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An accidental dog swap unleashes an unexpected love match in this new romantic comedy from New York Times bestselling author Julia London.

Carly Kennedy's life is in a spiral. She is drowning in work, her divorced parents are going through their midlife crises, and somehow Carly's sister convinces her to foster Baxter--a basset hound rescue with a bad case of the blues. Whe
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Paperback, 340 pages
Published August 25th 2020 by Berkley Romance
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Sheyla ✎


The blurb had me at mentioning dogs. Actually, even the cover was good enough to pick my interest.

You Lucky Dog begins with a dog walker getting into trouble with the law. Because of it, Carly's dog, Baxter, who is a calm basset hound, is swapped with Hazel, another basset hound who has tons of energy.

Hazel belongs to Max Sheffington, a neuroscience professor. Max is working on getting tenure. He is also trying to find ways to help his brother who is autistic. He thinks that dogs might play
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Heather
May 12, 2020 rated it really liked it
Any book with dogs on the cover I am immediately drawn to so of course I was excited to read this book.
I thoroughly enjoyed it and loved so many aspects about it. Both of the characters were nice and you cared about them and what was happening in their lives.
I also enjoyed the family element in this book especially with Max's brother who is autistic. As someone who has very close experience with autism, I think the author wrote it amazingly. I also loved how Max cared for his brother so much it
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Syndi
Nov 26, 2020 rated it it was amazing
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I am surprise. After reading mix review about this book, I found myself loving You Lucky Dog. The meet cute over a dog is so adorable. I am not dog lover, but I can not help falling in love with the story.

In my opinion this is more chick lit than romance cause both hero and heroine have to deal with their parent's issue. There is a lot of chapters dedicated on character development. We both see more depth into the hero and heroine character.

Well I think the blurp saying it all. And I do not wa
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Berit☀️✨
An absolute treat!Heartwarming and hilarious. Fab characters and furry friends. Julia London has written a sweet romcom that will have you giggling, smiling, and wagging your tail. Carly is trying to stay relevant as a publicist burning the candle at both ends, so it is quite disturbing when she returns home and discovers the dog in her house is not hers. Max is a brain scientist, a Professor of neurological science at the University of Texas on the tenure track. He is equally perplexed to find ...more
Maria
Jul 30, 2020 rated it really liked it
Thank you so much to Berkley and NetGalley for the eARC!

Looking for your perfect summer escape read? Take one look at that cover and synopsis, and tell me you’re not intrigued! I read this book a month or two ago because I was in a major slump and needed something funny and light-hearted, and this was the perfect cure! I loved the storyline, the romance, the craziness (trust me – there’s an INSANE plot twist!), and the overall vibe of the story.

The characters are all over the top hilarious and
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Helen Power
This is a sweet romance with some laugh-out loud funny moments. Carly is a publicist for a fashion designer, and she has to wear his outfits as a part of her promotion--outfits that get her into some truly hilarious trouble when she has to do, well, anything.

The theme of dogs carries throughout the story, and it is a definite strength of the novel. Max and Carly are brought together because of their nearly identical dogs, who are seemingly smitten with one another.  Max's research at the univers
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Samantha (WLABB)
Aug 27, 2020 rated it really liked it
A dog mix-up brought them together, but it seemed like the universe was determined to keep them apart.

I thought the set up for this book was fantastic! I won't tell you the whole tale, because it was quite funny, but the result was that Max and Carly, two people who probably would never have met, were brought together via this dog mishap. There was that initial clash with Carly and Max having very different personalities and dog-parenting styles, but eventually, the four formed a sort of little
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Stacee
I have read other titles by Julia, so between her name and that cover, there was no way I was missing this.

Carly and Max are just okay as MCs. They’re both hard working and devoted to their dogs. Unfortunately, that’s the best thing I can say about them. There’s no connection or chemistry and I didn’t care about their relationship. Carly’s family is straight up insane, while Max’s family seems more loving.

Plot wise, I don’t even know. There are a lot of moving pieces and plot lines (and random
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Nursebookie
Aug 26, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I THOUGHT THIS WAS SUCH A CUTE PREMISE. Meet cute – Basset Hound switcharoo style and I am hooked – Hazel and Baxter were just so adorable. Can we also just appreciate the beautiful cover of this book which I was immediately drawn to.

I enjoyed reading about the characters Carly Kennedy and Max Sheffington – they were such a delight to read about and they were such cute sometimes over the top and slightly over dramatic - totally get it! That actually made it so much more fun to read for me - so c
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Lisa (Remarkablylisa)
Oct 24, 2020 rated it really liked it
ABSOLUTELY ADORED THIS TREAT!!! Who knew I would love fictional dogs so much? And when this whacky dog walker swaps the dogs, our polar opposites hero and heroine meet and cannot stop thinking of each other. They have their differences at first and it's super adorable at how they lean on each other for support. LOVED IT! ...more
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You Lucky Dog is exactly the right anecdote to brighten your day and make you smile. This rom com begins when two unlikely opposites get united when their dogs are returned to their wrong owners. Publicist Carly Kennedy can’t seem to get anything going right with her job and her personal life, and she has the wrong dog. To retrieve her basset hound Baxter, she meets neuroscientist Max Sheffington, and she finds herself oddly attracted to him. For Max, Carly was an unexpected breath of fresh air ...more
Lubnaa (Romance Library)
I received an ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
"What, she was going to meet a great guy through a dog mix-up and suddenly find happiness? Only in the movies, girlfriend."
I requested this book because hello, a meet cute through a dog mix-up? Sign me up! The hero and heroine share a dog walker and one day, their dogs, both basset hounds, are switched. Carly ends up with Max's hyper dog and Max ends up with Carly's sad dog.

This book actually started off on a less than stabl
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Kimberly
Reviewed for Wit and Sin

A dog mix-up and a love-struck basset hound are the perfect start to a fun romantic comedy. The love story between depressed basset hound Baxter and the cheerful basset hound Hazel charmed the heck out of me and kept You Lucky Dog sprightly when the main storyline threatened to drag it down. The romance between the humans took far longer to work its charm on me.

Carly Kennedy’s life is one disaster after another. She’s struggling with starting her own PR business a
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Ann
Oct 13, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Very cute.
Caryn - iam.caryn
This was honestly delightful.

Can we make dog content in novels become the norm please? I’m tickled pink over every scene with Baxter and Hazel.

Anyone who has had a dog as a pet will find this book a fun read.
Breanna
Jul 20, 2020 rated it liked it
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ARC provided by Berkley through NetGalley.

2.5 stars ✨

I never thought a book about dogs would disappoint me so greatly. At first glance, You Lucky Dog seems like everything I could ask for in a book: an accidental dog switch leading to a romantic match between their owners? Sign me up. However, between the lukewarm romance and the writing, I was pretty indifferent towards the story.

I am never a fan of long passages of text and exposition, and unfortunately
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Brandy
Sep 25, 2020 rated it really liked it
This was fun and quirky and sweet and absolutely bonkers in so many ways!! Loved Carly, although she’s clearly lost and trying to figure out what to do with herself. Max is nerdy and adorable and way to lenient with his dog. Overall, they are wonderful, although their families are way too much (other than Jamie, who is the best).
Miranda Kenneally
Very cute and funny! I LOL'd many times. Love the dogs. ...more
nick (the infinite limits of love)
3.5/5

I picked up You Lucky Dog for the two puppies on the book cover and I was not disappointed. What an adorable little story! It left me with a smile and feeling very happy!

The premise of You Lucky Dog is so cute! Two basset-hounds get swapped and end up with different owners after their dog-walker is arrested. The two pups could not be more different in temperament and Carly immediately notices that the energetic dog waiting for her at home is not her usually calm Baxter. Turns out, Hazel, a
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Andi (Andi's ABCs)
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I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review. In theory You Lucky Dog sounds like it would be a really fun, cute rom com. It had all the parts. Sadly, for me, that just wasn’t the case. Don’t get me wrong, I enjoyed some of it, like the dogs because they were ADORABLE. And I also liked some of the family aspect. That was a good thing to include, es
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Smitten
Aug 27, 2020 rated it liked it
You Lucky Dog is the latest romantic comedy from York Times bestselling author Julia London.

Carly Kenney is struggling, her life and career seem to be stifling her. To make matters worse her sister has saddled her with a depressed basset hound. Max Sheffington is on the fast track to tenure, he’s content with his life and his dog. When the two dogs are accidentally swapped he meets Carly and is intrigued. But Carly wants to move and Max is preparing to cement his life as it is. Can these two fig
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ARC received from Netgalley for an honest review

I was hooked by the cover and the dogs in this story, and I wanted to love it.

Unfortunately, I didn't love it. I did like it, however I did not feel this one at all.

I didn't really feel any emotion from either Max or Carly. And for most of the time I felt like Carly was just phoning it in and was a doormat for everyone around her.

Baxter and Hazel saved this one for me. I couldn't help but smile every time they were on the page.

I also felt, from my
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Sarah {The Bookish Knitter}
4 Stars

Super cute contemporary romance! This book was so charming, right from the beginning when Carley and Max have their meet cute after their dog walker mixes up their dogs.

This story also involves a lot of other characters, and all the drama that comes with family.

If you love dogs, then you will love this book.

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Renae
Feb 05, 2021 marked it as did-not-finish
Stopped reading at 14%.

Breaking news: Sex and the City stopped airing in early 2004. Most younger millennials were about 8-10 at the time. WE DID NOT WATCH THE SHOW. We do not get with our girlfriends and discuss whether we're "a Carrie" or "a Miranda." (I don't even know what being "a Carrie" entails tbh.)

You know what we DO do? Put shitty memes in the group chat, figure out how to pay our student loan debt, and adopt a cat from a shelter.

Read the room and use appropriate pop culture reference
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Aila
3.5 stars

"Forget the chemical reaction - was this love, that thing that pushed all rational thought aside and drove men to do things they might never do? Was it love that made this feel momentous and slightly desperate and unworldly? It wasn't just corporeal - it was more transcendent than that. It was wird, this thing called love - you didn't see it, you didn't hear it, but suddenly, you were there."


YOU LUCKY DOG has an adorable premise, lovable characters, and a fun family subplot. There w
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Silvia
Oct 28, 2020 rated it it was ok
The premise of this book sounded amazing and right up my alley. Sadly, for me, it didn't live up to my expectations. I did like the dogs and the evolution of Max and Carly's relation. But the plot got on my nerves, Carly's job struggles were just annoying and absurd, but I especially hated the subplot of Carly's mom and Max's dad, boy was that stupid or what? It created conflict just for the sake of temporary conflict, because it was resolved too quickly and without consequences, and I absolutel ...more
Judith
Mar 01, 2021 rated it liked it
Stars because I finished it. I'd like a red flag to come up anytime I get near a book by Ms Julia London. Carly's publicist's job consists of two clients in Austin. That's hardly lucrative enough to support her lifestyle, living in a posh coach house, renting month to month. All that hardly seems likely. Her dog is switched when a stranger gains access to her apartment returning the wrong one. While tracking down her beloved, basset hound, Baxter, she still is burdened by odd clients, a rich man ...more
Lauren
Oct 29, 2020 rated it liked it
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I'll admit, sometimes I don't know why I bother reading romcoms. My expectations are too high and I'm rarely satisfied - there's just so much that can go wrong with the dialogue, the chemistry, the side characters, the character development, you name it. I don't know why I'm hyper-sensitive when it comes to romcoms versus forgiveness I'd give in other genres, but I've truly loved just a few romcoms that have set my expectations sky-high.

Anyways. Onto this book. There's an an inventive meet-cute
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Pj Ausdenmore
Aug 21, 2020 rated it really liked it
Any cover with two adorable dogs on it will always draw my interest and Baxter and Hazel more than live up to their cuteness. In fact, they pretty much steal every scene they're in. It's clear the author has a great love for, and experience with, dogs. They're the catalyst that brings Max and Carly together and keeps their relationship moving forward. By the end of the book, I wanted to adopt both of them. Some of the other characters, not so much.

Carly and Max are both likable characters - okay
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Julia London is the New York Times and USA Today best selling author of more than two dozen romantic fiction novels. She is the author of the popular historical romance series, the Cabot Sisters, including The Trouble with Honor, The Devil Takes a Bride, and The Scoundrel and the Debutante. She is also the author of several contemporary romances, including Homecoming Ranch, Return to Homecoming ...more

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