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On the verge of losing her job, local television star Willow Winks desperately seeks the one thing she believes can save her fledgling career - a golden retriever sidekick.

Willow thought being told she was getting too old for television was the most frightening thing a celebrity diva could hear - until she and her furry best friend, Buddy, receive a threatening letter. Concerned for their safety, the television studio hires Caleb McCreery, a brave, strong, and young bodyguard to protect the famous duo. Caleb is ready to do whatever it takes to keep his charges safe, even if that means risking his own life. As the threats begin to escalate, Willow and Caleb struggle to keep their budding attraction at bay. Will the distraction of their growing feelings make the bodyguard vulnerable and put all three at risk?

This sweet tale is a romantic adventure you don’t want to miss.... Grab your copy and start listening today! Fans of the Must Love Dogs series by Claire Cook and the Everyday Heroes series by Margaret Daley are sure to enjoy curling up with this delightful romantic suspense novel. Watching Willow is part of the Gold Coast Retrievers series. Each book stands completely on its own, but you'll have even more fun if you listen to them all!

©2019 Ann Omasta (P)2019 Ann Omasta

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Kinsugi

It was so perfect! I couldn’t help shedding tears as it got me emotionally stirred. It was so full of love, self-acceptance, family, and friends. Of course Buddy made it all the more better! As a dog-lover, it touched my heart how Buddy found his home after being rejected again and again. The suspense was a nice touch and it wasn’t overly done where it overshadowed the rest of the story. It complemented the tale quite beautifully.

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Wonderful, would love more audio books in this ser

I really enjoyed this story.
Both the human and furry characters were adorable. Buddy sounded like a wonderful pup and i fell in love with him as well as Willow and Caleb easily.

There were sparks but I loved watching how love transformed Willow and Caleb. . Even Buddy seemed to grow more confident as he found the right person to love and challenge him.
There was even some suspense.
This was a truly lovely heartwarming story.
The narration was wonderful, bringing the story to life.

I am also enjoying the other audio books in the series.

It’s a real shame all the books in the series aren’t available in audio, but i am hoping they will be some day.

I am highly recommending this novel.

I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

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Great Story & Listen🎧 Sweet & Entertaining!

I loved this story, it is well written, well told and completely captivated my mind from start to end. The storylines are original and there is great character development. When I first started the book I was not sure if I would like Willow, but that did not last long, I loved the direction the author took her character, the more you learn of her the more there is to like. And as Caleb found out you can not always judge a person by first impressions. Back to Willow, I admired her strength and determination to succeed despite the position she was put in and her circumstances. I loved how and why she chose to adopt Buddy, who turned out to be a star and a great side kick for her. When life threatening letters are sent to the station they hire her a bodyguard, the best in the business, Caleb. He did not want to take the job at first but took it after they tripled his salary. Despite their age differences and coming from different worlds there is great chemistry between the two. Wanting to remain professional he fights it. It was great how things played out between the two. Their story is a sweet one but there is no shortage of drama, angst and some frightening and suspenseful moments that moves you to the edge of your seat. Ann Omasta, thank you for this great story, I thoroughly enjoyed it!

I listened to the Audible edition, Sarah L. Colton is a terrific narrator and voice performer. She brings the characters to life, gives each their own voice and personality. She is an entertaining storyteller and a pleasure to listen to. Thank you for the great listen🎧

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Love these dogs!

Ann Omasta is a master at writing books with pets! I fell in love with Buddy the Golden Retriever! Willow’s talk show has had declining ratings and as a result the station is moving Willow to a game show. Feeling depressed and like she is taking a step down, she decides to get a mascot like her colleague Dash, and takes in Buddy the dog. Now on TV, these two are working to be successful together when death threats come in. Caleb, Willow’s bodyguard is there to protect the two of them, but there is a definite pull between Caleb and Willow. Will he keep her safe? Will Buddy make the show a success? Who is behind the threats? It’s a fast, fun and great story, with a little suspense and lot of romance. When I listen to Omasta, I always am filled with a heartwarming story and find myself smiling.

Sarah L Colton delivers a wonderful narration of this series. She is a fantastic storyteller and her voice has a warm quality that gives this listen that contented feeling while listening. I enjoy her performances and look forward to more.

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Looks to be a very entertaing series

Watching Willow Gold Coast Retrievers, Book 7, my eighteenth read from author Ann Omasta and the seventh book in Gold Coast Retrievers series. Another entertaining and well-written read from her with cameo appearances of characters from Guarding Grace Gold Coast Retrievers, Book 3. I was given an Audible copy of this book & am voluntarily reviewing it. I was impressed and enjoyed the vocal variety & inflections of narrator Sarah L. Colton. The books are so good my family has taken to listening to it over watching television. I look forward to reading more in this series. (RIP Marley January 20, 2014 - July 24, 2018).

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Gotta love dogs

Watching Willow is another wonderful story in the Gold Coast Retrievers series by Ann Omasta. The story features the unfolding saga of TV celebrity Willow Winks whose career pressures are heightening due to low ratings and the stars aging. Who comes onto the scene Buddy a loveable golden retriever. Buddy, considered not smart enough to be a service dog quickly falls in love with his new master Willow and vice versa. Unfortunately things go from bad to worse when the studio receives a letter threatening Willow and Buddy. The studio hires former Government agent Caleb to serve as Willow's and Buddy’s bodyguard. Caleb eventually takes the job as the threats continue and grow along with Caleb's feelings for Willow. The author does a great job of keeping who is threatening the dinamic duo a secret until the end as will I. I highly recommend this audio book and I look forward to listening and reading more of her stories.

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A sweet romance

Willow is a local Tv star who has her own show. Due to low ratings , she was given a half hour dating show. She wanted to do something different to add appeal to the show. She decided to get a dog, Buddy A golden retriever. Buddy becomes the star of the matchmaking show. Willow and Buddy receive death threats after a few weeks. The producer hires Caleb, a former secret service agent, to be her bodyguard on and off the set. Feelings grow between them, but Caleb tries to keep it professional! This is a cute story of love, suspense. Having Buddy, allows Willow to develop emotionally, believing in herself and gaining confidence to open up to people.Sarah L. Colton is a terrific narrator and a pleasure to listen to.. She brings the characters to life, gives each character their own voice. I was gifted this audiobook in exchage for an honest review.

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Enjoyable story

This was a sweet and enjoyable story. Loved this idea of a match making dog. Caleb and Winter were both great characters. Not too much suspense, not to much romance, and a clean story.

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Sweet with a side of mystery

Watching Willow is a wonderfully sweet romance with a side of mystery. The characters are delightful and, of course, who wouldn’t want to pal around with Buddy?! This book is a great read/listen and kept me enthralled to the end. The narrator has a pleasant voice and gives a good performance.

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A sweet romance with just a touch of suspense

This is a sweet contemporary romance featuring Willow, a middle age TV personality and Caleb, a slightly younger bodyguard. They meet when Willow's life in threatened and as it's a romance, well, you know someone is going to fall in love. There's a little bit of suspense thrown in to spice things up a touch, but there's no real mystery. So if you're looking for a true romantic suspense, keep looking.

The first couple chapters of this book were rough for me. It was laying the foundation of the story and introducing the characters. I couldn't stand Willow in those first couple chapters. But she definitely softened as the story went along... and thank goodness or else this review would be completely different. Considering the length of the story, there was enough character growth for Willow to keep me happy. What I really could have used was more growth and development of Caleb and their romance.

The narration by Ms Colton worked for me. Her pacing and diction were good and she injected enough emotion to make it interesting without being over the top.

It was a solid romance that just needed.... more in order to be a 5 star book for me. I'd be interesting in reading more from Ann Omasta and listening to more by Sarah L Colton in the future.

In full disclosure, I was given a copy of the book for review, but all opinions are my own.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 09-15-21

WOW

I received a free code to listen to this book and I did so willingly

What a fantastic story
so very well written and excellently narrated

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  • Kirsty Barrett
  • 02-19-21

cute

I loved the premise and glad I figured the villain out correctly. And liked that the ageism was only in the lead characters mind. Love does not stick to human made boundaries. And the dog makes it all soo much better!

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  • Nessa
  • 06-05-20

Buddy is the cutest sounding dog ever

I listened to this on audiobook.

New author for me, but I love it when animals are featured within a story and actually play a part throughout.

Well this book Watching Willow certainly ticked all the boxes as it features the cutest sounding golden retriever ever called Buddy. What a great name and I completely fell in love with that dog straight away, as did everyone in the story.

Turning to the story itself, it was lovely from start to finish, plenty of emotions, feelings running high, not to mention chemistry between that of Willow and her hot bodyguard Caleb, it was interesting to see their interaction and how they both dealt with the ongoing situation that Willow found herself to be in, through no fault of her own.

I loved the game show 'Match' which Willow hosts and her cunning idea of making her dog Buddy a part of it, very clever and unique. Nope I'm not telling you, you'll just have to read the book yourself.

This book does form part of a series, but if you happen to be reading them out of order (like me), don't think it matters too much as good news is that each book is relatively standalone.

I'm looking forward to reading/listening to more books by this author in future.

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  • grafxgrl
  • 03-10-20

Cute

If it wasn't for the narrator being so blah this could have been all 4 or even 5 stars. The plot is cute, the dog, the celebrity, the bodyguard. BUT omg Willow is so insecure and just plain whiney. I wanted to smack her most of the time. And she really did have a backbone but it barely showed. The back and forth hot and cold from Caleb was tiring to say the least. At least Willow was tiring to go after what she wanted. The best part? Buddy!! I am an animal lover and love when books have special pets in them, especially charismatic ones. I may go back and read some more of these, they are really sweet reads.
I did receive a code to review this book using my own opinions.

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  • Helen
  • 07-20-19

great romance story

This sweet tale is a romantic adventure you don’t want to miss
loved this story plus it has 4 legged friend I have not read any of books before but I enjoyed it very much