Irresistible ForceTitle:  Irresistible Force
Series:  K-9 Rescue #1
Author:  D. D. Ayres
Genre:  Contemporary Romance
Published:  August 26, 2014
Publisher:  St. Martin’s Paperback
My Rating:  5 stars
Source:  Owned, Kindle Edition
Cover Description:

For Shay Appleton, it’s love at first sight when a gorgeous stray dog is brought into the animal shelter where she works. She just knows he’ll make a terrific watch dog—and with an abusive ex who won’t let go, she needs all the protection she can get. But Shay never suspected that her new pet is actually a trained police K-9 named Bogart—until Bogart’s even more gorgeous, human partner shows up on her doorstep.

Officer James Cannon is one tall, strong alpha male who’s convinced that Shay stole his dog. But once he gets closer to the suspect, he realizes that this stubborn, independent woman not only needs a guard dog, she needs James as well. It seems that someone from her past is stalking her, and threatening her life. When danger meets desire, will James risk his career and his best friend…to protect the woman who’s stolen his heart?

Read on for my thoughts on Irresistible Force.  No true spoilers, promise.

I’m going to do a little explaining before I start this actual review of Irresistible Force – which by the way is an amazing story.  Normally I do not read other reviews of a novel before I do a review on it – I tend to want my own views fresh, not someone else’s.  But this time since I was purchasing three previous books at once, I wanted to make sure my money was being well spent.  Something bothered me when I got to the reviews of this novel.  Shay.  People were having issues with the way Shay behaved, jumping from one type of emotion in a split second to the exact opposite.  I hesitated, then put it aside and purchased the book.  I’m a person who lets reviews flow over me, then I make my own choice.

In the very first pages of Irresistible Force is is obvious that Shay has suffered some sort of trauma or abuse.  When the term hypervigilance popped up I wasn’t familiar with it so I headed to my friend Mr. Google.  Here is an explanation from WebMD, not an exact quote but close – Hypervigilance is often a symptom of PTSD Posttraumatic Stress Disorder.. Preoccupation with possible unknown threats, constantly watching and scanning surroundings for danger.  Now as I got further into the book, that explanation sure sounded a lot like how Shay was acting.  It was one sentence in the novel.  Sometimes as we read the beginning and want to get into the meat of the novel we sometimes miss important clues.  I’m thinking some of those reviewers missed that clue or just didn’t care because it explains Shay’s actions to a tee.  Why did I bother with this?  Because I don’t want readers to miss an amazing story just because they saw 1 or 2 star reviews.  Maybe the novel isn’t for everyone… but at least now I feel better in defending Shay to those who just didn’t “get” her.

So, onto my thoughts…

James and Shay had a rocky start to their relationship.  As a police officer, James has been trained to spot signs of domestic abuse and offer help.  He can’t’ make anyone take his help but he sure as hell can try.  And those signs are all over Shay.  Sure, she may have reason to be wary of him, afterall he did accuse her of stealing his K-9 police dog  But he’s watching a switch flip on and off when she changes direction so quickly in conversations or actions.  It’s like some defensive shield comes down and she goes off in another direction in order to avoid what scared her or reminded her of the past.  James will get to the bottom of it eventually, once Shay trusts him enough to tell him the whole truth.

Shay is being stalked by an abusive ex-boyfriend.  And it’s getting worse day by day.  James has his own dealings with an ex-girlfriend who took some pretty nasty steps to get her own way in their relationship.  In many ways Irresistible Force is as much about Shay and James’ budding romance as it is about their vindictive, crazy ex-es.

This novel is fast paced, action filled with some sort of danger an almost constant companion.  I enjoyed Irresistible Force very much and would not hesitate to recommend it.  Sure, there are some crazy things happening to these two lovers, but they get through it.  Although, I will now be on the lookout for small clues in D. D. Ayres’ future novels.   I’m looking forward to diving into the next story in this series.

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