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Home to Stay

(San Diego K-9 Unit #4)

4.41  ·  Rating details ·  46 ratings  ·  24 reviews
Fourth book in the San Diego K-9 Unit Series.

She's bringing his son home  

A missing little boy triggers San Diego K-9 officer Shannon Clemens and her canine search-and-rescue partner into instant action. For the rookie cop haunted by a childhood tragedy, bringing Sawyer Evans's son safely home is more than a job. It's a mission she can't fail… But forging a friendship
Paperback, 312 pages
Published July 1st 2017 by Harlequin
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Katie W
Jul 09, 2017 rated it really liked it
I love this San Diego K-9 Unit series. The bonds that each officer has with their dog is so endearing and I can't help but to love these furry critters as well. In HOME TO STAY, Shannon and her four-legged partner, Darwin, are called to find a missing boy, but the situation hits too close to home for her.

Sawyer is a single parent since his wife disappeared a few years earlier and I had a few issues with this. He is ready to move on with life and I didn't like the fact that he made that jump so
Carrie Schmidt (Reading is My SuperPower)
4.5 stars

In Home to Stay, we start out with high drama, the air thick with suspense, as Shannon and her search-and-rescue Darwin search for a missing little boy, Dylan. From discouragement to hope to elation and everything in between, readers get a front row seat for the search. And let me just warn you – when you think you can relax…. don’t be too hasty! James tossed one curveball after another into the plot and kept tension high.

The other sort of tension going on in Home to Stay is the romant
Aimee (Getting Your Read On)
Kate James is one of my favorite Harlequin Heartwarming authors and I love her K-9 Unit series. The dogs in these books are such a fantastic addition to the stories. This is the fourth book in the series but it can stand alone.

In this book, Shannon is a new K-9 unit handler. She and her dog specialize in search and rescue and she gets called in to find a missing boy who had been camping with his father. Shannon lost her brother in almost the exact same way years before which is why she chose th
Suze Lavender
Jul 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Sawyer loves his son Dylan very much. When they're on a camping trip Dylan disappears from their tent and Sawyer starts looking for him, but he can't find Dylan anywhere in the woods. Shannon is a San Diego K-9 Unit officer and she brings her dog to track Dylan down. However, Dylan doesn't seem to be there, where did he go?

For Shannon finding Dylan is more than just a job and she's determined to bring him back whatever it takes. While doing everything she can to find the little boy she spends qu
Lynn Brooks
May 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing
My heartstrings were in constant turmoil with this captivating return to Kate James' San Diego K-9 Unit series! It had my full attention from the first page, and as secrets were told and plots were unraveled, I took the journey of ups and downs right along with them. A really intriguing plot will keep you guessing as this cast of characters weave their spell. It was great to see the crowd from the previous books and get some exciting updates on them. I'm crossing my fingers that there are more b ...more
Mel Ashman
May 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This mysterious, heart-wrenching story is a perfect addition to the SanDiego K-9 Unit series!

The story opens with Sawyer Evans discovering that his young son has gone missing from their tent and you are hooked and just have to find out what happened to little Dylan Evans. Enter the just-off-probation K-9 officer, Shannon Clemens and her four-legged partner, Darwin to search for Dylan.

What follows is not a smooth-sailing search for Dylan or an easy romance for Shannon and Sawyer.

The search for D
Janice Sisemore
Jul 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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Home to stay

Wow, I really got into this book. Love the mystery and suspense of it, love the characters and especially the dogs. Shannon is a police officer that does a rescue with her dog Darwin. Sawyer has a young son that is taken from him but they have no idea who kidnapped him. His wife had been missing and given up for dead, does it have anything to do with her? You will just have to read and see, it is quite a story. I just love how Kate James knows how to tell a great story, brings the ch
From page one, Kate James grabs the attention of hear readers and hooks them with the intense and suspenseful situation in her novel Home to Stay, book four in the Sand Diego K-9 Unit Series. This novel will have readers on the edge of their seats in anticipation of finding out what happens next. This story will not only tug at your heartstrings, but is full of twists and turns that will keep readers coming back for more. Along with the mystery there is also a bit of romance that readers will en ...more
Jul 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Home to Stay was excellent - fast-paced and suspenseful. I was hooked from the first page. In fact, not intending to, I read it in one afternoon/evening. Couldn't wait to see how it played out. Kate James has a way of making the reader vested in the outcome of the situation, both for the situation itself and for the characters involved.
I look forward to each new offering she gives us, the readers.
Jul 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing
From page one, I was hooked. I’ve thoroughly enjoyed the K-9 series, but Kate James has hit it out of the park with Home to Stay.
For Sawyer Evans, his worst nightmare has come true when he awakes, during a camping trip, to find his young son has gone missing. The frantic search for Dylan will keep you turning the pages from the start of this masterfully crafted story that can only be told by James.
Rookie K-9 officer Shannon Clemens had me rooting for her from the start. She’s determined to find
May 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Home to Stay is San Diego K-9 Unit Book 4.

Sawyer Evans's four-year-old son, Dylan, was kidnapped from their campsite while vacationing with family. San Diego K-9 unit officer, Shannon Clemens, is called upon with her search and rescue dog, Darwin, to try to locate the missing child. The initial search is unsuccessful and Sawyer is livid. Shannon's emotions are stirred by Sawyer's deep agony over his son's disappearance, and because of her own prior personal experience with loss, she feels compe
Dale Rogers
May 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Who would expect to wake up early in the morning during a camping trip to find that his or her son has vanished? Certainly not Sawyer Evans. The all-encompassing grief he feels as he frantically searches for Dylan conveys to the reader how much he cares for his son, and when it's discovered that Dylan was kidnapped, suspicion immediately falls on felons Sawyer had put away years earlier as a District Attorney. It's a double tragedy for Sawyer, since he lost his wife, Jeannette, three years earli ...more
Jessica Baker (A Baker's Perspective)
This book had a lot going on emotionally, so brace yourself for a roller coaster ride of emotions! Love, respect, fear, suspense, worry, excitement, happiness, sorrow, and surprise. And don't forget there are dogs involved!! Nothing makes a book wonderful like a dog character does, for this animal lover anyways.

This was a fast paced storyline, so make sure you are taking in every single world or else you might miss something. I liked Shannon's character most of all. She had a heart of gold, and
Aug 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing

The brilliance that is Kate James’s latest novel—Home to Stay—with Harlequin Heartwarming will tug at your heartstrings with the emotional intensity layered throughout the story. I was glued to this book the moment I scrolled to chapter one. The conflict is set in motion when Sawyer wakes up to find his son, Dylan missing. Taut writing sets the scene going, as a whirlwind of emotions entangle you with the plot.

The adrenaline rush had him gasping for air. The sleeping bag was empty.

From that
Lissy Peace
Oct 04, 2017 rated it really liked it
Kate James is a wonderful writer. I enjoy reading how she builds her characters. I wish there was more romance in the story, but this story is one that grips you from the first page. As a parent, losing a child is your worse night mare. Kate handles the story with authenticity and compassion. Lead male character Sawyer Evan's has lost a lot, first his wife and now his son. I can only imagine the pain these two incidents would have on a person. Kate James communicates these tragedies with sincere ...more
Jess Lawson
Jul 08, 2017 rated it really liked it
This book really pulled at your heart strings. As a Heartwarming book I wasn't really expecting a bit of suspense. It is # in the San Diego K-9 Unit and was a first of the series for me. The love that Sawyer felt for Dylan was only natural for your father and son but the love that Shannon had for Dylan was because he was part of the man she was falling in love with. Through out this book we are on a journey to figure who abducted Dylan as well as trying to figure out why.

This book had a lot of
Kate Vale
Jul 09, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: contemp-romance
Fourth in the San Diego K-9 series, the story focues on Shannon Clemens, a rookie search-and-rescue officer, her canine partner, Darwin, and the father of a lost child, said child later identified as having been kidnapped.

But why? Sawyer Evans is no longer an ADA; he's now working as a law professor at a local college, a position he took after his wife and the mother of Dylan, disappeared. He thinks she's dead, but no one knows for sure.

When Dylan is found, Sawyer finds himself drawn to Shannon.
Dec 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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Rosemarie Grainer
May 27, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Very emotional, but a good story

It starts with every parent's nightmare...waking up to find your child is missing. Dylan the kid and the dogs are super. Sawyer and Shannon are well drawn but Dylan steals the show. The extreme ups and downs in this story made it a harder read in my opinion than the others in the series. If you read just for an upbeat escape, this is not my first choice.

However, if you like fast paced stories with a strong emotional tone, a character oriented storyline that still
Suzie Waltner
Jun 26, 2017 rated it really liked it
When rookie K-9 officer Shannon Clemmons is called out on a search that hits close to home, her investment in the case becomes personal. Not only because she wants to prove herself in her position but also because the circumstances surrounding the case remind her of her own loss of a loved one. One that did not have a happy ending.

In attempt to support Sawyer Evans as the search for his son continues, Shannon offers him support. As she spends time with Sawyer, she must walk the line between prof
Jul 11, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Enjoyed it very much. When Sawyer's son goes missing he's besides
himself. How could this happen?
Shannon Clemens and her partner Darwin are on the scene.
They know he's been abducted. What they don't know is by whom.

A little attraction along the way, but just can't happen. So much
going on. So much more added as well.

See what happens buy the book.
Jul 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing

I’ve read all of the books in this series except for the first. I’ve loved them all, and this one is no exception! Books involving animals are always so heartwarming. I really enjoy the K-9 series because of the special bond an officer has with his or her dog. In this case, Shannon Clemens is a search-and-rescue officer, and she gets called into a case for a missing little boy. Shannon is ready for action, but the case hits close to home. She lost someone close to her when she was younger, and t
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