Love Out Loud
Author: Mariss Clarke
Series: Animal Attraction, book 3
Publisher: Entangled: Lovestruck (June 6, 2022)
ebook, 218 pages
Romance, Adult Contemporary Romance
Veterinarian Fiona Nichols does not do well in stressful social situations. A little babble here, saying the absolutely wrong thing there. But that doesn’t stop Fiona from checking out the delectably hot guy in her building…from afar. Fate apparently has a nasty sense of humor, though.
Somehow Fiona gets herself and Hot Guy stuck in the building’s revolving door—all thanks to a certain squeaky dog toy…that unfortunately looks decidedly, uh, penile.
Must be time to meet the neighbors.
Turns out that Jake Ward is Fiona’s new public-speaking coach. A hot extrovert who always knows what to say. Fiona should hate the man on sight. Instead, she’s only finding him more attractive. And now she’s finally getting out of her comfort zone…only to get in over her head.
You KNOW I love a hot mess heroine, and Fiona manages both to be a total hot mess and also super confident and competent. It’s a very attractive combo!
Like the other books in the Animal Attraction series, Love Out Loud is a fun, flirty, light read. There are plenty of laugh out loud moments (like the meet cute between Fiona, Jake, and Sir Squashalot…) and also some very tender ones. I feel like, while both characters go through some great personal growth, it’s really Fiona who helps Jake grow the most (despite him being hired to help her with public speaking!) Their chemistry is so cute, and there’s a bit of a slow burn as they both try to resist and keep their relationship professional/platonic.
This is a very short book (just over 200 pages) and is the 3rd book in the Animal Attraction series. It can be read as a standalone, but the heroines from the first two books do appear in this one as side characters and there may be minor spoilers for the earlier books in the series.
I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book. All opinions are unbiased and my own.