Love at First Bark by Jude Willhoff
True love doesn’t have to be perfect—it just has to be true.
Dyan Evans is reluctant to return to Dogwood, Colorado where Jack Donovan broke her heart nine years ago. But she’s inherited the family realty business and is determined to make a success of it. With any luck, she can avoid seeing him altogether.
Unfortunately, fate has other plans. Jack has grown into a handsome, caring man, and now works for the Dogwood police department, which she is forced to deal with all too often as she attracts funny, oddball situations like a magnet. Though her feelings for him start to stir again, she backs off when she learns he is engaged to her high-school nemesis, Carolyn.
Jack isn’t sure how he let himself get manipulated into this engagement with Carolyn, but when Dyan shows up in his life again, he realizes how much he still cares for his high-school sweetheart. He has to break it off with Carolyn before he can pursue Dyan, but he doesn’t want to hurt Carolyn’s feelings. Rock, meet hard place. Maybe he can convince Carolyn breaking the engagement is her idea.
Despite Dyan’s frequent misadventures as a real estate broker, and the chaos they often cause, Jack feels the chemistry between them grow. But his principles won’t allow him to pursue Dyan until he’s a free man. If that ever happens, can he convince Dyan to let the past go and plan a future with him?
Love at First Bark is a stand-alone sweet romance, third in the Dogwood series (may be read in any order). If you like reading about second chances, matchmaking dogs, and humorous situations, you’ll enjoy this book.