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I Hate You More
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I Hate You More
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Discover what makes Lucy Gilmore an instant fan favorite with this unforgettably funny enemies-to-lovers romcom starring:
  • a grumpy dog show judge
  • a determined former beauty queen
  • and a Golden Retriever more interested in stealing bacon than winning Best in Show.
  • Ruby Taylor gave up pageant life the day she turned eighteen and figured she'd never look back. But when an old friend begs her to show beloved Golden Retriever Weezy at the upcoming Canine Classic, Ruby doggedly straps on her heels and gets to work.

    If only she knew exactly what the adorably lazy lump of a dog was getting her into.

    If there's one thing veterinarian Sam Wilson knows in this world, it's dogs. Human beings are a different story. Especially gorgeous women clearly in way over their heads. As judge for the local dog show, Sam advises Ruby to quit while she still can, but her old fervor for winning has returned—and she wants to show the stern, broody-eyed judge that she's more than just a pretty face. In the end, she'll show him who's best in show.

    "AS APPEALING AS A PUPPY."—Publishers Weekly STARRED for Puppy Christmas

    Discover what makes Lucy Gilmore an instant fan favorite with this unforgettably funny enemies-to-lovers romcom starring:
  • a grumpy dog show judge
  • a determined former beauty queen
  • and a Golden Retriever more interested in stealing bacon than winning Best in Show.
  • Ruby Taylor gave up pageant life the day she turned eighteen and figured she'd never look back. But when an old friend begs her to show beloved Golden Retriever Weezy at the upcoming Canine Classic, Ruby doggedly straps on her heels and gets to work.

    If only she knew exactly what the adorably lazy lump of a dog was getting her into.

    If there's one thing veterinarian Sam Wilson knows in this world, it's dogs. Human beings are a different story. Especially gorgeous women clearly in way over their heads. As judge for the local dog show, Sam advises Ruby to quit while she still can, but her old fervor for winning has returned—and she wants to show the stern, broody-eyed judge that she's more than just a pretty face. In the end, she'll show him who's best in show.

    "AS APPEALING AS A PUPPY."—Publishers Weekly STARRED for Puppy Christmas

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    • Lucy Gilmore is a contemporary romance author with a love of puppies, rainbows, and happily ever afters. She began her reading (and writing) career as an English literature major and ended as a die-hard fan of romance in all forms. When she's not rolling around with her two Akitas, she can be found hiking, biking, or with her nose buried in a book. Visit her online at http://lucygilmore.com.
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    • Publisher's Weekly

      September 13, 2021
      Sparks fly when a former beauty queen crosses paths with an uptight veterinarian in the run-up to the West Coast Canine Classic dog show in this delightfully over-the-top rom-com from Gilmore (Ruff and Tumble). Though 28-year-old Ruby Taylor abandoned her pageantry career at 18 to work as a nursing assistant in a senior residence, she trusts her competition know-how will help her fulfill an old woman’s dying wish to see her golden retriever, Wheezy, win a local dog show. Thirty-year-old Spencer Wilson, one of the Canine Classic judges, has never seen a more beautiful woman or a less qualified dog. But when Ruby hires Spencer’s twin brother and roommate, Caleb, to train Wheezy, Spencer is pulled into close contact with Ruby, and the more time they spend together, the more he’s tempted to throw away the rule book. Gilmore’s empathetic, appealing lovers both wrestle with old family dynamics—Ruby with her demanding pageant coach mother and Spencer with his challenging twin—as they seek to break out of roles that no longer work for them. Snappy dialogue, a brisk pace, and buoyant humor will charm Gilmore’s fans and newcomers alike. Agent: Courtney Miller-Callihan, Handspun Literary.

    • Kirkus

      October 1, 2021
      A dog-show judge is forced to reconsider his beliefs when confronted with a former beauty queen and her awkward canine. As a favor to a lovable woman in her care, nursing home assistant Ruby Taylor registers Wheezy, the patient's spectacularly uninterested golden retriever, in the prestigious West Coast Canine Classic. After having spent her childhood training for beauty pageants, Ruby has firmly distanced herself from competitions as an adult. But when veterinarian Spencer Wilson, founder of the Canine Classic, haughtily dismisses the lazy dog's chances at his show, Ruby resolves to apply her previous experience to ensure that Wheezy wins the contest--even hiring Spencer's twin brother, Caleb, to help train the dog. At first, Spencer is convinced that Ruby's beauty is only skin deep, but eventually he comes to appreciate the dedication and determination with which she tries to discipline her friend's intractable dog. Skepticism and judgment give way to attraction on both sides, but if Ruby and Spencer are to have a chance at happy companionship, they must both work on their complexes. Gilmore leverages the differences in Ruby's and Spencer's personalities to ensure that their interactions--in bed and outside--are consistently entertaining. But it is Wheezy's willful resistance to convention that is a thing of real beauty: He bridges the gap between the straight-laced veterinarian and the adventure-loving pageant queen. Since Gilmore refuses to engage with the difficulty of arriving at an objective assessment of qualities such as beauty and breeding, though, she misses the chance to fully unleash Ruby and Spencer's potential for introspection and change. Opposites attract with predictable ease but not without some surprises.

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