Leader of the Pack - Roxanne St. Claire

Leader of the Pack

By Roxanne St. Claire

  • Release Date: 2017-07-21
  • Genre: Contemporary
Score: 4.5
From 27 Ratings


The Dogfather is a brand new contemporary romance series from New York Times bestselling author Roxanne St. Claire celebrating what she loves most: hot guys, great dogs, big families...and true love. And a portion of the proceeds from every book in the series will be donated to the Alaqua Animal Refuge in the author's home state of Florida!


Very few things ruffle K-9 trainer Liam Kilcannon. Stoic and steady, he has the patience and skill to transform a harmless puppy into a highly protective “schutzhund,” and the quiet strength to lead his five younger siblings through the storms of life. A former Marine who doesn’t waste words or squander emotions, Liam is also a man who very much wanted to spend his life with one special woman by his side. He found her… and lost her. And Liam won’t ever let himself slide down the Andi Rivers Slippery Slope to Misery again. But when his father tells him Andi’s house has been broken into, he doesn’t hesitate to offer her his beloved protection dog, a decision that will put them in close and constant contact.

Architect and single mom Andi Rivers knows nothing in life is certain, having first-hand experience with unexpected changes and tragedies that upended her world. Determined to protect her deeply shy little boy from another heartache, she’s vowed to stay single and unattached no matter how long and lonely her nights might be. Hesitant to take Liam’s dog at first, she soon changes her mind when an estranged relative launches a campaign to take custody of  little Christian. A dog won’t be enough…Andi needs a family to protect her son.  When the Kilcannon clan moves into action, the solution they offer is drastic but perfect.  Liam and Jag are there to protect Andi’s home and child…but what will protect their hearts from the risk of falling in love – and failing – one last time?

The Dogfather Series
Daniel Kilcannon is known as “The Dogfather” for a reason.   It’s not just his renowned skills as a veterinarian, his tremendous love of dogs, or the fact that he has turned his homestead in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains into a world class dog training and rescue facility. Just ask his six grown children who run Waterford Farm for him, and they’ll tell you that their father’s nickname is due to his uncanny ability to pull a few strings to get what he wants. And what he wants is for his four sons and two daughters to find the kind of life-changing love he had with his dearly departed wife, Annie.  This old dog has a few new tricks…and he’ll use them to see his pack all settled into their happily ever afters!

Watch for the whole series coming in 2017 and 2018!


  • Great second chance romance

    By Debbie Rice
    If you haven’t read this series you should start NOW this is Andi and Liam’s story,and they have a history Liam has loved Andi a long time,but she was with her sons father,there is a little suspense as Christians father isn’t who he is he faked his death because he’s hiding from bad guys, can Liam and Andi find what they want each other well you will have to read and find out.
  • Leader of the Pack

    By Oma72
    Texas Lady: Loved this amazing, heart warming book. But the Dogfather Series is one of the best I've ever read. Truly love all of Roxanne St Claire's books, but think this series tops them all. This is the type of series you read over and over again. Thank you Roxanne for the hours and hours of entertainment your books provide.
  • Leader of the Pack, Leads the Pack!

    By BBQ griller
    Roxanne St. Claire has done it again! I LOVE the Leader of the Pack! It might truly be my favorite book! It is such a poignant and bittersweet love story. I love a great love story. I love the Kilcannon family and Bitter Bark, NC. Leader of the Pack is Liam Kilcannon's story, the oldest Kilcannon, at almost forty years old, he is the leader of the pack. Liam is a former Marine, and current K-9 trainer at Waterford. Liam has been in love with Andrea (Andi) Rivers from the moment he saw her and dated her three years ago. At the time the father of Andi's young son, Christian, wanted to be part of his life. And I felt that it was only right to give a life with Jefferson (Jeff) Scott a chance. One year later, Jeff dies in a car accident and Andi decides to on,y be 100% committed to raising her son as a single mother. Fast forward two years, Jeff's mother, Nadine died and left Christian a trust fund worth six million dollars. Jeff's sister, Nora is going to battle Andi for full custody of Christian claiming she is an unfit mother, so she can control the trust fund. The Dogfather comes up with a solution, Andi can marry Liam, whom he has not so secretly been trying to get together. Once the threat of the custody battle has been resolved, Andi and Liam can have their marriage annulled. The surprise wedding can take place after the engagement party for Jessie and Garrett and Chloe and Shane. Just when I thought that Andi and Liam would live happily ever after with Christian and Jag, the German Shepherd,Rocki throws in a surprise major plot twist. Who doesn't love a surprise plot twist! The plot twist gets resolved, and they get their happily ever after. Cannot wait for Molly's story.
  • Loved Liam and Andi

    By Cali Jewel
    Entertaining, exciting, action packed, sweetly sexy second chance romance with a small twist of mystery. Loved all the family banding together to help protect and stop the danger. K-9 trainer Liam Kilcannon is the quiet, strong, driven and emotionally hidden alpha make type. His family jokes he loves dogs more than people. Architect and single mom Andi Rivers is sweet, sassy and in need of protection for her 6 year old son from a greedy family member that wants to take him for the inheritance. She is also the only woman Liam thought once upon a time was his one true love until she broke his heart years ago leaving him for the father of her son. Perfectly engaging and captivating reading.
  • Lead the Way

    By savsandy
    "Leader of the Pack" the third book in The Dogfather series is another blue ribbon winner by Roxanne St. Claire. This is Liam's story. Eldest of the Kilcannon children, distinguished K-9 trainer and former Marine, Liam is more comfortable with his canine charges than with people. He's reticent but when he speaks, it's worth hearing. Liam's been in love with architect Andi Rivers since he first met her and her then 3 year old son, Christian. Now, three years later, Liam's love is still unrequited but when Andi reappears on his radar after a mysterious break-in, Liam wants to protect her and her son. She wants to upgrade the locks and Liam also offers her his personal protection dog Jag, who holds a special place in his heart. The bonds form quickly between child and dog and when an estranged relative suddenly appears wanting to take Christian from his mother, the Kilcannon family circles the wagons. Andi is awed by the unquestioning loyalty and devotion of their family and she begins to consider letting Liam take up residence in her heart too. The plot is strong, continuing the Kilcannon saga in a well written romantic suspense. This is what Ms St Claire does best; with heartfelt emotions that run the gamut, family, and characters you can believe in, love with, grieve with, cry with, rejoice in and enjoy.
  • The Andi Rivers Slippery Slope to Misery

    By TR / Blonde Betty
    Roxanne St. Claire’s latest Dogfather book, Leader of the Pack, brings us the story of the oldest Kilcannon, Liam. Another older hero! Huzzah! With Liam’s story, St. Claire gives us insight into the Dogfather himself’s love story with his beloved Annie. Hint: things were not as idyllic as they seemed, at least not in the beginning. Liam has spent his life taking care of others and now trains dogs to do the same. Not surprisingly, he meets his match in architect Andrea Rivers, who is convinced she doesn’t need anyone. The push / pull between Andi and Liam is fun to watch. Liam wears her down, just by paying attention and listening; something Andi doesn’t quite know what to do with. Lovers of St. Claire’s suspense will enjoy the mystery that unfolds towards the end. I’m not sure which part of this book I loved the best. I think perhaps the sum of all the parts which makes the perfect whole. I voluntarily reviewed an ARC of this novel.
  • Wonderful Story

    By Eileen A-W
    I loved Leader of the Pack by Roxanne St.Claire even though it tugged at my heartstrings. Again a perfect title for this wonderful and emotional story, but it doesn’t quite describe what you might expect. This is the third book in her Dogfather series but each book is a stand long read. This is Liam Kilcannon and Andi Rivers’ story. Liam is the oldest, a former marine, where he trained dogs and he now continues training K-9 dogs. Andi Rivers is an architect and single mom who is hesitant to open her heart to a man. However, when Andi needs help protecting her son the Kilcannon family jumps at the chance to help them. Yet, Andi is very unsure of opening her heart to Liam and falling in love while Liam is afraid to let himself slide down the Andi Rivers Slippery Slope to Misery again. These two need to learn to trust and love each other. I loved Andi’s son, Christian, a mini-Liam, shy, quiet and inquisitive. I truly loved reading this book. Ms. St. Claire is a wonderful story teller and she seems to always draw me into her books, making me forget the world around me. 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.
  • Heartfelt Romane

    By SBart79
    Loved this story of Liam and Andi. Andi broke Liam's heart once but is she willing let him Liam in again. Andi needs protection from her deceased son's father's family so the Kilcannon family offers Jag, the fierce dog the Liam has trained but is it enough to keep them safe. A heartfelt romance, with the love of the Kilcannon family, a boy with his best friend, Jag and a little suspense will keep you turning the pages. My favorite quote that ties the whole book together, "Once they find their fated mate, they won't settle for less". I highly recommend this book along with the rest of the Dogfather books. All stand alone but all involve the Kilcannon Clan, love them!!
  • Great Book!

    By Scoop you
    I couldn't put this book down. The way Liam trained his dogs, and the way he handled his affection for Adie and Christian, was very touching! This series is a must to read! Can't wait for the next book!
  • Great second chance story!

    By tsmb02(Sue G.)
    At almost 40 years old, Liam Kilcannon is the oldest child of Daniel Kilcannon. Liam is a former marine who now handles the K-9 training of the dogs at Waterford Farm, along with the elite schutzhund training. The family has always joked that Liam likes dogs better than people! Liam doesn't show much emotions and the one time he let his walls down and thought he found "the one", his heart was crushed into a million pieces when she left him for the father of her son who recently showed back up. Andi Rivers was falling in love with Liam when all of a sudden Jeff Scott, the father of her son, came back into their lives wanting to be a father. Even though Andi was never in love with Jeff, she decided to give him a chance. Now it has been two years since Jeff was killed in a car accident and Andi has her sights on Liam. Being a single, working mom, Andi is just looking for some "fun" time, but when Liam realizes that is all that Andi wants he turns her down because he really wants more....MUCH more. Andi's afraid to bring another man into her 6 year old son Christian's life because he was so affected when he lost his father that she couldn't bear her son going through that hurt again. When someone breaks into Andi's house, Daniel Kilcannon "Dogfather's" his way into getting Liam to convince Andi that she needs a dog for protection. Liam's current trainee, Jag would be perfect. Jag hasn't quite reached full schutzhund level training but he is close and he would be perfect for the job. When an estranged relative shows up, informing Andi that Christian will be inheriting 6 million dollars because Jeff's mother has passed away, the relative also informs Andi that she will be fighting for adoption of the child. This bit of news spooks Andi to the point that she looks to Liam for help. This is where the fun begins!!!!! The entire Kilcannon group bands together in their over-the-top, laugh out loud ways and by the end of their plan, it looks like Andi and Liam are going to get married because it would help the adoption case. Of course, Liam would do anything for Andi, even going so far as to pretend to be in love wanting to quickly get married. As Liam and Andi start to spend more time together, the pretending doesn't seem so hard anymore. When danger starts lurking around Andi's house, Liam and Jag are at the ready. It was really interesting to see how these types of dogs are trained to behave. After a great "didn't see that one coming" reveal, all hell breaks loose. This was such a great romance of second chances with a really great little mystery added in. I really liked Andi. She was such a hard working, single mom that you just couldn't help but wish that her and Liam get back together. And I really just adored Liam. He was one of these quiet, silent types who you think really don't have many emotions, but you quickly realize that he is just exploding with emotions. The scene with his dad in his dad's bedroom was sooooo emotional and I just loved it. Overall another awesome story with such a great, fun family!