Review: Rival Forces (K-9 Rescue #4) by D.D. Ayres

Posted on by
Rival Forces Book Cover Rival Forces
K-9 Rescue #4
D.D. Ayres
Romantic Suspense - Contemporary Romance
St. Martin's Paperbacks
May 3rd 2016



When it comes to training K-9 patrol dogs, Yardley Summers always trusts her instincts. But when it comes to dating men, she keeps her heart on a very short leash. Mostly, she’s too busy with her four-legged trainees at Harmonie Kennels to commit to a relationship. Only two men have managed to distract her: a handsome Doctors Without Borders physician who’s suddenly gone missing—and the red-hot dog trainer from her past who’s suddenly back in her life…

Now a K-9 rescue team leader, Kye McGarren has never forgotten the days he trained at Yardley’s camp—or the nights he spent in her arms. When he hears that Yardley is on a mission to find the missing doctor, Kye is determined to keep her out of danger. With his K-9 partner by his side, he joins Yardley on a death-defying mission—one that reignites their mutual passion. Will Kye be able to rescue his romantic rival…without losing the woman he loves?


Ayres has definitely climbed on my “must read” list with this phenomenal series. I’m relishing each and every novel in the K-9 Rescue series which gives us a touch of danger, loyal canine companions, fierce heroines, and tantalizing heroes. 

Rival Forces is book four in the series. It does read well enough as a standalone, but Yardley is featured in the other novels and we get to see a little of who she is and what might be going on, before we dive into her book, so this one I’d recommend reading after you started from the beginning.

I enjoyed Yardley and Kye together. They have a past history, one that needs to be resolved, but first he’s got to figure out whats going on with her and avoid the danger that has come calling.

The chemistry and attraction just flowed off them and the pages. They both love dogs and are involved with working and handling them. Both are strong-willed, stubborn, kickass and take no prisoners. It makes for an interesting pair up. Boy oh boy do the sparks fly. I will say we get a very enchanting dance that happens (he’s from Hawaii), oh my, that part had me glued to the page. 

The suspense was nicely done and brought all kinds of unknown danger. It keeps you turning those pages to find out what will happen next and it gave us a chance to see both dogs do their thing. I really enjoyed how each dog was trained for something different and how well they worked together, just like their owners. 

This series is outstanding. I’m in love! I had a phenomenal time reading Rival Forces and the second chance romance was a delight. 

Rated: 4 Stars

Was this review helpful? If so, please consider liking it on Goodreads (Angela)!



Challenge(s): Pick Your Genre (CR) | Library Love (2017)



I'm an outdoor sun loving reader living near San Fransisco. I’m a mother, wife, animal & book lover. I'm the owner, reviewer & mind behind Angel’s Guilty Pleasures. My favorite animals are horses & dogs. As for reading I love all things paranormal & urban fantasy & my favorite shifters are dragons.

3 comments on “Review: Rival Forces (K-9 Rescue #4) by D.D. Ayres

  1. […] Review: Rival Forces (K-9 Rescue #4) by D.D. Ayres – ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ […]

  2. Oh good! I enjoyed this one, too! The pups are my favorite thing. I love everything else but the pups really steal the show 😀
    herding cats & burning soup recently posted…Memes! New Reads, Bookish Challenges & Sexy Athletes!My Profile

    • I agree with you. The pups do steal the show. They are my favorite thing about the series. ^_^