Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Double Dog Dare by J. A. Coffey

Double Dog Dare 
Southern Seductions #4
by J. A. Coffey

Allison Dare is having a bad month. Make that a bad year. A broken foot. Sidelined from an active career fighting crime. She sure as hell doesn’t need to deal with a four-footed canine disaster inherited from her recently departed cousin. In a desperate attempt to get her life in order, she hires a dog trainer. The only problem is he’s sexy and stubborn as sin. With her old life torn away, can she reinvent herself when she can’t seem to control her new pet or her feelings for a man who refuses to take orders? 

Decorated vet Mack Taylor has tortured himself since the day his mistake cost him his loyal K-9 partner and part of his leg. Now the owner of a dog kennel in Atlanta, he spends his days working with pampered pets in need of potty training. A chance encounter with gutsy Allison puts him on edge in more ways than one. Suddenly, he finds himself hoping against hope…dreaming dreams that he has no right to dream…and taking his chances on a love that could transform them both.


Although part of a series, Double Dog Dare can be read as a stand-alone book. This is the first book by J.A. Coffey that I have had the pleasure of reading - it certainly won't be the last.

Allison has been sidelined by a broken foot - a fact she hasn't shared with her team yet. Mack lost not only his K-9 partner in combat, but he lost his foot too. Both are trying to deal with these huge changes in their lives when fate brings them together.

Allison's cousin passes away and leaves behind her beloved pet, a Labradoodle named Sir Precious Picklechips. Precious is a very precocious pup and quite untrained. Allison doesn't have the best history with pets and is concerned that something may happen to Precious while in her care. 

Mack is a dog trainer who runs a shelter/boarding place for dogs and is attempting to train a few unwanted dogs to become service dogs for veterans. Allison turns to Mack for help with training Precious in hopes of re-homing him to a family. Mack agrees to take on Allison and precious even though he thinks it may be a bad idea.

Between miscommunication, both suffering from PTSD, and each feeling guilty about their pasts, can these two successfully work with Precious and each

Double Dog Dare was a fantastic read. Taking on the very serious matter of PTSD, loss, and injury can be a downer in a book - not the case for this one. I loved these characters, they were strong on the outside and both dealing with serious emotional issues on the inside. There was just enough steam, angst, & mixed emotions to make for a great story.


J.A. Coffey  writes both sizzling contemporary romance and epic historical fiction with compelling characters that stay with you long after you turn the last page.
A complete cupcake addict, when she isn’t writing or reading, she can be found hunkered over her laptop in a European coffeehouse, test baking desserts, or “feathering her nest” with spruced up flea market finds. A 2014 Indie Book Awards Finalist and former RWA Golden Heart finalist, J.A. is currently working on her latest novel and trying not to get cupcake batter on her keyboard.

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