Book Review

Avoiding the Badge by Dorothy F. Shaw is here – and it’s the perfect mix of sweet and heat!

Arizona K9 #1
by Dorothy F. Shaw
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Pub Date: 9/4/2018
Rayna Michaels may be a veterinarian, but she knows a little something
about the human heart—especially when it comes to worried pet
owners. Law enforcement’s bonds with their K9 partners are
legendary, and Derek Hansen is a perfect example—he’s had his dog
Axle in more times than she can count in the last few months. And
Derek’s sculpted muscles and heart-stopping smile would be truly
irresistible, if only he wasn’t an officer of the law…
Derek can’t get Rayna’s stunning face and no-nonsense smarts out of his mind.
Any excuse to see her will do, until he works up the nerve to ask her
out. He’s not sure where her resistance to cops comes from, though he’s more than willing to prove he’s one of the good ones. But
when casual dating turns into explosive lovemaking, Derek knows he has to come clean about his past before the woman he loves finds out what he’s been hiding and turns tail to run…

Our Thoughts

Rayna has had very little time for dating (basically none at all) but that doesn’t mean she doesn’t notice when the sexy cop comes into her veterinarian office. Derek can’t stay away from the woman – even though she is his dog’s vet and she doesn’t even act like she’s affected by him. When he finally gathers the courage to ask her on a date, she accepts and their relationship quickly progresses from there. There are some things that are kept to themselves – like Derek’s ex wife and daughter, and Rayna’s dislike of relationships with cops. These are small things that can be overcome together, right?

I had never read anything by this author but I read the synopsis and knew I’d want to read it. I just love any man in uniform so when the Hero if the book turned out to be a super sexy, dirty talking, cop with a K9 partner – woo, I was hooked. The relationship between Rayna and Derek seemed to progress rather quickly, but it is done in a way that the reader can believe the speed at which their feelings deepen. They both acknowledge the strong connection at the start but it feels more like lust at first sight. The more time they spend together the more the connect until the reader is really just waiting for the conflict to come. I liked the way the author brought about the truths that they had been keeping from each other and I really enjoyed the steps that the two characters took in order to overcome the troubles in their path. I won’t say anymore because I don’t want to spoil anything for any readers, but I will say that overall I’d give this book a 4 star rating and I would definitely recommend to my readers and friends.

Dorothy F. Shaw lives in Arizona where the weather is hot and the sunsets
are always beautiful. She spends her days in the corporate world and her nights
with her Mac on her lap. Between her ever-open heart, her bright red
hair, and her many colorful tattoos, she truly lives and loves in Technicolor!
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