Laken and Jake tries to make a long distance relationship work in ‘Barking Up the Wrong Tree’ by Juliette Poe

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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This series does it again. Poe is able to bring you down to the South and make you want to find a good ole southern love story. Laken and Jake love to blur the lines of professional and romantic relationship. Laken is helping Jake with his new farm but what they don’t expect is falling in love with one another.

Jake is a Yankee who falls for the life that is in the South. And considering how the last few books went, it seems to be a running theme for the stories.

What I loved the most about this series is the styles and different choices she makes in the stories. For example last book, Poe played along with the rumors that tend to spread in a small Southern town. This story we get to see the point of view of Laken’s dog. I found it funny and entertaining in its own way.

Having lived here in the South for a few years after living in North for 90% of my life, I can see the appeal. It’s got a certain of love and romance and the fact that these kinds of stories come out of here only makes you want it even more.

While the story is quick and to the point, it’s not one that is going to cause some big emotional attachment, at least from my end, but it was a fun and enjoyable read.

Rating: C

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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