Primal Force by D.D. Ayres @ddAyresk9 @SMPRomance ‏ @StMartinsPress ‏#SeriesinaMonth #BeatTheBacklist2019

Posted May 19, 2019 by Anne - Books of My Heart in Book Review / 8 Comments

Primal Force by D.D. Ayres @ddAyresk9 @SMPRomance ‏ @StMartinsPress ‏#SeriesinaMonth #BeatTheBacklist2019Primal Force by D.D. Ayres
Series: K-9 Rescue #3
Published by St. Martin's Press on September 1, 2015
Genres: Romantic Suspense
Pages: 336
Format: eBook
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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.

I’m finally getting to read my Series in a Month books! I got interested in the K9-9 Rescue series when I did a Series on Saturday about K9 stories.   The books in the series are very loosely related. So far I believe they could easily be read as stand alones.

I continue to enjoy the K9 aspects of the series. Samantha (Sam), the K9 in this book, is a therapy dog more than a rescue dog.  Jori, who helped train her is amazing.  With all the crazy things which have happened to her, she is still working to improve things and caring for others. Jori is building a life with what she has and doing well. I was so happy was able to work through some old issues, of her own feelings, with her family.

Lauray (Law) is a returning military K9 handler with PTSD and is paired up with Samantha.  His sister, Yardley, had the idea and convinced him to do it.  She seems to be the background thread in the series but I think the next book is about her.  Law wasn’t as realistic with himself. He wanted to do the right things but he’s a guy.  He didn’t accept help very well or even recognize things about Jori or Sam enough.

Law and Jori get part way along the journey but it didn’t feel like they did much for Jori’s past. Jori earns new recognition and opportunities based on merit,  as does Law.  The ending of Primal Force felt a little rushed so I hope we see them a bit in Yardley’s story,  Rival Forces.

“I’m wearing my best pair of jeans and a ‘cute top.’” Jeff raised his voice to falsetto on the last two words. A man who worked with women, he’d become a quick study in their vocabulary.”


About D.D. Ayres

A veteran author of romance and women’s fiction, D.D. Ayres now writes Romantic Suspense, and loves it! She believes the lure of romance is always the human connection. Put that connection in physical jeopardy, and we learn a bit more about who we really are.

With her K-9 Rescue series, D.D. hopes you will enjoy her sexy, suspenseful portrayals of K-9 teams at their best.

D.D. lives in Texas with her husband and a soft-coated Wheaten Terrier named Zoe.

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