Primal ForceTitle:  Primal Force
Series:  K-9 Rescue #4
Author:  D. D. Ayres
Genre:  Contemporary Romance
Published:  September 1, 2015
Publisher:  St. Martin’s Paperbacks
My Rating:  5 stars
Source:  NetGalley
Cover Description:

Passion is always worth fighting for…

Jori Garrison trains dogs for Warrior Wolf Pack, which provides service animals for disabled veterans. Four years ago, she was wrongly convicted of a crime—thanks to her no-good ex-fiancé. Now she just wants to live her life in peace with her beloved dogs. No men, no complications. But it’s hard to play it cool when a lethally hot male is on her tail—and the attraction is fierce, mutual, and dangerous…

Lauray “Law” Batisse is a Military Police veteran who was wounded in Afghanistan. Haunted by the loss of his K-9 partner in combat, he’s reluctant to accept a service dog named Samantha into his life. But once he meets her trainer—the gorgeous Jori Garrison—he can’t fight his primal instincts. And neither can Jori. This sexy alpha male might be the only man strong enough to unleash her desires. And when unseen enemies start hunting them down, he and his new K-9 partner might be her only hope… to survive.

Read on for my thoughts on Primal Force.  No true spoilers promise.

Primal Force is such a powerful story.  Jori and Law are both wounded, both lone wolves and fiercely independent.  One by birth, the other by circumstances beyond her control.

Jori spent time in prison for a crime she had no knowledge of at the time.  No one came to her rescue, no one stood up in the courtroom proclaiming this was a miscarriage of justice.  No, she was swept up in the same ink of her now dead former fiance.  Drugs were found on him, in his apartment and in the apartment they shared – unknown to Jori.  But the law says if the evidence fits then you do the time.  In one clean sweep her dreams of a future, of law school of normal were gone.  Part of what kept her sane in prison was being part of the Warrior Wolf Pack, a nonprofit that trained service dogs for wounded veterans.  When she was released she became an instructor at WWP.  It was there that she first laid eyes on Law.

Law didn’t want to be here training at WWP, he sure as hell didn’t want the mixed up doodle that was part poodle and something large.  Samantha, his service dog trained to help and assist him with PTSD and the loss of his leg.  Yeah, right.  Damned dog looked more like a Cheese Doodle and she didn’t know the commands he barked at her in German – okay, she wasn’t a police or military trained dog – but she wasn’t going to be his either.  She was being turned back over as soon as he could manage it.  In the explosion that caused the loss of his leg and other injuries, his K-9 companion had been killed.  It was perhaps the worst blow of that day.  There was no way this fluffy bit of dog was going to replace Scud.  No way, no how.

Even though he was riding a desk these days, Law was still a State Trooper and he would get back into the field once again.  But he had unfinished business.  Reports about what happened in Afghanistan that night didn’t add up.  And he was going to get answers.

He couldn’t have cared less about Jori’s time in prison.  What he needed was a hot body and no commitments.  And that’s what he got.  Until she got under his skin, until he found himself looking into why she’d ended up in prison – because that didn’t add up either.  Law had no idea at the time that his two separate items that “didn’t add up” were in fact more connected than he knew.  And as time went on he and Jori and Sam would discover just how deep the coverups went and how dangerous a bit of curiosity was for them all.

I was captivated by Primal Force.  Law and Jori were so real, so believable in their personalities, actions and motives.  I absolutely adored Sam.  The times when we are told what is happening from Sam’s POV are some of the most charming in this story.  Her Alpha = Law and in spite of his slowness to see her as vital to his happiness she already knows he and the other female Alpha are her Pack and she will do anything for them… not the Cat though.  Cat came with the female Alpha and had to be tolerated but Cat wasn’t part of the Pack.   Jori and Law simply work, they are super hot together and more than that they each fill a need, even if they aren’t ready to say that yet.

Law will fight his attraction to both of the women in his life, but given time he will see their true worth.

If you enjoy a romance suspense story full of fast action, danger and a very sexy hero then Primal Force is a novel you’ll want to pick up.  I enjoyed the experience of the K-9 Rescue series very much, read and reviewed them back to back.  And I will definitely be looking for the next story, which I’m hoping is Yardley’s, but we’ll see.

*I received an e-ARC of Primal Force from the publisher and NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. That does not change what I think of this novel.*

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