Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Rescue Me (Second Chance Ranch #2) by Catherine Mann

Detective AJ Parker left undercover work in Atlanta to join a small-town Tennessee police force, hoping for an easier workload and the solitude of his cabin. But the scars left by AJ’s previous work are more difficult to escape than he thought…

Mary Hannah Gallo works with the Second Chance Ranch Animal Rescue to train therapy dogs for traumatized patients. It isn’t easy, but her life is under control—until she meets the broodingly sensual AJ, who rattles her composure all the way to her toes.

After an assignment confiscating dogs from a backyard breeder reveals a dangerous drug operation, AJ must work with sexy perfectionist Mary Hannah to train an abused rescue dog—a dog now named Holly. While Holly proves to these two very different people that opposites can, in fact, attract, she also knows more than a few explosive secrets that could heal—or divide—the entire town.

Type: Contemporary Romance
Heat: 2.5 out of 5 (very limited)
Rating: 3 out of 5

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Rescue babes, a sexy cop and a likable heroine. All things I adore in my reads. And I did enjoy Rescue Me even though it didn't blow me away entirely as Mary Hannah and AJ both work on a meth house bust in different ways. He's there with the police force and she's there with the animal rescue to get animals out of the house.

The characters--I liked both AJ and Mary Hannah. They'd hooked up a little while back on a one night stand then realized they were going to be neighbors of a sort. I always love that storyline. They were a little awkward but still sweet as they worked through that. They could be a little touchy and over reactive now and again but I liked them. Especially how much they each cared about what they did--he's a cop, she's a therapist that specializes in therapy animals-- and the people and animals around them as well.
The animals--I loved the animals. Holly the Boxer broke my heart. She was a breeder dog used by the meth house owner. There were parts told from her point of view and she was such a sweetie but so broken and hurt it was difficult watching her find freedom and deal with everything new happening around her. Being in rescue it touched home since a number of our animals have come from horrible situations and had the same struggles adjusting. I do wish--with things being set at a rescue--some of the animals in the spotlight had been mixed breeds. There were purebreds around every corner. Not sure if that's how the other book in the series was or not. But the actual animals themselves were adorable and so touching.
She leaned and wrote on the paper, my test. "There. It's official."

And that's how I finally had one name, sweetly spoken with love in a moment that changed my life forever. I had a long way to go, but finally, I had someone who cared.  Someone who thought of me as more than Fat Mama, Bitch, Dumbass, Confiscate #8 or Shelter #S75230.

Finally, I mattered. Me. An individual being, not just a baby-making machine. And finally, I can introduce myself to you.

Hello, my name is Holly.
The Set Up--I liked the set up of Mary Hannah helping AJ working together on both the meth house bust and with the animals as they train Holly for a charity event as well as to help him deal with the stress of his police work. It was very touching seeing how Holly the dog and AJ bonded and helped heal each other from the pains of their past lives.

I'm not quite sure. While I enjoyed Rescue Me it didn't really capture me entirely for some reason. It was pleasant. But that really was it for me. Not a horrible thing but not one that will have me rushing for more right this second. I also had issues with a surprise twist at the end that felt very out of place for me and dealt with the owner of the rescue where the series is set. I'm just not a huge fan of her storyline at all. She just rubs me wrong for some reason. 
Have you read Mann? What did you think?
Do you like reading books set in your career field?
Ever have a book that just didn't quite wow you but you aren't sure why exactly?

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