Book Reviews

The Dog Days of December by Kim Fielding at Tin Box Press

Genre Gay / Contemporary / Romance / Holiday
Reviewed by Christy Duke on 25-January-2024

Book Blurb

Alone in a new town, psychology professor Shawn Daly has resigned himself to a quiet, solitary Christmas. Then he nearly runs over a stray dog. She’s not seriously injured—but it turns out she has other plans for Shawn’s winter break. And that cute guy down the block with the friendly Newfoundland dog? Turns out he’s a big part of those plans.

Dogs may bring shedding fur and a heap of responsibilities. But they may also be just the right thing to give the holidays—and a love life—some sparkle.


Book Review

“This was when she realized the truth: he belonged to her now. She had a person again! She was so happy that she bark-howled a little song, making her person laugh.” ~ Anna


Two men, two dogs, the holiday season, and a love story to make you sigh. Kim Fielding has again hit the right notes of sweetness, joy, and love with ‘The Dog Days of December’. I would have read this book regardless because she wrote it, but the fact that dogs are involved made it even better.


Shawn has only recently moved to this city and taken a job at the university as a psychology professor. Austin has lived here for a long time and is the Director of Academic Technology at the university. But it takes Anna, the sweet dog Shawn rescues, and Lola, Austin’s newfoundland, to bring them together. Granted, Anna’s rescue by Shawn, and it’s a literal rescue told from Anna’s perspective, pretty much had me at “hello” as the saying goes.


This story has everything you could possibly ask for in a heartwarming tale. It’s gentle and sweet with a lovely happy ever after that I know will go on my shelf of books to read when I need to feel happy and hopeful. Thank you, Kim, for the smiles!




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Additional Information

Format ebook
Length Short Story, 57 pages
Heat Level
Publication Date 29-November-2022
Price $0.99 ebook
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