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Leader of the Pack

Book 3, The Dogfather

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The Dogfather is a brand new contemporary romance series from New York Times bestselling author Roxanne St. Claire celebrating what she loves most: hot guys, great dogs, big families...and true love. And a portion of the proceeds from every book in the series will be donated to the Alaqua Animal Refuge in the author's home state of Florida!


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?

The Dogfather Series
Daniel Kilcannon is known as “The Dogfather” for a reason.   It’s not just his renowned skills as a veterinarian, his tremendous love of dogs, or the fact that he has turned his homestead in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains into a world class dog training and rescue facility. Just ask his six grown children who run Waterford Farm for him, and they’ll tell you that their father’s nickname is due to his uncanny ability to pull a few strings to get what he wants. And what he wants is for his four sons and two daughters to find the kind of life-changing love he had with his dearly departed wife, Annie.  This old dog has a few new tricks…and he’ll use them to see his pack all settled into their happily ever afters!

Watch for the whole series coming in 2017 and 2018!

Customer Reviews


LOVED this story! The characters were so wonderful and seeing Liam and Andi get their second chance was amazing. Liam is just wonderful. Quiet, a bit introverted, totally dedicated. Andi is just as dedicated to her young son. Liam and Andi had dated before when her son's father came back to town and Andi decided she needed to give him a chance. Now Liam has a second chance and nothing is going to stop him from getting the life he's always wanted.

A beautiful story and one you don't want to miss. I highly recommend it.

Great second chance story!

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!

Great Book!

I couldn't put this book down. The way Liam trained his dogs,
and the way he handled his affection for Adie and Christian,
was very touching! This series is a must to read! Can't wait
for the next book!

Leader of the Pack
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  • Available on iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and Mac.
  • Category: Contemporary
  • Published: Jul 21, 2017
  • Publisher: South Street Publishing
  • Seller: Roxanne St. Claire
  • Print Length: 336 Pages
  • Language: English
  • Series: Book 3, The Dogfather
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