(4.5) One I started, I read this straight through, well done! We continue the new series K9 Files with Pierce. He is a member of the Titanium Corporation and searching for Salem. Salem came home with his wounded handler,Pete. Circumstances puts Pete in rehab and his dog Salem is missing. Book 2 is a little shorter than book 1, but still packs a wallop. As Pierce searches for Salem, with the help of Deputy Heidi he realizes that most of the Sheriff office is corrupt, Pete has been done wrong (not intending to rip off a country song) and Salem has been misused and abused. This takes place in a small town that is in the throes of poverty due to the mill shutting down. We meet people who step up to the challenge and those who buckle and wallow. Through it out Pierce stands true and with the help of Heidi, and a few others, he endeavors to turn Pete and Salems life around. We have our former seal, our smart intelligent heroine, our deployed two leg (or legless) and 4 legged heroes wrapped in suspense with a dose of the required sex (that appeared to be just that - required, which is the reason for the 4.5) Thank you Book Sprout, thank you Dale Mayer. All thoughts and opinions are my own an were unsolicited.
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Pierce saves both the dog and his handler. Pierce is the next K9 handler in book 2 of this new series. Salem has gone missing after her handler, Pete, went to rehab and Pete's brother selfishly takes advantage of his absence. Pierce finds he's not just up against the brother, but all his lazy, good-for-nothing friends, including the local sheriff. One deputy, Hedi, is determined to do her best despite the opposition, and in Pierce she finds not only a kindred spirit but also a fierce defender. Together Hedi and Pierce stand up for law and order, rescue and protect Salem, and help Pete get back to the life he's earned. Along the way romance blossoms, and Pierce and Hedi find answers for their own futures as well. The action is pretty intense in this story, not leaving much time for the love story, instead showcasing the power local law enforcement can have, especially when it's in the wrong hands. There is a triumphant good-vs-evil HEA at the end, making this a wonderful romantic suspense story with terrific heroes and genuine respect for the sacrifices our veterans have made for their country. I voluntarily reviewed an ARC of this book.
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The depth of the interactions and level of trust forged between the men and dogs in the K9 series continues to warm my heart and feed my soul. After Ethan’s success in rescuing Sentry, Badger assigns Pierce Carlton to determine the whereabouts and condition of war-dog Salem, a black female shepherd. Like Sentry, Salem had been released to live with her handler, Pete Lowry in Fort Collins, CO. Life got in the way when Pete had to be admitted to a rehabilitative nursing home about an hour away, leaving his brother in charge of his home and Salem. Very-small-town politics and prejudices create huge obstacles in locating Salem. Only one deputy, Hedi Miller, is willing to help; and together she and Pierce risk their lives and livelihoods to find and secure Salem’s safety. In a town where money talks and weak men are allowed to abuse women and dogs without fear of reprisal, Pierce’s protective instincts and high level of integrity stand clear and strong, making both him and Hedi targets for the bad guys. My favorite parts in these first two books in the K9 series are those that reflect the amazing intelligence, loyalty, and training that military dogs have – and their ability to recognize and respond to kindness and respect, and to remember their humane training even after months of starvation and physical abuse. As an animal lover myself, I understand completely the impact that love and mutual respect have on the human bond with animals, whether working animals or family pets. I see my dog in these dogs whose hearts are pure and senses are sharp. Dale Mayer’s portrayal of these situations in her storylines has also heightened for me the awareness of similarities between war veterans and the dogs who assist and protect them. We owe them our loyalty, support, and profound gratitude. I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and am voluntarily leaving a review.
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