New Tricks, Kelly Moran

Netgalley copy in exchange for an honest review. 

The Blurb 

Loving someone is something you never forget how to do . . .

Zoe Hornsby has enough on her plate. Her pet grooming business tucked inside her friends’ veterinarian clinic is busy, and all her free time outside of work is dedicated to caring for her mother’s ailing mind. Dating is certainly not on her agenda. For all she cares, the town gossips of Redwood Ridge, Oregon, can set their matchmaking sights on someone else. Because no way would she consider sexy veterinarian Drake O'Grady her perfect guy. Once upon a time, she may have harbored a little crush, but he’d only had eyes for her best friend. And the crazy attraction building between her and Drake now? Down boy, down.

After Drake lost his wife to cancer, he’s finally clawed his way out of grief and beginning to feel more like a part of the human race. But he’s appalled to learn his prying family thinks he's ready to jump in the dating pool. And the woman they thrust at him couldn’t be more inappropriate. As his dead wife’s best friend, Zoe is off limits. Even if they seem to share a common sadness, she is too potent a personality to get romantically tangled with. Yet she’s making his heart beat and blood roar like he never thought it could again. And he doesn't want to just exist anymore . . .

My Thoughts 


I was so happy when I was granted access to the third book in the Redwood Ridge series, because it meant reading more about characters I loved dearly already!

I fell head over heels for Drake, let's be honest here: his character was incredibly well-written, raw and most importantly, extremely realistic. Zoe's one was beautiful, too, and their interactions had me grinning like an idiot during my train journey. I had to look up from my book every once in a while to check if no one was looking at me funny.

The pace was intense and fast, and their romance burning so slow I could not wait for it to fully bloom. And I loved it when it did!

It was fun, quick to read and I had the best time between those pages, with these characters I love dearly. 


Selected Quotes

  • "Love looked good on Cade." 
  • "Zoe's grin could've slayed monsters into submission." 
  • "Zoe was like bashing his head repeatedly against a brick wall and coming back for more." 
  • "Have I ever mentioned how much I adore the sound you make when you're silent?" 
  • "Love wasn't just an emotion for him. It was a way of life." 
  • "The sentimentality in him sometimes could decimate." 
  • "Every Y chromosome-carrying human in here is watching you.
    - Just the Y's? That's disappointing."



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