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.Primal Force by D. D. Ayres
Series: K-9 Rescue #9
Published by St. Martin's Paperbacks on September 1, 2015
Genres: Romantic Suspense
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Passion is always worth fighting for…
Jori Garrison trains dogs for Warrior Wolf Pack, which provides service animals for disabled veterans. Four years ago, she was wrongly convicted of a crime—thanks to her no-good ex-fiancé. Now she just wants to live her life in peace with her beloved dogs. No men, no complications. But it’s hard to play it cool when a lethally hot male is on her tail—and the attraction is fierce, mutual, and dangerous…
Lauray "Law" Batisse is a Military Police veteran who was wounded in Afghanistan. Haunted by the loss of his K-9 partner in combat, he’s reluctant to accept a service dog named Samantha into his life. But once he meets her trainer—the gorgeous Jori Garrison—he can’t fight his primal instincts. And neither can Jori. This sexy alpha male might be the only man strong enough to unleash her desires. And when unseen enemies start hunting them down, he and his new K-9 partner might be her only hope… to survive.
Jori Garrison is a K-9 trainer of service dogs for vets with PTSD who is assigned to work with Lauray (Law) Battise. Law is a tough, rude, surly Cajun/Native American who’s now an Arkansas State Trooper. He’s a loner and she’s finding her way after a rough setback.
Strange to have liked a story so much where I disliked the main character as much as I did! Law redeemed himself somewhat by the end but was a turnoff for most of the book. Here’s a “dead ringer” for him (based on his description) and he’s what kept me into the character:
I liked Jori Garrison but at times thought she was bordering on being Law’s doormat. But, when I pictured her as Evangeline Lilly and reprised her in her role in Lost, she began to make sense to me (remember how many chances she gave Sawyer?). She’s also grappling with some really tough issues and baggage from her past.
There was quite a bit more regarding the K-9 training in this story, which I LOVED! My attraction to this series was for this reason and the dogs’ stories dominate. And, as an added treat, we got one of the dog’s point of view. Samantha (Sam) is trained as a service dog for vets suffering from PTSD and she loves her Alpha (Law). It’s a completely different perspective and was quite educational. I guess that’s why I hung in there with Law as he had a serious case and, aside from his behavior in relationships, there was much about him to admire (*she says grudgingly*).
Really good story even if the romance was challenging. It’s a must read if you’re interested in K-9 rescue and service animals.
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