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Tough Justice by Tee O'Fallon
Series: K-9 Special Ops #1
Published by Entangled Publishing on March 22, 2022
Genres: Romantic Suspense
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It should have been a routine investigation. Instead, DEA K-9 agent Adam “Deck” Decker watches in horror as one Denver hospital seems to be Ground Zero for overdoses of a new drug. Now Deck can only hope a certain icy, green-eyed ER doctor will help him and his canine partner track down the deadly source.
Dr. Tori Sampson has her reasons for not trusting federal agents, especially ones working for the DEA. But the rash of overdoses—including a heartbreaking case involving a teen—is alarmingly high. And the new opioid is not only extremely dangerous, it defies all the usual medical treatments. So Tori has a choice: work with the big, brawny, and annoyingly hot DEA agent…or watch more innocent people die.
Tori’s the only person who can help Deck break the case, and they’ll need to trust each other, no matter how high the tension and attraction sizzling between them runs. But with every question answered, they realize there’s something more behind these typical teen overdoses. There’s a pattern here, and a pattern can only suggest one thing. There’s a killer on the loose.
It’s no surprise to my regular readers that I love this K9 Special Ops series. Apparently this is a new series, not exactly the same as the Federal K9 series. I’ll be interested to see how the series develops.
Our main characters are Deck (Adam Decker) who is a DEA agent, who lost his sister to the opioid crisis with his K9, Thor. When a new version of drug nearly kills his partner, he decides to try to work with a doctor, hoping to learn from the victims who live anything they might know to help them catch dealers.
The doctor, Tori Sampson, has a bad history with the DEA since her father was punished for helping people. So she is not favorable to helping but she also doesn’t want more people to die. And people are overdosing daily.
As always, I could have used more time with Thor working, but I was glad to see the team’s dogs working and also some of their training. The mystery and romance are well balanced. It was a little over the top how each character had the exact bias to not like the other for their job without knowing the person.
Deck and Tori work through their personal issues of trust with each other, building respect for each other as they slowly take down bad guys. When one warrant seems to be a setup with not the expected dealer, the DEA fears they have a leak. Some suspect Tori. It’s a deadly race to take down the head dealer before he hurts Tori or Deck. The suspenseful pace to the finish is exciting!
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