Double Dog Dare

Double Dog Dare

by Roxanne St. Claire
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Double Dog Dare by Roxanne St. Claire

The Dogfather has one more child to marry off...but Darcy Kilcannon has no interest in her father's matchmaking shenanigans. The youngest Kilcannon is seeking one thing only, and it's not a husband. Darcy is ready to launch her own business in town, move into her own apartment, and become her own woman. But when she walks into the gorgeous brownstone that her father just "happened" to help her find, Darcy takes one look at the hot landlord and she knows the Dogfather has been up to his old tricks. Sure he's a hunk and a half, but his "no pets" policy is a huge turnoff to a dog groomer who won't dream of living without her beloved Kookie.

Joshua Ranier moved to Bitter Bark to get out of the shadow of his overbearing stepfamily and keep his shattered heart securely on ice. His only focus is his construction business, and the brownstone he's renting and renovating...until he meets the sexy, sassy blonde tenant sneaking a fuzzy white dog even though he's banned them because of construction dangers. Then Josh starts thinking about things he shouldn't. And it isn't when the rent's due.

But when a blind dog lands on Josh's doorstep, he needs Darcy's help. As they race to restore little Stella's vision and solve a mystery that's tearing his family apart, Josh and Darcy begin to see the light, too. It will take one double dog dare, two precious puppers, and the full power of the Kilcannon clan for this couple to find their happy ever after.

Note to animal lovers: Every dog on the covers of the Dogfather books is a rescue from the Alaqua Animal Refuge in the author's home state of Florida, where the covers were photographed. A portion of proceeds from every book in the series is donated to this amazing shelter. So you don't just get a great book, you help a deserving animal find a forever home!

Product Details

BN ID: 2940161933213
Publisher: Roxanne St. Claire
Publication date: 08/09/2018
Series: The Dogfather , #7
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 313
File size: 2 MB

About the Author

Published since 2003, Roxanne St. Claire is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of more than 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 ten-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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Double Dog Dare 4.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 25 reviews.
Mpomper514 12 hours ago
Absolutely love this series. Book 7 in the series revolves around the baby of the Kilcannon family - Darcy. When she moved back home after the passing of her mom it was to help fill a void left by her passing. Now Darcy feels she needs to spread her wings and move out and open her own Doggie Spa. Enter Hot Landlord, Joshua, who is a strictly for rules, and one of them is no pets allowed. No way, no how will Darcy go anywhere without her beloved Kookie. When Joshua's ex leaves Stella (her now blind dog) with Joshua, Darcy steps in to help. Love how the storyline develops between them. While this is book 7 in a series you can definitely read this as a stand alone book. However, you'll get more enjoyment since each book builds on all the characters you will read about in this book. Highly recommend everyone to read this series. Can't wait to read the Dogfather's story. Do not want this series to end!
Heather_94 7 days ago
ANOTHER GREAT KILCANNON ADVENTURE! Roxanne St. Claire is an automatic read for me every time. This latest book in the Dogfather series brings us back to Bitter Bark once again for the story of Darcy, the last of the single and the youngest Killcannon sibling. This story starts with Darcy Kilcannon turning thirty, and Josh Ranier having his own life event making him swear off relationships for good. Darcy, set on finding independence instead of love meets Josh, who happens to be her landlord, then they begin a journey where simply being “friends with dogs” is the goal. Little did they know that their attempt to do what was best for the dogs, especially poor Stella, would bring them closer together and eventually lead to their own happily ever after. Roxanne St. Claire is again dependable in her creativity to tell a beautiful, adventurous, and often suspenseful story. She created Bitter Bark with everything you’d expect from a quaint small town with unique and lovable characters, and by book seven it is no longer a fictitious town within the pages of a book, but rather a familiar location that readers feel they have experienced in person. Part of what I love so much about her stories are the characters she creates and the uniqueness of them all. In a family with six siblings, there are no cookie cutter characters, each have their own voice and personality to add to the story. We even catch a glimpse of a past hero and his love from an earlier novel (not set in this series) that allows readers to see how they are today. But it is her ability to create heartwarming and humorous secondary characters that I love the most about her stories, and her Dogfather series does not disappoint. Roxanne’s love of family, the dedication to detail of how this family works together to run Waterford Farms makes this series so endearing and enjoyable. Although Darcy and Josh are a strong candidate for my favorite couple of the series, I was thrilled to know there would be more in the Dogfather series, with the next being the Dogfather himself, and then perhaps the Mahoney cousins. Do yourself a favor and visit Bitter Bark- you won’t be disappointed!
EileenAW 7 days ago
WOW!! How could one not love Double Dog Dare by Roxanne St. Claire, book six in her Dogfather series. This wonderful and amazing story features a hot landlord, a blind dog, a second dog wanting to help and take care of the blind dog, a dog groomer looking for independence, and hateful, evil stepsiblings. Darcy, the youngest of the six Kilcannon children has decided that it was time for her to learn to be totally independent, moving into her own apartment and moving her grooming salon to the main section of Bitter Bark. As Darcy moves into her apartment she finds her landlord is super hot and a rule follower who did not want tenants to have dogs. Josh swore to never fall in love again after finding his girlfriend cheating on him with his stepbrother the morning he planned to ask her to marry him. Moving to Bitter Bark and renovating an apartment building seemed like a great way to recover and start his life anew. As Josh and Darcy work together to help the blind dog left to Josh by his ex, they found they not only shared a common interest but an attraction and chemistry. Josh taught Darcy that allowing a man into her life did not make her less independent and Darcy taught Josh that there were all kinds of love that could happen between people. Ms. St. Claire wrote a wonderful and emotional story that is not to be missed. She drew me into the lives of her characters, making me forget the world around me. 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.
blonde_betty 8 days ago
Double Dog Dare, the latest Dogfather book by Roxanne St. Claire, is Darcy. Darcy is the final of the Dogfather’s kids and in reality he’s not quite ready to let her go. Darcy, on the other hand, is ready to start living her life out of the supportive shadows of her family. As often happens in these situations, things do not go as planned. Supported by Kookie, and Stella, two loveable pups, Darcy and Josh find their way together, and realize that sometimes supportive shadows are the best things ever. Dogfather fans, make sure you block your calendar, this one will keep you reading from page one to the heartwarming the end. I voluntarily reviewed an ARC of this novel.
Anonymous 8 days ago
I love this author and I love this family! I love dogs ! It's a triple win! Read ALL of Roxanne St Claire's books.
Anonymous 8 days ago
Loved it
Bookladye 9 days ago
Another delightful edition to the Dogfather series by Roxanne St. Claire. The baby of the family, Darcy Kilcannon, the dog groomer becomes entangled with Josh Ranier, a contractor who is also her “Hot Landlord.” Together they become “friends with dogs” in their quest to obtain permission for specialized care for Stella, a Chinese crested dog who contracts SARDS and is blind. There are Cinderella/Cinderfella elements to the story. The humor with the Kilcannon kids placing bets on possible partners for their father, Daniel was entertaining. Woven in the story is the essence of dogs. “Dogs are life to us, and this is what we do.” Dogs rescuing people is at the heart of this series. “…. You’re going to save someone real soon, I promise.”
sbart84 9 days ago
A must read for all romance and dog lovers readers. Daniel Kilcannon has one daughter to marry off, can he play magic as the matchmaker for one last time. Darcy has no interest in finding love for ever after. She has struck out on her own, with her beloved dog, Kookie and starting her own business. She soon meets her new hot landlord, Joshua. Joshua is new to Bitter Bark after a failed relationship. He soon has custody of his ex's dog, Stella. In their mind, they will be friends with dogs... hmm.... Once again I have fallen in love with Kilcannon family, full of emotions and what a real family is. Loved the development of the relationship of Darcy and Joshua. How could I not fall in love with Stella!! I highly recommend this book.
PennieM 10 days ago
Oh my! The feels in this one are over the top and every page better than the one before. Darcy is the last of the Kilcannon clan and on her 30th birthday she has a surprise for her dad and the rest of the family...she is moving out and starting her own business in town. Independence is what she wants, not to be set up by the Dogfather. Nope, that is not in her future, she will not stand for it. Josh Ranier is renovating apartments and looking for a tenant and since there is still construction going on he has a no pets clause. Yeah, right. Where Darcy goes, so does Kookie. Well, one look at Josh and Darcy is sure the Dogfather has set her up but since Josh is recently out of a relationship and not looking for another, these two come to an understanding when his ex shows up with her dog who has gone blind needing help. Now, since Josh has a dog, he cannot keep Darcy from having one. These two work together so well as friends with dogs they soon don't realize when lines are crossed or don't care. Families such as the Kilcannon family have a way of pulling you in and Josh was ripe for the pulling but when he took Darcy home to his she managed to fit in there and helped to mend some rips there too. It is hard to believe we have come to the end of the Kilcannon kids and the Dogfather set them all up, or at least he did the most of them, he maintains he didn't this one and maybe Annie had something to do with it (I think so too). I highly recommend this one and this could be read as a standalone, as all of this series could, but really why would you want to because each is so spectacularly told and each story is so special. **Received this ARC for review**
Anonymous 10 days ago
I read this book in one day and just loved it. Just showed even animals help their own handicap. Just love this series!
Anonymous 10 days ago
Darcy is turning 30 and she wants her independence and her own dog grooming shop. Daniel is having a hard time of letting her go of course he knows of the perfect place. Josh who need this next to the apt to lease out so he can finish the last. He meets Darcy and Kookie the night before she is to move in. Her HL(hot landlord) is a stickler for rules especially the ones he sworn never to break. Read the story of these two who fight tooth and nail not to like each other. Don’t start reading if you have work because once you start you won’t put it down until it’s done. Lol. Like I’ve done but it’s so worth the loss of sleep.
jennifer315 11 days ago
I absolutely love this series. Since book 1, I've become invested in this family and their journey to their HEA. The dogs continually steal my heart in every book. This time it was Stella and Kooki. Darcy and Josh really complimented each other. I loved watching them find their way in this story. I love this book because it is full of family, love and a little mystery tossed in.
ESTE 11 days ago
Whenever I read a book in the Dogfather Series, I think it is my favorite. Then a new book is released and that one becomes my favorite! I love the Dogfather Series! Great stories like all of her other series. Double Dog Dare is fantastic, I could not put it down. The characters come to life as Roxanne develops them. You feel like you are there watching the story unfold as you read every page. Can't wait to read the next one, the Xmas Novella and the Dogfather's story. Thank you Roxanne!
LS135 11 days ago
Roxanne knows how to talk about Dogs and bring people together. Darcy being the baby wants to be "free" of her family but not get rid of them Totally understandable...what an adventure that she didn't bargain for The only problem with this book is that I finished it too fast. Roxanne so knows how to write a book to keep you reading. I can't wait for the next one. Thank you Roxy!!!
jstryker 11 days ago
I love the Dogfather series of books by Roxanne St. Claire. Double Dog Dare is her latest and it is as good as all the others. Daniel Kilcannon has the gift of picking out mates for his children. This story revolves around Darcy (just happens to also be the name of my new puppy) and Josh, a guy who just got out of a bad relationship. Neither of them are looking for love and Daniel swears he was not trying to match make when he suggested Darcy move into a newly renovated apartment in town owned by Josh. This series always has a dog in the picture/storyline and Double Dog Dare has plenty of dogs. I learned a lot about an illness that dogs are susceptible to and how to treat it. And by the end of the book, I was very touched by the ending. Definitely am looking forward to the next in the series.
Cali-Jewel 11 days ago
Sweetly sexy, emotionally engaging and laugh out loud fun romantic journey filled with witty banter, fun family, loyal friends and undeniable passion.... They may not be looking for love but never underestimate the Dogfather's matchmaking skills. Darcy Kilcannon is the youngest and last single Kilcannon standing.... she is sweet, funny, sexy and determined to liver her life her way. Joshua Ranier is sexy, smart and looking to escape his overbearing stepfamily. Concentrating on his construction business and rental property he has no time or need for love.... or does he? Loved this highly entertaining romantic adventure.
BJ4 11 days ago
Roxanne St. Claire has written another winner in the Dogfather series. I don’t know how she makes each of her books better than the last one! Josh Ranier is reeling from having discovered his girlfriend was cheating on him with his “evil” stepbrother. He’s sworn off love. Darcy Kilcannon isn’t looking for love. Rather, she desperately wants to find some place of her own and be independent. What a perfect setup for a wonderful love story! The Kilcannon family is wonderful, as always. Ms. St. Claire has a way of making each family member so real that you want to be one of Daniel Kilcannon’s sons or daughters – or at least an in-law! Josh’s family seems to be the complete opposite. Of course, there are dogs in the story that contribute a lot to the plot and make you fall in love with each of them. I couldn’t put this book down. Darcy has a bubbly optimistic disposition and has no trouble finding the good in everyone and every situation. From the beginning, it’s clear she wants to be on her own, and being friends with Josh is more than enough for her….although the sexual chemistry between the two sizzles from when they first meet….and is denied by both of them! They draw together to help Josh’s unexpected dog, Stella (no spoilers here) and discover that love is nothing to be afraid of. There are several twists (almost in the suspense genre that St. Clare does so well) that add depth to the story and make the pairing of Josh and Darcy even more inevitable. I feel like I would recognize Josh or Darcy if I met them on the street and I want to go to Bitter Bark, North Carolina just to see the plaza, the stores, and meet the Kilcannon family! A book where the author can make the characters and setting seem so real is definitely a good read and well worth your time!
JuliaAD 11 days ago
I am so glad this isn't the last story in this series. Each book makes me fall more in love with the Kilcannon family. Darcy is the youngest and she sees all her siblings getting their happy ever after and all she can think of is her own freedom. She wants to live on her own and doesn't want anyone to tie her down. Her dad isn't really ready to let her go, but he knows she has to stand on her own two feet. She moves into a building that says she can't have her dog. Must be a grumpy old landlord. Josh is far from a grumpy old landlord. He is a big, sexy man and she is going to have a hard time staying away from him. Josh loves dogs, but there is going to be some construction going on and he can't have a pet running around because they might get hurt. He is a by the rules kind of person. Darcy isn't. When Josh's ex shows up with her little, blind dog and needs Josh to take care of her for a while, he can't turn little Stella away. And then he has to allow Darcy to have her dog. Josh was very hurt by his ex and he doesn't want to get tangled up with anyone ever, but he sure has a hard time resisting Darcy. She just might change his mind about a lot of things.
Terri_C 11 days ago
Ms. St. Claire has officially gone to the a way that will melt your heart. The only thing as good as her human characters is her canine characters! This is about the last child of the Dogfather, who is notorious for his skill with dogs as well as his skill at finding love matches for his children. Only Darcy has no intention of going down without a fight. She's moving out, starting her own business and becoming as independent as she can. Then she meets Hot Landlord and she starts to wonder if independence is everything she thought it would be. St. Claire finds just the right balance in Darcy and Josh. Neither wants a relationship, yet when they join together to fight for a life changing experimental procedure for a blind dog, they gracefully give in to their hearts. It might not be what they had planned, but somethings just can't be fought! This is another delightful Dogfather book that warms the heart and soul. It's not all warmth and heartstrings, though. Double Dog Dare has a dysfunctional family, mystery and drama enough to keep you turning those pages. And dogs. You can't go wrong with the dogs
Lindy6 11 days ago
Roxanne hit another out of the park! I can’t tell you how eagerly I wait for the next book in this series! These books are so great … and this one is no exception! Love Darcy and Josh and their pups! You can’t miss with this book! If you haven’t read the others … you are in for a TREAT! Start from book one, and enjoy your Better Bark journey! I’m SO glad that there are cousins!!
tsmb02 11 days ago
Darcy Kilcannon is the last of Daniel "The Dogfather" Kilcannon's kids whom he hasn't helped find her true love yet. Part of Daniel is reluctant because she is his baby girl and is he really ready for an empty nest? On Darcy's 30th birthday party she informs her dad that she wants to move out on her own and start up her own dog grooming business. She even has already leased a place. While her dad is a little weary, he agrees and helps her find a place to live. Imagine when Darcy shows up at the brownstone she is moving into to find out the owner is a hunky, sexy, hot is up to his old games! Darcy is even more shocked to see that dogs are not allowed in the building!!!! So what does she do, she sneaks Kookie into her new apartment! Of course, Joshua "Hot Landlord" Ranier sees what is going on and that is where the fun begins. Josh is trying to run from his old life. He has also sworn off woman after the number his last girlfriend played on him. Too bad, because his new tenant has really caught his attention. When Josh ends up with a blind dog that he is now trying to hide, Darcy comes to the rescue. As these two spend more time together, they both start realizing that maybe being independent isn't so important anymore. I just adored these two. Neither of them were looking for a relationship, but sometimes that isn't the way things work out. These two fell fast and hard and it really scared both of them. Even though Josh is a rule follower and Darcy isn't, they meshed well together and it was fun watching them fall in love! Great addition to this series and I loved all the hints of women for Daniel! I can't wait to see who the lovely lady is going to be!
Bette313 11 days ago
Is Daniel "the Dogfather" Kilcannon up to his matchmaking tricks again or has fate steered Darcy straight to Joshua Ranier? After watching her siblings fall one after the other Darcy is on to her father's ways. She has no problem with love and marriage. Just not for her. Not now at least. She wants to experience her new found independence and spread her wings. Joshua is new to Bitter Bark and fresh off a bad breakup. The last thing he wants is anything that smells like a relationship. Sometimes though they brain might say one thing but the heart wants another. These two dog loving people may just find exactly what they weren't looking for. As with all her books, Roxanne St. Claire has delivered a story that is fun, emotional, well written with some very intriguing characters. Don't miss this one as the last of the Kilcannon clan finds their HEA. I highly recommend it.
luvluke6t6 11 days ago
WOW! Roxanne St. Claire once again delivered an AMAZING new book! She leaves you questioning - Did he or didn't he? Did Daniel "The Dogfather" Kilcannon once again work his magic in Double Dog Dare, Darcy Kilcannon's story? Darcy is the baby of the Killcannon family, and is ready to move out on her own and become independent, after moving back home to Waterford Farms four years ago following the sudden death of her Mom, Annie. Darcy's moving out is a bittersweet moment for Daniel, which is why he insists that he has no plans of playing matchmaker. When Darcy approaches Daniel about her plans, to move out and start her own pet grooming business in Bitter Bark, Daniel recommends an apartment complex whose landlord is Joshua Ranier, a "rule follower" that he met at a Bitter Bark meeting. Daniel doesn't know that Joshua has sworn off of committed relationships, his late relationship did not end well for Joshua. Darcy takes one look at Josh and thinks her Dad is trying to play matchmaker with her, and nicknames Josh "Hot Landlord". Darcy wants no part of Daniel's plans and wants Josh to play along with pretend dating, but Josh won't lie about that. Unexpected events happen, causing Darcy and Josh to get closer and become "friends with dogs". Darcy and Josh both share the loss of a beloved parent and reminisce about their cherished memories of the great times they shared. Josh falls in love with the Kilcannon family, because his family life does not compare. His father died suddenly in an accident when he was a boy and his mother remarried a wealthy man with two children of his own. Josh has never felt like he belongs with the Bucking family and calls their home "Buckingsham Manor". While the Kilcannon family believes that Daniel is doing his matchmaking magic on Darcy and Josh, they are all trying to find eligible women to date their Dad. But are they really ready for Daniel to marry again? Like all Roxanne St. Claire books, there come the bittersweet moments, and surprising plot twists with things not always as they appear. Rocki again delivers real characters, who are more like friends than beloved characters in a book. I sometimes feel like I am a distant cousin to the Kilcannon family and always want to know what is going on with the family. One of my favorite parts is that ach book in the series gives you a glimpse as to what is going on in the lives in the other Kilcannon children. There are lots of beautiful, heartwarming moments in this book that you might need a Kleenex or two. After everything is sorted out and the truth comes, the Kilcannon's gather to celebrate Josh's birthday, where Josh receives a surprise bittersweet birthday gift from his Mom. Josh then delivers the BEST proposal EVER to Darcy, after Christian blows out the candles on his birthday cake. Cannot wait to see who the "happy" Kilcannon children plan to matchmake with their Dad, so he can join in with them and their happiness. I loved this book and catching up with all the beloved Kilcannon family members! I was given an ARC of Double Dog Dare for an honest review.
ytcruz 11 days ago
This is another wonderful story about the Kilcannon family. A loving family whose patriarch , Daniel called the Dogfather, is often working his magic as a matchmaker for his children. Darcy is the youngest and the last of the unattached siblings. She is determined to move out , take her dog, and start her own business. Darcy wants a chance to stop being cuddled and considered the baby of the family. She has no desire to get attached to anyone, since she cherishes her independence. Her new landlord is Joshua Ranier, aka the Hot Landlord/HL. Their first encounter sends sparks when they have their first confrontation. Since no pets allowed in the building. But fate has it’s own agenda, and before long they become friends with dogs. Ms. St Claire once again excels in giving us an engaging plot that is not only filled with family, dogs and romance, but also with some suspense and whodunit. The main characters are charming and complex. She reminds us of the importance of family, tolerance, trust, and hope. Daniel reminds Darcy that there is a fine line between loneliness and independence and sometimes you just have to find someone that completes you. Another winner in this series that just keeps getting better and better. I was entrusted this copy. The opinions expressed are solely my own.
Lashea677 11 days ago
The Kilcannons are back to warm your heart and tickle your funny bone. Darcy finally gets her happily ever after and this time around it's a family affair. St. Claire combines cuteness and love to bring some serious sunshine into the universe. Double Dog Dare brings out the big guns with adorable furry friends, enchanting two legged characters and a ton of irresistible romance. Darcy and Joshua have their hands full when a matchmaking father sets his sights on them. It hurts to say goodbye to this boisterous group. From the first hello to the final goodbye, this family is a memorable clan.