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.Rival Forces by D. D. Ayres
Series: K-9 Rescue #4
Published by St. Martin's Paperbacks on May 3, 2016
Genres: Romantic Suspense
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When it comes to training K-9 patrol dogs, Yardley Summers always trusts her instincts. But when it comes to dating men, she keeps her heart on a very short leash. Mostly, she’s too busy with her four-legged trainees at Harmonie Kennels to commit to a relationship. Only two men have managed to distract her: a handsome Doctors Without Borders physician who’s suddenly gone missing—and the red-hot dog trainer from her past who’s suddenly back in her life…
Now a K-9 rescue team leader, Kye McGarren has never forgotten the days he trained at Yardley’s camp—or the nights he spent in her arms. When he hears that Yardley is on a mission to find the missing doctor, Kye is determined to keep her out of danger. With his K-9 partner by his side, he joins Yardley on a death-defying mission—one that reignites their mutual passion. Will Kye be able to rescue his romantic rival…without losing the woman he loves?
One of the things I wanted from this series is to learn more about the K-9 service and it has delivered magnificently! So, I’ll talk about the two K-9 stars first.
Kye’s K-9 service dog is Lily, a toller (a breed I’d never heard of before this story). She’s used purely for detection and rescue; she wouldn’t hurt a flea. The breed also has an unusual wail that sounds like a shrieking human cry. Here’s a link to a video where you can hear for yourself: Toller Scream.
Yardley’s K-9 is Oleg, a Czech wolfhound she’s giving reinforcement training who was originally trained by it’s owner but smacks of covert ops skills. Oleg is fierce and scary but obeys his handler. You definitely don’t want to be in his sights crosswise.
There was more to this story than just the K-9s but they were definitely central to the plot. Kye and Yardley’s history was a surprise and very emotional. I loved their backstory and both are perfect for each other because they are polar opposites in disposition. With Yardley’s strong Alpha personality, it works. Their romance was rocky and definitely unconventional, keeping me off balance.
The mystery and suspense was strong with an exciting climax. It’s one of the best in the series to date and I’m very happy that the stories continue to stay true to the focus of the series.
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