Hot Under the Collar

Hot Under the Collar

by Roxanne St. Claire

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Overview

Firefighter Braden Mahoney is devastated when his beloved Weimaraner, Jelly Bean, fails the canine arson investigator test. Faced with the challenge of raising the money for advanced training, it's Braden's sweet grandmother and her best friend who suggest he use the services of the new event planner in town. Not that he needs a push in Cassie Santorini's direction. Ever since she arrived, Braden has had his eye on the sassy Greek goddess...and can't stop thinking about getting the rest of him on her, too.

Cassie has spent years putting family first, even moving to Bitter Bark when her mother falls in love with the local veterinarian. Having a huge new extended "family" is fun, especially when one smokeshow of a firefighter attends the gatherings, but Cassie has no plans to remain in this small town. She's ready to pursue her big city dreams. But when Braden asks for an assist for his precious pup, Cassie agrees to help him set up a town-wide scavenger hunt. It isn't exactly a hardship to be around those blue eyes and brawny shoulders, especially since they both agree everything – even the undeniable sparks that crackle between them – is temporary.

But when temporary gets complicated by feelings that might lead to forever, Braden and Cassie start to question the direction they're headed. Should they follow their dreams...or their hearts? It'll take a dog with a bad nose and a good heart, two particularly meddlesome grandmas, and some help from the clan that loves them to make sure Cassie and Braden follow the clues and find their way to each other's arms.

About The Dogmothers – a brand new spinoff series by Roxanne St. Claire
Daniel Kilcannon, a widower with six unmarried kids, has not only orchestrated wonderfully happy endings for all his offspring...he's found one of his own. That leaves his grown nieces and nephews plus his adult stepkids all in need of their own magical romances. Is The Dogfather too preoccupied with his new lady love to pull the strings and make the matches? Maybe. But never fear, fans, there's a new team in town and these two might be polar opposites in life but they are lined up in love. One grandmother has the steel spine of a Greek warrior, the other has the sweet soul of an Irish poet. Together, along with two darling dachshunds, these Dogmothers won't stop until all nine of their grandchildren are hooked, hitched, and happy.

Just like The Dogfather, the covers of The Dogmothers were all photographed at Alaqua Animal Refuge in Florida using rescue dogs and local heroes, and a portion of the first month's sales of every book is donated to that amazing organization.

Product Details

BN ID: 2940161425411
Publisher: Roxanne St. Claire
Publication date: 05/31/2019
Series: The Dogmothers , #1
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 435
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 has 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.

A mother of two but recent empty-nester, Roxanne lives in Florida with her husband. She loves dogs, books, chocolate, and wine, especially all at the same time.

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Hot Under the Collar 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 19 reviews.
Anonymous 13 days ago
I+loved+the+Dogfather+series+but+I+have+a+sneaking+suspicion+that+the+Dogmothers+are+going+to+give+the+dogfather+a+run+for+his+money%21+There+is+so+much+happening+here+that+I+wanted+to+reread+each+morsel+as+soon+as+I+finished+my+first+read+through%2C+savoring+every+word%0A%0AThe+unlikely+duo+of+Gramma+Finnie+and+Yiayia+is+something+to+behold.+Talk+about+yin+and+yang%21+But+it+works+as+they+each+take+the+best+of+the+other+and+develope+a+sisterhood+as+grandmothers.+And+these+ladies+are+on+a+mission%21%0A%0ALove+is+patient%2C+love+is+kind.+%0A%0AAlso%2C+love+is+frustrating%2C+crazy%2C+sweet%2C+spicy+and+hot%21+Especially+when+you+have+one+hot+firefighter+and+a+spicy+Greek+in+the+mix.+%0A%0AAwkard+family+dynamics+combined+with+instant+chemistry+make+watching+Cassie+and+Braden%27s+awakening+mouthwateringly+delicious%21+Sigh...++The+ups.+The+downs.+The+best+laid+plans.+Nothing+can+stop+true+love+blossoming+under+the+watchful+eyes+and+huge+hearts+of+the+Dogmothers.%0A%0ARoxanne+has+packed+so+much+into+this+book+that+at+times+your+head+will+spin.+Read+undisturbed.+Read+it+then+read+it+again.+So+much+to+love.+So+much.+I+absolutely+hated+it+to+end%21%0A%0A5+stars+from+this+reader+and+if+it+were+possible%2C+I%27d+give+it+10%21%21
MaimeosAngelsEL 9 days ago
Not having read Roxanne St Claire before I had no idea what to expect. What a fun and entertaining read this book was. The story was well written and captivating. The characters were extremely likeable and easy to relate to and overall it left me with a smile on my face when I was finished. I fell hard and fast for Braden Mahoney, a firefighter who is heartbroken when his dog Jelly Bean (I just love the name) fails to pass is the canine arson investigator test. When his grandmother suggests he use the services of the new event planner in town Cassie Santorini to help him raise much needed funds for more advanced training for Jelly Bean, Braden jumps on board. Cassie has no intention of staying in Bitter Bark but as she gets to know Braden, she finds herself torn. The chemistry between them is intense but is this blossoming romance worth her throwing her dreams and plans away? I really loved the secondary characters, particularly the grandmothers, who had me in stitches with their meddling. Will Braden and Cassie take a leap of faith and in turn find the happily ever after that they deserve? One click and find out. I loved everything about Hot Under The Collar and cannot wait to read more in the series.
Anonymous 10 days ago
At+the+start%2C+I+was+disappointed.++it+did+not+hold+my+interest.++I+left+it+and+returned+to+it+several+times.++At+one+point+I+thought%3A+%22You+should+have+quit+when+you+were+ahead%22.++Then+it+grabbed+me+and+I+could+not+put+it+down.++You+had+me+worried+at+first%2C+but+you+burst+forth+and+won+with+flying+colors.
Anonymous 11 days ago
absolutely+amazing%21+i+am+so+sad+it+is+over.+but%2C+i+know+that+soon+i+will+have+another.+thank+you%21+this+series+is+going+to+be+wonderful+and+i+can%27t+wait+for+more%21
Cali-Jewel 13 days ago
A truly entertaining, emotionally thrilling and heartwarming adventure filled with lots of loving family and deeply loyal friends.... This story has it all sassy fun matchmaking grandmas, witty banter, passion and heart pounding moments. An exciting read from beginning to end and so fun to read that I just could not put it down. Loved it!
Anonymous 13 days ago
Loved this book! I’ve been waiting for it’s release and wasn’t disappointed, the story is wonderful! I love the Dogmothers and can’t wait for the next book in the series. Thank you Roxie for your writing talent and your love of dogs!!
beckymmoe 14 days ago
So adorable! I have no idea how I missed Roxanne St. Claire's The Dogfather series, but I am HERE for the spin-off series, The Dogmothers! The scheming grandmothers who are going to get all of their grandchildren paired off with a little canine assistance? Yes, please! Braden and Cassie (and Jelly Bean and Jasmine) are easy characters to root for. Honestly, the Dogmothers' job is practically done for them from the beginning--they're already attracted to one another, and it doesn't take much for them to contemplate starting a relationship--real, fake, real/fake; the lines get blurred pretty fast. What does need some work is their minds, though--neither is really sure what they want, even though they're 100% certain that they do. No worries, because the Dogmothers, their able assistant, and not one but two working dogs are on the job :) There's plenty of single family members to go, and dogs galore to help out--the next book is nicely set up in the epilogue, and I for one can't wait! :D Rating: 4 stars / A- I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book.
PennieM 15 days ago
Oh my heart is full with all the goodness now with this spin-off of the DogFather series since Daniel Kilcannon found his second chance at love and now Gramma Finnie and YaiYai Santorini have stepped up as the Dogmothers and have decided it is their duty to make sure their offspring find their happily ever afters. First up are Cassie Santorinin and Braden Mahoney. There have been sparks between these two since they first met and they are happy to fan the attraction but they are clear on there can be nothing long lasting since Cassie is not staying in town as the lights of the Big City are calling to her and Braden doesn't think firefighting and love match. It takes all three big families throwing these two together at every turn and add in, of course, a dog "Jelly Bean" along with all the sparks of chemistry for these two to find their way. This story is the perfect start to this spin-off and even if you haven't read The Dogfather series you will not be lost. I recommend this one and it will go to the top of the re-read list. **Received an ARC for review**
sbart84 15 days ago
A great start to a new series, that will have you laughing out loud with the Dogmothers. Two grandmas, who join forces to get their grandchildren there HEA. Grandma Finnie and Grandma Yiayia work their matchmaking on Braden and Cassie. Cassie has recently moved to Bitter Bark, temporarily to help her mother with her wedding to dogfather, Daniel. Braden, is a firefighter who has a dog, Jellybean that he wants to get to gets certified as an arson dog, but has no sense of smell. Cassie needs a temporary boyfriend, so they work out a pact that they can help each other, not expecting an attraction to develop that they have a hard time fighting off. Once again Roxanne St Claire, has written a wonderful book with characters that I fell in love with love. Had many laugh out and pull at your heart moments. I highly recommend this book!!
Terri_C 16 days ago
This spin-off series from the Dogfather Series may be twice as much fun due to the duo of grandmothers who are taking on the matchmaking for their families. Only St. Claire could have paired an Irish matriarch and a Greek matriarch to come up with two hilarious characters that are willing to work together to find love for their off spring! Both are formidable alone, but in the pairing you've got a backbone of steel and a super strength girdle holding the families together. There's a lot of love in there, but I would not want to cross either of them! Besides lots of family, there is of course love, romance and dogs everywhere. Cassie and Braden were terrific characters sometimes resisting falling in love, and sometimes embracing it head on. Braden's dog, Jelly Bean was intended to be an arson investigation dog, but his sniffer wasn't all it should have been. One of my favorite parts of the book is when he alerts on Cassie for something that is non-incendiary and then develops a distrust of her because of that. It's so funny! This is a great start to a new series. I was given a complimentary copy of this book. All thoughts are my own!
Lindy6 16 days ago
I love Roxanne St. Claire’s books so much! These Dogfather/Dogmother books are pure magic! I love Gramma Finnie, and having the addition of Agnes is wonderful. I love the character of these books. The people are warm, the dogs are perfect, and the town is a person of its own! I was so happy to have the Mahoneys introduced, and now I love the Santorinis as well. More people … more books! PERFECT!
luvluke6t6 16 days ago
received an ARC of Hot Under the Collar by Roxanne St. Claire for an honest review. Rocki is such an amazing story teller once again. I loved the book, and could hardly put it down. Hot Under the Collar is the story of Braden Mahoney and Cassie Santorini, who were introduced at the end of Old Dog New Tricks, the final book in the Dogfather Series. Hot Under the Collar is the first book in the new Dogmother Series, Gramma Finnie and Yiaya (Agnes Santorini) take over for Daniel Kilcannon's the Dogfather as the Dogmothers along with Yiayia's dachshunds, Pygmalion and Galatea (Pygggie and Gala). As sweet and loving as Gramma Finnie is, Yiayia is not. Yiayia recently had a health scare and has to decided to move to Bitter Bark from Florida to be closer to her family, but to not tell her family about it. Gramma Finnie and Yiayia hit it off immediately, and decide to move in together. They decide to make Braden and Cassie their first matchmaking experiment. Cassie catches wind of this and decides to be Braden's pretend boyfriend to find out what is Yiayia's ulterior motive. Yiayia is being too nice, and Cassie wants to figure out what is going on with her. She was always so set on Cassie only dating and marrying someone Greek, so Cassie does not understand why she is encouraging a relationship with Braden. Cassie and Braden agree on a "temporary" relationship, since Braden needs Cassie's expertise in event planning so that he can raise money for extra training for Jelly Bean, his Weimaraner, to pass the canine arson investigator test. Cassie has dreams of living and working in a big city, and Bitter Bark does not fulfill that dream. Braden has ghosts from his past that prevent him from committing to anyone long term. The more Cassie and Braden work together, the closer they get. A new dog, Jasmine (Jazzy), enters the story and Braden uses her for the canine arson investigator test. Cassie gets a job offer for her dream job in Chicago. There are so many surprises and plot twists in the story, that I wasn't sure if Cassie and Braden would get their happily ever after. This book is filled with bittersweet moments and poignant memories, and of course lots of dogs! I love the unlikely hero in the story, who saves the day and a couple of lives. It was an amazing story. So glad the Dogmothers first try at matchmaking was a success. I cannot wait to read the next book in the series, Alex's story and the matchmaking skills of Gramma Finnie and Yiayia.
Akkr04kids 16 days ago
Hot Under the Collar, The Dogmothers Book 1, is a spin off of Roxanne's amazing Dogfather series. In the Dogfather series Daniel Kilcannon, nicknamed the dogfather, orchestrated marring off his six unmarried children. He was planning on doing the same for his nieces and nephews but the love bug hit him as well and he's become preoccupied with the new love of his life. Enter Irish blogger gramma Finnie, Daniels mother, and the new arrival of his oldest sons Greek grandma Yiayia, throw in a couple of cute lovable dogs and a teenage girl and you have the makings of the newest series The Dogmothers. Gramma Finnie and grandma Yiayia couldn't be any different from each other if they tired. Yet they end up coming together to orchestrate marring off anyone with the last name Mahoney, Santorini, or Kilcannon. A very large Irish/Greek family who won't see it coming till it's too late. Their first victims are event planner Cassie Santorini, who has dreams of living in the big city, working in a high-rise building overlooking the world and Firefighter Braden Mahoney, who wants to make his dog, Jellybean, the next arson dog handler of Bitter Bark. Cassie and Braden's story is a fun loving story filled with everything a good book needs to pull you in and not let you go till the end. I can't wait to see what the Gramms have in store for the rest of the unattached, unbeknownst and probably unwilling family members as well.
JuliaAD 16 days ago
This is such a great start to the Dogmothers series. The two grandmas together are a force to be reckoned with. They want to see their grandkids settled and soon. Cassie and Braden had an instant attraction, but have an idea of how their life should be. Cassie doesn't want to stay in a small town and Braden doesn't want to ever get married. He saw how devestated his mother was when his father died. Now that they know each other, they may be thinking of changing their thinking. If the grandmothers have anything to say about it, they will change their thinking.
tsmb02 16 days ago
Wow! What a fun, perfect start to a new spinoff series of The Dogfather. Now that Daniel Kilcannon has found love again, someone else has to step up to be the family matchmaker. Who better than Gramma Finnie? Except she is being joined by Agnes "Yiayia" Santorini....mother-in-law to Daniel's new fiance, Kate....the woman who despises anything that is not Greek. While Yiayia is usually not the nicest person to be around, because of something that happened she is trying to turn over a new leaf and be a nicer person. The Santorini's don't believe for a minute that Yiayia has changed, especially her granddaughter, Cassie Santorini. Too bad The Dogmother's have their sights on matchmaking Cassie and Gramma Finnie's grandson, Braden Mahoney, the hot firefighter. Cassie and Braden have been attracted to each other since the first time they met but they have never acted on their feelings. When The Dogmother's find a way to get Cassie and Braden to spend more time together, they don't mind. In fact they enjoy spending a lot of time together and come to the understanding that it will be only temporary since Cassie has plans to leave and move to a big city. As these two spend more time together, they both start to realize that they want more than just temporary but both of them are afraid to follow through. It will take 3 large families, Kilcannon-Mahoney-Santorini and one adorable Weimaraner, named Jelly Bean to get these two to their happy ending. I just adored Cassie and Braden. Cassie is an event planner with dreams of working in a big city. Braden is a firefighter just like his brothers with dreams of getting his dog Jelly Bean to be an arson dog....too bad the dog is having problems smelling. These two had such great banter together...both of them a little sassy....but both of them perfect! Their chemistry was off the charts because they both just got each other. This was a wonderful story that will make you laugh, make you cry and make you love these two characters.
Bette313 16 days ago
Loved, loved, loved this book and to think it's only the beginning! It was so much fun watching Daniel Kilcannon match up all his offspring but now that Gramma Finnie and YaiYai Santorini are teaming up to try their hand at matchmaking there is sure to be fun and hilarious stories in the future. Nobody is safe from their matchmaking ways especially the Santorini kids! Their first target is Cassie Santorini and local firefighter Braden Mahoney. I have to agree with the grandmothers, these two seem perfect for each other. Their story touched all the emotions and I hated to see the story end. Even if you haven't read the Dogfather series of books you can jump right in with this one and enjoy all the fun loving times. I definitely recommend it.
jstryker 16 days ago
I loved the Dogfather series of Roxanne St. Claire books and was sad when it was completed. Now a new series about the Dogmothers starring the grandmothers – Gramma Finnie and Yiayia is starting and I am joyful again. Oh, this new series is so good. “Hot Under the Collar” is a great start. The book is about two crazy old ladies who want to play matchmaker and pick on firefighter Braden and party planner Cassie as their first pair. There is love, lots of dogs, and plenty of crazy grandma matchmaking antics to make this book a wonderful romp. Also, Ms. St. Claire brings all the feeling of true love to the dialogue whether its parents to children or man to woman. You will thoroughly enjoy this book and I have a feeling we all will love this new series.
ytcruz 16 days ago
This new series, a spin off of the much loved Dogfather series , is a sweet, cute and touching contemporary romance. This time the matchmakers are Agnes/Yaiyai Santorini and Gramma Finnie. Two very different women. One remaking herself and moving into town, and the other one, one with a strong Irish heart. Both wanting to see their grandchildren in love and happy. In this new series,we get a chance to see Gramma Frankie in a new light. The new “victims “ to these matchmakers are Firefighter Braden Mahoney and Cassie Santorini. Neither is interested in a relationship, and are focused on their professions. But need teams them up when Braden needs money for further the training of his beloved dog, Jelly Bean and Cassie helps him with the fund raising. As these two work together, what they thought they wanted in life, might not really be what they want. Will they risk a chance in finding their HEA, or will they stick to their plans and never know what “could have been “? Oh, and wait till you find out who becomes their new member. Looking forward to the next book with the Dogmothers. I was entrusted a copy of this book. The opinions expressed are solely my own.
Lashea677 16 days ago
With so much hate and sorrow in the world, it's a welcome change to lighten the mood and share a bit of love again. There in lies the appeal of the Dogfather and now Dogmothers series. St. Claire reminds the world that with a little bit of hope and understanding, love can build a bridge of healing. Hot Under the Collar is a new beginning for a wonderful series. The citizens of Bitter Bark are back to bring a smile to your face and put a little love in your heart. Matchmaking has a couple of different faces and number of new targets are within sight. I always have fun this great group of characters take center stage.