Paws for Love by Dana Mentink (review by Kristi)


About the book:  The Only Thing Sweet About Jellybean Is His Name
Jellybean the terrier is about to unleash some serious mayhem on the unsuspecting town of Albatross.

There’s no quiet on the set when over-the-hill screen star Lawrence Tucker brings his naughty terrier, Jellybean, on location to the beachside town of Albatross, California. When Jellybean develops a rapport with Tucker’s violin tutor, the painfully shy, socially awkward Misty Agnelli, her arm is twisted into minding the obnoxious animal. Trailing Jellybean leads Misty into the candy store of Bill Woodson, a handsome chocolatier with a painful secret and a three-year-old niece to raise.

Misty must deal with the unstable Tucker, a temperamental Jellybean, her budding feelings for the mysterious Bill, and the high-pressure atmosphere on the set. Though she wants nothing more than to flee, how can she tell her Grandma, Lawrence Tucker’s biggest fan, that she abandoned the star and his dog?

It’s actors, animals, and antics galore when Jellybean gives his own heartwarming performance.

Published February 1, 2017, by Harvest House Publishers


My review: This was a nice, sweet read with the perfect balance of funny and serious. The story was nice, the characters were real, and then there was Jellybean. This dog just completely stole the show.

Jellybean is quite the character. (I think perhaps he is loosely based on Dana’s own little mischief maker, Junie.) His antics had me smiling and even laughing out loud. On the other hand, he is a sweet little guy who is tuned into the feelings of others and provides love and comfort when needed. Dana did a great job of bringing this character to life and really showing the soul of a dog. The scenes with Jellybean and Fiona were really sweet.

Misty and Bill were also easy to like characters. They seemed real and have issues of their own that they were trying to deal with. There was a bit of a surprise in the storyline that kept me wondering and I won’t say what it was but just that it was very well written. Dana handles the issue with respect and understanding, and I thought she did a fantastic job of writing it into the story.

Paws for Love is a book that will make you smile, laugh, and perhaps shed a tear. Jellybean is a character that you won’t soon forget. If you love dogs then this book is a must-read and definitely one for the keeper shelf. Two paws up!

I received a free copy of this book from the author. I was not required to write a review and all opinions are mine.


About the author:  Dana Mentink enjoys writing in many different capacities. She currently writes for Harlequin’s Love Inspired Suspense, Harlequin Heartwarming and Harvest House Publishers.

Dana is the recipient of a Romantic Times Reviewer’s Choice Award and an ACFW Carol Award as well as a Holt Medallion Merit Award winner.

Dana loves feedback from her readers.

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