Tuesday, April 28, 2015

{ARC Romance Review} No One Like You by Kate Angell

No One Like You

No One Like You by

No One Expects a Curveball

For Rylan Cates, the gloriously sunny beachside town of Barefoot William may be home, but the pro baseball player needs to focus on spring training. Hiring a personal assistant to keep him and his four dogs organized for the next eight weeks is the first step--and Beth Avery is the perfect pinch hitter.

Beth is still looking for her place in the world, and a couple months caring for Rylan's two dachshunds, his golden retriever, and a Great Dane named Atlas should shore up her finances before she moves on. Except it's Atlas who won't budge, pushing her toward tanned, scruffy, sexy Rylan every chance he gets. One more strike and she's calling the dog out--unless she and Rylan admit that the attraction they're feeling is a game-winning grand slam. . .
(Blurb via Goodreads)
{Details} eARC, 320 pages. Expected publication: April 28th 2015 by Kensington. Source: eARC provided via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review

{Rating} 4/5 - I really liked it!

"Beth Avery couldn't believe the black Great Dane had stopped, dropped and rolled onto his side." (page 1, line 1)
A great summer beach read with laugh out loud moments, a big dog with big plans and two humans in need of love. I am a full on sucker for dogs but I have to admit that Atlas stole my heart. But more about him later.

Beth is a sweetie. Generous, unfailingly kind, an overachiever. She's thoughtful and willing to give her time and affection. She's got a bit of a cloud hanging over her head, something we slowly learn about, but if she hadn't experienced what she had in the past she wouldn't have ended up in Barefoot William building a new family and a new life.

While I liked Rylan as a person - he's really a great guy, supportive, friendly, free with his time and his money, adores his dogs, all things that are characteristics of a great guy - liking him as a romantic lead came a little slower. I mean, he hired her because he wasn't attracted to her and he says he doesn't want her but he doesn't want anyone else to have her. He needed a smack upside his head. But he grew on me as he grew on Beth as the feeling of partnership between them grew. I liked how supportive he was of her. When he sees something that she's good at he wants to help her. He wants her to be happy.

Atlas, the great big Great Dane is the character who really stole the show. Dogs can be seriously smart and manipulative and Atlas definitely is. He's a matchmaker, a sweetheart, and when he accidentally gives Beth a black eye - he's a big, strong dog - he brings her all his toys in an effort to make her feel better. Like I said, he's a sweetheart.

I also have to mention the supporting characters, the extended Cates clan - Rylan seems to be related to nearly everyone in Barefoot William - and Halo and Landon, two of Rylan's teammates who are troublemakers.

If you're looking for a lighthearted love story with entertaining characters give No One Like You a try, I think you'll enjoy it too.

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