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    fun, sweet book that you won't want to put down!

    ** Received ARC for a fair and honest review** Barking Up the Wrong Tree is book #3 in the Sex and Sweet Tea series-- this is Laken's book. This book can be read as a standalone but for maximum benefit I would read in order so you know who the other characters are. Though the author does let you know the relation of each if you don't read the others. This is a fun series, and I really enjoyed this book. It's a fun, fast read. If you are looking for a book with a lot of hot and steamy scenes, this book is not for you. The sex in these books, to include this book is alluded to only. Though it is alluded to more in this book then the first two. Laken Mancinkus has been hurt in the past, and now she only has room for hook ups. When she meets Jake McDaniels, he turns her nice compartmentalized world upside down. Jake is a city boy comes to WhyNot supposedly looking for a tax write off for his company and knows nothing about farming. So when he goes to visit his place, he finds his foreman has quit and his goats are running amok and he has no idea how to get them back on his property. He heads to Chesty's her pap's bar to locate the vet and things get a little heated between them. Laken does help Jake but only because she isn't going to allow harm to the animals but she is going to make him pay, and the cost isn't going to be monetary. As I mentioned earlier, I really enjoyed this book, the characters feel fun, and real to me and I enjoyed the chemistry between them. I lived in NC for 7 years and when the author talks about Raleigh and Pinehurst areas I was frequently in it definitely caused me some nostalgia... The only complaint I have is I wish the author gave you a little more story at the ending, an epilogue or something. I know the characters will come up in the upcoming books, but it really left me wanting more and not ready to end the story. But it doesn't detract from the story in any way. Hope this helps! Happy Reading!!! 2 likes
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    LOVED!

    I am loving this series and it just seems to get better and better. Laken and Jake's story just made my heart sing. There are so many things about this book I loved I don't really know where to start. First there is Jake. So swoon worthy and sexy. Then there is Herman and part of the story from his POV. Add in Miss Goatikins and I was a goner. This book is a nice easy read that's just a whole lot of fun. I highly recommend it to everyone.
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    Loved It

    his was a fun, quick read full of romance, laughter and love of family. This is Laken Mancinkus and Jake McDaniel's story and I loved it from start to finish. I have to say that this one of the funniest series I have read this year, Ms. Poe certainly has a handle on the romantic comedy genre. She describes Whynot in such great detail that I would love to visit. I love the idea of a small town where everyone knows you; although I am sure that could also be rather trying at times. I spent so much of my time laughing whilst reading this book that I was in danger of laying an egg, well, so said my husband. Laken is the only vet in town, not a particularly busy practice but one she loves. She is annoyed when she finds out that a city slicker has purchased a nearby goat farm for a tax break and has no idea what he is doing.That is until she meets the devastatingly attractive Jake and is attracted to him. Laken is not afraid to have a one or two night stand,;what scares her is commitment and dating thanks to a romance gone bad. Jake is attracted to the feisty vet and although he isn’t looking for romance, he is interested in getting to know Laken better. These two had me in stitches, add in a baby goat (Miss Goatikins) that refuses to feed from anyone but Jake you start to get the picture. Having said that reality does rear it’s head when Pap get’s seriously ill. That’s when you see the power of love that the Mancinkus family share, not to mention the support offered by the residents of Whynot, North Carolina. Will Jake and Laken decide to give their relationship a chance, or will distance make it impossible? I look forward to the next hilarious installment in the Sex & Sweet Tea series.
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    Another Whynot Gem!

    Disclaimer: ARC received in exchange for an honest review Juliette Poe, the alter ego of acclaimed author Sawyer Bennett, is back with Barking Up the Wrong Tree, the third installment in her Sex and Sweet Tea series, and it is such a gem. Warm, pleasant, inviting, this story is like visiting an old friend — even though the series is relatively new. With Barking Up the Wrong Tree, Laken becomes the next Mancinkus sibling to find her perfect match. The small-town veterinarian can't help but be seduced by Jake, a charming, bearded, tattooed former football player-turned-businessman, and his goatbaby. Jake is a dreamboat — masculine, but sweet and thoughtful, he might be my favorite male protagonist in this series yet. And Laken embodies again all that Bennett/Poe does well with her feisty, well-developed female leads. The way Pap’s health scare was utilized in furthering the plot was fantastic and added even more dimension and emotion to an already heartfelt story. And Herman’s brief interludes as narrator were RIDICULOUS(ly perfect). My only complaint with what is otherwise a perfect read is that this series is often too chaste; the series is called Sex and Sweet Tea, but far too much of that kind of action takes place off the pages/out of sight of the readers. Ultimately though, the town of Whynot just sucks you in, which may be why, to-date, its population continues to increase, with all of the Mancinkus kids’ significant others sticking around. Overall, this quick, easy read is just another all-around amazing installment in Poe’s debut series, and I personally can't wait for my next visit to Whynot.
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    LOVED this book!

    Wow...each book in this series just keeps getting better and better! This book is about Laken Mancinkus and Jake McDaniel. Laken is the vet in Whynot, NC and I just adored her. She gives it just as good as she gets it! Having been burned by an ex in her past, Laken is leary of wealthy, alpha men. Of course Jake, a wealthy, alpha, ex-football play comes crashing into her world in such a fun way. The first meeting between these two was priceless. When Laken finally decides to give Jake some pity, that is when the fun begins! Jake has bought a farm with goats on it and he doesn't know the first thing about farming, but he does have a good heart and is at least trying. When Laken realizes that the goats are underfed and possible sick, she can't help but get involved. Of course spending all this time with Jake isn't so bad...he is really nice to look at. Things progress quickly to a friends with benefits relationship. Even quicker, Jake starts having stronger feeling for Laken, but because of things from her past, she just won't commit to anything more than just friends with benefits. When Jake finally pushes Laken a little too far, things explode. It takes a while for these two to find their happy ever after, but it was really worth it. I just adored Miss Goatikins and they way Jake was with her, you can't help but fall for him! All of Laken's family members make appearances, especially Pap. He has a bigger story line in this one. Wish I had a grandpa like him! Overall this was a wonderful book and I highly recommend it!
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