My first Kate James story had been book one in her K-9 trilogy, When the Right One Comes Along, and ever since reading that story I’ve anticipated to see what the author comes up with next. Her new book When Love Matters Most does not disappoint. Well-researched and well-written, Ms. James takes us on an intriguing journey where we meet Rick Vasquez, Madison Long, Sniff and Zeke and a cast of varying characters who all add their uniqueness to the story.
Rick is a narcotics officer in the K-9 unit who has Sniff as his partner. They both visit schools educating youths about the dangers of using harmful and illegal drugs. During a drug bust between cartel members and the police events spiral out of control, a K-9 dog is injured. It is up to Rick to oversee the healing of the animal. He takes the injured dog to the Mission Bay Veterinary Clinic and it is at the clinic where he meets Madison Long, the daughter of a judge. However, their meeting is marred by Rick’s arrogance. Lucky for him though that the lovely Madison brushes aside his hot-headedness. Through the process of Zeke’s healing, Madison and Rick get to know each other on a personal level. But there relationship isn’t smooth sailing. The ways in which the author resolves the issues is par excellence. This is a wonderful story that tests the value of a relationship under difficult circumstances and in the end the characters win. They get the happy ever after they so rightfully deserve. Overall, When Love Matters Most will grab you by the shirt front and keep you engrossed from beginning to end. Great story!