K-9 Rescue Series
Published: September 1st 2015
Published by: St. Martin's Paperbacks
Passion is always worth fighting for…
Jori Garrison trains dogs for Warrior Wolf Pack, which provides service animals for disabled veterans. Four years ago, she was wrongly convicted of a crime—thanks to her no-good ex-fiancé. Now she just wants to live her life in peace with her beloved dogs. No men, no complications. But it’s hard to play it cool when a lethally hot male is on her tail—and the attraction is fierce, mutual, and dangerous…
Lauray "Law" Batisse is a Military Police veteran who was wounded in Afghanistan. Haunted by the loss of his K-9 partner in combat, he’s reluctant to accept a service dog named Samantha into his life. But once he meets her trainer—the gorgeous Jori Garrison—he can’t fight his primal instincts. And neither can Jori. This sexy alpha male might be the only man strong enough to unleash her desires. And when unseen enemies start hunting them down, he and his new K-9 partner might be her only hope… to survive.
Becker glanced again at Sam, dozing in the alcove beneath Law’s desk. “What the hell kind of dog is that?”
“A doodle. She’s on the job.”
“You’re shitting me? I mean, honest to God, the least they could do is give you a decent dog. Looks like that one couldn’t protect you from a rash.
Law reached for his wallet and pulled out a twenty. He called Sam to his side and tucked the money in a pocket of Sam’s service dog vest, wrapped saddle-like around her middle. He looked up at Becker. “You can have that twenty if you can get it from Sam.”
“You’re joking, right?”
“Law shrugged. “You asked what she does. Let’s find out.” Becker hitched up his pants and snorted. “You know I work a bit with dogs?” He gave Sam a bright smile, his voice rising and excited, the way K-9 officers speak to their canines. “How you doing there, girlie? Here sweetheart. Show Papa what you got there in your fancy little vest pocket.”
He reached toward the vest but Sam blocked him with her big head. When he shortened his reach, as if to pet her, Sam again blocked him with another sharp jerk of her head.
Becker spied three doggy treats lined up on Law’s desk and grabbed a couple. “Come on now, you little bitch. Come get a treat from your new buddy.” He opened his palm flat, revealing the nuggets.
Sam’s gaze went from Becker to Law. Law made a slight negative move with his head.
With her head turned away, Becker made a grab for the vest. Sam quickly back-stepped, dropped her head, and growled low in her throat. The sound that emerged was deeper and more menacing than expected from so harmless-looking a dog.
Thanks to D.D. Ayres for providing me with a copy of this book to read in exchange for an honest review. Also, thanks to St Martin's Press and NetGalley.
This book is different from the others in this series but it’s just as awesome. To be honest, I dare say its the best one yet. I enjoyed every page and grew to love the characters more and more as their story developed and unfolded before me. The difference between the leads and of course the pup make this story what it is. And if I could give higher than a 5 * review I would. Its at least an 8 for me. Again, that is my honest opinion. And I look forward to rereading it soon. :)
Law has some serious demons to vanquish. But it isn't all that easy to do. Suffering from PTSD, trying to get his head back in the game and return to a 'normal' life all begin to take a toll on him. What keeps him in line and pushing his boundaries is the three woman in his life. The furry four legged golden doodle, Samantha who is always there when he needs her. The trainer (Jori) he has eyes for but is refusing to let those thoughts sink in and the sister (Yardley) who would whip his arse if she really wanted to. As adjustments are made to his life, to the way he sees things and acts upon them he grows more attached to Samantha his trusty cheese doodle of a dog and her trainer.
One thing's for sure these three have an adventure that no one saw coming. Law is not only pushed to the limits of his abilities but he is pushed to the limits of what his heart can take and hold onto. Many times you got the sense that he wanted to give it all up but Jori, Sam and his sister never let him. They were there to push him, pull him and let him see what he needed was always right in his face. He needed to be himself and not let his disability define him. He needed to be free. To be one with the control. To learn to live life as if it’s your last day and to hold the ones that you love close to your heart.
And be true to himself is exactly what he starts to do. Jori is one to push him and Sam, Sam is the prize at the bottom of the Cracker Jack box of life. He's a stubborn man. Good God is he stubborn, but when he needs Sam to do her best and get help that's what she does. Without thoughts of herself. No second guessing she just goes. Without Sam Jori and Law could have been lost to the elements and the evil would have won. It's then that he bond between man and dog is forged into a steel barrier that would never again be tested. Law had his girls, and now it was time to move on with life and actually love it instead of hiding from it. One day at a time but with Sam and Jori at his side it would be an easier road.
Now, again, this is to me the best one of this series for me. With each book the power of the story grows. DD has a talent to make what’s on the page come to life for me and I really can't wait to see what's next in Rival Forces.
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.