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New Release Review! TOUGH JUSTICE by Tee O’Fallon (K-9 Special Ops #1)

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K-9 Special Ops #1
Publisher: Entangled: Amara (March 29, 2022)
Mass Market Paperback: 368 Pages

It should have been a routine investigation. Instead, DEA K-9 agent Adam “Deck” Decker watches in horror as one Denver hospital seems to be Ground Zero for overdoses of a new drug. Now Deck can only hope a certain icy, green-eyed ER doctor will help him and his canine partner track down the deadly source.

Dr. Tori Sampson has her reasons for not trusting federal agents, especially ones working for the DEA. But the rash of overdoses–including a heartbreaking case involving a teen–is alarmingly high. And the new opioid is not only extremely dangerous, it defies all the usual medical treatments. So Tori has a choice: work with the big, brawny, and annoyingly hot DEA agent…or watch more innocent people die.

Tori’s the only person who can help Deck break the case, and they’ll need to trust each other, no matter how high the tension and attraction sizzling between them runs. But with every question answered, they realize there’s something more behind these typical teen overdoses. There’s a pattern here, and a pattern can only suggest one thing. There’s a killer on the loose.

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A fabulous series start!

I LOVED Deck and Tori’s story–it’s a great blend of suspense and romance, with fantastic human and canine characters that will have me counting the days until the next series book comes out. The author’s actual experience as a federal agent really shows in her writing, and paired with the edge of your seat suspense and a really solid romance? This book was pretty much unputdownable!

The main problem that Tori and Deck are trying to solve–the new deadly designer drug that is causing a heartbreaking number of overdose deaths–feels all too real in today’s world. Though I did suspect the bad guy a bit early on, Ms O’Fallon did her best to try and throw us off their scent with plenty of red herrings along the way (and *almost* had me second guessing my instincts, but not quite!) The initial distrust that Tori and Deck had for each other was believable, and I really liked that their breakup and reconciliation wasn’t the fault of one or the other of them, but instead they worked together to find a way to their HEA through compromise and acceptance.

Now…when can we expect book 2? 😉

Rating: 4 1/2 stars / A

I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book.

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