Friday, January 19, 2018

eARC Book review: Bad to the Bone (The Dogfather #4) by Roxanne St. Claire


Available January 26th 2018
eARC Provided by author

Trace Bancroft has been in prison for fourteen years, paying for a mistake that cost a man his life. Now released, Trace heads back to Bitter Bark with his mutt, Meatball, and runs into Daniel Kilcannon, who offers to provide some medical care for the dog. Trace knows that would mean seeing Molly Kilcannon, a girl who shared one crazy night with him before his life took a turn for the worst. But when Meatball’s illness intensifies, Trace has no choice. He has to face Molly again and pray she’ll save his dog, no matter what their history.

When Trace Bancroft arrives at Waterford Farm with a critically ill dog, Molly Kilcannon’s entire world is rocked to the core. Firmly believing Trace died in a bar fight years ago, Molly never told anyone that the bad boy of Bitter Bark was the father of Prudence Kilcannon, her very good thirteen-year-old daughter. But Molly has promised to tell Pru the truth about her conception, and now that truth is a living, breathing ex-conwhose very existence could change everything, including a precious mother-daughter relationship.

It doesn’t take long for Molly to realize there’s more to this sexy man than his dark past and tattooed arms. And while the realization that he’s a father is the best thing to ever happen to him, Trace doubts anything could make him worthy of Pru or her spirited veterinarian mother. As they nurse Meatball back to health and grow ever closer, Trace and Molly have to decide when and how to tell Pru the truth. But will the secret that binds their hearts be the very thing that breaks them apart?

It's the long awaited Molly's book. Molly is a single mom with a smart and sassy 13 year old daughter. She also had a huge secret. She's ready to tell her daughter Pru who her father was. For years she's believed he was dead until he shows up in Bitter Bark all of the sudden.  While things are getting sorted out they decide to keep the secret a bit longer. I've got to tell you i was drawn into this book from page one when you get the history of how Molly became pregnant and what followed. Even though Molly's mom is deceased with this you get to see their relationship. You can see throughout the story the effect that relationship has on Molly as she is raising her own daughter.  Then there is Trace Bancroft. Here's a man who has never really known love or affection or anything good. Molly was his little bit a good 14 years ago then he lost everything. Watching the journey unfold for him and Molly was amazing and then the relationship he tries to foster with his daughter Pru. Roxanne St Claire did a outstanding job telling this story. What stands out for me in the last chapters of the book with Trace's real insurmountable pain at the realization he is losing everything again and know he can't do anything about it. When everything comes out and the aftermath of it. The author makes you feel like you are right there.  It get you right in the heart, the unfairness of it. I love that she wrote a strong man who can be vulnerable and doesn't hide it. If you haven't read this series yet now is a great time to start. 

Find out more about Roxanne St. Claire and this series here

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