low-paying career and Bills, Bills, Bills. I ...more
I have had such an emotional, joyful time with the Rescue Me series by Debbie Burns, and the fourth title, LOVE AT FIRST BARK was no exception to that ongoing rule of awesome stories, people and animals.
Mia and Ben have had a connection for nearly a decade. Ben was captivated by a speech she gave in college and his best friend, Brad was to set up a meeting between them. Unfortunately, Ben’s dad became ill and he had to miss that meeting – leaving the way open for Brad ...more
I thoroughly enjoyed the story from start to finish. The plot is about a woman who, while in the midst of divorcing her husband, never makes it to divorce court because he dies. He leaves her with a ton of debt and a grieving seven-year-old so ...more
Ben Thomas is an architect and a climbing buff. Mia Chambers have an online business as a pet portrait artist, she's the mother of a seven-year-old boy and now a widow. Ben and Mia both volunteer at the High Grove Animal Shelter but they also have a complicated history. He was in love with her, she didn't know and she married his best friend. But Ben still stayed in her life as a friend and as a godfather to little Ollie, being even more present for him than his father was. Her husband had hi ...more
Everyone is still reeling from Brad’s death. Although he and Mia were in th ...more
Ben Thomas, our hero, has always been in love with Mia, but she was married to his best friend. Ben does everything he can to help Mia and h ...more
Really, the story is what brings the greatest joy here. The characters, both the two and fo ...more
For that reason alone, I knew I would love this story, having them be Border Collies was the icing on the cake. They are my favourite breed of dog and Debbie got their renowned characteristics, especially for Sadie and Turbo down to the ground.
You might think I’m mad for highlighting the dogs in my review, but it speaks a lot to the author's ability to write about characters if they can make you see an animals expr ...more
This is only the second book I have read in this series and I need to go back and read books 1 and 2 because I’m falling in love with everything about these books, I love the plots, I love that they are set around rescue shelters and I love the characters and what about the puppies who can forget them....
This book starts off a bit sadder than the previous book I have read, Mia is recently widowed bringing up her 7 year old son Ollie and she finds herself turning ...more
Ben has a secret, though, one that could change so much. It’s a matter of waiting, caring, and being patient. Like the shelter pets that Mia, Ollie, and Ben become involved with, everyone has ...more
Mia Chambers, a volunteer at the shelter, and Ben Thomas, an architect, have known each other for over 8 years. Mia was previously married to Ben's best friend, Brad. Ben is also Mia's son's godfather. We find out quickly that Brad passed away unexpectedly during divorce proceedings. This story follows Mia and Ben and how they both deal with their feeling ...more
I appreciated the fleshed out characters, the plot that flows without any issue and the setting.
I look forward to reading other books by this author.
Many thanks to the publisher for this ARC, all opinions are mine.
I love all the dogs in this book! This a slow burn second chance romance. When we first meet them, Mia and Ben are likeable characters with a decade of baggage hanging heavily between them. As godfather to Mia’s son, Ben is a constant in her life after her husband’s death but Mia doesn’t realise how long Ben has had feelings for her.
Parts of this story are quite dark. Mia’s marriage was complicated and she’s strugg ...more
This is the fourth book in the series and it doesn't disappoint. Mia and Ben deal with real romance issues. My heart hurt so much for Mia and what she went through. And I cheered for Ben and all the dogs.
Animal portrait painter Mia Chambers and architect Ben Thomas have volunteered at the High Grove Animal Shelter for years, and they share a complicated history. Ben has secretly loved Mia all this time, but she was married to his best friend. ...more
Reviews by the Wicked Reads Review Team
Sarah – ☆☆☆☆
I love all the dogs in this book! This a slow-burn, second chance romance. When we first meet them, Mia and Ben are likeable characters with a decade of baggage hanging heavily between them. As godfather to Mia’s son, Ben is a constant in her life after her husband’s death, but Mia doesn’t realise how long Ben has had feelings for her.
Parts of this story are quite dark. Mia’s m ...more
Debbie’s writing commendations include a starred review from Publisher’s ...more