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Burning Justice by Tee O'Fallon
Narrator: Vanessa Daniels
Series: K-9 Special Ops #2
Published by Tantor Audio on August 22, 2023
Genres: Romantic Suspense
Length: 10 hours, 25 minutes
Format: Audiobook, eARC
Source: NetGalley, Publisher
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After narrowly surviving a childhood fire that killed two of his friends, ATF Special Agent Brett Tanner knows what it's like to get too close to the flame. The trauma only spurs him and his K-9 partner to track down the arsonists targeting a Colorado town. This latest warehouse blaze looks suspicious as hell...and there's a body. Now it's murder.
Fiercely independent insurance investigator Gemma Scott has been burned enough times to know she doesn't need anyone—especially a handsome agent with an agenda. Teaming up with the hardened and determined ATF agent means not just trusting her instincts...it also means trusting him.
Now they're racing against an arsonist with a lethal agenda—one who's willing to burn and kill to hide the evidence. But the killer is only part of a larger mystery. And the searing attraction between Gemma and Brett adds fuel to an already dangerously lethal fire. One that will smoke out a killer...along with Brett's darkest secret.
I enjoy the romantic suspense in the K-9 Special Ops series, and the dogs. The men in each book are dog handlers in different branches of law enforcement. In this case, Brett is in the ATF and is tracking some arson investigations near and dear to his own life and history. Gemma is an insurance investigator, also tracking data on some arson cases.
The canine handlers have a bond to their dogs and have all become friends, having met at some K9 events. So we see the couples from previous books, very briefly, in current books. Brett and his dog are capable but seem a bit emotional, due to his PTSD from a fire in his childhood and a similar one recently. He thinks he failed and is not good enough for any woman.
Gemma has her own hang-ups with a previous work partner taking her work and getting credit for it. Brett and Gemma do end up working together, putting their personal issues aside to save lives. They manage to put their own lives in danger because the arsonist is fine with murder. Things get exciting and they work desperately to get the evidence to finally identify the arsonist.
The heat flares up between Brett and Gemma, and with it, Brett’s instinct to protect Gemma. They are both hard workers and manage to figure out everything. The dog, its training and work, are definitely woven into the story. I am always ready for more about the dogs.
The narrator has been performing all the books in this series and the previous connected Federal K-9 series. Vanessa Daniels has uses appropriate differences in male, female and child voices. I enjoyed her performance. I listened at my usual 1.5x speed.
Listen to a clip: HERE
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