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Ruff Around the Edges

Book 5, The Dogfather

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U.S Army Night Stalker Major Aidan Kilcannon leaves Afghanistan after his best friend, Charlie, is killed in action. Aidan's only consolation is the knowledge that he's now solely responsible for Charlie's dog, Ruff, a rambunctious boxer they'd found in a bombed-out hospital in Kabul. With the help of  Aidan's father, the Dogfather himself, they transport Ruff back to the States. He arrives shortly after Aidan, and both dog and man are suffering from loss, trauma, and sudden change. Aidan is certain his only hope is the comfort and love he gets from Ruff, and that this dog will help him adjust to the staggeringly difficult transition from battlefield to Bitter Bark.

But the day Ruff arrives, Daniel Kilcannon informs his son that Rebecca Spencer, Charlie's younger sister, has a hard and fast claim on Ruff and she intends to honor her brother's wishes. Aidan has to relinquish the dog to her, no matter how impossible that is.

Beck Spencer is in Bitter Bark temporarily to help the only living relatives she has left. After losing her parents as a child, and her brother six months ago, she, too, hopes that Ruff will offer the solace and companionship she needs. But when Ruff finally shows up at her door, the man holding the leash is obviously determined to talk her out of keeping the dog. In fact, Aidan uses every persuasive power he has to convince Beck to give up Ruff...and he's as wild and unpredictable as the dog they both want.

Everything gets complicated by Ruff, who has his own idea of who should be his master, making it impossible for Beck to win him over. But she'll do anything to succeed, even work closely with maddeningly sexy and relentlessly determined Aidan Kilcannon, who has some skills she desperately needs to save her uncle's local pizza business. 

With an uneasy truce, a restless dog, and an attraction that bubbles like one of Slice of Heaven's award-winning pizzas, Aidan and Beck soon realize they can help each other heal. But as they fall deeply in love and discover the true meaning of family and home, they’ll have to face the pains of their past if they have any chance of a future.

Customer Reviews

Divine Intervention

The Dogfather(Daniel Kilcannon) did it again with a little or maybe a lot of divine intervention from several very special loved ones in Aiden and Beck’s lives. Aiden Kilcannon thought he was a career Army man (Night Stalker, specifically) until the death of his teenage best friend, Charlie. Before Charlie passes he begs Aiden to get his dog, Ruff, shipped home to the states using Aiden’s father to pull strings if he had to. With the passing of Charlie, Aiden decides it is time to come home to Waterford Farm. Waterford Farm is home to the largest dog rescue/training facility in North Carolina. Each of Aiden’s siblings manage very specialized segments of the business. Aiden struggles to find his place within his own family and the business. Upon Ruff’s arrival at Waterford farm Aiden learns that Charlie had sent a letter to his sister, Beck, stating that she should be the owner of Ruff. Aiden struggles with letting Ruff go to Beck. But, in the end he knows that giving Ruff to Beck is truly what would make Charlie happiest. Beck has struggled with loss too many times since she was 10. She lost her parents, moved to a new town leaving her friends, and now struggles with the loss of her brother. All the while having chosen to come back to Bitter Bark to help her aunt and uncle run their pizza business while Beck’s uncle is recovering from a mild stroke. As Aiden and Beck struggle to learn each other and where Ruff best fits in within their lives. They soon discover that Ruff’s true calling is to be a comforter/therapy dog to Beck’s uncle. Beck must face a difficult choice when her uncle, Aiden, and Ruff each face a life threatening situation. Will Beck be able to let go of past sorrows to grab hold with all her might to the possibility of a forever with Aiden? Does Aiden find his place within the Kilcannon family business? Read Ruff around the Edges to find out. I am so in love with this series. Each story is so heartfelt and loving that tissues are almost always needed. This is one of my most favorite types of stories, a big loving family who sticks together in the best of times and worst of times. I received an ARC of Ruff Around the Edges by Roxanne St. Claire in exchange for an honest review. This is one series that you can not go wrong with. Enjoy. I would also like to say thank you for your service to all the men and women who have chosen to serve their country


Truly emotional book. Love, loss and second chances. Both Aidan and Beck have been given directions about Charlie’s dog Ruff. It took time for Aidan, and his family to get Ruff out of Afghanistan. Beck had a letter from her brother asking her to take care of his dog. The night Charlie died he pleaded with Aidan to take care of Ruff. It was his wishes, and Aidan would honor them.

Beck was in Bitter Bark helping her aunt and Uncle. The Slice of Heaven needed help after her uncles stroke.

A must read. So emotional. A heartfelt book. Kleenex is a must.
What happens when the dog who means so much to both of them has another purpose?

Buy the book and see what happens?

A big warm fuzzy!

Ruff Around the Edges is the latest installment in Roxanne St. Claire’s marvelous Dogfather series. Aiden and Charlie, childhood friends, did everything together, including joining the Army to serve their country. Charlie was Aiden’s co-pilot the night the bullets got him and on his deathbed he made Aiden promise to get Ruff, the stray they had rescued, out of the war zone and back to the states. On the day Ruff was to arrive, however, Aiden’s dad informed him that in a letter Charlie had left the dog to his sister, Beck! Aiden is completely thrown...he’d not re-upped in order to care for Ruff. And now, he was supposed to give up the only thing keeping him going. Charlie’s sister, Beck is dealing with her own problems. She’s only in town to help her aunt and uncle with their pizza business while Uncle Mike recovers from a stroke. Business is bad...Beck won’t eat pizza, won’t even taste it, and what she manages to produce is not very good. Aiden makes great pizza because he learned from Charlie, and helping Beck gives him an excuse to see Ruff. Can pizza bring these two lost and grieving souls together? Who will end up with custody of Ruff? Readers will lap this story up. Overflowing with family love, it is funny, tender, sweet with just a hint of spice...kind of like the missing pizza sauce ingredient. I voluntarily reviewed an advance copy of this book. Highly recommend.

Ruff Around the Edges
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  • Category: Contemporary
  • Published: Apr 12, 2018
  • Publisher: South Street Publishing
  • Seller: Roxanne St. Claire
  • Print Length: 340 Pages
  • Language: English
  • Series: Book 5, The Dogfather
  • Requirements: This book can only be viewed on an iOS device with Apple Books on iOS 12 or later, iBooks 1.3.1 or later and iOS 4.3.3 or later, or a Mac with iBooks 1.0 or later and OS X 10.9 or later.

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