Friday, January 22, 2016

After Love by Kathy Clark





Book Description

DEA agent Nick Archer puts his life on the line every day. A former Marine, he fears nothing . . . except commitment. Nick has no trouble finding women eager to warm his bed, and no problem sending them on their way the morning after. Relationships don't mix with risky careers, a fact Nick learned the hard way after his marriage fell apart. He'd go it alone if it weren't for his new K-9 partner—and the stunning trainer who makes Nick sit up and take notice.
 
Just like her service dogs, Jamie Chambers knows how to sniff out trouble. From the moment Nick swaggers into her kennel, she knows he's heartbreak waiting to happen, and he wastes no time getting under her skin. Hell, he doesn't even like dogs. As a cop's widow, Jamie has felt the sting of loss in the line of duty, yet she recognizes something of her own pain in Nick's smoldering gaze. Jamie knows there are no guarantees in life. But a moment of pleasure, however fleeting, holds the promise of forever—and for that, Jamie's willing to take the plunge.

AVAILABLE: January 19, 2016

After a string of bad luck with his job, DEA agent Nick Archer is getting a new partner.  His new partner is loyal to the cause and highly trained in sniffing out drug busts.  He also likes long walks, playing tug-of-war, and licking his own.... well... yeaah.  But he's a dog, what do you expect.  Nick isn't thrilled about having a new partner, K-9 or not.  But when he sees the trainer, Nick seems to be more accepting about the whole process.  

Jamie Chambers has devoted the last few years (after her husband's death) to her work.  She has had the great love of her life and isn't looking to repeat the past.  But she misses sex, and something about Nick makes her think he'll be okay with a "friends-with-benefits" arrangement until Jamie get's him out of her system.  

But with Nick working a dangerous undercover job at a local college, will Jamie be okay with the possibly of the past repeating itself.  Especially after she starts to fall for the man??

I feel like I've read this book before.  To me there was nothing unique or special about After Love.  It was just an okay book for me.  I felt like I was missing some key piece on the story involving Nick.  I don't know if he was a secondary character in a different Kathy Clark series (since this was the first book in her Austin Heroes series)  I didn't particulary care for Jamie.  I just can't quite put my finger on why this book was just okay for me... Also for Nick being just a great agent, he sure was "messing" up a lot.

Just one of those books, I guess..

Rating: 2.5-3 out of 5

**I received an ARC through Netgalley in exchange for a honest review.**