Rival Forces by D. D. Ayres

Posted July 11, 2016 by Jonetta in Book Review | | 6 Comments

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. AyresRival Forces by D. D. Ayres
Series: K-9 Rescue #4
Published by St. Martin's Paperbacks on May 3, 2016
Genres: Romantic Suspense
Pages: 320
Format: eARC
Source: NetGalley
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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?


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We’ve seen Yardley Summers in every story to date, known as the owner of the most outstanding K-9 training facility in the country, Harmonie Kennels. When the man she’s been dating for over a year suddenly disappears, Yardley’s brother, Law Batisse, asks Kye McGarren to go check things out. Law and Kye served together in Afghanistan and Kye and Yardley have quite a history.


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.

Lily (a toller)
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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.

Oleg (a Czech wolfhound)
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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.

About D. D. Ayres

A veteran author of romance and women’s fiction, D.D. Ayres is new to Romantic Suspense. She believes the lure of romance is always the human connection. Put that connection in physical jeopardy, and and we learn a bit moreabout who we really are.

With her K-9 Rescue series, D.D. hopes you will enjoy her sexy, suspenseful portrayals of K-9 teams at their best.

D.D. lives in Texas with her husband and a soft-coated Wheaten terrier named Zoe.

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6 responses to “Rival Forces by D. D. Ayres

  1. I would pick this book up mainly because of the dogs! I appreciate you for giving us the back story on both dogs, oddly those were the aspects of the story that makes me want to read this book.

    • Not odd at all, Leona! It was my reason for starting the series. You’ll learn LOTS about K-9 training, including what types of dogs and people aren’t appropriate for the roles. Very educational.

  2. I’ve been wanting to try this series for a while now. The idea of having dogs as a large part of the story has intrigued me. As a fan of romantic suspense, that has me wanting to try as well. I know that this series is available on audio. Now to find the time. Great review. 🙂 Great pictures of the dogs also.

    • If you’re interested in the K-9 aspect, this series is perfect, Melanie. Every story is focused on the training and the animal(s). I’m very much enjoying them.