Ruff and Tumble (Mass Market Paperbound)

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Adorable puppies, emotional pasts, and a happily ever after!

Ruff and Tumble was a bestseller at Inklings this summer and it is easy to see why.. Adorable puppies, emotional pasts, and a happily ever after... the perfect read to submerge yourself in! 

"If there was a way to hide a heavily pregnant golden retriever under a desk, Hailey had yet to discover it."

Hailey is a production assistant for the Puppy Cup. It is pretty much what it sounds like, puppies "playing football". The Puppy Cup is an yearly event where rescue dogs simulate playing football during the football season. Hailey therefore knows all things puppy and all things football. Especially the Seattle Lumberjacks.

What she doesn't know is family. She lost her parents young and grew up in the foster system. She is a pre-teen by the time she is adopted and her adoptive father leaves her too soon. She has no one, just the puppies. It is a lonely life but she is going through the motions and making it work. She loves her job, she loves fostering pups, and takes immense joy in finding homes for all the rescue dogs used in the Puppy Cup after the event. 

Cole's entire life is football. His family has dedicated their whole lives to his career. His sister is his manager and his father sees the career he was not able to have on Cole. Cole must succeed for them, for his team, and his fans... Except he is not sure he can. A past injury is hurting more than he is letting on and he needs a way out. Hailey and her puppies might not be the way out he needs exactly, but he knows a way they can help with the transition. 

They meet in an elevator with a big mama golden retriever ready to pop. The elevator is old and breaks down. The moments that followed were tense but also very beautiful. Their relationship was fun to read. Hailey knows football well and has a lot of things to say, not all -if much- very nice. Cole appreciates the honesty. She sees him for who he is and not just 'the' star quarterback. The problems start when she realizes he is failing to see there is more to life than football. That yes, his family will be devastated when they learn he can't play anymore, but he at least has a loving family, something she can only dream of. 

The book is cute and fun to read, how could it not be with so many puppies? But it also pulls at your heartstrings. A great weekend read!

— Anne Zastrow

Description


It's the most anticipated sporting even of the year: PUPPY FOOTBALL But this year things get a little complicated when:

  • The hottest professional quarterback in Seattle goes toe-to-toe with
  • A determined production assistant of the yearly Puppy Cup and
  • Her adorably bumbling pack of puppies
  • In a showdown that'll leave everyone happy ever after.

As a production assistant for the Puppy Cup, Hailey Lincoln knows all things puppies and football. She also knows all things Cole Bennett, star quarterback for the Seattle Lumberjacks and sexiest man alive. But years spent cheering for Cole from the sidelines never prepared her to meet his famous winning grin--or his unexpected plea for help.

Cole's entire life revolves around football, but that's not the future he wants. He's in a bind: if he leaves the spotlight, he risks disappointing his team, his fans, and his incredibly tight-knit family. He needs a bit of good PR to help him out, and Hailey (and her puppies) are perfect for the job.

But winning at puppy football is only the start. If Hailey really wants to win--the game, the man, and the family she never thought could be hers--she needs to pull out all the stops. And Cole, who's spent his entire life playing a game, has to realize that losing football isn't nearly as catastrophic as losing the woman he loves.

AS APPEALING AS A PUPPY.--Publishers Weekly STARRED for Puppy Christmas



Product Details
ISBN: 9781728225975
ISBN-10: 1728225973
Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca
Publication Date: June 29th, 2021
Pages: 312
Language: English