Captain Kelly Bonham, a NATO electronics intelligence officer and combat zone veteran, agreed to adopt a war dog, but when Pojo arrives he’s not at all what she expected. This German Shepherd isn’t interested in rolling over for a tummy rub; he’s a working dog, a retired bomb sniffer who saw his handler cut in half by an anti-personnel mine in Afghanistan. That’s serious trauma, and Bonnie wonders if his canine brain is still fully functional.
Now she’s shaking it down with a dog who has more teeth than the law allows. A dog whose behavior is puzzling, threatening, maybe even unhinged. And battered by the war herself, all she has to bring to the fight is electronic gadgetry and what’s left of her self-confidence.
Will the war ever be over, even on the home front? Can she rescue this war dog … or will he rescue her?
“See, I’m not so bad, am I? I gave you food.”
Again the sideways glance, flickering and cool. If it hadn’t been anthropomorphizing him, she’d say contemptuous. The overhead full-spectrum bulbs and the firelight flashed off the amber eye, highlighted his big grey nose, made each cream-and-tan hair in his ruff stand out individually. His coat looked so soft, so inviting. She brushed her fingers through the visible hairs, stroked his neck and down his back, petted his broad forehead. But he didn’t look at her again. His ears didn’t fold back, and he didn’t respond.
“You know what, kid? This could get old real fast.”
That monstrous tongue flicked out, over his nose, around his chops, vanished with a smack. His gaze remained fixed.
On the door.
“Is it that time? You wanna do some business before bed?” After all, he’d just eaten. And that from a dog this size sure wasn’t anything she wanted inside the house. Especially not just before bed.
She scrambled up. When she was halfway to the front door, toenails on granite clicked in a quick trot behind her. Eager panting.
Did she need the leash? Nah, it insulted this independent, intelligent dog. They needed to establish trust between them. And he was so well trained, according to the records she’d glanced through, he’d answer when she called.
Bonnie started to open the door. Pojo slipped out, shoving it aside, and bolted across the lawn.
“POJO! COME, YOU MISCREANT!”
Pounding footsteps across the hard earth, scrabbling paws on the gravel road. Bottlebrush tail held high, flashing in the last morsel of dusk, then vanishing down the mountain’s slope.
And her brand new rescue dog was gone.
Here's the Sweet List. And let's remember those brave soldiers of all generations, of all species, who fought and died for freedom, as well as those who can never leave the war behind.
1. Kay Springsteen, contemporary romance
2. Benjamin Wallace - Comic Fiction & Humor
3. Sandra Nachlinger/Sandra Allen - Romance
4. Carrie-Anne Brownian ~ 1970s historical fiction
5. Jenna Jaxon~Historical Romance
6. Marsha A. Moore - Fantasy romance
7. Rachel Rossano - romantic fantasy
8. Laurel-Rain Snow - contemporary fiction
9. Susan Aylworth, contemporary romance
10. J. Gunnar Grey, mystery~adventure
11. Joselyn Vaughn ~ contemporary romance
12. Patricia Preston~historical romance
13. Marsha Ward~Westerns with Heart & Grit
14. Iris Blobel - Contempory Romance
15. Lindsay Downs- Historical Romance
16. Leah Sanders ~ Sci-fi
17. Ute Carbone-Romantic Comedy
18. S.G. Rogers - Mythic Fantasy
19. Rachel Van Dyken - Romance
20. Mirriam Smyth - Contemporary Romance
21. Elaine Cantrell, contemporary romance