Review: Summer at the Dog & Duck by Jill Steeples

About Summer at the Dog & Duck

• Series: Dog & Duck (#2)
 Kindle Edition: 241 pages
• Published: June 2017 by Aria
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Goodreads DescriptionThe perfect summer read. Continuing the light hearted, uplifting dramas around the The Dog & Duck pub and the life of its landlady Ellie Browne.

Ellie Browne has found happiness running The Dog & Duck pub in the idyllic village of Little Leyton, and her blossoming romance with tall, handsome property developer, Max Golding, is going swimmingly. With her new best friend, Digby, the black Labrador at her side, life just couldn’t be sweeter.

But their peace is shattered when Max’s younger sister, Katy, turns up unannounced with a whole heap of attitude. And Max’s loyalties are stretched further when his glamorous ex, Sasha, re-appears with her own burgeoning secret.

With the master of the manor preoccupied with the demands of his ‘other women’, Ellie’s forced to consider if she has any role to play in Max’s life or in the village of Little Leyton.

Can Ellie get her life and relationship back on track in time for the summer charity ball at Braithwaite Manor?

My Thoughts

Ellie is back! It’s now Summer at the Dog & Duck, and Ellie has settled into her life in Little Leyton. She’s running the bar, dating Max, and spending time with her friends Josie and Polly. Life couldn’t be sweeter….and then Max’s kid sister Katy and super-hot ex-girlfriend Sasha show up in town.

I rather enjoyed Winter at the Dog & Duck. I thought it was fun, if not completely absorbing. I hate to say it, but Ellie REALLY got on my nerves in this one. So much so that at one point, I didn’t think I’d be able to finish it. Polly and Josie – and wanting to know more about the handsome newcomer, George – kept me going. I also liked Katy a lot, but the whole storyline with Ellie and Max made me want to throw in the towel.

Max is….I don’t know. He’s not terrible, but he’s got some issues and what happens is Ellie gets all worked up about how much of a jerk he’s being and then ends up apologizing. Yes, you read that right – Ellie apologizes to Max when Max is the one who should be apologizing to her. It really irked me. Maybe I’m just tired of reading about unhealthy relationships. Shrug.

I don’t think I’ll be continuing the series, which is a little bit of a shame – it’s great fluff reading, and the setting is lots of fun. Too bad the characters just don’t do it for me! I’m being generous and giving this one a 3 star rating, but truthfully it’s more along the lines of 2.5.

3 stars

Thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for the ARC!