Guest Review: Sometimes the Best Presents Can’t Be Wrapped by B.G. Thomas

Ned Balding used to be a decent man—until the stress of seemingly countless responsibilities changes him, and he becomes cold and driven—the kind of man who considers firing an employee days before Christmas. The kind of man who kicks a dog…. But Ned’s transgressions haven’t gone unseen. A Salvation Army Santa witnesses his misdeeds and decides Ned needs to be taught a lesson.

When Ned wakes up the next morning, he’s stunned to discover he’s been transformed into a dog.

In the past year, Jake Carrara has lost his mother, a lover… even his dog. His boss came close to firing him just before the holidays. He isn’t sure he’s ready for another pet when he’s asked to foster a dog, but Jake’s good heart won’t let him refuse. Little does he know, this isn’t just any dog.

Through a twist of fate, two people with little reason to be friends might teach each other to rediscover the good—and the love—in life.

Reviewer: Shee Reader

Oh my gosh, this festive treat gave me all the feels! What a joyful book!

Anyhoo, this is a super tale of a man who has lost his way a little being forced to see the error of his ways. The best bit of course, is that he does!

Ned’s husband leaves him and he is in shock. After his horrible treatment of the dog outside the pizza place draws the attention of a very special Santa, Ned finds a very different side to himself.

Jake, our other leading man is a super sweet and hardworking fellow who has lost a lot. He doesn’t want to foster another dog so soon after losing his beloved Coco, but the dog shelter manager has no other option for this special hound. Ned and Jake are made for each other and the dog-owner dynamic doesn’t change that. When tragedy strikes and Dog/Ned has to act quickly, there were tears on my face. BG soon turns that around with a twist I wasn’t expecting (and honestly didn’t love) and we get our much needed HEA.

One of the smart things about this story (there are many) was how Ned was able to find closure with his husband, and be happy for him to move on. There are plenty of laughs included too, Ned’s best friend Lil is fabulous.

This is a beautifully written, warm and cosy festive gem. Perfect for those who love a Christmas romance, especially those who love their furry family!

Highly recommended.

I received a free copy of the book in exchange for an honest review.

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