Cute romance with an adorable dog

Crushed (Foster Puppies Book 1)Crushed by A.R. Steele

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

2.5* There’s a lot of good things in this book. It’s fairly low angst, it has a cute dog and her litter of puppies, it has a tinge of sadness to stop it being overly sweet and it has a lovely epilogue.

I liked Harley, he was simple in his ways, no manipulation or falseness in his character, he knew what he wanted and wasn’t afraid to let it out. Tynan on the other hand, took some warming to. He was repressed and closed off and not particularly nice for a while.

Eventually though, he found the inner strength to be himself and do what made him happy. They made a sweet pair and I did find the relationship development believable.

Steam factor is on the low side, a lot happens off page or fades to black but there are also times when they come together and it felt organic and emotionally connected.

But there’s loads of gay stereotyping goes on in this book which made me roll my eyes a lot. Also there’s no actual story narrative, not a lot happens other than an act of dramady which felt out of place.

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