Book Reviews: Avoiding the Badge

Arizona K9 #1
by Dorothy F. Shaw
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Pub Date: 9/4/2018
Rayna Michaels may be a veterinarian, but she knows a little something
about the human heart—especially when it comes to worried pet
owners. Law enforcement’s bonds with their K9 partners are
legendary, and Derek Hansen is a perfect example—he’s had his dog
Axle in more times than she can count in the last few months. And
Derek’s sculpted muscles and heart-stopping smile would be truly
irresistible, if only he wasn’t an officer of the law…
Derek can’t get Rayna’s stunning face and no-nonsense smarts out of his mind.
Any excuse to see her will do, until he works up the nerve to ask her
out. He’s not sure where her resistance to cops comes from, though
he’s more than willing to prove he’s one of the good ones. But
when casual dating turns into explosive lovemaking, Derek knows he
has to come clean about his past before the woman he loves finds out
what he’s been hiding and turns tail to run…

My Review

“Avoiding the Badge” is a book that has a lot of promise. The story is not bad at all, the key events around which the plot is constructed is also no bad. It is a quick read and has a dialogue easy to follow and with lines that will put a smile on your face.

We have a sweet and innocent vet, dedicated 100% to her job, and a police officer whose attraction for the doctor has been visible for everyone but her. When they finally come clean to each other, they start building something nice, beneficial to both. However, each has a past and both are willing to set it aside for a while and live a little.

I loved the attraction between our main characters, I liked their banter at times and I liked his overprotective nature. For Rayna this relationship is also a journey to self-discovery. She discovers new things when it comes to the intimate moments and she learns more about herself and her body. On the other hand, Derek is sure he has found his soul mate. It remains to be seen.

Unfortunately, there are also some things I did not enjoy. The characters were ok, but in my opinion, they had quite some flaws and while I liked the conversations Derek and Rayna had, I did not enjoy the dialogue between Derek and his best friend. I don’t know, it did not feel as … manly (?). And I was not very comfortable with the dirty talk. It was a bit too much.

All in all, this is not a bad book, made me smile, made me finish it and curious about how our characters will solve their differences.  Looking forward to read more from this series.

Dorothy F. Shaw lives in Arizona where the weather is hot and the sunsets
are always beautiful. She spends her days in the corporate world and her nights
with her Mac on her lap. Between her ever-open heart, her bright red
hair, and her many colorful tattoos, she truly lives and loves in Technicolor!
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