Life on the Leash by Victoria Schade (Review)

Publication Date: 1 December 2018

Publisher: Allen & Unwin

Genre: Romance/Contemporary Fiction

Pages: 352


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.


Rating: 4/5 stars

This book came into my life in perfect timing! I got a puppy about a week or two before this book unexpectedly came in the mail. Everything that the protagonist was saying related to my situation (chewing, eliminating inside and ruining furniture), so I even learned a few things. I was also grateful that a few of the things that happened in the book weren’t happening to me. For example, this one lady was keeping her puppy in her apartment and not taking her outside and not toilet training her. It sounded like a nightmare! Here is my puppy, Nelly:

As you can probably tell, I really enjoyed the dog aspects to this book. I thought it was really interesting to read about how to train a dog. The protagonist, Cora, is a dog trainer and meets with clients at their homes to help with making their pets well-behaved. Readers get an insight into how a dog trainer helps the animals they are working with, which is actually quite fascinating! It was awful to see how some people treat their pets, but really kept me engrossed because I felt so bad for them. 

Cora is a likeable and dynamic character. I love that she was able to speak her mind and was in control of her life. The relationship she had with her friends Maggie and Eli was really fun to read about and the relationship she had with her rescued pit bull was so cute. 

The plot was slow-building and it took me a while to understand where the story was going. There are two love interests she has but then there is also a reality tv show she becomes interested in. However, she often meets clients, some of whom feel a bit irrelevant to the main story. This was the only issue I had with the book. Otherwise, it was very enjoyable. 

I’d recommend this book for anyone who likes dogs, romance and drama.

Thank you to Allen & Unwin for the advanced reader copy that I received in exchange for an honest review.

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