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Must Love Dogs meets My Not So Perfect Life in this hilarious romantic comedy about a dog trainer who’s a master at managing her four-legged friends, but when it comes to her love life...let’s just say she still has a lot to learn. Cora Bellamy is a woman who thrives on organization. She’s successfully run her own dog training business for years, perfectly content with her Must Love Dogs meets My Not So Perfect Life in this hilarious romantic comedy about a dog trainer who’s a master at managing her four-legged friends, but when it comes to her love life...let’s just say she still has a lot to learn. Cora Bellamy is a woman who thrives on organization. She’s successfully run her own dog training business for years, perfectly content with her beloved rescue pitbull as the main man in her life. She’s given everything to her business, and her lack of social life (or slobber-free clothes) has been completely worth it. But all that changes when she meets Charlie Gill, the hottest client she’s ever had. The only problem? Charlie’s taken. Luckily, Cora has a new friend—the sweet, lovably geeky Eli Crawford. More loyal than a retriever, he’s always there to help Cora with her problems, including her love life. That’s why she’s shocked to realize that even as things start heating up with Charlie, there might just be a more-than-friends spark between her and Eli, too. As Cora’s life gets more tangled up than a dogwalker’s leashes—and as she prepares to audition for a dog-training TV show that may irrevocably change her entire life—she has to figure things out before it all goes straight to the dogs. Charming, witty, and warm-hearted, Life on the Leash inspires you to cheer for every underdog looking for love.


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Must Love Dogs meets My Not So Perfect Life in this hilarious romantic comedy about a dog trainer who’s a master at managing her four-legged friends, but when it comes to her love life...let’s just say she still has a lot to learn. Cora Bellamy is a woman who thrives on organization. She’s successfully run her own dog training business for years, perfectly content with her Must Love Dogs meets My Not So Perfect Life in this hilarious romantic comedy about a dog trainer who’s a master at managing her four-legged friends, but when it comes to her love life...let’s just say she still has a lot to learn. Cora Bellamy is a woman who thrives on organization. She’s successfully run her own dog training business for years, perfectly content with her beloved rescue pitbull as the main man in her life. She’s given everything to her business, and her lack of social life (or slobber-free clothes) has been completely worth it. But all that changes when she meets Charlie Gill, the hottest client she’s ever had. The only problem? Charlie’s taken. Luckily, Cora has a new friend—the sweet, lovably geeky Eli Crawford. More loyal than a retriever, he’s always there to help Cora with her problems, including her love life. That’s why she’s shocked to realize that even as things start heating up with Charlie, there might just be a more-than-friends spark between her and Eli, too. As Cora’s life gets more tangled up than a dogwalker’s leashes—and as she prepares to audition for a dog-training TV show that may irrevocably change her entire life—she has to figure things out before it all goes straight to the dogs. Charming, witty, and warm-hearted, Life on the Leash inspires you to cheer for every underdog looking for love.

30 review for Life on the Leash

  1. 4 out of 5

    Melisa

    5 big old ginormous stars for this book from me! Any book that gives you chills at the end deserves a full sweep! I loved everything about this book - not only did it appeal to my love of dogs but it was so, so much more. It was about the kindness and compassion of people like our main character, Cora, who have made such a difference in the lives of animals. I have three rescue dogs myself, so this was especially close to my heart. The message here is an important one. It was also a realistic de 5 big old ginormous stars for this book from me! Any book that gives you chills at the end deserves a full sweep! I loved everything about this book - not only did it appeal to my love of dogs but it was so, so much more. It was about the kindness and compassion of people like our main character, Cora, who have made such a difference in the lives of animals. I have three rescue dogs myself, so this was especially close to my heart. The message here is an important one. It was also a realistic depiction of dog training with positive reinforcement instead of negativity and abuse. But! It’s not just about dogs! We have a villain, two love interests, and a landscaping competition reality show. There was humor and depth and romance. I loved the comic relief from Cora’s roommate and best friend, Maggie. I adored Eli and his salsa dancing and giant heart. And the dogs - they all had their own personalities and were important characters! I highly recommend this to animal lovers! You will not be disappointed! A huge thank you to Gallery Books for my early copy. This one will be available September 18th!

  2. 5 out of 5

    Kendall

    Happy pub day to this fantastic furry read!! Get your hands on this. Oh my gosh this was such a fun and adorable book!! First off... LOVE the title of this book and the cover! Life on the Leash is a perfect mix of humor, love, friendship, and even a lil mix of romance :) You can help but love on your main character Cora. Cora has her own dog training business in Washington D.C and has such a huge heart helping her fellow dog companions. Cora finds an amazing opportunity to audition for a tv show Happy pub day to this fantastic furry read!! Get your hands on this. Oh my gosh this was such a fun and adorable book!! First off... LOVE the title of this book and the cover! Life on the Leash is a perfect mix of humor, love, friendship, and even a lil mix of romance :) You can help but love on your main character Cora. Cora has her own dog training business in Washington D.C and has such a huge heart helping her fellow dog companions. Cora finds an amazing opportunity to audition for a tv show that is right up her alley... training for dogs. While Cora has the reality show on her mind, she meets a new client Charlie Gill that is practically the man of her dreams. But, only one tiny issue... he comes with his other half Maddison. On the upside, Cora meets a new friend Eli, who may turn out to be more then just her friend. Can Cora get it together and untangle her web of leashes between these two men and compete for this reality show?! This book was so refreshing to me... I can't tell you how nice it is to see something different then the typical dark thrillers. Victoria Schade is new author for me but one I am definitely going to put on my radar moving forward as should you! :) If you love dogs like I do, a little bit of romance, and quirky yet sassy characters then this is the perfect women's fiction novel for you. 4.25 stars rounded up on this one! This is one not to miss and to pre-order! :) Huge thank you to Gallery and Netgalley for an advanced arc in exchange for my honest review. Published to GR: 6/29/18 Publication date: 9/18/18

  3. 4 out of 5

    Holly B

     Cora is a successful dog trainer and her love of dogs is a priority in her life, but could Mr. Right be in her near future? Cora spends all her time training dogs for clients that really have no clue about dog ownership (yes, we do have to train them to potty outside).  She is a hero to the dogs she helps and she has the special touch it takes to understand the pups.  The one thing that is missing from her life is that special man (he needs to be a dog lover of course).  One of her new clients  Cora is a successful dog trainer and her love of dogs is a priority in her life, but could Mr. Right be in her near future? Cora spends all her time training dogs for clients that really have no clue about dog ownership (yes, we do have to train them to potty outside).  She is a hero to the dogs she helps and she has the special touch it takes to understand the pups.  The one thing that is missing from her life is that special man (he needs to be a dog lover of course).  One of her new clients is quite the hunk, but he has a gorgeous girlfriend. He is taken, but she wishes he would act like it (yep, I know the type) and stop all the shenanigans. Dog lovers will love the mishaps, the adventures and the gentle training methods Cora uses to help her clients with their pups. She doesn't mind getting sloppy kisses or muddy paw prints on her clothes. How could I not love her? A sparkling story that was full of laughs, four-legged friends and a few compromising situations. This was the perfect light and fluffy read I needed. Thanks to Gallery Books for my ARC. Review will post to Amazon/BN on publication date Sept. 18,2018

  4. 5 out of 5

    Iryna (Book and Sword)

    3.5/5 stars This review wouldn't be complete without a picture of my own dog, so reading world, meet Luna (named after a Luna-cat in Sailor Moon). The main reason as to why I picked this book up: "Cora Bellamy is a woman who thrives on organization. She’s successfully run her own dog training business for years, perfectly content with her beloved rescue pitbull as the main man in her life." Sure, the cover caught my eye too, but once I saw the words rescued pitbull I was sold. As an owner of a pitl 3.5/5 stars This review wouldn't be complete without a picture of my own dog, so reading world, meet Luna (named after a Luna-cat in Sailor Moon). The main reason as to why I picked this book up: "Cora Bellamy is a woman who thrives on organization. She’s successfully run her own dog training business for years, perfectly content with her beloved rescue pitbull as the main man in her life." Sure, the cover caught my eye too, but once I saw the words rescued pitbull I was sold. As an owner of a pitlab mix dog I am sick and tired of people judging the poor breed for what we, as humans, did to them (and sadly still continue to do). Will a cub tiger try to eat you or will it cuddle you? Baby animals do not learn their instincts until they are are taught them - by their mother or by a human. As shocking as it sounds a pitbull dog doesn't want to fight another dog for your entertainment . But it will do it if its trained to do so. So before you call a pitbull (or a doberman, or a boxer or whatever breed you have prejudice with) a monster, think about the true monsters behind the dog who enjoy watching innocent animals fight to death so they can make money on it. I got a bit off topic over there, but some things you just can't keep inside. I enjoyed every single bit of this book that had to do with dogs - dogs of all shapes and sizes. Cora is a dog whisperer and the bond she was able to share with each dog made me pet my dog twice as much as I normally do (and I already pet her a lot!) ​The only reason this book wasn't a complete winner for me was because I didn't really care for the tv-show plot. There was just too much tv-show talk in it - I read books because I don't care about tv-shows, so obviously I don't really want to read about them. But it did propel the plot forward and all of the things that happened were nicely wrapped up in the end. Cora was a great main character - she was shy, but strong. She had her baggage but she always came through when important things were on the line. And her devotion to her profession was truly remarkable. We need people like Cora in real life! The love interest, or should I say the lust interest of Cora's infuriated me, but in the end I was able to see where Cora was coming from and forgave her. ​The side characters were well developed and added nice dimension to the story. I really enjoyed Maggie, although her falling out with Darnell and then falling back in was a bit too easy to be believable. Despite the happy ending the book wasn't the lightest of reads for me. As a loving dog owner it was incredibly hard to read about abuse and injustice many dogs had to go through. And from the hands of their owners! It broke my heart and I definitely teared up more than once while reading. I think that this will make a great summer read for both dog lovers and those who don't know much about dogs and how they operate. If I had to classify this I'd say chick-lit + dogs. The book is actually rich on good dog advice (thanks to the author's dog training background) so I think I also learned something from it. Big thanks to NetGalley and Gallery, Threshold, Pocket books for an advanced e-copy of this book. All opinions are my own, honest and come from the heart. Life on the leash will be published in September of 2018. My WEBSITE My INSTAGRAM My WORDPRESS BLOG

  5. 5 out of 5

    Rebecca McNutt

    Disclaimer: take my review with a grain of salt. In this case it's based mostly on personal preference and does in no way make Life on the Leash a "bad book". *Also, because I tried to finish reading it but simply gave up on it, I've set no "finished" date and thus it will not be included in my Goodreads reading challenge for this year.* I had initially been told early-on to order this book as soon as its release date if not sooner because "it's so adorable!" and I just didn't get it. I'm neither Disclaimer: take my review with a grain of salt. In this case it's based mostly on personal preference and does in no way make Life on the Leash a "bad book". *Also, because I tried to finish reading it but simply gave up on it, I've set no "finished" date and thus it will not be included in my Goodreads reading challenge for this year.* I had initially been told early-on to order this book as soon as its release date if not sooner because "it's so adorable!" and I just didn't get it. I'm neither a romance reader nor a dog person. The expressed opinion of the main character quickly got on my nerves, both in that she substitutes dogs for human friendship and that she seriously compares the men she's in love with to dogs - something about all that just really creeped me out. The book is not entirely wrapped up in all this dog sentiment but it also reads like a hokey sitcom for the duration I was reading it, and its "humor" simply wasn't funny, just cheesy in my view. I found that all the gushing animal stuff made me cringe, and it's not a matter of hating animals. I have some favourite dog stories which I've read such as Beautiful Joe and A Dog's Life: the Autobiography of a Stray. It's just that I've never been the type to buy into the notion that dogs are better than people or that they can replace human companionship. As I noted above, that's just a personal feeling on the matter. For two days I tried to keep on reading this book, and the more it went, the more predictable it became, not to mention sappy. It seemed to be going nowhere and eventually I just got very bored with it. I gave up on reading it, which is one of the first times I've done this with a book... I have a pile of others I'd rather get around to reading than continuing to read a book I don't particularly like. If you're a hardcore animal-lover or you love dog stories, you might appreciate the story more, but I think Life on the Leash's niche audience will be dog trainers or people involved with rescue dogs, as Cora is surrounded by this stuff and as a character is very passionate about it.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Cristina | CristiinaReads

    ➳A sexy standalone romance filled with so much potential of readers falling in love with the characters... ➳ARC kindly provided by Gallery Books in exchange for an honest review... ➳Follow Me On: Blog ♕ Instagram ♕ Facebook ♕ Twitter

  7. 4 out of 5

    Stephanie

    4.5 Stars What a delightful, heartwarming story! I had so much fun reading Life on the Leash!  Victoria Schade has written a funny, refreshing, feel-good novel that is perfect for a lighthearted, quick read. Wait, did I mention there are dogs in the book??!! Oh, yes!! Lots of dogs, which is one of the main reasons that I picked this book up since I'm a huge dog lover and always have my 10-year-old black lab/pit bull mix Onyx right beside me (hogging the couch or bed) whenever I'm reading or writin 4.5 Stars What a delightful, heartwarming story! I had so much fun reading Life on the Leash!  Victoria Schade has written a funny, refreshing, feel-good novel that is perfect for a lighthearted, quick read. Wait, did I mention there are dogs in the book??!! Oh, yes!! Lots of dogs, which is one of the main reasons that I picked this book up since I'm a huge dog lover and always have my 10-year-old black lab/pit bull mix Onyx right beside me (hogging the couch or bed) whenever I'm reading or writing my book reviews! There's also some romance going on in the book, and you just have to love a book with romance and dogs! Cora Bellamy, the main character, is absolutely adorable! I love her! She is one of those book characters who you just want to be best friends with; I'm sure we've all encountered one or two of those along the way while reading, right? I love spending all my time with my dog, being covered with his kisses, and trying to get black dog hair off my clothes, so I think she and I would be great friends! Cora used to be hugely successful in corporate America, but she left that world to follow her dreams to work with and help save dogs because of a passionate love for dogs she's had since she was a young girl. Now, she has a successful dog training business and blog that advocates dog behavioral training methods based on kindness, gentle corrections, and positive training instead of training dogs using aggression and fear. The excellent dog training advice throughout the book was just an added bonus and when I realized that Schade is a dog trainer, I appreciated it even more! The other characters, people and pups alike, are fabulous too--even the few that you dislike because they are so well written and characterized! They range from wonderful, friendly, funny, silly, quirky, sad, despondent, sinister, egotistical, selfish, amazing, and drool-worthy! Cora's rescue pit-bull, Fritz stole my heart with his loving affections and the way he made every rescue dog she brought home feel welcomed and safe. He's just the epitome of doggie friendship and is the way I wished everyone viewed rescue dogs and beautiful pits, who have such loving hearts and only fight and are aggressive if trained that way, as well as all rescue dogs, who are so loving and need a second chance at a loving, forever home!! While Life on the Leash has its romantic moments and the ending was fantastic, what I loved the most was the emphasis on friendships throughout the book! Cora's best friend and roommate Maggie is always there to brush her off and give her a needed push, and Cora is there to do the same for Maggie. And her friend Eli is always around anytime Cora needs him and shows her what it really means to be a true friend, which is so much more than what she's getting out of the burgeoning relationship between her hot but very much taken client!     Life on the Leash is the perfect read for when you are looking for something a little lighter like I was when I read it! It will make you laugh, smile and if you are like me, you will even shed some tears over how some dog owners treat their own dogs, but that in no way ruined my enjoyment of this delightful book since that's, unfortunately, the sad truth.  I highly recommend dog lovers pick this one up! Actually, I think all animal lovers will be won over by Cora and her unadulterated love of dogs and the friends in her life! Definitely, don't miss this one because Schade has written a wonderful book full of heart, joy, and about taking second chances!  **Thank you Netgalley and Gallery Books for my ARC in exchange for my fair and honest review. **

  8. 5 out of 5

    Chris C - A Midlife Wife

    What a lighthearted sweet story! 4.5 Stars ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ When you’ve never read an author before, sometimes it can be a little disconcerting because you don’t know what you’re going to get. When I was looking at this to review, I thought it was a more of a women’s fiction. However, I was pleasantly surprised that this was actually a contemporary look at living life and a yearning for romance. I love what the author did with the story. You take a ex-corporate girl who decided to follow her passio What a lighthearted sweet story! 4.5 Stars ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ When you’ve never read an author before, sometimes it can be a little disconcerting because you don’t know what you’re going to get. When I was looking at this to review, I thought it was a more of a women’s fiction. However, I was pleasantly surprised that this was actually a contemporary look at living life and a yearning for romance. I love what the author did with the story. You take a ex-corporate girl who decided to follow her passion. Then throw in a bit of man crush, some humorous friends, many wacky clients, and you get a delightful story with a happily ever after ending that leaves a smile on your face. It was direct and very accurate story of what we experience in life today. I loved her characters and great personalities that she gave them. What was best of all was that they were not perfect. They made mistakes but through that they got stronger and found their way to filling their dreams. Fresh, fun, and full of optimism, not to mentions some great dog training tips, this story is a sweet read, perfect for women of all ages. You need to grab this one for your must read list! * Cope received for review consideration Full Review - http://amidlifewife.com/life-on-the-l...

  9. 4 out of 5

    FMABookReviews

    3.5 Stars! Victoria Schade is a new author on the scene. She's written a couple of books about dogs, Bonding with Your Dog: A Trainer's Secrets for Building a Better Relationship and  Secrets of a Dog Trainer: Positive Problem Solving for a Well-Behaved Dog , but Life on the Leash is a fiction book and I really liked her voice and writing style. CORA BELLAMY is a dog trainer who believes in treating dogs humanely while teaching them to do what it is you want them to do. She spends so much time wit 3.5 Stars! Victoria Schade is a new author on the scene. She's written a couple of books about dogs, Bonding with Your Dog: A Trainer's Secrets for Building a Better Relationship and  Secrets of a Dog Trainer: Positive Problem Solving for a Well-Behaved Dog , but Life on the Leash is a fiction book and I really liked her voice and writing style. CORA BELLAMY is a dog trainer who believes in treating dogs humanely while teaching them to do what it is you want them to do. She spends so much time with her dogs that her social life has suffered. Her last relationship didn't end well, so she's thrown herself into her business. Most everyone she works with loves her and her methods. But while dogs are man's best friend, she begins craving a friend of the "man" variety. When hot and successful CHARLIE GILL enters her life via his adorable dog, she is smitten. He says the right things, flirts and kisses her better than she's ever been kissed before. But Charlie isn't single and he keeps stringing her along, promising there will be a day when he leaves his live-in girlfriend. ELI CRAWFORD is a good man with morals who knows how to treat women. While he really likes Cora, he accepts that he's been friend-zoned. He's there when she needs help and when her dogs need rescuing. Cora seems blind to the goodness that is Eli. She's so wrapped up in the handsome Charlie that she can't see all that Eli has to offer. That is until Charlie's light goes dark and Cora sees Eli for all that he is; loyal, handsome, and kind. Unfortunately for Cora, Eli is done being used. While I enjoyed Cora's story and her desire to have the world adopt her views on humane training, I questioned the love triangle in this book. Cora is a woman with a heart of gold who would never dream of hurting an animal so I had a hard time accepting that she would willingly enter into and continue a relationship with someone who had a girlfriend. So while this added angst to the storyline, and at times tugged at my heart-strings, I was also conflicted by the apparent contrasting morals her character displayed. I loved Eli! He was quirky, sensitive and had a heart of gold. His self-confidence was sexy and his self-preservation was endearing. While reading Life on the Leash, I found myself laughing one minute, wanting to throw my Kindle across the room the next. Overall, I enjoyed the story and hope to read more from Victoria Schade in the future. I was provided a review copy by the publisher. This did not influence my opinion of the book nor my review.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Lisa (Remarkablylisa)

    Not gonna lie this was kind of a let down because I felt everything very inflated? Conversations seemed unnatural and nothing really happened except a lot of training dog cases and how dogs were being mistreated. Kind of sad to read. Romance was iffy between cora and Charlie and later on with Eli, it seemed rushed. But cute overall. I thought the book was also too long lol for what it was worth.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Ashley (pawingthroughpages)

    I will put this disclaimer out there, I normally will NOT pick up a book if it relates to dogs. Even though I am obsessed with dogs, my heart can't take it if something happens to a dog in a book. With that being said, I ADORED and LOVED this book. I love me some romance, and this book was the perfect balance of that, along with the dog training, friendships, dogs, dogs, and more dogs! I don't have a single gripe. This book was utter pawfection! So please, if you love dogs, THIS is the book for I will put this disclaimer out there, I normally will NOT pick up a book if it relates to dogs. Even though I am obsessed with dogs, my heart can't take it if something happens to a dog in a book. With that being said, I ADORED and LOVED this book. I love me some romance, and this book was the perfect balance of that, along with the dog training, friendships, dogs, dogs, and more dogs! I don't have a single gripe. This book was utter pawfection! So please, if you love dogs, THIS is the book for YOU.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Stacey A. Prose and Palate

    Loved it!!! If you are a dog lover looking for a feel good read, this is it!!

  13. 4 out of 5

    Ann

    This is a fun dog lovers book with a human romance. Cora has a dog training service in the Washington DC area and is happiest when she helping her canine customers. Her best friend, Eli is encouraging her to try out for a tv show looking for a dog trainer. Lots of training hints and solutions for common puppy problems. Cute story that’s fun to read. Victoria Schafer is a new author for me and I found her style quite refreshing.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Angy Potter - Collector of Book Boyfriends

    Audiobook Review: 4.5 Stars Story: 4 Stars - Audiobook experience: 5 Stars If you could sum up Life On The Leash in three words, what would they be? Dogs, love, and friendship! Who was your favorite character and why? I loved Cora and her dogs!! The one she owned and the ones she trained. I am not a dog person, but I support 100% the well being of pets in general and I felt connected with Cora in that regard. There’s another aspect of her character that made her so much lovable and more real to Audiobook Review: 4.5 Stars Story: 4 Stars - Audiobook experience: 5 Stars If you could sum up Life On The Leash in three words, what would they be? Dogs, love, and friendship! Who was your favorite character and why? I loved Cora and her dogs!! The one she owned and the ones she trained. I am not a dog person, but I support 100% the well being of pets in general and I felt connected with Cora in that regard. There’s another aspect of her character that made her so much lovable and more real to me. Before she finally noticed the real love interest in this story, she was attracted to one of her clients, and that created a bit of drama in this book. And I enjoyed that drama, it kept me stick to the book/audiobook wanting to know how it would wound up. Would you consider the audio edition of Life On The Leash to be better than the print version? I had the chance to both read and listen to Life ON The Leash and I loved both experiences. The writing was fluid and easy to follow and the characters were loveable, so it was oh so easy to get into the story. And the narration of Em Eldridge was wonderful, she interpreted Cora perfectly, fitting her personality, and the secondary characters were greatly read. So, for me, there’s no better version, but a perfect companion between book and audiobook. Would you recommend this book/audiobook to a friend? If so, why? Absolutely. I would recommend it to romance readers who enjoy pets in books because we all know they make the stories better. And of course, I’d also recommend it, because Victoria’s writing is great, with awesome characters, a cute romance—surrounded by amazing dogs—and a lovely HEA. 100% recommended.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Samantha (WLABB)

    This was fun and very sweet. I can't imagine a dog lover NOT going gaga for this one. I loved spending time with Cora and all the dogs. The training bits were really interesting, and who can resist a cute pup. Lots of heartwarming things happened with the dogs, but I also enjoyed getting to know Cora. Her whole path from college to dog training was interesting, and I was cheering for her, when some really awesome dog related opportunities came her way. There were two men vying for Cora's attenti This was fun and very sweet. I can't imagine a dog lover NOT going gaga for this one. I loved spending time with Cora and all the dogs. The training bits were really interesting, and who can resist a cute pup. Lots of heartwarming things happened with the dogs, but I also enjoyed getting to know Cora. Her whole path from college to dog training was interesting, and I was cheering for her, when some really awesome dog related opportunities came her way. There were two men vying for Cora's attention in this book, but the right choice was so obvious, since the other guy was deplorable. This was light and fun and also, quite heartwarming. BLOG | INSTAGRAM |TWITTER | BLOGLOVIN | FRIEND ME ON GOODREADS

  16. 5 out of 5

    Chanel Cleeton

    Charming and heartfelt, Life on the Leash will delight readers. The perfect book for dog lovers!

  17. 5 out of 5

    Gaele

    Cora is a successful dog trainer, fully in the camp of gentle methods and no tugging. Her bestie is a pit-mix named Fritz, who generously shares his affections with her roommate Maggie and a number of foster dogs that have come through their tiny Washington D.C. apartment. Having spent her time in corporate America, Cora created her dream job and started her own company and has a roster of successful and happy dog-owner partnerships. There’s only a couple of tiny burrs in her world of doing for Cora is a successful dog trainer, fully in the camp of gentle methods and no tugging. Her bestie is a pit-mix named Fritz, who generously shares his affections with her roommate Maggie and a number of foster dogs that have come through their tiny Washington D.C. apartment. Having spent her time in corporate America, Cora created her dream job and started her own company and has a roster of successful and happy dog-owner partnerships. There’s only a couple of tiny burrs in her world of doing for the dogs: a boxer puppy named Ollie, a toy poodle named Chanel, their owners, and watching her ex strut and floss on television as part of a reality landscaping television show. Ollie is just a puppy – and like all puppies, he’s got his own way of looking at the world, made easier with some consistent, kindly performed training: but his ‘parents’ are on two sides of the coin. One wishes that he be perfect, NOW, and the other is more willing to endure and enjoy his puppydom, all in a way to flirt with and get closer to Cora. Charlie also has a high-powered job as an attorney of a rescue organization – and is gorgeous to boot, leaving Cora more than a bit flummoxed and starstruck. But, a visit with one of her favorite people and her Bouvier, she meets Eli, a ‘geek-chic’ computer whiz with a way with dogs, an easy demeanor, and neighbor of the barking and often neglected poodle Chanel. But Eli is a ‘comfortable’ guy – when Cora is (and history proves it) attracted to the twuntwaffle himbos, selfish, egotistical and wholly unbothered by morals, loyalty or even their own over-developed competitive natures. Charlie is an utter cad, but she can’t help but think with her libido – and when he fails her spectacularly – it really fails. But, in the middle of that relationship failing, we see Cora’s quiet but always apparent affinity for dogs, bringing her into helping with Chanel, a white toy poodle with an owner who is incapable of taking care of herself, let alone a dog. More than a bit depressed, with an apartment full of clutter in a ‘hoarder’s starter kit’ way, Eli’s first running into Cora and Chanel, and Chanel’s obvious liking of him, to his stepping into the breach to foster the desperately needy dog is wonderful and a perfect example of the ‘right’ man for Cora – if only she would see it. It’s not all about dogs – or even training: it’s Cora’s ability to befriend canine and humans alike, all with her quiet and considered approach. Her no-nonsense roommate always ready to boost her up when she’s low, fashionista who pulls together outfits and is that sort of best friend who is ready with ice cream, hugs or a bottle of champagne. As a duo- these two play off one another as friends should, and the bolder Maggie is more than willing to push Cora into things she should do: mostly auditioning for a new dog training show. From nerves through the audition, and her back and forth between Charlie and Eli, Cora has a ton of revelations come to her, and more than a few disappointments. A nice mix of friendship and chick-lit feel to the solid train-wreck that is the romance to nowhere with Charlie, and the unexpected emergence of Eli in the running for her heart – the story was sweet, cute and clever: particularly the ‘pro shelter doggie’ message with her rescued pit, and his ‘doggie welcome wagon’ approach to meeting and welcoming new doggie friends. If you like dogs- you’ll love this. If you are a cat person- well, you may find a new tolerance for the canines you encounter. And everyone can appreciate Cora’s growth in confidence and her relationship with Eli – perhaps even more than wanting to put her in a time-out when it comes to Charlie. I received an eArc copy of the title from the publisher via NetGalley for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility. Review first appeared at I am, Indeed

  18. 4 out of 5

    ✰ BJ's Book Blog ✰Janeane ✰

    Copy received via Netgalley for an honest review What a completely sweet and adorable story is Life On The Leash. Victoria Schade is a new-to-me author, however she won't be for much longer. I will be reading more of her in the future. She has given us a refreshing mix of humour, romance and flirty fun. Cora being a dog trainer did make me miss my old girl who crossed the rainbow bridge last year, however the dogs made me remember what a terror pups could be lol. I liked how the romance sort of playe Copy received via Netgalley for an honest review What a completely sweet and adorable story is Life On The Leash. Victoria Schade is a new-to-me author, however she won't be for much longer. I will be reading more of her in the future. She has given us a refreshing mix of humour, romance and flirty fun. Cora being a dog trainer did make me miss my old girl who crossed the rainbow bridge last year, however the dogs made me remember what a terror pups could be lol. I liked how the romance sort of played second fiddle to the dogs in this one too. I mean, yes, Cora is looking for love (in all the wrong places) however it might just find her where she isn't looking. Some of the antics of the dogs and their humans had me in fits of giggles. And I just wanted Cora to get everything she wanted in life. I really enjoyed Life On The Leash.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Meredith Schorr

    This was a very cute book about a dog trainer named Cora who is trying to find her way in her career and in her personal live all while her ex-boyfriend (who dumped her unceremoniously) is taking reality television by storm. Cora's love for dogs really shined through and it's obvious the author either did her research or is personally acquainted with dog training because her descriptions felt very authentic. Another thing I liked about Cora was how much she cared for her friends and her clients. This was a very cute book about a dog trainer named Cora who is trying to find her way in her career and in her personal live all while her ex-boyfriend (who dumped her unceremoniously) is taking reality television by storm. Cora's love for dogs really shined through and it's obvious the author either did her research or is personally acquainted with dog training because her descriptions felt very authentic. Another thing I liked about Cora was how much she cared for her friends and her clients. I wasn't happy with some of the decisions she made with respect to her romantic life but it wouldn't be a good book if the protagonist did all the right things from the very beginning. I'd recommend this novel to fans of chick lit and especially to dog lovers! Thank you Netgalley for providing me an ARC.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Amy Lynn

    A beautifully written happy and light hearted story with a strong female lead. Over coming obstacles and adversity placed in her path. It’s been a while since I’ve read a very family friendly happy novel and this one was perfect. Also if you are a dog lover then this is one for you

  21. 5 out of 5

    Katie(babs)

    Life on a Leash is an adorable chick-lit type book featuring a lovable, smart and kind heroine who adores dogs. The book gives the reader insight on her life, and the decision to try out for a reality show about training dogs, and the one client who has a girlfriend but makes the heroine feel something special that she needs. Cora Bellamy is someone we can all sympathize with, and one you root for. Life on a Leash is the type of book that would be perfect as a TV movie. It's full of happy and sm Life on a Leash is an adorable chick-lit type book featuring a lovable, smart and kind heroine who adores dogs. The book gives the reader insight on her life, and the decision to try out for a reality show about training dogs, and the one client who has a girlfriend but makes the heroine feel something special that she needs. Cora Bellamy is someone we can all sympathize with, and one you root for. Life on a Leash is the type of book that would be perfect as a TV movie. It's full of happy and smiles. If you love everything about dogs, and people who care of them and want them to have wonderful forever homes, this book is a must read. Also Cora's HEA is everything wonderful and grand.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Lynn

    Life on the Leash is a delightful, easy read and it packs a lot of charm. It follows the antics of a dog trainer as she navigates the world of her clients and explores a career opportunity in television all while looking for love. The characters are sweet and engaging, human and canine alike. Animal lovers will surely appreciate the respectful messages of caring and kindness the author champions in her work.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Eileen

    I won this this book in a goodreads giveaway. This a funny romantic comedy about Cora a dog trainer who is being pursued by two men while she is trying to establish her dog training business and keep her dog Fritz happy. This is book is filled with is filled with beloved dogs crazy clients and two suitors Charlie Gill and Eli Crawford. Cora's life is as crazy as some of the dogs. Its a great read that is funny and a great ending.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Shima

    2.5 stars I'm a very mellow person. In fact, there might only be two things that I can be extreme about: Animal rights and feminism. Before reading this book I never thought the two could come into any sort of opposition. But you see, as much as the animal lover in me loved this book, the feminist was seething at the many many sexist comments throughout the whole book. From women casually and constantly calling other women bitches and whores to the immediate judgments passed on female characters 2.5 stars I'm a very mellow person. In fact, there might only be two things that I can be extreme about: Animal rights and feminism. Before reading this book I never thought the two could come into any sort of opposition. But you see, as much as the animal lover in me loved this book, the feminist was seething at the many many sexist comments throughout the whole book. From women casually and constantly calling other women bitches and whores to the immediate judgments passed on female characters based on their amount of makeup, clothes and body to the thousands of mentions of "dumb blondes", "Yoga moms" and the kind, just thinking back to the many offences in this book is making me angry again. As much as I wanted to love Cora for being an animal advocate, I couldn't get past her terrible attitude towards other women. “Cora wondered if Madison ever actually cooked in their beautiful kitchen.” God forbid any mention of the guy ever using the kitchen to cook. No, how dare his girlfriend never cook for him in their beautiful kitchen? “Maggie said as they walked through the empty store, ignoring the bitchy reps at the makeup counters.” You might think these women have a role in the story, but no, this is their only presence and for some reason, it's important for us to think of them as bitchy make-up reps. “Rachel added. “Now that the twins are in preschool maybe I’ll get back to my photography.”Right, one of the only things we know about this character, who appears only once, is that she couldn't possibly have a job or a hobby before her kids went to preschool. “ It sounds like you should be one of those dumb bitches on The Bachelor” “Brooke Keating, had a fame whore-y reputation” “causing her oversize breasts to ricochet in her tiny sports bra.” “it was basically a clear shot down the front of her blouse to her push-up bra.” “She reached into her pocket and threw a twenty on the bar. “Drinks here are expensive. My contribution.” It was a final test. Was he a gentleman?” Right because a woman contributes to the bill only if his date is an asshole. “her soccer mom clients hoped would rub off on them if they hung around her enough.” Should I go on? It's such a shame really, because the animal part? It's all there, and the rating's a true testament to how much I loved those bits when normally a tenth of the sexism in this book would have been enough to guarantee a one-star rating from me.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Blodeuedd Finland

    Cora quit a good job with god pay and followed her passion instead. To train dogs. I did like the fact that she took a chance and went with it and she is great at it. I do not like dogs but she made me want to like dogs. She was sweet, kind, loved dogs beyond anything, and ack, with one flaw, her taste in men. But hey, a heroine needs flaws too. She trains dogs. She hangs out with her roommate Maggie. She meets new people as she gets new clients. She spews vitriol over a famous dog trainer (who s Cora quit a good job with god pay and followed her passion instead. To train dogs. I did like the fact that she took a chance and went with it and she is great at it. I do not like dogs but she made me want to like dogs. She was sweet, kind, loved dogs beyond anything, and ack, with one flaw, her taste in men. But hey, a heroine needs flaws too. She trains dogs. She hangs out with her roommate Maggie. She meets new people as she gets new clients. She spews vitriol over a famous dog trainer (who sounds like such an arse!). And she gets a crush on someone who is taken. Yes here red flags went on, I do not like a poacher, but I mean it is not her fault she fancies someone who is taken, someone who might be flirting with her. A woman has eyes and she does her best to keep it proper. It was a dangerous route to take storywise, but it did feel like she needs to learn. And hopefully find a good man. But who am I kidding. That blurb already spilled it, someone else might be in the wings too. She just have to see him. I liked all the dog personalities and her friends. They were great. Then there was hunky Charlie who seems so right, kind, thoughtful...but taken. A dilemma for sure. A fun story that also has some deeper things to say about training and dogs, I enjoyed it. Narrator I like her voice and she was great here. She really fit the part.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Whitney the Bookgawker

    2 1/2 stars. Dogs + Romantic Comedy = made for me. Everything about this book from the adorable cover art to the synopsis indicated that it should be meant for me. Unfortunately, Life on the Leash just wasn't everything I hoped for. It's not that there's anything necessarily bad about this book except I honestly believe that it would have benefitted from some serious editing. It's simply that the overall novel felt flat and tone deaf to me. It's disappointing because I was expecting something li 2 1/2 stars. Dogs + Romantic Comedy = made for me. Everything about this book from the adorable cover art to the synopsis indicated that it should be meant for me. Unfortunately, Life on the Leash just wasn't everything I hoped for. It's not that there's anything necessarily bad about this book except I honestly believe that it would have benefitted from some serious editing. It's simply that the overall novel felt flat and tone deaf to me. It's disappointing because I was expecting something like Must Love Dogs or The Truth About Cats and Dogs. I was hoping for a romantic comedy that is smart and charming featuring a dog trainer and her canine sidekick. But this book has haphazard plotting that plods along in an "and then..." fashion, awkward dialogue, one dimensional characters and absolutely zero romantic tension . The whole thing just felt so hokey, it really makes me sad. Typically I would be able to get past these things but there were quite a few other things that bothered me such as: belittling a mental health issue, occasional slut-shaming, a previous relationship that solely exists for the sake of the MC and her friends to mock and trash talk, some girl hating and a MC that is so self unaware that it's unbelievable. I just couldn't connect or care about anyone in this book at all. Here's the thing; this book has a lot of parts that are cute and would make an enjoyable romantic comedy, it just wasn't well planned or executed. The story seems to plod along - and without a clear direction, witty banter or tension to carry it - it just falls flat. And it's unfortunate because the potential is there.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Cheryl

    I liked this book. It had charm and wit. Although, the wit was just middle of the road for me. I wanted more wise, cracking humor. Humor that would have me laughing out loud. It did not happen this way for me. Still, this book is still an enjoyable read. Cora is sweet. She is definitely a dog person. You can tell a animal lover. They have a sweet personality and instantly connect with animals faster then they do with people. That is why it was kind of awkward in the beginning with Charlie. Howev I liked this book. It had charm and wit. Although, the wit was just middle of the road for me. I wanted more wise, cracking humor. Humor that would have me laughing out loud. It did not happen this way for me. Still, this book is still an enjoyable read. Cora is sweet. She is definitely a dog person. You can tell a animal lover. They have a sweet personality and instantly connect with animals faster then they do with people. That is why it was kind of awkward in the beginning with Charlie. However, Charlie was kind and helped to put Cora at ease. Then there is Eli. He may have started out in the "friend zone" but he showed that he could be considered as a potential love match. Again, there were times when I could take or leave this book. Yet, there was some good things about this book that does excite me to want to read another book by this author.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Noemie

    Thanks to Gallery Books for sending me a free copy to review! #partner This book was the cutest thing ever. I couldn’t put it down! It was the perfect mix of a likeable main character, a little romance, and DOGS. So many sweet dogs. The book was very easy to read & flew by. I think this would be the perfect vacation or feel good book! I personally love that the author is a dog trainer, because I felt it lent to the authenticity of the description of Cora’s work as a dog trainer. This was an ex Thanks to Gallery Books for sending me a free copy to review! #partner This book was the cutest thing ever. I couldn’t put it down! It was the perfect mix of a likeable main character, a little romance, and DOGS. So many sweet dogs. The book was very easy to read & flew by. I think this would be the perfect vacation or feel good book! I personally love that the author is a dog trainer, because I felt it lent to the authenticity of the description of Cora’s work as a dog trainer. This was an excellent debut novel, and I really hope she writes more!

  29. 5 out of 5

    Lisa Stein

    I received an Advance Reader Copy of this in exchange for my honest review. 4 1/2 stars. I loved it. Dogs? Check. Washington D.C.? Check. Sassy heroine? Check. Lots of fun to be had reading this book, I really enjoyed it. I love reading about dog behavior in a conversational way, not in a dog training manual way. There was one technique that so interested me that I wished there was a glossary in the back. I look forward to more from this author.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Alexis

    I completely adored this book! I love a good chick-lit book and add dogs into the mix, its perfect. My biggest draw back is the TV show talk. I wasn't the biggest fan. That being said, the dogs, the romance and the writing kept me on track and interested.

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