Blog Tour with Giveaway: Forever Found (Forever Friends #2) by Allyson Charles

Posted November 9, 2018 by Lisa Mandina in giveaway / 4 Comments

Forever Friends #2

Allyson Charles

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Date: 10/9/2018

vet at the Forever Friends animal rescue shelter, Gabriel Moretti is
known as the Dog Whisperer because of his gift for soothing
rambunctious patients. But it’s the two-legged species that has
him, and his libido, working overtime. Marla Popov single-handedly
saved the shelter from financial ruin. But the bossy trust funder is
even more irritating than her snooty Standard Poodle. You’d think
keeping his attraction on a short leash would be a no-brainer for
Gabe. Unfortunately, Marla is also smart, beautiful, and intriguing .
. .
Most of her life,
people have been eager to tell Marla just what she wants to hear. So
now that she’s nearing forty, she doesn’t expect to be
refused—especially by a sexy younger man like Gabe. She also
doesn’t expect it to sting so much. But when she discovers a scheme
involving illegal dog fights, she gets a chance to show what she’s
truly made of. And as she and Gabe team up to fight it, they discover
a surprising respect for each other—and passion that might just
grow into love. . .
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Some days just sucked
from the start and went downhill from there. Gabe Moretti knew this was one of
those days. Tapping his fingers on his steering wheel, he dug deep for the
restraint not to blare his horn at the old man at the pump in front of him. The
Gas & Stuff had two islands with two gas pumps on each one. Two of those
pumps were blocked off by a tanker truck, refueling the station’s supply. A
dented Ford Fiesta sat at the front pump of the other island, filling up, and
behind that car was
the old man’s Oldsmobile.

The geezer had finished
pumping gas a minute ago, but now was washing every window with streak-free
accuracy. The man tugged a handkerchief from his back pocket and lovingly
buffed the frame of the driver’s door.
Gabe dropped his head
onto the car’s seatback. He had an eleven o’clock appointment with a favorite
patient of his and hated to make the girl wait. Most animals instinctively had
a fear of veterinarian offices, and Shelley, a sweet-tempered cocker spaniel,
was no exception. The less time she had to spend shivering in the waiting room,
the better.
Snowflake had been
another favorite. Gabe swallowed, the back of his throat thick. By now, his
body should have been picked up from the office by the crematory service. It
had been Snowflake’s time—Gabe knew it—but that never made putting a dog down
any easier.
The pump hog bent over
at the waist and unscrewed the cap from the valve stem of his front tire. He
pulled a small metal check valve from another pocket.
“Oh, come on.” Turning
his ignition off, Gabe put a hand on his door, prepared to tell the man to move
his car to the side for all this bullshit. Gabe didn’t care how ancient he was.
Rude was just rude, and a person didn’t block a spot to check the air in his
The owner of the Ford
Fiesta replaced the nozzle and climbed behind the wheel of her car. She pulled
out, leaving the front pump empty.
Finally. Turning the
ignition, Gabe put his Chevelle in reverse, backed up two feet, and shifted
into drive. He rolled an inch before slamming on his brakes, barely avoiding
the Jaguar XK convertible that flew past him and squealed into the empty spot.
His spot.
He turned his car back
off, gritting his teeth, and threw his door open. He recognized that car. More,
he recognized the woman angling her body out of the convertible and strutting
to the pump.
His anger faltered for a
moment when her long, bare legs came into view. Those legs were the first thing
he’d noticed about her when they’d met. She was a tall woman, and her toned and
tanned legs seemed to stretch forever. She was wearing some kind of
straw-covered platform sandals, adding another couple of inches to her already
impressive height, and a pair of red shorts that should have been illegal for
the amount of skin they exposed.
Her sense of entitlement
had been the second thing he’d noticed, and its appearance now brought his
anger flaring back to life. He strode toward her. “What the hell do you think
you’re doing? There’s a line here.”
Marla Popov turned,
nozzle in her hand and a surprised ‘O’ rounding her red lips. His stomach
tightened. Jesus, everything about her was cherry. Her shorts, her car, her
lipstick. Even her toenails were painted that deep, luscious red. The tempting
splashes of color made him want to lean in and take a bite. Physically, this
woman did it for him. Her selfish attitude, however, was another story. That
spoiled his appetite right quick.
She tugged at the silk
scarf that was knotted under her chin like she was Jackie O, and it slipped off
her head and landed on her shoulders. The golden highlights in her strawberry
blond hair caught the morning sun. The strands shimmered from blond to apricot
to peach, a silky sunrise. She probably spent more money getting that color
than most people did on food in a month.
Shooting him a bright
smile, she stuck the gas nozzle into her Jag. “Hi, Gabe. I didn’t see you
there. I’ll be super quick.”
“You’ll be super gone.”
He crossed his arms over his chest. “There was a line. That is my spot. Move.”
She shook her head, as
if he’d said something cute, and a hole burned into his gut. Her black standard
poodle, who sat in the passenger seat wearing a matching and equally ridiculous
scarf on its head, apparently didn’t find Gabe as amusing. She growled and
stuck one paw on the creamy leather armrest between the driver’s and
passenger’s seats, looking ready to launch herself at Gabe. For once, the
feeling was mutual. There weren’t many animals Gabe didn’t like, but Marla
Popov’s sissied-up poodle was one of them. The fur on her body was shaved
close, except for little poofs that covered her lower legs, like fluffy leg
warmers. A bubble of dark fur peeked out underneath the scarf. The red leather
collar she wore dripped with crystal.
It wasn’t the dog’s
fault. She was Marla’s, and dogs frequently took on the traits of their owners.
As Marla was an annoying prima donna, it was only to be expected that the
animal would have personality issues, too.
Gabe still didn’t like the

Friends #1

Date: 4/10/2018


Lopez has never been a dog person. Raising her daughter alone and
building a real estate career leaves no time for four-legged
furballs. When she finds an abandoned mutt and litter of pups in a
foreclosed apartment, Izzy intends to drop them off at a shelter and
walk briskly away. Instead, her “heroic” deed makes her a local
celebrity. Her boss is thrilled. Commissions are up. And thanks to
gorgeous shelter owner Bradley Cohen, Izzy’s disciplined life is
suddenly much, much more complicated.

got a sexy smile, a wicked sense of humor, and a big, noble heart.
Even as Izzy tries to get her libido to 
sets out to convince her there’s more to life than padding her bank
account. But Izzy knows a trade secret that puts Brad’s beloved
shelter at risk, and she can’t warn him.

relationship was barely getting started; suddenly it’s in the dog
house. Now Izzy and Brad need to figure out what matters most, and
whether this could be much more than animal attraction…

the author of humorous, small-town contemporary romance, including
the Forever series and the Pineville Romance series. Born in
California, Allyson now happily resides in Colorado in order to avoid
the outrageous gas prices and the soul-sucking traffic of the Golden
State (although it really does have the best weather). She worked as
an attorney for over a decade before deciding that writing about
men’s briefs was a lot more fun than writing legal ones. To find
out what she’s up to next, visit her website at

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