Friday, May 31, 2019

eARC Book review: Hot Under the Collar (The Dogmothers #1) by Roxanne St. Claire


Available May 31st 2019
eARC Provided by author

Firefighter Braden Mahoney is devastated when his beloved Weimaraner, Jelly Bean, fails the canine arson investigator test. Faced with the challenge of raising the money for advanced training, it’s Braden’s sweet grandmother and her best friend who suggest he use the services of the new event planner in town. Not that he needs a push in Cassie Santorini’s direction. Ever since she arrived, Braden has had his eye on the sassy Greek goddess…and can’t stop thinking about getting the rest of him on her, too.

Cassie has spent years putting family first, even moving to Bitter Bark when her mother falls in love with the local veterinarian. Having a huge new extended “family” is fun, especially when one smokeshow of a firefighter attends the gatherings, but Cassie has no plans to remain in this small town. She’s ready to pursue her big city dreams. But when Braden asks for an assist for his precious pup, Cassie agrees to help him set up a town-wide scavenger hunt. It isn’t exactly a hardship to be around those blue eyes and brawny shoulders, especially since they both agree everything – even the undeniable sparks that crackle between them – is temporary.

But when temporary gets complicated by feelings that might lead to forever, Braden and Cassie start to question the direction they’re headed. Should they follow their dreams…or their hearts? It’ll take a dog with a bad nose and a sweet soul, two particularly meddlesome grandmas, and some help from the clan that loves them to make sure Cassie and Braden follow the clues and find their way to each other’s arms.

This is a new spin off series from the  Dogfather series. Braden Mahoney needs to raise some serious money to get his dog advanced training to become a arson investigator. Cassie Santorini has always put family first and she's ready for something bigger and brighter in the big city. Any big city with a awesome job will do  Fortunately Grammy Finnie and Yiayia, Braden and Cassie's grandmother's have plans for them both. When Cassie suggests Braden pretend to be her boyfriend to find out what's going on with her grandma he's all in as long as it's temporary. Temporary works with Cassie's plans to leave town. I really loved Cassie and Braden. Even though they come from essentially different worlds they clicked. Braden will help anyone in need and although Cassie comes off at times as a little cold in reality she's just like Braden. When her family has needed her she put off her plans and did what needed to be done. Now she feels it's time to move on with those plans but along came Braden to tempt her into changing them. Sweet couple and a awesome start to this spin off.

Find out more about Roxanne St Claire and this series here

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