Release Date: March 31, 2015
USA TODAY'S "Enthusiastic...thumbs up" for FORCE OF ATTRACTION !
The only thing more powerful than fear is desire…
A seasoned K-9 officer with the police in Maryland, Cole Jamison has left her old life behind her. With a new home and a new partner—a protective canine named Hugo—Cole is ready for fresh challenges. A crucial position on an important drug task force is exactly what she wants…until she discovers her gorgeous, infuriating ex-husband will be the DEA agent in charge.
FORCE OF ATTRACTION
Agent Scott Lucca may be a pro when it comes to undercover assignments, but this job is daunting even for him. Posing as a happy couple on the dog competition circuit means he and Cole need to get a lot closer than they’ve been in years. Playing a live-in couple should seem like a walk in the park compared to tracking a brutal criminal, but suddenly nothing could be more dangerous than the passionate fire they’ve rekindled…
"The mastery of Ayres' storytelling is with the equal balance between the suspense and romance. One doesn't overshadow the other. The final result, after reading Force of Attraction, is to give it an enthusiastic book-recommendation thumbs up." - USA Today
“Heavy-duty sensuality and solidly researched K-9 operations are hallmarks of this appealing series and will delight fans of smart dogs, exciting action, and steamy romance.” –Publishers Weekly
In an interview D.D. gave to Harlequin Junkie she was asked… If your book was optioned for a movie, what scene would you use for the audition of the main characters?
D.D. - “I’d use the first time Scott and Cole meet one-on-one. You get a feel for both their personalities, and it introduces Hugo.”
“How did you get my address?”
“You forgot this.” Scott held up the deputy’s hat she’d left behind in Baltimore.
Cole stared at him through storm door of her home that separated them. “Leave it by the door.”
Instead, he twirled it around his finger.
Cole folded her arms, unimpressed by the smile beneath his shades. He had caught her just as she returned from night patrol or she wouldn’t have bothered to open the door.
Scott whipped off his shades and pocketed them then reached for the storm door handle. “Don’t you want to hear why you were chosen to be part of the task force?”
Cole didn’t move to open it. There was something very intimidating about looking her ex in the eye, even with a locked door between them. Force of personality. Scott had it in spades.
“Why don’t you just tell me?”
He slid a finger along the length of the door handle. “If you’re nervous about being alone with me I can wait while you call a fellow officer for back up.”
“That won’t be necessary. Hugo. Hier!”
From deep within the house Scott heard guttural growls following by deep other-worldly barking that would not have been out of place in a horror movie. Two seconds later, a huge shaggy black canine appeared and struck fist-size paws on the glass of the storm door at chest level. Scott stepped back instinctively, despite the barrier between them. Crap. Nikki’s K-9 partner looked like Batman in a bear suit.
Hugo immediately dropped prone at her feet but his ears remained pricked forward, his doggy body trembling at full alert for her next command.
Cole smirked as she looked up. “You still think talking is a good idea?”
In an interview with USA Today’s Michelle Munkou, D.D. tells of her research process and the inspiration behind her series.
Michelle: What exciting research tidbit did you uncover for your books?
D.D.: The commitment of the men and women who work with these dogs. Law enforcement K-9s aren't pets. They are high-maintenance, challenging animals who require constant training/reinforcement. Handlers talk about their dogs with affection, respecting their quirks and individual personalities. One police handler, my go-to expert on all things K-9, lost his partner when the dog took a bullet while apprehending a suspect. The officer didn't tell me that he had been shot, as well. I learned that on my own. The officer didn't go to the emergency room until after his dog died at the vet. I thought a character with that level of commitment would make a good love interest.
Michelle: What is the special connection or inspiration to add dogs to the romantic suspense story?
D.D.: My editor Rose Hilliard gets the credit for sending me in the direction of K-9 partners. Who doesn't love dogs? And hot men in uniform? My hook was the chance to craft sexy and suspenseful stories that show off the capabilities of these dedicated partnerships. I hope readers will love seeing them in action. Each K-9 partnership is crucial to the storyline. For the hero and the heroine, it's a case of "must love dogs."
...See where it all began…
Barb’s Review of Irresistible Force (orig. published on 3/16/15)
"Incredible! You’ll be on the edge of your seat to see if the heroine can make it out alive." — Catherine Coulter, New York Times bestselling author on Irresistible Force…
About the Author:
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 more about 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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