Physical Forcesby D.D. Ayres
Series: K-9 Rescue #6
Published on May 30, 2017 by St. Martin's Paperbacks
Genres: Romance, Romantic Suspense
Format: ARC, Mass Market Paperback
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LOVE TO THE RESCUE
Macayla Burkett is no ordinary private eye. She’s a pet detective, dedicated to tracking down missing dogs and cats. When two famous racing greyhounds disappear and turn up dead, Macayla finds herself in the midst of a much more serious case. And when the thieves target her and threaten her life, she realizes she’s in grave danger—until a ridiculously handsome stranger enters the picture …
Oliver Kelly may look like a male stripper, but his muscles aren’t just for show. The gorgeous Australian is co-owner of a K-9 Search and Rescue service dedicated to saving those in danger. When he and his K-9 partner, an Australian shepherd named Jackeroo, rescue the fiery detective from trouble, the sparks begin to fly. And when they join forces to stop a widespread case of animal theft, it unleashes a torrent of passion that’s impossible to tame…
There are dogs involved so obviously I was going to like this book, right?
I mean, it’s not an incorrect statement, exactly, but I definitely didn’t like it as much as I wanted to. The leads, Macayla the pet detective and Oliver the canine-oriented businessman, worked but the story itself was the issue.
It was just too slow.
I need a faster pace in a romance, especially if there is little else going on or, if there is, the focus isn’t necessarily on all the background action. In the case of Physical Forces, that slow build proved necessary but not exactly enticing for me to keep reading. I set the book aside several times in favor of quicker reads.
The characters had their flaws — always a good sign — and I liked that Mac was a bit more down-to-earth and not 100% put together all the time. I found I related to that a lot easier than a heroine who doesn’t function much beyond the love interest in the story, or one who’s portrayed as too perfect (both scenarios which I’ve seen especially in contemporary romances). Oliver followed a similar pattern in his growth throughout the story. I liked that though he’s initially shown as “perfect,” it’s far from the truth and it put the story in a better perspective for me.
But I wasn’t getting into their romance. The bulk of the story they aren’t even together, like in a physical “we are in the same room” sense. And then suddenly ROMANCE but the lead-up didn’t match the end. Very jolting with the slower pacing of the story. In between this romance… thing, I think there was supposed to be all this suspense? Yet there wasn’t? Not really, at least in the “I need to know what happens next!” way.
So… dogs? YES. Sizzling romance? Kind of. Romantic suspense? Eh, not very heavy on the second half of that. Decent read, may check out previous installments in the series.