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I'm so excited to introduce the world to Apollo, the star of THE LOVE DOG! He is a dog after my own heart - sensitive, caring, and fond of snacking between meals. Writing this book was an absolutely joy. I hope you enjoy it!
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Fired from her job as a paralegal, Samantha Novak is in trouble. When Telltale, a Hollywood tabloid, asks her to write an expose on the reality television dating show, The Love Dog, Samantha is thrilled. She’s always dreamed of being a writer, and the fat paycheck won’t hurt. After being recently left at the altar, she’s not too keen on love either.  

Hired as the canine star’s handler, Samantha finds that digging up dirt on set is harder then she thought. Apollo, the show’s star, is a sweet golden retriever who takes his job as the “love dog” very seriously. He only wants to help couples fall in love and make everyone on set happy. Mason Hall, the show’s producer and leading man, is down to earth, charming, and... very attractive.

If Samantha doesn’t reveal to the world that the reality show isn’t exactly “real,” her new career will be over before it starts. But when she falls in love with Apollo and Mason, will she still have the heart to expose The Love Dog’s dirty secrets?

"Watson (whose Dog Days made PW’s 2012 Best Books list) goes back to the dogs with this sweet-spirited charmer. This captivating tale, told from the alternating perspectives of Samantha and Apollo, will have readers sitting up and begging for more." - Publishers Weekly

"Don’t miss this delightful romance, told from the point of view of heroine Samantha and Apollo, the Love Dog, who has the power to help people find love. A quirky and entertaining story, and readers will root for the Love Dog to help the heroine in her very relatable struggle to believe in love again." - Romantic Times Book Reviews


Named one of Publisher's Weekly's five best romance novels of 2012!

Café owner Jessica Sheldon’s fear of canines hardly makes her a dog person.  After the incident in her café the year before in which a dog almost destroyed her café, she’s been labeled the “dog hater” of Madrona, a town that’s famous for its annual dog festival, Woofinstock.  Her life takes a turn at the start of Woofinstock when she rescues Zoë, a white German shepherd who can’t find her way home.  When both Jessica and Zoë are struck by lightning in the town square, the unbelievable happens—the two switch bodies.

publishers weekly starred review"For anyone who has ever wondered what their beloved pets would say if they could talk, this adorable PG-rated love story provides a sweetly imagined answer, with smart poetic justice in the end." - Publishers Weekly

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"I was lucky enough to be an early reader of this book. It's exactly the kind of novel I can't wait to share with fellow readers - I wanted to wave it in everyone's face, saying, 'You must read this!' Dog Days is everything I love in a book – funny, tender, beautifully crafted and cleverly plotted, with a perfect twist of an ending I didn't see coming."
- Susan Wiggs, #1 New York Times bestselling author

"Drop everything and read this book!  Watson's rendering of the inner life of a dog is pitch perfect.  We all wonder what our dogs would do if they had thumbs...now we know. Zoe (dog to human) and Jessica (human to dog) are an unforgettable and unique take on the buddies by accident story.  Brava!"
- Susan Wilson, author of One Good Dog

copyright Elsa Watson 2011