Review: Love and Let Bark by Alanna Martin


Release date: November 21, 2021

Publisher: Berkley Romance

Genre: Contemporary Romance


When Nate Porter left Helen, Alaska, to become a firefighter with the Forest Service, he claimed it was because he craved adventure. The truth was, he couldn’t stand to hang around, pining for a girl the town’s century-old feud meant he could never have. But Nate got over Lydia Lipin years ago, or so he thought until he learns that an old rival has come sniffing around. The solution—a trip home with his rescue puppies to prove to himself he completely extinguished that old flame.

Lydia Lipin has always been satisfied being the “good” Lipin daughter—dutiful, practical, and always putting others before herself. But that role begins to chafe as Nate’s return ignites old memories. No one in town knew about their secret friendship or those forbidden kisses they stole the summer after graduation. Suddenly, Nate and his puppies are everywhere, and sparks are flying.

When Nate realizes he never got over Lydia, he’ll risk everything for a second chance. But Lydia’s not a risk-taker, and she has to make a choice—play it safe and pretend their summer fling was just puppy love, or step out of the family shadow and unleash her heart.


This is the third book in a series and I haven’t read the first two, which may have been a mistake. I wasn’t confused or anything, I just wasn’t very connected to the characters and I’m not sure if it was just the leads here and it wouldn’t had mattered if I had read the first two, or maybe I needed to be more invested in the town. I know part of the reason that I wasn’t that invested was because the conflict centered around Nate and Lydia having to keep their relationship a secret due to an ongoing feud between their two families. While I understood their need to keep things under wraps as teenagers, I didn’t quite buy it now that they’re adults. It just seemed really silly and trivial and since that was a main part of the issue, I never fully got behind them as a couple. There was still stuff to like here, it was pretty cute especially if you’re a dog lover and the setting was pretty and well described. I would definitely try this author again, this just wasn’t my fave but if you like second chance romance and cute pups you may like this more than I did.

Overall rating: 3/5

Thanks to the publisher for my review copy.

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