Monday, July 24, 2017

[Pat's Review]: "Leader of the Pack"

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Leader of the Pack by Roxanne St. Claire
Publisher: South Street Publishing (July 21, 2017)
Series: The Dogfather, 3
Genre: Contemporary Romance

Very few things ruffle K-9 trainer Liam Kilcannon. Stoic and steady, he has the patience and skill to transform a harmless puppy into a highly protective “schutzhund,” and the quiet strength to lead his five younger siblings through the storms of life. A former Marine who doesn’t waste words or squander emotions, Liam is also a man who very much wanted to spend his life with one special woman by his side. He found her… and lost her. And Liam won’t ever let himself slide down the Andi Rivers Slippery Slope to Misery again. But when his father tells him Andi’s house has been broken into, he doesn’t hesitate to offer her his beloved protection dog, a decision that will put them in close and constant contact.

Architect and single mom Andi Rivers knows nothing in life is certain, having first-hand experience with unexpected changes and tragedies that upended her world. Determined to protect her deeply shy little boy from another heartache, she’s vowed to stay single and unattached no matter how long and lonely her nights might be. Hesitant to take Liam’s dog at first, she soon changes her mind when an estranged relative launches a campaign to take custody of little Christian. A dog won’t be enough…Andi needs a family to protect her son. When the Kilcannon clan moves into action, the solution they offer is drastic but perfect. Liam and Jag are there to protect Andi’s home and child…but what will protect their hearts from the risk of falling in love – and failing – one last time?

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Pat's Review:

This third book in the series has suspense, action, and of course a sexy second chance love story. Not to mention the wonderful dogs. This time we get to meet Jag, a K-9 in training, a fierce protector, but he gets a little distracted at times.

Liam, the oldest Kilcannon brother at Waterford Farm, is the K-9 trainer for the business. A former Marine K-9 officer, he's the best. He's not much of a people person, loves his family and friends but hates small talk. He prefers the company of dogs, except for one woman who broke his heart three years ago. They were only together for a month, but the feelings never faded. Andi Rivers and her five year old son Christian stole his heart. And it's still theirs.

Andi is an architect with a dream of being a professor. Her life right now is focused solely on her son, Christian. She gave up Liam to let Christian's father back in their life, and he died a year later. So Christian suffered through him leaving twice. As much as she is attracted to Liam, she feels she is protecting Christian by keeping her distance. But her heart and hormones are seriously disagreeing. She would love a friend with benefits relationship, but Liam does not want that. So they're friends instead.

Suddenly, Andi starts having strange incidents in her life, and her home is broken into, though all that was taken was a toothbrush. She starts seeing cars and suspicious people surrounding her. Andi feels very threatened, and the Kilcannon's are her protectors, even making a bizarre decision to keep her safe. Andi recognizes this family has become hers, and it's time to rethink her life without Liam. Can she let Christian become attached? Soon she realizes she doesn't have a choice: it has to be worth the risk to have Liam in their lives.

Lots of twists and turns and wonderful family moments make this book a wonderful read. I'm a great fan of Gramma Finnie. Even with all the danger Andi and Liam find some time for very hot moments. A great read! Can't wait for the next in the series.


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Pat received an e-ARC of this book from the publisher, via NetGalley.

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Thanks for the review, Pat! It does sound like a wonderful read!

Remember, since this is a Royal Pick, come back on July 27th for a chance to WIN an ecopy of your own!


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