Life on the Leash

Life on the Leash

Must Love Dogs meets My Not So Perfect Life in this hilarious romantic comedy about a dog trainer who’s a master at managing her four-legged friends, but when it comes to her love life...let’s just say she still has a lot to learn.Cora Bellamy is a woman who thrives on organization. She’s successfully run her own dog training business for years, perfectly content with her...

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Title:Life on the Leash
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Life on the Leash Reviews

  • Melisa

    5 big old ginormous stars for this book from me! Any book that gives you chills at the end deserves a full sweep!

    I loved everything about this book - not only did it appeal to my love of dogs but it was so, so much more. It was about the kindness and compassion of people like our main character, Cora, who have made such a difference in the lives of animals.

    I have three rescue dogs myself, so this was especially close to my heart. The message here is an important one. It was also a realistic de

    5 big old ginormous stars for this book from me! Any book that gives you chills at the end deserves a full sweep!

    I loved everything about this book - not only did it appeal to my love of dogs but it was so, so much more. It was about the kindness and compassion of people like our main character, Cora, who have made such a difference in the lives of animals.

    I have three rescue dogs myself, so this was especially close to my heart. The message here is an important one. It was also a realistic depiction of dog training with positive reinforcement instead of negativity and abuse.

    But! It’s not just about dogs! We have a villain, two love interests, and a landscaping competition reality show. There was humor and depth and romance. I loved the comic relief from Cora’s roommate and best friend, Maggie. I adored Eli and his salsa dancing and giant heart. And the dogs - they all had their own personalities and were important characters!

    I highly recommend this to animal lovers! You will not be disappointed!

    A huge thank you to Gallery Books for my early copy. This one will be available September 18th!

  • Cristina | CristiinaReads

  • Iryna semi-hiatus (Book and Sword)

    This review wouldn't be complete without a picture of my own dog, so reading world, meet

    (named after a Luna-cat in Sailor Moon).

    The main reason as to why I picked this book up:

    Sure, the cover caught my eye too, but once I saw the words rescued pitbull I was sold. As an owner of a pitl

    This review wouldn't be complete without a picture of my own dog, so reading world, meet

    (named after a Luna-cat in Sailor Moon).

    The main reason as to why I picked this book up:

    Sure, the cover caught my eye too, but once I saw the words rescued pitbull I was sold. As an owner of a pitlab mix dog I am sick and tired of people judging the poor breed for what we, as humans, did to them (and sadly still continue to do).

    Will a cub tiger try to eat you or will it cuddle you? Baby animals do not learn their instincts until they are are taught them - by their mother or by a human. As shocking as it sounds a pitbull dog doesn't want to fight another dog for your entertainment . But it will do it if its trained to do so. So before you call a pitbull (or a doberman, or a boxer or whatever breed you have prejudice with) a monster, think about the true monsters behind the dog who enjoy watching innocent animals fight to death so they can make money on it.

    I got a bit off topic over there, but some things you just can't keep inside. I enjoyed every single bit of this book that had to do with dogs - dogs of all shapes and sizes. Cora is a dog whisperer and the bond she was able to share with each dog made me pet my dog twice as much as I normally do (and I already pet her a lot!)

    ​The only reason this book wasn't a complete winner for me was because I didn't really care for the tv-show plot. There was just too much tv-show talk in it - I read books because I don't care about tv-shows, so obviously I don't really want to read about them. But it did propel the plot forward and all of the things that happened were nicely wrapped up in the end.

    Cora was a great main character - she was shy, but strong. She had her baggage but she always came through when important things were on the line. And her devotion to her profession was truly remarkable. We need people like Cora in real life! The love interest, or should I say the lust interest of Cora's infuriated me, but in the end I was able to see where Cora was coming from and forgave her.

    ​The side characters were well developed and added nice dimension to the story. I really enjoyed Maggie, although her falling out with Darnell and then falling back in was a bit too easy to be believable.

    Despite the happy ending the book wasn't the lightest of reads for me. As a loving dog owner it was incredibly hard to read about abuse and injustice many dogs had to go through. And from the hands of their owners! It broke my heart and

    I think that this will make a great summer read for both dog lovers and those who don't know much about dogs and how they operate. If I had to classify this I'd say

    . The book is actually rich on good dog advice (thanks to the author's dog training background) so I think I also learned something from it.

    Big thanks to

    books for an advanced e-copy of this book. All opinions are my own, honest and come from the heart.

    will be published in September of 2018.

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  • Kendall

    Happy pub day to this fantastic furry read!! Get your hands on this.

    Oh my gosh this was such a fun and adorable book!! First off... LOVE the title of this book and the cover!

    Life on the Leash is a perfect mix of humor, love, friendship, and even a lil mix of romance :) You can help but love on your main character Cora. Cora has her own dog training business in Washington D.C and has such a huge heart helping her fellow dog companions. Cora finds an amazing opportunity to audition for a tv show

    Happy pub day to this fantastic furry read!! Get your hands on this.

    Oh my gosh this was such a fun and adorable book!! First off... LOVE the title of this book and the cover!

    Life on the Leash is a perfect mix of humor, love, friendship, and even a lil mix of romance :) You can help but love on your main character Cora. Cora has her own dog training business in Washington D.C and has such a huge heart helping her fellow dog companions. Cora finds an amazing opportunity to audition for a tv show that is right up her alley... training for dogs.

    While Cora has the reality show on her mind, she meets a new client Charlie Gill that is practically the man of her dreams. But, only one tiny issue... he comes with his other half Maddison. On the upside, Cora meets a new friend Eli, who may turn out to be more then just her friend. Can Cora get it together and untangle her web of leashes between these two men and compete for this reality show?!

    This book was so refreshing to me... I can't tell you how nice it is to see something different then the typical dark thrillers.

    Victoria Schade is new author for me but one I am definitely going to put on my radar moving forward as should you! :)

    If you love dogs like I do, a little bit of romance, and quirky yet sassy characters then this is the perfect women's fiction novel for you.

    4.25 stars rounded up on this one! This is one not to miss and to pre-order! :)

    Huge thank you to Gallery and Netgalley for an advanced arc in exchange for my honest review.

    Published to GR: 6/29/18

    Publication date: 9/18/18

  • Holly  B

    Cora spends all her time training dogs for clients that really have no clue about dog ownership (

    ).  She is a hero to the dogs she helps and she has 

    it takes to understand the pups.  The one thing that is missing from her life is that special man (he needs to be a dog lover of course).  One of her new clients

    Cora spends all her time training dogs for clients that really have no clue about dog ownership (

    ).  She is a hero to the dogs she helps and she has 

    it takes to understand the pups.  The one thing that is missing from her life is that special man (he needs to be a dog lover of course).  One of her new clients is quite the hunk, but he has a gorgeous girlfriend. He is taken, but she wishes he would act like it (yep, I know the type) and stop all the shenanigans.

    Dog lovers will love the mishaps, the adventures and the gentle training methods Cora uses to help her clients with their pups. She doesn't mind getting sloppy kisses or muddy paw prints on her clothes. How could I not love her?

    A sparkling story that was full of laughs, four-legged friends and a few compromising situations. This was the perfect light and fluffy read I needed.

    Thanks to Gallery Books for my ARC. Review will post to Amazon/BN on publication date Sept. 18,2018

  • Stephanie

    4.5 Stars

    What a delightful, heartwarming story! I had so much fun reading

    Victoria Schade has written a funny, refreshing, feel-good novel that is perfect for a lighthearted, quick read. Wait, did I mention there are dogs in the book??!! Oh, yes!! Lots of dogs, which is one of the main reasons that I picked this book up since I'm a

    and always have my 10-year-old black lab/pit bull mix Onyx right beside me (hogging the couch or bed) whenever I'm reading or writin

    4.5 Stars

    What a delightful, heartwarming story! I had so much fun reading

    Victoria Schade has written a funny, refreshing, feel-good novel that is perfect for a lighthearted, quick read. Wait, did I mention there are dogs in the book??!! Oh, yes!! Lots of dogs, which is one of the main reasons that I picked this book up since I'm a

    and always have my 10-year-old black lab/pit bull mix Onyx right beside me (hogging the couch or bed) whenever I'm reading or writing my book reviews! There's also some romance going on in the book, and you just have to love a book with romance and dogs!

    Cora Bellamy, the main character, is absolutely adorable! I love her! She is one of those book characters who you just want to be best friends with; I'm sure we've all encountered one or two of those along the way while reading, right? I love spending all my time with my dog, being covered with his kisses, and trying to get black dog hair off my clothes, so I think she and I would be great friends!

    Cora used to be hugely successful in corporate America, but she left that world to follow her dreams to work with and help save dogs because of a passionate love for dogs she's had since she was a young girl. Now, she has a successful dog training business and blog that advocates dog behavioral training methods based on kindness, gentle corrections, and positive training instead of training dogs using aggression and fear. The excellent dog training advice throughout the book was just an added bonus and when I realized that Schade is a dog trainer, I appreciated it even more!

    The other characters, people and pups alike, are fabulous too--even the few that you dislike because they are so well written and characterized! They range from wonderful, friendly, funny, silly, quirky, sad, despondent, sinister, egotistical, selfish, amazing, and drool-worthy!

    Cora's rescue pit-bull, Fritz stole my heart with his loving affections and the way he made every rescue dog she brought home feel welcomed and safe. He's just the epitome of doggie friendship and is the way I wished everyone viewed rescue dogs and beautiful pits, who have such loving hearts and only fight and are aggressive if trained that way, as well as all rescue dogs, who are so loving and need a second chance at a loving, forever home!!

    While

    has its romantic moments and the ending was fantastic, what I loved the most was the emphasis on friendships throughout the book! Cora's best friend and roommate Maggie is always there to brush her off and give her a needed push, and Cora is there to do the same for Maggie. And her friend Eli is always around anytime Cora needs him and shows her what it really means to be a true friend, which is so much more than what she's getting out of the burgeoning relationship between her hot but very much taken client!   

    is the perfect read for when you are looking for something a little lighter like I was when I read it! It will make you laugh, smile and if you are like me, you will even shed some tears over how some dog owners treat their own dogs, but that in no way ruined my enjoyment of this delightful book since that's, unfortunately, the sad truth. 

    I highly recommend dog lovers pick this one up! Actually, I think all animal lovers will be won over by Cora and her unadulterated love of dogs and the friends in her life! Definitely, don't miss this one because Schade has written a wonderful book full of heart, joy, and about taking second chances! 

  • Chris  C - A Midlife Wife

    What a lighthearted sweet story! 4.5 Stars

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    When you’ve never read an author before, sometimes it can be a little disconcerting because you don’t know what you’re going to get. When I was looking at this to review, I thought it was a more of a women’s fiction. However, I was pleasantly surprised that this was actually a contemporary look at living life and a yearning for romance.

    I love what the author did with the story. You take a ex-corporate girl who decided to follow her passio

    What a lighthearted sweet story! 4.5 Stars

    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

    When you’ve never read an author before, sometimes it can be a little disconcerting because you don’t know what you’re going to get. When I was looking at this to review, I thought it was a more of a women’s fiction. However, I was pleasantly surprised that this was actually a contemporary look at living life and a yearning for romance.

    I love what the author did with the story. You take a ex-corporate girl who decided to follow her passion. Then throw in a bit of man crush, some humorous friends, many wacky clients, and you get a delightful story with a happily ever after ending that leaves a smile on your face.

    It was direct and very accurate story of what we experience in life today. I loved her characters and great personalities that she gave them. What was best of all was that they were not perfect. They made mistakes but through that they got stronger and found their way to filling their dreams.

    Fresh, fun, and full of optimism, not to mentions some great dog training tips, this story is a sweet read, perfect for women of all ages. You need to grab this one for your must read list!

    * Cope received for review consideration

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  • FMABookReviews

    3.5 Stars!

    Victoria Schade is a new author on the scene. She's written a couple of books about dogs, 

     and 

    , but Life on the Leash is a fiction book and I really liked her voice and writing style.

    CORA BELLAMY is a dog trainer who believes in treating dogs humanely while teaching them to do what it is you want them to do. She spends so much time wit

    3.5 Stars!

    Victoria Schade is a new author on the scene. She's written a couple of books about dogs, 

     and 

    , but Life on the Leash is a fiction book and I really liked her voice and writing style.

    CORA BELLAMY is a dog trainer who believes in treating dogs humanely while teaching them to do what it is you want them to do. She spends so much time with her dogs that her social life has suffered. Her last relationship didn't end well, so she's thrown herself into her business. Most everyone she works with loves her and her methods. But while dogs are man's best friend, she begins craving a friend of the "man" variety.

    When hot and successful CHARLIE GILL enters her life via his adorable dog, she is smitten. He says the right things, flirts and kisses her better than she's ever been kissed before. But Charlie isn't single and he keeps stringing her along, promising there will be a day when he leaves his live-in girlfriend.

    ELI CRAWFORD is a good man with morals who knows how to treat women. While he really likes Cora, he accepts that he's been friend-zoned. He's there when she needs help and when her dogs need rescuing. Cora seems blind to the goodness that is Eli. She's so wrapped up in the handsome Charlie that she can't see all that Eli has to offer. That is until Charlie's light goes dark and Cora sees Eli for all that he is; loyal, handsome, and kind. Unfortunately for Cora, Eli is done being used.

    While I enjoyed Cora's story and her desire to have the world adopt her views on humane training, I questioned the love triangle in this book. Cora is a woman with a heart of gold who would never dream of hurting an animal so I had a hard time accepting that she would willingly enter into and continue a relationship with someone who had a girlfriend. So while this added angst to the storyline, and at times tugged at my heart-strings, I was also conflicted by the apparent contrasting morals her character displayed.

    I loved Eli! He was quirky, sensitive and had a heart of gold. His self-confidence was sexy and his self-preservation was endearing.

    While reading Life on the Leash, I found myself laughing one minute, wanting to throw my Kindle across the room the next. Overall, I enjoyed the story and hope to read more from Victoria Schade in the future.

  • Rebecca McNutt

    *Also, because I tried to finish reading it but simply gave up on it, I've set no "finished" date and thus it will not be included in my Goodreads reading challenge for this year.*

    I had initially been told early-on to order this book as soon as its release date if not sooner because "it's so adorable!" and I just didn't get it. I'm neither

    *Also, because I tried to finish reading it but simply gave up on it, I've set no "finished" date and thus it will not be included in my Goodreads reading challenge for this year.*

    I had initially been told early-on to order this book as soon as its release date if not sooner because "it's so adorable!" and I just didn't get it. I'm neither a romance reader nor a dog person. The expressed opinion of the main character quickly got on my nerves, both in that she substitutes dogs for human friendship and that she seriously compares the men she's in love with to dogs - something about all that just really creeped me out. The book is not entirely wrapped up in all this dog sentiment but it also reads like a hokey sitcom for the duration I was reading it, and its "humor" simply wasn't funny, just cheesy in my view. I found that all the gushing animal stuff made me cringe, and it's not a matter of hating animals. I have some favourite dog stories which I've read such as

    and

    . It's just that I've never been the type to buy into the notion that dogs are better than people or that they can replace human companionship. As I noted above, that's just a personal feeling on the matter.

    For two days I tried to keep on reading this book, and the more it went, the more predictable it became, not to mention sappy. It seemed to be going nowhere and eventually I just got very bored with it. I gave up on reading it, which is one of the first times I've done this with a book... I have a pile of others I'd rather get around to reading than continuing to read a book I don't particularly like. If you're a hardcore animal-lover or you love dog stories, you might appreciate the story more, but I think

    's niche audience will be dog trainers or people involved with rescue dogs, as Cora is surrounded by this stuff and as a character is very passionate about it.

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