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Cold Nose, Warm Heart

(Fur Haven Dog Park #1)

3.70  ·  Rating details ·  226 ratings  ·  99 reviews
A poodle, a black lab and a Chihuahua walk into a dog park...

All Caleb Donovan has to do to redeem his family name is take a rundown Miami Beach apartment building and turn it into luxury condos. Easy, right?

Unfortunately, that would also turn the local dog park into a parking lot and the neighbors aren't having it. Caleb is faced with outright revolt, led by smart, beauti
Mass Market Paperback, 350 pages
Published January 28th 2020 by Sourcebooks Casablanca
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COLD NOSE, WARM HEART by Mara Wells is a cute, comedic romance easily read in just a few hours for a quick escape from reality. Kind of fluffy and quirky, not real in-depth, it is the story of opposing forces, old heartaches and new beginnings that will leave readers smiling.

Business and the almighty dollar versus the lives of a group of senior residents and their pets as well as the sentimentalities of the unqualified handywoman, toss in a budding attraction from the enemy and this one is cute,
Leslie aka StoreyBook Reviews
Dec 21, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: books-to-review, 2019
I'm a sucker for any book that involves dogs...and this one involves MANY dogs! Probably because there is a dog park located near the apartment building that brings out all of the dogs in the neighborhood and is quite the community gathering space. Of course, I use the term dog park loosely as it is a fenced area that people squeeze through a gap to enter. But it is definitely a gathering space.

Caleb and Riley are friendly rivals once the truth is out about who Caleb is and why he is at The Doro
Feb 06, 2020 rated it liked it
Take a run-down building next to a dog park, a VERY busy dog park that has become THE place in the community, an idea for redevelopment of the run down building and two people who can’t quite decide if they are attracted or repelled by their own different agendas and you get this. With plenty of tug toys, character, cute dogs and an issue for the doggie community (the two-leggers not the four) to rally around. Because the rundown Miami Beach apartment building is the PERFECT location for new, up ...more
 Reading In Pajamas
Feb 06, 2020 rated it really liked it
✦Review, Excerpt & Giveaway: COLD NOSE, WARM HEART by Mara Wells
Publication Date: January 28, 2020
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Reviewed by: Reading in Pajamas/ Donna
Rated 4 Stars

This is a sweet debut novel by Ms. Wells, full of quirky characters, both human and animal. I enjoyed how the author wove this diverse group of people into a community that fit together perfectly. Riley could have easily sunk into bitch-mode under the circumstances, but luckily, she remained like
Dec 08, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc, romance, netgalley, 2019
Tasked by his grandfather with taking an older building called the Dorothy and converting it into money-making condos, Caleb comes up against a force called Riley and it was game on! Caleb came from money but when his dad lost everything, including the family business, Caleb lost his investments as well and had to learn to pinch pennies. He has a better grasp of living in the real world, just not so much when it comes to the family business expectations. He still follows family dictates instead ...more
Robin Reynolds
Dec 18, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book so much! My review is live on the Fresh Fiction website - ...more
Jan 24, 2020 rated it really liked it
A Contemporary Romance from the enemies to more trope for dog lovers everywhere!

The Donovan's lost their brilliant shine in a scandal to end all business scandals, but whereas some were without remorse, there are those that want to make a new go of things. All they need is a second chance, the right opportunity...and maybe to turn what is some people's idea of a shabby nirvana Okay, well maybe that part of the plan isn't so good, but as much as I wanted to despise Caleb through an
Robin Loves Reading
Riley has one thing in mind - well, that is after unplugging a clogged drain, changing a few light bulbs... - she needs to save her grandmother's building. Her grandmother, and a host of other elderly people, and their fantastic pets, all live at The Dorothy.

Caleb Donovan is connected to The Dorothy as well. After all,, he has plans. He is going to tear it down and build luxury condominiums. Little did Caleb realize what he would have to face in order to meet his objective. Caleb also plans on t
Vikki Vaught
Jan 17, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Really enjoyed this book! Full review to follow.
Jan 18, 2020 rated it really liked it
I should be honest up front-I am totally a cat person and not a dog person. That said, I’m always up to read a romance that has an animal on the cover though the overwhelming majority are canines (except for cozy mysteries which aren’t my cup of tea.) That was definitely the initial draw behind this debut novel by author Mara Wells, but as soon as I read the description with the enemies to lovers theme which is one of my favorites, though I think this one is better termed as frenemies to lovers! ...more
Barb (Boxermommyreads)
One look at this cover and clearly anyone who visits my blog regularly knows I was at least going to give it a chance. And I did. And while I wanted to love this book, it fell a little short for me. However, I still love the cover.

Cold Nose, Warm Heart tells the tale of Riley and Caleb. Riley used to work for Caleb's rich family is resort management until their illegal activities cost her a job and Caleb's family most of their assets. Riley ends up being property manager for her Grams' place, Th
Stormi (BMReviewsohmy)
Been in a bit of a romance reading mood lately, maybe I just needed some time away from mysteries. 🙂 Anyway I thought this one would be a good one especially since it featured a dog on the cover!

Riley is the manager at a rundown complex called the Dorothy, she got the job because her grams lived there and pulled some strings. She use to have a good job at as the manager of a Donovan resort hotel until they went belly up and she was out of a job. She is pretty content with the job she has and lik
Anne - Books of My Heart
This review was originally posted on Books of My Heart

Review copy was received from NetGalley. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
2.5 hearts

I was excited to buddy read with Barb, at Booker T's Farm , because Cold Nose, Warm Heart has dogs and romance.  Dogs were in the story and important to the characters but I didn't get much personality from the dogs themselves.  I really enjoyed the planning and ideas for the dog park.

I didn't however enjoy the main
Melena Torretta
Feb 18, 2021 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley-arcs, 2021
Riley and Caleb's story was sweet and fun.

They are on opposing sides of what should happen to the building she manages and her grandmother lives in but his family owns. However, their mutual attraction is hard to deny. I really liked them together and how they both opened up after difficult relationship experiences. The whole cast of characters that were introduced added a lot of humor and heart to the story as well. I am looking forward to reading book two.

Thank you to NetGalley and the publish
Jan 10, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Cute story but the relationship between Caleb and Riley wasn't developed enough for me. It had so much potential. Their personalities were perfect but I just didn't get the depth of their relationship outside the drama of the building. What I took from the book was the story of Dorothy and her residents plus the dog park. ...more
Jan 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Such a fun, dog-filled story this was. I loved absolutely everything about it!!! I was rooting for Riley and Caleb to find their happily ever after from the first time they met. What I loved most about this book was how much dogs were involved in it. There wasn't just one on the cover, they were a main character in the story. Mara Wells is definitely going on my favorite author list!!! ...more
Jan 29, 2020 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
The story takes place in Miami, Florida. The setting was the best part of the story. There are several dogs on the story, which I liked more than the humans. I didn't like the romance or the story. It's due to the characters. I didn't like most of them. ...more
Tracie R
Feb 05, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: netgally
The first book in Fur Haven Dog Park, Cold Nose, Warm Heart, was an ok read for me. I enjoyed the premise of this story, but the author focused heavily on some area which caused other area to be rushed breaking the easy flow to the read. Will I read more, yes, I feel this is still a good overall read and these minor things will disappear in future books
Jan 19, 2020 rated it really liked it
Riley Carson knew her grandmother tended to exagerate at times but this one was a beyond-the-pale giant whopper. Grandma told her that she owned the Dorothy, an Art Deco apartment building where her grandmother lived for years, where Riley grew up staying with her grandmother while her mother was away doing her job on cruise ships. Now here she is apartment manager of the Dorothy after losing her job as assistant manager of the luxury resort, the Donovan, in downtown Miami after the CEO was inca ...more
Alex (HEABookNerd)
Series: Fur Haven Dog Park #1
Rating: 2 stars - it was ok

One Sentence Summary: Riley Carson would do anything to save her beloved Gram's historic building and the dog park across the street, even go up against the mighty Donovan developer family.

Overall, COLD NOSE, WARM HEART was just ok for me and I never really got invested in the story or characters. I did like the writing and I think other readers will really enjoy this one, especially if they like adorable pets and scrappy heroines who never
Dec 27, 2019 rated it liked it
Recommended to ѕнelley by: Netgalley
★ ★ ★

First in a fun, funny contemporary romance series about the passions and perils of a local dog park in Miami's trendy South Beach.

A poodle, a black lab and a Chihuahua walk into a dog park…

All Caleb Donovan has to do to redeem his family name is take a rundown Miami Beach apartment building and turn it into luxury condos. Easy, right?

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Unfortunately, that would also turn the local dog park into a parking lot and the neig

Barb Lie
Jan 29, 2020 rated it really liked it
Cold Nose, Warm Heart by Mara Wells is the 1st book in her new Fur Haven Dog Park series. This is the first time I have read this author, and I really enjoyed this light sweet romance story line and the wonderful addition of dogs.

Riley Carson, our heroine, is the building manager for the run-down apartment building, The Dorothy, which her grandmother lives in and owns. Riley is constantly called to help fix things within the apartments, which is made up of mostly senior citizens, but due to bar
Jan 27, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Truly a keeper. I really became immersed in the story - it reminded me of my relationship with my family. My grandmother and I were more mother and daughter. I too was raised by my grandmother more than my mom. I always wanted to keep my grandmother happy - never wanting to disappoint her. Similar to how Riley and her grandmother were in the story.

Caleb was always trying to win the approval of his father / and grandfather in the Donavan properties. His father was convicted of tax evasion and ba
Feb 22, 2020 rated it it was amazing
After losing her job at Donovan Resorts, Riley ends up managing the apartment complex, named the Dorothy, her grandmother owns. The job is, to say the least, difficult and time consuming, made only more difficult and time consuming by the over 55 (actually mostly over 70, in this case) residents of the complex. There are two bright spots in Riley’s life: her grandmother, who just about raised her due to her mother’s constantly moving job, and her poodle LouLou, both of whom really keep her going ...more
Dec 26, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
I received an advanced copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for a fair and honest review.

You don’t have to be a dog lover to adore this absolutely adorable fun read. That said, dogs add so much joy to the world that even if you don’t have one or want one, go out and meet one. They’re fabulous, honest, trustworthy and when they love, they love hard! It will make your day brighter, lower your blood pressure and there is little cuter than a full on doggie wagging his or her whole body with
Danielle Urban
Jan 09, 2020 rated it really liked it
Cold Nose, Warm Heart by Mara Wells is a great read. It shows how money can corrupt and break apart a family. Money usually gets its ways in the operation of things like what Mara Wells tells in her book. However, things did not go as well-planned as some of the characters would have liked. I liked how an elderly woman could make the elderly hard ass feel embarrasses and do what is right. Not always, But somehow she has a little bit of a sway over that man.

The elderly man treated his grandson wi
Marsha Keeper Bookshelf
Reviewed at Keeper Bookshelf

Cold Nose, Warm Heart is a fun romance with adorable pups, a classic yet crumbling apartment building, lots of long-time residents who will fight for their home, and a man who has an agenda far different from what he’s originally showing and a woman who might be in over her head in many ways but will not back down from a fight for what (and who) she loves.

While I enjoyed Caleb and Riley’s romance, for the most part, there were times when their story fell short for me.
Jan 27, 2020 rated it really liked it
What a cute read! This was my first book by Mara Wells and I really loved Riley and Caleb! Plus how can you resist a book full of cute dogs who steal your heart?

Riley Carson has been trying to hold down the fort at her grandmother's art deco building that is a 55 plus residence on the Beach in Miami. After being laid off from the job that she loved with Donovan Resorts, being the building manager and super she at least gets to help her grandma and the makeshift dog park they put together next to
Feb 01, 2020 rated it really liked it
This is my first book by Mara Wells and it happens to be the first book in a new series. Riley and Caleb are drawn to each other, but they are also at odds with each other. They have opposing views on how a historic building should be dealt with. Renovation or not? Which side will win? Riley is also the owner of an adorable poodle and the neighborhood makeshift dog park is also in dispute. Caleb and Riley are connected in that their grandparents were once married and have connections to the buil ...more
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