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Head Over Paws

(Rescue Me #5)

4.16  ·  Rating details ·  203 ratings  ·  64 reviews
Olivia Graham isn't in a place to have a dog of her own, but her new position as a volunteer rescue driver for the local animal shelter will keep her close to her four-legged friends. When she's called to transport pets that have been misplaced by flooding, she doesn't hesitate to help, but then her aging car breaks down...

Veterinarian Gabe Wentworth, former EMT and firefi
Mass Market Paperback, 352 pages
Published April 28th 2020 by Sourcebooks Casablanca
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Robin Loves Reading
This cute story by Debbie Burns, the fifth book in the Rescue Me series, is a truly touching story. Olivia was on her way to transport a few dogs misplaced due to a storm to a rescue center. Gabe has also been called into action to get some dogs to a safe place during the dangerous flooding that Olivia is out in.

Gabe's dog Samson is now retired from the search-and-rescue work, but he takes Samson along with him. Samson might have aged out, but his bond with Gabe is undeniable. Olivia's car break
Guilty Pleasures Book Reviews
Head Over Paws is a coming of age story for Olivia Graham in this fifth installment in the Rescue Me series. She felt she was missing something in her life so she cancelled her wedding and moved to St. Louis to work as a teacher. She also volunteered for the High Grove Animal Shelter as a transporter and unfortunately her car broke down before she even got to the rescue. Veterinarian Gabe Wentworth was asked to pick her up and reluctantly did it, not realizing it would change his life. Gabe had ...more
Lisa Malmquist
Jun 22, 2020 rated it really liked it
Apparently there was a book with the same name that I choose by mistake, oops. I am not a reader of gay men books. Which was what the other one was...oops!
This book is a charming story about a vet and a girl named Olivia Graham.
They meet on the way to pick up some rescue dogs and cats in a flooding area and take them to St Louis.
Olive is excited to help as a volunteer at her local shelter.
She also finds an instant attraction to Gabe Wentworth, the animal vet.
When they get to a flooded area, ther
Feb 09, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
Received an Advance Reader Copy in exchange for a fair review
3.5 stars.
A heartwarming and sweet romance with two very relatable people, involving an animal shelter and two adorable, smart dogs.
I really liked the characters in “Head Over Paws”, by Debbie Burns (Sourcebooks, Casablanca), how they’re honest and open with each other and the way their instant attraction slowly developed into an interesting relationship and stronger and deeper feelings.
And how refreshing to have an educated hero, who
Apr 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arc, netgalley
This was my second book by Debbie Burns and I enjoyed Head Over Paws just as much as I did the first one I read. I'm a sucker for dogs, but I also really enjoyed the love at first sight aspect of the book.
Gabe was an incredible main character. He was sexy, caring, honest and forthright. He pretty much had his life in order, whereas Olivia's was a little more messy. The story flowed well and left me very happy (which is all I ask).
I was given a complimentary copy of this book via NetGalley. All
Apr 28, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: e-book, 2020, romance
This one was really cute. I liked that Gabe and Olivia were smitten with each other from the start and acted on things and how the dogs really played a role in the book as well. Both Gabe and Olivia were facing big changes in their lives, it was great to see them share their concerns with each other and how the other cheered them on. I was a bit afraid towards the end as it seemed like Olivia was going to loose everything she had been working towards, but luckily she made the right choie and fat ...more
May 15, 2020 rated it really liked it
3.5 stars bumped up.
Nice strong plot line.
Interesting characters (including the dogs :)
Setting: Missouri (St. Louis and the Bootheel)
Gabe is new vet for the shelter and Olivia is a teacher.
I was happy that Patrick made a worthwhile appearance in this one.
Wonder if Yun will be a heroine in next book? Or maybe Ava ?
Like this series .. am happy to skip the steamy bits so no review on that.
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Head Over Paws (Rescue Me #5) by Debbie Burns
3 stars
M/F Romance
I was given this book for an honest review by Wicked Reads.

Olivia is wanting to give back in some way and, despite loving her job as a teacher, she feels adrift. When she is asked to help drive rescued dogs from a flooded area, she jumps at the chance. However, she runs in to some trouble on her way to get the dogs.

Gabe knows that he is a good vet. But, with a history that has left him slightly bitter, he keeps his head down and jus
Savannah Hendricks
May 31, 2020 rated it really liked it
The fifth book in the series focuses on Gabe and Olivia. I was anxious beyond belief about Morgan, the abandoned pup. This story is a little hot, but also sweet and full of charm. What stands out with book five, for me, is Morgan getting his own POV for chapters. Because of this, I wanted more of it and could have done with a bit less of Olivia and Gabe’s back and forth “building relationship.” I do, as always, enjoy how well the author knows or researches all things “dog.”
Apr 18, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Another wonderful installment to this series. Dog lovers everywhere will love the interactions between the dogs and their humans. The main characters meet by chance, while volunteering for an animal rescue. They share a terrifying adventure within hours of meeting, and are rarely apart afterwards. It is a heartwarming HEA story, with just the right amount of light drama. Highly recommend.

The writing style flows nicely, and the editing was perfect- I’m a stickler for misspellings and grammatical
 Reading In Pajamas
Nov 02, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Review, Excerpt & Giveaway: HEAD OVER PAWS by Debbie Burns
Publication Date: April 28, 2020
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Reviewed by: Reading in Pajamas/ Donna
Rated 5 Stars

I enjoyed this contemporary romance. Was it the relationship? The dogs? I think all of it. Olivia and Gabe were easy to relate to and very likable, it had me rooting for them from the beginning. I also think the author dealt with their instant attraction nicely. Yes, it was strong, but they also got to kn
Jeeves Reads Romance
It was cute. I didn’t love it, but it was cute. This sweet small town romance features two people who meet and connect over their love of animals. It’s a little charming, a little suspenseful, and a little boring. I never fully connected to either of the characters - they have an insta-love romance that I felt lacked chemistry - and the writing style was too much “tell” and not enough “show.” It’s not a bad way to spend a few hours if you’re looking for a sweet, only slightly steamy romance, but ...more
Nicola Short
Mar 01, 2020 rated it really liked it
A very sweet story with romance and as always, cuteness overload of dogs and cats. The main characters are Olivia and Gabe who meet during a dog rescue. There are heartbreaking and heartwarming moments throughout the story that will uplift you.
It was fun to read Morgan’s (the dog they rescued) POV throughout the story.
Thanks to NetGalley, the publisher and author for the opportunity to read and review this book for my honest review.
Mary Mooney
Apr 26, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I received a free copy of this book to read and review for Wicked Reads, so here is my review.
Olivia Graham has signed up to be a volunteer rescue driver and on her first attempt to help rescue animals displaced by a flood, her car breaks down. She is waiting for someone to pick her up when a sexy man drives up.
Gabe Wentworth is a veterinarian and a volunteer at an animal shelter. When he leaves the shelter he gets a call to help a stranded rescue driver. When he pulls up and sees the redheaded
Debbie Caswell
Apr 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This is a wonderful sweet romance that any animal lover will be ecstatic about Gabe is the hardened man who had his heart broken and is determined that no woman will ever make him feel a gain As a veterinarian he gives all his love to the animals especially his retired search and rescue dog Samson. Olivia is a school teacher who gives her time to animal rescue and the largest storm in years means there are plenty of animals to rescue but as she is heading to the area she needs to work in her car ...more
Jessa Leigh
Jun 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: tbr-pile
Release Date: April 28th, 2020
Olivia is finally getting a chance at her own life after breaking off her engagement to Trevor, the golden boy of her home town. She moves in with her aunt and begins volunteering with a shelter. Along the way she meets Gabe. A vet with a sweet senior golden named Sampson.
This is the fifth installment of the #rescueme series and I love it! We get to see old characters and catch up with them. I am really hoping that Yuns story is next!! This book was a wonderf
Sarah {The Bookish Knitter}
4 Stars

Delightful! I loved this story so much. It was so cute and so sweet. It almost brought me to tears a few times (almost all stories involving animals do) and I adored the characters. Morgan, the dog, was hands down my favorite. Some of the chapters from his perspective just break your heart.
Jun 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Oh how I love this series!!! Animals and animal rescue are such a passion to me and Debbie Burns has an abundance of knowledge on the subject and weaves it perfectly into this wonderful series. Gabe and Olivia had amazing chemistry and I'm so happy they got their HEA. Sampson and Morgan couldn't have asked for better humans ...more
Apr 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I cannot resist a book with a dog or a cat on the cover and I love Debbie Burn's stories so this was a winner for them.
I fell in love with the cover and then I fell in love with the story.
It's sweet, engrossing and entertaining. I rooted for the well thought cast of characters, humans and pets, and I enjoyed the well crafted plot.
Can't wait to read other books in this series.
Highly recommended.
Many thanks to the publisher for this ARC, all opinions are mine.
Apr 29, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

Debbie Burns rescue me series is amazing, and head over paws is a great addition to the series. It draws you in from the beginning. It's heartwarming, sweet and cute. Both characters are growing and developing as you read the story, working towards their goals and dealing together with the challenges they face.
Rachel - Read with Rach
Apr 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I am loving this series from Debbie Burns! Head Over Paws is the fifth book in the series and can be read as a stand alone.

I loved Olivia and Gabe so much! This book felt like a whirlwind and slow burn romance all at once and I loved the combination. I can’t wait to read more from Debbie!
Mar 31, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
I adored this book. It was a wonderful addition to the series, though could be read as a stand alone. The main characters are both recovering from broken hearts and not looking for anyone. They are actually actively not looking for love as they are still dealing with broken scarred hearts and or focused on their respective careers and animal rescue. Olivia is a school teacher who loves her work and is desperately looking for a permanent full time position while she is filling in for a teacher wh ...more
Apr 24, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I received an Advanced Reader Copy in exchange for an honest review. You can get your copy here:

This book is the fifth book in the Rescue Me Series. I was not aware that it was a series book and have not read the previous four books, as a full disclosure.

We begin this book with Olivia Graham who had just signed up to be a volunteer rescue transporter. This entailed a five-hour drive in a transport chain to get some misplaced dogs into shelters. Her first
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Mary –☆☆☆☆
Olivia Graham has signed up to be a volunteer rescue driver, and on her first attempt to help rescue animals displaced by a flood, her car breaks down. She is waiting for someone to pick her up when a sexy man drives up.

Gabe Wentworth is a veterinarian and a volunteer at an animal shelter. When he leaves the shelter, he gets a call to help a stranded rescue driver. When he pulls up and sees the r
Apr 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Olivia Graham is excited to be driving toward the Missouri Bootheel area where she was born and raised. No, she wasn't headed home to visit. She was on her way to pick up two displaced pets and transport them to a shelter. The rains had been extremely heavy in this area and there was lots of flooding, necessitating flooded-out pet owners to place their pets with the rescue group sending them to shelters, hopefully temporarily. Olivia was almost to her destination when her car just up and died. S ...more
Barb Lie
Apr 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Head Over Paws by Debbie Burns is the 5th book in her wonderful Rescue Me series. Once again, Debbie Burns gives us another wonderful sweet story as we return to the High Grove Animal Shelter, where we also get to see many of the people we got to know in the previous books.

Olivia Graham, our heroine, is traveling in a rain storm to try to get to the Animal Shelter to help transport dogs and cats to the shelter because of the flooding. When her car breaks down, she meets Gabe Wentworth, our hero
Vikki Vaught
4.5 Stars
Thanks goes to the publisher and Net-Galley for the complimentary copy of Head Over Paws by Debbie Burns for the purpose of reading and reviewing prior to publication. A contemporary Romance for animal lovers! My opinions are my own and no one has influenced them.

Head Over Paws is an enthralling novel with engaging characters and an animal lovers plot. As with other books in Rescue Me series, Mr. Burns’ writing style pulled me in from the first page and kept me enmeshed until the last p
May 05, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I've read several of the previous installments and though it's been a teeny bit, it was lovely to "come home"...though as Olivia proves here, that's not always the case, and yet it doesn't mean a new, unexpected dream can't come true.

Our leading potential couple consists of Olivia and Gabe. She's a school teacher looking for a bit of stability job wise, who loves animals, and is mending a broken heart while finding out who she really is. He's a former fireman turned veterinarian, just establish
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Reviewed at Keeper Bookshelf

Head Over Paws is the fifth title in the Rescue Me series – and this one stole my heart from the very beginning… especially as we get several points of view in this story – including one amazing dog’s, Morgan.

While Olivia can’t have her own dog that doesn’t stop her from lavishing all her love on the pups at a shelter she volunteers at. Right now she’s heading out to be the driver/rescuer of dogs and cats devastated by local flooding – except maybe her car isn’t up to
May 02, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Olivia Graham is an animal lover (mostly dogs) and she is working a contract position at a magnet school near St. Louis. It's her first job away from home and she's determined to leave the small town behind as well as the fiance She left three weeks before their wedding. She decides to also volunteer for an animal shelter near by. She's supposed to drive a few dogs away from the rain storm one day but ends up getting stuck when her car breaks down a few miles from the destination. Lucky for her ...more
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Debbie Burns is a best-selling author who writes happily-ever-afters for her stories’ two- and four-legged stars. While her books have earned many awards and commendations, her favorite praise is from readers who’ve been inspired to adopt a pet in need from their local shelter.

Debbie lives in Saint Louis with her family, two thoroughly spoiled rescue dogs, and a ridiculously grumpy Maine Coon cat

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