I received this book for free from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Irresistible Force by D. D. Ayres
Series: K-9 Rescue #1
Published by St. Martin's Press on August 26, 2014
Genres: Romantic Suspense
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When adrenaline runs high, so does the force of desire…
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?
I’m not sure who I liked more…James or his K-9 partner, Bogart. No matter as they both kept me in the story.
A bit of background
It starts right off at full speed when Officer James Cannon tracks his “stolen” partner near an isolated cabin in the woods of North Carolina. Bogart’s with Shay Appleton and the showdown between the three isn’t pretty.
Once they figure out each other’s situation, James gets Bogart back but not before he realizes that Shay seemed to need him for more than companionship. His instincts have him checking on her before returning home and it was just in time.
What works, what doesn’t
The suspense level is high as there are two ex’s behaving VERY badly. James is truly an alpha male and tries to help Shay but she’s a woman who’s prefers to handle herself. While admirable it got in the way of the romance as she crosses the line into unreasonable. I enjoyed the story and the excitement but had a tough time understanding or “getting” Shay. When the romance was working, it worked well. When it wasn’t, it leapt off the cliff.
Bogart? The real hero. One of the major highlights was learning a lot about K-9 training and the importance of the relationship with the dog’s handler/partner. This dog was special and literally saves the day. It’s worth reading this story just for this aspect, which was why I was selected the series.
The bottom line
I loved the excitement of the story, along with the K-9 component. Though the romance was a challenge because of Shay’s erratic, sometimes bizarre behavior, I liked her. I definitely plan to continue the series.
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