REVIEW TOUR: 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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The best thing about a small town, especially one as rural as Whynot, North Carolina, is the camaraderie of its citizens and the slower paced lifestyle that allows them to not take the little things in life for granted, prioritizing the people and things that matter most, understanding the value of having family close, and focusing on what they want to do and who they want to be.

Whynot is a place where people embrace the quieter, tamer life of the country and it’s a setting that the Mancinkus’ siblings want to be and return to because of their family but also because it offers them a life worth living, and even though Laken is hesitant to start anything with Jake when he comes to town, she also knows that he might just be worth the risk because he acclimates to life on a farm quite well.

One of the things I find most interesting about the main characters of this series is that most of them have lived big city lifestyles and gave those up to return to a place that feels like home, which is a fact for some, but it also expresses the feelings that develop in being in an area like Whynot because it’s a place that allows them to breathe freely and to appreciate everything around them.

Whynot and its inhabitants are absolute charmers and that idea is effortlessly explored through Laken and Jake’s story not only by the man Jake becomes when he’s on his newly purchased farm with Laken and his goats, but through his interaction with the townspeople and his new perspective when he travels back to Chicago for business. The dynamics between Laken and Jake definitely evolve throughout the story, even though Laken doesn’t want to acknowledge that fact, but as time progresses and their interactions become more than just physical, it’s easy to see that they belong together even if their living dynamics are a point of contention for a relationship more than sex.

Once again, Pap is front and center in Laken and Jake’s story, but what’s also interesting is how a dog’s ruminations about his owner and a baby goat’s unnatural attachment to her owner illustrates just how special Whynot and its crazy and amazing people are.

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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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