Called into Action by Paris Wynters @ParisWynters @CarinaPress @CaffeinatedPR #GIVEAWAY

Posted May 27, 2021 by Anne - Books of My Heart in Blog Tour, Book Review, Giveaway / 21 Comments

Called into Action by Paris Wynters

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Called into Action by Paris Wynters @ParisWynters @CarinaPress @CaffeinatedPR #GIVEAWAYCalled Into Action by Paris Wynters
Published by Carina Press on May 25, 2021
Genres: Romantic Suspense
Pages: 279
Format: eARC
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Penelope Ramos has dreamed of being a K-9 search-and-rescue handler since she was a little girl. Armed with a quick mind and her German shepherd, Havoc, she rides into Maple Falls, Vermont, determined to get her certification. She isn’t expecting the gruff, unreadable park ranger assigned to evaluate her skills.

Park ranger Jay Gosling is a pro. It’s clear to him that neither Penelope nor her unpredictable canine has what it takes…although his boss feels otherwise. Whatever. Jay will never have to work with them and he has half a mind to escort them both right out of town. But when a young boy goes missing, he doesn’t have that luxury.

Working side by side tests their tentative peace, but Jay and Penelope are together on one thing: they’ll both do whatever it takes to find the missing child—before it’s too late.

I love reading about K-9 dogs and their handlers, so I was thrilled to be able to read Called Into Action.  Penelope works for her uncle’s construction firm, and is working to getting her rescue, Havoc, certified.  She has just come out of a relationship with an unsupportive guy. She goes on vacation in Vermont to get away, practice for the test and take the test.

Jay is a park ranger in Vermont.  He lost a K-9 dog so he is sensitive about proper training.  He is divorced and has a grandfather who is starting to fail and needs more care.  He planned a safety program to help with finding people who get lost.

Of course, Penelope and Jay are attracted to each other and have issues to get to know each other and figure out to be able to have any relationship. But I didn’t like the drama; they seemed like silly adolescents.  I wanted to see them be the smart professionals they are, working to make things better.

I expected and wanted more K-9 time, or at least as much time as the romance.  I did appreciate the other characters like Gramps, Charlie the Sheriff, Nick the boss, and Mrs. Clover.   It was wonderful to get a peek at Penelope’s father and uncle too.

The book had more plot and improved pacing in the last half when they did really work on the things which were important, and showed how competent they could be.  There was also a search for a missing person, and more K-9 time so that was a win for me too.

Guest Post from Paris 

Search-and-Rescue dogs locate the origin of a human scent and alert their human partner to where it is. Human scent can take various forms—it can be alive, dead, or it can be on clothing. SAR dogs can find people lost in avalanches or other natural disasters, they can detect human scent at crime scenes and they can find lost children or even lost older people with dementia. SAR dogs are strongly motivated to search, in part because the reinforcement for a find is play.

Havoc’s specialty is Air-scent. Dogs in this specialty will work with their nose in the air. They pick up human scent anywhere in the vicinity — they don’t need a “last seen” starting point, an article to work from or a scent trail, and time is not an issue. Whereas tracking dogs follow a particular scent trail, air-scent dogs pick up a scent carried in air currents and seek out its origin — the point of greatest concentration.

Most search and rescue personnel and their dogs are volunteers. Some ways you can support them are to donate to your local search and rescue team and to volunteer as a hider for the dogs. Handlers are always looking for new people to hide for their dogs. Plus, there is nothing more fun than to spend the day outside playing hide and seek with a dog, knowing that it will one day help save a life.


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About Paris Wynters

Paris Wynters is an adult romance author repped by Tricia Skinner at Fuse Literary. She lives on Long Island (in New York) with her family, which include a son who plays travel hockey and two psychotic working dogs. Paris is a graduate of Loyola University Chicago.

Paris and her son are nationally certified Search and Rescue personnel (she is a canine handler). She is a huge supporter of the military/veteran community. When not writing, Paris enjoys playing XBOX (she is a huge HALO fanatic), watching hockey (Go Oilers), and trying new things like flying planes and taking trapeze classes.

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Posted May 27, 2021 by Anne - Books of My Heart in Blog Tour, Book Review, Giveaway / 21 Comments

21 responses to “Called into Action by Paris Wynters

  1. Maria Smith

    This series sounds great. I’d say my favorite k9 series is the Timber Creek k9 series. I love Mattie, Cole and Robo. Plus all the other great supporting characters !

  2. I didn’t know some of those facts about SAR dogs, so the guest post was interesting. I’ve only read a few K-9 books; the most memorable was The Search by Nora Roberts. I tend to be more of a cat person generally, but SAR dogs are amazing and admirable. I would definitely read more books about them… but I’m a little leery of this one; my tolerance for adolescent-style drama has diminished to near-zero, so this may not be the best fit. (I much prefer my romantic heroes and heroines to behave like intelligent, communicative adults.)

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