For wealthy socialite Katrina Vandenburg, business meetings and charity galas are all part of her orderly, structured world—one that gets blown to hell after finding two dead bodies on the same day. The police think she was in the wrong place at the wrong time. FBI Special Agent Dayne Andrews thinks otherwise. Dayne and his K-9, Remy, are tracking a cold-blooded killer, and that trail…leads straight to Kat.

Kat and her rescue shelter—the Canine Haven—are the only common denominators between the murders, and Dayne is convinced she’s dead center in the killer’s sights. Protecting her will test every ounce of his steely resolve. She’s the most intriguing woman he’s ever met. And everything he shouldn’t want. Too bad neither of them seems to have gotten the memo.

And they need to focus on catching a killer now more than ever. Because if Dayne and Remy fail in their mission, nothing will stand between Kat and the killer’s deadly blade.

Titles in the Federal K-9 series include — Lock ‘N’ Load – Armed ‘N’ Ready – Dark ‘N’ Deadly – Trap ‘N’ Trace

Title:  Trap ‘N’ Trace
Series:  Federal K-9 #4
Author:  Tee O’Fallon
Genre:  Romantic Suspense
Published:  June 15, 2020
Publisher:  Entangled Publishing
My Rating:  4.5

‘Trap ‘N’ Trace’ is the fourth title in the ‘Federal K-9‘ series, and although I haven’t read the previous titles (I have them, simply ran out of time before this review was due) I wasn’t the least bit lost as anything I’d need to know was in the dialogue or narrative.

While first impressions matter, they can also be very, very wrong.  Such is the case for Dayne when he runs into Kat again under far different circumstances.  This time around the very rich woman has discovered two dead bodies in one day and the only thing that seems to connect those two murders… is her.  As Dayne and his K-9 partner, Remy, go into protection mode he will discover that Kat is very different from what he first assumed.  No stuck-up socialite who looks down on the world from her ivory tower, Kat is devoted to the animals at her rescue shelter and completely at ease with all of her employees who also adore her.  So, what is the connection?  That’s what Dayne is determined to discover, along with keeping Kat safe… and maybe falling under her spell along the way.

It’s hard for me to say which I loved more – one rambunctious little puppy named Angus or one devoted working dog, Remy, who took a little one under their paw, so to speak, in watching over a little bundle of fur… or the humans who were trying so hard to solve a dangerous puzzle and definitely falling in love as they followed clues down twisting pathways.  It’s probably a tie between them in reality.  Dayne and Kat are such a good pairing, both have hidden qualities, both are a bit stubborn, and each completes the other in all the ways that matter without changing a thing about themselves.  Of course, there are potholes along the way to a happy ending, but that just makes arriving at the destination all the sweeter.

Trap ‘N’ Trace‘ is full of twists, turns, and unexpected discoveries.  And some painful realizations for Kat.  Being wealthy and powerful isn’t always all it’s thought to be.  Dayne has to not only protect Kat but change his thinking about a woman who is so devoted to the lost or forgotten animals she shelters.  Each has layers, and it was fascinating to watch their true selves be revealed.  A really good puzzle to solve, some sizzling moments, adorable pups, and heroic working dogs and a couple to make you believe in romance once again – all combined made this story one I was easily swept up in and will be re-reading again.  If you love a really good Romantic Suspense with dogs tossed in for good measure, then you’ll want to pick up Dayne and Kat’s story real soon.

*I received an e-ARC of this novel from Entangled Publishing via NetGalley. That does not change what I think of this story.  It is my choice to leave a review giving my personal opinion about this book.*

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