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 sidpe, 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?
Yardley Summers has played a part in every book in this series so far. AS the owner of K9 training facility, I was glad to see her get a story all her own. When her current boyfriend goes missing, her brother, Law, asks his friend to check on Yardley and help. Kye McGarren and Yardley have a past that Law isn’t aware of and it makes it a little awkward for him to help her find her missing beau. But, he does and is reminded of why he fell for the headstrong, fierce, beautiful, and loyal Yardley. Their pairing is unconventional and intense, but it works and it works well.
As in the other books, the dogs feature prominently within the story. Unlike the other books, I wasn’t as bothered by it this time around. Lily, a troller that works with Kye, and Oleg, a Czech wolfdog in the care of Yardley, are the stars of the story and I cared more about them than the main human characters. Because of their different breeds, I went and researched what each one would look like as I was reading and then pictured them strongly in my mind. I love when I can connect with a character, or characters in this instance, and want to know more about them other than what is told within the story. Yes, they are the dogs and yes, they aren’t the main focus of the story. But, I was prepared for that this time around and enjoyed it so much more knowing that the humans weren’t the only “stars” of the book.
Overall, I have to stay that this is one of my favorite books within the series. I went into it prepared to fall for the canine characters and did just that. Along the way, the human storyline entertained me and kept me on my toes wanting to know more about them, as well.
Yardley is a stubborn, forceful, dynamic, demanding, gorgeous ginger headed woman who has never had anything handed to her. She is one of the top K9 and military dog trainers in the country. She rarely let’s anyone close emotionally, in fact she finds herself trying to find information about her missing boyfriend, and is stonewalled to the point she calls her brother Law to see if he can help.
Kye is asked by Law to check on Yard because he is worried. Law is unaware of a past relationship between them which causes some hard feelings and fireworks to go off between the two. When Yard is attacked in her front yard that just makes Kye more determined to stay.
The relationship between each of the dogs is wonderful Yardley is training a Czech wolfdog named Oleg who is a protector and dominate dog. Where as Kye’s dog Lily is a Troller, she is excitable and needs alot of handler encouragement. It is more likely to see Kye caring Lily around then to see her out in front unless she is working.
The real hero of the book well that would be in my opinion the puppies that are born during the story, but I just love dogs.
It’s a rocky path through this relationship, can make things work out.