He lost his K9 partner.
He almost lost his will to live.
But when a ruthless killer targets a woman on the run, Theo and his new K9 companion will do whatever it takes to survive—and save the woman neither can live without.
Grieving the death of his partner, Theo Bosco has no room in his life for distractions. Though his instincts scream that he should avoid Juliet 'Jules' Jackson, he can't seem to stay away. It doesn't help that Theo's new K9 companion has fallen head over paws with Jules's rambunctious family.
Or that when he's with her, Theo finally knows peace.
When Jules rescued her siblings, whisking them away to the safety of the beautifully rugged Colorado Rockies, she never expected to catch the eye—or the heart—of a cop. Yet as Jules struggles to fight her growing attraction to the brooding K9 officer, another threat lurks much closer to home...
And this time, there's no escape.
The story really begins with Jules a young woman who is desperate to get her younger siblings away from her stepmother's abusive control. When I say, desperate, I don't use the word needlessly because Jules has been working for very shady characters indeed; the sort that get your pulse racing, your palms turning clammy, and make you start to think about concrete boots! Yes, she's at her wits end but help comes from the most unlikely source and it means Jules breaks the law and 'kidnaps' her brothers and sister!
Theo is in a bad place mentally. He's not quite gotten over the death of his canine partner, but even more draining is the fact his best friend took his own life. Theo exists in a hardened fog, just going through the motions really and the last thing he needs is the knowledge that he's letting down Viggy, his new K-9 partner. So, what will he do when a new waitress shows up who is obviously on the run and hiding something? Has she been hurt, is she still in danger? Theo might not realise it but the hot, secretive waitress is about to wake up his emotions but it turns out that Jules really is in danger!
There are quite a few flashbacks initially as this story begins which slightly irritated me as I wanted the plot to move along. That being said, the characters are very easy to like and there's a huge appeal to be had from Jules and her charming family. As if that wasn't enough of a cute factor, the author also throws in fellow police officers who feel like Theo's family as they tease and generally wind him up. Then of course there's Viggy with his fears and sadness and he was just such a lovely touch.
This is fiction so most things are allowed but the big reveal at the end just didn't quite convince me. Plus, I know Theo is a hero but what he does here didn't feel realistic. Oh, and there's the little matter of just who helped Jules initially and how that arc will play out in future books. I really liked seeing this couple get their happy ending but unfortunately, it's not my favourite book from Ms Ruggle. However, as I've enjoyed her other books I will continue to read her stories but hope I don't have to suspend belief quite so much next time.