Book Reviews

Daisy, Yellow (Paw Prints 1) by Angelique Jurd

Genre Gay / Contemporary / Romance
Reviewed by Lena Grey on 06-September-2018

Book Blurb

Just months after breaking up with his boyfriend, Noah Jenkins inherits his grandfather's farm and he decides it's time for a change of scenery. He packs his bags, buys a dog, and moves onto the property. When his Labrador puppy Daisy gets hurt he meets local vet Hunter Ross and life starts to look interesting again.

Hunter Ross has always lived in small, conservative Newton, in rural Illinois. At 39 he's never been in love and never had a lover and may have neglected to tell anyone he's close to that he's gay. It's never been a problem - until Daisy, Yellow and her owner Noah show up.

Is Noah's love enough for Hunter to risk everything? Does Hunter have the strength to make the hardest choices he'll ever make and survive?

Book Review

“Before you get a dog, you can't quite imagine what living with one might be like; afterward, you can't imagine living any other way.” ~ Caroline Knapp

After a painful breakup, Noah Jenkins, of 'Daily Yellow' by Angelina Jurd, decides he needs a new start in life. Even though Noah knows nothing about farming, he moves to the farm he has inherited from his grandfather. Noah does not know much about dogs either, but he buys a yellow lab puppy and names her Daisy. Soon, all this new learning that goes along with his new life becomes so confusing that he feels like maybe he's made a mistake, but he refuses to give up.

Noah loves Daisy and loves having her keep him company so he is not alone, but being a puppy, she's into everything! Noah is constantly cleaning up after her; he is beginning to think he is doing something drastically wrong. When Daisy gets hurt, Noah assumes the worst, that she has been bitten by a snake and rushes her to the local vet, Hunter Ross. Trying hard not to laugh, Hunter tells Noah that it is only a bee sting, not a snake bite. Noah is relieved, but he also feels foolish and embarrassed that he couldn't tell the difference. Noah and Hunter strike up a conversation about Daisy and other matters and find they enjoy each other's company. The thing is, Noah is openly gay and Hunter is in the closet. They live in a small, conservative town with some small minds to go along with it. Although Hunter has known these people all of his life, he is terrified that they will discover he is gay and it will ruin his veterinarian practice.

Hunter has never been in love, or even dated. In the past, there has never been anyone worth coming out for. He's spent years denying his feelings and can't just throw caution to the wind. Hunter uses Daisy as an excuse to see Noah, but it is not long before their friendship goes far beyond that. Noah respects Hunter's position, but can't imagine it being as bad as Hunter says it would be, yet he tries to be patient and follow Hunter's lead, as they navigate obstacles that threaten to separate them. They continue in limbo until tragedy strikes and Noah ends up in the hospital badly hurt. Without putting much thought in it, Hunter reacts as anyone in love would – he spends every minute he can with Noah, who has now become the center of his world. Unfortunately, the townspeople make the connection and realize they are a couple. As the clouds begin to gather, Hunter and Noah try to brace themselves for the violent storm heading in their direction.

There's no doubt about it, even in the best of circumstances, change is difficult. Even if you know that things need to change, it's hard not to listen to those voices in your head that make you doubt yourself. Hunter had so much to lose, but even more to win. He just needed to find the courage to act. Thanks, Angelique, for a heartfelt story showing what narrow minds are capable of, along with a caution of the importance of living life for oneself.





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Additional Information

Format ebook and print
Length Novella, 177 pages
Heat Level
Publication Date 23-June-2018
Price $2.99 ebook, $9.99 paperback
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