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An animal hater and an animal lover’s paths collide the week leading up to Valentine’s Day.

Melvin Lai inherited the last thing he ever wanted from his favorite uncle: a cocker spaniel. Now he’s on the verge of losing his home to the unruly puppy and, much to his surprise, his heart when he meets Dr. Chu, Sparkle’s vet.

Vivian Chu loves caring for her furry friends, so she can’t fathom how anyone could think poorly of her new patient, especially his owner. To her, first impressions are everything, and the one Melvin left has her feeling disheartened and bruised–quite literally.

With a pair of matchmaking mothers and unexpected animal escapades, they encounter more trouble than they can handle. He longs to make her his valentine; she can’t wait to escape him. Can Melvin and Vivian pull together to find common ground?

“So cute! I really enjoyed this story. I thought Melvin was hilarious and the dog, Sparkle, was adorable. I loved the Asian aspect too and how the Chinese moms were trying to arrange the marriages of their kids.”

“I took this funny, sweet, uplifting novella on a road trip and it made the time pass so pleasantly. I love this author’s sensitive handling of character growth. I highly recommend this for anyone who loves sweet romantic comedies, and animals!”

Author note: This book was inspired by our family dog Sparkle who we were lucky enough to have in our lives for 10 years. And also by a character from another one of my books, True To You. One of my beta readers wished Melvin Chu could have his own happily-ever-after, so I gave him one!