Novella Review: Love Unleashed by Jackie Braun


Review may contain spoilers

Love Unleashed is the second book in the Billionaire Matchmaker series that I have read.  As I stated previously, the big draw for me is Charlie, the rambunctious little canine who acts like a catalyst to brings the couples together.  The protagonists of this novella are Mia, a florist, and Gideon, the town vet.  It features my favorite trope;  Mia rejected Gid when he proposed six months ago because she is terrified of commitment, and both are still hung up on the other.  Mia is carrying around a ton of baggage that is preventing her from trusting Gid.  After bouncing between her drug addicted parents and the foster care system, she feels that she can’t trust anyone and that all relationships are doomed to failure. 


Charlie gamely steps in by eating the contents of her trash can, as well as a lace bra.  When he begins vomiting, Mia panics and calls Gid.  He agrees to see the dog immediately, opening the path to a strained reunion.  Before Mia knows what’s happened, they have fallen back into physical relationship.  Gid stresses about getting his heart broken again, and Mia worries about Gid putting his house and vet clinic on the market.  All Gid wants is to settle down with the woman he loves, but Mia still isn’t ready to trust him completely.  And with Gid on a timeline-his new job in California starts in just a few weeks-it doesn’t seem that there is enough time to get beyond the hurdles that keep getting in their way.

My favorite part of Love Unleashed is Gid’s unwavering love for Mia.  He’s willing to give her space and not push about her past, though this too becomes a thorn in their relationship.  While Mia has made it crystal clear that she doesn’t want to discuss her past, she is bothered that Gid never asks her about it.  It did take me a while to warm up to her, but she is a mess emotionally and she doesn’t want to be hurt again.  With Gid as her anchor, though, and with Charlie slyly pushing them together, she learns that love is to something to cherish, not to run and hide from.

My biggest disappointment? I didn’t think the interaction between Mia and Charlie was as cute as it was with Marney and Charlie.



Title: Love Unleashed
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Author: Jackie Braun
Publisher: Entangled Indulgence
Ebook: 80 Pages
Release Date: March 21, 2014
ISBN: 978-1622665051
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Can a feisty four-legged matchmaker help four best friends find the romance of their dreams?

The last thing Mia wants is a relationship yet the headstrong florist can’t keep her hands off her sexy-as-sin ex-boyfriend. Will she open her heart before he leaves town for good?