Review: Paws and Prejudice by Alanna Martin

Paws and Prejudice by Alanna Martin

Synopsis and Details:

It’s up to a trio of adorable rescue huskies to make two lonely hearts in a coastal Alaskan town realize that true love is worth too much to turn tail and run.

Glaciers have nothing on Kelsey Porter when she decides to freeze someone out. After getting burned once, she’s not about to let it happen again. And right now all that icy contempt is focused on one annoyingly attractive and entitled interloper: Ian Roth. Not only is he looking to take advantage of her quaint, coastal community, tainting the small-town charm of Helen, Alaska, but he has committed the one crime she can never forgive—he doesn’t like her dogs.

Unlike what Kelsey believes, Ian loves Helen’s charms as much as she does. That’s partly why he’s determined to open a brewery there, and he’s not about to let anything or anyone stop his dream from coming true. But he didn’t count on the beautiful, prickly woman getting under his skin. Or having to be within hand-biting proximity of her three huge huskies.

When Kelsey’s family conscripts her into helping Ian get his brewery off the ground, she finds herself caught between a rock and a hard . . . muscular . . . man who has a fear of dogs. But the longer they work together, the more she can feel herself begin to thaw. Now she’ll have to choose: let sleeping dogs lie to protect her heart, or mush head-on toward love.

Series: Hearts of Alaska #2  |  Genres:  Contemporary, Romance  |  Release Date: June 29, 2021  |  Publisher: Berkley  |  Pages: 336  |  ISBN: 978-0593198858  |  ASIN: B08H18KGJ6  |  Format: ARC  |  Source: NetGalley

Review with Rating:

Rating: 4 out of 5.

In Paws and Prejudice, Kelsey Porter comes across as a slightly bitter woman who cares little for what anyone thinks of her. Honestly, that is part of the charm with this story. We get to learn more about Kelsey and delve under all those layers. With her family’s history and the long-standing feud that is in place, Kelsey is between a rock and a hard place. She has to keep up appearances for the sake of the feud but lately that is something that has been weighing on her. Especially with her father voluntolding her into a project for the one man in town that she has zero desire to be around.

Kelsey and Ian have a strong dislike for each other right from the start. Which is kind of funny because their issues are actually not about each other. Ian doesn’t like her because she has dogs and seems to not like him at all. Kelsey doesn’t like Ian because he apparently doesn’t like dogs, which leads to what kind of human…. type of thinking. Also, she has in mind what the best version of her town should be and the newest business partners in town do not fit into that ideal. She wants what she thinks is right but over the course of the story Kelsey starts to realize that maybe she needs to see everything taking place through a different lens.

There’s a lot to unpack in Paws and Prejudice but I didn’t want to leave out the adorable furry factor. If you love dogs, specifically huskies, then this story is going to appeal to you. Kelsey and her brother have the cutest pups. If you like characters who are a little messy and have to face situations that give them reasons to evaluate their behaviors, then this story will appeal to you. Basically, this story is very appealing and the characters are relatable as well. Although, I could see how some readers might be turned off by Kelsey buuuttt I think that is what made this story enjoyable. She had plenty of growth potential and what reader doesn’t want to be a part of that?! Overall, Paws and Prejudice is a cute enemies-to-lovers romance with many lovable characters to enjoy. 

*Thank you to Berkley & NetGalley for this eARC of Paws and Prejudice*

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This review is based on a complimentary book I received. It is an honest and voluntary review. The complimentary receipt of it in no way affected my review or rating.

About the Author:

Growing up, Alanna Martin wanted to be an astronaut, a doctor, and an actor – possibly all at once. After nine years of studying psychology, she somehow became a writer instead. This turned out to be the best career choice of all because she can work in her pajamas while drinking wine. She firmly believes in the power of fluffy books, long walks in the woods, and that there’s no such thing as too much coffee.

Represented by Rebecca Strauss at DeFiore & Company.

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