eARC Review – A Spot of Trouble by Teri Wilson

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Title: A Spot of Trouble

Author: Teri Wilson

Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca

Publication date: September 7th, 2021

256 pages

3/5 stars

Goodreads Synopsis

Get ready to laugh out loud with this hilarious romantic comedy featuring:
• A grumpy firefighter who thinks his way is the only way
• A bubbly yoga teacher who prefers to go with the flow
• Adorable Dalmatians who swap places—and the chaos that ensues
• An opposites-attract romance that’ll warm your heart

Violet March and Sam Nash are as different as night and day and have been enemies ever since Violet accused Sam of dognapping her beloved Dalmatian. Sam knows that’s impossible—for one thing, his dog Cinder is a well-trained fire safety dog who never steps out of line. Violet’s dog Sprinkles, on the other hand, has never met a command that she didn’t ignore completely, much like her bubbly owner. So when Sprinkles and Cinder accidentally switch places during the annual police vs. fire department softball tournament, Violet is thrilled by her dog’s sudden perfect behavior, while stubborn-yet-charming Sam is horrified to find that his dog no longer listens.

But when the dogs are eventually switched back, Sam and Violet are shocked to find that not everything is as simple as it seems. And a little puppy love might be just the thing they’ve been missing…


A Spot of Trouble is a light-hearted, small town romance featuring two very different people and their two very different Dalmatians. The tropes would include a bit of insta-love mixed with enemies to lovers as Violet and Sam duke it out over their dogs and fire safety in a town where the police force and firefighters are in an epic rivalry in the all important and vaulted, softball tournament.

This book is a bit on the ridiculous side, it’s zany and outageous, and a fairly short and quick read. There are meddling elders, a ton of puppy content, and an opposites attract type feel with the characters finding a level of compromise by the end. The outrageous events were a bit much for me at times which kept this book from being a 4 or 5 star read for me, but there was a good level of emotion to balance out the outrageous which kept me interested.

Books like this make me want to live in a small town, and I really wanted to adopt a Dalmation after reading! Dog lovers will get enjoyment out of this read, along with those who read Nicholas Sparks (for the small town setting not the tragedy). Overall, it was an average read for me.

Thank you to Sourcebooks Casablanca and Netgalley for an early copy in exchange for an honest review.

Happy reading, folks!

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