This exciting romantic suspense story provides a fascinating look at the various roles well-trained dogs can play even as it follows a complicated romance and a mystery. I loved the dogs and I think that Kye is a very yummy hero, but I wasn’t quite as fond of Yardley and the on-again, off-again nature of her romance with Kye or David. The glimpses of Kye’s Hawaiian background added excellent flavor to the story but I wish there was more insight into Yardley’s culture as well, although her background was challenging and sympathy-inducing. This story can be read as an exciting stand alone, and introduces a little-known breed called a Czech wolfdog (who is an exchange student, of all things) in the form of the intimidating Oleg. I’m afraid that I am still a little unclear on certain aspects of the mystery as I don’t think it is totally resolved by the end of the story but I definitely enjoyed the imagery as Yardley meets Kye’s business partner and hope that he gets to star in a story in the near future. This was a fun and exciting read and a great addition to the series.
“Rival Forces” by D.D. Ayres is part of the ‘K-9 Rescue’ series and highlights Kye McGarren (Kekoa Alena Maleko McGarren) and his partner Lily (Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever), his Search and Retrieval (SAR) dog. Instead of going to Hawaii for some rest and relaxation, Kye detours to check on his former lover Yardley Summers at the request of her half-brother. Yardley is one of the top canine trainers in the country and her persistent search for her lover Dr. David Gunnar has garnered unwelcome attention.
DESIRE IS A FORCE TO BE RECKONED WITH
When it comes to training K-9 patrol dogs, Yardley Summers always trusts her instincts. But when it comes to dating men, she keeps her heart on a very short leash. Mostly, she’s too busy with her four-legged trainees at Harmonie Kennels to commit to a relationship. Only two men have managed to distract her: a handsome Doctors Without Borders physician who’s suddenly gone missing?and the red-hot dog trainer from her past who’s suddenly back in her life…
Now a K-9 rescue team leader, Kye McGarren has never forgotten the days he trained at Yardley’s camp?or the nights he spent in her arms. When he hears that Yardley is on a mission to find the missing doctor, Kye is determined to keep her out of danger. With his K-9 partner by his side, he joins Yardley on a death-defying mission?one that reignites their mutual passion. Will Kye be able to rescue his romantic rival…without losing the woman he loves?
Rival Forces is the fourth installment of D. D. Ayres' K-9 Rescue series.