Author: Juliette Poe
Series: Sex and Sweet Tea #3
Release date: September 14, 2017
(Sub)genres: Contemporary Romance
Buy: Amazon US ~ Amazon UK
I received this book from Inkslinger PR in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
Things in Whynot, NC have gone to the dogs, and that’s just the way the town’s only veterinarian, Laken Mancinkus, likes it. No matter if she’s up when the rooster crows, or working until the cows come home, Laken never leaves an animal in need. So when a gorgeous Yankee comes begging for help herding some wily goats, Laken is up to the task.
Jake McDaniel is looking for a tax break, and what better way than to take up…farming? This ex-football player turned businessman turned unwitting goat farmer is up to his knees in goat drama. Runaway goats, dehydrated goats, and a baby goat that wants no one other than him, Jake needs more help than he cares to admit. Good thing the sexy veterinarian is right there to coach him on how to be a farmer. The only problem is, Laken’s not looking for anything more than a good time, while Jake is looking for his forever girl.
Will the baby goat, and Laken, be enough to get Jake to stay? Or will he take his tax break and hoof it back to Chicago? One thing is for certain…what happens on the farm doesn’t always stay on the farm.
I know Sawyer Bennett mostly for her sexy stories, the Wicked books. As Juliette Poe however, she writes different stories. Still with sexy times and lots of chemistry, but far less naughty and no sex club in sight. Barking Up The Wrong Tree tells the story of Laken and Jake, small-town-girl and city-boy. I love their story, and I want my own MG (pretty sure hubby says no).
“You’re a city boy. I’m a country girl. You live in Chicago, and I live in a town you’ll forget by tomorrow.”
After her last relation ended in disaster, Laken is living and working contently in Whynot as the small town’s only veterinarian. With her work and more importantly her family close by, Laken has all she needs. Recently divorced Jake is a hardworking man with his own company, and a somewhat neglected farm in Whynot is his latest acquisition. When they meet, Laken and Jake are instantly attracted to each other, but both are a wee bit stubborn and set in their ways. Luckily, with some friendly meddling they find out they can’t live without each other.
“I pull away from her. She purrs in appreciation when I rub my nose against hers. As I look down at her, she opens her eyes slowly with a smile on her face. “You are such a sweet kisser,” Laken says almost dreamily. “Not like sweet as candy, but sweet as in ‘the bomb’.”
Barking Up The Wrong Tree is the third book in the ‘Sex and Sweet Tea Series’ and tells the story of one of the Mancinkus siblings. Most of the story is told from Laken and Jake’s POV, but also Laken’s dog Herman and her grandfather get their say. It’s a sweet, friendly, funny story about two opposite people falling for each other. But in the end, they might be not that different after all.
I love Barking Up The Wrong Tree. I expected a fun, sweet story and the book totally delivered. Although there are some serious parts, most of the time I had a big smile on my face. Laken and Jake are great together, and not just in the bedroom. It was fun to see city-boy Jake getting used to farmer-life, and his relationship with Miss Goatikins the baby goat is the cutest. (Note to self: do NOT mention baby goats to the kids, and especially don’t show them pics. It can only end in a hilarious disaster… )
“I just know. This is where my life is supposed to be. Pulling Laken in close, I ask her, “So you admit you love me?” “It’s not a hardship to do so,” she returns impishly. “You’re moderately handsome and successful and Herman seems to like you.”
I love this sweet story, I give Barking Up The Wrong Tree 4 stars.