Valentine Hound Dog: The Hart Family : Have a Hart

  • by Rachelle Ayala
  • Narrated by Jennifer Groberg
  • Series: Have a Hart
  • 4 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

If you love sweet romances (PG-rating), look no further than Rachelle Ayala's, Have a Hart series. The Harts are a family of San Francisco firefighters. Their family motto is: Heart comes first.
Former fireman Larry Davison covers his burn scars well, by working at an elementary school as a custodian, where he finds a lost hound dog behind the dumpster.
Fashion designer Jenna Hart is in town to do a charity fashion show, when she loses her top model, Little Treat. When Larry turns up with the puppy, she asks him to be in the show and bachelor auction.
Larry's not sure he belongs in a fashion show, and balks at being her good deed. Can Jenna convince Larry, beauty is never skin deep, and love's arrow strikes not only the beautiful, but the bold?
Book 1: Melisa & Rob, Christmas Lovebirds
Book 2: Jenna & Larry, Valentine Hound Dog
Book 3: Connor & Nadine, Spring Fling Kitty
Book 4: Cait & Brian, Blue Chow Christmas
Book 5: Jenna & Larry, Valentine Wedding Hound

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Sweet Valentine Romance!

Jenna Hart, New York fashion designer, has returned home to San Francisco to host a charity fundraiser for the local firefighter's widows and orphan's fund. She tries to convince her fire chief brother Connor to let the firefighters participate in the fundraiser, but he refuses to do anything that might demean them. Jenna picks up a sweet little basset hound from the shelter to persuade him to help her, but she immediately loses the little puppy.

Larry is a former firefighter, injured in a fire and scarred over his face and body. His fiancee left him while he was recovering from his burns and he hasn't dated another woman since. Larry discovers the lost puppy behind a dumpster, and immediately falls in love with him. Larry names him Harley and decides to keep him if he can't find his owner. When he finds out that Jenna is Harley's owner, he's disappointed. Jenna asks him to keep Harley until she can gift him to Connor. She also asks Larry to participate in the fundraiser, but he's reluctant to be on display with his scars.

This is a sweet clean read, it's the second book in the series but can be read as a standalone. I lost my heart to Larry from the first page, he was so vulnerable and sweet, yearning for someone to share his life with. I had a tougher time warming up to Jenna, but I did like that she never flinched or looked away from Larry's scars. She didn't love him in spite of his scars, but because of them. You have to respect a girl like that. The true romance for me was Larry and Harley. I just wanted Larry to get to keep the little guy and every time Larry faced losing him it broke my heart. The Hart family is a riot, and their interactions are just hilarious!

The narrator did a great job, not only with the speaking voices, but with Harley's barks and howls as well. She has a pleasant sounding young voice that worked well for this story. I received a copy of the audiobook, and I'm voluntarily leaving a review. I can't wait for book 3, it's time for Connor to stop meddling with his sisters and have a romance of his own!
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- HeatherY

Always root for the underdog...

Having already fallen in love with the Hart after reading the series, listening to Ms. Groberg brought even more delight. Relaxing delivery and the heart she puts into bringing these characters to life, shines through each word she speaks and character she emotes. Serious subjects delivered with humor, heart and wisdom. Ms. Ayala is good at her craft. Her ability to deliver a story that has every element from laughter, to drama and optimism is one of the reasons I have become a fan. Larry, Jenna and a matchmaking pooch make for a charming combination. Valentine Hound Dog imparts a beautiful lesson in a light heartwarming way. Beauty is the culmination of heart, body and soul not flaws on the outer shell but the light that shines from within. I lost a piece of my heart within this cute tale.
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- Isha Coleman

Book Details

  • Release Date: 08-01-2017
  • Publisher: Rachelle Ayala Publishing, LLC