Spotlight & Giveaway: Force of Attraction by D. D. Ayres

Posted March 26th, 2015 by in Blog, Spotlight / 74 comments

Today it is my pleasure to Welcome romance author D. D. Ayres to HJ!

Hi D. D. Ayres and welcome to HJ! We’re so excited to chat with you about your new release, Force of Attraction!


Please summarize the book for the readers here:

Force of AttractionFORCE OF ATTRACTION

A seasoned K-9 officer with the police in Maryland, Cole Jamison has left her old life behind her. With a new home and a new partner–a protective canine named Hugo–Cole is ready for fresh challenges. A crucial position on an important drug task force is exactly what she wants…until she discovers her gorgeous, infuriating ex-husband will be the DEA agent in charge.

DEA K-9 Agent Scott Lucca may be a pro when it comes to undercover assignments with his narcotics dog, Izzy, but this job is different. Posing as a happy live-in couple on the dog competition circuit should seem like a walk in the park compared to tracking down drug traffickers, but suddenly nothing could be more dangerous than the fire they’ve rekindled…

Will they draw a truce when a larger danger looms, in the form of an outlaw biker from Scott’s past?

Please share the opening lines of this book:

Scott Lucca fumbled in his pocket, looking for change for the pay phone as the twang of a guitar solo wailed through the hazy bar. He was a little buzzed. When liquor got between his head and his heart, he made stupid decisions.


Please share a few Random facts about this book…

  • The dog on the cover is Izzy, Scott’s narcotics detection dog. But she’s not the only K-9 in the book. There’s Hugo, a Bouvier des Flandres who patrols with Officer Cole Jamison, Scott’s ex-wife. Hugo’s undercover, literally and figuratively.
  • There’s debate in the K-9 law enforcement world about whether participating in dog competitions, like Agility, will turn a ‘street dog’ into a ‘show dog.’ Doesn’t seem to take the edge off Hugo. He does everything full-tilt.
  • Going undercover requires a wide range of skills. Being good at UC often means behaving in ways one never would otherwise. Lines are blurred. The longer an agent is undercover, the more difficult the moral predicaments become.


Please tell us a little about the characters in your book. As you wrote your protagonist was there anything about them that surprised you?

Scott Lucca and Cole Jamison are my main characters. Scott’s bad-boy DEA agent who let his undercover job implode their brief marriage two years earlier. Cole is a K-9 Police patrol officer who longs for a chance to show what she and her K-9 Hugo can do. They each have something to prove to themselves.

What surprised me most while writing Force Of Attraction? I didn’t plan ahead that by going undercover Cole would experience firsthand the conflicts of conscience that had ruined her and Scott. I do lots of research but don’t plot extensively. Just my way. So, this outcome was organic but completely believable for me when I got there. The expression, ‘You had to be there,’ is true for many experiences. Cole’s new self-knowledge allows them to heal in a believable way, not just because there’s romance in Romantic Suspense.


What, in your mind, distinguishes this book from other books out there in the same genre?

The stories in my K-9 Rescue Series maintain an equal balance between Suspense and Romance. The books combine heavy-duty sensuality and solidly researched K-9 operations. Also, each book focuses on a unique type of K-9 team. Doing that allows me to tailor my plots to make the K-9’s skill set critical to the story. In NECESSARY FORCE, the K-9 team works Explosives Detection. In IRRESISTIBLE FORCE, the K-9 team works Duel-Purpose, Police Patrol-and-Apprehension. For the new book, FORCE OF ATTRACTION, I pull together a Police Patrol K-9 team and a DEA Narcotics Detection K-9 team to go after a puppy drug-mule operation.

Do you think there’s a common trait or a je ne sais quoi that your heroes must have?

For the K-9 Rescue Series, my heroes are in law enforcement and/or first responders. So, he has to be an Alpha male, a stand up guy, and smart – I like smart. And what woman isn’t going to be drawn to a man who is so openly adored by his canine, and sees that affection returned? Another way to put it is that my heroes are a lot like my canines. What they share in common is intelligence, athleticism, drive, persistence, and unwavering loyalty. Oh, and they are loveable! Once he’s on the heroine’s tail there’s no shaking my hero until mission accomplished. SIGH.

Did any scene have you crying or laughing (or blushing) while writing it?

The one where Cole’s been struggling with her undercover persona. The two weeks they are given to get into their roles of “Noel” and “Sam” are up. Desperate to make the team, Cole decides to try out being “Noel” on “Sam.” She finds him taking a shower.

The sound of the shower curtain being pulled back was his first clue that he was no longer alone.

Cole stood there staring, taking in every wet inch of him.


She cocked her head to one side, eyes sliding down from his face, pass his soapy chest and navel to where rivets of water snaked into dangerous territory. “Who’s Cole?”

She sounded annoyed, yet there was also mischief and something like heat in her expression. Yes, definitely heat. His dick understood that before his brain did, rising proudly to the occasion he wasn’t yet certain he was being invited to.

Smiling, he braced a hand flat against the tile beside the shower head and propped the other in a fist on his hip.

“Shut up.”

He hadn’t said anything.

She undressed quickly. First one boot and then the other kicked off in opposite directions. He watched her hand slide her zipper down as if she were reenacting his favorite wet dream. He must be dreaming. It couldn’t be happening this fast, this easy.

Then she stood in only her bra and panties. “Like what you see, Sam?”

Sam? Who the hell– Oh, yeah.

“I like.”

“It could get better.”

She stepped one foot over the rim into the shower. They were just inches apart.

She lifted a hand and pressed it palm flat against the middle of his chest. “Did you miss me, Sam?”

“Uh huh.” Geesh. Where was his brain? Oh, yeah.

He sucked in a breath as the flesh on flesh contact sent whatever remained of the blood flowing through his brain surging south to his groin. This was her game, for now.

“It’s been a while.” She added her other hand to the first, brushing her palms in outward circles over his dark flat nipples.

“Whatever you say, Noel.” He let out his breath when she smiled. He’d guessed right. She was trying to find a way to be her alter ego. He liked this way just fine.

She moved in on him until they touched from chest to knee. Her leg slipped between his thighs, nudging them farther apart until her invasion pressed her hip against his erection. Then she did a little hip wiggle that wrung an involuntary sound of lust out of him.

“Now that I’ve got your attention, I need to know that I can trust you, Sam.” She reached up a traced her finger across his damp lips. “Can I trust you?”

“With your life.”


If your book was optioned for a movie, what scene would you use for the audition of the main characters?

I’d use the first time Scott and Cole meet one-on-one. You get a feel for both their personalities, and it introduces Hugo.

“How did you get my address?”

“You forgot this.” Scott held up the deputy’s hat she’d left behind in Baltimore.

Cole stared at him through storm door of her home that separated them. “Leave it by the door.”

Instead, he twirled it around his finger.

Cole folded her arms, unimpressed by the smile beneath his shades. He had caught her just as she returned from night patrol or she wouldn’t have bothered to open the door.

Scott whipped off his shades and pocketed them then reached for the storm door handle. “Don’t you want to hear why you were chosen to be part of the task force?”

Cole didn’t move to open it. There was something very intimidating about looking her ex in the eye, even with a locked door between them. Force of personality. Scott had it in spades.

“Why don’t you just tell me?”

He slid a finger along the length of the door handle. “If you’re nervous about being alone with me I can wait while you call a fellow officer for back up.”

“That won’t be necessary. Hugo. Hier!”

From deep within the house Scott heard guttural growls following by deep other-worldly barking that would not have been out of place in a horror movie. Two seconds later, a huge shaggy black canine appeared and struck fist-size paws on the glass of the storm door at chest level. Scott stepped back instinctively, despite the barrier between them. Crap. Nikki’s K-9 partner looked like Batman in a bear suit.

“Hugo. Platz.”

Hugo immediately dropped prone at her feet but his ears remained pricked forward, his doggy body trembling at full alert for her next command.

Cole smirked as she looked up. “You still think talking is a good idea?”


What do you hope readers will take away from reading this book? 

Aside from a great read what I hope readers will take away from FORCE OF ATTRACTION is an appreciation for the wonderful amazing work K-9 teams do every day. These dogs are skilled specialists, a breed apart. Many breeds, actually, each having unique abilities. Of course, each book contains a hot, sensual and believable love story for readers to devour. Call me romantic.

What are you currently working on? What other releases do you have planned for 2015?

I recently completed book #3 in the series called PRIMAL FORCE. It will be out September 1, 2015. Blurb:

Jori Garrison trains dogs for Warriors Wolf Pack, which provides service animals for disabled veterans. Four years ago she was wrongly accused of a crime. Now she just wants to live her life in peace. But it’s hard to play it cool when a lethally hot male is on her tail – and the attraction is fierce, mutual, and dangerous.

Lauray “Law” Battise is a Military Police veteran who was wounded in Afghanistan. Haunted by the loss of his hard-charging K-9 partner in combat, he’s reluctant to accept a ‘soft’ golden doodle service dog named Samantha into his life. But once he meets Sam’s trainer, he can’t fight his primal instincts.

When unseen enemies start hunting them down, Law and his new K-9 partner might be Jori’s only hope – to survive.

I’m thrill to add I’ve just begun working on Book #4 in the series, one of two out next year. It’s tentatively titled Rival Forces. And there will be more.

Thanks for blogging at HJ!


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Book Info:

The only thing more powerful than fear is desire…

A seasoned K-9 officer with the police in Maryland, Cole Jamison has left her old life behind her. With a new home and a new partner–a protective canine named Hugo–Cole is ready for fresh challenges. A crucial position on an important drug task force is exactly what she wants…until she discovers her gorgeous, infuriating ex-husband will be the DEA agent in charge.

Agent Scott Lucca may be a pro when it comes to undercover assignments, but this job is daunting even for him. Posing as a happy couple on the dog competition circuit means he and Cole need to get a lot closer than they’ve been in years. Playing a live-in couple should seem like a walk in the park compared to tracking a brutal criminal, but suddenly nothing could be more dangerous than the passionate fire they’ve rekindled…

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Meet the Author:

D. D. AyresD. D. Ayres loves men in uniforms and dogs, making the K-9 Rescue Novel Series with St. Martin’s Press a dream come true. She currently lives in Texas where she’s at work on her next novel.


Twitter: @ddayresk9

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74 Responses to “Spotlight & Giveaway: Force of Attraction by D. D. Ayres”

  1. Kristy dean

    Sounds good. I have always liked huge dogs. I am a Great Dane fan, or English Mastiff fan.

  2. Colleen C.

    I love Mutts and Dobermans… we had a Doberman that loved our family and was such a protector … my fav Mutt was such a gentle and sweet thing… so beautiful.

  3. Jenny Dauksa Schaber

    I’ve got labs. I’m not sure if they’re anything like you K-9’s as I haven’t read you r books yet. They sound really good though.

    • D. D. Ayres

      We just lost our Soft-coated Wheaten Terrier named Zoe last month. She was 14 yrs old. She was our second rescue Wheaten. I’m sure we’ll get another dog. Probably a different breed this time. Any suggestions?

  4. miki

    i prefer mixed dogs, i never had one full bred and i don’t really care as with mixed they get teh best of both ^^
    mine is the kindest ever.. not like a k9 with huge protective instinct mine is more a nurse. he will go near other dog when they are young and afraid or when they are sick and when i’m ill he push me back on the bed and when teh doctor visit he check each of of his gesture i do feel protected but i know he would not fight for me ( that’s my role as alpha;))

    i would love to read your boosk so thank you a lot for the giveaway

    • D. D. Ayres

      You’re welcome. Good luck. There are so many good things dogs can do beside protect. Your dog sounds like he would make a good Service dog. He’s people oriented, plays attention to what you are doing and feeling. Tries to help. That requires a patient and observant dog. Many service dogs are mixed breeds. Many come from shelters.

  5. Joan V.

    For me it is a toss up between Siberian Huskies and Doberman’s. They are both loyal and exceptional pets.

  6. martha lawson

    I don’t have a favorite breed! I just love dogs, period. Both of mine are mixed breeds. Can’t wait to read your books, they sound awesome!

  7. Lenore English

    I have an Airedale Terrier. They are tough dogs, but not used in law enforcement at this time. They were used in WW1 and WW2 in Europe. Protective and with a sense of humor. Thanks for a chance to read your book. 🙂

  8. Joye

    I have always had chihuahuas and loved them The smartest dog I had was a Jack Russell terrier and the most lovable was a Norgewian Elkhound.

  9. ndluebke

    It would be collie’s but in the past we had rescued dogs which weren’t anything special but good dogs. Now we only have cats.

  10. angela smith

    i dont have a favorite breed.i love all one time we had an alaskan malmute who was protective.and at one time we had a boxer who was protective.our other dogs were smaller and not protective pugs,pekingese,chihuahua

  11. Lori Meehan

    There are so many great dog breeds. I have 4 Yorkies that I love but I want a French Bull dog really bad. They are so cute.

  12. gleamspark

    Strays that I get from the Animal Welfare are my favorite. They’re usually as smart as whip but spoiled and they know it. So they pretend not to be trained.

  13. Diane Sallans

    I couldn’t pick just one! I knew a lovely German Shepherd named Major – very sweet dog.

    • D. D. Ayres

      I don’t blame you. I’ve had two cocker spaniels, a black Lab, a dustmop mixed breed cutie, and two Wheaten terriers in my life. Now, we’re thinking about what next.

  14. Vicxki Clevinger

    I’d have t say a mutt. That’s all I’ve ever had. My dog right now is 3/4 shih-tzu and 1/4 pug

  15. Allison W

    I don’t have a dog, and I haven’t read any of this stores yet, but I’ve been wanting to!!

    • Melody Gonser

      I had a German Shepherd, Basset Hound. He looked like a height impaired German Shepherd. I realized I like low riders in dogs. So my dog was similar to the dog in the book except for height. Lol I am totally looking forward to reading this book. Thank you.

  16. stormy27

    I love Border Collies and Huskies. Both excellent working dogs as well as amazing companions!

  17. Tammy Y

    I love dogs and cats. My favorite dog breed is Shetland Sheepdogs. Shelties are the sweetest pets.

  18. whistleinthewind74

    I don’t have a particular favorite, but my favorite dog of all time was the dog we had growing up. She was a grey medium curly haired dog named Candy, I’m not exactly sure what breed she was but she was definitely a mix. I miss her!

  19. glam009

    I had German Sheppard and love her was one of the kind, my sister have a golden retriever and she is so cute!!!!
    and I would love to adopt a dog whatever breed.

  20. Rachael B.

    I love Pembroke Welsh Corgis. I would also like to get an Australian Shepherd or an Australian Cattle dog one day.

  21. dutcheja

    When I was growing up we had a cockapoo she was the love of my life. She was the smartest dog ever. She slept with me every night. It’s hard to beat that. My Dad raised 2 German Shepherds. They were smart too and more like a K9.

  22. D. D. Ayres

    Hi All,

    I tried to answer all the comments one by one but I guess the site got tired and refused to allow me to more. Thanks to everyone who replied and good luck with winning a book. If you want to keep up with the K-9 Rescue Series, please drop by my Facebook page or my website where you sign up for my newsletter. It’s quarterly so no spamming weekly.

    D. D.

  23. taswmom

    I have several favorite breeds, but no dog now. Our last dog was a Black Lab/Springer Spaniel mix. He let the little kids try to ride him, they could take and throw his bone, whatever. He was so gentle but playful. He would even pick ripe peaches off my tree and set them on the back porch without leaving a single tooth mark. We had to have him put to sleep when he was 16 because of illness and suffering, and I haven’t had another pet since.

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