explosive-forcesTitle:  Explosive Forces
Series:  K-9 Rescue #5
Author:  D. D. Ayres
Genre:  Contemporary Romance, Romantic Suspense
Published:  November 1, 2016
Publisher:  St Martin’s Paperbacks
My Rating:  4 stars
Source:  NetGalley
Cover Description:

When Carly Reese’s beloved fashion boutique catches fire, she sees her dreams go up in smoke. The good news is that Carly was saved from the flames by a barking dog nearby. She soon discovers the heroic pooch is a trained K-9 who’s guarding his unconscious partner …a gorgeous firefighter who ends up in Carly’s arms.

Noah Glover and his K-9 are a fearless duo, and Noah has clearly met his match with the brave, beautiful Carly. Soon they team up to track down the arsonist behind the blast – a psychotic criminal who’s intent on framing Noah. Meanwhile, the sparks between Noah and and Carly could ignite a five-alarm fire. Should they smother their feelings in the name of justice…or fan the flames of passion?

Titles in this series include:  Irresistible ForceForce of AttractionPrimal Force – Rival Forces – Explosive Forces – Physical Forces (May 2017) – (links are to reviews on Keeper Bookshelf)

Explosive Forces is an intense, compelling and satisfying story.  I was captured from the opening scene and that intensity never left throughout Carly and Noah’s story.  (and how cool is it to have my own pup’s name in a story *grin* okay she’s a Sheltie, but another Harley none the less)

Noah is unconscious, his K-9 companion tied near to him when an unlikely rescuer arrives.  Carly is closing up her shop nearby when she hears a dog whimpering and investigates.  As she’s trying to wake up the man and get the dog untied a fire erupts and she is now their only hope for survival.

Noah is an arson investigator with a background in police work and a former firefighter.  He didn’t start the fire, or send texts to several people claiming he was attempting suicide and proclaiming that he’s a fire bug.  Yet the person who did has certainly set him up well.  Even though he and Carly got off to a rough start, she is the only one who believes that he isn’t an arsonist.  Plus her shop was involved as well, so she’s out for her own need for justice.  It’s obvious to them both that Noah’s being framed, now off work and suspended with suspicion falling down on him from people who should have known better he has to solve this one on his own.  He, Carly and Harley have their work cut out.

This is a fast paced story and romance.  With all of the clues, possible suspects and quite frankly, misdirection, this one was fun to read.  Yes, Noah and Carly’s romance is fast, but I found it believable given the tensions and the rush to find the person who is out to frame Noah, and was willing to kill him to do it.

If you enjoy Romantic Suspense, maybe a bit on the darker side, then you’d enjoy Explosive Forces.  It held my attention through to the end.  If I wanted a bit more from the epilogue and more about Noah’s son then that was totally on me.  As it stood, this is a very interesting and enjoyable story.  I would recommend this one for anyone who enjoys Romantic Suspense and figuring out who did it.

*I received an e-ARC of this novel from the publisher via NetGalley. That does not change what I think of this novel. It is my choice to leave a review giving my personal opinion about this story.*

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