Book Review – When the Right One Comes Along – (K-9 Trilogy #1) by Kate James

First, let me say I am one of those people who see books, magazines or movies involving dogs and immediately thinks, “don’t injure or harm the dog!” That being said, I enjoy reading stories including dogs in the story either way it goes. Kate does a great job of incorporating the importance of service/police dogs in this story and that is just one of the reasons I enjoyed reading this book.

I was also pleasantly surprised by different locations mentioned and used in this book. I find that some authors use the same old cities as their backgrounds and places. After awhile, that gets stale. Kate does a wonderful job of explaining details of places and making the pages come alive. The initial plot of the story is different and unusual due to the location of the emergency events that lead to the main characters meeting. I like to think of these meetings as “meet cutes”, and though this one is not quite “cute” it works and is out of the ordinary. (I have to mention that the “meet cute” was from the movie, “The Holiday” and I just love that line). That tone setting was a welcomed change to the “normal” location setting and allowed the reader to become well acquainted with the area. At least for me I began forming a mental picture of the settings and what things would be like had those events truly happened in San Diego.

In addition to the San Diego setting, I also enjoyed the interaction concerning Jessica’s job in Honduras. It appealed to me since my father is from there and it was a welcomed scenery change.

I enjoyed getting little tidbits here and there concerning character background throughout the book. Sometimes authors give away the character background too early (or too late) and the reader is left with lapses from the initial telling of their story and the meat of the story. Instead, Kate mentioned or eluded to each characters “baggage” a number of times and it kept me wondering what was happening. I would get involved in the story, the interaction between Cal and Jessica then she would bring up their struggle and elaborate more each time. The attention to detail about the lives of law officers, the units, training, divorces and the horrible things women (or men I suppose) do to obtain custody of children was fascinating. I found myself so mad at Cal’s Ex-Wife for treating him the way she did. I sympathized with Jessica concerning her guilt over the child she cared for.

A good story reels a reader into the plot like a fish on a fishing rod and makes them wish the story never ended. This book is definitely a story like that. The characters, though simple, are real and believable. I found myself a number of times smiling at the dialog or even the situation Cal and Jessica found themselves in. I related to their conversations from personal experiences and the conversations were so real and not to mention similar to those I have had. Sometimes in books the conversations seem totally unrealistic. The interaction between the characters was lively and entertaining to say the least. Kate must have done her homework on these situations and lifestyles in order to have such realistic and down to earth dialogs she created I this book. The attention to detail really goes a long way when a reader gets into the book.

I enjoyed the open way Kate wrote this story. She easily explained things and made the book easy to follow and intriguing. Overall, I thoroughly enjoyed this book. I look forward to the rest of the book series and hopefully she will intermix these characters with new characters. Ok, and I hope she addresses some of the other K-9 unit officers. I’m just saying…

My rating for this book is 4 1/2 stars. I would have liked to have read a bit more about Cal and the adoption while Jessica was out of the country.



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When the Right One Comes Along (K-9 Trilogy, #1)When the Right One Comes Along
(K-9 Trilogy #1)
by Kate James
Adult Contemporary Romance
Paperback & ebook, 293 Pages
October 1st 2015 by Harlequin

Brought together by disaster. Kept together by love.

In the aftermath of a deadly earthquake, it’s chaos for trauma surgeon Jessica Hansen. Among the many victims, one patient stands outóSan Diego Police K-9 search and rescue officer Cal Palmer.

Cal vows to help Kayla, a child orphaned by the disaster. But he needs Jessica’s help. Will their shared concern for Kayla and for Cal’s canine partner, Scout, allow them to put aside their personal torments and discover the difference love can make?

Kate James 2.jpgKate James†spent eight years of her childhood living in foreign countries as her professional parents travelled on business. She lived in four countries and spoke five languages before settling down in Canada again to attend university. After graduating with a degree in civil engineering, she held a variety of positions in the field of real estate development and operations, and ran three substantial organizations. While her writing during this period was mostly business related, including presentations and speeches she delivered both nationally and internationally, her passion is and always has been fiction.

Kate’s business and personal experiences enable her to write fiction with a deep, often first-hand knowledge of what she is writing about. This approach makes Kate’s stories richer and more vivid.

Kateís goal is to entertain you with well-written, engaging stories, set in intriguing places and with strong, likeable characters. ìI hope my stories bring you pleasure and entertain you. Nothing pleases me more than receiving feedback from people who have chosen to spend their valuable leisure time with one of my books,î notes Kate.

Kate married her husband, Ken, in an elegant, ocean-front wedding on a tropical island. When they are not traveling, they split their time between their properties in southern and central Ontario in Canada.


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Book Review – Mr. Knightly’s Diary – (Jane Austen’s Heroes #2)

Who doesn’t love Mr. Knightly? Anyone who has read Emma surely has fallen for Mr. Knightly, right?  I have read these books out of order but really there isn’t a sequence to read if you have already read the original books. As I’ve mentioned (in my previous post) I am very particular about my Austen spin off books and again Amanda’s books meet and exceed the mark. I love reading about what the male characters are thinking. It’s a refreshing new tale when told from a man’s point of view rather than a woman’s. Amanda has really captured the Austen sequels or what I like to call the “side reels” to the originals. All of these books are great reads and will have you wanting it to keep going and going.

Book Review – Captain Wentworth’s Diary (Jane Austen’s Heroes #3)

Like most people (women in particular mostly) you are familiar with Jane Austen’s books. She was a wonderful writer with a knack for telling relationship stories. Though she never had much success herself in love she knew a thing or two about writing perfect love stories hidden by every day lives. I think all Austen fans wish she would have expanded on the books with sequels. Perhaps she would have had she lived longer, who knows.

This is a very enjoyable book. I’ve often felt Jane did not quite develop or at least put into words more about Anne & Frederick. So, it was nice to read someone’s taken on the original characters. I am very particular about reading Austen “sequel” books. I read reviews and the synopsis’ very carefully. I have a high standard I suppose when it comes to spin off books. This one however meets and exceeds the mark, as do all of Amanda’s Austen related books. She does Jane’s story a great credit.

Book Review – The Hunger Games – Mockingjay – Book #3

This book had me on the edge if my seat and I was obsessed with Peeta. I literally could not put the book down until I knew he was ok or not . My heart broke for Peeta in this book!! This is a roller coaster ride like you can’t imagine! This twists and turns of the story at times angered me but I wanted justice and the end. You definelty feel the high emotion for everyone in the book. I love a great book that you can relate to the characters and crave to know more about them. I feel like there is more to be told at the end though. That’s my only beef with this book. I wanted more after story and more wrap up. I wanted more details about them all, especially Peeta and Katniss.

Book Review – The Hunger Games – Catching Fire – Book #2

So this one I expected somethings and other things not so much. After the first book I had learned to like Haymitch and the respect grew a little after learning some additional details of his life and the meaning what it how he does things. The loyalness he shows and Peeta and Katniss’ ever growing storyline. Though he manipulated things for both Peeta and Katniss he didn’t it for the greater good. By the middle of the book was on board 100% with team Peeta. Though I felt bad for Gale. Something in me still wanted him to win her. The characters just jump out of the pages in this book. There’s loss, love, hurt but hope. Then the ending twist that leaves you hanging to he next book. WTH?? Really? But it helps the story.

Book Review – The Hunger Games Book #1

I was very weary of this series. It was probably the name and the implications with fighting for your life and for food. It could have been the over hype and such. As usual though I’m late to the parade and I wish I had read it sooner. Maybe I will learn.

I think by the 3rd chapter I was hooked. The deep and immediate connection between Katniss and Gale was pure and innocent in the basic life they lived in District 12. I was team Gale until midway through the games. I could always see something dark growing in Gale but still was sorta rooting for him and I was torn between he and Peeta by the end of the book.

The deep meaning and similarities to somethings in our own government really sticks out for me for the book. I guess the determination by both Katniss and Peeta throughout the games to rise above and to save each other really win me over.

Then you have the personal tragedies in the game and how it shapes Katniss sort of speaks volumes to me. If more people could learn from mistakes like she did and strives to help even in a what seems to be hopeless situation.

So, if your on the fence about starting the books as I was you won’t regret the read!

Book Review: Outlander (Book #1) Diana Gabaldon

I will admit right off, I started reading this when I first found out about the Starz show. By the end of the first half of the show I was more than half way through the book, the actual paperback not a kindle version. This book is definetly a roller coaster ride. I love history and this has history, romance, suspense, time travel, sic-fi and some other things good, bad and odd. At the time I read this I had just found out I have some Scottish blood on my mothers side so the era struck a cord with me. The characters are wonderfully developed steeped in history and a good sense of accuracy all around. While some of the passages are very hard to read it is written well. You have to keep in mind the era was far different than that of the modern 2000’s. While some things never change, others changed drastically or were simply never written or talked about in public so it seems taboo or unheard of. The every day life and struggles of the long ago eras of the Highlanders are fascinating and you wish there was something you could do to step through time yourself and save all the blood shed and the loss of a culture. The book, as usual has differences (and thank goodness) from the Starz show. You will fall in love with the characters, settings and story pretty quickly. I feel this way too when I read American Indian stories of the post Civil War era in America. If this too sounds like you, I also recommend this book: How the Scots Invented the Modern World: The True Story of How Western Europe’s Poorest Nation Created Our World and Everything in It

(read 9/15/14)