Pug Actually by Matt Dunn is a romantic comedy told in the perspective of the main characters pug named Doug. I decided to read this one because it sounded it was going to be a fun easy read. Ultimately, there were some parts that were hilarious but, there were some parts that really just didn’t sit right with me.
I loved Doug. He was my favorite part of the story. He had his little nuances as a Pug which made him completely believable and adorable. He is so protective of his owner Julie and her family which was sweet to read about. And he also made me laugh which is always a plus in a romantic comedy.
Unfortunately for Pug Actually, I didn’t really care for the main character of Julie. Honestly, she’s a hot mess. She’s involved with a married man and doesn’t seem to understand why this is problematic. She has a diminished self-worth and this makes her believe that the relationship she has is the one that she deserves. It was just frustrating to me as a reader because it took so long (and a little unsubtle pushing from Doug) for her to realize what was right in front of her.
I loved the voice that was given to the character of Doug. His outlook on his life and his references of Fraiser did help make the Pug Actually more enjoyable. It just wasn’t enough for me to enjoy it as much as I would have liked. Julie and her relationship really put a damper on the romantic comedy; and it never really recovered for me.
Rating: 3 Stars
**I received this book for free from Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.**