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    Great Story!

    What a splendid story! I was drawn in, kept engaged and thoroughly entertained from beginning to end. Kye McGarren was a man described so well that I could see him. I felt he was believable and oh so very wonderful as a book boyfriend. He was someone a person could depend on. If you happened to be the woman he set his sights on then I believe you would be very happy and well satisfied. He was the whole package. Yardley Summers was a strong independent woman running a large business training K-9’s for various jobs. The man she thinks she is in love with has disappeared and she is worried. Her brother sends one of his friends, Kye, to keep an eye on her, help her find her boyfriend or do whatever it takes to keep her safe. Yardley and Kye had a short intense relationship in the past and are given a second chance at a happily ever after. The chemistry is still there but with good and bad guys showing up, men with harm in their eyes prowling about, dogs to care for, injuries to tend and so much going on their HEA is not going to be easy. I loved the dogs! The links at the end of the story to the Toller bark/scream and the male hula were educational and oh so very interesting. I had to look up what Oleg looked like and a Czech Wolfdog is fierce but regal looking – what a great dog to star in this book with Lily the Toller. I am eager to read the rest of the books in the series and can’t wait to find out who will have their story told next! Thank you so much to NetGalley and Saint Martin’s Press for the free copy of this book to read in exchange for an honest review. 4.5 Stars
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    3.9 / 5.0 ~ The dogs were the best part this time.

    ✩ ✩ ✩ ✩ FOUR - STAR ✩ REVIEW ✩ ✩ ✩ ✩ ⭐ ⭐ Provided by Netgalley in Exchange for an Honest Review ⭐ ⭐ 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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    LOVED!!!

    LOVED this book! The whole series is great, with each book being an entire stand alone novel that can be read on its own. In this book, Yard finally has a chance at love - she is the tough owner of an elite dog training school that never shows weakness. In this novel, we learn why she is so tough when someone from her past comes back to see her. He is the one that got away, but she doesn't know what to do with him now. He also owns an elite dog business and always travels with his search and rescue dog, a toller. Yard has made some enemies along the way with people that she didn't believe were suited to work with dogs. Add in some questionable romantic choices and, when she starts getting threats, she doesn't know where they're coming from. Fortunately, Kae comes to visit as things start to get frightening. I was unfamiliar with the toller breed, so was fascinated by the author's description of the dog crying and screaming in a way that sounded human. At the end of the book, the author provided a link to actually see and hear tollers screaming. Trust me, it is worth a click. Wow, I never would have thought a dog could sound like that. This is a great romantic suspense novel that fans of the genre will love.
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