As you may or may not know, I'm a huge fan of Ronie Kendig. I recently read the second book in her A Breed Apart series. Here's a quick blurb on Talon and we'll chat on the other side!
Aspen Courtland is out to find her missing brother. Only his combat tracking dog, Talon, knows where to look. Problem is, after a brutal attack that separated dog and handler, Talon’s afraid of his own shadow. The search is on, but when one mistake means disaster, can Talon muster the courage for one last mission?
All right friends, I'm not even gonna lie. I was incredibly skeptical about reading books based on dogs. Or at least that was my impression. Not to mention I wasn't in love with the covers, so I skipped the first book in this series, Trinity.
But it was Ronie Kendig. And I love her stuff. So I kept sneaking back to this series, thinking I had to give it a try. I am beyond tickled pink that I did!
Ronie owns her tag line "Rapid-Fire-Fiction" and this book did not disappoint. I loved the aspect of Aspen looking for her twin, somehow that seemed even closer than just a brother. And I loved not knowing the entire time if I could trust her brother or not. Also, the tension between Aspen and Dane--the hero of this book--was well paced, as was their stories. My only slight issue was the way Dane's past was dealt with in small backflashes. I normally don't mind them, but in this story it seemed to pull me out at times. However, I enjoyed both characters' story arcs and the overall intrigue of this story, especially Ronie's trademark fast pace.
I enjoyed it so much, in fact, that I plan to go back and grab Trinity to read and am waiting for Beowolf, the third and final in this series to be released--in January 2014! Way to make us wait:)
I happily give Talon 4 out of 5 stars. If you're a fan of fast-paced, contemporary romance fiction with a heavy dose of suspense, you'll love this series, dogs and all!
If you'd like to see a break-down of what my stars equal, check out my page My Ratings System to the right there. And a big thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for a free ecopy of this book in exchange for my honest review.