BDBR: Love, By George by Debra Salonen

March 19, 2010

Title: Love, By George

Author: Debra Salonen

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Publisher: Harlequin

Publication Date: August 1, 2007













“Name: George

Breed: Harlequin Great Dane

Identifying Traits: One blue eye, one brown eye… and a propensity for trouble!

George was last seen escaping from the hoem of his recently divorced owner, restaurateur Brad Ralston. He wasn’t wearing a leach and had a mischievous glint in his eye and is probably headed for Paws Spa, where single mom Kara Williams can be found grooming dogs and nursing her old crush on Brad.

Canine suspect is unarmed, but has an agenda-possibly recognizing two of his favorite humans, Brad and Kara, are so busy protecting their wounds from past hurts they can’t see what’s plainly under George’s nose. If you see this dog, please do not report him immediately. He’s got matchmaking to do.”


I have to say this book caught my eye because of the cover. I’m a sucker for love stories involving pets, especially dogs, and when I saw this cover with one of my favorite dog breeds on it, a Great Dane, I just had to get my hands on it and read the story.

George, is a big, lovable, gentle, sweet, “talkative”, Great Dane who reminds me so much of Bear aka Bubba Dog. I’m not sure if anyone else notices these sorts of things about their pets, maybe it’s just because I tend to notice more things than some people, but my dog has a very expressive face just like George and is very “talkative” too. Bear has this thing where he raises his eyebrows a lot and talks back to me when he doesn’t agree with what I’m saying or when he just needs to voice his opinion. It’s quite adorable and I can’t help laughing everytime he does it, he especially knows to do it when he’s in trouble because he knows I just can’t stay mad at him when he talks back to me and gives me his puppy dog look. Throughout the whole story just the little things George did made me giggle and smile, those are the best kinds of stories, if you can make me laugh and bring a smile to my face your story is worth the read.

Kara, the heroine of the story reminded me a little of myself. She’s very kind hearted and talks to the animals like they’re human beings and are involved in the conversation right along with you. I’m the same way. I know I sound crazy, but I honestly believe pets can understand what we’re saying and if they could talk they’d definately answer. They’re great listeners and even though they can’t speak they’re there for you no matter what. She’s also afraid of being hurt and doesn’t want to get involved with Brad even though she still has a crush on him, and she puts her twin 5 year old daughters, Sadie and Sophie, above all else, they’re her world and are just like their mother, they’re love for animals is absolutely adorable.

Recently divorced Brad, the hero in the story, has a 14 year old son named Justin. Brad is a hard working man, but is also very distant and isn’t close to his son. He was too hurt and mad at his ex-wife, Lynette, to bother and fight for her and try to make their marriage work. He ends up noticing these things, wanting to change. and make his relationship stronger with Justin. He’s also a restaurant owner and a chef which I just love! Some of the recipes he cooked in the story I’ve never tried making and I’m tempted to look for the recipes. They sound amazing, especially the pear tart with chocolate hazelnut sauce dessert, sounds yummy, huh? 😀

Another character in the story I just had to talk a bit about is Justin, Brad’s son. Justin is a rebellious 14 year old who reminded me a bit of my younger sister, Demitra. When our parents divorced my sister rebeled just like Justin and got in to quite a bit of trouble in school. The author did a great job of explaining how some children react to parents divorcing, every child is different, but divorces effect children in a lot of the same ways. I felt for Justin and knew exactly how he was feeling.

Overall, the story was a good read. I’d recommend it to anyone who has a soft spot for animals and enjoys a good light romance story with a few kids thrown in. 🙂


If you’d like to purchase Love, By George just click on one of the links below:


Amazon (Kindle Format) 

Barnes & Noble (only available in ebook format and used format)

Also, be sure to check out Debra Solnen’s other books and her website!

Hugs & Happy Reading,

Dani ~ aka The Romance Book Addict


  1. This sounds SO cute 🙂

  2. Yeah sounds really ok and nice.

  3. I love the dog on this cover!
    I used to see a few of them at the dog park and they are pretty intimidating. So sweet though and so beautiful – just watch out for your toes!

    Great Review Dani!

    Terry Kate
    Romance in the Backseat

  4. Yes, a great cover, but a fantastic story.

  5. We are planning a Minnesota/Wisconsin Meet up for book bloggers and I knew you were a Minnesota blogger so thought I would make sure you knew about this. It is in October and the details are on my blog. If you are interested I can send you more information 🙂

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