I received this book for free from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Pug, Actually by Matt Dunn
Published by HarperCollins UK on June 29, 2021
Genres: Fiction, Humour, Romance
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‘A witty, heart-warming tale about woman’s best friend. You’ll love it!’ Nick Spalding
’A love story that honestly will just make you cheer... I loved it.’ Miranda Dickinson
When your dog plays Cupid...what could possibly go wrong?
Loyal rescue pug Doug wants his adoring owner Julie to find unconditional love and happiness – and he knows she won’t find either in the arms of Luke, her married boss.
Doug is terrified that Julie will become a lonely cat-lover if she stays single too long, but he can’t let her fall for any more of Luke’s empty promises. Julie needs to move on – and Doug is convinced that Tom, a newly divorced V-E-T, is perfect for her (despite his questionable occupation).
There’s just one problem: Julie and Tom can’t stand each other.
Doug doesn’t quite understand the quirks and complexities of human relationships, but he won’t let that get in the way of his mission to bring Tom and Julie together. After all, being a ‘rescue’ works both ways...
Readers LOVE Pug Actually!
‘A wonderful novel with delicious humour... I'm in love with Doug the pug!’ Jill Mansell
‘Charming, brilliant and an absolute hoot... This book makes the world feel a happier place to be.’ Milly Johnson
‘Absolutely loved it... A quirky, funny, cute read...I found myself smiling throughout...’ NetGalley reviewer, ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
‘A marvellously light read that leaves you giggling... you will not regret this one bit.’ NetGalley reviewer, ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
‘Absolutely brilliant...Laugh out loud hilarious’ NetGalley reviewer, ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
‘A word of caution: Reading this in public may cause uncontrollable laughter and create a scene.’ Library Journal, starred review
‘[A] hilarious romance...’ The Washington Post
‘...amusing and heartwarming, and Doug is a fantastic star of the show.’ Booklist
‘Laugh-out-loud funny’ Publishers Weekly
Praise for Matt Dunn:
‘Matt Dunn is officially funny.’ Jojo Moyes
‘Funny, warm, honest...’ Jenny Colgan
‘Matt Dunn’s writing makes you laugh out loud.’ Sophie Kinsella
Let’s be honest, you cannot beat a Matt Dunn classic and Pug Actually is sure to be one of those classics. This was such a fun read as the story is told from the point of view of the dog! Yep you read that correctly. And this makes the book a much more enjoyable read. In my opinion.
Doug the Pug makes it his mission to help his mistress Julie in finding a more reliable man for her life. To be honest thank goodness for Doug as he knows best. Better than Julie and her trying behaviour when it comes to her manipulative boyfriend Luke.
If we had had the book from Julie’s perspective, it would have been a very different read. And as Julie annoyed me a lot, I am not sure that I could have kept reading. But instead we have Doug who keeps us, and Julie on the right path.
For me Julie was a bit of a Bridget Jones character who shambles along with life and ends up where she is with more luck than skill. But there is something about Julie that makes her a loveable person who you just want to do well.
Pug Actually was a fun heartwarming read, that took a different perspective on the telling and showing how some people see more things than others around them. This was a joy to read and one that I cannot wait to read again.