Bad to the Bone

Bad to the Bone

by Roxanne St. Claire

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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: 2,710
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. 34 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year 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 More than 1 year 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.
Anonymous More than 1 year 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 More than 1 year 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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is now my favorite book in The Dogfather series hands down! This story made it impossible to put the book down. I found myself staying up super late to read it and picking it back up super early to continue reading. The loss of sleep was worth it. Trace, Molly, Pru and even meatball stole my heart. Bad to the Bone is definitely reread worthy.
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Anonymous 6 months ago
Of laughter, of love, of betrayal, of tears, another blockbuster tale of family, dogs, and love
Anonymous 12 months ago
Such a great story! Such a heartwarming story of feeling your not worthy of a second chance! This book truly made me believe in giving a person a second chance!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
All of this series is very good, but this was my favorite. Solid 4.5!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Love this story .so true to life . People !all Snape judgements about others and dogs. Without all the facts. When you take the time you are surprised
jstryker More than 1 year ago
Bad to the Bone is a wonderful love story. Touching and full of angst, it brought me to tears. The story revolves around Molly, the daughter/vet of the Dogfather Daniel. She had a fling while in high school with a boy named Trace who disappeared 14 years ago. She was told he was dead, but suddenly he shows up with a very sick dog in his arms. It is heartbreaking to hear what happened to him for the past 14 years. Daniel and his children are running an amazing dog training program and Trace finds a place to use the skills he has developed over the years training dogs. Along with a new home and rediscovering his feelings for Molly, he finds what a home can mean, plus some extra discoveries along the way. If you want a feel good and very touching story, then this is the one for you. I love this series and I loved this book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was another great story of love, redemption and amazing dogs . The Kilcannon family are special and unforgettable. Loved it !
LS135 More than 1 year 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 More than 1 year 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.
Keoweegirl More than 1 year 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.
Terri_C More than 1 year 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 More than 1 year 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 More than 1 year 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 More than 1 year 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 More than 1 year 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 More than 1 year 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 More than 1 year 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 More than 1 year 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 More than 1 year 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 More than 1 year 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.