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Puppy Christmas

(Forever Home #2)

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Lila Vasquez might not be the "fun one" at Puppy Promise―the service puppy training school she runs with her sisters―but she can always be counted on to gets things done. So when her latest client shows an interest in princess gowns over power suits, Lila puts aside her scruples, straps on the glittery heels, and gets to work.

If only the adorable six-year-old's father
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Mass Market Paperback, 416 pages
Published September 24th 2019 by Sourcebooks Casablanca
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♥ WishfulMiss ♥
What a sweet romantic read that gently nudged me into the holiday spirit, lol! I had such a fun time reading this book and getting to know Lila and Ford and of course, cute as a button Emily and Jeeves too.

Lila, who is considered the stern, too perfect older Vasquez sister is ready to tackle her newest obstacle. Training a service puppy for a little kid. Never having dealt with children, this job sounds more for her younger, more approachable sisters. And her fears are confirmed when she’s
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Alina
Thank you to the author and Sourcebook Publications for the opportunity to read this book!

Puppy Christmas was an adorable read solely for the dogs! And Emily, the heroes daughter who suffers from medium to high deafness requires a service dog and that is where our story begins. The meeting between Lila and Emily was a great way to start the book and introduces us to the hero, Ford Ford yes his full name is Ford Ford.
Individually I loved Ford and Lila. I love that under all the flirtiness Ford
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Aly
Sep 24, 2019 rated it really liked it
Lila Vasquez and her two sisters own Puppy Promises, a service puppy training school. She's the oldest, the serious and responsible one, the thinker. But not perfect nor the cold one her ex-boyfriend pretended she was.

At a fundraiser for hearing impaired children where she and her siblings will give a service dog and training lessons to one of the kids, Lila meet little Emily and dance a waltz with her dad; a man she's sure she'll never see again. But as only fate can arrange, Emily win the
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Leslie aka StoreyBook Reviews
Sep 22, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2019, books-to-review
Dogs and hot men...what more could a book need?! And why am I reading a holiday book in September?!

This is the second in a series about 3 sisters that run a dog training facility. In this one, we meet Lila who is a bit hard around the edges but has a good heart. Enter Ford Ford (honestly that is his name, what were his parents thinking?!) and his daughter Emily that has been granted a service dog for her hearing disability. Emily thinks that Lila is a princess in her pink dress and sometimes
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Nancy
Oct 21, 2019 rated it really liked it
Enjoyable read.
Unfortunately rife with unnecessary profanity imho which is a negative for me.
“Princess” Lila is a wonderful character and we really get to know her .. nice depth.
Ford Ford (funny name) is the single dad of 6 yr old Emily who has a hearing problem and can use a service dog .. who turns out to be Jeeves.
Family, friendship and lots of love are main themes.
[wish the phone bit would disappear too]
Saly
Sep 26, 2019 rated it really liked it
What an adorable book, with the hero a single-dad trying to do the best by his daughter. He is a normal man, no man-whore, who puts his daughter first. I loved how adorable and sweet he was. The heroine is the oldest sister, a rock but the hero and his daughter Emily roar into her life and make her start seeing parts of herself she didn't know existed. The book was so sweet, heart-felt and sexy.
 Reading In Pajamas
Sep 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Review, Excerpt & Giveaway: PUPPY CHRISTMAS by Lucy Gilmore https://wp.me/p3d0RZ-bgW
Publication Date: September 24, 2019
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Reviewed by: Reading in Pajamas/ Donna
Rated: 5 Stars

I thoroughly enjoyed this light contemporary romance. Sometimes quirky, sometimes solemn, it ticked all my boxes and kept me reading. To Lila, she evolved throughout the story, but to the readers and those around her, she became the loving and fun person she was at the beginning. I liked her
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Julie (Jewlsbookblog)
This single parent romance was a super fun read for many reasons, but I’ll start with Lila and Ford. Lila runs Puppy Promise with her siblings. In the first book, I would have said she was really uptight and serious. However, getting to know and explore what made Lila tick gave me a much better appreciation for why she was who she was. I don’t think she was emotionally closed off. Lila just hadn’t found the right person to unlock what made her tick. Then Ford in all his glory popped on the ...more
Storme
Thank you NetGalley and Source Books Casablanca for the advanced reader copy. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

So yet another Christmas romance in September. I guess publishers want to hook the reader early. It works though. I haven’t been able to stop requesting Christmas romances left and right.

Lila is dressed as a princess when she meets Emily and her father, Ford. Emily is convinced Lila is a princess, and no one is going to convince the little girl otherwise. Lila is attending an event
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Robin Loves Reading
Lila Vasquez met a delightful little girl that changed her life forever. Running a service puppy training school with her sisters is rewarding work for certain. However, working with children is definitely not one of her strengths. Ford Ford (yes, that is his name) has the most amazing daughter, six-year-old Emily. Due to her hearing loss, Emily is about to get a service dog, and that comes with one-on-one training. This blessing is due to a fundraiser and the dog and training lessons were ...more
Ruthie Taylor
Sep 22, 2019 rated it really liked it
~~I received a free copy of this book to read and review for Wicked Reads ~~

This is the second book in the series - I have not read book 1, however I intend to do so, as this is a really well written book, and I need to get Sophie's story too. The series is based on the Service dog training school run by three sisters.

Lila is the serious older sister, who had to help hold the family together as baby sister Sophie went through cancer treatment. She has never really dropped the responsibility
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Shelby
Sep 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
*I received a free copy to read & review for Wicked Reads*

Book 2 in the Forever Home series can be read as a stand alone, but so far this entire series has been great.
Meet the Vasquez sisters, the women who run Puppy Promise, a service dog training school. Lila Vasquez is the eldest sister, she's serious, driven, and in her own words "no fun". She may be the serious sister, but if allowed, she knows how to enjoy herself.
Ford Ford provides some welcome comedy. His name alone is worth a
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Joyce Stewart Reviews
Oct 19, 2019 rated it really liked it
Puppy Christmas (Forever Home Book 2) by Lucy Gilmore
416 pages
Publication date: September 24, 2019
Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca
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Lila Vasquez might not be the "fun one" at Puppy Promise—the service puppy training school she runs with her sisters—but she can always be counted on to gets things done. So when her latest client shows an interest in princess gowns over power suits, Lila puts aside her scruples, straps on the glittery heels, and gets to work.If only the adorable six-year-old's
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Heather
Pleasant and sweet. Sort of a Hallmark Christmas movie + sex.

Unfortunately I didn't really connect with any of it. The H/h were nice enough but nothing was particularly compelling. The romance/sex felt like it was added gratuitously - it somehow didn't feel like it was naturally a part of the story line. But the puppy was cute!

And at almost 12 hours, it was too long for something so sweet and fluffy.

Cover: Yeah, I was sucked in by the adorable/hot cover!
Narration: Okay. But I didn't love the
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Annarella
Sep 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I could use a long list of adjective to define this book: engrossing, entertaining, emotionally charged, wickedly funny, page turner, heartwarming.
Any of these adjectives applies to this novel which is one the best and most entertaining romance I read this year.
You cannot help rooting for the fleshed out characters and you cannot help laughing or being moved.
I read it in one setting and I was sad when it was over.
Now I'm looking forward to reading the next instalment.
Ms Gilmore can surely write
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Laura
I received an advance copy for reviewing purposes from Sourcebooks via Netgalley. This in no way influences my review; all words, thoughts, and opinions are my own.

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Reviews by the Wicked Reads Review Team

Shelby –
Book two in the Forever Home series can be read as a standalone, but so far, this entire series has been great.

Meet the Vasquez sisters, the women who run Puppy Promise, a service dog training school. Lila Vasquez is the eldest sister, she's serious, driven, and in her own words "no fun." She may be the serious sister, but if allowed, she knows how to enjoy herself.

Ford Ford provides some
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Margie
Aug 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Get ready to laugh your way through this super fun story! There's the sweetest little girl and her adorable service puppy, her funny and sexy single dad and the puppy trainer who falls for all three of them.

Lila Vasquez, who co-owns Puppy Promise with her two sisters, feels like a real loser. It's all her two sisters' fault. They thought the nonprofit event with the Once Upon a Time theme meant it was a costume party. They couldn't have been more wrong. No, it's an upscale elegant event complete
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Barb Lie
Sep 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Puppy Christmas by Lucy Gilmore is the second book in her new Forever Home series. Puppy Christmas was a sweet, cute and funny story line that revolves around Puppy Promise, a service (special needs) puppy training school run by three sisters. In Puppy Christmas, the oldest sister, Lila Vazquez is our heroine and she was a wonderful heroine. Lila, as the oldest, always considered herself strait-laced, workaholic and follows rules; as well as not sure she can handle very young children. Lila ...more
Marsha Keeper Bookshelf
Reviewed at Keeper Bookshelf

Sometimes a story just hits me in the “feels” and lingers on long after I’ve flipped the final page. PUPPY CHRISTMAS is such a story. The second book in the Service Puppy / Forever Home series this one is about the eldest of the sisters, Lila, and she is as complex and as down to earth as any woman can be. When I first met her in PUPPY LOVE, I wasn’t sure if she really was that serious all the time or if something made that happen – I got my answer, that’s for sure. I
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Leslie
Sep 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
It does not get any sweeter, cuter and more fun than this!! Lila is one of three sisters who absolutely adore each other. Together they run a business raising and training service animals and matching them with their forever humans. Lila is the go to sister. The reliable, steady one who everyone has always relied on. It makes her seem uptight and staid, but it really isn’t who she wants to be and she is sick and tired of being treated as if who she is is not enough and yet has no idea how to ...more
Elizabeth
Title : Puppy Christmas

Series:Forever Home #2

Author: Lucy Gilmore

Pub Date September 24th 2019

Genre:Romance

Pages:416

Lila Vasquez might not be the "fun one" at Puppy Promise―the service puppy training school she runs with her sisters―but she can always be counted on to gets things done. So when her latest client shows an interest in princess gowns over power suits, Lila puts aside her scruples, straps on the glittery heels, and gets to work.

If only the adorable six-year-old's father wasn't such
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Becky
Oct 04, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: contemporary, arc
Reviewed on my blog, Becky on Books, on 10/4/19.

Absolutely adorable!

Lila and Ford's story was a whole lot of fun to read--the romance was really sweet, the puppy and Ford's little girl were too cute for words, and Ford's apparently contagious habit of spelling not-appropriate-for-six-year-olds words out loud made me LOL more than once. The secondary characters (Lila's sisters and Ford's next door neighbor, as well as Emily and her cockapoo Jeeves) felt realistic and fairly fleshed out, not as if
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Emmalita
Aug 22, 2019 rated it really liked it
This is an honest review in exchange for the ARC from NetGalley. I don’t remember why I requested Puppy Christmas from NetGalley, but I’m so glad I did.

Lila Vasquez and her sisters train puppies to be service dogs. They have donated a puppy, plus six weeks of service training to a nonprofit, who have awarded the puppy to Emily Ford, a 6 year old with a degenerative hearing condition and her single father Ford. We won’t be discussing the fact that Lucy Gilmore named her character Ford Ford,
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Jennifer
Aug 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I didn't read the first book in this series, but after reading this I think I'll need to go back to it. This book was super cute with a great lead couple, a 6 YO child with a significant hearing impairment who actually misbehaves occasionally, and an adorable cockapoo puppy being trained as a service dog for the 6 YO.

Lila, the heroine, was thought by everyone to be too uptight to relate easily to children, but she rises beautifully to the occasion, treats Emily, the 6 YO with respect, and finds
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Gmr
Sep 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
THIS BOOK WAS SO GOOD!

Lila is a CHAMPION, and I mean that in the BEST ways possible. The moment we met her in her moment of feeling lost in a crowded room (think wearing a not-typical outfit of pink ballroom gown style tulle - but honestly, it sounds SO pretty!), see her try to escape elegantly only to be ensnared by the tears and sniffles of a 6 year old, watch her pretend to be a princess all for the sake of that same said child, and fall unexpectedly under the spell of her very own potential
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Paula
Sep 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing

Lucy Gilmore is quickly becoming my go-to author for contemporary romance that has a comic tone to it. Puppy Christmas is the second in the Forever Home Series that feature the sisters who own and run Puppy Promise. Besides the wonderfully engaging sisters there is always a dog who is as much a main character as the human counterparts.

I fell in love with Jeeves about the time that six-year-old Emily did, while also falling for her too. I could identify with Lila Vasquez. While I had never been
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Angie
Dec 05, 2019 rated it liked it
Ford is a charmer and a single dad of a hearing impaired daughter. When his daughter needs a service dog he meets Lila, the dog trainer. The two become smitten with each other almost immediately but both are pretty reluctant to put their hearts on the line not wanting to get hurt nor hurt the little girl they both love.

Firstly, this book had virtually nothing to do with Christmas other than the fact that the timeframe of the story was loosely around November/December. Winter and celebrating the
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Mary L H
Oct 22, 2019 rated it really liked it
Puppy Christmas, the second book in Lucy Gilmore's Forever Home series, is an adorable story filled with plenty of emotion and scenes that had me laughing out loud. It's the first I've read by Gilmore, and I really enjoyed it.

Ford Ford (oh, that name!) is a charming, single dad raising his precocious daughter, Emily, who has a hearing disability. His personal life has been on hold and, while he flirts with and makes the single ladies laugh, he doesn't feel able to offer them anything else.

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Julie
Oct 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: funny, 2019, arc-s, romance
This was a perfect romance for me. There was a fun meet-cute, at a ball (!). The main characters are able to make light of themselves and the situations they find themselves in. There was a cute daughter. The dialogue is engaging. And puppies and Christmas!

Lila trains puppies to be Hearing Dogs. Ford Ford (seriously) was just awarded a puppy for his daughter who is deaf. Lila and Ford meet at the fancy fundraising ball where they have their meet-cute. This happens before Lila figures out that
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