Friday, April 3, 2020



Title:   Head Over Paws
Author:  Debbie Burns
Publisher:  Sourcebooks Casablanca
Series:  Rescue Me #5
Genre:  Romance
Format:  Kindle ARC
No. of Pages:   352
Date of Publication:  April 28, 2020
My Rating:  4 Stars 

Olivia Graham has signed on as a volunteer rescue driver for the High Grove Animal Shelter. Her first task is to transport dogs and cats that've been misplaced by flooding, but her aging car breaks down on the way to get them.

She's picked up by veterinarian Gabe Wentworth, former EMT and firefighter, who's also heading to the rescue site. After a bad breakup, Gabe's embraced the hermit life. When he picks up Olivia, he can't deny their irresistible mutual attraction, and his first thought is to run the other direction. But the more animals they help, the harder they fall for each other…


This cute story by Debbie Burns, the fifth book in the Rescue Me series, is a truly touching story. Olivia was on her way to transport a few dogs misplaced due to a storm to a rescue center. Gabe has also been called into action to get some dogs to a safe place during the dangerous flooding that Olivia is out in.

Gabe's dog Samson is now retired from the search-and-rescue work, but he takes Samson along with him. Samson might have aged out, but his bond with Gabe is undeniable. Olivia's car breaks down and Gabe offers his assistance, and the two work to get some dogs that were caught up in the storm to safety. Sparks fly between Gabe and Olivia from the start. 

Olivia is a teacher but is drawn to animals, especially the dog she and Gabe rescued that was named Morgan. (I needed tissues here.) Gabe is a former firefighter and EMT who has found his calling as a vet. Will Gabe and Olivia ever see one another again, especially after they share a tender kiss?

What a touching story! The idea of rescuing animals and getting them to no-kill shelters was endearing enough, but watching the relationship that Gabe had Samson truly warmed my heart. I also loved how Olivia took every opportunity to be with the dog Morgan. The love story was wonderful as well. The conflicts in this book were relatable and I loved seeing how they came to resolution. 

There is something a bit different as to how this book is written. It is written in third person POV for the characters - and this includes the dog Morgan. Oh, how I loved his chapters!

I have enjoyed all five books in this series, if not for the couples who found their happiness, most certainly for the dogs that were in each story. I really hope there are more to follow.

Many thanks to Sourcebooks Casablanca, Edelweiss and NetGalley for this ARC to review. This is my honest opinion.


Debbie Burns is the award-winning author of the RESCUE ME romance series featuring love connections of the two and four-legged kind. Her writing commendations include a starred review from Publisher’s Weekly and a TOP PICK from RT Book Reviews for A NEW LEASH ON LOVE and an Amazon Best Book of the Month for My FOREVER HOME. Books one through four are available now, including LOVE AT FIRST BARK released July 2019.

Debbie lives in Saint Louis with her family, two phenomenal rescue dogs, and a somewhat tetchy Maine Coon cat who everyone loves anyway. Her hobbies include hiking, gardening and daydreaming, which of course always leads to new story ideas.


  1. This looks sweet, I love books with animals

  2. Great review, this book looks and sounds like an amazingly fantastic book and right up my alley as well. I am really glad you fully enjoyed reading this book. Thank you so much for sharing your awesome post.

  3. This looks so cute. Great review. Love the cover.

  4. This looks like a really sweet book.