Physical Forces

Physical Forces

by D. D. Ayres

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Physical Forces by D. D. Ayres

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…

Don't miss Physical Forces, a K-9 Rescue novel from D. D. Ayres!

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781250086990
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Publication date: 05/30/2017
Series: K-9 Rescue Series , #6
Pages: 320
Sales rank: 167,634
Product dimensions: 4.10(w) x 6.90(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

D. D. Ayres is the author of the K-9 Rescue series which includes Primal Force and Force of Attraction. She loves men in uniforms and dogs, making the K-9 Rescue series with St. Martin's Press a dream come true. She currently lives in Texas where she's at work on her next novel.

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Physical Forces


By D.D. Ayres

St. Martin's Press

Copyright © 2017 D.D. Ayres
All rights reserved.
ISBN: 978-1-250-08707-2


CHAPTER 1

Macayla Burkett was about as prepared as a private detective could be. At least, one who specialized in locating lost, runaway, and abducted domesticated animals. To be exact, she was a Pet Detective. Three dog leashes encircled her waist. A high-beam flashlight hung from her utility belt, along with two dog muzzles, small and large, clipped there for easy access. The pockets of her cargo pants bulged with dog treats, a Kong, and a small first-aid kit. A pair of twelve-inch-long side-cut wire clippers, Velcroed to her pant leg, bumped her thigh with every step. The canister of pepper spray fogger hung from the right side of her utility belt for protection against aggressors of both the four- and two-legged variety.

She worked as an animal recovery specialist for Jefferina Franklin, a former police officer who now owned Tampa/St. Pete Recon, a fully licensed private investigation agency. It was part-time work, depending on the number of missing animal cases that came in. So far, the job had consisted mostly of coaxing once-sheltered pets out of swampy areas or abandoned structures, or off medians in rush-hour traffic. It was hot, fatiguing, and sometimes dangerous work. Occasionally she wasn't fast enough on the draw with the pepper fogger. This month alone she'd been bitten by an accidentally cornered squirrel and sprayed by a startled skunk.

Not a glamorous life.

Still, rescuing missing pets gave her a real sense of satisfaction. The looks on their owners' faces would be almost thanks enough if she didn't have rent to make. But she did have to earn a living. So this job, supplemented by the dog training classes she taught, plus the occasional pet-sitting job, made her bill collectors happy.

Mac, as she was known to her friends, was barred from real PI work until she qualified for a Class "CC" license, which would allow her to be hired as a PI intern. That meant a semester of general investigative training at the nearby community college. But Mac wasn't at all certain the PI business was for her. Tracking men who owed child support and catching cheating spouses didn't appeal at all. She liked the anonymity of working with animals on an assignment-by-assignment basis. Nobody owned her time, or kept track. Her responsibilities were clear and short-lived. That way she didn't owe anything, or anybody, a full-time commitment. Life had taught her that being responsible could carry a terrible price.

Jefferina Franklin had been doubtful about her abilities until she'd offered to follow up on, for free, several requests to locate missing pets that Tampa/St. Pete Recon routinely turned down. After logging a nearly 100 percent recovery rate, she had the job. That was more than ten months ago.

Tonight, however, her assignment didn't require her to trap or retrieve a runaway dog or cat. This was actual investigative work. Emphasis on intelligence gathering.

One week ago, the night before a big race, three racing greyhounds had disappeared from the kennels of Derby Lane racetrack, the oldest continuously operating greyhound track in the country. Their owners told police they thought the dogs were taken to keep them from competing in a big-money race. They hoped that afterward, the dogs would be returned. Not a trace of them had been seen since. Officially, the trail had gone cold.

Worried about the damage that could occur to professional animals missing their diet and training regimen, the owners had turned to Tampa/St. Pete Recon to develop and follow up on any new leads. Jefferina called Mac.

"If anyone asks, you're just tracking missing pets. Not trying to locate dog thieves. This is still officially a police matter. I won't have my license revoked because an unlicensed amateur screwed up. So don't." Jefferina was hard but fair. "You're only to collect evidence. No contact. No actions."

"Right," Mac murmured to herself. She'd need hard evidence of the dogs' whereabouts, if she found them. In this case, that meant photos.

She patted her left pants pocket. It contained her boss's newest bit of geek gear, a thermal image attachment for a cell phone. She had never used it before, and was much more worried about losing or damaging it than any possible danger to her personal safety.

The thrill of her first real PI assignment spurred her on as she made her way under the canopy of moss-draped trees a few blocks northwest of downtown St. Petersburg, in a modest area known as West and East Lealman. She'd done her due diligence, even if the sergeant at the precinct treated her like a cub reporter as she grilled him on the details the police had gathered.

The greyhounds hadn't bolted on their own. The padlocks had been cut through, and leashes and muzzles were missing. They had been taken. Dognapped. That was all he could, or would, tell her.

Next she'd contacted her usual missing-animal sources. Word on the street had been very slow in filtering back to her. That worried her. After months of tracking lost, abandoned, and occasionally taken pets — mostly by good people who thought the animal abandoned — she'd developed a network of people who regularly funneled information to her about stray-animal sightings. In a community that sometimes couldn't agree on much, nearly everyone thought that a person who'd mistreat an animal was a lower order of human being.

As she crossed the grass of an empty lot, the earth beneath her booted feet squished, softened by the curtain of rain that had swept in off Tampa Bay at sunset and dampened the area before moving on to anoint more lucrative real estate. The August shower had cooled the air just enough to discourage the gnats and mosquitoes that usually hovered in the warm night air. Illuminated by the city lights from Tampa, across the bay, the sky was never completely dark. Tonight the low clouds magnified that glow so that she didn't need her flashlight to guide her steps.

Mac paused in the shadow of a palmetto shrub to get her bearings. The sign across the road read KING OF THE ROAD MOBILE HOME PARK. Her first landmark.

Thankfully, the rain shower had driven the inhabitants inside, lessening the chance she'd be sighted. But the park wasn't her goal. It was the source of the only clue she'd developed so far about the missing greyhounds. It had come to her via Cedric, a man who lived on the street with his dog Dougie. While turning in his weekly aluminum can collection this morning at County Sanitation, located a few blocks from here, Cedric said he'd overheard residents of this trailer park complaining about hearing dogs howling pitifully several nights ago. One resident thought she spied a greyhound when she went to investigate. But when the police came they found nothing suspicious in the neighborhood. This morning, Cedric told her one of the mobile home residents was complaining about the smell that seemed to be emanating from a house on the block directly behind them. As thanks for the information, Cedric asked for and got three hot dogs from Doc's Haines Road Hot Dogs, one for him and two for Dougie.

Mac adjusted her belt. One complaint plus one complaint might add up to zero, but she was hoping for a solid sighting. She'd love to be the one to solve the mystery of the missing greyhounds. A high-profile case would give her legitimacy with law enforcement who, so far, seemed to see her as nothing more than an amateur dogcatcher. Emphasis on amateur.

Just get the pictures and get out, she reminded herself. Taking an animal off the premises was not authorized. This was still, technically, a police matter.

Keeping inside the line of shrubbery that ringed the area, she skirted the trailer park, and was slapped in the face with a wet palm frond twice for her efforts. Finally, she came face-to-face with the barrier between the park and the nearby neighborhood. She was prepared for wire fencing. She was unhappy to discover that it was a wood fence. Everybody was into upscaling their bit of turf.

It was times like this that she allowed herself to admit that being five foot nothin' was a bit of a handicap. But she didn't dwell on it. Two years of being the flyer on a middle school cheer team had left her still limber enough to scale a wall, even if her physical therapist recommended that she not do such demanding activities anymore. And mostly she didn't.

Well, not if she discounted her so-called date last week, which involved rock climbing at Vertical Ventures.

Mac groaned under her breath. Chasing dogs was more interesting than that date had been.

Luckily, the fence wasn't more than six feet. She was over it without much effort, despite the fact that her wire cutter handles had forked over the fence top, leaving her struggling for several seconds.

Note to self: Remove big hardware before climbing.

But once she was on the ground, her swallowed curses evaporated. The smell emanating from somewhere ahead was impossible to ignore.

Peering out through the limbs of an unpruned jacaranda tree, she could make out a block of small houses, many no larger than the double-wide trailers on the other side of the fence she'd shimmied over. She heard a dog bark, sharp and sudden, a warning that it, at least, was aware of a stranger on the street.

Hunkering down out of sheer instinct, she made her way in the deepest shadows toward the source of the stench. Why hadn't neighbors called this in? Why hadn't the city responded?

She reached for her cell phone, popped the infrared device into place, and held it up. The dark house was instantly rendered in vivid colors of blue and green with hints of yellow. Nothing red, which would indicate warmth and life. Not even the possibility of an electrical device like a TV or computer left on. Just to make certain it was working correctly, she swung it away from the house.

As she panned into the yard next door, two images that had been in deep shadow jumped vividly to life on her cell phone screen. Hot oranges and reds outlined two people facing off behind the yellow-green contours of a pickup truck parked in the driveway. They were arguing, the hot red ovals of their mouths issuing sounds that barely registered with her as she watched. They must have just exited the house, Mac thought.

The device's dual imaging allowed her to see a natural image of the men overlaid on the thermal imaging, giving her enough detail to tell one wore a hoodie while the other wore a suit or sport coat.

Watching in fascination to see the gadget at work, she knew the exact second it all went wrong. She saw the man in the suit reach into the bed of the pickup. And then she was looking at the pale-blue flare of the barrel of a pistol aimed at the second man.

Unable to believe what she was seeing, she pushed the RECORD button to capture the images she couldn't look away from.

She flinched at the brilliant flashes that exploded from a pinpoint in the middle of her screen. Yet the sound of the shots barely registered. Was that why the other man's silhouette barely moved? His only response was a hard grunt, as if he'd been punched in the gut. Hers was to stop breathing.

The first man moved quickly, lowering the tailgate of his truck even as the neighborhood came to life with barking dogs and doors banging shut. One brave soul turned on a porch light. But no one came running over in answer to a shot fired.

The shot man tried to stagger away. His assailant wheeled and struck the man with the pistol butt, its barrel still glowing eerily bright orange on Mac's screen from the heat generated by the bullet's passage. As the wounded man collapsed, the gunman caught and struggled to get him up into the bed of the truck and shut the tailgate.

Mac bit down hard on her lip to stop the instinct to cry out as he jerked open the truck's driver's-side door. But then he paused, as if listening. With her heart banging in her chest, the need for air was pushing her hard but she resisted breathing, because the man was moving again. He closed the driver's door, moving in quick strides past the hood to come straight in her direction. He must be wearing boots because he made little clicking sounds as he moved.

As he neared, Mac lowered her phone, effectively blinding herself. It was a childish move, as if she thought that by no longer being able to see him, he wouldn't be able to see her, either.

Go away! she thought wildly, repeating the phrase under her breath. This couldn't be happening. He couldn't have seen her crouched down in the shrubbery. She wouldn't have known he was there if not for the infrared device. All she had to do was hold still and be silent.

He came quickly toward her, moving into the shadow of shrubbery that flanked the near-side sidewalk. Though she quaked with fear, she couldn't resist raising the camera once more to figure out what he was doing. Everything after that disappeared behind the metallic glare of that still-glowing hollow-eye pistol aimed in her direction.

No time to scream. He must have seen her, as unbelievable as that seemed.

Not again. Please, not again.

She didn't cry out. There was only the impulse to throw herself further into the bushes. To shield, protect, and block herself from what she knew, all too well, came next.

The sound of a siren wailing in the night sounded like her own smothered scream.

CHAPTER 2

Three weeks later


"Engaged? Crikey!" Oliver Kelly stroked his short, thick beard. "That's —"

He glanced at his partner Jackeroo, an Australian shepherd lying on the hotel carpet a few feet away, as if his partner would know what to say.

The dog lifted his head, ears cocked expectantly.

"Congratulations is the word you're looking for." Kye McGarren sounded amused as his voice came through the cell phone.

"Yeah. That's it." Oliver motioned Jackeroo to him and began stroking the dog as he talked. "Good on ya, mate. But it's a bit sudden, isn't it?"

"It's been a year. Yardley's been tough to nail down."

Okay, so Kye and Yardley being in love wasn't news. They lived together when not on assignment for BARKS. Still. "Marriage. It'll change you."

"God, I hope so. It's time I settled down."

Oliver grunted. "You might have given a mate a heads-up, is all."

"You would have told Yardley."

"Never."

"Admit it. You gossip like a girl."

"Say that to my face."

Kye sighed. "That's the other reason I'm calling. I can't leave Yard right now. You're on your own this weekend."

"Fair dinkum. I'll give 'em right bloody hell." Oliver bit off the next sentence. He only went "all Aussie" — as Kye called it — when he was annoyed. "You know I hate these dos with everyone crawling up everyone's butt trying to drum up business. That's your department. You schmooze, I demonstrate. Public speaking gives me hives."

"Imagine your audience in their underwear."

"Fuck you very much. Now all I'll be able to visualize is a bunch of hairy-assed law enforcement alphas in Speedos."

"You that worried about going solo this weekend?"

Oliver was tempted to tell him the truth. Public speaking terrified him. He could regale a pub full of patrons with wild tales. But put him behind a podium and his throat closed up tighter than a sphincter. Of course that would be admitting vulnerability.

"Don't get your knickers in a twist. It's this sudden talk of settling down. You'd think —" He sucked in a breath. "Yard's in a family way."

Oliver could practically hear the grin that spread across his friend's face. "We're betting it's a boy. I'll send you the photos as soon as we get the sonogram done."

Oliver shook his head. "I'll pray for you, mate. You've fallen a long way from the path of the heathen brotherhood."

Kye laughed. "You'll tire of it one day. Bye, Uncle Ollie."

When the call had ended, Oliver looked over at his constant companion. "It's sad, really. A good man taken out in his prime. By love."

Jackeroo thumped his tail.

"Oh, you would side with Kye. That's because Yardley spoils you rotten when I'm not looking. Who gives a working animal T-bone steak?"

Jackeroo barked. One of his favorite words was T-bone.

He was a gorgeous example of the breed. His coat was longish and silky, with a white front that ran from his chin down both forepaws. His back and haunches were glossy black with touches of honey underneath, and he had white back feet. But it was his face that never failed to draw comment. A white blaze swept down from his forehead between high, flopped black ears, and around either side of his muzzle. Honey-brown fur covered his cheeks and circled his eyes, one brown and one blue. Dramatic kohl lines rimmed his eyes and mouth so that when he panted, everyone swore he was really smiling.


(Continues...)

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Physical Forces 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 28 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very disappointed. I've read and enjoyed the other books written by this author but couldn't even finish this one. No chemistry and the characters were blah and boring.
JHaney16 More than 1 year ago
This is my first book by Ayres. It also happens to be book six in A K-9 Rescue Series. This s the story of Macayla “Mac” who’s a pet detective and Oliver a K-9 Search and Rescue operative. The teasing banter, sexy flirting and comedy between the two were what made the book so good. After finishing Physical Forces, I had to go back and pick up the other books just to see what I missed. I am happy to say I have found a new one click author. I cannot wait to read my next one.
NovelKnight More than 1 year ago
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.
Buecherwurm161 More than 1 year ago
A Good Read. I was lucky enough that I got a copy of this book through NetGalley, in exchange for a review, which I am as always happy to provide. Now normally I would devour that kind of book but it took me just a bit to get into the storyline. Though it had everything you would want, lots of dogs and interesting characters but somehow I felt it lacked a bit of chemistry between our main characters. The pacing was a bit slow at the beginning and I would have loved more interactions between them, but it did heat up eventually with some steamy love making, a little bit of mystery and some action. Overall it was a nice read, but it won't make my list of books that I love to read over and over again.
grandmareads102 More than 1 year ago
Macayla Burkett is a private detective of the pet variety. A near death experience made her change her profession. When she's hired to recover three racing greyhounds, it ends badly. Now someone is setting her up to take the fall for stealing dogs. Can she find out who before she ends up in jail? At least she has Oliver Kelly and Jackeroo, his K-9, on her side. I enjoyed this action packed and suspenseful adventure. The characters are so full of life that that they leap of the page. I love their banter. Mac and Oliver are an amazing couple. I liked watching their battle of wills. They are equals. The mystery is the icing on the cake. I couldn't put down Physical Forces. The ending was a shocker. I never saw it coming. This book is a great addition to the K-9 Rescue series.
Rhodes123 More than 1 year ago
Macayla "Mac" Burkett is a Pet Detective. She tracks down missing and stolen dogs and cats. Two famous racing greyhounds go missing and then turn up dead and while searching for these dogs she becomes a witness to a murder. While a trying to rescue a dog from under a dumpster, Oliver Kelly spies her and thinks she is dumpster diving and goes to help her out. Then has to jump into the fray when Mac's car is being pummeled by two hoodlums with baseball bats and she is thrown to the ground. So, now Mac is being targeted and is in danger of being set up and going to jail. Oliver Kelly is a good looking and knows it. He's not only the Aussie Co-Owner of BARK, a K-9 SAR service but he looks like one of the strippers in town for a show. He has a Australian Shepherd named Jackeroo, and they come to the rescue of Pet Detective, Mac Burkett, sparks begin to fly immediately between these two. They decide to work together to stop the rumors and the threat to her life by solving the case of the animal theft. Danger erupts and lives are at stake but the flames of passion ignite to an inferno. These two must decide if they are willing to risk their hearts as well...
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good but not as enjoyable as the others in the series. Still overall a good read.
ReadYourWrites More than 1 year ago
Physical Forces is another installment of D.D. Ayres’ K-9 Rescue Series but it is a standalone read. This time, the focus is on Search and Rescue Guru and Aussie Oliver Kelly who becomes enamored with Pet Detective Macayla “Mac” Burkett while he is in Florida to speak at a SAR conference. Thinking that Mac is a damsel in distress, Oliver quickly comes to her rescue and soon learns that the petite and outspoken woman is nothing like the women that usually throw themselves at his feet. She doesn’t want his help and actually believes that he is a member of an Australian Exotic Dance Troupe. Although they clearly have some physical attraction to each other, Mac makes a failed attempt to keep Oliver at bay. More importantly, we soon find out that Mac’s life is in danger and she is being set-up to take the fall for crimes she didn’t commit. The overall premise of Physical Forces isn’t unique. The only thing that stops it from being totally cliché is the fact that it was at least a very fun book to read. Both Mac and Oliver have some secrets in their past that eventually come up to the surface which allow them to get closer to each other. Things happen so fast that it’s not totally believable, considering the way that they met. Oliver allowed himself to be vulnerable with Mac and she opened up to him and stopped hiding from who she was. To take things up a notch, most of the sex occurs outside of a bedroom and is definitely hot. There is a little bit of mystery and suspense to add to the story and I didn’t exactly like the way that it all wrapped up. I felt like Oliver’s character and his expertise should have played a larger role but…I did enjoy Physical Forces but I felt like it could have had a little more depth to it. I have read a few other books in this series which I felt were more complete. **Received a copy from St. Martin’s Paperbacks and voluntarily reviewed the book.**
EllenAnderson More than 1 year ago
This book was great! I'll admit I enjoy Ms. Ayres K-9 series, but I think its was probably my favorite. I love the way she brought his learning disibility into their story,because while they are called childhood diseases they dont have to last a lifetime. With a little help some problems can learn to be lived with. I certainly hope DD Ayres keeps this series coming!
TammyS32 More than 1 year ago
This is one action packed drama filled read. Macayla is a pet detective and when she gets in a bit of trouble, Oliver who also runs a K-9 Search and Rescue business comes to her rescue. They end up working together. I really liked suspenseful read, the story is very entertaining and Oliver is great. I loved the chemistry between Macayla and Oliver, it was a fun read.
gigiluvsbooks2 More than 1 year ago
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… Review: I read the first book in the series and then somehow missed all the other books in between that and this the sixth book in the series. I really liked both I am not sure what happened with me. I really liked and felt sorry for Macayla. To lose your partner and dog was traumatic and sets her on a course to find herself again. That she is strong and vulnerable all at the same time made her a great character in my book. Then there is Oliver, other than a man-bun (I just can't get in on that trend), what is there not to like? He is a rescuer, loves animals, has a sexy accent and is a stripper...lol...just kidding. Though if you read the book you will get what I mean. The story has a fun side to it besides the emotion, sexy and action woven throughout it. The many facets made this a more interesting story. The one thing I have to say is-I did figure out who was behind the mystery going through the story, but other than that, it was an entertaining read. 4Stars *I voluntarily read an advance reader copy of this book provided by the publisher.*
ReadingInPajamas More than 1 year ago
✦Review: PHYSICAL FORCES: A K-9 Rescue Novel by D. D. Ayres Publication Date: May 30, 2017 Genre: Romantic Suspense/ Contemporary Romance Reviewed by: Reading in Pajamas/ Donna Rated: 4.5 Stars I enjoyed this installment in the K-9 Rescue series. Oliver is such a joy, with his good looks, strength and sense of fun. The glimpse of vulnerability only made him more desirable. Macayla is feisty and self-confident, without being pushy. I loved her personality and how she fit so well with Oliver. She did a few things that belied her intelligence and made me squint – but other than that, the story was good. A fun, fast-paced, who-done-it, that made me read it in one sitting. *Review copy provided by NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. ~*~*~*~
ArizonaJo More than 1 year ago
Physical Forces by D. D. Ayres is the final book in her K-9 Rescue series. I am sorry to see this series finish as it's been a great ride. This one includes a woman with an unusual job, pet detective, and a gorgeous Australian self-made winner. I admired the heroine, Macayla Burkett, as she has overcome a very traumatic experience in her previous career in child services. She walked away and never looked back as she re-invented herself. Oliver Kelly has dyslexia but was treated shabbily by his father because of it. He left home at 16 by joining the service. He learned to read and write while in the service as well as developing his love of dogs. He is co-owner with Kye McGarren of BARKs which travels all over the world to provide search and rescue services. These two people were made for each other. The plot was steady paced with Ms. Ayres taking her time to let readers get to know Macayla and Oliver. I liked that she provided points of view from both Oliver and Macayla throughout the story. The plot against Macayla was complex and I was totally glued to the pages to find out what exactly was happening and why. The reveal was thrilling but I smiled (although terrified for Macayla) as Jackeroo tried to save her. I want to thank Ms. Ayres for another wonderful adventure with the men and women of the SAR community. I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book from St. Martin's Press via NetGalley. All of the above opinions are my own.
Dawncatlady More than 1 year ago
Aussie K9 search and rescue and a female pet detective- great combination for the next book in the series. Enjoyed with suspense and setting from the first page. Recommend this series and author. Ebook from net galley and publishers with thanks. Opinions are entirely my own
ZR1000 More than 1 year ago
Search and rescue meets a pet detective… This is the sixth book in the K-9 Rescue series that can be read as a stand-alone. Macayla Burkett is hiding from her past and working as a pet detective for a private investigations firm while she recovers from the tragedy of a year before. She’s isolated herself from family and friends, not forming lasting relationships. Seeking two stolen racing greyhounds one night she captures violence on video bringing memories she hasn’t dealt with to the surface, were it not for the sound of approaching sirens she might’ve become another victim, the dogs were unfortunately found dead. Dumpster diving to recover a missing Pomeranian Macayla meets a gorgeous man who has to be a stripper with the body and looks that he has. His long blond hair reminds Macayla of Thor. Next thing she knows he helps her against men vandalizing her car without being asked. She’ll admit to lust for the sexy man with an Aussie accent but she’s got too much to deal with for even one night with a stripper who’ll be gone in days. Or does she? Later in a hotel she sees his picture on a sign for a search and rescue conference and learns she’d judged him wrong and he let her believe it. She can’t help talking to him when she sees him there and it’s in the nick of time for he’s not having a good day at the thought of making a presentation in front of so many people. As co-owner of a search and rescue firm Oliver Kelly is in Florida to promote the business. His partner usually does the marketing work but wasn’t available for this trip. He’s in a panic about what he has to do when he sees the cute perky pet detective in front of him, he grabs onto her for dear life. Strangely enough it was the best thing he could have done, her empathy gave him strength. There’s no denying the chemistry between them but that’s not the reason he keeps thinking about her after he leaves, he truly enjoyed being with her. When he learned that she’d landed in serious trouble he returns to help. Something about the quirky woman presses all of his buttons including some he didn’t know he had. This was my first time reading this author and I quite enjoyed the read. There was a mystery to solve and a suspenseful plot with someone out to get the heroine but why is the question. Will they make the connection in time? I loved that dogs were included in the storyline, animals tend to bring smiles with their behaviors. Macayla seems to be a magnet for trouble and a great advocate for animal rights. The protagonists have relatable issues and they helped each other heal, their dynamics were entertaining. As they slowly got to know each other from their inner thoughts each doubted themselves but they needed to see where what was between them could go. You never know when you’ll meet that one person that changes your outlook on everything. An advanced reading copy was obtained from the publisher via NetGalley.
gromine49 More than 1 year ago
I love dogs anyway but this story was probably one of my favorites in the series. Macayla is a pet detective, finding missing dogs, and Oliver is with a K9 rescue service. Great romance and it is just totally enjoyable to read.
BookReview4you More than 1 year ago
'PHYSICAL FORCES' by D.D. Ayres is book Six in the "K-9 Rescue" series. This is the story of Macayla 'Mac' Burkett and Oliver Kelly. I have not yet read the other books in this series so for me it was a standalone book . Mac does Pet Detective work which now has landed her in some serious trouble after one of her cases lead to a bigger crime. Oliver is part owner of a K-9 Search and Rescue business. They get off to a rocky start it seems but they end up help each other solve what has been going with the animals. I have never read a Dog Detective Romance Before and this one had a little bit of everything in it. We had the Hot Hero, the strong heroine, some funny scene and of course the animals. Overall Great Read! "My honest review is for a special copy I voluntarily read."
mamalovestoread22 More than 1 year ago
After an devastating incident Macayla Burkett is forced to change careers, and leave her old life behind for one that is a little more subdued, instead of helping people, she now helps families find their furry friends that have gone missing. Being a pet detective isn't always glamorous, nor does it pay well, but Macayla enjoys every minute of it... well except maybe when it puts her in the wrong place at the wrong time, and puts her life in danger! While working on her newest case she discovers that the famous dogs she has been searching for have been murdered, and the men who committed the crime now have their sights set on her... With danger lurking at every corner she knows she needs help, but who can she trust... good thing fate decides to intervene and put her on the same path as a fellow sexy K-9 detective who is willing to help keep her safe! When Oliver Kelly spots a woman lingering near a dumpster he can't help but want to help her, he assumes she is a homeless woman foraging for food, so he offers to buy her a meal... and soon learns that what he assumed couldn't be farther from the truth! His little assumptions offend her and she immediately sends him packing, but before long these two wander onto each others paths again, and they join forces to catch the criminals who are heisting pets all around the city! And the minute they do the sparks start to fly... I thoroughly enjoyed this one, the moment I started it the suspenseful plot grabbed a hold of me and had me flying through the pages...it was so addictive!! I mean seriously what is not to love about a sexy K-9 detective that comes equipped with a body made for sin, a good heart and an Australian accent that has the ability to curl your toes...Oliver is the total package!! Macayla and him were quite the pairing, while at first their wasn't a love connection(due to their wrong assumptions), it didn't take long for the sparks bouncing around between them to take hold, and for things to get nice and steamy!! I love suspenseful, action packed, romance stories, and I have to say this one checked off all my "must-haves"... and then some!! Highly recommend this one, it is sure to keep you on the edge of your seat the whole way through!! I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this title.
ReaderLoverKV More than 1 year ago
This is my first book in the K-9 Rescue series. This story is about Macayla and Oliver. Macayla is working as a local pet rescuer and is trying to coax a dog out from under a dumpster, when Oliver while going on a run with his K-9 parter Jackeroo, mistakes Macayla as a homeless person. From this point on trouble ensues Macayla, from getting her car trashed by some young deviants waving a bat, to being accused of dognapping the very animals she is ordered to rescue. Let's not forget that prior to her meeting Oliver, on another case, she witnessed a murder. Macayla is a very sweet, protective and independent woman who falls for Oliver. Oliver and his partner Kye, own and operate BARKS (Bolt Action K-9 Rescue Services) that goes around the world to help people that are in imminent danger from natural disasters. Oliver and Macayla have chemistry the moment they lay eyes upon each other. This was an alright read for me. I liked the story well enough, though I felt it was drawn out in some places and though Oliver and Macayla get together I just did not feel the passion of their love.
Barb-TRC More than 1 year ago
Physical Forces by D.D. Ayres is the 6th book in her K-9 Rescue series. Macayla (Mac), our heroine, is a pet detective. She works for a PI firm, and usually handles missing or kidnapped pets. Oliver Kelly, our hero, is an Australian hunk, who happens to be in town for a seminar. While walking with his K-9 dog, Jackeroo, he spots a girl in the dumpster. When he offers help, Mac eyes him carefully, thinking that due to his physique, he has to be a stripper from the local bar. In a short time, Oliver finds out that Mac is trying to catch a missing dog, and helps her. After a bit, Mac will learn that Oliver owns BARKS, a famous K-9 Search and Rescue service. Needless to say, even if their original perceptions were off, their immediate attraction to each other was not. What follows is a slow build romance with a couple that had sizzling chemistry, which does take a back seat, as a mystery moves forefront. After two show dogs are found dead, Mac finds herself in trouble, since someone is trying to frame her. She depends on her boss, Jefferina and Oliver to help her find the real culprits and absolve her. Oliver will also learn that Mac was not always a pet detective, but instead a hero. A year before working for child services, she saved the life of a young child; but after getting shot and losing her dog in the process, Mac left it all behind. The last half of the book escalated the mystery behind who was framing Mac, and who was behind the dog napping, which also picked up on the excitement, as well as danger element of the story. I liked both Mac and Oliver, they were fun together. I also liked Oliver’s K-9 dog, Jackeroo, but until the end, he did not play a big part in this story. The ending was suspenseful and exciting, as Mac finds herself in mortal danger. Will she survive? Will Oliver convince Mac to become part of his life and be what she was meant to do? I am a fan of this series by D.D. Ayres, and Physical Forces was an excellent addition to the series. If you enjoy romance, dogs, suspense, then you should read this series.
Monnie777 More than 1 year ago
Let me start off saying that I have not read any of the other books in this series. You don't need to read the other books to read this one. I really did like this book and the characters. I just wasn't to happy with the ending. I found the ending to short, maybe an epilogue would have been nice or even a few more chapters. Overall the book was good and I would read more in this series. I hope the author does a better job with the ending for future books as I personally didn't feel it lived up to the HEA explicitly. *Thank you NetGalley for allowing me to read this for my honest opinion*
MBurton More than 1 year ago
This was a surprisingly cute story about a pet detective, Macayla, who witnesses a murder while searching for greyhound racing dogs. Now she has someone trying to frame her and the very sexy Oliver comes to her rescue. It started out as just a cute story that turned into more towards the end. Oliver is part of a big shot, search and rescue team. He's in town for a conference and finds Mac crawling around a dumpster. He mistakes her for a bag lady searching for food when really she's just trying to coax out the terrified Pomeranian who's been missing from his family. That leads to him defending her against the punk kids beating up her car to him trying to help her solve who's framing her. I liked this story a lot more than I thought I would. I first thought the story was fun but a bit silly. The more I read the more it sucked me in. The story got more deep and the sex scene in the ocean was bold and impressive. This is a series but can be read as a standalone. ARC provided by NetGalley.
Bette313 More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed this one! It's a bit different and slightly silly at times but it was very entertaining. Macayla Burkett is working as a pet detective. What exactly is a pet detective you ask? She spends her days looking for lost pets and returning them to their owners. While searching for missing greyhounds, she witnesses a violent incident. She doesn't realize how much trouble she's stumbled upon until she finds herself as a target. Oliver Kelly is a world renowned SAR specialist. When he first sees Macayla digging through the dumpster he assumes she's hungry and offers to buy her breakfast. The reality is she's trying to coax a pup out into the open. Macayla takes one look at Oliver and assumes he's a male stripper. And this is how their fun and crazy relationship starts. It's all fun until they both realize that Macayla is in danger. I have to admit being from Tampa it was fun reading about all the places around the area. Still the story itself was entertaining and I would recommend this one.
Linda__ More than 1 year ago
Loved! Another winner in the K-9 Rescue series! This book introduces us to Macayla, a pet detective who has run away from her life and barely getting by finding lost pets. Oliver finds her scrounging around a dumpster and immediately jumps to the wrong conclusion and offers to buy her breakfast. She thinks he's a stripper and isn't interested. Instant and totally wrong impressions lead to some interesting and entertaining interplays between them. Oliver is actually a partner in BARKS, a canine search and rescue company. Macayla is actually a social worker with a much lauded history.....until it's used against her. Oliver tries to help her and ends up in the thick of things. This is a wonderful book that fans of the genre will love. I particularly enjoyed the insight into SAR dogs and the bond between handler and dog. This in another winner in a series of winners. While it is part o f a series, it is a stand alone novel - however, it's so good that you really owe it to yourself to read them all. The author is on my must read authors' list.
ytcruz More than 1 year ago
I have only read one other book by this talented author , and have to say I have become a fan forever. Even though the book is part of a series, it’s a stand alone. The story centers around Macayla (Mac) Burkett and Aussie K-9 Search and Rescuer, Oliver Kelly. Mac is a pet detective, meaning , when pets are lost, she finds them for the owners. This was not her profession a year ago, but life has thrown her some curveballs, and she has changed professions. She meets Oliver during one of her rescues and mistakes him for a male stripper. The plot is full of suspense, false accusations, dangerous individuals, witnessing a murder, and of course romance. But , it’s also more than that. It’s also a story how a tragedy in our lives can change our outlook on people, how it can create self doubt and can deeply affect us. Also, that disabilities, and how parents react to them, can affect a child all the way through adulthood. And that love and support of friends and a loved one, can help us overcome everything. I was gifted this copy by Netgalley. The opinions expressed are solely my own.