Cody Jones didn't expect to ever return to Applebottom, planning a long life of military service and world travel.
But a devastating injury in Iraq narrows his options, so he begrudgingly helps his mother expand her doggy bakery until he figures out what’s next.
And in walks Melody Hopkins.
Melody is dead broke and takes a summer job painting the new pet store to pay the bills. She's new to Applebottom and has never encountered the moody, brutally handsome Cody Jones. She isn’t sure she can work around him, but then her tiny Pomeranian Mistletoe refuses to leave Cody’s service dog, a gorgeous Golden Retriever named Tyrus.
The town notices their reluctant friendship and puts them in charge of a grand opening celebration sure to draw visitors to the new store -- a Christmas in July pet parade.
Cody doesn't want to show off his injury to the whole town, but Melody's infectious optimism convinces him to try. Besides, his service dog Tyrus can't seem to live without Melody’s little fluff ball. What's a veteran and a dog dad to do?
Don't miss the other standalone small town books by Abby Tyler:
-- The Sweetest Match: Sweet Small Town Second Chance
-- The Perfect Disaster: Small Town Dog Lover Sports Romance
-- The Irresistible Spark: Sweet Small Town Firefighter Romance
-- Mistletoe Summer: Sweet Small Town Grumpy Sunshine Military Romance
-- The Unexpected Shelter: Sweet Stranger in a Small Town Romance
-- The Special Delivery: Sweet Small Town Single Dad and Nanny Romance
-- Belated Kiss: Sweet Late in Life Mature Romance (over sixty)
-- Runaway Cove: Small Town Family Saga on the New England Coast
Abby Tyler loves puppy dogs, pie, and small towns (she grew up in one!) Her Applebottom Matchmaker Society books combine the sweet and wholesome style of romance she loves with the funny, sometimes a-little-too-truthful characters she remembers from growing up in a place where everyone knew everybody's business.