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Mad Dog and Annie (Sweet Home Carolina Book 5)

Mad Dog and Annie (Sweet Home Carolina Book 5) [Kindle Edition]

Virginia Kantra
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"At one time MAD DOG AND ANNIE thought they'd have a future together, but he left town and she married his best friend. Now the sinfully sexy policeman unexpectedly returns and once again looks in her direction. Years of abuse from her soon-to-be-ex have made the single mom wary of love. Well-developed characters, strong emotions and good romantic tension blend beautifully in this first-rate Virginia Kantra offering." –RT Book Reviews

Bad boy Maddox “Mad Dog” Palmer has loved Annie Barclay since they were kids. But when she married his high school teammate, golden boy Rob Cross, Maddox backed off and moved away. Now he’s back in town, and Ann is in trouble, threatened by both her abusive ex-husband and the law.

Tender-hearted Ann is fighting for a new life and custody of her young son. She has enough on her plate without a burned out, big city cop reigniting an old flame or reminding her of the girl she used to be. Maddox tempts her beyond her safe boundaries. But can the first man who made Ann feel desire teach her to love again?

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Praise for "emotionally compelling" New York Times bestselling author Virginia Kantra:

"Virginia Kantra is back where we want her, writing fantastic contemporary romance." –Rendezvous

"I'm a long time Virginia Kantra fan girl because every time I read one of her books, she reminds me why I read romance." –JoAnn Ross, New York Times bestselling author

"Kantra has to be the only romance author I've read whose characters are as rich as those of Nora Roberts." –The Romance Reader

"I have read and enjoyed all of Virginia Kantra's books. One thing for sure, her heroes are some of the best in the business. They are strong and tender with a protective and nurturing streak and a deep commitment to family - all traits that I love." –All About Romance
Snatching a couple of dirty glasses, Ann got busy, got moving, got her mind off Rob’s latest threats and Mitchell’s outgrown sneakers and the things she did and should have done with Maddox Palmer back in high school.

No regrets, she reminded herself. Figure out what has to be done now, and do it. After nine years of having the spunk and the tar whaled out of her, initiative still came hard. But she was learning, she thought with satisfaction. In the past year, she’d had to learn.

The cheery little bell over the door summoned her back to the hostess station. She grabbed a menu and a smile to welcome the new customer and then stopped dead and let both of them slide.

It was him. Maddox Palmer, in the flesh. In jeans, she corrected herself, and a tan T-shirt that almost matched the color of his skin. She squeezed the menu tighter. This time the Cutler grapevine was right. He was handsomer than ever.

He had to be over thirty now, big and broad and somehow harder. Solid. His face had a lot more lines. Well, he was three years older than her, though only two years ahead in school. He’d been kept back in first grade, she remembered, the year his mama died. He had thick brown hair that his new short cut couldn’t tame and hooded eyes that still saw right through her, and a juvenile-delinquent slouch that made him look tough and ready to react to whatever punch life threw at him. He dangled a cigarette between two fingers of his right hand, and he still had that not-a-dimple in his chin that tempted every good girl to press a finger to it.

Ann damned the way her heart speeded up just at the sight of him. She’d given up Big, Bad and Dangerous to Know almost a year ago.

He smiled crookedly. “Hey, Annie.”

Like they were just passing in the hall in high school. Like he’d never shared gum or secrets with her on the school bus or filched cookies from her mother’s kitchen or stood up for her on the playground.

Like he’d never grappled with her in the back seat of his father’s unmarked police car and then walked right past her locker the

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 462 KB
  • Print Length: 256 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Virginia Kantra; 2 edition (28 Oct 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B009YMT4BG
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  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #177,688 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5.0 out of 5 stars LOVED THIS 24 Jun 2014
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This is my first Virgina Kantra novel and I absolutely LOVED it.
The characters jump off the page. And Mad Dog is a Dog - he's a wonderfully flawed, sexy hero.
There's nothing quite like finding a new favourite author.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent story 11 Aug 2013
By Gillian
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I have really enjoyed all Virginia Kantra's books apart from the supernatural stories. Her characters are well defined and believable,
I do hope she will publish some more as I am a definite customer!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Another Kantra Winner! 5 Dec 2000
By Holly Fuhrmann - Published on
Annie's got a felony conviction, an almost ex-husband who's out to get her and tried to murder her best friend, and a young son she'd do anything to protect. She doesn't need one more complication in her life. Yet, when Maddox "Mad Dog" Palmer, walks into town, complication is just what she's got. He's asking questions, looking for answers. But does he want the truth, or is he just out to help her ex-husband shut her up? Annie and Maddox work to come to terms with their pasts and forge a future that includes each other.
Virginia Kantra tells another emotional story of love in Mad Dog and Annie!
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Virginia Kantra Does It Again -- 31 Dec 2000
By Barbara O'Neill - Published on
Over a decade has passed since Ann Barclay Cross and Maddox Palmer had shared the same town of Cutler, North Carolina. Now, dark circumstances have brought Maddox back to Cutler and Ann, dealing with her own dark problems is wary of letting Maddox close again, physically and emotionally. In the process of extricating herself from a highly abusive husband, attempting to clear her name from a felony conviction, and being a good mother to her son, Ann has enough on her hands without letting Maddox into her life again.
Maddox, on medical leave from the Atlanta police force (following a devastating and tragic altercation), has no intention of letting Ann crawl into herself and hide. He sees firsthand the physical and emotional ravage inflicted on Ann by her slime-ball ex-husband, Rob, and by the snide and hurtful attitude the citizens of Cutler (including his own father, the police chief) have toward Ann and vows to right it all.
Virginia Kantra has done it again--written a story of two everyday people fighting to overcome the odds Fate has tossed them while hesitating to acknowledge the history they have between them or the future they might have together. The reader will be moved to revulsion by how Rob Cross attacks his ex-wife and their son. In the end, I'm glad Rob was treated to some pain. Although not nearly enough to make up for what he'd done to Annie, the fact that she 'got' him with a toy was somehow quite fitting.
Highly recommended.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyed! 26 Dec 2000
By Carol A. Strickland - Published on
(Actually, that's four and a half stars up there.) I wish covers would note -- honestly -- that a reader won't be able to set down a particular book. I'd have started this one earlier in the day and my eyes wouldn't have been so bleary the next. It's a short book that doesn't meander into subplot and keeps its focus directly on the lead characters, who have full lives and mesh well. In particular I was drawn to Annie, the abused wife who has with this volume undergone therapy. It was fascinating to watch her taking her lessons to heart and refashioning her life. The way her son adapts to their new life was also an emotional rollercoaster. There was the slightest of problems with head-hopping early in the book, but it didn't last long. Overall, this is a real page-turner with extremely likeable characters, a serious villain who is not hokey, and a wonderful attitude about changing your life for the better. Looking forward to Virginia's next book!
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Very Good 12 Dec 2000
By Anna Volk - Published on
I was pleasantly surprised when I picked up this book when I got home and finding out it was the 4th book in the MacNeill series. Annie is an abused woman who was forced to steal money from her best friend whom she works for. Her soon to be ex-husband is an abusive baby faced pull the wool over everyones eyes star quarterback(when in high school) Enter one bad boy cop on leave who has always been expected to cover said Quarterbacks back but in this case he is out to protect the woman he has always loved and left to give a chance to grow up. I absolutely loved Mad Dog. If you like Protective ,bad boys this book is for you. Great read and you also get to visit Con and Val from previous book. This book will stand on it's own so if you haven't read about those gorgeous MacNeills, don't worry you'll still understand about Mad Dog & Annie.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Book Great Series 19 Sep 2013
By Debbie Brooks - Published on
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This was a heartwarming book about spousal abuse and learning to love and trust again. The book was fantastic from start to finish pand I was on the edge of my seat until the abusive and manipulative ex- husband got his dues. You won't be disappointed - read this book

The rest of the series was also fantastic. Every book was terrific with very different life stories but each one heart warming and thought provoking. The most powerful was Patrick MacNeill with unconditional love and dedication to his son. A beautiful read!
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