Barking Up the Wrong Tree (Sex and Sweet Tea # 3)

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.


BARKING UP THE WRONG TREE is the third book in the Sex and Sweet Tea series, a series where each book can be read as a stand-alone.

I liked Jake and Laken, and I loved their chemistry in the beginning. Jake is a no-nonsence, take-charge kind of guy, and Laken has a take-no-shit attitude that puts Jake in his place several times throughout the story. Frustration, attraction and sex make an exciting combination.

I loved the first half of the story, but I felt a little let down by the second half. When their sex-only arrangement morphed into a relationship, their connection started to fizzle out, because their wants and desires didn’t match up anymore. On top of that, the conflict appeared and was resolved very quickly in the final pages of the story.

BARKING UP THE WRONG TREE comes with a HEA and is told not only in Jake and Laken’s POVs, but also in Pap’s and Herman’s POVs. Herman is Laken’s dog, and yes, you get to hear his thoughts on what’s going on, and it was adorable. All the sex is behind closed doors, so you’ll have to use your imagination when it comes to Jake and how good he is in bed. We were introduced to Darby, who is Jake’s ex sister-in-law, and she’ll be getting the next story— PRETTY AS A PEACH—along with Colt.

Barking Up the Wrong Tree (Sex and Sweet Tea # 3)

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