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Ruff Around the Edges - Roxanne St. Claire

Aidan Kilcannon thought he would be in the Army for life, but when his best friend, Charlie Spencer, is killed in action, his plans change.  As Charlie is dying, he makes Aidan promise to get his dog Ruff back to Bitter Bark and to take care of him.  Wanting to honor his best friend's dying wish, Aidan calls his dad, Daniel "The Dogfather" Kilcannon for help.  Once Ruff arrives in Bitter Bark, Daniel informs his son that there is a paper stating that the dog was left to Charlie's sister, Rebecca "Beck" Spencer.  

Charlie and Beck were raised by her Aunt Sarah and Uncle Mike when their parents were killed in a car accident.  It just so happens that Beck is here staying in Bitter Bark for awhile because her Uncle Mike had a stroke and he and Aunt Sarah need help running their pizza place Slice of Heaven.  Aidan reluctantly takes Ruff over to Beck because he doesn't have any proof that Aidan wanted him to have the dog.  Ruff is a big, rambunctious, bad dog and Aidan is hoping Beck will change her mind once she sees him.  Unfortunately, Beck is just as stubborn as Aidan and she wants Ruff to help her heal over the loss of her brother, just as Aidan does.

As Beck and Aidan spend more time together between making pizza at Slice of Heaven or dealing with Ruff, sparks start to fly.  These two souls who both feel lost in a new life that they weren't expecting to have, start to form a strong bond.  Aidan is all ready to jump feet first into something more serious but Beck has reservations because everyone she has ever loved has died.  It takes a serious leap of faith for these two to get to their happy ending, but they finally do in such a great way.

As always, I just adore Roxanne St. Clair's books.  She has wonderful characters that go on such an emotional journey together to get to their happy ending.  Aidan is just a sweet, sexy military man and Beck is sweet, friendly and just wants a big family again.  Read this book, you will not regret it.