Irresistible Force by D.D. Ayres – a Review
When adrenaline runs high, so does the force of desire…
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?
Irresistible Force by D.D. Ayres is the first full length book in her new K-9 Rescue series. I had read and enjoyed the novella prior to reading this book. Irresistible Force can be read as a standalone, as it is a different story revolving around K-9 rescue dogs.
We meet our hero, Officer James Cannon, as he is spying on a cabin in the woods. He is looking for his kidnapped partner, Bogart, whom we learn later is a K-9 dog. You can tell immediately how much James loves his partner. When he confronts the person who has Bogart, he is very angry and reacts badly to the owner of the house.
Here we meet Shay Appleton, who tries to keep her dog, Prince away from this intruder. James is confused why Bogart is happy and friendly, but his anger is out of control, and he forcibly handcuffs Shay. After the local Deputy comes to Shay’s rescue, James learns that she adopted Prince a month ago. James calms down and listens to her story, finding it hard to believe, but then when Shay describes the person who brought the dog to the animal shelter to be euthanized, he realizes it was his ex, who kidnapped Bogart, and Shay actually saved his life by adopting him. Shay is now angry at how James handled her, and wants to press charges, since she also does not want to lose Prince, whom she has grown to love and depend on. But he is a police dog, and she is heartbroken as they leave.
James, ready to head home after signing release papers at the police station, feels somewhat bad for Shay, and passes by her cabin. He finds her being accosted, and comes to her rescue. All of this is in the beginning and this should tell you that it is an exciting action packed adventure, with what will turn out to be a wonderful romance, not to mention the cutest and smartest dog.
There are so many stories within that will keep your attention throughout. Shay has a hard luck life that causes her nightmares…from her childhood, to her stalker ex-boyfriend, a possible mob hit, among other things. She has suffered so much, that one scene nearer to the end, actually bothered me. But she had James and Bogart/Prince to help her. James has his own issues with his ex-girlfriend, her attempt to win him back, then to threaten him, will cause more grief and danger to Shay.
The romance between James and Shay rapidly grows in a sizzling relationship, with each having to overcome their major obstacles. I loved how James, who came off nasty early on, became so sweet and caring to Shay. Will James be able to help convince Shay to trust him? Will Shay be able to stand up against her ex? Can Shay overcome all things that have happened to her in the past and trust love? If they stay together, what name will they choose for their dog…Bogart or Prince? 🙂
D.D. Ayres has created an exciting storyline that has everything you would enjoy…romance, suspense, action-packed, danger, tension, humor, great couple and a wonderful dog. I wholly recommend that you read Irresistible Force.
Reviewed by Barb
Copy provided by Publisher