Pug Actually

Mira: Harlequin. Jun. 2021. 320p. ISBN 9780778311232. pap. $15.99. F
Doug the pug is the charming narrator of Dunn’s (Then I Met You) delightful, quirky novel about a dog and his girl. Julie, the girl, is a bit of a mess. Her relationship history is hit-or-miss, and her current love interest/booty call is her boss, a serial philanderer cheating on his wife, who is pregnant with twins. Julie’s best friend Priya gives her good advice: dump him. But Julie is convinced that Luke will one day come around, leave his wife, and make her the happiest woman in the world. Fortunately, Priya and Doug have other plans. When Doug accidentally-on-purpose injures himself at the dog park, a friendly vet patches up his ear and begins the process of patching up Julie’s sorry love life and self-esteem.
VERDICT There’s no big reveal, and (predictably) the right boy gets the girl and the villain is vanquished, but this amusing little novel is still a rollicking good time that will tickle readers’ funny bones with some lovely, laugh-out-loud moments. A word of caution: Reading this in public may cause uncontrollable laughter and create a scene.
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