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Serve N Protect by Tee O'Fallon
Series: Federal K-9 #5
Published by Entangled Publishing on September 20, 2021
Genres: Romantic Suspense
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Ambushed and left for dead, U.S. Secret Service K-9 Officer Markus York is on the mend and laying low in a safe house while his team tracks down his attacker. But Markus isn’t good at sitting still. Even with his K-9, Ghost, for company, he gets restless and decides now is the perfect time to do some repairs around the house…and inadvertently tears open his wounds.
Fresh out of a bad relationship that ended after a car accident left her with limited mobility, freelance accountant Cassidy Morgan has sworn off men. At least, that’s the plan. Until a frantically barking dog leads her to a neighbor’s house where she finds a mysterious man out cold and bleeding on the floor...and mumbling things like “no, they’ll find me” when she tries to call an ambulance. Yeah, that’s not at all concerning. Despite Markus’s surly attitude, Cassidy senses there’s something else at work beneath his rugged, keep-your-distance exterior. Whatever it is, it’s sexy as hell.
With someone still trying to kill him, Markus doesn’t want an innocent to get hurt, let alone take care of him.
If only his dog wasn’t crazy in love with her.
I love these books in the Federal K-9 series because of the dogs who work and the law enforcement aspects. The author has 23 years as a federal agent and it shows. I like it because the dog has a personality and a role in the story. We get at least brief mentions, if not short scenes, with those from earlier books.
Serve N Protect has Markus York who is a Secret Service agent on leave, recuperating from an injury. Markus had a very bad childhood, followed up with the marines and now law enforcement. He is taciturn, used to speaking as little as necessary. He believes he isn’t capable of having a real relationship. Other than his K9 handler friends and his K9 Ghost, he keeps to himself. He doesn’t even spend any time with his sister.
So when his neighbor Cassidy rescues him talks a mile a minute and has a big, noisy family, he is uncomfortable. But he likes her strength and stoic reaction to her injuries and other crazy things that follow. Since Markus was a fitness instructor in the Marines, he helps Cassidy with her lingering issues from her car accident. Her fiance dumped her right after her accident. Cassidy is a CPA and has her own client issues to handle.
Markus and Cassidy work together and help each other with their injuries and the people who are after them. Ghost helps to protect them. Cassidy suggests a new perspective which puts Markus on to the people who are trying to kill him. I really enjoyed how they supported each other and appreciated each other’s talents. When things got dangerous, they went all out to protect each other, too. It was nice to see them open up to each other and enjoy spending time together even if neither of them wanted a relationship. Markus and Cassidy were both people of integrity who enjoyed working out and dogs. But their eating habits were not the same.
I’m always happy to have a new story in this world. I appreciate a plot with mystery, action and K9s, in addition to a romance with personal growth.
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