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(The K9 Files #5)

4.62  ·  Rating details ·  127 ratings  ·  47 reviews
Welcome to the all new K9 Files series reconnecting readers with the unforgettable men from SEALs of Steel in a new series of action packed, page turning romantic suspense that fans have come to expect from USA TODAY Bestselling author Dale Mayer. Pssst... you'll meet other favorite characters from SEALs of Honor and Heroes for Hire too! 
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Published September 17th 2019 by Valley Publishing, LTD

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Sep 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I love this series, and Lucas is one of its best books so far. The cast of characters is very well designed, featuring two fascinating protagonists, their irresistible canine protegè and a well-assorted collection of good and evil characters. Such a varied population keeps the narration lively and entertaining at all times. Cameo appearances of the members of the Titanium Corporation are the joy of Ms. Mayer's faithful readers.
Lucas is a self-confident, generous, and positive individual. He is a
Lisa Gibbs
Sep 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Lucas is dispatched to Canada to track down Top Hat a military dog who got sent to Canada by mistake. Lucas' sister and her family leave in Canada as does his ex-fiancee. He has never forgotten her and since being injured in combat he has been home twice but avoided her. They broke up because he wanted something that she didn't.

Tanya's life has gone sideways since she and Lucas split up. She lived with two of her close friends and one was murdered and the other is in a coma in the hospital. She
Sep 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
If you've read the SEALs of Steel series you'll recognize the guys doing the match ups for the K9s. Geir, Badger and Jager discuss who they're going to ask to find TopHat in the prologue, and actually compare themselves to Levi and Mason from the Heroes from Hire and SEALs of Honor Series respectively and their matchmaking skills. That had me giggling.

Lucas Scott is the one they bring in and he agrees right away. He decides that at the very least he'd have a good visit with his sister and maybe
Sep 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I received a complimentary copy of this book via Booksprout, and I am voluntarily leaving a review.

This is the fifth book in Dale Mayer’s K9 File series. Even though this is an ongoing series, each book is written as a stand-alone book with new characters and an action-packed plot that is solved by the last chapter.

Top Hat is a retired military dog who was accidentally sent to Canada with a group of rescued dogs. Since Lucas is a former SEAL from Canada, the Navy leaders think he would be the pe
Kathie Savage
Sep 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
What a story! Volunteering to check on missing war dog, Top Hat, gave Lucas a welcome opportunity to visit his sister Meg, who had married the son of a farmer in Medicine Hat, not too far from Saskatchewan, Canada. Top Hat was at risk because he had been wounded in action and then attacked by a pack of wolves while waiting for help. Deemed by his adopter to have an unsafe temperament, he was turned over to a local rescue. Lucas, who himself suffered from back injuries and had lost a few ribs in ...more
Sep 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
But what if you're wrong?

What she really means is 'what if I was wrong?' And that is Tanya's biggest fear...what if Lucas was 'the one' and she threw it all away.
Lucas is determined to find Top Hat, after his service he deserves to enjoy his retirement, not be put in danger, injured and forced to fight for his life...literally. As soon as Lucas realises that there is a good chance he is in the clutches of a dog fighting ring all bets are off and he vows they will all pay for their depravity and
D. Harley Jean
Sep 15, 2019 rated it really liked it
I was kindly provided this book as an ARC; in exchange for my honest review. This is book 5 of 6 (so far) in The K9 Files series. This book centers around Lucas and Tanya; and TopHat The K9.

Tophat is one of the missing war dogs that Lucas has been assigned to locate. Tophat was erroneously/accidentally sent to Canada with a group of rescue dogs looking for adoption.

Upon arrival at the rescue organization Lucas discovers that Tophat was deemed “aggressive” and given to a trainer who deals with a
Mandy Parmenter
Sep 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
A retiring K9 Tophat was accidentally sent to Canada in a batch of rescue dogs and Lucas agrees to look for him during a visit to his sister (who leaves near to his ex-fiancee too). However, he finds that he was handed over to a trainer who deals with aggressive dogs and when he arrives at the property he finds himself in the brutal world of dogfighting. Tanya used to share her flat with her two best friends but one has been killed in a hit-and-run and one is badly injured and in a coma. As part ...more
Sep 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I received a complimentary copy of this book from Booksprout and I am voluntarily reviewing it.

I loved this story. Lucas is sent to Canada in search of Top Hat, one of the missing 12 War Dogs. His sister and her family live in Canada as well as his ex-girlfriend, Tanya. Lucas and Tanya still love each other but he wants a family and she doesn't. She helped to raise her siblings and that was enough for her. As these two search for Top Hat, they work through their difficulties. The road through to
Sep 15, 2019 rated it really liked it
I am a fan of our deployed and a huge advocate for Dog rescue. All 3 of my dogs are rescues. That being said I was so on board with this K9 War Dog series. It makes one think even though the author does her best to make it a story of fiction and not assign blame anywhere. Dog fighting is atrocious. This was handled gently. Facts were provided of the nature of dog fights and possible end results, but its more about man kind being the evil perpetrator. Lucas goes to Canada where his sister and his ...more
Sep 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Another lovely story in the K9 series. Dale Mayer has cleverly incorporated old friends from the SEAL of Honour and Heroes for Hire series into this exciting book.
Lucas is an ex SEAL who was discharged due to life altering injuries. Because of his connection with Canada (his sister and his ex fiance live there) he is the obvious choice to track down Tophat, an ex military dog who has been dispatched to Canada by mistake.
Tanya, his ex fiance joins him on the journey in the hope that they will be
Linda Carlson
Sep 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing

I just love these K-9 stories! They tend to pull the heart strings a little more than the other stories and they can get quite emotional at times too!

I love how fiercely Lucas searches for TopHat and his determination to stop the entire dog fighting practice all around the area including the small community where they find the War Dog. Dog fighting is an ugly pastime that I can’t even begin to understand the sense of. How can anyone find any kind of thrill or enjoyment hurting a dog let alon
Meg Martin
Sep 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Dale Mayer has a way of reminding us of ongoing issues by telling a story about people who are brave enough to fight these problems.
OK, so the Navy Seals are amazing, the K9 dogs are special as well and the combo defending each other is something to see.
Lucas (Navy Seal) has volunteered to go to Canada to search for Tophat a missing retired K9. Lucas has additional reasons for returning to Canada as his sister and her family live there as does his ex-fiance, Tanya. Lucas and Tanya parted ways as
Cheryl Davis
Sep 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I impatiently wait for the books in this series as I love the story lines and I love that the books center around war dogs who have been released from military duty for one reason or another. In this book, Top Hat is the dog and I fell in love with him as I have with every dog in this series. I loved the interaction between Tanya and Lucas and how they put aside everything to search for Top Hat. I did not like reading about the dog fighting rings but know that they do exist and this story opened ...more
Sep 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Admittedly, I’m a sucker for a second chance romance, but add in a K9 war dog and I'm halfway in love before I read the first page. This series so far has been terrific. I love the wounded warriors who go off to search for a war dog and fall in love, both with their special lady and the dog. There's just something so satisfying about a man and a dog who both sacrificed for their country getting a second chance and finding a home for their heart.

Lucas gets a second chance with the girl he lost bu
Sep 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Lucas by Dale Mayer
The K9 Files Series Book Five
Lucas Scott has been injured and is now out of the navy. When he gets a call from Titanium Corp about checking on a missing War Dog named Top Hat, he jumps on the mission. After all, it's in Canada so he can visit his sister and her family, and maybe he can tie up the loose ends with his ex-fiancée so he can move on.

Tanya Nolan's life has gone down the crapper since she broke up with Lucas. One of her roommates was murdered; the other is in a coma
Char Davis
Sep 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
When Geir,Badger and Jager discuss a new dog missing a military dog lost in Canada they decide to as Lucas since he has family there and maybe he can find closure with his ex fiance.Things go bad and Lucas not only must protect Top Hat after he was found shot but he must protect his ex.Will they find they still love each other?There are so many twists and turns to this story will keep you riveted until the very last page.The characters in this story are unique each in their own way.The chemistry ...more
Sep 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Another ex SEAL finds the one and this time it’s a past fiancée and all about second chances. Lucas and Tanya broke up because of differences but they still love each other very much and still both hold out hope that they will be together again. When Lucas is sent to Canada to look for Tophat, a K9 who was mixed up with other dogs, he encounters Tanya and the two set out on a road trip and finally have a chance to get closure...or do they.
A great read with some steam, some action and suspense an
Irene S
Sep 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Since Lucas, a medically discharged former SEAL, has family in Canada where a war dog was accidentally shipped, he has agreed to find the dog. When Tanya, his ex-fiancé hears that he is in Canada and looking for the dog, she asks if she can accompany him. They soon realize that the dog is probably ensnared in a large dog fighting ring. As they try to keep the dog safe, Lucas and Tanya draw closer together. I received a free copy of this book from the author through Booksprout. This is my honest ...more
Rachael Bromley
Sep 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Another instalment if the wonderful K9 series. This time it’s Lucas. On his way to Canada to visit his sister and find the military dog Top Hat. His ex lives there but she is dealing with their own tragedy with one friend dead and the other in a coma. As she joins Lucas in his hunt it’s clear that all is not what it seems as police, businessmen and a dog rescue centre get involved in a dogfighting ring. Will Lucas be able to keep Tanya safe and find Top Hat whilst dealing with shooters and bad g ...more
Laura R
Sep 16, 2019 rated it really liked it
This latest book in the K9 Files sees Lucas going back home to Canada to find Tophat, a missing K9 dog who was accidentally sent to Canada. It helps that Lucas has family in Canada, although there is also an ex-fiancee there too. As Lucas tracks down what has happened to Tophat, he finds out a dogfighting ring spanning multiple cities.

He also reconnects with his ex, Tanya. As they spend time together, he learns of her being disgraced at work (even though she was innocent), the death of one of he
Sep 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book has all the feels.. Lucas loves dogs, and has a mission to save a retired war dog named Top Hat. Tanya and Lucas have a past history that didn't end well.
Will saving Top Hat bring them back together, or put them in the friend zone.
I am always touched with the emotion Dale Mayer is able to bring out in me when I'm reading her books, and this series is one of my favourites.
Alpha male, romance, and dogs..what's not to love :)
The books can be read as standalones, but seriously.. they are s
Sep 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Lucas is great.and the series is even better. I love the pairing of the dogs and the men. I am hoping to see a woman who has been injured be included in this series as well. So far Titanium is batting a 100 when it comes to finding these brave war dogs and the guys that handled them. The men sent to find out what happened to them are our brave and wonderful military, and they either adopt them or get them to their owners and finding their partners as well. I love this series. This one like the o ...more
Tracy Reid
Sep 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Top Hat a war hero who returns home to a new life of a slower pace ends up in a new and different country, far far away from home. Lucas wants to fix this wrong to Top Hat but to do so means returning to face his past. A long over due visit to his sister's and family, see Lucas and family celebrate Lucas return after all the challenges Lucas and has Lucas face to face with Tanya. Tanya has had her own challenges after losing a good friend and another is left laying in bed in hospital hanging ont ...more
Sep 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2019
Solid 4.5 star
Lucas has a reason to go back home to Canada, he has been back but not for a long time and it isn't just his sister and her husband he needs to see but to also find Top Hat, what he doesn't expect is for his ex fiance Tanya to be so bold and want to catch up also while he is in town. As soon as he starts looking for Top Hat things take a turn for the worst not just for Top Hat and Lucas but also Tanya which leads us into a story of dog fights, murder, lies and distrust of many of t
Sally J Anderson
Sep 12, 2019 rated it really liked it
Top Hat, the fifth K-9 (MWD), has been sent to Canada. Lucas, ex-Seal, is selected to retrieve him for several reasons. Two being his sister and her family live in the area and when Lucas was critically injured a MWD saved his life. Plus his ex fiance lives there also.

It doesn't take long to suspect a massive dog fighting organization may be responsible for all things going wrong not only with Top Hat but Tanya, his ex fiance. Danger is everywhere. The organization is huge and even authorities a
Pamela Mitchell
Sep 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This amazing book pulled me in from the very beginning and had me hanging onto every word. I admired Lucas Scott who goes to Canada to find Top Hat, a missing war dog, and loved his dynamic with the other characters especially Tanya Nolan, his ex-fiancé. As they get caught up in the dark underworld of dogfighting, the suspense had me on the edge of my seat. Ms. Mayer has given us another winner with this smartly written second chance romance and I can hardly wait for book six in her must-read K9 ...more
Julia Gerard
Sep 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing

Lucas is sent to Canada to find a Military dog, who was sent up with some rescue dogs. Top Hat was not meant to be part of this group. Luckily Lucas has family up there, so it made sense to send him. But also up there is his Sister's best friend and his former fiancee Tanya. A lot of bad stuff happens to Top Hat, he's been taken but a dog fighting ring, that is causing problems. Tanya meanwhile, is not living a life, there is something going on surrounding her and her friends and things escalate
Sep 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-2019
I voluntarily reviewed an arc of this book.

This is the 5th book in The K9 Files series, it can be read as standalone story but I suggest reading the previous books first. Lucas is sent to Canada to go and find a military dog that has been lost, but soon Lucas and his ex are looking for Top Hat and are quickly finding a dog fighting ring that puts them all in danger.
I liked Lucas and Tanya as characters and loved that they had a second chance, especially amongst all the family drama ans bullets f
Sep 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Yeah....what's not to love with this book?
It has everything that I love, great story, great suspense, great thrill, great actions, amazing dog, wonderful characters, sweet second chance romance and a sweet steamy moments. Yup I got nothing to complain about this book, except I wished there's more, I just don't want the story to stop, I devoured this one in one sitting, I wanted 200 pages more hahahhaha.

If you're looking for an easy-read suspense romance mixed with second chance romance with an a
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Dale Mayer is a USA Today bestselling author best known for her Psychic Visions and Family Blood Ties series. Her contemporary romances are raw and full of passion and emotion (Second Chances, SKIN), her thrillers will keep you guessing (By Death series), and her romantic comedies will keep you giggling (It's a Dog's Life and Charmin Marvin Romantic Comedy series).

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