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Primal Force

(K-9 Rescue #3)

4.06  ·  Rating details ·  633 ratings  ·  131 reviews
Passion is always worth fighting for…

Jori Garrison trains dogs for Warrior Wolf Pack, which provides service animals for disabled veterans. Four years ago, she was wrongly convicted of a crime—thanks to her no-good ex-fiancé. Now she just wants to live her life in peace with her beloved dogs. No men, no complications. But it’s hard to play it cool when a lethally hot male
Paperback, 336 pages
Published September 1st 2015 by St. Martin's Paperbacks
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Jori Garrison is a K-9 trainer of service dogs for vets with PTSD who is assigned to work with Lauray (Law) Battise. Law is a tough, rude, surly Cajun/Native American who's now an Arkansas State Trooper. He's a loner and she's finding her way after a rough setback.

Strange to have liked a story so much where I disliked the main character as much as I did! Law redeemed himself somewhat by the end but was a turnoff for most of the book. Here's a "dead ringer" for him (based on his description) and
Angela (Angel's Guilty Pleasures)
A few notes before we get started:

This book can be read as a stand-a-lone.

I love that the cover is true to the book. The covers so far for the K-9 Rescue series have fit the books perfectly. The dogs that are featured on the covers, are the pets in the story.

The K-9 Rescue series has fast become a favorite of mine. The author highlights the different ways that service dogs play a integral part in service to our country. You can tell that the author has done her research on the different ways to
Aug 27, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: romantic-supense, arc
ARC provided by the Publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

This series highlights the different ways that service dogs play a integral part in service to our country. D.D. Ayres has done some great research on the ways that trained dogs provide an invaluable service for wounded veterans. These resources for our veterans are not commonly known and the author does a real service to them by focusing on them. I have found that the series has offered unique plots and perspectives.
Marta Cox
Aug 17, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: my-reviews, netgalley
This series just keeps getting better with each book. I'm loving the mixture of romance, drama and of course cute canines and with this book the author certainly ups the ante!
Jori Garrison has recently left prison having been wrongfully convicted of the crime of drugs pushing. She knows she's innocent but just can't quite bring herself to go back to her old life. Jori has worked hard to become a dog trainer and now helps match up wounded Veterans with suitable canine companions but there's one
Mar 03, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: team-lawman, arc
ARC Review

Originally posted at Love Affair with an e-Reader

Darkest in the series so far, this Primal Force features the story of a wounded warrior dealing with PTSD. He gets assigned a service dog and an attractive trainer. The trainer also happens to be an ex-con. She was wrongly accused but it ended up in prison and is recently released. There is a mystery woven into this narrative, but the heart of the story is about a closed, tightly wound soldier and a woman who draws him out with light and
Lillian ☁ Cloud 9 Books ☁
**** 4.5 Cheese Doodle Stars ****


So cute and spicy, and can be read as a standalone. This is the perfect book for dog lovers.

Law is a wounded veteran suffering with PTSD. His sister thought it would be a good idea to get a service dog from Warriors Wolf Pack. The organization allows the dogs to pick their owners, and Law was chosen by a cheese doodle.

The golden retriever and poodle mix was so non threatening. She was a lover not a fighter. Law wanted to return the dog, but the trainer at WWP
Anne - Books of My Heart
This review was originally posted on Books of My Heart

I'm finally getting to read my Series in a Month books! I got interested in the K9-9 Rescue series when I did a Series on Saturday about K9 stories. The books in the series are very loosely related. So far I believe they could easily be read as stand alones.

I continue to enjoy the K9 aspects of the series. Samantha (Sam), the K9 in this book, is a therapy dog more than a rescue dog. Jori, who helped train her is amazing. With all the
Dec 28, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2015-reads
I meant to write this review a few weeks ago, but I never found the time.

Anyway, Primal Force is the first book I read by D.D. Ayres and while it is the third in the series, it can perfectly be read as a stand-alone.

I don't remember all the good stuff of this book crystal-clear, I remember the general feeling that I like it, except for two things... ok, maybe three.

First thing - and I'm totally a hypocrite right now, since I'm written in english, which is not my native tongue - is the uncorrect
Aug 08, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: ebook-arc
Laurey "Law" Batisse struggles with PTSD over an incident in Afghanistan that left him grievously wounded and resulted in the death of his K-9 partner. A few years later, Law is hooked up with service dog, Samantha, through Warrior Wolf Pack, an organization that trains service dogs for wounded vets. Law doesn't want to work with another dog, but he is attracted to one of the service animal trainers, Jori Garrison.

Jori has her own struggles with the past to overcome after serving over three
While this book was the strongest and sexy edgiest in the series so far....I had a lot of questions once the book was over and the ending had a HFN feel to it. Was Jori going to get a new trial or what, she sure should have. Why wasn't she appealing her sentence the second she was convicted? She certainly had the grounds to with her crappy lawyer. I am guessing it was a plot point to get us to Law, but man it was an issue for me. I am hoping with Law's sister's book we get some more of Law and ...more
Jan 10, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ayres brings us back to the world of working canines & the people who love them in a big way with this one. Realism shines in this fantastic world fiction. Ayres melds suspense with romance and personal disaster in a way that I’ll never forget.

I love the complexity of the relationships in this novel, and how prominent a part the story the service dog was. It was such a true and real portrayal. As heartbreaking as Law’s past was, it was Jori’s history that really drew me in. Although what
Yesenia Gonzalez
I wanted to love it the plot was great but He was not doing it for me he was just too stand offish even tho she tried her best to keep pushing he just was not in it. I hoped he would be get his head out his ass but he didn't
Lauray "Law" Batisse is a mess. His last tour in Afghanistan resulted in him missing a leg and developing one hell of a case of PTSD. Such a case that he needs a service dog that's an utter embarrassment for a tough guy like him. The only thing that makes walking around with a girly dog he's saddled with, is the dog's trainer, easy on the eyes, sexy as all hell, Jori Garrison. Pity the girl keeps him at arms length...As if she knew his motto about loving them and leaving them.

That's not Jori's
 Reading In Pajamas
Mar 25, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Review: Primal Force: A K-9 Rescue Novel by D.D. Ayres
Publication Date: September 1, 2015
Genre: Contemporary Romantic Suspense
Reviewed by: Reading in Pajamas/ Donna
Rated: 5 Stars

I liked Law and Jori from the start and couldn’t help but get caught up in the steamy hot romance as well as everything going on around them. Getting Sam’s perspective on things was an added bonus that I enjoyed very much. I think D. D. Ayres wrote a well-rounded story so that the danger
Aug 11, 2015 rated it liked it
Jori served time for a crime she didn't commit and had nothing to do with. Now that she is out she is getting her life back on track with working with dogs for veterans. When she meets Law she is attracted to him but he other things going on within him.

Law served his country and ended up loosing his k9 partner and his leg. Although he agreed to keep a dog for his ptsd he doesn't want but he needs answers to what happened over there.

I enjoyed the storyline but I think I was expecting more of a
Misty (Reds Romance Reviews)
Apr 02, 2015 rated it really liked it
After being injured in Afghanistan Law Batisse returns home and tries to readjust to civilian life. He struggles daily with PTSD and also with the loss of his K-9 partner, and is having trouble accepting the fact that his injury is going to keep him from doing the things that he loves. His sister suggests he take in a service dog to help him manage his PTSD, but he is reluctant to get attached to another partner after losing his first in his accident. He eventually gives in and decides to make a ...more
Kathy Martin
Aug 07, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Jori Garrison trains dogs for wounded Veterans. She learned how when she was in prison. She was convicted of drug pushing via circumstantial evidence. Her cheating ex-fiance had set her up before dying in a car accident. Now, she is training dogs and trying to rebuild her life.

Lauray Batisse was a military policeman whose K-9 companion died at the same time Law was hurt by an IED. Law lost his left leg and had other injuries. He's trying to get back to his job as an Arkansas State Trooper but
Susan  Owensby
Aug 25, 2015 rated it really liked it
Primal Force is book 3 in a series but can be read as a stand alone with ease. Author D.D. Ayres is a new author for me and when I read the blurb it pulled me right in. This is a romantic suspense with a touch of humor and I found it to be a nice cozy read.

In Primal Force we meet Jori and Law. Both of these awesome characters are struggling with their inner demons but each of them seems to think they are just fine. There is an "insta-Lust" attraction that happens at first but you quickly see
Mar 06, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
Fantastic romantic suspense. The backstory for the hero, Law, who was wounded in Afghanistan and lived with P.T.S.D., and the heroine, Jori, who works as a trainer for the WWP (Warrior Wolf Pack) made an unlikely pairing. Law doesn't need anyone. Nor does he ever ask for help. He was taught that women were not to be cherished, valued nor trusted. For a man of honor, integrity and independence it was humbling to "need" a service dog, or ANY help. He was a lone wolf. Yet, he was attracted to Jori ...more
I just love this series. Each one is so well-written and researched, with interesting characters who are very believable.

The author obviously does a lot of research and it shows when she writes about training dogs or military/law enforcement K-9 work. It has the effect of drawing the reader even more into the story. The dogs themselves are complex characters. Sam even gets her own scenes in this book!

There aren't many books out there with characters who have PTSD, and even less have characters
Sep 05, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Primal Force was an amazing book. The characters were so well developed and exceptional and I'm not only talking about Lauray and Jori but also Samantha the PTSD dog. She had her own voice in this book and that made the book super unique to me. Her voice wasn't silly or childish. She had the perfect voice I would expect for an animal whose work purpose was to pull a Vet out of a PTSD episode, reassure them, help them, etc. She was just wonderful. Not only was the characters exceptional but the ...more
Aug 19, 2015 rated it liked it
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This is the first book I have ever read by D. D. Ayres. Even though this is the third book in the series, it definitely can be read without having read any of the other books, since it does appear that there really are previous story lines. While I really liked the description of this book, sometimes I found that the book itself didn't meet expectations. I think the reason for this is that I really couldn't like Law. While I can appreciate that he had issues of PTSD and was trying to get his ...more
Sep 13, 2015 rated it really liked it
I love the K-9 Rescue series and it great suspense and fast pace. Plus I love the scene stealing canines. Primal Force is another good addition to the group and there is a scene stealer named Samantha in this one. For more of my review, check out my blog #

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Michelle the Romance Witch
a really good read. full review coming soon to the blog
Jo  (Mixed Book Bag)
Book three in the K-9 Rescue series this is another great story with two wounded people who connect because of a service dog. Good addition to the series.
Apr 02, 2015 rated it liked it
Hard to have scenes from the dog's perspective without being totally lame. Didn't like the hero even if his reactions and PTSD where very realistic.
Kim  Brewing
Apr 11, 2015 rated it really liked it
My favorite part.....Sam's POV
Mary Beth
Jun 26, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: adult-romance
This is the second book I have tried by Ayers and it will most likely be the last. Her females tend to come off as weaker than I like and her Alpha males are jerks.

In this book, Jori, an ex-con and dog trainer, attempt to help Law, an Afghan vet who lost a leg and his K9 partner in the war. Law is suffering from PTSD, but he treats his new dog Samantha poorly. He doesn't abuse her or anything, but he never attempts to bond with her. Since he has been a K9 handler in war and as a policeman and
I read this one a while ago and am not sure why I never posted my review about it.......Jori trains dogs to for vets with PTSD. She has had a rough past thanks to her ex fiance. Now she just wants to be left with her dogs and no complications. Law is a vet who is now a State Trooper. He struggles with the loss of his K-9 partner and struggles more accepting Sam. However with Jori's help he'll get there.

My issue is that the relationship sort of lacked. I can see Jori's side but at some point I
It was fun to get the perspectives from Sam (the Cheez Doodle dog!) and a very brief POV from Argyle the kitten. With very limited use, I think it helped give a little bit of backup to Sam's use as a service dog, and give the reader a better idea of her abilities. I'm still a bit peeved on Sam's part about how easily Law dismisses her training and intelligence through most of the book, though!

It took a bit of work at the end for all the plots to come to a convincing close, and some aspects
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D. D. Ayres is the author of the K-9 Rescue series which includes Primal Force and Force of Attraction. She loves men in uniforms and dogs, making the K-9 Rescue series with St. Martin's Press a dream come true. She currently lives in Texas where she's at work on her next novel.

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K-9 Rescue (6 books)
  • Irresistible Force (K-9 Rescue #1)
  • Force of Attraction (K-9 Rescue #2)
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