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Margot and Will cross paths at the local dog rescue centre where – after a series of misunderstandings and a lot of consternation – they agree to foster Blossom (a staffy with a giant head, soft, floppy ears and kohl-rimmed brown eyes) together: one week on, one week off. Margot and Will don’t get off to the best of starts: he thinks Margot is demanding and needy and Just S Margot and Will cross paths at the local dog rescue centre where – after a series of misunderstandings and a lot of consternation – they agree to foster Blossom (a staffy with a giant head, soft, floppy ears and kohl-rimmed brown eyes) together: one week on, one week off. Margot and Will don’t get off to the best of starts: he thinks Margot is demanding and needy and Just So Much. And she thinks Will is emotionally unavailable, slightly brittle and very mistrustful. They’re both right. But the more they bicker, the worse Blossom behaves, and they realise they have to form some sort of truce in order to dog-parent (or “pawrent” as Margot calls it, to which Will rolls his eyes) her together. It’s almost as if Blossom has plans of her own…


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Margot and Will cross paths at the local dog rescue centre where – after a series of misunderstandings and a lot of consternation – they agree to foster Blossom (a staffy with a giant head, soft, floppy ears and kohl-rimmed brown eyes) together: one week on, one week off. Margot and Will don’t get off to the best of starts: he thinks Margot is demanding and needy and Just S Margot and Will cross paths at the local dog rescue centre where – after a series of misunderstandings and a lot of consternation – they agree to foster Blossom (a staffy with a giant head, soft, floppy ears and kohl-rimmed brown eyes) together: one week on, one week off. Margot and Will don’t get off to the best of starts: he thinks Margot is demanding and needy and Just So Much. And she thinks Will is emotionally unavailable, slightly brittle and very mistrustful. They’re both right. But the more they bicker, the worse Blossom behaves, and they realise they have to form some sort of truce in order to dog-parent (or “pawrent” as Margot calls it, to which Will rolls his eyes) her together. It’s almost as if Blossom has plans of her own…

30 review for Rescue Me

  1. 5 out of 5

    Emer (A Little Haze)

    I’m 100% here for the dog! I’m absolutely stark raving bonkers about all things canine so when this doggie themed contemporary appeared on NetGalley I didn’t have to think twice about requesting it. Plus Sarra Manning is the author of one of my all time fav romantic fictions, You Don’t Have to Say You Love Me. This story follows two mid to late thirty-somethings, Margot and Will, as they agree to co-PAWrent a rescue dog together... The two both fall in love with the same doggie at a rescue centr I’m 100% here for the dog! I’m absolutely stark raving bonkers about all things canine so when this doggie themed contemporary appeared on NetGalley I didn’t have to think twice about requesting it. Plus Sarra Manning is the author of one of my all time fav romantic fictions, You Don’t Have to Say You Love Me. This story follows two mid to late thirty-somethings, Margot and Will, as they agree to co-PAWrent a rescue dog together... The two both fall in love with the same doggie at a rescue centre and yes it sounds a bit ridiculous that two strangers would agree to share doggie custody from the get go but it makes for a super cute story idea! And can I just say WOO HOO FOR STAFFIE REP! Staffordshire Bull Terriers get so much bad press with people thinking they are not a safe dog to have around as they are allegedly super aggressive ... the only thing aggressive about a staffie is how friendly they are! They are such a misunderstood breed and any issues with them come down to reckless ownership and mistreatment of this adorable dog. There are no such thing as bad dogs just bad owners! Anyway, in the story Margot and Will agree to share custody of staffie Blossom with her stay in with each of them on alternate weeks. As the story evolves we see that Margot has been badly burned by love in the past. She’s been on her own since the age of 19 when her mum died, and has been strung along by the men in her life who didn’t share the same desire for children and family as she does. She now doesn’t believe that true love is in her future but instead will settle for someone nice who shares her life’s ambition for family. We also see Will has a very storied past too. His dad was an abusive alcoholic which has left him with many deep rooted issues about love and belief in his own self worth. Over the course of the novel Margot and Will through Blossom face their demons from the past and forge new paths for a future together. This very much felt like a book of two halves for me. The first half was very light hearted and was all about the inevitable build up to love blossoming between the two lead characters. It was very cute and sweet... but it got tiresome. By 50% I was ready for the characters to have fallen in love, decided to PAWrent their dog together, and for the novel to be over... I also got super frustrated at Will’s mum in particular and her complete disregard for how Will wanted Blossom to be trained re food and treats; I got less annoyed once her whole backstory was revealed in the second half but I think this was yet another reason that I feel the first half should have been edited further. It was certainly too long and drawn out. But I kept reading and I’m glad I did because that second half got good! The second half dealt a lot more with serious issues, especially Will’s past with his abusive father. And to me this made the second half the stronger half. Yes I knew where this book was heading... I mean we all do when it’s a book in this romantic genre... but the journey to love for Will and Margot was incredibly compelling in that second half. It was great to see a story show how men don’t have to be the “misogynistic idea of strong” and for Will to have recognised that he needed therapy and therefore to learn develop a healthy strength of mind through therapy and actively opening himself up to all he had feared his whole life i.e. love and intimacy. And I loved how the book also looked at Margot’s fears about love. How when you’re a woman in your mid to late thirties you really do feel time ticking away on your fertility if children are what you’ve always wanted. It’s great to have books that open the conversation on egg conservation and fertility maintenance for women. I did enjoy how Will’s family were such an integral part of the storyline but at times I found myself getting a bit confused as to who was who. I thought his eldest sister was a brother for a while, didn’t realise his mum had remarried until late in the book, and at times was unsure if his mum was his mother or grandmother... But it was nice to have such a hectic and vibrant family present in the storyline to contrast with the found family that Margot had. Overall this was a good read that could have been a great read if the book had gotten to the gritty part a little more quickly. Still I would recommend it to fans of contemporary fiction especially anyone who loves dogs as much as I do. 3.5 stars. *An e-copy was kindly provided to me by the publisher via NetGalley for honest review* Publishing 21st January 2021, Hodder & Stoughton For more reviews and book related chat check out my blog Follow me on Twitter Friend me on Goodreads

  2. 5 out of 5

    Steph ✨

    Thank you to Netgalley and the publishers Hodder for sending me both an eARC and a physical ARC of this book. I blumming loved this book. Albeit a little slow to start in the first 150 page - much more so following Blossoms story than Margot and Will's - once it got going, it GOT GOING! And I loved it so much. Perfect amount of cuteness and smut. And Blossom just really added to the story. This story can get a little bit dark in places with both characters having been in therapy previously due t Thank you to Netgalley and the publishers Hodder for sending me both an eARC and a physical ARC of this book. I blumming loved this book. Albeit a little slow to start in the first 150 page - much more so following Blossoms story than Margot and Will's - once it got going, it GOT GOING! And I loved it so much. Perfect amount of cuteness and smut. And Blossom just really added to the story. This story can get a little bit dark in places with both characters having been in therapy previously due to their pasts. But I felt this was dealt with really well and important issues were covered really well. I also loved that Margot is a plus sized woman and as a plus sized woman myself, I thought this was written brilliantly. Will definitely look out for more from Sarra Manning. TW: Emotional abuse, Animal Abuse, Physical violence and emotional abuse against a minor, alcohol abuse, abandonment, loss of parents.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Anjali (bookstersisters)

    I requested for this book without really reading the synopsis and only because was in the mood for some rom coms. I didn’t know what to expect but I was very very pleasantly surprised. Will and Margot both fall in love with the same Staffie, Blossom from the animal shelter and decide to adopt her together , and share her custody. How Blossom manages to change their lonely lives makes up the rest of the book When I started reading, I couldn’t bring myself to like either Will or Margot. They were bo I requested for this book without really reading the synopsis and only because was in the mood for some rom coms. I didn’t know what to expect but I was very very pleasantly surprised. Will and Margot both fall in love with the same Staffie, Blossom from the animal shelter and decide to adopt her together , and share her custody. How Blossom manages to change their lonely lives makes up the rest of the book When I started reading, I couldn’t bring myself to like either Will or Margot. They were both irritating and unlikeable . But Blossom was star right from the beginning and my dog loving heart needed more of her, so I decided to keep on reading. Slowly, without even realising it, I began to fall in love with both Will and Margot. How the author slowly unfurls both these unlikeable characters and makes you fall in love with them is nothing short of magic!!! I was thoroughly entertained and loved how rhe relationship between Will and Margot develops. I loved Will’s family as well! The star of the book however is Blossom. Even the dog gets character development in this book and I loved every second of it!!! I highly highly recommend and can’t wait to read more from this author Rating:4.5

  4. 4 out of 5

    Cathy

    2.5 stars, but since I'm in a particularly good mood today (and also because I really loved the dog), I've decided to round up. But it could've gone either way, I was kind of frustrated with this book. So far, before this one, I'd read three books by Sarra Manning: one that I really disliked, one that I really loved and one I DNF'd. Not the greatest track record, that. It'd been about four years since my last attempt and I'd forgotten how her writing may not always work for me but when she write 2.5 stars, but since I'm in a particularly good mood today (and also because I really loved the dog), I've decided to round up. But it could've gone either way, I was kind of frustrated with this book. So far, before this one, I'd read three books by Sarra Manning: one that I really disliked, one that I really loved and one I DNF'd. Not the greatest track record, that. It'd been about four years since my last attempt and I'd forgotten how her writing may not always work for me but when she writes a story I love and with characters I'm rooting for, then it can still come together nicely. It didn't here, which is a shame because there's such a great story at the base of this. Two single people in their mid to late thirties, who are both emotionally damaged in their own way, agree to co-ownership of a dog they rescued at the local kennels. Now, anyone who knows me will tell you that I am a cat person through and through. If my current cat weren't so completely anti-social, I'd go get to other ones as company for her and me right now. She'd probably either kill me or run away if I did that, so alas, but I am all about cats. But I actually love dogs, too. My lifestyle just isn't suited to them at this point in my life (well, my lifestyle in non-corona times isn't). And the dog in this book was the star of the novel for me. I loved Blossom and her trajectory, so it was a nice surprise finding out at the end that she was based on a real life dog. Unfortunately, she wasn't enough to make me really like this book. There are good things about it, don't get me wrong. Sarra Manning is very good at writing a plus-size heroine, for instance, and at writing realistic, flawed people. But the book is also 100 pages too long. It's a slow burn - another thing I love - and the two leads go from dislike and begrudging acceptance to reluctant acquaintances, to genuine friend and then eventually lovers over the course of about 9 months. The evolution is believable and well done, but the book is too drawn out in the middle. I admit to skimming more than once around the 30 to 70% mark. There was also slightly too much emotional drama towards the end and while I understood Will's fears and his genuine anxiety because of his past, that was also too drawn out. So not a win, this was only okay in the end, but I did believe in the couple, I am convinced they'll go the distance and I did love the dog.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Karen

    I enjoy a really good romance novel and that, alongside my love of dogs, and this was a must read. I went into it expecting a lightweight, simple romance but this is so much more, and whilst most of the book is light-hearted and humorous, it is counter balanced by the fact the author addresses some difficult topics such as bereavement and abuse and also highlights the importance of adopting rescue animals. It is well written and compelling and I devoured it in a few days. Although the premise of I enjoy a really good romance novel and that, alongside my love of dogs, and this was a must read. I went into it expecting a lightweight, simple romance but this is so much more, and whilst most of the book is light-hearted and humorous, it is counter balanced by the fact the author addresses some difficult topics such as bereavement and abuse and also highlights the importance of adopting rescue animals. It is well written and compelling and I devoured it in a few days. Although the premise of the story sounds a little unbelievable, that of two strangers meeting at a rescue centre, falling for the same dog and agreeing to share custody, it actually worked quite well and made a great basis for the love story. The pacing of the book is good and it felt just the right amount of build up to the romance. All of the characters are authentic and I don’t think there was any one of them I didn’t like. The main characters Will and Margo are still coming to terms with some deep rooted past issues. Will had an alcoholic father who was abusive and Margo is dealing with a recent relationship breakdown and she also tragically lost her parents early on in life. Polar opposites they initially irritated each other, but their relationship begins to grow and nurture and they come to respect and support each other as their feelings deepen. We realise early on where the book is headed but its lovely to see the character progression of these two lovely people along the way. The side characters are also delightful, Will’s family features quite a lot in the story, they are fun and energetic, but also have set family traditions such as regular Sunday lunch with all the family. They are full of heart and warmth and welcomed Blossom into their lives with open arms. Margo’s friends are equally as amiable and their loyalty and support shines through. Rescue Me is an entertaining and heartwarming read. It portrays real life issues as well as some more light-hearted comedy moments and treats us to a slow burn romance. Blossom, of course, completely steals the show and the ending is adorably touching. Highly recommended to anyone who likes gentle romances with some more weightier issues addressed…..and not forgetting dogs! Thank you to Hodder & Stoughton for sending me a lovely copy of the book and for having me on the blog tour.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Fabulous Book Fiend

    Although it is right there in the tagline, this book was waaaaay more about dogs than I expected it to be. This book really is exactly as it says, two lonely people and one good dog and all three of them were truly wonderful, fully formed characters to read about. Will and Margot are so much more similar than they realise and the most important things about them that is truly key to this story is how strong and stubborn both of them are, just like their wonderful dog blossom. I really identified Although it is right there in the tagline, this book was waaaaay more about dogs than I expected it to be. This book really is exactly as it says, two lonely people and one good dog and all three of them were truly wonderful, fully formed characters to read about. Will and Margot are so much more similar than they realise and the most important things about them that is truly key to this story is how strong and stubborn both of them are, just like their wonderful dog blossom. I really identified with Margot, not just because she is 36 and worried about her biological clock just like me. There are definite care warnings when it comes to being childless and reading this book, I did find it tough at times. But I also really identified with the fact that she has been living alone so long she sometimes cannot see that it is OK to ask for help with things. Will is such a cinnamon roll and so if you like your male leads like that you're going to love this book! He is so prickly and yet underneath it all he is such a family guy and Blossom really does help to melt that hard exterior shell. Speaking of loving male leads like this, there are some steamy moments in this book and when I say steamy I mean hot. I loved the romantic scenes in this novel, they were so well written and very female-centric and definitely got me hot under the collar-I loved that side of this book. Now if you're not a dog person, like me, and you're worried that there are going to be too many details about treats and dog bowls and picking up poo then fear not. There are a lot of details like that in this book but that is not the be all and end all of the storyline and each poo bag comes with a meaning behind it that moves the plot on or leads to a description of another wonderful midi dress or pair of fancy shoes! I love that this book shows that one can be a dog a person or one can be a fashionista and it isn't the be all and end all of your life, it is just a part of you. This book is also a love letter to London living. I so miss being able to walk out of my house or off a bus or a tube and get somewhere, I loved being able to get my steps in without having to walk on a treadmill and so I really enjoyed taking walks with these characters and exploring a part of my heritage at the same time. The description of their respective abodes and the changing weather was just stunning and so it was easy to immerse yourself in their world and just enjoy a really lovely story about some complex characters. Highly recommend!

  7. 4 out of 5

    Madia M

    3.5* This book was a like having a hot chocolate on a snowy day. It wrapped me in a warm comforting hug. Will and Margot become copawrents of a rescue dog named Blossom who is just as adorable as her name. They initially butt heads, as their personalities clash. I had a good time reading this but the ending left me a bit disappointed. I needed a bit more time spent on Will and Margot together and just how everything was hashed out in the end wasn’t satisfying. They seemed to come together quite p 3.5* This book was a like having a hot chocolate on a snowy day. It wrapped me in a warm comforting hug. Will and Margot become copawrents of a rescue dog named Blossom who is just as adorable as her name. They initially butt heads, as their personalities clash. I had a good time reading this but the ending left me a bit disappointed. I needed a bit more time spent on Will and Margot together and just how everything was hashed out in the end wasn’t satisfying. They seemed to come together quite passively, if that makes sense and I wanted more of a fight for their love I guess. The progression of the relationship is very slow and I would have also like Margot and Will to have got together a little earlier and spend more time talking about what makes them them, ie their past. Maybe that would have reassured me of Will having healed and letting go.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Kate

    If you love dogs and romance (and let’s be real, who doesn’t?!) then you’ll love this book!! It follows Margot and Will on their journey to becoming ‘co-pawrents’ to the rescue dog Blossom and I was hooked from the beginning!! The writing is easy-going, funny and incredibly entertaining and the characters (even the side characters) felt so real they had me rooting for them the entire time!

  9. 4 out of 5

    Alison

    Margot is a 36 year old, plus-sized fashion designer who lives in fashionable North London. Will is a former investment banker, burnt-out, and working in his family's floristry business in North London. After Margot is rejected by both her boyfriend and her cat she decides she is more of a dog person anyway and wants to rehome a rescue dog, something small and fluffy that she can fit into a Louis Vuitton dog bag (okay I totally made up the Louis Vuitton bit, but you get the picture). She has very Margot is a 36 year old, plus-sized fashion designer who lives in fashionable North London. Will is a former investment banker, burnt-out, and working in his family's floristry business in North London. After Margot is rejected by both her boyfriend and her cat she decides she is more of a dog person anyway and wants to rehome a rescue dog, something small and fluffy that she can fit into a Louis Vuitton dog bag (okay I totally made up the Louis Vuitton bit, but you get the picture). She has very clear ideas about the sort of dog she wants, the way in which the dog will fit into her life and how things will change for the better, you know lots of fun walks and dog-friendly pub lunches not so much late-night wee walks in the pouring rain and poo-bags in every coat pocket (speaking as a dog owner). Will has spent the last year in therapy and is desperate to break free, he feels he has made great progress in reconnecting with his family, okay he hasn't got any friends or any thoughts of a significant other (or even a date), but baby steps. In fact, Will thinks that offering to spend time with rescue dogs, maybe even take one home for a day or two could be the first steps towards engaging with others. Margot and Will end up co-pawrenting (yes they went there) a shy female Staffy called Blossom. They are different in almost every conceivable way, apart from their devotion to Blossom. At first handover days are more akin to divorced parents exchanging children, but gradually they become closer, they could even be friends. I don't know how Sarra Manning did this, she took frankly unlikeable individuals and slowly over the course of the book turned them into loveable characters. This book clearly shows the difference between our imagination and reality when it comes to dog owning, and makes you love Blossom anyway. If you like gentle romances, annoying families, interfering friends and soppy dogs then I think you'll love this as much as I did. I received a free copy of this book from the publisher via NetGalley in return for an honest review. Bumped for release.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Sandra

    In Rescue Me by Sarra Manning, Margot has been rejected by both her boyfriend and her cat, and decides to get a dog from the rescue centre. She falls for Blossom the Staffie but can’t take her home right away. Will is only looking to volunteer as a dog-walker on the advice of his therapist, but agrees to take Blossom until Margot returns. This is where the trouble starts; they both want to keep her but agree to share, taking turns looking after her. The pace is quite slow to begin with, allowing In Rescue Me by Sarra Manning, Margot has been rejected by both her boyfriend and her cat, and decides to get a dog from the rescue centre. She falls for Blossom the Staffie but can’t take her home right away. Will is only looking to volunteer as a dog-walker on the advice of his therapist, but agrees to take Blossom until Margot returns. This is where the trouble starts; they both want to keep her but agree to share, taking turns looking after her. The pace is quite slow to begin with, allowing the main characters to get to know and like each other before they become romantically involved. Rescue Me also features a large cast of supporting characters who are well written and easy to differentiate. He may not always appreciate them, but Will has family behind him. Margot, on the other hand, feels her lack of family keenly, having been completely on her own since the death of her parents many years before. Both Margot and Will are suffering – just in different ways – and the serious issues are dealt with sensitively, and seamlessly worked into the narrative. It is only as they become comfortable in each other’s company that they are able to gradually open up about their past experiences. The story is told in alternating chapters by Margot and Will. This gives us a more rounded picture than if we only saw the world through Margot’s eyes, and helps to make the growing attraction between them more believable. Towards the end, I felt the ‘miscommunication’ trope was taken a bit too far to be believable. Several times Margot cut Will off before he could explain how he felt, and this dragged the ending out unnecessarily. Right from the beginning I found Margot harder to like than Will, and just when I had started to warm to her, she reverted to being all prickly and brittle again. I chose to read and review Sarra Manning’s Rescue Me because I had enjoyed several of her earlier books (Unsticky, It Felt Like a Kiss, 9 Uses for an ex Boyfriend), and not because of Blossom the Staffie – I’m more of a cat person. Having said that though, Blossom is a very endearing character – not to mention fairly integral to the plot – despite being such a handful. Overall, I really enjoyed Rescue Me, and plan to catch up with the other Sarra Manning books I have not read yet. Neither of the main characters are particularly likeable at the beginning of the book, but having to communicate with each other while sharing responsibility for Blossom brings about a change for the better; Blossom really is the star of the show. Thanks to Hodder and NetGalley for a digital copy to review.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Caroline

    4,5 🌟 such a funny and ADORABLE story. if you love dogs and romance this one is for you!!!

  12. 4 out of 5

    Grainne

    Nice easy read!

  13. 5 out of 5

    Marthabethan

    What a beautiful story! This romance novel begins with Margot’s story. She’s mid thirties and really wants to settle down and start a family, but she hasn’t found the right man. So, she decides to rescue a dog for some company. When she goes to the rescue centre, she falls for Blossom, a staffy who has suffered and just needs a loving home. At the same place, she meets Will. Will has just finished therapy and is looking to make some meaningful connections, so agrees to help foster a dog. Margot What a beautiful story! This romance novel begins with Margot’s story. She’s mid thirties and really wants to settle down and start a family, but she hasn’t found the right man. So, she decides to rescue a dog for some company. When she goes to the rescue centre, she falls for Blossom, a staffy who has suffered and just needs a loving home. At the same place, she meets Will. Will has just finished therapy and is looking to make some meaningful connections, so agrees to help foster a dog. Margot and Will decide to “co-pawrent” Blossom and the fun begins here. I love seeing people’s walls come down in romance novels and these scenes in this novel were beautiful. Both Margot and Will had some trauma that they had to work through, which they did together with the help of Blossom. Seeing their relationship blossom (pun intended) from friendship to family and romance was beautiful. And in the end, I was left wondering whether they rescued Blossom, or whether Blossom rescued them. I highly recommend this novel and really enjoyed reading it. Thank you to Netgalley and Hodder & Stoughton for this e-arc in exchange for an honest review.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Charlotte

    Thank you to the publishers for providing me and ARC for the blog tour. When Margot, 36 years old and painfully aware of the ticking time bomb of her fertility breaks up with her latest in a string on unreliable boyfriends, she decides enough is enough and decides to adopt herself a cute little minituare dog. However when she gets to the adoption centre she falls head over heels with the staffy blossom. She ends up becoming a co-pawrent, with Will a stranger who is dealing with his own issues and Thank you to the publishers for providing me and ARC for the blog tour. When Margot, 36 years old and painfully aware of the ticking time bomb of her fertility breaks up with her latest in a string on unreliable boyfriends, she decides enough is enough and decides to adopt herself a cute little minituare dog. However when she gets to the adoption centre she falls head over heels with the staffy blossom. She ends up becoming a co-pawrent, with Will a stranger who is dealing with his own issues and things develop from there .... This was almost a 5 star read for me. I didn't want to put it down and I loved the romance and how it blossomed along with the relationships that both Margot and Will had with their closest friends and families. I would have liked a few more sex scenes though! Also I really didnt like the tired trope of woman and her fertility clock ticking, its just a personal bug bear of mine. Also I felt it a little strange that Margot was described as a feminist and then remarked that she didn't want to look to slutty ... I just thought there was no need for that (Obviously I read and ARC, so not sure if this is in the finished copy) All in all though I believe this was such a lovely tale about how adopting a pet can really change your life and I will be recommending it to my viewers when I am on the instagram tour!

  15. 4 out of 5

    Kirsty

    I loved this book entirely. It’s almost certainly going to be my book of the year. I have been a huge fan of Sarra’s work since her J17 days and always wait for her next book with great anticipation and I have to say this probably my favourite book of hers now. I loved Margot and Will. I loved seeing their relationship develop over the course of the book and I loved getting to know them as characters. They felt so real and I was rooting for them both. I loved Blossom. This book really highlights I loved this book entirely. It’s almost certainly going to be my book of the year. I have been a huge fan of Sarra’s work since her J17 days and always wait for her next book with great anticipation and I have to say this probably my favourite book of hers now. I loved Margot and Will. I loved seeing their relationship develop over the course of the book and I loved getting to know them as characters. They felt so real and I was rooting for them both. I loved Blossom. This book really highlights the importance of rescuing animals and the impact doing that can have on the life of that animal. I loved seeing Blossom grow in confidence especially the chapter with the zoomies which made my heart ache in an utterly joyful way. I loved the story, all of the secondary characters and the end was so very touching that I laid awake thinking about it a good while after finishing it. Sarra Manning at her best. Is it too early for a reread?

  16. 5 out of 5

    Anika | Chapters of May

    Rescue Me is an uplifting, refreshingly charming, contemporary romance. And the perfect book for dog lovers! If you’re looking for a fun rom-com and a joyful read, this is the next book for your list. The story follows Margot and Will, who become "co-pawrents" to a Staffie named Blossom. Margot is worried about time passing as she wants to start a family. To fill the need for love, she adopts Blossom. Will has recently left a lucrative career in New York City for the family business in London. He Rescue Me is an uplifting, refreshingly charming, contemporary romance. And the perfect book for dog lovers! If you’re looking for a fun rom-com and a joyful read, this is the next book for your list. The story follows Margot and Will, who become "co-pawrents" to a Staffie named Blossom. Margot is worried about time passing as she wants to start a family. To fill the need for love, she adopts Blossom. Will has recently left a lucrative career in New York City for the family business in London. He struggles to build emotional ties with others, and so also adopts Blossom. The blurb of Rescue Me is what drew me to the book, simply because I knew it was the kind of premise that would have an entertaining narrative. Two strangers sharing a dog is a recipe for hilarity. Margot and Will’s dynamic is not totally enemies-to-lovers, but they certainly struggle to put on a united front. As a result, Blossom becomes more and more mischievous. But they do have contrasting personalities which add to the book’s entertainment. Margot is independent, passionate, and feisty. She’s very open and honest, and never afraid to hold her ground. Will is also very honest but relatively shy, despite his previous flashy career. He’s kind and generous, but it’s hidden beneath a colder exterior. Rescue Me is a light rom-com, but it’s grounded by the way the author covers weightier issues, namely the concept of a biological clock and childhood trauma. Manning very delicately explores the impact parents can have on children once they grow up, as well as the anxiety that comes with loneliness. It’s always comforting when angsts like this are written with care, and the author does this really well. Manning has a warm writing style, that’s easy and light but emotive and moving. The characters are both in their 30s, so there’s a nice level of maturity to their development and dialogue. Both Margot and Will react and communicate like real human beings, and I really appreciated this. The alternating POVs also help the reader get to know both personality. They have genuine insecurities, mainly surrounding self-worth and love, but they are portrayed with an authentic kindness that really drew me to the story. One thing I love is that Blossom is bursting with character. She’s not just a prop, she behaves the way a cheeky dog would. But at the same time, she’s an adorable pup and so very loveable. Blossom brings out the best in her "co-pawrents", which in turn adds an uplifting tone to the plot. The romance in this book didn’t really appear until at least half-way, and only then were there obvious sparks between Margot and Will. I liked them as characters, but their love story could have been set up a little sooner, so it had a natural and smooth introduction. Still, it feels worth the wait. There’s a bubbly and magnetic connection once it gets going, which was delightful to read. Margot, Will, and Blossom’s story is a really sweet one. It has all the core ingredients for a good romantic comedy, with the addition of puppy love. Overall, Rescue Me is the ideal book to curl up with.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Emma Shaw

    Heartwarming, uplifting, witty and absorbing, this book wraps its arms around you like a warm hug. It was just what I needed to read when I picked it up. Though I don’t know if my partner would agree as I’ve been banging on about getting a dog ever since. Margot is thirty-six and ready for commitment and babies. Unable to find a man who’s as ready as she is and recently abandoned by her jerk of a cat, Percy, she decides to look for unconditional love at the dog rescue centre. She intends to adop Heartwarming, uplifting, witty and absorbing, this book wraps its arms around you like a warm hug. It was just what I needed to read when I picked it up. Though I don’t know if my partner would agree as I’ve been banging on about getting a dog ever since. Margot is thirty-six and ready for commitment and babies. Unable to find a man who’s as ready as she is and recently abandoned by her jerk of a cat, Percy, she decides to look for unconditional love at the dog rescue centre. She intends to adopt a cute, handbag-sized dog that will look good on the Gram but doesn’t bank on Blossom, the naughty staffy with bald patches, stealing her heart. The problem is Blossom has also stolen the heart of Will, who is at the rescue centre after being told by his therapist that he needs to open his heart up to others. Faced with the doggy version of the judgment of Solomon, they decide the only sensible solution is to share Blossom. But of course, things don’t run smoothly in this story about healing and finding love in unexpected places. If you need a book that will lift your spirits when you’re down then this is the book for you. I adored this book. Yes, it’s a little cliched and predictable in places, but it is also a well-written, hilarious and tender story that gives you all the feelings. Many times I found myself sat smiling to myself like an idiot while reading and I kept laughing out loud and reading lines to my partner as it was just too funny to keep to myself. There is no way I would consider sharing a dog with a stranger as I know I’d find it too painful, but it does make for a great story that is ripe for conflict and hilarity, which the author mines to perfection. Margot and Will are fantastic characters who are both equal parts likeable and frustrating. They are both trying to deal with their own heartaches and see Blossom as a way to do this, even if it is kind of reluctantly in Will’s case. But the star of this show is undeniably Blossom. Like Margot and Will, Blossom stole my heart. The author’s love of dogs leaps from the pages and even if you weren’t a dog lover at the start of this book, I guarantee you will be by the end. Not only that, but if you’re anything like me you will be wanting to adopt one for yourself. We lost our old German Shepherd almost three years ago and this really didn’t help my yearning for another dog. I’ve been longingly looking at dog pictures and ads since reading this book and feel the hole left by our old girl more than ever. Don’t say I didn’t warn you! I do like a good ‘enemies to lovers’ trope and this one was done so well that I couldn’t help but root for them and eat it up like the sappy woman I am. I couldn’t wait for them to finally get together and was going crazy with how long the author kept us waiting for it to happen. Like the secrets and twists in this story, the romance slowly unveils, raising the anticipation for the reader. All jokes aside, this is a truly wonderful novel that I highly recommend. It was my first time reading this author and I definitely plan to read more. And don’t miss the author’s notes when you’ve finished. I promise you want to read them.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Emily

    I received a copy of this book from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. When I first read the synopsis for this book, I knew instantly that I was going to request it and I was so excited when my request was approved! I will, however, confess that I was already more invested in Blossom (the dog) as opposed to any of the human characters and this did not change throughout the time I spent with this book. Margot and Will did grow on me, as the possibility of romance started to blossom between I received a copy of this book from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. When I first read the synopsis for this book, I knew instantly that I was going to request it and I was so excited when my request was approved! I will, however, confess that I was already more invested in Blossom (the dog) as opposed to any of the human characters and this did not change throughout the time I spent with this book. Margot and Will did grow on me, as the possibility of romance started to blossom between them (pun fully intended), but for me, the actual Blossom really was the beating heart of this book. Manning excels at capturing the reality of being a dog owner, the ups of the unconditional love and the downs of scraping up diarrhoea with a tissue. Lest we forget the midnight walks in sleet, snow and hail. The misunderstandings between Margot and Will were well realised due to their respective pasts and personalities. However, I did find myself frequently annoyed especially in the final 25% when I just wanted to yell at both characters to "please just communicate properly!" due to their acts of self-sabotage. It meant I was invested, but it didn't make for the most enjoyable reading experience and I frequently found myself putting the book down to shake my head. There were also a couple of minor typos, the most prominent one being 'Msrgot' at 18% into the book, but these did not detract from the reading experience. Overall, I would highly recommend this book for readers interested in both dogs AND romance. While, I liked, rather than loved this book, I am very grateful to have received an Advance Reader Copy, because I did fall head over heels for the sweetest Staffy- Blossom.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Alice

    ARC provided by the publisher via Netgalley If you love dogs and romance, you’ll love this book. “Rescue Me” by Sarra Manning is now one of my favourite romance books ever. You know those books that make you all warm and content inside? This is one of them. Blossom is a Staffordshire bull terrier stray and Margot and Will both want to adopt her. Obviously, things are not off to a great start between the two of them and the hostility is obvious. They end up agreeing to “co-pawrent” her, as Margot ARC provided by the publisher via Netgalley If you love dogs and romance, you’ll love this book. “Rescue Me” by Sarra Manning is now one of my favourite romance books ever. You know those books that make you all warm and content inside? This is one of them. Blossom is a Staffordshire bull terrier stray and Margot and Will both want to adopt her. Obviously, things are not off to a great start between the two of them and the hostility is obvious. They end up agreeing to “co-pawrent” her, as Margot loves to say, with Blossom switching homes every Sunday. But several weeks into this new routine and Blossom becomes less and less disciplined. A first meeting with a dog trainer forces Margot and Will into a stand-still as they’re encouraged to present a united front for their dog. And that’s the beginning of a beautiful and lovely story. Make sure to pick up “Rescue Me” once it’s out on January 21st, 2021, to read about Blossom, Margot, Will and all the other lovable characters who make their entourage. I definitely highly recommend this book.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Naomi Simpson

    Awww this book was so lovely! It was everything I hoped for and more. The story did make me emotional, but what story that involves a book doesn’t? This book follows Margot and Will how co-pawrent, a lovely Staffy called Blossom. They both rub each other the wrong way which I found hilarious because they are polar opposite, but the one thing that kept them grounded was Blossom. I adored the story so much, even more so because I am dog lover. I haven’t read a book which is based on a dog in a very Awww this book was so lovely! It was everything I hoped for and more. The story did make me emotional, but what story that involves a book doesn’t? This book follows Margot and Will how co-pawrent, a lovely Staffy called Blossom. They both rub each other the wrong way which I found hilarious because they are polar opposite, but the one thing that kept them grounded was Blossom. I adored the story so much, even more so because I am dog lover. I haven’t read a book which is based on a dog in a very long time and I have to say that I really enjoyed it. This book just proves how amazing dogs are, and how happy they can make you. This book is a cute romcom, but it also very predictable which isn’t a bad thing. This book was a lovely pick me up and I would definitely recommend it, especially at a time like this. Thank you so much to Laura at Hodder Books for sending me a proof copy to read and give a review on. 🥰

  21. 5 out of 5

    Ellie (bookmadbarlow)

    Well isn't Blossom just the best, I really like books with dogs in and this one was no exception. Margot decides to rehome a dog, but cannot take Blossom straight away and Will just happens to be in the right place at the right time and wants to foster a dog, but the problem is Will really likes Blossom and doesn't want to lose her. And so the dog sharing begins. I enjoyed the alternating chapters between both Will and Margot and how we learnt about their pasts as well as their situations now. I l Well isn't Blossom just the best, I really like books with dogs in and this one was no exception. Margot decides to rehome a dog, but cannot take Blossom straight away and Will just happens to be in the right place at the right time and wants to foster a dog, but the problem is Will really likes Blossom and doesn't want to lose her. And so the dog sharing begins. I enjoyed the alternating chapters between both Will and Margot and how we learnt about their pasts as well as their situations now. I liked the will the won't they aspect of the romance too. I will say I felt it go a little bogged down in the middle and I found my mind wandering a bit, but it definitely picked up and I loved the second half. This is a hug of a book and is ideal for reading as a comfort to what is going on in the world and of course it is a joy to read about a lovely dog called Blossom. My thanks to the publisher for sending me an early copy to review.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Penelope

    Apart from the fact there isn't enough cats in this book it was very entertaining. :) I love Sarra Manning's books, no one writes a love story quite like her. There are always well crafted multi layered characters, an interesting and never quite straight forward plot and a swoonsome love story (with just the right amount of sexy bits). This has all these elements with the addition of an utterly adorable dog. This is a perfect book for anyone looking to have their spirits lifted and their heart s Apart from the fact there isn't enough cats in this book it was very entertaining. :) I love Sarra Manning's books, no one writes a love story quite like her. There are always well crafted multi layered characters, an interesting and never quite straight forward plot and a swoonsome love story (with just the right amount of sexy bits). This has all these elements with the addition of an utterly adorable dog. This is a perfect book for anyone looking to have their spirits lifted and their heart strings tugged.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Grace Machon

    3.5 ✨ rounded down. There's a lot to like about this book and I think if I had read it I would have liked it more but the Audio voice for Margot is so slow and breathy it takes 9 years to get to the point. Pros Dogs Cons 100 pages too long, I was just like WE GET IT YOU ARE IN LOVE. 3.5 ✨ rounded down. There's a lot to like about this book and I think if I had read it I would have liked it more but the Audio voice for Margot is so slow and breathy it takes 9 years to get to the point. Pros Dogs Cons 100 pages too long, I was just like WE GET IT YOU ARE IN LOVE.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Becka

    God, I love Sara Manning. I think I spent 50% of this book crying and the other 50% laughing. I absolutely did not want this book to end and am already thinking about reading it again!

  25. 4 out of 5

    Stacey Bennett

    Loved this book. Dog lovers / owners will really love this story but even if you’re not a dog person you will still enjoy it.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Elizabeth Dewfall

    What a wonderful idea Margo and Will sharing custody of a rescue Staffie called Blossom and the relationship that develops very funny enjoyable read

  27. 5 out of 5

    Miss Sara L Walker

    I love Sarra Manning but I chose this one because of the rescue Staffie (the gorgeous Blossom) as i'd recently lost my own beloved Staffie. This one lived up to my expectations and was the perfect rom-com: I laughed out loud and I cried (perhaps because of my personal situation) but will definitely re-visit this one again at a later date. Light but with shades of dark. Perfect! I love Sarra Manning but I chose this one because of the rescue Staffie (the gorgeous Blossom) as i'd recently lost my own beloved Staffie. This one lived up to my expectations and was the perfect rom-com: I laughed out loud and I cried (perhaps because of my personal situation) but will definitely re-visit this one again at a later date. Light but with shades of dark. Perfect!

  28. 4 out of 5

    Isobel Radakovic

    4.5 stars. I feel like this book already holds a bit of a soft spot in my heart - I can definitely see myself returning to it! Part of that does come from the North London setting, which was especially nice to be reading about home while I'm away at uni. However, I do have to say this book was possibly the worst thing to read while my puppy fever is currently at its highest! Going into this, I already suspected I would be a big fan of Rescue Me because I absolutely adored Manning's YA novel Londo 4.5 stars. I feel like this book already holds a bit of a soft spot in my heart - I can definitely see myself returning to it! Part of that does come from the North London setting, which was especially nice to be reading about home while I'm away at uni. However, I do have to say this book was possibly the worst thing to read while my puppy fever is currently at its highest! Going into this, I already suspected I would be a big fan of Rescue Me because I absolutely adored Manning's YA novel London Belongs to Us, and I was right. One thing I really liked in particular was the lack of focus on appearances - it was so refreshing not to have to constantly endure descriptions of outfits and how the characters looked being focal points of the story. Margot was mentioned as being a size 16 once and wasn't constantly brought up after. Also, the romance in this was real and not perfect, but I was rooting for them the whole time. A great little gem of a book.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Shruthi Maniraj

    I was super, super excited to get my hands on this book as the blurb was so so exciting. thanks to netgalley and the publisher for providing the copy! I loved this book, it was a heartwarming read. I stayed up late while I was sick to finish it. It’s a story of Will & Margot who are both very lonely. They become copawrents to Blossom, a sassy pupper just like mine. And the story unfolds about how they become a family. Definitely recommend it to readers who are looking for a warm read.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Mel

    RATING: 4.25/5 STARS "After their first meeting at the rescue centre, both Margot and Will want to adopt Blossom so reluctantly agree to share custody. But Will's obsession for micro-managing and clear-cut boundaries and Margot's need to smother Blossom with affection, means that soon they have a very confused and badly behaved dog on their hands. Can they put their differences aside to become successful "co-pawrents" and maybe even friends? And meanwhile, does Blossom have plans of her own?" I was RATING: 4.25/5 STARS "After their first meeting at the rescue centre, both Margot and Will want to adopt Blossom so reluctantly agree to share custody. But Will's obsession for micro-managing and clear-cut boundaries and Margot's need to smother Blossom with affection, means that soon they have a very confused and badly behaved dog on their hands. Can they put their differences aside to become successful "co-pawrents" and maybe even friends? And meanwhile, does Blossom have plans of her own?" I was so excited to get a copy of this book because I would die for dogs and I love a good enemies to lovers story! I absolutely loved all the characters in this novel. A book always ranks high on my list when I can picture the characters as actual people with actual lives instead of cardboard cutout characters that just take up page space, and Sarra Manning did not disappoint me. You have feisty and passionate Margot, who longs for love but tries so hard to convince herself that settling is her only option for a family, and you have soft-spoken Will, who avoids emotional connection with others at all costs as a defence mechanism. Both of these beloved characters could not be more different in terms of their personalities, but fundamentally they both share the same subconscious guiding philosophy of not feeling deserving of love - they just approach that in different ways. The side characters are also very unique in their personalities and dialogue, so even though a lot of names were thrown around, it was easy for me to pinpoint who was who. I am in awe of the way the author portrayed real issues within her story, such as a woman's fear of the pressure from her ticking biological clock and the scars that parents may imprint on their children. She managed to interweave the different traumas and situations that Will and Margot faced in their younger years into their current personalities and why they make the decisions or act the way they do now in a very natural and seamless way. It's a really good lesson for everyone to learn: how the effects of trauma don't necessarily show up as some huge immediate personality changer but can also show up as scars and imprints that appear subtle or normal at first glance, yet actually end up having a long-term impact over a lifetime. And of course, I saved the best for last! Blossom was the main reason why I was so interested in reading this, and I'm very pleased at how the author was able to give our furry little friend such personality and character development. We watch her fit into the common theme that Will and Margot are in, where she opens herself up to unconditional love (and cuddles) after a mysterious traumatic past. I love how she acted like the child between both co-pawrents and how her actions reflected that throughout the book. She's basically the puppy version of the twins from the Parent Trap in a way, and I am living for it. My main comment would be that the pacing of the plot of the story felt a bit unnatural at times. The romantic aspects of the story didn't really show up until about 3/4 of the way in. Additionally, the ending sort of surprised me. I love a good epilogue, but it just felt like a complete 180 in terms of Will and his original misgivings about marriage and love. I would've liked to see that built up more and incorporated into the story earlier so that the change wouldn't appear so drastic. Overall, I really enjoyed this story and it easily ranks as one of my favourites for 2020. The way the author seamlessly combined quirkiness, lighthearted fluff and real-life issues is pure brilliance. I'll be reading more from Sarra Manning! Thank you so much to NetGalley and Hodder & Stoughton for providing me with an e-ARC of this lovely book in exchange for an honest and unbiased review!

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