Series: The Dogfather #1
Published by South Street Publishing on April 24, 2017
Genres: Contemporary Romance
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Garrett Kilcannon, a former dot com super-success who now devotes his life to rescuing dogs and finding them homes, prefers to keep his secrets buried as deep as a dog hides his bone. So when he learns his father has invited a journalist to Waterford Farm to write and produce an in-depth profile on him, he doesn’t care that she’s a childhood friend or drop dead gorgeous. He has zero tolerance for the media…until he sees a different side when she gets through the walls of a rescue dog who’s refused to eat during her short stay at Waterford. Unwillingly charmed and undeniably attracted, Garrett agrees to the interview that could break down a few of his emotional walls, too.
Garrett might not want to share the story of his colorful former life, but Jessie Curtis has the skills to peel back the layers of this sexy, complicated, caring man. In the process, she not only discovers his secrets, she finds herself falling for a man who touches her heart in a way she never thought possible. Her entire career is riding on this one explosive interview, but can she bear to repay Garrett’s trust by selling his secrets? Or can a woman who gave up on happiness a long time ago learn to believe that all it takes to rescue a lost heart is the love of a good man?
Garrett Kilcannon turned his love of dogs into a social media phenomenon. However, he then sold his internet based company for a tidy sum, agreeing to work for the buyer. Three months later, he broke his contract and returned home to Bitter Bark, North Carolina and, together with his five siblings, created a now renowned dog rescue and training facility on the family property. He’s reclusive and elusive, refusing any media contact. Now, journalist Jessica Curtis wants to do a television feature on him so she can compete for a new TV broadcasting anchor spot as he’s a major “get.” She’s no stranger to the family as she grew up in Bitter Bark but left as a teen.
I love stories about dogs, especially those that focus on training, and this series promises to be a gem. This first book is a really great start as the foundation that was laid was pretty compelling. The Kilcannon family is special and Garrett’s story is the perfect lead off. He may be withdrawn but his absolute devotion to these animals was hardly restrained. Jessica is a skilled interviewer and I liked her and the relationship she created with him, personally and professionally.
But the real star of this story was Lola, a rescue dog that captivated me along with Jessica and Garrett. I want that dog who is a border Collie and Australian shepherd mix. She’s enough reason to continue the series but I was equally enamored of the other aspects of the story. Loved everything about this book and can’t wait to return to Bitter Bark.