Very few things ruffle K-9 trainer Liam Kilcannon. Stoic and steady, he has the patience and skill to transform a harmless puppy into a highly protective “schutzhund,” and the quiet strength to lead his five younger siblings through the storms of life. A former Marine who doesn’t waste words or squander emotions, Liam is also a man who very much wanted to spend his life with one special woman by his side. He found her… and lost her. And Liam won’t ever let himself slide down the Andi Rivers Slippery Slope to Misery again. But when his father tells him Andi’s house has been broken into, he doesn’t hesitate to offer her his beloved protection dog, a decision that will put them in close and constant contact. 

Architect and single mom Andi Rivers knows nothing in life is certain, having first-hand experience with unexpected changes and tragedies that upended her world. Determined to protect her deeply shy little boy from another heartache, she’s vowed to stay single and unattached no matter how long and lonely her nights might be. Hesitant to take Liam’s dog at first, she soon changes her mind when an estranged relative launches a campaign to take custody of little Christian. A dog won’t be enough…Andi needs a family to protect her son. When the Kilcannon clan moves into action, the solution they offer is drastic but perfect. Liam and Jag are there to protect Andi’s home and child…but what will protect their hearts from the risk of falling in love – and failing – one last time?

Titles in The Dogfather series include:  Sit… Stay… Beg – New Leash on Life – Leader of the Pack – Bad to the Bone – Ruff Around The Edges – Double Dog Dare – Old Dog New Tricks

Title:  Leader of the Pack
Series:  The Dogfather #3
Author:  Roxanne St. Claire
Genre:  Contemporary Romance
Published:  July 21, 2017
My Rating:  4.5 stars

I have to admit that I don’t often share my favorite characters from an entire series (or ongoing), but the truth is that Liam captured my heart in previous stories and his own was just the perfect chance to dive into this honorable, determined and yes, lovable man.  Liam is one of those men, like his father, who met their “right one” and knew very quickly that she was the one and only woman for them.  Unfortunately, Andi was unable to return that feeling just as quickly.  As a single parent her first priority was her son, Christian.  When her son’s father came back into the picture suddenly wanting to be a part of their son’s life, well Andi gave him that chance… and walked away from Liam.  Heartbreak is not a good feeling, but Liam understood, even though it hurt like nothing he’s ever known.  When Jeff died in an accident Liam thought maybe he had a chance… but now Andi was firmly cocooned in her need to not take chances, that everything changes and you can trust nothing to remain constant… except her devotion to her son.  He didn’t push, even when there was a chance for something – Liam wants it all and isn’t willing to settle f or less.

When Andi and Christian are threatened by one of Jeff’s family members Liam is there providing not only his own skills but his security trained dog, Jag as well.  Soon it becomes obvious that drastic measures are going to be needed.  As expected the entire Kilcannon family sets out to protect and provide an answer for Andi.  One she’s not too thrilled with, but it just might work.

Leader of the Pack describes Liam so perfectly.  The eldest, the leader of the elite training, and the man who is the closest copy of his beloved father.  You’d have to work really hard not to like Liam.  It took me much longer to warm up to Andi.  As a single parent myself, I “got” where she was coming from but there comes a time when you’ve seen all the evidence of what a right for you kind of man Liam is and she’s still wanting certainty and guarantees.  There are no guarantees in life, sad but true.  So I enjoyed their romance but I was definitely team Liam on this one.

The base story is awesome, the continuing bantering and loving of the entire Kilcannon family adds a special touch to each story  There are twists and turns on this one and perhaps things you won’t see until you’re hit with them.  It makes for a powerful story, a chance for Liam to show Andi what their possibilities are… and it will capture your emotions..  I loved this story and I cannot wait to dive into the next in line.

I’ve never met a Roxanne St. Claire book that I didn’t love or at the least really like, and Leader of the Pack is no exception to that.  If you love Romance and dogs, then you should be enjoying this series yourself.  You’ll be hooked.  I’d recommend this one for any Romance reader who enjoys complex stories, believable, realistic characters and those adorable pups no matter their age.

I own an e-copy of this book.

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