Series: K-9 Rescue #1
Author: D.D. Ayres
Published: Aug 26/14 by St. Martin's Paperbacks
Genre: romantic suspense
Synopsis from Goodreads:
For Shay Appleton, it’s love at first sight when a gorgeous stray dog is brought into the animal shelter where she works. She just knows he’ll make a terrific watch dog—and with an abusive ex who won’t let go, she needs all the protection she can get. But Shay never suspected that her new pet is actually a trained police K-9 named Bogart—until Bogart’s even more gorgeous, human partner shows up on her doorstep.
Officer James Cannon is one tall, strong alpha male who’s convinced that Shay stole his dog. But once he gets closer to the suspect, he realizes that this stubborn, independent woman not only needs a guard dog, she needs James as well. It seems that someone from her past is stalking her, and threatening her life. When danger meets desire, will James risk his career and his best friend…to protect the woman who’s stolen his heart?
The characters in this story were one of a kind. The male lead, a steamy alpha cop with a dog, was priceless. He didn’t necessarily have everything right, but he worked to get it that way. His loyalty to those he cared about was admirable without being over the top. I both admire and feel for the female lead. She’s had so many things go wrong for her, but no one believes her. Her sense of self preservation and her strength of character are defining, both to her character and the story as a whole. I love that Bogart is an actual character in this story. He’s not just a pet who causes trouble or gives comfort. He is an honest to goodness player in the story. Ayres also highlights the many strengths of working K-9s. It not only draws you to Bogart, but helps develop the story as a whole.
This novel has it all. It’s exciting, suspenseful, hot as sin (without being crass), and even romantic. I couldn’t put it down!