cover image Unleashed


Rachel Lacey. Grand Central/Forever, $6 mass market (352p) ISBN 978-1-4555-8209-9

Dog lovers rejoice! The stars of Lacey’s cute series opener set in Dogwood, N.C., have four legs instead of two, and their happy ending is guaranteed. Part-time photographer Cara Medlen provides the Triangle Boxer Rescue’s most reliable foster home, but her neighbors worry that the untrained dogs are dangerous. Private detective Matt Dumont starts out suspicious of Cara as well, but soon enough he joins her in the rescuing business, and makes sure that Cara doesn’t get herself into precarious situations while attempting to free abused dogs. Cara’s sweetness and determination attract Matt, but he’s planning to move to Massachusetts to be closer to family, so he’s certain that they won’t be able to form a lasting connection. But when the two are forced together by a well-timed snowstorm in a sleepy mountain town, all good intentions go out the window. Lacey’s debut entertains, and readers will look forward to meeting Cara’s dog-loving friends in two planned sequels. [em](Nov.) [/em]