A K-9 Rescue Series Novel
Release Date: August 26, 2014
Published by: St. Martin’s Paperbacks
When adrenaline runs high, so does the force of desire…
For Shay Appleton, it’s love at first sight when a gorgeous stray dog is brought into the animal shelter where she works. She just knows he’ll make a terrific watch dog—and with an abusive ex who won’t let go, she needs all the protection she can get. But Shay never suspected that her new pet is actually a trained police K-9 named Bogart—until Bogart’s even more gorgeous, human partner shows up on her doorstep.
Officer James Cannon is one tall, strong alpha male who’s convinced that Shay stole his dog. But once he gets closer to the suspect, he realizes that this stubborn, independent woman not only needs a guard dog, she needs James as well. It seems that someone from her past is stalking her, and threatening her life. When danger meets desire, will James risk his career and his best friend…to protect the woman who’s stolen his heart?
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The man came through the door and slammed it shut with a kick of his boot.
Until this moment, Shay had thought herself frightened. Now the sick wash of fear roiling up through her stomach gave her a sense of what true terror felt like.
A little hiccup of fear escaped as she bumped up against her dog Prince, who had positioned himself behind her. What was the command for attack? Why didn’t she know it? Didn’t Prince realize what was happening? He hadn’t required any prodding to go after the trucker lurking in woods the night before. She had to do something.
Her shoulders slumped forward, her arms tightening against her waist, as if her stomach hurt. Her voice was subdued when she spoke. “What do you want?”
All the fight seemed to go out of the woman before James. His gaze did a quick perimeter search before it came back to her. She was standing with her eyes downcast.
He lowered his rifle. “I’m going to ask you a few questions. You better give me all the right answers. Do you understand me?”
She nodded. He took her by the chin and raised her face to his. “Do you understand me?”
“Yes.” Terrified eyes gazed up at him, eyes as golden brown as the morning autumn forest he’d just stepped out of. He felt like a bully staring into them, but dammit, she deserved no pity. She had started this mess by kidnapped his dog.
He released her. “Is there anyone else here with you?”
She looked sideways, as if accessing her options, then shook her head.
“Good answer. It better be truthful. Are there other dogs on the premise?”
Suddenly, she pulled her hands from their tucked position and began yelling into her cell phone. “Help! Help! He’s got a gun!”
“Fuck!” He dropped his rifle and grabbed her from behind as she tried to get away. Bogart took this as his cue to once again join in the fray, and began jumping and barking in unbridled joy.
“Brouza hund! Platz!” James’s drill sergeant tone caused the dog to obey instantly. He moved several feet away from the pair and dropped into a submissive crouch. Too bad the woman in the arms wasn’t so easily mastered.
He had dropped a hand over her mouth to stop the shouting but she continued to kick and twist, rubbing her body against his in ways that made him register that she was young and in good shape, and smelled like the kind of fresh-brewed coffee he’d give his left nut to have a cup of right now, after having spent the night in the woods.
She sunk her teeth into the meaty edge of his hand. As he released her, she twisted and lifted her knee in a quick jab to his groin.
If he hadn’t been a police officer she might have caught him off-guard, but he was accustomed to dealing with suspects. The bite hurt but her knee bounced harmlessly off the thigh he lifted to deflect her jab.
The hellcat palmed her phone and began jabbing numbers into it.
“Shit! Give me that!” He jerked the phone from her hand.
Shay stumbled back out of his reach but lifted her chin in triumph. “Too late! I’ve already called 911 once. You’d better leave. The police will be here any minute.”
“Damn it, lady! I am the police!”
Irresistible Force - Audiobook
A K-9 Rescue Series Novel
Length: 7 hours 49 minutes
Narrated by: Jeffrey Kafer
Release Date: August 26, 2014
Publisher: Audible Studios
"If you think dogs and romantic suspense are an excellent mix, then Ayres has just the book and new series for you…a tasty helping of intrigue, danger, and burgeoning romance!"—RT Bookreviews
Barb’s Review of Irresistible Force
(orig. published on 3/16/15)
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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.