Series: K-9 Rescue

Explosive Forces by D. D. Ayres

Posted January 11, 2017 by Jonetta in Book Review | | 2 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.

Explosive Forces by D. D. AyresExplosive Forces by D. D. Ayres
Series: K-9 Rescue #5
Published by St. Martin's Paperbacks on November 1, 2016
Genres: Romantic Suspense
Pages: 320
Format: eARC
Source: NetGalley
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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?

Carly Harrington-Reese works late one night in her soon-to-be-opened boutique when she hears an animal whimpering from the next door unit. She discovers an unconscious Noah Glover and his service dog, Harley, and barely has time to rescue them before the place erupts in fire. Noah is an arson investigator but all evidence points in his direction this time as the perpetrator. And Carly is caught squarely in the middle.

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.

 

 

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.


Rival Forces by D. D. Ayres

Rival Forces by D. D. Ayres

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

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Posted September 23, 2015 by Jonetta in Book Review | 6 Comments

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Posted April 6, 2015 by Jonetta in Book Review | 0 Comments

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Posted November 6, 2014 by Jonetta in Book Review | 4 Comments

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Posted July 30, 2014 by Jonetta in Book Review, Hot & Deadly | 6 Comments

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