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August 27, 2021

Colton K-9 Target by Justine Davis ~ a Review

by MK French

There are so many Coltons in Grave Gulch that newcomer K-9 detective Brett Shea feels like an outsider. Dog trainer Annalise Colton is attacked by someone pretending to be her date, and Brett is determined to find the man. Despite his vows to refrain from love, he can't help but be drawn to Annalise.

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Colton K-9 Target
August 2021; Harlequin; 978-1335759382
ebook, print (288 pages); romantic suspense

Colton K-9 Target
is the eighth book in the Coltons of Grave Gulch series. I haven't read any of the others and didn't feel like I lost anything. Other Coltons mentioned were likely those from the other books, but they were involved in this story when their lives touched on Annalise's. The attraction between Brett and Annalise was present even prior to the man showing up at her door intending to tranq her with a dart, and only became heightened over the course of the novel. Grave Gulch is a relatively small town, and there's definitely the small-town feel of everyone knowing almost everyone else. It's both good and bad; Brett assumes that anything he does will circle back to the Colton half of the police department almost immediately.

In addition to the catfish scam being run on women that had caught Annalise, there is a separate case that Brett is working on with his partner, and background tensions rising due to problems in the police department. Those likely were brought up in earlier books as well, and serve to increase the tension between Brett and Annalise; while he's potentially endangering himself elsewhere, Annalise is forced to admit her feelings for him. The potential risks to Annalise also force Brett to recognize his own feelings and desires.

This is a fast-paced novel, and I had a lot of fun watching the push and pull of the characters as they navigated in and out of each others' space. It's primarily a romance, so the tensions aren't drawn out for too long before we get to the happily ever after.

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Born and raised in New York City, M.K. French started writing stories when very young, dreaming of different worlds and places to visit. She always had an interest in folklore, fairy tales, and the macabre, which has definitely influenced her work. She currently lives in the Midwest with her husband, three young children, and a golden retriever.

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