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?
Shay is in many ways a broken young woman. She has spent much of her life suffering from anxiety attacks and fearful of paranoia. She has recently 'adopted" Prince from an animal shelter and is spending the weekend at a cabin whilst she tries to come to terms with the end of her relationship with her abusive ex boyfriend. Unfortunately Prince is a missing K9 named Bogart and his police handler James is determined to track down his much loved partner. Following up on a tip, James arrives at Shay's cabin to confront the thief, but Shay is obviously innocent but it's clear to James something is very wrong indeed. Shay's ex is not one to walk away easily and has been stalking Shay but luckily James is around when the ex pays an unwelcome visit. James is attracted to the stubborn Shay but realises the person who originally stole Bogart still needs to be found and he has a sneaky feeling just who is behind it! James really wants Shay to trust him but she is clearly keeping secrets. Shay wants James but her mysterious past may just come back to haunt her. She has angered more than one person and unwittingly has placed herself in jeopardy, but can James get to the bottom of it before danger arrives at Shay's door?
I really had fun reading Irresistible Force and Bogart is most definitely the star of this book! Oh do not misunderstand, James is a delicious alpha male hero but unfortunately like a lot of men, has made mistakes and shown terrible taste in women. When will guys realise Barbie is just a fantasy? I'm never impressed by guys in books who seek out plastic facile women and was so pleased James realised the potential of Shay. Shay is full of both angles and curves, snarky and yet sweet, a real woman to both challenge and support him and besides Bogart is clearly smitten! There's a lot going on in this book with numerous protagonists.
There are one or two things I didn't like but as I don't wish to ruin this story for anyone, no details forthcoming here. Would I recommend it? Yes, I certainly enjoyed this story and if you are looking for something to entertain you with romance and of course a beautiful if somewhat hirsute hero in it, then this should fit the bill nicely!