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In His Protection by Sandra Owens
Series: K-9 Defenders #1
Published by Carina Press on August 23, 2022
Genres: Romantic Suspense
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Chief of police Tristan Church likes Marsville just the way it is. He has his job and his police dog, Fuzz, for company. He could have Sheriff Skylar Morgan, too, but she’s determined to keep him at arm’s length, even if the one night they shared was unforgettable.
When a kooky Marsville matriarch decides to reopen the town’s old UFO museum, everyone laughs—except Tristan. Inviting cranks and conspiracy theorists to Marsville is bound to be trouble. But he’s on the museum planning committee with Skylar, and he won’t say no to spending time with her…even if he thinks this is a bad idea.
I’m always interested in reading about dogs and a North Carolina setting. The first in the K-9 Defenders series doesn’t have a trained K-9, rather a smart dog. So I’m not sure the series title is very accurate. I peeked at the other two books and it looks like the series is about the three brothers.
In His Protection features police chief, Tristan who has a loved dog, Fuzz. He has two brothers. Kade is a special ops military guy and Parker is the fire chief. Tristan is the oldest and lives in the family home with Parker and niece, Everly. Parker is also a successful artist.
Skye is the new sheriff who left Florida to escape a nightmare ex-fiance. She’s determined not to be involved with men again but after a one-night stand when she comes to interview for the job, they are both hooked. She puts him off for a year until they need to work together on some town projects and she is in serious danger from her ex and a drug lord.
Things get very dangerous very quickly. I enjoy Tristan and his family. Skye is a great person and competent in her role as sheriff. The characters here are well developed and I liked them. We get both Tristan and Skye’s point of view which I liked.
The strike by the criminals is fast and unexpected, a real twist on things. In hindsight, it makes sense. I liked how everything played out except the final conflict between Tristan and Skye. I do really look forward to more of this series with Kade next and it looks like an another, not really K-9, dog.
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