Act of Valor (True Blue K-9 Unit #2) by Dana Mentink
Genre: Inspirational romantic suspense
Release Date: June 1, 2019 by Love Inspired Suspense
A True Blue K-9 story …When airline employee Violet Griffin encounters several suspicious passengers, she’s thrust into the crosshairs of a drug smuggling operation. NYPD officer Zach Jameson and his drug detection beagle, Eddie, can tell this is no small-time threat. Someone’s gunning for Violet, and after recently losing his brother, Zach refuses to lose her, too…especially now that she’s gone from friend to the woman he’s falling for.
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The True Blue K-9 series is a connected set of books all written by different authors. This is the first that I have read and am confident that if the rest of the stories are similar, they can all be read as standalones. In this story the Jamieson brothers are all K-9 detectives. They are still reeling from the death of their brother, Jordan, who they know was murdered, but is still being considered a suicide by the press. As well as this, their neighbour Violet, is being targeted by a ruthless, vicious drug dealer who she is able to identify. Violet works at the airport and with her keen observation, she realizes that there is drug smuggling going on through the airline she works with. Mixed in with all this, the K-9 team are all trying to find Jordan’s K-9 partner who went missing when Jordan was killed. With Zach, the youngest Jamieson fighting his feelings toward Violet and she doing the same, will they ever be open and honest with one another?
This was a well-paced, yet fast story with a lot of action. The inner turmoil Zach was dealing with due to Jordan’s death was very realistic and his turning away from God happens often. With his family and Violet praying for him, it took him time to come around and realize that he had much to be thankful for. Violet was an amazing character. She was smart, spunky, tough and loving. She was the only one who could reach Zach and when she finally shared her feelings with Zach, albeit by accident, it brought about a happily ever after for them. I did have some issues with the story. It seemed that the K-9 unit was always nearby and available when one of the Jamieson brothers called, which is not realistic. Also the rest of the NYPD almost seemed non-existent in such dangerous situations. Having said that, I enjoyed the story, the characters and especially the dogs. I will be looking for more in this series to see what happens to the rest of the K-9 detectives. With this also being the first book by Dana Mentink, I will say that I enjoyed her writing style and will also be looking for more of her book. I received a copy of this book from Celebrate Lit upon request. The rating, ideas and opinions shared are my own.
About the Author: Dana Mentink is a two time American Christian Fiction Writers Carol Award winner, a Romantic Times Reviewer’s Choice Award and a Holt Medallion winner. She is a national bestselling author of over forty titles in the suspense and lighthearted romance genres. She is pleased to write for Harlequin’s Love Inspired Suspense, Barbour, and Harvest House. Dana was thrilled to be a semi-finalist in the Jeanne Robertson Comedy With Class Competition. Besides writing, she busies herself teaching third grade. Mostly, she loves to be home with Papa Bear, teen bear cubs affectionately nicknamed Yogi and Boo Boo, Junie, the nutty terrier, and a chubby box turtle. You can connect with Dana via her website at danamentink.com, on Facebook, YouTube (Author Dana Mentink) and Instagram (dana_mentink.)
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Cops and killers and beagles, oh my! It was a ton of fun writing the second book in the new True Blue K-9 Continuity series. First of all, I had the honor of working with some AMAZING authors. (It’s challenging creating a world together and keeping all those details straight!) I had the privilege of following the amazing Lynette Eason, so that’s always a plus! Second, I learned all about the astonishing world of beagles! Those critters are just amazing. For instance, the original beagles were tiny, only 8 inches tall and could be carried in a pocket, which is why they called them Pocket Beagles. I need one of those! The name beagle comes from the French, which is translated “wide throat” or “loudmouth.” This is well earned by Eddie in my story, who will occasionally let loose with the trademark baying. The beagles small size, general friendliness, and ferocious scent drive, make it the perfect dog to sniff around airports and get into compact spaces. Eddie enjoys doing just that with Zach, his handler and best friend. He earns those gourmet treats that Zach bakes up for him. Best of all, Eddie was rescued from death before he became a canine cop star! It’s just awesome when you can twine fact with fiction to come up with a tail wagging suspense story! I hope you enjoy the second installment in the series!