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Publisher Description


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.

May 3
St. Martin's Publishing Group

Customer Reviews

Unbound Passion ,

I think I liked the dogs best this time. ~ 3.9/5.0

✩ ✩ ✩ ✩ FOUR - STAR ✩ REVIEW ✩ ✩ ✩ ✩
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Judging a Book by it's Cover:
I'm having a hard time determining if that is surf or snow in the background. The armed man with a badge and dog in the foreground are eye-appealing. The colors of the background and font also serve well to catch and hold the eye. Synopsis sounds equal parts intriguing and frustrating.

Looking Deeper:
Third-person POV.
Kye is a SAR company co-owner and team leader. Yardley is the owner of Harmonie Kennels. They have a brief history together, from twelve years ago. This one was VERY difficult for me to review in that I have loved this series from the start. I truly mean LOVE - but this book really started out slow for me. I am all for a strong and independent female lead, but Yardley is so much so that she comes off as stand-offish. Kye's character waivered quite a bit, one minute standing aside, then determined to fight for it... calm and collected, then hot and possessive. I'd get whiplash being around him. The chemistry was not very tangible between them either. I did, however, love the fact that that Ms. Ayres used two lesser known dog breeds that made me look them up. The Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Dog - or Toller - is a fun, quirky breed. Cute. But Oleg, the Chech Wolfdog, captured my heart, making me want one in the worst sort of way. What a magnificent looking creature. Aside from that, back to the breakdown... it started out with an exceedingly slow flow and one-dimensional plot and really only gained depth and dynamics from about the 30 - 85% mark, when the action kicked in. There were some secondary characters, most adding a beneficial layer to the plot. Interaction and dialogue was good, but still hard to really feel as believable. There were some internal conflicts as well as outside influences, all of which were resolved by the end of the book. Predictability was low. In fact, I was surprised a few times over some of Yardley's actions or lack-of when situations arose, almost to the point of wondering if it was the same person. There just seemed to be a few "out-of-character" things that detracted a bit. The conclusion was solid and satisfying, even if it felt a tad bit rushed. Overall, I would still recommend this book but I'd do so with the cautionary warning that it's paced slower than previous installments. Yet, I feel that events within this book may be crucial and/or pivotal to future books in the series. That said: It does stand alone well enough & does not contain any cliffhangers.
In the author notes, at the end of the book, there are a few links to YouTube videos: one that captures a Toller Scream (as mentioned many times throughout the book) and two on Hula Kahiko. The hula videos demonstrate the balance, strength, and intensity of the dance mentioned. It's an amazing thing to watch and I truly recommend those.

Rating: [R] ~ Score: 3.9 ~ Stars: 4

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