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This week we are doing a Review and Giveaway(sponsored by yours truly). So without any further to do (ado? lol):


David Cruz is good at two things: war and training dogs. The ex-soldier's toughest case is Atlas, a Belgian Malinois whose handler died in combat. Nobody at Hope's Crossing kennel can break through the animal's grief. That is, until dog whisperer Evelyn Jones walks into the facility . . . and into Atlas's heart. David hates to admit that the curvy blonde's mesmerizing effect isn't limited to canines. But when Lyn's work with Atlas puts her in danger, David will do anything to protect her.

Lyn realizes that David's own battle scars make him uniquely qualified for his job as a trainer. Tough as nails yet gentle when it counts, he's gotten closer to Atlas than anyone else-and he's willing to put his hard-wired suspicion aside to let her do the same. But someone desperate enough to kill doesn't want Lyn working with Atlas. Now only teamwork, trust, and courage can save two troubled hearts and the dog who loves them both...

I had mixed feelings about this book and that said I even have mixed feelings about whether I would try another book by Ms. Drake.

I think the biggest problem I had with the book was that it did not seem flushed out. Neither the romance, and David or Lyn felt completely developed. Speaking of which, I did enjoy the fact that it was Lyn (rather than our hero as it typically is in so many books) who was the more closed off/reserved. I'll add that I felt the dog, Atlas as a character and story line was the most developed and interesting points about the book. 

Although I didn't think the story was that suspenseful, leaning towards more predictable... I did think the story line was interesting(see above/does that make sense?). I also felt there was a particular WTF moment with a secondary character but I am/was intrigued(again, make sense? lol)

 Like I said above, I don't know if I'd read another book in this series but I probably would try as perhaps maybe it was my mood when I read this, especially since I enjoyed the story line with Atlas. I'd love to hear your thoughts!


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