He’s claiming redemption—and the woman he wants
A riveting Coltons of Red Ridge romance
A sudden attack and a dognapping leave K-9 trainer Danica Gage shaken to her core. Even more surprising is her rescuer: P.I. Shane Colton.
Years ago her family stole Shane’s freedom, but now Danica needs him to catch a criminal.
And she must fight the urge to run into his arms…because wanting him could be a deadly mistake.
Thrilling and intense suspense, tragic mistakes by the law enforcement that changed lives, and sweetest, most ardent, swoon-worthy romance, and the pets and four-legged partners who are drawn with specific characteristics, who are vital characters in the story, and who save the day more than once -- there is so much to love about this story, I was enamored from the page one till the end.
I read as much of the K-9 stories as I can get my hands into. I love how the dogs contribute to the stories, how they show another side of the human characters, and how they are often in the key position to solve the cases and protect their partners. And how the author, Regan Black, has created Stumps, the corgi partner of the hero, with his characteristics, his love for belly rubs, his need and enjoyment towards the work they did, his protective and serious side vs the playful side, made me fall in love with him. And I loved how he interacted with the heroine's cat, as well.
The suspense is two-fold, like often in category series. The immediate case is solved, while the big case in the background keeps stewing. The tension and anticipation of the attacks in the cases at hand are thrilling, the knowledge of the mastermind behind the attacks is frustrating as they are not being able to prove the case, and it puts everything and everybody on the edge while the intensity escalates.
The connection between Danica Gage and Shane Colton is bittersweet. Shane's history with Danica's grandfather, the time Shane had to spend in jail for the false conviction, and the consequences for that for both the families, gave enough angst between them to avoid a relationship despite the burning, palpable attraction between them. I absolutely loved how the relationship was developed, the steps they had to take to make it work, the hard conversations they had to open up to so things could evolve to a deeper level. Nothing comes easy, except the physical connection, and Danica and Shane have to decide if the tie between them is enough to do the hard things, to be open, honest, and vulnerable, and work on the issues between the two families.
The intriguing and fierce suspense, the charming, likable and relatable characters, both two- and four-legged, drawn with vivid and sharp lines, the romance that is so delightfully sexy and adorable, raw and realistic, that it took my breath away and made me smile... This story has it all from angst, fear, and savagery, to dreamy, sweet, and sensual feels that keep building as the story progress. I was mesmerized throughout the tale, wanting to inhale the story in one sitting...
~ Five Spoons