Wednesday 28 January 2015

Blog Tour - For Keeps by Rachel Lacey


Title: For Keeps
Series: Love to the Rescue #2
Author: Rachel Lacey
Publisher: Forever Romance
Release Date: January 27, 2015


Merry Atwater would do just about anything to save her dog rescue - even if it means working with the most stubborn man on the planet. It's hard to avoid the sparks that fly with TJ Jameson, the ruggedly sexy cowboy in charge of the children's camp where she's just taken an animal therapy job. But commitment is not Merry's style, and TJ clearly wants more than just a roll in the hay.

TJ Jameson isn't looking for anything complicated-just a peaceful life on his family's ranch with a wife and kids. "No-strings" Merry Atwater doesn't fit that bill, no matter how irresistible she is. But when he sees how Merry gets through to his autistic nephew and the other kids at Camp Blue Sky, TJ's a goner. If he doesn't give in to the now, he might just lose his shot at forever . . .


As soon as I read the synopsis for this book and saw that it was about dogs and that the H/h would most likely drive each other crazy, I was all like, sign me up! I'm a total dog person and I love the whole love/hate/fighting type of relationship, so there was no question that this would be a slam dunk with me. For Keeps, for the most part, was such a great, sweet, fun book that had me laughing and smiling and loving it the whole way through!

Well, ladies, if you love cowboys, I have no doubts that T.J. Jameson will steal your heart. He is such an amazing guy and he's so sweet, he's really just adorable. He's definitely someone you can count on, he's a gentleman...mostly, but by his own admission, he can be bad too. T.J. also has a stubborn jerkish side to him as well, but I liked it because then he and Merry would get into arguments that only fueled the heat between them and just made things hotter! 

Merry was just wonderful! She's strong, stubborn, determined, and she'll do whatever she can to help all of her dogs. She's had a hard past and so she kind of has hang-ups which make her resist a real relationship with T.J. at first, but I understood and it didn't annoy me. In fact, I really loved her character, especially how far she went for her dogs, and whenever she challenged T.J. because hello -- HOT! Plus any woman who names two of her foster dogs Chip and Salsa is someone I want to be around! 

The dogs, of course, were the best out of everybody! They were charming, sweet, fun, and silly. They will melt your heart and have you laughing and smiling at all their crazy antics. 

Although For Keeps is a mostly light-hearted read, it does have its share of heartbreaking moments too. They made my heart hurt for the characters and what they had to go through, but the sadness led to some beautiful moments that made every bit of pain worth it the end. This was just an awesome beautiful story, I loved it, and I'm so excited for the next book in the series! 

For Keeps is a standalone told from dual points of view and it does have a HEA for both humans and animals.

~ Review by Paige


Rachel Lacey lives in North Carolina, with her husband, son, and their own rescued pup. She volunteers her spare time with Carolina Boxer Rescue and truly has a passion for helping our furry friends. She is a member of the Romance Writers of America as well as her local Heart of Carolina RWA chapter.

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