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.Force of Attraction by D. D. Ayres
Series: K-9 Rescue #2
Published by St. Martin's Paperbacks on March 31, 2015
Genres: Romantic Suspense
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A seasoned K-9 officer with the police in Maryland, Cole Jamison has left her old life behind her. With a new home and a new partner—a protective canine named Hugo—Cole is ready for fresh challenges. A crucial position on an important drug task force is exactly what she wants…until she discovers her gorgeous, infuriating ex-husband will be the DEA agent in charge.
Agent Scott Lucca may be a pro when it comes to undercover assignments, but this job is daunting even for him. Posing as a happy couple on the dog competition circuit means he and Cole need to get a lot closer than they’ve been in years. Playing a live-in couple should seem like a walk in the park compared to tracking a brutal criminal, but suddenly nothing could be more dangerous than the passionate fire they’ve rekindled...
K-9 Officer Nicole (Cole) Jamieson gets a big surprise when she discovers the DEA task force she’s asked to join will be headed by her ex-husband, Scott Lucca. It’s an undercover assignment requiring them to be a couple. Too bad their marriage ended in a spectacularly bad way.
A bit of background
Scott’s now a DEA K-9 Officer, too, after having worked SWAT
and deeply undercover. His undercover role is what killed his marriage (and I mean killed). His K-9 partner is a chocolate Lab named Izzy. Cole’s partner is a Bouvier des Flandres (yes, I had to Google the breed) named Hugo.
What I enjoyed
The K-9 aspect of this series continues to be the highlight. I learn something more with each book and because the undercover operation focused on the canines, they were front and center. Hugo had to participate in competitions and that was just fascinating.
It wasn’t all about the dogs, though, as Cole and Scott’s relationship was combustible…before, during and after their marriage. He’s as complicated as they come, making the romance unusually interesting. Nothing was easy with these two and it was a mature, realistic path to their reuniting. I liked that it was hard and unpredictable. Overlaying the tension coming from a seriously scary biker from Scott’s old undercover role, this was a most interesting story.
What drove me nuts
Nicole’s insane number of names. Everyone calls her Cole except for Scott who calls her Nikki. When she goes undercover she becomes Noel. Yes, I got confused often.
The bottom line
I love how the K-9 aspect of the stories are true to this series. It is about them and their handlers. The suspense was pretty high with a really exciting climax. Scott and Cole’s romance was tough and I liked getting both of their points of view. I’m still enjoying the series and this one’s the best so far.
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