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Guest Review: Force of Attraction by D.D. Ayres

Posted April 7, 2015 by Tracy in Reviews | 0 Comments

Genres: Romantic Suspense

Force of Attraction by D.D. AyresTracy’s review of Force of Attraction (K-9 Rescue #2) by D.D. Ayres.

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.

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…

Nicole and Scott were once married but unfortunately for many reasons it didn’t work out. Now they’re forced back together to work on a drug task force involving puppies being used as drug mules. Nicole aka Cole used to work with dogs on the competition circuit so she is perfect for getting them in so that they can investigate a particular famous couple who the big bosses think are heading the drug dealing.

Cole and Scott have a very contentious relationship but they still love each other despite their outer façades. Cole is worried as it’s been so long since she’s worked at dog shows and Scott is worried because he’s being targeted by an member of an MC in which Scott was undercover with at one point. The MC member seems to want to stop at nothing to make Scott pay and that includes his family and anyone he loves.

Force of Attraction is the second full length novel in the K-9 Rescue series. In this book we certainly get our share of K-9’s and I loved that. Cole’s dog Hugo and Scott’s dog Izzy were wonderful. I loved reading about their personalities and their cute little antics. I know they are police dogs but there were still so cute and were a great addition to the story.

Cole and Scott were good together but I must say that Cole tended to get on my nerves. She was just SO stubborn it rubbed me the wrong way. She didn’t seem to want to give Scott a second chance, and I could understand that to a point, however he seemed to be proving himself and she STILL wouldn’t go there. Arg! Frustrating!

There was some mystery centered around the MC guy who was harassing Scott and a bit of suspense but nothing too edge of your seat.

Overall it was a decent read and I liked much better than book one.

Rating: 3.75 out of 5

This title is available from St. Martin’s Paperbacks. You can buy it here or here in e-format. This book was provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.


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Guest Review: Irresistible Force by D.D. Ayres

Posted October 30, 2014 by Tracy in Reviews | 0 Comments

Guest Review: Irresistible Force by D.D. AyresReviewer: Tracy
Irresistible ForceSeries: K-9 Rescue #1
Published by Macmillan, St. Martin's Paperbacks
Publication Date: August 26th 2014
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two-stars

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?

Police officer James Cannon is determined to find his missing partner – who is a dog. His partner – K-9 cop, Bogart, has been missing for a month and James finally gets a tip that tells him where the dog is. He confronts to woman who has Bogart but she swears she didn’t steal him. Shay, who calls the dog Prince, saved him from being destroyed at an animal shelter when a woman came in claiming that the dog was feral and a danger to everyone. James gets Bogart and then heads to the local police department to finish paperwork (he’s not in his jurisdiction). He heads back to Shay’s place as she seemed more than a little jumpy after their slight altercation. He saves her from her ex-boyfriend who won’t take no for an answer.

After he gets rid of the Shay’s ex one thing leads to another and next thing you know the two are in bed together. Shay immediately regrets their intimacy and tells James that this will go no further but James likes Shay and wants to see where it could lead.

With Shay’s her ex-boyfriend stalking her and getting death threats Shay’s life is in turmoil. Being the independent woman she is she doesn’t want to bother James with her problems but it may cost her her life.

I had great hopes for this book as it sounded so good but unfortunately it didn’t come close to meeting my expectations.

The start of Shay and James’s relationship was supposed to be this lust/attraction that they couldn’t deny and that’s why they ended up sleeping together when they really didn’t even like each other. The problem for me was that even when they started kissing because they just couldn’t help themselves I was stunned as I didn’t feel that the author had cultivated the attraction enough to make it believable. The fact that James wanted to continue to see Shay surprised me even more as she seemed more than a bit mentally unstable. I just didn’t believe any of it.

Shay’s past plays a huge roll in the story as it came down to people believing her when she tells them things. That past stops her from making strides against her fear of her ex and moving on. She lets people walk all over her and it kind of pissed me off that she didn’t try harder at times.

The other part of the story had to do with the woman who actually stole Bogart from James and tried to have him put down. She was a nasty piece of work and started a shit storm because she was incredibly selfish. The problem I had with her was that I didn’t believe her grudge against James. I didn’t think that the reasons behind her theft of Bogart was justified and they seemed pretty lame.

In the end I can’t say I’d recommend this book. I didn’t hate the style of writing, but the story itself was a bit too convoluted for my liking. The best parts of this story were definitely James and Bogart – I just couldn’t figure out why they were with Shay.

Rating: 2 out of 5

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Review: Necessary Force by D.D. Ayres

Posted September 12, 2014 by Rowena in Reviews | 2 Comments

Genres: Romantic Suspense

Rowena’s review of Necessary Force (K-9 Rescue #.5) by D.D. Ayres.

It was supposed to be a sexy calendar shoot to raise money for K-9 service dogs. Photographer Georgie Flynn never expected to break all her personal rules and jump into bed with one of the hunky men posing. And after their steamy night together, she certainly never expected to see him again…despite their powerful connection.

When she’s targeted by a stalker and possible bomber, Georgie finds that her gorgeous one-night stand is the only one who can help.

Brad Lawson, an FBI operative, and his K-9 bomb sniffing partner are assigned to protect the pretty photographer–and this time, he’s determined to keep things professional. He just didn’t count on their explosive connection rekindling. But with a deadly threat on the horizon, will he be able to keep his body’s demands in check and complete his mission?

This was a novella introducing readers to the K-9 Rescue world and I thought it was a pretty great introduction. It’s a story with not a lot of pages so the story jumped off quickly and I liked that.  The story starts off with the hero and the heroine meeting and then the hero disappearing, only to show up months later and not at all who the heroine thought he was.

Georgie is a photographer who was back in her hometown doing a photo shoot of man candy for a calendar a friend was putting together.  That’s where she meets Phillip Dexter and his cute canine partner, Zander. He’s interested in her and doesn’t shy away from that.  He talks her into getting drinks with him and then a couple of hours later, they’re knocking boots before he disappears from her life.  At least she got some pictures for her memory book, right?  Right.

But when Phillip Dexter shows up at her house after it’s been ransacked, being introduced as Brad Lawson, Georgie is all kinds of confused and pissed.

The chemistry that was sizzling between them the first time around are still there and I liked the way that D.D. Ayres brought these two together.  I thought Ayres did a great job of pulling me into the story and making me care about the characters.  I’m really looking forward to reading the next book in the series as it promises to be more of the same as this book.

Both Georgie and Brad were solid characters. I liked that when they come together again, Georgie is pissed and doesn’t hide that fact from Brad and I liked that Brad had his reasons for his lies.  Things between them were interesting and they were hot and I was on board with their romance.  So yeah, I’m in for the next book.

Grade: 4 out of 5

This book is available from St. Martin’s Press. You can purchase it here or here in e-format. This book was provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.


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