Barking Up the Wrong Tree

Barking Up the Wrong Tree

by Juliette Poe

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Barking Up the Wrong Tree by Juliette Poe

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.

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BN ID: 2940157254230
Publisher: Big Dog Books, LLC
Publication date: 09/14/2017
Series: The Sex and Sweet Tea Series , #3
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 127,052
File size: 538 KB

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Barking Up the Wrong Tree 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 28 reviews.
MaimeosAngelsEL More than 1 year ago
This was a fun, quick read full of romance, laughter and love of family. This is Laken Mancinkus and Jake McDaniel's story and I loved it from start to finish. I have to say that this one of the funniest series I have read this year, Ms. Poe certainly has a handle on the romantic comedy genre. She describes Whynot in such great detail that I would love to visit. I love the idea of a small town where everyone knows you; although I am sure that could also be rather trying at times. I spent so much of my time laughing whilst reading this book that I was in danger of laying an egg, well, so said my husband. Laken is the only vet in town, not a particularly busy practice but one she loves. She is annoyed when she finds out that a city slicker has purchased a nearby goat farm for a tax break and has no idea what he is doing.That is until she meets the devastatingly attractive Jake and is attracted to him. Laken is not afraid to have a one or two night stand,;what scares her is commitment and dating thanks to a romance gone bad. Jake is attracted to the feisty vet and although he isn’t looking for romance, he is interested in getting to know Laken better. These two had me in stitches, add in a baby goat (Miss Goatikins) that refuses to feed from anyone but Jake you start to get the picture. Having said that reality does rear it’s head when Pap get’s seriously ill. That’s when you see the power of love that the Mancinkus family share, not to mention the support offered by the residents of Whynot, North Carolina. Will Jake and Laken decide to give their relationship a chance, or will distance make it impossible? I look forward to the next hilarious installment in the Sex & Sweet Tea series.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Nothing like throwing animals into the mix to crank up the craziness. I loved this addition to the series as the best so far because I really loved all the characters involved. Goats and dogs crank up the cuteness. This series just keeps getting better with each new release.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I enjoy all the books by Sawyer Bennett, so reading this one was not a hardship. The cuteness with the plot of a baby goat added to a love growing between Jake and Lakin, and watching them try to handle a long-distance love was so much fun.
Xkoqueen More than 1 year ago
From the start, this contemporary romance is engaging. It’s a light-hearted, fun read with very little conflict, an adorable baby goat, and a cute stray dog. Sawyer Bennett, writing under the nom dude plume of Juliette Poe has successfully conquered another subgenre of fiction. Laken Mancinkus has returned to her hometown, Whynot, North Carolina, as the town veterinarian. While she envisioned herself as a big-city girl, she found she longed for the love and support of her family, as well as the genuine folks found in small towns. When she meets Jake McDaniel, she is so not impressed! He’s an affluent, city-slicker, and a wannabe gentleman farmer, as far as she can see. It takes a herd of wayward goats, a missing foreman, and a high-maintenance newborn goat for Laken to see Jake is truly genuine and kind. However, Laken’s mistrust of wealthy, successful businessmen is strongly rooted. She’s been burned badly and “forgive and forget” is not in her repertoire. Admitting that Jake is a good guy is one thing, compromising and getting involved in a serious relationship is another. Barking Up the Wrong Tree is a sweet charming story of family, love and trust. It is told from both Jake and Laken’s perspective in alternating chapters. Interspersed throughout the story are chapters narrated by secondary characters—including Laken’s dog, Herman. He has some amazing observations about his “mommy”! I enjoyed every single character, and I especially loved Jake’s steady pursuit of Laken. These two make a lovable couple. This adorable story left me smiling and happy, and I’m sure it will appeal to romance and animal lovers alike.
LightningCityBookReview More than 1 year ago
"Barking Up the Wrong Tree" is the third installment of Sawyer Bennett's Sex and Sweet Tea series by Juliette Poe. This series is Sexy Lite as in lots of steam but not much fiery description. None the less this series is top-notch and fun to read. Sawyer/Juliette creates charming and intriguing characters and a small town setting allowing for a colorful background and compelling storylines. "Barking Up the Wrong Tree" follows Mancinkus sibling Laken the town's veterinarian. Anyway the Hero is former pro-football player, multi-millionaire businessman, and now gentleman farmer, Jake McDaniel. The novel is told in multiple alternating POVs. Laken, Jake, Pap (Laken's grandfather), and Herman (Laken's dog). We meet Jake's ex-sister-in-law, Darby, who is going to be a new Whynott resident. This third book in the Sex and Sweet Tea series hits every emotional button and is a true gem! Sawyer Bennett is a delight as her alter-ego Juliette Poe; she's funny, sexy, emotional, and a complete romantic. "Barking Up the Wrong Tree" is amusing with an irresistible storyline, engaging storytellers, and addictive characters. The romance between Jake and Laken is wild and willful as well as filled with conflict and complexities. The animals in the book are delightful. Although I might have been able to live without Herman (the dog's) POV chapters. Yet, they were fun as well as enlightening. Truly an animal loving man is a Sexy Beast, indeed. If the Sex and Sweet Tea series continues as wonderfully as the first three installments it'll be a hands-down Winner. To read the entire review please visit: This novel was provided, voluntarily read, and honestly reviewed.
Marie-Elizabeth More than 1 year ago
Disclaimer: ARC received in exchange for an honest review Juliette Poe, the alter ego of acclaimed author Sawyer Bennett, is back with Barking Up the Wrong Tree, the third installment in her Sex and Sweet Tea series, and it is such a gem. Warm, pleasant, inviting, this story is like visiting an old friend — even though the series is relatively new. With Barking Up the Wrong Tree, Laken becomes the next Mancinkus sibling to find her perfect match. The small-town veterinarian can't help but be seduced by Jake, a charming, bearded, tattooed former football player-turned-businessman, and his goatbaby. Jake is a dreamboat — masculine, but sweet and thoughtful, he might be my favorite male protagonist in this series yet. And Laken embodies again all that Bennett/Poe does well with her feisty, well-developed female leads. The way Pap’s health scare was utilized in furthering the plot was fantastic and added even more dimension and emotion to an already heartfelt story. And Herman’s brief interludes as narrator were RIDICULOUS(ly perfect). My only complaint with what is otherwise a perfect read is that this series is often too chaste; the series is called Sex and Sweet Tea, but far too much of that kind of action takes place off the pages/out of sight of the readers. Ultimately though, the town of Whynot just sucks you in, which may be why, to-date, its population continues to increase, with all of the Mancinkus kids’ significant others sticking around. Overall, this quick, easy read is just another all-around amazing installment in Poe’s debut series, and I personally can't wait for my next visit to Whynot.
RHolub More than 1 year ago
I can't believe how many times I laughed while reading this book!!! This whole series is adorably sweet and funny, but this has to be the best one yet!!! Laken is fiercely independent, slightly broken, and snarky as all get out!!! I freaking loved her!!! And, how can one man be so perfect!!! Jake was incredible!!! I can't say too much without giving things away and ruining the story for others, but... I'll say this, never has a male character pushed so many of the right buttons. This guy... sigh!!! Juliette Poe has another hit on her hands!!!
CarolN More than 1 year ago
Barking Up the Wrong Tree is the 3rd in a series...however, can be read as a standalone as well. Loved this sexy, cute and romantic book by Juliette Poe. Laken is a small town girl from Whynot, NC - she's had the big city life before and not interested in any of it...then...oh yes, then... she meets Mr. Ex-football player, big city first time farm owner a/k/a Mr. Jake McDaniel. He buys a farm - that comes with animals and hilarity of the animals throughout the book had me laughing out loud on several occasions. Laken is the small town vet and Mr. McDaniel needs her assistance since he knows absolutely nothing about what he's doing regarding animals. The series - Sex and Sweet Tea is about the shenanigans of the Mancinkus family (brothers and sister). I can't wait for the next book and adventure with the Mancinkus shenanigans. Enjoy!
JaneyC More than 1 year ago
Back to Whynot we go, to explore the goings on this time between veterinarian and twin, Laken Mancinkus, and bold outsider, Jake McDaniel. Laken likes a casual hook up. Always has, and considers that will continue when Jake “muscles” McDaniel bowls into Chesty’s bar. Finding himself bereft of the goats he thought resided on his newly acquired farm, Jake runs to the nearest help station to garner assistance. The animal lover in Laken sees her running to his rescue, but watch the developments as she adopts an advisory role to this ex-football playing businessman. All members of the family pop up, given their proximity to the farm, and its developments. Whilst Jake attempts to settle his new acquisition, something makes it a little harder to do remotely. I’m really liking Sawyer Bennett’s alter ego storyteller. The setting, the characters and just general framework are designed to smile. You can’t help falling in love with them. Looking forward to the next instalment, who I hope to be Laken’s twin, Larkin. Complimentary copy provided in exchange for an honest review.
Felicia71 More than 1 year ago
Rating 4.5 Another great addition to the Sex and Sweat Tea series by Juliette Poe. This time we are following Laken the younger sister to Trixie and Lowe. We have met Laken and her twin Larken throughout the first two books but to be honest we really didn't know much about her other than she is feisty and is the local veterinarian. When Jake McDaniel bursts into her life she is first frustrated that this Yankee is trying to run a goat farm but he is probably the sexiest man she has ever seen. As they start to spend time together she realizes that there is more to Jake than meets the eye. Jake McDaniel just wanted the tax write off but gets so much more after he purchases a goat farm in the small town of Whynot NC. When he realizes that he needs lots of help the beautiful Laken is not only helping him with his new goats the more time she spends with him the more Jake wants her. The problem is that Whynot is not his home and she doesn't want to move to Chicago - can they make a long distance relationship work? I absolutely adore this series by Ms Poe and this story didn't disappoint. Again the story is told from multiple POV's - Laken, Jake, Paps and Herman (dont want to spoil but I loved Herman). We get to see what the different characters are thinking and feeling which I love. I love the writing - it makes you feel like you are there in Whynot with these characters. The secondary characters are great and I love Paps. I think the next couple of books are going to be interesting and I cant wait!
DannyJeffbooks More than 1 year ago
This is the third book in the Sex and Sweet Tea series, however, this can be read on a standalone basis. Once again, this was a lovely, lighthearted read that will leave you feeling warm and fuzzy. The characters are utterly charming with wonderful chemistry and you really buy into their journey. This story has minimal angst and a great big dose of humour and sweet to make you smile. This was my favourite book of the series so far and I'm really enjoying losing myself with the characters of the small town of Whynot. I'm looking forward to the next one. I was provided with a copy of this book from the Publisher; there was no inducement or obligation.
BookObsession07 More than 1 year ago
I think this is my favorite (so far) in the Sex and Sweet Tea series! So much fun with a smart but snarky herioine in Laken and a opposites attract scenario with her and Jake. Winning combination for me. Also just imagining city slicker Jake with the tiny and sweet Miss Goatikins just melted my heart. As always though, I would have enjoyed more heat between the main characters rather than just the tease that we get... Looking forward to seeing what Ms. Poe has in store for the rest of the Mancinkus siblings!!
Dalitza More than 1 year ago
Sweet and sexy with loads of feels. Barking up the Wrong Tree is the kind of story that charms, coaxing smiles and warm gooey feelings with its impeccable blend of fun banter, and sweet, sexy love. What happens when a city boy shows up in the middle of the day at Laken Mancinkus’ favorite hangout asking for help to wrangle wayward goats? As the town’s only vet and utter animal lover, Laken goes to the rescue while ogling the handsome stranger never intending to get her heart caught up in his sexy city slicker pull. Ex-football player now businessman, Jake McDaniel only wanted a tax break. He never expected he’d have emergency goat drama that required him to fly from Chicago to small-town Whynot to feed a baby goat that latched on to him. And he certainly didn’t expect to fall for the very attractive veterinarian who’s only interested in a fling while he’s looking to settle down... in the big city. Can these two seemingly opposites find a middle ground for their happily ever after? I just loved everything about this story. So many moments that were utterly sweet and sexy (yes, I know I’ve mentioned this before but it’s true), the completely loveable characters from the grandpa to the hero and heroine to the dog! Oh how I loved the entries with Herman’s POV! From the moment the laid eyes on each other Jake and Laken knew there were sparks between them and didn’t dilly-dally in acting on it. When a man like Jake wants something, he takes action and when he needs to go back to Whynot, he takes advantage and pursues Laken slyly and relentlessly, even though he never pushed a label. I really liked that they were both very communicative and open to see where their growing feelings led them. For his part, Jake is going directly to my book boyfriend list. He was absolutely charismatic to begin with, add the fact that he put his life on hold for a baby goat (how cute is that?!) and then add stuff like selfless, witty, understanding, a wonderful wooer, observant and yes, very very sexy. And Laken was a perfect fit for him, with a tough exterior that presented a challenge and big heart that gave Jake exactly what he was looking for. Barking up the Wrong Tree is book #3 in the Sex and Sweet Tea series by Juliette Poe. It is a positively feel good contemporary romance bursting with fun and swoonyness. Told from various points of view, including Herman the dog and Pap’s. It ends with a happy ending.
Lelim0612 More than 1 year ago
I LOVE Whynot, NC! I LOVE the people of Whynot, NC! I Love the family dynamic that the author has created in the Mancinkus family. And most of all, I love Juliette Poe for creating Whynot, NC and all of the characters in this flipping fabulous book/series. Barking Up the Wrong Tree is the third book in the Sex and Sweet series by the incomparable Juliette Poe. In my opinion, Barking up the Wrong Tree is one of those books that capture the reader from the very first sentence and does not let you out until the very end, and even then, I did not want to leave. I was captured by the characters, and the total sense of family. I love the way that Jake took up residence in Laken’s heart and would not let her kick him out, that he battled through Laken’s hesitation to love Jake. I absolutely LOVE Herman’s point of view as well. I love this series and cannot wait to see whose story is next. I was gifted with an ARC of this wonderful book for an honest opinion. The book is FABULOUS and I want to move to Whynot, NC!!! Thank you for reading my review.
Casgirl3 More than 1 year ago
Barking Up the Wrong Tree (The Sex and Sweet Tea Series, Book 3), by Juliette Poe, the new sweet alter ego for Sawyer Bennett, is another thoroughly engaging read! In Barking Up the Wrong Tree, Poe takes us back to Whynot, North Carolina and the super funny and loving Mancinkus family. Laken Mancinkus, the town’s only veterinarian, has a run in with Jake McDaniel, a big city businessman and former football star and quickly the high jinx, romance and laughter ensue. As with all the books in this series, it’s light with lots of feels and extended family time. I especially loved Jake in this book. He is such a good man- not to mention BIG and HOT, but good. Jake comes from a big family, so immediately got along with the slightly eccentric and loud Mancinkus group. He is in Whynot basically to help out his ex-sister-in-law. Like I said, he is such a good guy. I fell for him quickly and easily and I’m sure you will too. And Larken, well she is an independent, strong and sassy woman who owns her insecurities and I loved that. One of my main reasons for loving this book was because, quite frankly, it was such a change of pace, to have the hero and heroine so open and willing to communicate in a relationship. Lately, so many books I read, most of the problems facing the hero and heroine are mainly caused by lack of communication. So the fact that both these characters were open about insecurities and about what they want was really awesome. And the cherry on the cake… We get more Pap Mancinkus and Herman and a baby goat who thinks she’s a real baby! You all are gonna love Herman and MG, trust me. I totally recommend this book and just can’t wait until Poe takes us back to Whynot for more Mancinkus romance and craziness! I received an Advanced Reader Copy of this novel. I am voluntarily and freely providing an honest review.
Vero-Stro More than 1 year ago
This is Book 3 in the "Sex and Sweet Tea" Series and I am really enjoying it. Juliette Poe writes funny, sexy and easy to love characters and the stories of the members of this family are entertaining, sweet and fun to read! Laken and Jake's story was just wonderful. Jake is swexy, succesful, tender and more! Laken is independent but also vulnerable. Apart from the main and secondary characters which are great, the interaction with Miss Goatlikins and the chapters from Hermann, the dog, points of view are just wonderfully done! Great read!!!! I loved it!!! I want more!
tsmb02 More than 1 year ago
Wow...each book in this series just keeps getting better and better! This book is about Laken Mancinkus and Jake McDaniel. Laken is the vet in Whynot, NC and I just adored her. She gives it just as good as she gets it! Having been burned by an ex in her past, Laken is leary of wealthy, alpha men. Of course Jake, a wealthy, alpha, ex-football play comes crashing into her world in such a fun way. The first meeting between these two was priceless. When Laken finally decides to give Jake some pity, that is when the fun begins! Jake has bought a farm with goats on it and he doesn't know the first thing about farming, but he does have a good heart and is at least trying. When Laken realizes that the goats are underfed and possible sick, she can't help but get involved. Of course spending all this time with Jake isn't so bad...he is really nice to look at. Things progress quickly to a friends with benefits relationship. Even quicker, Jake starts having stronger feeling for Laken, but because of things from her past, she just won't commit to anything more than just friends with benefits. When Jake finally pushes Laken a little too far, things explode. It takes a while for these two to find their happy ever after, but it was really worth it. I just adored Miss Goatikins and they way Jake was with her, you can't help but fall for him! All of Laken's family members make appearances, especially Pap. He has a bigger story line in this one. Wish I had a grandpa like him! Overall this was a wonderful book and I highly recommend it!
PennieM More than 1 year ago
I was charmed from the beginning of this story about Laken, one of the Mancinkus twins and the local veterinarian, and Jake McDaniel, a former pro football player turned big city business man and now local goat owner/farmer. Their first meeting is the perfect cute-meet and sets the tone of the story. Getting to know Larkin, Jake, and yes, even Herman the dog was such a pleasure and kept me entertained I didn't want it to end. Great thing there are two more siblings! I highly recommend this book along with the previous two. **Received this ARC for review**
Bette313 More than 1 year ago
I am loving this series and it just seems to get better and better. Laken and Jake's story just made my heart sing. There are so many things about this book I loved I don't really know where to start. First there is Jake. So swoon worthy and sexy. Then there is Herman and part of the story from his POV. Add in Miss Goatikins and I was a goner. This book is a nice easy read that's just a whole lot of fun. I highly recommend it to everyone.
cookie614 More than 1 year ago
The town Vet and the former NFL player who would have thought .. that the strong manly football player could be so loving and kind and a biggggg softy around animals !! When Jake McDaniels buys the Farmington Farms for a tax write off and Laken Mancinkus doesn't feel the warm and fuzzy's for Jake at first sight it we all know a leopard cant change his spots BUT maybe a kid .. aka Miss Goatikins .. can make Jake change his ways .... What starts out as two strangers turns into something worth fighting for thanks to Pap and Herman .. who would have thought a goat could push two hard as nails and straight to the point people together where each does a give and take to make there relationship work !! This installment will have you yelling at both of them to stop being to pig headed until you hear the story behind why they are each so stubborn and then your heart will melt just like mine did !!
Lauren Lascola-Lesczynski More than 1 year ago
Laken and Jake had such a cute story. Jake was this big bad city guy and Laken is a small town gal with simple dreams. One farm, one baby goat, and a one night stand later and these two got way more then they bargained for. Laken was gun shy about relationships and Jake was always all in. This is a great story, its funny, and sexy, and there is a great baby goat...I mean what else can one person Love this series! And I love Pap...he is such a ray of sunshine. #RamplantGoats #CityBoy #Yarbles #Goatikins #GoatYoga
KaraS More than 1 year ago
You had me at Miss Goatikins! This is my favorite of the series and is so sweet, humorous, and with baby goats - seriously what is not to love!! We are once again in the town of Whynot, NC - where you will want to slow down and stay awhile. Jake and Laken are an unlikely pair that have incredible chemistry. Jake buys a farm and is possibly in over his head. His first run-in with Laken results in insulting her and causing her to rush to help him with his escapee goats. If you love animals, love small Southern towns, love swoony hot book boyfriends or just plain want a light-hearted read - this is the one for you. This book has so much humor and heart. This is such a fun series with the entire Mancinkus clan! You don't want to miss it!!
Teewee125 More than 1 year ago
It appears that Juliette Poe has another great read. I love MG and Herman. Herman's chapters are the best. It is funny and sweet and so good. One of the most enjoyable stories I have ever read. Jake is the multi millionaire business man working out of a big city, Chicago and Laken is the vet in a small town of WhyNot. Two totally different people. But they do say opposites attract. No one ever said they had to give up everything for the other. They tried the long distance relationship but for how long before that started to fade. A compromise is the only answer. But what will that mean. Her practice is in WhyNot his company is in Chicago. But what really matters in life, and with modern technology anything is possible. You just have to decide what is more important. Jake and Laken may have found out what will make them work and most important is they are willing to work together to find a solution. They want to be together and they will find a solution. All you need is compromise and understanding and they have that in spades.
KindleKat64 More than 1 year ago
OMG I can't even tell you how much I adored the chapters in Herman’s POV! So Awesome!! Once I started reading this I honestly could not put it down! I love this series so much!! This book made me smile, swoon and sigh so often I hated that it had to end. It made me wish I lived in Whynot even more than I already did. Talk about a complete change from life in the city. This is Laken Mancinkus’s story. She is the small town vet and is completely jaded when it comes to relationships so she prefers not to have them. Then Jake McDaniel walks into her life. He is a big gorgeous ex-football player from the city who also has something Laken has a weakness for, a beard. Sigh. He bought a local farm even though he knows absolutely nothing about owning one. Which is how their non-relationship starts. She thinks she can just keep it casual with him but then he gets all sweet on a little baby goat, calling her Miss Goatikins and feeding her a bottle and deep down Laken was a goner!! I was too! Of course Laken was a little tougher sell only because she was pretty much turned off from relationships, but Jake finds a way to break through her walls and make it all work out. Such a sweet story complete with funny, heartwarming and emotional moments fans of the series will just drink up like sweet tea. Love this town! Love these people! Love this story! Another 5 star winner from Ms. Poe!
kJenn More than 1 year ago
** Received ARC for a fair and honest review** Barking Up the Wrong Tree is book #3 in the Sex and Sweet Tea series-- this is Laken's book. This book can be read as a standalone but for maximum benefit I would read in order so you know who the other characters are. Though the author does let you know the relation of each if you don't read the others. This is a fun series, and I really enjoyed this book. It's a fun, fast read. If you are looking for a book with a lot of hot and steamy scenes, this book is not for you. The sex in these books, to include this book is alluded to only. Though it is alluded to more in this book then the first two. Laken Mancinkus has been hurt in the past, and now she only has room for hook ups. When she meets Jake McDaniels, he turns her nice compartmentalized world upside down. Jake is a city boy comes to WhyNot supposedly looking for a tax write off for his company and knows nothing about farming. So when he goes to visit his place, he finds his foreman has quit and his goats are running amok and he has no idea how to get them back on his property. He heads to Chesty's her pap's bar to locate the vet and things get a little heated between them. Laken does help Jake but only because she isn't going to allow harm to the animals but she is going to make him pay, and the cost isn't going to be monetary. As I mentioned earlier, I really enjoyed this book, the characters feel fun, and real to me and I enjoyed the chemistry between them. I lived in NC for 7 years and when the author talks about Raleigh and Pinehurst areas I was frequently in it definitely caused me some nostalgia... The only complaint I have is I wish the author gave you a little more story at the ending, an epilogue or something. I know the characters will come up in the upcoming books, but it really left me wanting more and not ready to end the story. But it doesn't detract from the story in any way. Hope this helps! Happy Reading!!!