by Kate James
Series: San Diego K-9 Unit #3
Published by Harlequin on July 1, 2016
Sub-Genre/Theme: Contemporary, Cops
Source: Book Buyer's Best Contest
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Is she part of the solution…or the problem?
It could be a terrorist threat. Or is it some other sinister plot? An unprecedented rash of security breaches at San Diego's international airport is putting passengers at risk and bringing the competence of the airport's chief of security, Ariana Atkins, into question.
With explosives the weapon of choice, police K-9 unit captain Logan O'Connor and his bomb detection dog, Boomer, might be Ariana's best, if not only, line of defense. Logan is certain his belief in Ariana, and his growing love for her, aren't misplaced…but it wouldn't be the first time he's misjudged someone's intentions.
I received a copy of this book from the Orange County Chapter of RWA’s Book Buyer’s Best Contest, for which I was a first round judge.
When I Found You by Kate James is packed with action, but unfortunately that wasn’t enough to hold my attention. The romance itself felt underdeveloped, so once love happens, it didn’t seem authentic to me.
San Diego International Airport has had several security breaches recently. Chief of security Ariana Atkins is determined to keep her travelers safe. Ariana joins forces with police captain Logan O’Connor and his explosive-detection dog, Boomer. Together, they must solve the mystery of the multiple security breaches as they simultaneously try to stay alive.
This is a wholesome romance, which is SO not my thing. Aside from that, the story itself is just okay. It’s driven by plenty of action, but despite this, I still skimmed a lot since I needed more depth. Additionally, the relationship itself is unconvincing. I didn’t understand why Ariana and Logan are so attracted to each other, especially to the point of falling in love. Constant peril heightens their emotions, but I found that a deep and satisfying connection was missing.
My favorite parts of the book involved Boomer, the K-9 unit dog. Sadly, as a romance I found the book lacking, both in storytelling and authenticity.
Rating: 2.5 stars