Primal Force (K-9 Rescue #3) by D.D. Ayres

Primal Force

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. addtogoodreads_zps55cd15da16 Kim Talks TomesTAG

Having already read the first two books in this series, I was looking forward to reading Primal Force. Jori, a dog trainer, and Law, an injured vet, fight an intense attraction while working to get him to accept that he needs his service dog, Samantha. Law was injured on duty and his K-9, Scud, was killed in the same attack. Law feels like he doesn’t deserve to have another animal, so he pushes Sam away and tries to give her back. But, neither Sam nor Jori will allow him to just give up on life because of his missing leg and PTSD.

While I did not love this book as much as I did the first two in the series. The star of this story is Sam, the service dog. I love how her thoughts and feelings were woven into the rest of story as a character and not just a “pet”. It’s one of the things I love best about this series and these books! I felt awful for Law, but not so much that his attitude didn’t annoy me. Also, this story lacked the suspense that the other books had. It was more of a contemporary love story than the military K-9 suspense that I have come to expect in this series. With that said, I did enjoy the story and the premise of the Warrior Wolf Pack Organization – the dogs pick the vet and not the other way around. Kudos to the author for that detail!

Overall, this story was not what I expected out of this series, but it is still a great story.


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