Sara Renault has to do the unthinkable and fire Rory O’Connor from his part-time position at a Boston art museum. What she doesn’t anticipate is Rory’s reaction to the news. Instead of him being mad or upset that he just lost his job, he’s excited to throw caution to the wind and tries his hand at leaning over to kiss Sara, his boss in which he’s had a crush on. When the initial shock wears off, they both seem to be fine with what just transpired. So much so they decide to begin dating. Things move along for them at a fast clip and many things happen during their rollercoaster together, but nothing is as heartbreaking as when Cody, Sara’s beloved dog, is stolen by her maniacal ex-boyfriend. Since she blames Rory for this happening, he must step up and try to find Cody to make amends with Sara. Does Rory find Cody? Are Sara and Rory able to work through this major obstacle in their relationship?

I thought this book had a fun premise to it and I enjoyed reading the madcap adventure Rory had to go through in order to try and track down Cody. I loved that Cody was in the storyline and to be honest, he was the reason I decided to review this story. I have to be honest. Although I loved Cody, I found Rory and Sara a bit annoying for my taste at times. Everything they did seemed a bit over the top for me and it just took away from me giving this story a higher rating. One thing that I just had a tough time getting past was just how quickly Sara and Rory’s relationship moved from stage to stage. I understand that some people move quite quickly to higher stages in their relationships, but it just didn’t work for me in this story. Overall this was a good book that helped me pass the time.

Book Blurb for Stepdog

From the author of The Fool’s Tale and I, Iago comes a disarmingly charming and warm-hearted “romcom” about a woman, her dog, and the man who has to prove that he is good enough for both of them.

Sara Renault fired Rory O’Connor from his part-time job at a Boston art museum, and in response, Rory—an Irish actor secretly nursing a crush on his beautiful boss—threw caution to the wind, leaned over, and kissed her. Now Sara and Rory are madly in love.

When Rory’s visa runs out on the cusp of his big Hollywood break, Sara insists that he marry her to get a green card. In a matter of weeks they’ve gone from being friendly work colleagues to a live-in couple, and it’s all grand . . . except for Sara’s dog, Cody, who had been a gift from Sara’s sociopath ex-boyfriend. Sara’s over-attachment to her dog is the only thing she and Rory fight about.

When Rory scores both his green card and the lead role in an upcoming TV pilot, he and Sara (and Cody) prepare to move to Los Angeles. But just before their departure, Cody is kidnapped by Sara’s ex—and it is entirely Rory’s fault. Sara is furious and broken-hearted. Desperate to get back into Sara’s good graces, Rory takes off and tracks Cody and the dog-napper to North Carolina. Can Rory rescue Cody and convince Sara that they belong together—with Cody—as a family? First they’ll need to survive a madcap adventure that takes them all across the heartland of America.

Stepdog is a refreshing and hilarious romantic comedy that asks: How far would you go for the one you love?

Night Owl Reviews Jul, 2015 3.00