“This was a nice entertaining novella written well and with humor by Ms. Dumont. I found the main character. Cynthia, to be likeable and connectable. I enjoyed the story of love and connection, as well as the passion displayed in the romantic scenes. All in all a well-written short read. I would read more concerning this character or by this author.
I ranked it 3 stars because it was more a novella than novel, so not as much story as I would have liked.” --Janet Kinsella Net Galley
READER REVIEWS from AMAZON
5.0 out of 5 stars Spicy, May 30, 2012
By Pauline F — The writing is pacy and sharp- really a fun read and highly recommended. Romance with a modern twist and lots of good characters which kept my interest- Highly recommended!
5.0 out of 5 stars A fun read!!!, May 22, 2012
By Hoyt Hilsman — An entertaining and sexy look at the SoCal boutique matchmaking world and Cynthia Amas, the founder of Second Acts. Chock full of colorful LA characters and stories, this is a great late-night or beach read. Highly recommended!
5.0 out of 5 stars Sleeping with Dogs and other Lovers, May 21, 2012
By Lucy K. — I took a break from my usual sorted collection of business and leadership growth publications, and for a casual weekend read I picked up Sleeping with Dogs and Other Lovers by Julia Dumont. To my delight, I was quickly whisked away by Cynthia Amas, her group of unique friends, clients and their desires for meeting that perfect someone, steamy encounters and some mystical intrigue. When I finished Sleeping with Dogs, I wasn’t ready for it to end. I am keen for the second book. I must know what happens with Cynthia and Max, Cynthia’s new business, Lolita and her dogs … my weekend reading has deliriously picked up, thank you Julia Dumont!
3.0 out of 5 stars Sleeping with Dogs and Other Lovers, October 10, 2012
By Beckey –
Interesting read, were Dumont takes readers on a journey of dating and relationships.
Cynthia opens an online dating service to help others find that one person for them. She is good at doing that for her friends but not herself. Laugh out loud moments and good weekend read…
3.0 out of 5 stars A very nice and light story, September 21, 2012
By luciefuentes — A very short rather dynamic novella, easy to read and fun about the dating process. It follows the adventures of Cynthia’s strange customers. She has recently set up her dating agency and wants to be available to her clients and treat them like friends. But single herself while working in this sector of activity, this leads her to an update on her own love life. The situation becomes very funny when a former lover resurfaces in Cynthia’s life just when her career took off. Unexpected comical situations, an hilarious chaos will be linked to the daily routine of Cynthia’s crazy like to lead the reader to a great ending.
I hope that the author will write a sequel. I admit I had a soft spot for Max, whose character made ??me laugh by his boorishness and his disproportionate ego. If he was my boyfriend, I believe however that I would have thrown him out of the door a long time ago! But he makes this fun love story worth it!
5.0 out of 5 stars A Fast, Fun Read, July 30, 2012
By Marcianne S. Crestani –
I just love a book with a smart, energetic heroine who has a lusty love life, and this was recommended to me by a friend at school whose reading taste I don’t really know…… But because it was only $6.99, I thought I’d give it a try. She was right….There are lots of great characters and steamy sex and plot lines but it’s easy to follow. The chapters are short, which is helpful for me because I tend to only have time to read in short bits, but I did find myself saying, “Okay, I’m just going to read one more chapter” so time can get away from you. Anyway, the upshot is that I’m glad I bought it.
5.0 out of 5 stars Good find!, June 28, 2012
By Mike D. — My wife has been a reader and lover of romance novels since she was a young girl. She constantly sits in bed enraptured with a different Linda Howard or LaVyrle Spencer book. It has been a tradition for me to get her a romance novel for every special occasion (birthday, anniversary, Christmas) and I usually just find the cheap fifty cent paperbacks. However, for Mother’s Day this past year, I stumbled across a book with an interesting cover called, Sleeping with Dogs and Other Lovers by Julia Dumont. She devoured the book in 2 nights. Guess it was a hit! I usually get the post-read review from her, and most of the time they are pretty bad, however she seemed to be a big fan of this one! Good work Julia! I’ll make sure to get your next work of art when it becomes available. Thank you!
5.0 out of 5 stars Sex in the City goes West, June 28, 2012
By H. Britten “Koontz” — If 50 Shades of Grey was a bit too kinky for you but you’d like a hot sexy story, this is it! In fact, I couldn’t put it down once I started. Cynthia and her “bad-boy lover” Max’s intense sexual connection was a highlight, but I also loved the wacky fun that ensued with her friends and crazy mom. The story has humor, heart, and even some strange dogs that I didn’t quite understand…… I hope Julia writes another book so I can “meet” everyone again and figure out what’s up with those dogs. The L. A. setting is a fun location for a fantasy. Sex in the City goes West…. Your girlfriends will thank you for telling them about this one!
5.0 out of 5 stars Great!, June 28, 2012
From Kindle Nation
Think “Stephanie Plum meets Sex and the City wearing Fifty Shades of Grey — L.A. style.”
From Kirkus Reviews
“The misunderstandings and mischief will keep readers turning pages, and the light-weight content makes for easy enjoyment … erotic adventure for readers more interested in an entertaining read than deep thought.”
The Worlds Toughest Book Critics have given their two cents on Julia Dumont’s latest vintage romance novel. Enjoy!
SLEEPING WITH DOGS AND OTHER LOVERS
In the first installment of Dumont’s planned romance series, paranormal dogs and oversexed exes plague a matchmaking service.
Cynthia Amas wants to start a new career. The former marketing executive is launching herself as a personalized matchmaker, pairing friends and new clients together and sometimes stepping in to make sure their dates go perfectly. When Max, the ex she loved and lost, reappears in Los Angeles, she’s torn between renewing their relationship with supercharged sex and focusing on her career. She decides she can manage both; complications immediately arise. Her arrival at the wrong hotel room—and the resultant accidental same-sex groping that leaves her completely aroused—is only the beginning of a comedy of errors: Max winds up in bed with Cynthia’s groping buddy and her girlfriend, as Cynthia uses a little light S&M to take out her frustration on a boring suitor. On the matchmaking front, a team of paranormal dogs keep customer Lolita from closing the deal with a potential partner, and Cynthia’s mother decides to try a bit of matchmaking of her own, introducing Cynthia to a handsome gynecologist. Dumont’s serviceable prose weaves in and out of the characters’ lives and loves, providing plenty of titillating sex scenes without promising a happy ending. Instead, she offers a hook into the forthcoming series, which looks to feature friendship among a trio of wacky women. The misunderstandings and mischief will keep readers turning pages, and the light-weight content makes for easy enjoyment. There’s no moral here, nor any deeper meaning to be gleaned— just entertainment. The paranormal dogs are never fully explained, but Dumont manages to make that a curiosity rather than a cliff-hanger. The series will likely reveal those secrets as it continues, but in the meantime the comedic value makes this particular omission forgivable.
A light-weight, erotic adventure for readers more interested in an entertaining read than deep thought.
From Jeff Favre Reviews
Sleeping with DogsIs Sexy, Funny Page-Turner.
Whether it’s Harry Potter or Sophie Kinsella’s Shopaholic novels, a series has to start somewhere. For “Second Acts,” by Julia Dumont, her world opens with Sleeping with Dogs and Other Lovers. Some might call this novel chick lit, while others would call it a spicy contemporary romance. And while both might be accurate, they do a disservice to a well-crafted page-turner that is equal parts sexy and funny.
As a self contained story, it won’t matter if you read this novel or the second in what appears to be an ongoing series, Starstruck Romance and Other Hollywood Tails.
This one is lighter on the graphic sex scenes than its successor, but it’s heavier on the humor. Also,Dumontdoes a remarkable job of not only introducing these characters, but also planting seeds for the book to come.
Dumont’s protagonist is Cynthia, whose business, a dating service called Second Acts, is just starting to take off. What makes Second Acts unusual is that Cynthia provides plenty of personal service, including monitoring an emergency cell phone for each of her matched couples while on they’re on their first date, in case something goes awry.
The reason Cynthia has so much free time is that her love life is lacking. Yes, there’s Max, who flies in and out of Cynthia’s life, but she can’t take his overt womanizing-even while she tries to convince herself that she wants an open relationship.
As with Starstruck, the most interesting character is Lolita. Best friends in the second novel, they meet for the first time in this story. Lolita runs a high-class dog salon for major celebrities. She wants a man, but no one will come between her and her dogs, which appear to have special magical abilities. This strange divergence into almost sci-fi territory seems ridiculous at first, butDumont somehow makes it work by keeping it mysterious.
Yes, there are some racy sex scenes, including a near lesbian encounter for Cynthia.Dumonteases into these sections so they creep up on you, and they don’t feel shoehorned into the plot.
Best of all, Dumonthas a real way with humor. She takes realistic characters and puts them in situations that get progressively more strange and the laughs build throughout the novel. Sleeping with Dogs and Other Lovers is a quick read, and for this type of book that’s a good thing. The possibilities for a long series seem endless.
From: Lenore Webb aka lynette355 of Crazed Mind
. . . “After an evening of wine and soaking in the hot tub I have had to curl up in bed all alone. Dear Hubby has been taking care of the home fires (and pets) for me. But I do not have to be lonely. Not at all. Instead I have been loving Sleeping with Dogs and Other Lovers by Julia Dumont. Now let me start off that this is my old teen years coming to life once again. I was totally addicted to True Love Magazines. Now I have my grown up and enjoyable version in a Second Acts novel.
Now this is just as fun as the stories I used to read. But with much more wit and wisdom. It is also fun that this is the first book in a series. So I can meet back up with my friends once again. If you’re a romantic by nature then be sure to look up TruLOVEstories. They have books for the 1920′s on up. You can find steamy, romantic, comedy and everything in-between there. They are also sharing soundtracks to different decades, puzzles and videos. I am going to be right there with Angry GRRRLfriends when it launches next month for online games. And do not pass up any of the contest too. I am trying to win the NOOK!
From: Charlotte Hill – Boomer Brief
Just the thing when you want something light and fluffy, Julia Dumont’s breezy tale entertains with humor, heart and plenty of unexpected twists.
Spicy! The writing is pacy and sharp- really a fun read and highly recommended. Romance with a modern twist and lots of good characters which kept my interest- Highly recommended
From Hoyt H.
A fun read!!! An entertaining and sexy look at the SoCal boutique matchmaking world and Cynthia Amas, the founder of Second Acts. Chock full of colorful LA characters and stories, this is a great late-night or beach read.
From Lucy K.
I took a break from my usual sorted collection of business and leadership growth publications, and for a casual weekend read I picked up Sleeping with Dogs and Other Lovers by Julia Dumont. To my delight, I was quickly whisked away by Cynthia Amas, her group of unique friends, clients and their desires for meeting that perfect someone, steamy encounters and some mystical intrigue. When I finished Sleeping with Dogs, I wasn’t ready for it to end. I am keen for the second book. I must know what happens with Cynthia and Max, Cynthia’s new business, Lolita and her dogs … my weekend reading has deliriously picked up, thank you Julia Dumont!
From The Boomer Brief:
Sleeping with Dogs and Other Lovers Julia Dumont
While launching a boutique matchmaking service called Second Acts, Cynthia Amas’ life gets a lot more complicated … and steamy. When not juggling her southern California clients, she’s trying to keep her high-maintenance mother from meddling, getting frisky with her irresistible ex and enjoying girl time with her new BFF, the sexy owner of a chic Beverly Hill’s dog grooming salon.
Just the thing when you want something light and fluffy, Julia Dumont’s breezy tale entertains with humor, heart and plenty of unexpected twists. – Charlotte Hill, Boomerbrief.com
Reading is a great way to relax and go off into another world, if only for a short while. I think that is why I love to read so much. I get to forget about the everyday and have a great time enjoying a story that usually has a happy ending. Romance novels are a lot of fun and today I have a new one for you that is definably a fun and quirky read that you will enjoy. The novel is Sleeping with Dogs and Other Lovers by Julia Dumont. Here is some info for you.
LOS ANGELES — Romance novels are heating up this summer and new to the list Sleeping with Dogs and Other Lovers is no exception. This is the first novel in the new SECOND ACTS contemporary romance series from BroadLit, a transmedia company solely dedicated to romance. The novel is gaining attention from book lovers and critics alike. So much so that the book is now available in paperback for those who prefer turning the pages.
Sleeping with Dogs and Other Lovers, written by Julia Dumont, features an unlikely heroine, Cynthia Amas, who has her hands full. In the middle of launching a boutique match-making service called Second Acts and amid the sun, surf, and celebrities of Southern California, her own romantic life gets a whole lot more complicated . . . and steamy. Before long, Cynthia’s personal, professional, and amorous lives begin crashing hilariously into one another. Join Cynthia as she begins her own “Second Act” and find out who accidentally slips into bed with whom, who has a penchant for low-cut lederhosen, and who winds up naked on a beautiful beach in Malibu!
Sleeping with Dogs and Other Lovers is a very humorous book. It is a very light-hearted read and I was able to zip right through it. Sometimes that is not good, but in this instance, it was due to the fact I wanted to get to the next page. The main character, Cynthia, is a very frazzled woman that is starting a new online match making service, by herself. Just thinking about that makes me tired. On top of that her old lover shows up with offers she cannot deny and her mother is a tad, shall we say, crazy! Mom tries continually to set her up with the next most eligible bachelor and Cynthia tries to ignore her while juggling her own crazy life, clients, phones, dogs and so much more. The results are a funny and fresh look at today’s woman!
I had an easy time appreciating Cynthia’s story and her juggling act of men, dating, friends and life in general. The author let Cynthia have a great time and she thoroughly enjoys her life and it shows. I love the style in which this book is written and while there is lots of romance, it is a comical view that you will enjoy. It is a refreshing look at a woman not unlike you and me! Cynthia just gets to have more fun than I do. haha
This is a quick and easy read and great for a weekend where you just want to veg out! Swing by and check it out next time you are looking for some humor and romance.
Where to Buy:
The first novel (e-book, $7.99/ paperback, $ 14.99) in this series is now available to purchase on all major e-retailers, including Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Kobo, as well as on AllRomance.com and on BroadLit’s own branded romance hub TruLOVEstories.com. The second novel in the series, Star Struck Romance and Other Hollywood Tails, will be published in September, 2012