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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* A review copy was provided by the author for the Blog Tour *

~ 5 MG Stars ~

Well Juliette Poe has done it again. She gave us another GREAT addition to her Sex and Sweet Tea Series.

Barking Up the Wrong Tree is the third book in her interconnected standalone series. Each book can be completely enjoyed without reading the previous books, but being that we are following one family and the people they love, my suggestion would be to read these books in order.

I am absolutely in love with this softer side of Sawyer Bennett. She gives us just the right combination of sweet and sexy to make these books just melt into your soul. She really makes me want to live in Whynot, NC and to be friends or a member of the Mancinkus family.

Barking Up the Wrong Tree is a standalone novel told in Dual POV and is an opposites attract love story. This is a complete story with NO cliffhanger. The storyline is fun and entertaining. This is the perfect book to read at the beach or sitting by the pool. the characters are relatable and lovable. This book isn’t filled with a lot of drama or angst, which I have come to find refreshing. This book isn’t also overloaded with sexy time scenes. It’s just enough to let you imagination run away with the characters 😉

In this book we follow the story of Laken and Jake. Laken is one of the twins in the Mancinkus family. She is Whynot’s local vet. Jake is the city boy who has purchased a farm in Whynot for financial and personal reasons. What he wasn’t expecting was to come into town and find out that his foreman has quit and his goats have gotten loose. That’s right….he bought a goat farm. So looking for help he wanders into Chesty’s (the local watering hole) looking for someone to help corral his goats. Enter Laken….

What happens from here is a journey of two people who would never normally be matched up finding a way to make it work. I loved watching both Jake and Laken open their hearts to new possibilities. Jake is your typical swoony Sawyer Bennett Hero and I absolutely fell hard for him. Laken is your sassy, stand on her own heroine, who has some serious trust issues, due to a past relationship that hurt her. I thought they were a great match. My only complaint about this book, was I would’ve liked to get an epilogue….I felt that the end of the story was kind of abrupt and I wanted just a little more. Hopefully as the remaining books come out we will see more of Jake and Laken and how their story turns out.

I liked that we got to see some of the other past characters from the previous books, but they truly were in the background of the story. I liked getting to know Larken (Laken’s twin) a little more. I also liked that we met some new characters and I think I know who the next book will be about and I look forward to their story!!!

I would recommend this book to anyone who is a fan of Sawyer Bennett’s. You are going to want to see this side of her writing. This is the perfect read for anyone who is looking for a quick, sweet, and spicy read to leave you with a smile on your face.









Juliette Poe is the sweet and swoony alter ego of New York Times Best Selling author, Sawyer Bennett.

A fun-loving southern girl, Juliette knows the allure of sweet tea, small towns, and long summer nights, that some of the best dates end sitting on the front porch swing, and that family is top priority. She brings love in the south to life in her debut series, Sex & Sweet Tea.

When Juliette isn’t delivering the sweetest kind of romance, she’s teaching her southern belle daughter the fine art of fishing, the importance of wearing Chucks, and the endless possibilities of a vivid imagination.


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