Bad to the Bone

Bad to the Bone

by Roxanne St. Claire
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Bad to the Bone by Roxanne St. Claire

The Dogfather is a contemporary romance series from New York Times bestselling author Roxanne St. Claire celebrating what she loves most: hot guys, great dogs, big families...and true love. And a portion of the proceeds from every book in the series will be donated to the Alaqua Animal Refuge in the author's home state of Florida!
Trace Bancroft has been in prison for fourteen years paying for a mistake that cost a man his life. Now released, Trace heads back to Bitter Bark with his mutt, Meatball, and runs into Daniel Kilcannon, who offers to provide some medical care for the dog. Trace knows that would mean seeing Molly Kilcannon, a girl who shared one crazy night with him before his life took a turn for the worst. But when Meatball's illness intensifies, Trace has no choice. He has to face Molly again, and pray she'll save his dog, no matter what their history.

When Trace Bancroft arrives at Waterford Farm with a critically ill dog, Molly Kilcannon's entire world is rocked to the core. Firmly believing Trace died in a bar fight years ago, Molly never told anyone that the bad boy of Bitter Bark was the father of Prudence Kilcannon, her very good thirteen-year-old daughter. But Molly has promised to tell Pru the truth about her conception, and now that truth is a living, breathing ex-con whose very existence could change everything, including a precious mother-daughter relationship.

It doesn't take long for Molly to realize there's more to this sexy man than his dark past and tattooed arms. And while the realization that he's a father is the best thing to ever happen to him, Trace doubts anything could make him worthy of Pru or her spirited veterinarian mother. As they nurse Meatball back to health and grow ever closer, Trace and Molly have to decide when and how to tell Pru the truth. But will the secret that binds their hearts be the very thing that breaks them apart?
Watch for the whole series coming in 2017 and 2018!

SIT...STAY...BEG (Book 1)
SANTA PAWS IS COMING TO TOWN (Book 4 – A Holiday Novella)

Coming soon...


Product Details

BN ID: 2940158926150
Publisher: Roxanne St. Claire
Publication date: 01/23/2018
Series: The Dogfather , #5
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 365
Sales rank: 796
File size: 2 MB

About the Author

Roxanne St. Claire

Published since 2003, Roxanne St. Claire is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of fifty romance and suspense novels. She has written several popular series, including The Dogfather, Barefoot Bay, the Guardian Angelinos, and the Bullet Catchers.

In addition to being an nine-time nominee and one-time winner of the prestigious RITA™ Award for the best in romance writing, Roxanne’s novels have won the National Reader’s Choice Award for best romantic suspense four times, as well as the Maggie, the Daphne du Maurier Award, the HOLT Medallion, Booksellers Best, Book Buyers Best, the Award of Excellence, and many others.

She lives in Florida with her husband, and still attempts to run the lives of her teenage daughter and 20-something son. She loves dogs, books, chocolate, and wine, especially all at the same time.

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Bad to the Bone 4.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 27 reviews.
Anonymous 24 days ago
I read this book in one day and loved it. I tried to stretch it out because now I have to wait for the next one! Great series, keeps you entertained right from the start.
Anonymous 25 days ago
What a shame. This book could have been really satisfying. It felt rushed, almost like the author forgot to wrap up certain parts.
LS135 25 days ago
Oh my! Roxanne's way of pulling your heart out of your chest is amazing. The next installment to the Dogfather series was amazing. It brought you from not being able to turn the pages fast enough to not wanting it to end. The family dynamics in her books is nothing short of "Shrink Worthy". Through the entire book I was trying to figure out in my head what would ultimately happen. I was so wrong. I wan't sure how it could end the way it did. And NOW...I can't wait for the next one. Thank you Roxi!!!
Anonymous 25 days ago
A heartbreaking story that touches the soul! Roxanne St. Clair has crafted the deeply touching love story of Molly Kilcannon and Trace Bancroft in Bad to the Bone. The unconditional love and acceptance between Molly and Trace unwinds beautifully throughout the story. The strength of family is personified with Molly, Prudence and the Kilcannon famly. The title is perfect for this title in the Dogfather series. The cover art is seriously awesome.
Anonymous 26 days ago
This book made me laugh, cry and so mad that I wanted to crawl into the book so I could beat up that stupid woman and her husband. I love how Molly, Pru and Trace are a great together. I really like this book, so far it’s my favorite. I can’t wait for the next book in this series.
Keoweegirl 27 days ago
Molly Kilcannon is a veterinarian and a single mom who puts everyone before herself and has been keeping a closely guarded secret for the past 14 years. Pru Kilcannon is a 13-year-old general in the making who sees the world in black and white, never strays from the straight and narrow, and is increasingly insistent that she be told who fathered her. Trace is a good-hearted man who has spent 14 years paying for a mistake. He now has a second chance for happiness and love but how likely is that when he's spent a lifetime thinking he isn't worthy of either? I've been reading Roxanne St. Claire's books for years and have thoroughly enjoyed the vast majority of them but, even in a sea of keepers, this one is special. Bad to the Bone has all the feels and I eagerly indulged in each one (keep the tissues handy). It's hard to remember a group of characters who have touched me as deeply as Molly, Trace, Pru, and Meatball (yes, in St. Claire's Dogfather books, the canine characters are just as important as the humans). They're so vividly and realistically drawn that by the time I was a third of the way into the book they had ceased to be characters on the page. In my mind and my heart, these were real people who had captured my attention and my heart. I was invested in them and in their journey to forgiveness, acceptance, happiness, and love. St. Claire did not give Trace and Molly an easy journey and that made this book all the better for me. My heart broke for what Trace had been through, for the love he had never known. He was a perfectly balanced blend of bad boy, protective father, and vulnerable, tender-hearted man. I've liked Molly throughout the Dogfather series but even more after reading her story. I love her honesty and determination to do the right thing, even when she's still so angry with Trace. What can I say about Pru? She almost steals the book. This was as much her journey as it was her parents' and I so enjoyed watching her relationship with both Trace and Molly evolve as well as her individual growth as a person. Many tissues were used in the reading of this book and probably will continue to be during re-reads. This is a story I'll be returning to time and again. I highly recommend Roxanne St. Claire's BAD TO THE BONE.
Anonymous 28 days ago
What a great heart warming book that teaches that there is a need to look into people's souls not their actions. Couldn't put it down once I started reading it. Thank you Roxie for another great read.
Anonymous 28 days ago
I savored Bad to the Bone. Too often I read a book in one sitting and don't fully enjoy and absorb the words. This was so amazing, so warm, so redemptive and I enjoyed each carefully written word. Thank you Roxanne. This will stay with me for quite some time.
Terri_C 28 days ago
This is the 5th book in the series already? Wow! I've loved every single one. Every story has a main dog in it. I love the dog aspect. Meatball was hilarious in this story! This is (also) Molly's story. It's also sort of her daughter's story. Pru is a major part of this book. I would say she is an old soul. She likes to keep everything organized and running like a top. At times it's almost like she's the mom instead of Molly. That's why it's so interesting when Pru's father, Trace, whom Molly thought was dead, shows up right before Molly was finally going to tell her the truth. The truth about the high school tryst on a single night that resulted in the sassy, loveable child. The plans to tell her are shot out of the water. Trace has his own reasons for not wanting Pru to know. His less than stellar past just might destroy Pru. Could the decision to keep the truth from her backfire on them? Will the attraction that still exists between them make it impossible to keep it from her? Will Pru ever be able to accept him? Do yourself a favor and read this entire series. It is just awesome!
EileenAW 28 days ago
I loved Bad to the Bone by Roxanne St. Claire, book four in her Dogfather series, despite the emotional roller coaster emotions that tugged at my heartstrings. What is one to do when one encounters your baby’s daddy, who you thought was killed? This is the dilemma Molly encounters when Trace returns to Better Bark with his very ill dog Meatball after fourteen years in prison, and brings him to the best vet in town. Molly was on the verge of finally telling her inquisitive daughter about her father but this brings an end to those plans. The chemistry Molly and Trace shared that one night years ago is still as hot now. Now they need to decide how and when to tell Pru who her father is. Daniel Kilcannon, the Dogfather, will once again attempt to work his matchmaking skills on another of his children. I loved this story and all the emotions it displayed. I loved how Trace’s tattoos all had meaning to something in his life, especially the one for Molly. I loved how Trace was determined to become Pru’s friend first, before she learns who he is. I loved the Kilcannon family and their belief in Travis and support for Molly and Pru. I truly loved reading this book. Ms. St. Claire is a talented story teller, being able to top each of her previous releases with another don’t put down story. This amazing story gives Molly and Trace a second chance with a secret baby romance all rolled into one. It was difficult to put down Bad to the Bone making me forget the world around me. I was drawn me into this book as Ms. St. Claire put my emotions on a rollercoaster with all its twists, turns, highs, and lows. This book is a standalone but includes characters from the previous books in this series. I highly recommend this book to other readers and am looking forward to the next entry in this series. I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book.
Cali-Jewel 28 days ago
Emotionally gripping, sweetly thrilling second chance romance that you need to keep a box of tissue on standby for. Trace and Molly have been through so much and are the sweetest, most real and down to earth couple I have read in a long time. Their daughter is so fun and full of life I just adored her. Meatball is just the best and was the heart and glue that brought them back together after 14 years apart.... Loved this highly entertaining and emotional romantic journey.
blonde_betty 29 days ago
Bad to the Bone is the fourth book in Roxanne St. Claire’s Dogfather series. While I struggled with the idea of this being Molly’s book and she didn’t get to be on the cover. (I know, real-life rescue dogs and hot guys, but still Molly’s book!) I forgot all about that as I started reading. Bad to the Bone is everything I want in a book, it is funny, heartfelt, and gives you all the feels. I related to Molly when she talked about missing her mom (though I was missing my dad). Trace was so much more than he thought he was, and definitely worthy of the Dogfather’s attention. This book is everything you want in a second chance romance and more. I voluntarily reviewed and ARC of this novel.
Bette313 29 days ago
I think this series just keep getting better and better! I adored this book and it's definitely my favorite so far. These Kilcannon's are a loving and forgiving bunch so when Trace Bancroft comes back to Bitter Bark accepting him into the fold at the dog training facility. They have no idea the impact having this man around will have on Molly Kilcannon and her daughter Pru. Long held secrets will come out and the truth will either bond them together or rip them apart. Which outcome Molly wants she's not sure of but she knows the truth is what her daughter needs to have. A great read you don't want to miss. I highly recommend it.
Pack52LG 29 days ago
For almost fourteen years Mollie Kilcannon kept the secret of her daughter’s father just between herself and her mother, Annie. But sadly, Annie died three years ago leaving Mollie to keep her secret alone. When her daughter, Pru, turned thirteen she decided the time had come to tell her about her father and how she came to be. Plans for a girls weekend away to talk came abruptly to a halt when a man came to Mollie’s veterinary clinic with his beloved dog, Meatball, who was in need of emergency surgery to save his life. Back in high school, Trace Bancroft was known as the bad boy of Bitter Bark. He always had a thing for Mollie but never felt good enough for her since she was part of the well-known upstanding Kilcannon family and he was a big zero from the wrong side of town. One night at a party at her friend’s house, they gave in to their attraction in the back of her dad’s Plymouth Voyager. Before Mollie had a chance to tell him she was pregnant, he disappeared. When his mother told her he had been killed in bar fight, Mollie raised Pru on her own and the help of her large family. Fast forward fourteen years when veterinarian Mollie is shocked to see Trace standing in her clinic with his very sick dog very much alive. And very hot. Back in Bitter Bark to try to pick up the pieces of his life he finds out more than he ever imagined about Mollie and her daughter, Pru. The same is said for Mollie who learns the truth about what really happened to him and where he’s been. But the one who stands to gain the most from his return is Pru. Will she like what she learns? This is book five in Roxanne St. Claire’s Dogfather series and by far, my favorite. I’m a sucker for a story about the bad boy with a heart of gold and the woman who uncovers it and opens it up. This is truly one of those stories. Add in a dog and I’m done. The Kilcannon Family and their dog training business is one of my favorite contemporary romance families. Each family member will touch all your emotions in their own way. Bad to the Bone is especially heartwarming so bring your tissues. I strongly recommend this book, not only for the terrific story and your reading enjoyment, but also because it’s for the dogs. A percentage of all sales during the first month will go to benefit a rescue shelter in Rocki’s home state of Florida, which you can read more about on her website Buy. Read. Donate.
BJ4 29 days ago
Bad is so Very, Very GOOD! Trace is the bad boy of Bitter Bark whose life has been one heartbreak after another. At his core though, he’s always stayed true to his moral compass. His life has seemed the polar opposite of Molly Kilcannon. She’s always had a strong, supportive family and a comfortable life. Someone’s always been there for her, whereas Trace always seemed to be running from something. Opposites attract though and when you’re very young the results can be passionate and explosive and result in unintended consequences. Molly knows she has to tell her daughter about her father who has never been in the picture. Of course, her plans go awry as that father, that she thought was dead, turns out to be very much alive, and from all outward appearances a very bad boy – an excon who was incarcerated for murder. Talk about setting up impossible odds. St. Claire has done it again, better than ever. Her writing is filled with emotional twists and turns that have you laughing one minute and crying the next. Trace has a heart of gold and we first see that with his relationship with Meatball (his dog – gotta love that name!) A man who cares so deeply about an animal can’t be all bad and as the story unfolds, the goodness that is in Molly and her daughter Pru is equally matched by Trace. Once I started this book, I couldn’t put it down. I needed to know how Trace and Molly and Pru could possibly find love in what seemed an impossible situation. Definitely a must read! It will pull at your heartstrings as love overcomes seemingly impossible odds.
tsmb02 29 days ago
Roxanne St. Claire has a way of bringing out your emotions with every book she writes. I admit, I get teary eyed reading every one of Roxanne's books. She even warned her readers that this one WILL make you cry and boy did it....big, sobbing crying involved in this one! Molly Kilcannon is a single mother who got pregnant her freshman year of college during her Thanksgiving break. Molly had to leave UNC Chapel Hill to go to college locally but she managed to still become a veterinarian. The only way Molly has been able to be the person she is now is because of her wonderful family. Prudence "Pru" Anne Kilcannon is now 13 years old, beautiful and smart and Molly couldn't be any prouder. Molly wished Pru's dad lived to have met his daughter, but unfortunately he died just after she was conceived. No one in Molly's family knew who Pru's dad was except for her deceased mother. Imagine Molly's surprise when Pru's dad is actually alive and well and back in Bitter Bark, NC. Trace Bancroft was the "bad boy" of their high school years and the guy Molly crushed on. He never forgot his special night with Molly, even when he had to quickly leave Bitter Bark and ended up in trouble spending 14 years in jail. Now Trace is back with his dog, Meatball who is in need of medical attention. The attraction between these two is still there in spades. While Trace and Molly try to figure out their relationship, they realize they need to tell Pru the truth. Trace is hesitant to tell Pru just yet and Molly agrees to wait until Pru's special project is finished. All hell breaks loose one day and everyone's life is turned upside down. It will take an act love and determination to fix everything. It has been a while since I have sided with the underdog right from the beginning. Trace has grown so much in the last 14 years. He has owned up to his mistake and is trying to be a better man. The way Trace feels for Molly is just perfect and real. Throw in a newly found daughter and he is finally complete. Molly was just wading through life, trying to replace her mom in everyone's life but never really taking time for herself. Maybe deep down she knew it was Trace or no one! And of course his dog, Meatball who was too cute! By far, this is my favorite book in the story and my favorite cover! I LOVED THIS BOOK!!!!!!!!
Lashea677 29 days ago
When life hands you a curve ball, you step up to the plate and come out swinging. Trace and Molly had to learn the hardest of lessons in the most heartbreaking of ways. One night changed the course of two lives, can the love of a special dog, be the olive branch they need to reconcile? Bad to the Bone is a coming of age tale. Molly and Trace's road is littered with life - changing choices, heartbreaking mistakes and untold blessings that set the stage for a second chance. Ms. St. Claire highlights a lesson that is profound with a romance that is prolific and a love that is awe-inspiring.
Kasi McKenna 29 days ago
Grab your tissue box, cause this one is gonna pull at all your heart strings. It sure did mine. I am a sucker for second chances, dogs and bad boys. I love the Dogfather series. I took my time reading this and savoring every minute. Roxanne St. Claire has done a fantastic job continuing the Kilcannon family saga. From Molly, the daughter following in her father’s footsteps, to Trace, the guy who just couldn’t get a break doing the right thing, and finally to Pru, who is an essential part of them. This tale will have you riveted, wanting the happily ever after they so deserve. And now I wait, not so patiently, for the next chapter.
Linda-Hankins 30 days ago
Bad to the Bone is the fifth book in the Dogfather series and one that I looked forward to after reading the first book. Molly's story. Molly, the mother of Prudence and a vet had kept the secret of who Pru's father was. It was time for the story to be told to Pru about who her father was and how she came to be. Molly is thrown for a loop when the bad boy who got her pregnant shows up to the family house with his very sick dog. The story has a lot of emotions involved and will make you root for Trace to win Molly over and become the father that Prudence deserves. I really liked this book and highly recommend it.
sbart84 30 days ago
A magical story that will bring happy and sad tears to your eyes. One night of fun will leave lasting memories for Trace and Molly. Fast forward fourteen years and single mom is raising her daughter, Pru. Molly has been hiding a secret from Pru, who her father was. Trace shows back up in Better Bark, with his mutt, Meatball whom is extremely sick, whom he takes to the number one vet in town. Dr Molly. A shocker to Molly, who had always thought he had died. Travis has his own past, fourteen years in prison. Molly and Travis can not deny the chemistry that they shared that one night many years ago and it is still just as hot now. Now they need to decide how and when to tell Pru, who her father is. Once again the the Dogfather, Daniel Kilcannon will try and and work his matchmaking skills on his daughter. Loved this story so much full of emotions!! Loved how Trace became Pru's friend first. Loved how the Kilcannon family believes in Travis. Once again a wonderful story full of romance, family and dogs!! This book is part of a series but can be read as a stand alone. Already I'm getting excited about Aidan's story. Thank you, Roxanne St Claire for bringing such warmth into your writing for the love of family and dogs.
ytcruz 30 days ago
I have been a fan of this talented author for years , but somehow , had missed this series. This is one of the most touching, thought provoking, thoughtful, heartbreaking and heartwarming stories I have read in a long time. This book centers around Molly Kilcannon, local veterinarian in Better Bark/Bitter Bark, and single Mom to Pru, a precocious 13 year old. Pru was conceived the same night her father disappeared. Trace was the bad boy of town, son of the one and only astrologer in town, who left when he was being accused for something he did not do. Little did he know that life was not going to go smoothly for him when shortly after ends up in jail for 14 years. Fast forward and he now has returned to town shocking Molly, and clueless about Pru. A man that all he wants is a chance in life , even though his self worth has been shattered. His talent working with dogs gets him a job with Molly’s father. Watching this two interact, while keeping secrets will touch your heart and at times make you cry and wish you could cross through the pages to give them all a hug. The Kilcannon family is unique , loud , very close, supportive and wonderful. With all the obstacles Molly and Trace have to overcome, will they get their second chance and find their HEA, or will they let the vicious tongues win after all? I promise you you will be glad you read this book. I was gifted this copy. The opinions expressed are solely my own.
Akkr04kids 30 days ago
This is the 5th book in Roxanne St Claire's Dogfather series and it revolves around Trace Bancroft and Molly Kilcannon. Trace and Molly spent one night together before he felt he had no choice but to quick pack a bag and leave town. That one night gave them both a gift of a little girl that Trace never knew about and who Molly named Prudence. Molly never told anybody in her family other then her mother who Pru's father was. A secret Molly believed wholeheartedly that her mother took to her grave. This book is filled with heartache, love and new beginnings for not only Trace and Molly but Pru as well. It's a story about a family who was never given a chance,to finally become a family. Trace and Molly have both had to struggle through life. Her as a single mother and him serving 14 years in a jail cell due to the lost of one man's life. Molly and Trace come face to face one night when his dog Meatball became deathly ill. She now has to not only deal with her feelings of being abandoned by this man but also of how to tell him about Pru and the hardest thing of all how they will tell their straight, law abiding, by the book daughter Pru that her father is a murderer.
JuliaAD 3 months ago
Oh my goodness! So emotional! I really love Trace. He has had one bad break after another and then when he comes back to Better Bark, he finds the family he always wanted, but was afraid he could never have. Will he be able to keep them? Molly doesn't know why he left all those years ago, she thought he was dead, but he is back and she is surprised that she wants him to stay. Pru is going to take some convincing. But, the Dogfather is at work again.
luvluke6t6 3 months ago
Roxanne St. Claire has done it again, but so much better than ever before! I received a free ARC of Bad to the Bone for an honest review. I laughed, I cried and I cheered. It is truly my favorite Dogfather book. Never has a character been more damaged than Trace Bancroft. Bad to the Bone, is Molly’s story and it could not have been a more beautifully written book for Molly. Molly is the older of the Kilcannon daughters. She has become the hostess of the Kilcannon house following the death of her mother, Annie, three years ago. Molly is a single Mom to thirteen year old Pru and a veterinarian like her father, Daniel. I loved the beginning of the book. It is truly the beginning of Molly and Pru’s story. We find out the events that lead to Molly’s unplanned pregnancy. Annie Kilcannon’s reaction and sage advice to Molly are so heartwarming and poignant. The idea for Pru’s name comes from one of those conversations. Molly wanted to tell the father of her baby before she told everyone, but she cannot locate him. Eventually, Annie informs Molly that she has heard from a reliable source that Trace is dead. So Molly never felt the need to let anyone know the identity of Pru’s father. Unbeknownst to Molly, Annie confided the identity of Pru’s father to Daniel once she thought that was dead. Once again, the Dogfather works his magic when Trace Bancroft returns to Bitter Bark after spending the last fourteen years in jail for killing a man. Trace comes to Waterford Farms, on a dark and rainy night with his sick dog, Meatball, that he trained while in prison. Molly and Daniel perform emergency surgery on Meatball. While sitting in the waiting room, Pru comes from the house to sit with Trace. Pru does not know that Trace is her father and Trace does not know that Pru is his daughter. Trace comes to realize that he is Pru’s father, once she refers to Molly as her Mom. Molly and Pru, are scheduled to go away for the weekend to discuss Pru’s Dad, but since Trace is not dead and Meatball is still critical they cancel their getaway. While Meatball recuperates, Trace helps out at Waterford Farms as a service dog trainer to make money to pay for his vet bills. Daniel has offered housing to Trace at Waterford Farms since his boyhood home is inhabitable and Trace has no way to get between his home and work. Molly and Trace begin spending time together as Meatball recovers. Trace tells her all about his past, why he didn’t return to her and why her murdered a man that landed him in jail for fourteen years. Pru decides to make renovating his home her community service project, but does not realize she could be disqualified if someone discovers that Trace is her father, because she still does not know that he is her father. Molly and Trace agree not to tell her until her project is complete. This gives Trace and Pru the opportunity to bond as they work together renovating his home. Once again, Roxanne delivers the surprises and plot twists that I have come to love in her books. There were so many bittersweet moments in this book. Be prepared to have a box of Kleenex ready when you read Bad to the Bone. Molly eventually gets her man and her happily ever after. It was a wonderful book and I loved every page of it.
PennieM 3 months ago
This, so, so...heart breaking and mending good. A man who is dealt so many raw deals and who the system fails at every turn finds the one place he belongs and the family he never knew he had, all because his dog is sick. The Kilcannon family is something else and every member is special and now we are treated to the story of Molly, the vet and single mother of the clan. She has been referred to as the "glue" of the family since mom died but now she is going to be tested since Trace Bancroft has come back to town after being gone for 14 years. They had a single night together and that produced Pru, or as she is known to the family, General Pru, because there is not a rule she does not follow. This entire story is so good and twists and turns around the heart strings until I could not flip the pages quick enough and was so sad it was over. I laughed and cried and cheered along with the entire family. I highly recommend this one as I do the entire series. This could be read as a standalone but really why when the rest of the series is just as good. **Received this ARC for review**