Ambushed and left for dead, U.S. Secret Service K-9 Officer Markus York is on the mend and laying low in a safe house while his team tracks down his attacker. But Markus isn’t good at sitting still. Even with his K-9, Ghost, for company, he gets restless and decides now is the perfect time to do some repairs around the house…and inadvertently tears open his wounds.
Fresh out of a bad relationship that ended after a car accident left her with limited mobility, freelance accountant Cassidy Morgan has sworn off men. At least, that’s the plan. Until a frantically barking dog leads her to a neighbor’s house where she finds a mysterious man out cold and bleeding on the floor…and mumbling things like “no, they’ll find me” when she tries to call an ambulance.
Yeah, that’s not at all concerning.
Despite Markus’s surly attitude, Cassidy senses there’s something else at work beneath his rugged, keep-your-distance exterior. Whatever it is, it’s sexy as hell.
With someone still trying to kill him, Markus doesn’t want an innocent to get hurt, let alone take care of him.
If only his dog wasn’t crazy in love with her.
If only the chemistry between Markus and Cassidy didn’t explode whenever they were in the same room.
If only Cassidy wasn’t a target now, too.
This is an adult 18+ story that contains language, possible violence, and/or sexual situations geared to an adult audience.
Title: Serve ‘N’ Protect
Series: Federal K-9 #5
Author: Tee O’Fallon
Genre: Romantic Suspense
Published: September 20, 2021
My Rating: 4.5 stars
Serve ‘N’ Protect is the fifth title in the Federal K-9 series, but if you have not yet had the fun of reading the earlier books (which I do recommend) then you can completely enjoy Markus, Cassidy, and Ghost without hesitation as a standalone – but I’m betting you’ll go back for the others.
I was easily drawn into Cassidy and Markus’ story and, frankly, didn’t leave the book until it was done. Sometimes a story just grabs me and I need to know what happens without a break. You, too? Then this one is definitely one that doesn’t easily let go.
Markus is in hiding from the man who would see him dead in a heartbeat, hiding in plain sight with his devoted K-9, Ghost. But being a stubborn man, Markus tries to take on just a bit too much and pays for that decision by reopening his wounds to the point of passing out. Leave it to Ghost to come to the rescue by bringing Cassidy to help one stubborn man. Cassidy is facing her own challenges from a car accident earlier this year, so helping Markus isn’t the easiest thing she’s done lately but she’s also one stubborn, determined lady so help this stranger she will… but she’ll have answers as well.
I enjoyed Serve ‘N’ Protect so much. Without giving away spoilers, it’s a story full of danger, and finding that person who is perfect for you when you least expected them or when it was dangerous for them to be around you. It’s also a story that is realistic without a lot of drama to deal with as well as the danger to Markus and Cassidy. The suspense part will keep you on your toes, and the romance will capture your heart. And if Ghost doesn’t own your heart, body, and soul by the story’s ending… then you are not a dog person. Ghost is as much of a main character as Cassidy and Markus are and I adore that pup. Actually, I’m in awe of any protection dog or service dog – they give so much to us humans, sometimes even their lives.
If you love a really good romantic suspense with believable situations, realistic characters, and a storyline that will keep you flipping pages, then Serve ‘N’ Protect should be on your need-to-read list.
*I received an e-ARC of this novel from the publisher 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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