Force Of Attraction
St. Martin's Paperbacks, Mar 31 2015, $7.99
DEA Agent Scott Lucca and his K-9 partner Izzy work a heroin smuggling case in which the illegal drug is placed inside of dogs. He needs a “wife” as part of his undercover sting. Scott knows how an undercover assignment can destroy an operative’s personal life; as happened with his marriage to Montgomery County police officer Nicole “Cole” Jamison. Still he knows she is the perfect mate to help him infiltrate the ring using the cover of the competitive circuit.
Reluctantly, Scott asks his ex and her K-9 partner Hugo to join him and Izzy. Though Cole wants nothing to do with Scott, her rage over the canine abuse supersedes her need to keep a healthy distance from her former husband. As they role play the loving couple while their dogs compete; the humans know they still love each other, but taking down the monsters comes before exploring or fleeing their feelings.
The latest K-9 Rescue police procedural (see Irresistible Force) is a tense second chance romantic suspense. Using dogs as drug mules will horrify readers who will root for show stealer Hugo the crime dog to take a bite out of the ringleader’s hide.