Book Review of : The Dachshund Wears Prada
The Dachshund Wears Prada
By: Stefanie London
Overall: Isla Thompson just got fired from her job as a social media consultant for the rich and famous. She is now an unemployable, former influencer in Manhattan who desperately needs a job to support herself and her 14 year old sister Dani. She takes the first job she can get, being a dog-sitter for a very spoiled, and devil-tempered Dachshund named Camilla. The dog’s handsome owner is Theo Garrison, who inherited the hell-hound dog from his socialite/philanthropist Grandmother who recently passed away. Theo is busy running the family publishing empire that he has been running since his parents died, and he has no time or interest in being a “dog-dad”. He has gone through numerous dog-sitters already because he can’t find anyone that Camilla will be nice to. But, Isla radiates warmth and sunshine and Camilla takes a liking to her right away. Theo does too. But, he does not have time for, nor wants to be in any kind of relationship with neither a dog or a human. Theo has a nickname as ‘The Hermit of 5th Avenue”. He does have a harsh, stay-away-from-me, type of exterior. But, once she gets to know him, Isla sees him as kind, sweet, and funny. She needs to see him only as her boss though, because she can’t do anything to jeopardize her paychecks that she desperately needs. But, as the two spend more time together, they start to think that they just might be what the other has been looking for all along.
Opinion: I liked that this was a cute take on, The Devil Wears Prada. (I loved that book!) I enjoyed that there was a Dachshund as one of the main characters in the book. Her posh and pampered lifestyle was ridiculous, but I guess that is how those wealthy Manhattanites really treat their pets? I liked how the story had a modern, social media focus too. The relationship between Isla and Theo was both realistic and romantic. I liked that this was a sweet rom-com, but also had serious topics mixed into the story. These were two grown adults with various heavy baggage, trying to navigate their own lives, and their lives in a relationship with eachother. I also loved the sunshine / grumpy trope. The only issue I had with the plot is that you could see the “3rd Act Conflict” coming from a mile away. This is not to much of an issue I suppose, since all rom-com’s have that conflict for the couple to overcome before they get their happily-ever-after. At least it was not from some stupid miscommunication or misunderstanding like in some books.
This is the first book in what will be a series of stand-alone books called, “Paws In The City” series. They will all feature female friendships, cute pets, and lots of romance in NYC. I really did enjoy this adorable story of Theo, Isla, & Camilla. It was romantic without being sappy or sentimental or over dramatic. It was a believeable storyline that was sweet and a little spicy too. Overall an entertaining and enjoyable rom-com. I will be reading the next book in this series when it comes out. Rating 8 out of 10