When Carly Reese’s beloved fashion boutique catches fire, she sees her dreams go up in smoke. The good news is that Carly was saved from the flames by a barking dog nearby. She soon discovers the heroic pooch is a trained K-9 who’s guarding his unconscious partner …a gorgeous firefighter who ends up in Carly’s arms.
Noah Glover and his K-9 are a fearless duo, and Noah has clearly met his match with the brave, beautiful Carly. Soon they team up to track down the arsonist behind the blast – a psychotic criminal who’s intent on framing Noah. Meanwhile, the sparks between Noah and and Carly could ignite a five-alarm fire. Should they smother their feelings in the name of justice…or fan the flames of passion?
I enjoyed this book overall, even though I struggled with it in the middle. The starting is really compelling, and different. The ending, well it ends with a sort of HEA. But in the middle I struggled with thisone. I think because, to me, there really was only one reasonable suspect but the middle of the book was really focused on the who-dunnit aspect and there was not real mystery there for me.
I liked Carly and Noah, but I never really felt like I got to know them. There wasn't as much of their couple as I wanted and too much focus on the mystery.
The writing was strong. The characters and dialog were also good, if a little underdeveloped. However, I do think this was the intent of the author, to focus on the story and make the romance more of a secondary part of the story.
I do recommend this book, but with the caveat that it is a little more of a suspense and mystery than a romance and the HEA is not obvious.