Review: Paws for Christmas by Mariah Lynne

Title: Paws for Christmas

Author: Mariah Lynne

Publication Date: Nov. 3, 2020

Synopsis: It’s the Holidays and Jessica Munroe seems destined for misery. Nonetheless she is trying to make the best of it. Her fiancé Jake, an emergency room doctor, dumped her for his nurse and just two weeks prior, she had to put her dog, her best friend, Mazy to sleep.

The pain of losing both the man she loved and her best friend has taken her to a new low. Jessica, determined not to stay down, is now hard at work trying to push through the holiday season by doubling up on Christmas lights and decorations she’s putting up outside her residence.

As Jessica works, a big brown scruffy dog appears in her yard and refuses to leave when she tries to shoo him away. He’s filthy, looks hungry, and seems like he needs help. A dog lover, Jessica takes him to her vet who discovers a metal bone shaped tag buried in his matted fur. The tag reveals his name, Sam, and a phone number to call if he is lost or injured.

Sam’s owner Trey Musgrove is in the hospital the victim of a head-on collision. Now Jessica’s life is about to change forever thanks to Sam, this big brown scruffy lovable dog.

Side effects of reading PAWS FOR CHRISTMAS are a happy heart, an uplifted spirit, new confidence in the future, and a smile on your face!

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My Review:

Jessica’s holiday isn’t off to a great start. After the break-up with her fiancee, who left her for another woman, and the death of her beloved dog, Jessica is determined to remain positive. When a scruffy dog appears in her yard and refuses to leave, Jessica brings him to the local vet and tries to find his owner.

Jessica learns that the dog’s name is Sam, and his owner, Trey, is hospitalized – a victim of a drunk driver. When Jessica reconnects Sam with Trey, she realizes that her holiday is starting to look up. Trey is handsome and charming, and he and Jessica connect instantly.

Jessica and Trey are a well-suited couple. They are both kind and sincere, and they have such positive outlooks on life even when things aren’t going their way. I also like that they are both so caring and selfless. Jessica, for example, takes in a stray dog (Sam), gets Sam medical attention, and then looks for Sam’s owner while sheltering the dog. Like Jessica, Trey is generous and often shows how appreciative he is of those who help him and Sam.

Sam is so sweet and charming! He has a jubilant and playful personality that endears everyone he meets. I love that this wonderful dog brought Jessica and Trey together. They probably never would have met if Jessica hadn’t happened upon Sam, and I like how Sam seems to connect people on so many different levels.

A sweet contemporary romance with a wonderful holiday spirit, Paws for Christmas is a heart-warming story. I do wish that there was a little more showing and a little less telling, but overall it is a light and fun read. Thanks so much to the author for a copy of the book in exchange for my honest review.


Favorite Parts:

  • Sam! He’s a lovable and charming pup!
  • The romance. Jessica and Trey have a sweet insta-love connection.
  • The holiday atmosphere.


I think this story will appeal to readers who like quick and sweet contemporary romance with a great HEA.

6 thoughts on “Review: Paws for Christmas by Mariah Lynne

  1. Well, my 1st Christmas story will be A Christmas Carol- the very first story in A Christmas Treasury is that one.

    The rest of that treasury are other Christmas classics- ones I never heard of

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