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review 2017-08-11 03:43
Freebie ok-ness
Barefoot in White - Roxanne St. Claire
"When I'm finished, you will see yourself as the beautiful, sexy, sensual, desirable, and smokin'-hot woman that I see every time I look at you."
Something cracked inside---some ice around her heart, maybe? Or maybe it was the wall of protection she'd erected for so long she couldn't remember life without it. Or perhaps it was her willpower to say no to anything. She didn't know, but all Willow could do was hope she didn't shed a tear while Nick Hershey gave her a gift she'd feared she'd never get or deserve. 
Adoration.
 


This story moved along at a pretty quick clip while dealing with some pretty heavy issues. The heroine has big mommy issues, her mother was a model and apparently brow beat her and tried to control her, forcing her daughter into her image. This severely backfired and made the heroine turn to food for comfort. Hero is on medical leave after losing hearing in one of his ears and is dealing with guilt stemming from someone he cared about dying because of a decision he made.

The heroine is definitely the strongest of the characters with her more front and center and her thoughts and feelings flushed out more. There is a lifetime movie mechanism that throws a wrench at our couple just when they might get things figured out that eventually flows into a super rushed bow tie ending; our mother daughter reunion is solved far too quickly for the 80% of the book where the heroine goes over and over how her mother emotionally messed her up. Our hero is a little wooden with a basic military man guilt storyline and I didn't feel we delved into him as well.

The romance was rushed and it felt like our couple never got to really move and shake around with their bonding as the quick pace I mentioned along with heroine's emotional issues took over. There was a lot of stuttered stop and go between them. 

The epilogue was cheesy ridiculousness and had me rolling my eyes. I got this as a freebie and its better than most. If the author delved deeper and flushed things out more while having our leads have more interactions outside the hero's villa and pool, this would have been better. I would give another in the series a try.
 
 

 

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text 2017-08-10 23:37
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Barefoot in White - Roxanne St. Claire

“Listen carefully, okay?” Another nod. “Every single time you doubt your beauty or worth or value or sex appeal?” She didn’t answer, but only because the lump in her throat was growing too fast. How did he know she doubted that stuff? How did he know she fought demons daily that told her she had none of that? She hadn’t told him.

"You remember that just looking at your goddamned ear gives me a hard-on.”

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review 2017-07-23 21:40
Leader of the Pack - Roxanne St. Claire

I've adored each of the books in The Dogfather series so far. I honestly love each family member in the Kilcannon clan, but have extra special love for the Dogfather, Daniel. I love how he is set on finding mates for each of his children and was so glad to get Liam's story with The Leader of the Pack.

 

I loved every single thing about The Leader of the Pack. I loved that Liam is so much like his dad that he knew as soon as he met Andi three years ago, she was the woman for him. Andi and Liam had the best chemistry and I loved that Liam really had waited around for Andi. While the reason they started seeing each other again wasn't ideal, her house being broken into and needing protection, I loved that Liam stepped up in every way possible. He was so sweet to teach Andi's son Christian how to handle Jag, the guard dog Liam brings to help keep both Andi and Christian safe. I have to say I adored watching Christian come out of his shell the more time he trained with and was around Jag. 

 

I somewhat understood Andi's hesitancy to have a man in her life after her ex had left her life and his loss had been so huge for their son Christian. However, I also knew she was so attracted to Liam and I didn't get her not being happy just to protect her son. I love that Liam connected so well with Christian through Jag and loved watching Liam, Andi, and Christian move towards being a real family. I also loved seeing Liam and Andi connecting on every level and becoming a real couple. Seriously Liam and his love for Andi and Christian was so freaking sexy.

 

There were several twists and turns along the way in The Leader of the Pack. Some I saw coming, others I didn't. I loved how protective Liam was of both Andi and Christian. I also loved that Christian had Jag to protect him at all times. I felt so many emotions along with the characters as I read The Leader of the Pack and I loved every single minute of the story.

 

The Leader of the Pack is another winner in the Dogfather series from Roxanne St. Claire. The romance between Andi and Liam was beautiful to see grow into a real relationship. I also loved watching Andi, Christian, and Liam become a real family. I also loved all the time we got to spend with the Kilcannon clan. I fall more and more in love with this family with each new book in the series. Ms. St. Claire once again gives her readers an amazing romance that will keep her readers coming back for more.

 

Rating: 5 Stars (A+)

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review 2017-07-21 19:54
Leader of the Pack - Roxanne St. Claire

At almost 40 years old, Liam Kilcannon is the oldest child of Daniel Kilcannon.  Liam is a former marine who now handles the K-9 training of the dogs at Waterford Farm, along with the elite schutzhund training.  The family has always joked that Liam likes dogs better than people!  Liam doesn't show much emotions and the one time he let his walls down and thought he found "the one", his heart was crushed into a million pieces when she left him for the father of her son who recently showed back up.

Andi Rivers was falling in love with Liam when all of a sudden Jeff Scott, the father of her son, came back into their lives wanting to be a father.  Even though Andi was never in love with Jeff, she decided to give him a chance.  Now it has been two years since Jeff was killed in a car accident and Andi has her sights on Liam.  Being a single, working mom, Andi is just looking for some "fun" time, but when Liam realizes that is all that Andi wants he turns her down because he really wants more....MUCH more.  Andi's afraid to bring another man into her 6 year old son Christian's life because he was so affected when he lost his father that she couldn't bear her son going through that hurt again.

When someone breaks into Andi's house, Daniel Kilcannon "Dogfather's" his way into getting Liam to convince Andi that she needs a dog for protection.  Liam's current trainee, Jag would be perfect.  Jag hasn't quite reached full schutzhund level training but he is close and he would be perfect for the job.  When an estranged relative shows up, informing Andi that Christian will be inheriting 6 million dollars because Jeff's mother has passed away, the relative also informs Andi that she will be fighting for adoption of the child.  This bit of news spooks Andi to the point that she looks to Liam for help.  This is where the fun begins!!!!!

The entire Kilcannon group bands together in their over-the-top, laugh out loud ways and by the end of their plan, it looks like Andi and Liam are going to get married because it would help the adoption case.  Of course, Liam would do anything for Andi, even going so far as to pretend to be in love wanting to quickly get married.  As Liam and Andi start to spend more time together, the pretending doesn't seem so hard anymore.  When danger starts lurking around Andi's house, Liam and Jag are at the ready.  It was really interesting to see how these types of dogs are trained to behave.  After a great "didn't see that one coming" reveal, all hell breaks loose.  

This was such a great romance of second chances with a really great little mystery added in.  I really liked Andi.  She was such a hard working, single mom that you just couldn't help but wish that her and Liam get back together.  And I really just adored Liam.  He was one of these quiet, silent types who you think really don't have many emotions, but you quickly realize that he is just exploding with emotions.  The scene with his dad in his dad's bedroom was sooooo emotional and I just loved it.  Overall another awesome story with such a great, fun family!

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review 2017-07-20 00:00
Leader of the Pack
Leader of the Pack - Roxanne St. Claire Jag and Liam are a match made in heaven. Fierce, loyal and irresistible. Protection is embedded deep and when they spot danger, it's full throttle time. I was a goner the minute I saw this dynamic duo in action. Their connection is uncanny, but their love for each other is unbreakable. Sort of like Liam's desire for the woman that stole his heart and walked away. Andi is his biggest regret and his greatest fear. She holds the key to his happiness, but she also is the one woman that can break his heart. Will he risk the challenge to protect the woman he loves? With Leader of the Pack, Ms. St. Claire set out to deliver that warm fuzzy feeling that is hard to describe and impossible to resist. Instant success.
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