Trained to Defend by Christy Barritt

Posted August 23, 2020 by Marsha in Harlequin, Owned, Romantic Suspense, Series / 0 Comments


“Take Buzz and run. Far away.

…and don’t trust the police.”

Framed for her boss’s murder, Sarah Peterson is on the run—with only her boss’s loyal husky, Buzz, for protection.

To clear her name and keep her safe, she must rely on her ex-fiancé, former detective Colton Hawk.

The police aren’t the only ones searching for Sarah and the brave dog…the real killer is on the hunt, determined to silence them for good.

Titles in the K-9 Mountain Guardians series include –Trained to Defend by Christy Barritt – Mountain Hostage by Hope White – Fugitive Trail by Elizabeth Goddard


Title:  Trained to Defend
Series:  K-9 Mountain Guardians #1
Author:  Christy Barritt
Genre:  Romantic Suspense
Published:  January 1, 2020
Publisher:  Harlequin (Love Inspired Suspense)
My Rating:  4 stars

Trained to Defend’ begins the ‘K-9 Mountain Guardians‘ multi-author series with an intense story of murder, and a couple who were once engaged before Colton’s police work-related issues, and Sarah’s insecurities and flight before fight tendencies tore them apart.  Now, two years later when Sarah’s employer is murdered almost before Sarah’s eyes she will run with Buzz, a companion helper dog, and a bag full of Buzz’s stuff.  But not before Loretta will tell her with her dying breath to run and not trust the cops.  Unfortunately, the only person Sarah feels safe enough to run to is a cop, her ex-fiancé Colton and she has no idea how welcome she might be on his doorstep after she left him when he needed her the most.

The mystery/suspense parts of ‘Trained to Defend‘ took over from the romantic side probably because this is a couple who were once in love enough to plan to marry – they know each other, and it’s unlikely that Colton will ever give them a second chance (or at least, so Sarah believes).  There are regrets on both sides as to how and why they broke up years earlier, and that lies heavy between them (and in some inner dialogue as well).  The main story is the killer’s chase after Sarah and now Colton – and the race to discover exactly why Sarah’s employer was killed, for it’s obvious that the killer believes Sarah has what they’re looking for.  I adored Buzz, he’s such an important part of this story and his heroics often save the day when the humans couldn’t.

I enjoyed Colton and Sarah’s romance, if I wanted a bit more on the romance side that’s my own personal preference and has nothing to do with the quality of the writing or the story itself – I just love the romantic parts of a love story, even a suspense-filled one.  If you love a faith-filled romance that focuses on the danger surrounding the couple and seeing their past mistakes through newly opened eyes then ‘Trained to Defend‘ would be perfect for you.  I enjoyed myself in this world, but I certainly fell in love with one brave husky named Buzz.

I own a Kindle edition of this title.

Available in paperback, or for your favorite e-reader, mine is the Kindle


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