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New Leash on Life

Book 2, The Dogfather

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The Dogfather – A New Contemporary Romance Series from Roxanne St. Claire

The Dogfather isn’t just one man…it’s 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!

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. 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 all to see his pack all settled into their happily ever afters!

New Leash on Life – Book Two

When former attorney and current dog whisperer Shane Kilcannon messes up his chance with a beautiful stranger whose confident smile and quick wit intrigue him more than any woman he's ever met, he’s ready to snarl like one of his beloved pit bulls. But Shane's work with the wildest and wariest of his family's rescue dogs has taught him patience and persistence. When his father hands him the opportunity to work alongside that very same woman who has come to town with groundbreaking tourism plans, he seizes it. He even offers to help her win over the locals, as long as she is willing to give a temporary home to one misunderstood dog…and spend plenty of time with Shane.

Chloe Somerset has built a reputation in the tourism industry as someone with big ideas that put little places on the map, and she’s certain she can do the same for Bitter Bark, North Carolina.  All she has to do is convince one small town to change its name, open her clean-freak heart to a dog with a penchant for face-licking, and avoid the landmines of local politics when her plans divide the townspeople. But none of that is as scary as the feeling of falling hard for a sexy charmer who whispers all the right things and tempts Chloe to forget a lifetime of hard lessons. Shane might know exactly how to get through to the creatures who need care the most, but he's met his match with Chloe, and it'll take every trick he knows to teach her to fall in love.

Watch for the whole series coming in 2017 and 2018!


Customer Reviews


I am loving this series and this book is a great addition! Being an animal lover and owner of 3 rescues myself, this series hits me right in the heart. The stories are well written with incredible characters that having you cheering and sighing all the way through. I must admit that I myself had a lot of preconceived notions about pitbulls that this book shed new light on.

This is Shane Kilcannon's story. Shane is a former attorney who has returned home to work in the family dog shelter. He's been asked to work with Chloe Somerset as she puts together a plan to ramp up the town's tourism draw. Too bad they get off to such a rocky start because the more time they spend together the more Shane wants. Could this uptight city girl ever grow to love his small town life?

Definitely a book for everyone's must read list. I highly recommend it.

Awesome romance!!!

New Leash on Life is the second book in Roxanne St. Claire's wonderful new Dogfather series. I loved that Shane Kilcannon was the second sibling to get his story. Shane Kilcannon and Chloe Somerset are pretty much as different as night and day. He works as a dog trainer, and doesn't care about getting dirty on the job. Chloe is a marketing expert who seriously hates to have a hair out of place. However, those differences made me absolutely love them as a couple long before they actually became one.

Neither Shane nor Chloe are looking for anything more than a temporary arrangement, as Chloe is only in Bitter Bark to help her aunt, who is the mayor, find a great marketing plan to put Bitter Bark on the map. Shane isn't looking for more than a temporary arrangement because he doesn't believe in love lasting forever. Both Shane and Chloe have issues from their past that color their present. I have to say I found Chloe stepping outside of her comfort zone way faster than I expected when we first met her. I have to say I was pretty shocked when she agreed to dog sit Daisy, but loved watching her truly fall in love with a pet and get past her need to always be perfectly put together.

Shane was very instrumental in getting Chloe to get past so many of her issues, and I loved the more time they spent together, the more they both wanted to be together. Shane and Chloe's chemistry was pretty obvious from their first kiss the day they met, and it only grew the more time they spent together. I fell in love with them as a couple right along with each of them.

I also love that Shane's dad Daniel made an appearance once again. I love the wisdom he shares with his children when it comes to both life and love. I honestly love getting to spend time with the entire Kilcannon clan, but Daniel has wormed his way into a special place in my heart pretty quickly. Gramma Finnie and her humor add to each experience with the Kilcannon's, and honestly makes me want to spend time with this family.

New Leash On Life was a wonderful addition to the Dogfather series. It was filled with all the emotions one expects from a romance but to the next level. Rocki gives her readers a story filled with love and laughter that makes you want to read this story over and over again.

Rating: 5 Stars (A)

Man Meets Lady Meets Dog

Another wonderful story that tugged at my heartstrings, New Leash on Life by Roxanne St.Claire. Again a perfect title for this wonderful and emotional story, but it doesn’t quite describe what you might expect. This is the second book in her Dogfather series but each book is a stand long read.

This is Shane Kilcannon and Chloe Somerset’s story. Shane is the second eldest and a lawyer who has become a dog trainer and advocate for pit bulls. He tries to inform the public that the dogs are lovable and those who are “mean” were raised that way by their owners. Chloe, a marketing genius and niece of Bitter Bark’s mayor, is in town to help her aunt create a plan to bring more tourists to the small town. Chloe had a rough upbringing with a mother who was a hoarder. To compensate, she is OCD-like about being clean and in control. Shane is determined to shake up Chloe’s life and have her experience new things. As a favor to Shane, Chloe temporarily watches Daisy, a pit bull, whose owner broke her leg. Not being a dog lover, this is a challenge for her, but then, challenges of all sorts will confront Chloe as she tries to change things around town. Shane does not like to lose, so he is in this fight along with Chloe to win. The question is what or who is he hoping to win. I loved the description throughout the book of Chloe taking Daisy around town as part of her campaign to win over the residents to her idea.

I really enjoyed reading this book. Ms. St. Claire did an excellent job keeping me interested in this story so that I had trouble putting it down. The story line was riveting and the characters had real, everyday problems. I highly recommend this outstanding book to other readers and can’t wait for the next book in this series.

I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book.

New Leash on Life
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  • Category: Contemporary
  • Published: May 19, 2017
  • Publisher: South Street Publishing
  • Seller: Roxanne St. Claire
  • Print Length: 315 Pages
  • Language: English
  • Series: Book 2, The Dogfather
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