Wednesday, January 6, 2016

When Love Matters Most {Review + Giveaway}

On Tour with Prism Book Tours.

Now More Readily Available in Print

This is an exciting time for Harlequin Heartwarming. Thanks to the loyalty of our readers, for the first time, our January releases, including When Love Matters Most, are available as mass-market paperbacks through Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and Also, When Love Matters Most will be available in select Walmart stores in the United States in February! Please check the Harlequin website for the location nearest you. Thank you to all our readers who made these advancements possible for us!

— Kate

When Love Matters Most (The K-9 Trilogy, #2)When Love Matters Most
(K-9 Trilogy #2)
by Kate James
Adult Contemporary Romance
Paperback & ebook, 368 pages
January 1st 2016 by Harlequin Heartwarming

Keeping her safe at all costs
Could their backgrounds be any more different? Rick Vasquez, a K-9 unit sergeant with the San Diego Police Department, fled drug-related violence in Mexico as a boy. Madison Long, who recently became primary veterinarian to the SDPD's canines, is the privileged daughter of a judge. Rick has dedicated his life to curtailing cross-border drug trafficking and preventing other young boys from being drawn into the dark world of the cartels. But everything Rick and Madison value, and the growing love between them, is threatened by the dangers of Rick's job, and the risks he's determined to take…

My Thoughts:
When I saw a book about K-9s I knew I had to pick it up right away. The two main characters, Madison and Rick, both care deeply about dogs. Rick is a K-9 handler with San Diego Police and Madison is the vet who cares for the SDPD dogs. I loved reading about their work. The addition of the dogs added an adorable touch to the book, even if they became more like background noise towards the end of the book. The knowledge Kate James writes into her novel was fun and insightful as well.

The tension and moral dilemma between the couple was very relevant. The issue and author challenges the reader's own thinking on illegal immigrants. Even better, it takes a hard look at what police officers have to go through all the time, making snap decisions in heated moments. I really appreciated this aspect and hope many readers take the thought seriously. 

Overall, I was expecting more intense drama. The plot really builds us up to an intense moment between Rick, the SDPD and the drug cartel they are trying to bring down, but the end is pretty anticlimactic in that sense. If it is danger you are looking for, it won't be found here. Instead the tension between the couple is more political-ish and a difficulty of seeing eye to eye on a very gray matter. I enjoyed this, but missed the expected cartel danger. Mashe the two together for a longer book, and it would have been very intriguing!

Still, 'When Love Matters Most' is a heartwarming novel. They've got that part down pat! The content is clean and still romantic. Madison is a strong female character and Rick is a man with jaded past and a big heart. Together they tackle obstacles and come to realize that perhaps what is matters most, is love. :) 3.5 stars. 

Kate James spent much of her childhood abroad before attending university in Canada. She built a successful business career, but her passion has always been literature. As a result, Kate turned her energy to her love of the written word. Her writing has been recognized with a number of awards, including first place honors for Silver Linings in both the First Coast Romance Writers’ Published Beacon Contest and Ancient City Romance Authors’ Heart of Excellence Readers’ Choice Award. Her November 2014 Harlequin Heartwarming release, A Child’s Christmas, received first-place honors from Southern Magic, the Birmingham Chapter of the Romance Writers of America, for the 2015 Gayle Wilson Award of Excellence, placed second in the Ancient City Romance Authors’ Heart of Excellence Readers’ Choice Award, and was a finalist in RWA’s Desert Rose Chapter’s Golden Quill Award and the Colorado Romance Writers’ Award of Excellence. Finally, her October 2015 release, When the Right One Comes Along, the first book in her K-9 trilogy, has received a Best Book of 2015 award in the contemporary category.

She and her husband, Ken, enjoy traveling and the outdoors with their beloved Labrador Retrievers, Harley and Logan.

Kate would love to hear from you! You can connect with her by e-mail, through her website, her Facebook page, Twitter, or mail at PO Box 446, Schomberg, ON, L0G 1T0, Canada.

Tour Schedule

January 4th: Launch
January 5th: Katie's Clean Book Collection
January 6th: Becky on Books & Sunrise Avenue
January 10th: Colorimetry & I Am A Reader
January 11th: Mel's Shelves & Slice of Life
January 14th: Rockin' Book Reviews
January 17th: Grand Finale

Tour Giveaway

- $40 Amazon eGift Card & signed copies of The Truth About Hope and When the Right One Comes Along
- 3 winners of signed copies of When the Right One Comes Along
Open US/CAN only
Ends January 23rd

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