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    Ruff Around The Edges

    Aiden has come home after 10 years in the Army and he is not the same. His best friend has been killed in action and he survived. Charlie's dying wish was for him to take the dog he rescued in Afghanistan back to the states with him. The only problem with that is he also promised Ruff to his sister, Beck. Ruff is a bad dog but he is really more like Charlie reincarnated. He is wild and out of control one minute and docile and loving the next and he tugs at all the feels. This is the latest installment in this wonderful series about this amazing family. Grab the tissues and be prepared to shed a few tears and laugh your way through this. Aiden and Beck are perfect together and watching the rest of the family come together just brightens everything. Now I'm hungry for pizza! I definitely highly recommend this one and it could be read as a standalone but (again) why would you want to when this series is so, so good!!!! **Received this ARC for review**
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    Totally Blew Me Away!!!

    Just when I think the books in this series can't t get any better, Roxanne St. Claire proves me wrong with the next book in the series. Ruff Around the Edges totally blew me away and hit on every single emotion possible for me. Aiden heads home to Bitter Bark still waiting for his dog Ruff, who his best friend Charlie asked him to take, on his deathbed, to arrive. I love that The Dogfather totally helped bring Ruff home to Aiden, and had to let Aiden know that Charlie had also told his younger sister Beck that Ruff would be her dog. I loved both Aiden and Beck as soon as we met them both, but have to say that Ruff the boxer totally stole the book from them. I loved that crazy dog and the fact that he seemed to bring some measure of emotional support to Beck, Aiden, and especially Beck's Uncle Mike. I loved how Aiden stepped up to help Beck out at her family's pizza place Slice of Heaven. The more time Aiden and Beck spent together, the closer they became. The fact that Beck had plans to head back to Chicago once her uncle recovered and was back at Slice of Heaven gave me some concern, but not much as I could totally see they were falling for each other. Beck and Aiden had great chemistry and I loved when they finally acted on their attraction to one another. However, I loved they could talk to each other about pretty much anything and I think that gave me every bit as much hope for them as their chemistry. I'm just going to say I totally understood some of Beck's emotional blocks based upon her losing her parents at a young age. I'm lucky I still have my dad, but I lost my mom at 12, so I got her fear of losing people. I won't lie, I cried more than once while reading Ruff Around the Edges, both happy and sad tears. I love a book that pulls emotions from me, and Ruff Around the Edges did so in spades. Just when I thought all my tears were gone, Rocki threw another make me cry moment, but only happy tears this time. Fans of the series will love getting to spend time with the entire Kilcannon clan once again. I swear I wish these characters were real, as I feel like I could be a friend with them all. With each new addition to the series, I find myself loving it more and more. The Dogfather has 5 of his kids taken care of and I can't wait to see what he has in store for free-spirit Darcy next. Rating: 5 Stars (A+) Review copy provided by publisher
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    Great emotional romance with a dog!

    Aidan Kilcannon thought he would be in the Army for life, but when his best friend, Charlie Spencer, is killed in action, his plans change. As Charlie is dying, he makes Aidan promise to get his dog Ruff back to Bitter Bark and to take care of him. Wanting to honor his best friend's dying wish, Aidan calls his dad, Daniel "The Dogfather" Kilcannon for help. Once Ruff arrives in Bitter Bark, Daniel informs his son that there is a paper stating that the dog was left to Charlie's sister, Rebecca "Beck" Spencer. Charlie and Beck were raised by her Aunt Sarah and Uncle Mike when their parents were killed in a car accident. It just so happens that Beck is here staying in Bitter Bark for awhile because her Uncle Mike had a stroke and he and Aunt Sarah need help running their pizza place Slice of Heaven. Aidan reluctantly takes Ruff over to Beck because he doesn't have any proof that Aidan wanted him to have the dog. Ruff is a big, rambunctious, bad dog and Aidan is hoping Beck will change her mind once she sees him. Unfortunately, Beck is just as stubborn as Aidan and she wants Ruff to help her heal over the loss of her brother, just as Aidan does. As Beck and Aidan spend more time together between making pizza at Slice of Heaven or dealing with Ruff, sparks start to fly. These two souls who both feel lost in a new life that they weren't expecting to have, start to form a strong bond. Aidan is all ready to jump feet first into something more serious but Beck has reservations because everyone she has ever loved has died. It takes a serious leap of faith for these two to get to their happy ending, but they finally do in such a great way. As always, I just adore Roxanne St. Clair's books. She has wonderful characters that go on such an emotional journey together to get to their happy ending. Aidan is just a sweet, sexy military man and Beck is sweet, friendly and just wants a big family again. Read this book, you will not regret it.
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    Emotional- Loved it!!

    All I can say is WOW!! The Kilcannon Family just keeps getting better. Aidan has asked his father one big favor, to bring his deceased best friend's dog home. Aidan also returns home awaiting for Ruff, little to be known that Ruff was promised to his best friend's little sister, Beck. Beck has also returned home to help her aunt and uncle's pizza parlor. This is only temporary, especially since she does not like pizza. Aidan offers to help Beck in the pizza parlor, and to help discover the secret ingredient missing in the pizza. The chemistry between Beck and Aidan is perfect, so what harm is a casual fling, no hearts involved. Soon they find the missing ingredient, but will it be to late? Loved Aidan and Beck!! Please have a box of kleenex handy, from the beginning to the ending they will be needed. Loved the life lessons that Beck's mom left for her. So excited to get a sneak peak at the Kilcannon cousins. I highly recommend this book!!
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    Another Great Dogfather Story

    Roxanne St. Claire has once again delivered an amazing story! She skillfully combines our love for family, friends and dogs into a remarkable story. I received a free advanced reader's copy of Ruff Around the Edges for an honest review. All I can honestly say, is that I LOVED this book. I think it is MY FAVORITE book in the Dogfather Series. It made me laugh and cry, and happy and sad. I had chills and tears, and too many aww's to count. The love story between Aidan and Beck is filled with sweet, tender and poignant moments, as they both work to tear down each other’s walls. The characters are so relate able, that I fell in love with them and was so sad when I finished reading their story. The Dogfather Series is like attending a family reunion in each book. You get to rediscover your favorite Kilcannons and discover the next story. Ruff Around the Edges is Aidan Kilcannon's story. Aidan is the youngest Kilcannon son, he was a Major in the U.S. Army Night Stalkers, but after the death of his best friend Charlie Spencer, who is killed in action, Aidan decides not to re-up and return home to Waterford Farms to help out with the family business. He is just not certain, where he will fit in when he returns. He has not come to terms with his mother's death while he was deployed, as well as he suspects the rest of the family has.. Aidan made a death bed promise to Charlie that he would get Charlie's rescue dog, Ruff out of Afghanistan and keep him. Once Aidan returns home, his father, Daniel lets him know that process of bringing Ruff home to Waterford Farms is almost complete, but Ruff rightfully belongs to Beck, Rebecca Spencer, Charlie's younger sister. Charlie wrote her a letter asking her to take care of Ruff if something were to happen to him. Daniel and Aidan agree, that Beck's letter from Charlie supersedes Aidan's death bed promise to Charlie. Once Ruff arrives, Aidan decides to do the right thing and give the dog to Beck. Aidan shows up at A Slice of Heaven, to introduce Ruff to Beck. He does not realize that Beck will want to take ownership of Ruff right then and there. Ruff being rough, decides to show Beck what he's made of, but Beck will do whatever it takes to keep Charlie's dog. Beck relocated to Chicago after high school graduation for art school and remained there opening her own photography business "Baby Faces". Bitter Bark was never her home, it was just a place she and Charlie moved to after their parents' deaths in a car accident. Ruff does not respond well to Beck, and this makes her sad. Beck returned to Bitter Bark to help out at A Slice of Heaven following her Uncle Mike's stroke. Beck tries to help out, but no longer eats pizza. Along comes Aidan to save the day. He helps Beck out daily at the pizza shop, since he is not sure what role he will play at Waterford Farms, especially since Liam is taking time off waiting the arrival of his and Andi's baby. Uncle Mike tells them there is a secret ingredient in the sauce, but he cannot remember because of his stroke and the only person he ever told was Charlie, who was one day going to take over A Slice of Heaven. So Beck researches different sauce recipes and she and Aidan try out the sauces with a different special ingredient. Beck, Aidan, and Ruff are spending a lot of time together, and they get closer and closer with each passing day and every sauce. Beck has a lot of ghosts and demons that she must deal with and has vowed that she will never fall in love, because she is too afraid to once again lose someone she loves. Her entire family has died. She and Aidan decide to keep their relationship casual. This might work for Beck, but it is not enough for Aidan. With Beck's help, Aidan decides what he can do at Waterford Farms to help him fit in. Beck and Aidan are ready to confess their feelings, but disaster happens and scares Becks away from her feelings. It would not be a Roxanne St. Claire book with the plot twists and surprises, and Ruff Around the Edges does not disappoint. I love the sage advice of Gramma Finnie, the conversation between Daniel and Aidan, and the quotes and photos that Beck found in her mother's scrapbook. So many surprise are revealed at the end of the book, not sure who was the better matchmaker here, Daniel or Charlie.
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