Primal Force: A K-9 Rescue Novel

Primal Force: A K-9 Rescue Novel

by D. D. Ayres

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Overview

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….

PRIMAL FORCE

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781250042194
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Publication date: 09/01/2015
Series: K-9 Rescue Series , #3
Pages: 336
Sales rank: 154,915
Product dimensions: 4.20(w) x 6.80(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

D. D. Ayres 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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Primal Force


By D.D. Ayres

St. Martin's Press

Copyright © 2015 D.D. Ayres
All rights reserved.
ISBN: 978-1-4668-3985-4


CHAPTER 1

He was running.

The best part of any day. Straight up a steep mountain incline. Knee lifts as important as footfalls. The jackhammer explosion of quads and calves propelled him off the ground and up the terrain in a zigzag pattern. One after the other, his boots hit the rocky earth, springing him forward, taking him higher.

His heart was pumping like a motor with a hemi attached. The sky above a pale-yellow dome of heat. The earth beneath him hard, desert dry, unforgiving.

It didn't matter. He was almost there. Almost at the summit. The scraping of air in and out of his lungs was the end-all, be-all of the moment.

Finally, there was no more ground in front of him.

He bent at the waist, gasping greedily for all the oxygen his lungs could wring from the thin air. His quads trembled. His calves burned. Sweat evaporated right out of his pores. He'd be dangerously depleted soon.

He stood up, arms thrown wide, staring out across the natural cauldron where the Afghani town below lay sprawled like lumpy brown fungus. It didn't matter. Nothing mattered. He had achieved his goal.

Top of the world, Ma.

One second, silence in the narrow but familiar street of an Afghan village, interrupted only by his partner's excited bark. The next, a consuming white-hot brilliance. Then the searing pain of a body on fire.

Someone was screaming. Echoing in his head the sounds he could no longer make. Where was his K-9 Scud?

Rifle fire and then a canine yelp of pain came from just above him. Scud! Scud was hurt! He tried to turn his head but the effort was too great.

He was shaking uncontrollably. Shock was setting in. He was trained to resist it. Must control that. But ...

Can't breathe. Can't —


Lauray "Law" Battise jerked awake to the wettest kiss of his life. There was plenty of tongue and heated breathing and — um, she might have brushed first. Her breath was two Tic Tacs short of yummy. Well, hell. It was wartime. He needed release, anything to block out the memories. Resigned, he reached for his bed partner, already hoping his nightmare hadn't preempted the possibility of a morning hard-on.

Instead of an armful of warm naked woman, he embraced a heavy muscular body encased in curly dense fur.

"What the fuck?"

Law opened his eyes and frowned down the length of his nose at his unwelcome bed companion. Sixty-five pounds of dog the color of a rusted-out car lay stretched out on top of him, her muzzle just touching his chin.

Even through the haze of his flashback, he knew the dog was evaluating his odor, teasing apart the cocktail of chemicals called pheromones, to test whether he was still in the throes of a full-blown episode.

Calm but alert, she licked at the sweat running from his chin whiskers down onto his throat then paused to gaze at him with golden-brown eyes of concern.

He pointed at the floor. "Heruntersteigen."

She merely stared at him.

"Heruntersteig —" Oh, right. Civilian dog. She didn't know German commands, the language of most military and civil law enforcement K-9s. This docile pooch only knew words like fetch, sit, heel, and go potty.

"Get down."

She immediately did as he asked. But moved no farther away than the side of his bed, where she stared at him with soft doggy eyes.

Law sat up and stripped a hand down his face, wiping away the sweat of anxiety. The acrid smell of rocket propellant had yet to evaporate from his imagination. He flicked on the nightstand light as his gaze tracked the small perimeter of the hotel room for intruders. The action was so ingrained in his psyche that he wasn't fully aware of it.

The room was empty. Even so, he was about to rise and double-check the door lock when the cell phone tucked under his pillow began to vibrate. He grabbed for it.

"Got yourself a dog?" His half sister Yardley's voice was unmistakable.

Law's eyes narrowed on the mix of golden retriever and poodle with a rusted-red coat, coal-black nose, floppy ears, and enormous curling tail. "What I've got here is a giant Cheez Doodle. Jesus. Who names a working dog

Sa-man-tha!"

"Still having flashbacks?" Yardley Summers always cut to the heart of a matter.

Law didn't lie. And he never backed down. His go-to response for any question he didn't want to answer was silence.

"I'll take that as a yes. We had a deal."

"More like extortion."

He grunted at the memory of his half sister arriving without warning at his door six months earlier. He'd just failed his law enforcement physical, for the second time. His prosthetic leg was good, but not hard-charging pursuit-and-apprehension-reliable enough to put him back on patrol with the Arkansas State Police. So he'd handed in his resignation. Instead of accepting it, his trooper sergeant had put him on extended leave and called Yardley, the only kin Law listed in his personal file.

"I didn't ask for your help."

"You were in no condition. I've never seen anything more pathetic than you drunk and drowning in self-pity."

Law ground his teeth to keep silent.

After showing up on his doorstep, Yardley had cussed a blue streak as she'd bullied him into the shower then all but spoon-fed him her "special" homemade soup. She didn't mention it contained a cocktail of all the meds he had been avoiding until he was cross-eyed and sliding out of his chair.

Three days later, when she was certain he was wide-awake and could function, she'd left behind a filled-out copy of an application for Warriors Wolf Pack. Attached was a note that said: Do this and I will do what you asked. That was six months ago. She hadn't been in touch until now.

"You called at the ass crack of dawn for a reason, Yard?"

"I need to know that you're taking this PTSD dog idea seriously."

The hair on Law's neck rose as his fist tightened around the phone. "You found out something."

"I don't have the full intel yet. These days snail mail is safer than the Internet. By the time you've done your ten-day training, I'll have it."

"Right." Law punched the END button and lobbed his phone onto the mattress. If Yard knew him, he knew her, too. She wouldn't have called unless she already had something. He didn't need to ask how she'd gotten the information. Yardley Summers had connections that would make a CIA spook jealous.

Staring off into space, Law flexed his hands to pump off a little of his anger as a familiar resentment swelled in him. He hated asking for help. Even from Yardley. Had never in his life asked for it, or accepted it. Even now he hadn't reached out to members of his former unit because instinct or stubbornness — or paranoia — told him not to.

But his life had turned to shit after the explosion in Afghanistan four years earlier. He needed answers, about what had happened to him, and to his military police K-9 partner, Scud.

During his last tour of active military police duty he'd been paired with an Alpha-male Belgian Malinois named Scud who could control crowds, take down a sniper, and locate IEDs all in the same day.

Scud was loyal but he wasn't always friendly. Most handlers wouldn't take him on. Yet Law had seen in the tough loner a reflection of himself. They weren't buddies, yet they became a team, moving and working as one, anticipating the needs of the other in daily life-and-death situations.

Law rubbed hard at one of the scars hidden beneath the bush of beard along his left jaw. The explosion he never saw coming had strafed his body and shredded his left leg, and killed Scud outright. He knew what to counsel himself. It wasn't my fault. But the thing about that was, if it wasn't his fault, whose was it?

Pain squeezed Law's heart but he fought the emotion. If tortured, he would have lied about his feelings for Scud with his final breath. Never again would he allow himself to be that vulnerable.

His guilt over Scud had strengthened during the last year. Before that, he'd been too busy trying to heal and restore what was left of his mangled body. It wasn't until nine months ago, as he was trying to reclaim his life as a state trooper, that symptoms of PTSD kicked in hard, taking a turn at wrecking his psyche. Was his subconscious, finally, trying to tease out the answers to what had happened that day? Or was he now just a messed-up loser who needed a dog to keep him from freaking out in public?

"Screw it." He could handle this on his own. Alone.

He stood up. And hit the floor with a thud.

"Shit!" It had been a long time since he'd forgotten to compensate the distribution of his body weight for one leg. The delusion of having two legs must have been the leftover result of his running dream.

He swung out a hand for his prosthesis lying on a nearby chair. It was out of reach. Before he could scoot closer, Samantha moved quickly to pick up the artificial leg with her mouth. She brought it over and placed it gently in his lap without being asked.

"Good dog, Sam — dog." He felt silly calling her by that long-ass Samantha name.

Law hoisted himself back up on the mattress and reached for the pouch of doggy treats WWP had given him to reward his companion for her work. Half a service dog's daily food supply was handed out in the form of rewards. He held out a few small nuggets, which she gobbled up. He dug into the bag again, figuring he owed her.

"So here's the deal. I'm calling you Sam until I turn you back in. You good with that, Sam?"

She gazed up at him with calm adoration and tongue-lolling satisfaction.

Crap. Sam even had a nice smile.

Okay, so the dog was getting to him. She was more than a pampered pet. She was everything the WWP promised: attentive, smart, intuitive, and helpful. The perfect service companion ... for someone else. He didn't deserve this dog's help or loyalty. He'd lost that right when Scud died. He couldn't be responsible for another companion's life. Ever again.

Law turned to inspect his injured limb to make certain his fall hadn't caused any damage. Some pain, more or less, was always with him. There were better things to think about. For instance, the attractive dog trainer Jori — something. He hadn't caught her full name.

His K-9 instructor side appreciated watching her technique while working with the dogs. The purely male part of him enjoyed watching the way her pants pulled tight across the very nice curves of her butt and how her tee pulled taut against the swell of her breasts as she worked. She was the kind of woman who didn't need to show skin to be sexy. It was in the way she handled herself. The subtle huskiness of her voice was sexy as hell, too. Her straightforward manner kept the other four vets smiling and at ease as she helped them understand the capabilities of their specially trained new service dogs. Except him. Him, she ignored.

Law smiled to himself. She must have read something predatory in his expression that first day. He couldn't argue with her judgment. Jori gave him an itch.

Maybe it was the long honey-brown braid she wore, twitching down her back as she moved. Made him want to wrap that braid around his forearm and haul her in by it. Each time she touched his hand to loosen his grip on the leash or to adjust his position with his dog, he fought the urge to reach out and touch back. And then go on touching and holding, wanting to kiss and caress her until he had persuaded her to be naked under him.

Law pushed an impatient hand through longish thick black hair. He probably shouldn't be thinking dirty thoughts about his instructor. Jori didn't look like an easy lay. He didn't have time for anything else.

He knew what women said about him: Good in bed but impossible to love.

True enough. He was insensitive, untrustworthy, possessed of a quick temper, and selfish. He'd enjoy the company of any willing woman. But he never let it get personal, or stand in his way. In that, he was his father's son.

"Nothing short of all fucked up," he muttered to himself.

He picked up the liner to sheathe his stump, rolled and smoothed it on, then picked up his prosthesis. Now, this baby was worth being excited about. This techno wonder was going to get his trooper job back. Without that concrete measure of his worth as a man, his struggle to get better was worthless.

Three months ago, he'd succeeded in getting his old prosthetic leg swapped out for one with sophisticated military-grade microprocessor-controlled devices. With gyroscopes, accelerators, hydraulics, and sensory points to turn muscle contractions into device response, the new leg gave him great stability and mobility. With it he could walk, climb stairs, even run without thinking about it — as long as he remembered to strap it on.

He stood up, this time with the expected results. As close to good-as-new as he was going to get.

If he hurried he could get in some gym time before he left for Richmond, Virginia, the nearest airport to where Yardley lived. The best cure for a PTSD episode was to push himself, hard, until his heart was pumping like a jackhammer and his muscles trembled with fatigue. Only at the peak of exhaustion did his mind sometimes shut down long enough to give him peace.

Unless ... he could convince Jori to do the dirty with him before he left. In and out? A one-off in their lives?

He shook his head at his unruly thoughts. Bad, Law. Phooey, Law. She's not for you.


* * *

Samantha watched with concerned eyes as her Alpha dressed himself. She knew he was Alpha because of the tone of his voice and the strong virile scent that labeled him the dominant partner.

She smelled others things on him as well, like anger, fear, and anxiety. She didn't like those smells. They made her uncomfortable, much like the veterinarian's office. The cloying odors of injury, sickness, and fear from other animals could not be scrubbed away by antiseptics. Those smells were worse than the shots she occasionally received.

As the Alpha passed her, Samantha pushed her nose forward and sniffed his pant leg.

"Don't."

She drew back. His tone was harsh. As if she'd done something wrong. Didn't he know? She was trained to pay attention, and to find ways to make the fear and anxiety stop when those pheromones emanated from him. She had done that this morning, even if he didn't seem to understand at the time why she had woken him. That was okay. He would learn. He was her chosen Alpha.

Three days ago five men and their family members had come to WWP. Each brought a reek of smell fragments from his daily life. Some were familiar, others the unique combination of their own bodies, homes, and habits. One man was ill. Two had had coffee and cigarettes for breakfast. She even knew by their shared smells which humans belonged to the same pack.

But one man's scent was different. His odor was a cocktail of emotional markers that included anger, pain, and sadness. And more. He smelled alone. There were no other human scents on him. No animal scents, either.

Most of the people Samantha had encountered in the twenty-five months of her life carried the scents of their companions, human and/or pet. This Alpha smelled of isolation. That was not good for a pack animal.

The only time Samantha had felt this way was when, as a puppy, she'd been abandoned at a shelter. All the smells were strange. None of her litter or her mother. She was fed and watered, but otherwise left alone in a cage that prevented her from running or playing with the other dogs. Until Alpha Kelli found and brought her to WWP.

She loved being in the WWP pack. There were lots of dogs to play with, and human Alphas to love and teach and protect her. Even when she moved from Alpha to Alpha for training, she was always treated as part of the pack.

But now things were different.

She had felt the excitement in the WWP pack the day the strangers came. She sensed that things were about to change, yet again. One of the strangers would take her home.

Yet no one handed her off. They simply dropped her leash and let her roam among the strangers, sniffing out a need. Her choice. It was not hard.

The sad man needed her to be his pack. She'd picked that up the first day. No Alpha, even the strongest, was healthy when he was without his pack.

The Alpha dropped his wallet and cursed.

Samantha hurried over and scooped it up in her mouth before he could bend down for it. He looked surprised then frowned. She felt confused by his frown. Then proud when he took the wallet from her.


(Continues...)

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Primal Force: A K-9 Rescue Novel 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 19 reviews.
JenniferSchultheisJS More than 1 year ago
Primal Force by D.D. Ayres impressed with its appealing storyline, larger than life characters, and the author’s addicting writing style. Ayres puts a closed off, law officer into mixed company with an ex-con and a doodle named Samantha. What could possibly go wrong? First off we have Jori. She’s this amazing human being. She’s an ex-con but is out to change her circumstance. It doesn’t even matter that she never deserved to be in prison in the first place. The system let her down big time, but that doesn’t stop her from trying to change other people’s lives for the better. She’s strong, connects well with people and dogs, and doesn’t quit. Law….is a quite a character. I didn’t like him in the beginning, but as the story unfolds, readers get a glimpse of why he acts the way he does. He warns Jori from the beginning that he’s not a good guy, but the more he’s with her, the more he doesn’t want to hurt her. He has issues, but with the help of Jori and Samantha, he can learn to move past them. The characters alone will keep you turning the pages, but the doodle will steal your heart. 5 stars for the latest K-9 rescue book.
tigerlilly_liz More than 1 year ago
A few notes before we get started: This book can be read as a stand-a-lone. I love that the cover is true to the book. The covers so far for the K-9 Rescue series have fit the books perfectly. The dogs that are featured on the covers, are the pets in the story. The K-9 Rescue series has fast become a favorite of mine. The author highlights the different ways that service dogs play a integral part in service to our country. You can tell that the author has done her research on the different ways to train service dogs for all types of jobs. This in-depth and accurate portray just adds to my enjoyment. Primal Force is book three in the K-9 Rescue series by D.D. Ayres. This is my favorite so far in the series. I love the romance, drama, suspense, & the K-9. It was brilliant to give the reader the K-9, Samantha’s, perspective in this novel along with Jori and Law’s. Getting the K-9’s POV was marvelous; because it added a whole new dimension to the story. Law and Jori where a wonderful couple to fall in love with. I liked them both from the start and couldn’t help, but get caught up in their hot steamy romance as well as everything else that was going on. The danger and excitement just added to the story and relationship building between our couple. Primal Force had me laughing and crying. I was captivated from the first page and had a delightful time reading. This series is engaging and fascinating. I recommend picking up the K-9 Rescue series. Rated: 4.5 Stars
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Fantastic
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Excellent on so many levels - This is a story of a angry military man returning home after his leg had to be amputated. He was suffering PTSD but didn't want to admit it. Finally he was forced/tricked into trying a dog who was trained to help him. He didn't want the mixed breed dog b/c his own K-9 dog was killed when he was injured. He wanted his job back and tried to keep his back flashes a secret. As soon as he saw the woman, Jo, an ex-con, who trained the dogs he was attracted to her but refused to acknowledge it. As the story unfolds it is discovered she was framed and lost her freedom for four years. The book becomes a love story which has many pages of explicit sex. What was unique and very clever was the author devoted several paragraphs, if not pages, to the conversation the dog was having with herself as she investigated if her human needed her help; if it was safe for her human to enter somewhere; and what she needed to do and which way to go when told to run for help. Not only was it cute it reminds readers how intelligent and loyal these trained dogs are. Their only way of showing willingness to help is in their caring for their human. The dog's conversations could easily give this book a 4-star rating by itself. The dog was put to the ultimate test after her human's truck went over a cliff during the blizzard and he was injured. Her human and trainer told her to run for help. She ran and was able to get and return with help for her humans but was so exhausted she dropped to the ground w/o a pulse. Could she be saved by the human who made fun of her and who did not want her?
Rhodes123 More than 1 year ago
This book is such a heartwarming story of finding true love. I would recommend this book to those who are animal lovers and those who are fans of military romance. This can be read as a stand alone book even though it's part of a series. Jordan "Jori" Garrison is a dog trainer for Warriors Wolf Pack "WWP". This organization supplies service animals to the Wounded Warriors. Jori, is an ex-con and was wrongly convicted four years ago of a crime that involved her ex-fiancé and drugs. She just wants to live her life in peace, with no complications and working with the dogs that she loves dearly. Jori finds herself drawn to a "lone wolf" client. The attraction is mutual and it turns out they both have a enemy that wants them dead. Lauray "Law" Battise is a Veteran, Military Police, who was wounded in his 3rd tour of duty in Afghanistan. Law suffers from PTSD and is haunted by memories of his accident and the death of his K-9 partner, Scud, while in combat. He cannot bond with his service dog Samantha "Sam" who he calls a Cheese Doodle. Law meets Jori and he can't quit thinking about her and as a alpha male he sets out to get her and set her desires free. Jori and Law agree to find out who the enemy is that seems to want them dead. Law decided to let her go so she can have someone she deserves but also clear her name as he promised. After he is kidnapped, with Jori trailing behind while in a snow storm, they both must trust and hope that Samantha can help them survive...and maybe their love too.
In_My_Humble_OpinionDA More than 1 year ago
I love this series. Hot guys and hero dogs what’s not to like? In Primal Force we meet the cop Lauray "Law" Batisse and the con Jori Garrison. Law is an injured former MP who lost his K-9 partner and who suffers from ptsd. He is hesitant to hook up with a service dog that looks like a cheez doodle. Jori Garrison trains dogs for Warrior Wolf Pack, which provides service animals for disabled veterans a skill she picked up while wrongfully incarcerated. There is chemistry between Jori and the surly cop but she is hesitant. When these two finally get together the fireworks can be seen from here. Between the cheez doodle and Jori, Law may just be able to take his place in the land of the living. Primal Force is non-stop action, adventure and romance. A truly fun read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It was really good
PJ16 More than 1 year ago
This was a great story with wonderful real characters. I like that her characters aren't what people classify as perfect. I love that there is so much depth in the characters and the sparks between Law and the "Pima" (loved that nickname) were explosive. Edge story but I loved how he saw Sam "Cheese Doodle" as a real hero. Great books and another great book in the series.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Book was okay. My problem was the law enforcement and ex-inmate aspect. I retired from a state Department of Corrections so that's just my own take. I've lived and still have family living in Arkansas and know that they do not use the word 'Arkie' to describe an Arkansan. Also, nothing was said how someone on parole can go out of state without permission. To me, the author didn't know the subject matter this time.
Bookeroo More than 1 year ago
Tori is an ex-con who served her time, even though she didn’t rightfully belong there to begin with. Now she’s trying to rehabilitate her life by training service dogs. As part of her job she gets involved with a military police veteran, Law, who was wounded in Afghanistan. He doesn’t think he needs a service dog and rebels at having one in his life. It’s Jori’s job to make sure that dog, Samantha, stays there. When she’s instantly attracted to Law she tries not to get involved, but as events evolve, they both seem to be in deeper than they realize…and they’re not liking it at all. In my opinion, D. D. Ayres makes a story worth reading! Primal Force is detailed, without you even realizing it. You get a complete story at the same time you’re glued to each and every page as the story unfolds. The characters rebel against any type of relationship which makes it more interesting, as they interact with chips on their shoulders and a desire that won’t quit. It’s great to see how the characters soften toward each other as circumstances break apart and show their strengths and weaknesses. The rebellion presents itself in many ways, often in a sexual manner. The hero and heroine each protect the other and emotions run high throughout the story. I love this A K-9 Rescue Series and D. D. Ayres is one of my new favorite authors. Each book is filled with suspense, excitement, and sexual tension. This is edge-of-your-seat reading at it’s finest! 5 Stars!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is the best one yet! Loved every bit of it.
CoffeeBreakandaGoodBook More than 1 year ago
Having already read the first two books in this series, I was looking forward to reading Primal Force. Jori, a dog trainer, and Law, an injured vet, fight an intense attraction while working to get him to accept that he needs his service dog, Samantha. Law was injured on duty and his K-9, Scud, was killed in the same attack. Law feels like he doesn’t deserve to have another animal, so he pushes Sam away and tries to give her back. But, neither Sam nor Jori will allow him to just give up on life because of his missing leg and PTSD. While I did not love this book as much as I did the first two in the series, I adore the star of this story, Sam, the service dog. I love how her thoughts and feelings were woven into the rest of story as a character and not just a “pet”. It’s one of the things I love best about this series and these books! I felt awful for Law, but not so much that his attitude didn’t annoy me. Also, this story lacked the suspense that the other books had. It was more of a contemporary love story than the military K-9 suspense that I have come to expect in this series. With that said, I did enjoy the story and the premise of the Warrior Wolf Pack Organization – the dogs pick the vet and not the other way around. Kudos to the author for that detail! Overall, this story was not what I expected out of this series, but it is still a great story. *A copy of this book was provided for review
matiah More than 1 year ago
This is the third installment in K-9 Rescue series by D.D Ayres. True to style, Ayres delivers a heartwarming story about a troubled vet and his service dog. I received this ARC in exchange for a honest review. Lauray "Law" Battise is an veteran that lost his K-9, Scud, while wounded in action. While trying to deal with the pain of losing his leg and his faithful companion, Law is not doing well. He frequently has nightmares and has withdrawn from friends and his career in law enforcement. Trying to put the pieces of his life back together hasn't been easy for Law. So, after agreeing to his sister's demands, Law seeks out a service dog. At Warrior Wolf Pack Law meets Jori Garrison. Jori is an ex-con that is trying to get her life on track. Jori has always proclaimed her innocence, however, her life was completely ruined the day she was convicted. I really liked the characters in this book. Jori was strong and likable. She didn't do the wilting flower too much but, when she did, it was understandable. The one aspect I really enjoyed was the focus on the developing relationship between Law and his service dog, Sam. Law, still grieving the loss of Scud, is sometimes mean toward Sam and a bit cold. He always keeps Sam at a distance until a pivotal moment in the book when he realizes how important the dog becomes. This is the second book I have read by Ayres and I am not disappointed. Although the books are in a series they can be read as a stand alone. There are no cliffhangers. But I will say Ayres definitely left things open for Law's sister to have a book of her own. I am really hoping that is in the works, because Law's sister is a force unto herself and would make a great heroine. Overall, I enjoyed the story and would recommend giving it a try.
Pure_Jonel More than 1 year ago
Ayres brings us back to the world of working canines & the people who love them in a big way with this one. Realism shines in this fantastic world fiction. Ayres melds suspense with romance and personal disaster in a way that I’ll never forget. I love the complexity of the relationships in this novel, and how prominent a part the story the service dog was. It was such a true and real portrayal. As heartbreaking as Law’s past was, it was Jori’s history that really drew me in. Although what she went through wasn’t nearly as drastic, the incapableness broke my heart. The emotions and chemistry between the main characters was so real. I loved seeing it, and experiencing it through Ayres’ writing. This series just keeps getting more captivating with each novel, yet they can all be read as standalones as well. This was a fantastic novel that I thoroughly enjoyed reading. Please note that I received a complimentary copy of this work in exchange for an honest review
mamalovestoread22 More than 1 year ago
After being injured in Afghanistan Law Batisse returns home and tries to readjust to civilian life. He struggles daily with PTSD and also with the loss of his K-9 partner, and is having trouble accepting the fact that his injury is going to keep him from doing the things that he loves. His sister suggests he take in a service dog to help him manage his PTSD, but he is reluctant to get attached to another partner after losing his first in his accident. He eventually gives in and decides to make a visit to the Warrior Wolf Pack Program, and accept their offer for a service dog, what he wasn't expecting to find was a beautiful trainer named Jori Garrison. After being burnt by her ex-fiancé Jori Garrison has sworn off men, and has absolutely no interest in getting involved with one. But when her newest client arrives to be matched with his service dog the sparks between them are hard to ignore. Neither one of them wants a relationship, but fate may just have other plans for them... This book was my introduction to this authors work and I have to admit that it left me with a very good first impression, so much so, I plan to revisit the series and acquaint myself with the other characters. The writing style made it really easy for me to just fall right in and enjoy the story. The characters had amazing chemistry, and you could tell the author put a lot of time and care into researching them, and making sure their backgrounds were accurate and believable. Definitely a great first read for me, and I think it's one you should add to the top of your reading list! ARC requested through Netgalley, and kindly provided by St. Martin's Press in exchange for a honest and unbiased review.
weluvdopey More than 1 year ago
Great Series! This is a great series; this is the third book in the K-9 Rescue series by D. D. Ayres. Jori Garrison trains service dogs for disabled veterans. She was wrongly convicted of a crime, thanks to her ex fiancé. Lauray “Law” Batisse is a military police veteran who was wounded in Afghanistan. He is haunted by the loss of his K-9 partner and is reluctant to get her new service dog Samantha. When he meets Samantha’s trainer Jori he feels the attraction between them. When people start hunting them down, he is willing to do anything to protect her. If you are looking for a great mystery, with suspense then you need to read this book. I am looking forward to reading the next book in this series. A Review copy was provided to me in exchange for a fair and honest review. The free book held no determination on my personal review.
ReadingInPajamas More than 1 year ago
✦Review: Primal Force: A K-9 Rescue Novel by D.D. Ayres http://wp.me/p3d0RZ-2WP Publication Date: September 1, 2015 Genre: Contemporary Romantic Suspense Reviewed by: Reading in Pajamas/ Donna Rated: 5 Stars REVIEW: I liked Law and Jori from the start and couldn’t help but get caught up in the steamy hot romance as well as everything going on around them. Getting Sam’s perspective on things was an added bonus that I enjoyed very much. I think D. D. Ayres wrote a well-rounded story so that the danger and excitement did not overwhelm the budding relationship of not only Law and Jori but Law and Sam as well. It made me laugh, tear up and get tense. I loved it. *Review copy provided by NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. ✦K-9 Rescue Series by D.D. Ayres✦ 1. Irresistible Force ➢ Review http://wp.me/p3d0RZ-1xy 2. Force of Attraction ➢ Review http://wp.me/p3d0RZ-2fW 3. Primal Force ➢ Review http://wp.me/p3d0RZ-2WP
CathyGeha More than 1 year ago
Wonderful! I absolutely loved this book! Two wounded souls doing their best to create a new life after having their old ones destroyed find themselves brought together through Samantha, Golden Doodle extraordinaire, a service dog trained to become the partner of a wounded military veteran. Lauray “Law” Battisse has lost a leg, developed PTSD and is fighting demons not only related to his war experiences. Jordan “Jori” Garrison is an ex-con hired by Warriors Wolf Pack to help train dogs like Samantha. There is immediate attraction between Law and Jori and no promises are made by either when they get together for a steamy afternoon together. What did I love about this novel? • The insight into the characters – whether one, two or four legged • The relationship of Jori and Law as it develops • The interaction between Law and Samantha as it develops • The inherent goodness and strength of character exhibited by Jori, Law and Samantha • Being able to dislike the bad guys and hope for their eventual downfall • The hints into what it might be like for some of the returning injured vets and their families • The quality of writing that made me smile, feel and care • Wanting to know what happens to Yardley – hoping she will get a book of her own. • And, so much more! Thank you to NetGalley and Saint Martin’s Press for the copy of this book to read and review.
Barb-TRC More than 1 year ago
Primal Force by D.D. Ayres is the 3rd book in her K-9 Rescue series. This reads perfectly as a standalone, as it had nothing to do with the previous books, other than the K-9 background. Laurey Batisse (Law) is our hero, and a damaged one at that. Law was injured in Afghanistan, losing one leg, as well as his K-9 dog, Scud. Law has a hard time with nightmares about that attack, which he has a hard time controlling. He is assigned a service dog, Sam, who is very much like the K-9 dogs, overly protective of their owner, but Law is not too keen on another dog. Jori Garrison is our heroine. Jori is an ex-con who now helps train service dogs for the Warrior Wolf Pack, which gives dogs to disabled veterans. Jori was the one who trained Sam, and does her best to get Law to give Sam a chance. Law finds Jori attractive, and makes it known how much he desires her. Jori does find Law sexy, but also knows how difficult it is to work with him, since he has a bad attitude. It doesn’t take long for them to succumb to their fierce desires, which turns into a very sexy affair that each consider to be very short term. She knows Law is difficult, and doesn’t need the headaches; and Law just feels like he doesn’t deserve any happiness. While Law must deal with his PTSD, Jori has her own issues. She went to prison for a crime she did not commit, and in a short time, Law makes it his business to find out the truth. What follows is an exciting adventure that will put both of them in danger, as well as Sam. The second half of the book was very suspenseful, as Law uses his contacts in law enforcement to investigate who was really responsible for the crime Jori was accused for. Law’s own questions regarding the attack on his team, and his dog, somehow bring both items strangely close together. Secrets become unraveled, and as we race to the finish, we hold our breaths to see if Law, Jori and Sam survive. Primal Force was a nice romance suspense, with an explosive and exciting finish. I did like Law and Jori together, though in the beginning I wasn’t crazy about him. Sam was a wonderful addition to the story, as he was major piece of the puzzle. If you like romance, suspense, animals, and a couple that sizzles the pages, then you need to read this book.