Sheriff (Classified K-9 Unit #2) by Laura Scott, Callie Beaulieu (Narrator)
Published August 13th 2019 by Tantor Audio, May 9th 2017 by Love Inspired Suspense
About the Book: HAZARDOUS HOMECOMING
Witnessing a prison break, FBI agent Julianne Martinez is within seconds of death…before she’s rescued by the one man she thought she’d never see again. She’d know her long-ago love, Brody Kenner, anywhere, even with a sheriff star on his chest. Years ago she left Texas and Brody, and had no plans of returning…until the trail of a missing agent brought her home to both. Brody won’t let her investigation proceed without him, and he needs her and her K-9 dog to track his escaped prisoner. But partnering with Julianne to solve two cases only leads to danger when the hunted becomes the hunter. This is a mission that cannot fail…because Brody lost Julianne once, and he won’t lose her again.
This is the second book in the Classified K-9 Unit series, an inspirational romantic suspense. This story revolves around Julianne Martinez and her K-9 partner. The book starts off with a bang with Julianne witnessing a prison break while out looking for a missing FBI agent. This prison break brings her and Brody Kenner together for the rest of the book. Julianne and Brody had a previous romantic relationship that seems to be rekindled while they are facing serious risk and danger. This was a relatively quick listen for me that I enjoyed, but I did have some niggles. The macho cop trying to prevent the pretty, female, FBI agent from doing her job is a storyline that I am not crazy about. By the end of the book, he had changed his tune, but it is that male chauvinist character that I am tired of. The crime and investigation was fast paced and kept me listening while I should have been doing other things. I enjoy the K-9 partners and what their role in these stories is. I also enjoyed that Thunder, Julianne’s K-9 is not your typical German Shepherd of large dog, but a smaller beagle type dog that is able to do the job necessary. The story was a bit formulaic with the mole in the police giving the criminal tips to evade capture, but that didn’t bother me too much. The faith based part of the story is subtle, with Julianne praying when they are in danger and Brody realizing that he needs to find his way back to God. The romance is on the back burner, but you can get a sense that both characters want to pick up where they left off years ago and I was hoping that things will work out for them. Overall, this was an okay story for me, but because of the dogs, I will read more in this series.
I listened to the audiobook of Sheriff narrated by Callie Beaulieu. I have listened to several books she has narrated and I enjoy her narration. She does a good job giving voices to the female characters, but I find her male characters all sound pretty similar. It is more of a reading, that is easy to listen to and enjoy, than an actual performance. Having said that, I would not hesitate to pick up a book narrated by Ms. Beaulieu. The publisher, Tantor Audio, generously provided me with a copy of this audiobook upon request. The rating, ideas and opinions shared are my own.