Ronan knows she’s way out of his league, but he’s determined to help Maddy live life to the fullest.
Maddy has immersed herself in work and swiftly made a name for herself in the hot New York City real estate market. She’s looking for safety, not love, but Ronan McGuire is as persistent as he is sexy, and his crooked smile is hard to resist. But all other concerns are wiped away when Maddy goes missing and Ronan and his bloodhound K-9 partner are tasked with finding her and bringing her home.I enjoyed this book. I liked the slightly different take on the police officer hero, the idea that he was a cop…but not a detective, a beat K-9 officer. This made it feel different, but at the same time the accessible police officer story I was looking to enjoy. The addition of Bowser was fun, and as an animal lover, I liked that the 3rd main character in the book was a dog. I liked that Maddy was accepting of this, and that it was never an issue in their relationship, she accepted him and all of his family, including the 4 legged ones.
Ronan was wonderful. Sexy, attractive, nice, good with animals. The perfect man, which is always a plus when that man also happens to be a hero in a romance novel. Maddy was feisty and an interesting heroine overall. However, she was a little indecisive when it came to starting a relationship with Ronan and this started to annoy me, her character seemed a little unbalanced, one minute not ready to pursue anything beyond friendship with Ronan while at the same time, ready and willing. At least, this is how she appeared to me. Oddly, it didn’t bother me as much at the beginning…but once you found out a little about her past relationship and how she felt about Richard her hesitation to become involved with Ronan felt forced.
This uneven characterization of Maddy made it difficult to fully invest in their story (were it not for this, it would have been a 5 star read) however it was still highly enjoyable with excellent chemistry and wonderful secondary characters. I thought the identity of the perpetrator was a little obvious. That said, I don’t think the point of the story was a strong, well-crafted mystery, so this didn’t detract from the impact of the suspense story line or the ultimate resolution.
While this is the 2nd in a series, it can be read as a standalone. I do recommend the other book in the series as well as this one.