“Explosive Forces” by D.D. Ayres is part of the ‘K-9 Rescue’ series. I love stories like this, that start with a single exciting event and then gradually reveal elements that enhance the characters while dropping clues for an unfolding mystery. The compelling characters appealed to me immediately, even more so as more and more facets are revealed about sexy Noah Glaser and his literal chowhound Harley, lol, plus the fact that Carly Harrington-Reese displays resourcefulness and determination despite her setbacks. The action was nicely balanced between the mystery and the heat that develops between the main characters UNTIL the epilogue. I was frustrated by the incomprehensible-to-me time that elapses and the immediate resumption of things as normal, which struck me as odd. I hope that some of the secondary characters get their own time in the spotlight, especially the yummy cousin Jarius.
I was a little disconcerted to get a couple of scenes from the viewpoint of Harley, which made this more of a fantasy, but I enjoyed learning about his training (even though he was a dropout from one type of vocation, lol) and loved his interactions with his humans. It was fascinating to get insight into the varied roles related to firefighting and the specialization of arson investigation. This was a story I devoured almost in one sitting and I look forward to reading more exciting tales involving these charismatic canines and their human companions.
This romantic suspense story (with a touch of whimsy) follows Carly Harrington-Reese as she attempts a different vocation but is thwarted by the fallout from a frightening fire. Her connection with the firefighter she manages to rescue is inexplicable yet strong enough to override all of the reasons she should not become involved with him. Unfortunately, their mutual attraction not only threatens her heart but may end up costing much more than she is willing to pay.
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? Find out in Explosive Forces!