By Sandra Owens
K2 Special Services series, book #5
Category: Contemporary Romance
Overall Rating: 3.9
- Captivation: 4
- Sizzle: 4
- Romance: 3.5
- Enjoyment: 4
- Literacy: 4
Book Description: Former SEAL sniper Cody Roberts has returned from Afghanistan with too many demons and a simple wish: to be left alone. Working for K2 Special Services, caring for the war dogs he rescued, playing his guitar—that’s all he wants to do. But Cody is as protective as his nickname, “Dog,” suggests. A man like that can’t sit back when he realizes the beautiful veterinarian next door is being targeted by an unknown enemy.
Riley Austin is desperate to find out who’s poisoning her animal patients, and she’s stunned by her mysterious neighbor’s suggestion that it’s personal. But Cody makes her feel something else, too: a powerful attraction. He insists he’s no good for her, but those haunted eyes and that chiseled body tell Riley that surrendering to their mutual lust is worth the risk. And despite his conditions—no falling for each other, no regrets once it’s over—she’ll fight to love him just as fiercely as he’ll fight to save her.
Captivation: Good story with interesting development. The story seemed to develop a little slower than previous books, but still held attention.
Sizzle: True to style, Owens writes pretty great seduction scenes with frustratingly delayed intimate scenes -silly plot getting in the way.
Romance: Though I really like the story, characters, and supporting pet-characters, something just felt off with the development in this book – almost a feeling of assumption at times between the characters rather than explaining or developing for the reader.
Enjoyment: I enjoyed this book, though it’s not my favorite in the series, this book still holds quite a bit of appeal.
Literacy: I found a few minor editorial errors, nothing huge. Caught several times where instead of making paragraph lists, the author uses multiple “and” instead. This is, unfortunately, a rather common error popping up more and more.
Overall, this is a good book, though some additional character development would have made it better.