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.Explosive Forces by D. D. Ayres
Series: K-9 Rescue #5
Published by St. Martin's Paperbacks on November 1, 2016
Genres: Romantic Suspense
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Danger is heating up…
When Carly Reese’s beloved fashion boutique catches fire, she sees her dreams go up in smoke. The good news is that Carly was saved from the flames by a barking dog nearby. She soon discovers the heroic pooch is a trained K-9 who’s guarding his unconscious partner …a gorgeous firefighter who ends up in Carly’s arms.
Noah Glover and his K-9 are a fearless duo, and Noah has clearly met his match with the brave, beautiful Carly. Soon they team up to track down the arsonist behind the blast – a psychotic criminal who’s intent on framing Noah. Meanwhile, the sparks between Noah and and Carly could ignite a five-alarm fire. Should they smother their feelings in the name of justice…or fan the flames of passion?
I really liked the mystery/suspense angle of the story, especially the inclusion on the real arsonist’s point of view (but we still have to guess his identity). I also appreciated the added diversity as Carly is a former super model who happens to be Black. Unfortunately, the “romance” between Carly and Noah was more a lust-fest and it was difficult to swallow their instant love after only knowing each other a few days. There was a missed opportunity here to develop this relationship, including Noah’s role as a single parent.
As with the other books in the series, Harley is the real star of the show, displaying his exceptional skills as an explosives expert while also illustrating his relationship to his handler. I read the series primarily for that education and this book delivered. If that’s your main interest and you like mystery and suspense, you’ll still enjoy the story despite the flaws in the romance. I’m still a faithful fan and look forward to the next book.