Review: Avoiding the Badge by Dorothy F. Shaw

Avoiding the Badge
Arizona K9 #1
Dorothy F. Shaw
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Lyrical Press
Pages: 217
Format Read: eARC
Source: Publisher via NetGalley

Rayna Michaels may be a veterinarian, but she knows a little something about the human heart—especially when it comes to worried pet owners. Law enforcement’s bonds with their K9 partners are legendary, and Derek Hansen is a perfect example—he’s had his dog Axle in more times than she can count in the last few months. And Derek’s sculpted muscles and heart-stopping smile would be truly irresistible, if only he wasn’t an officer of the law…

Derek can’t get Rayna’s stunning face and no-nonsense smarts out of his mind. Any excuse to see her will do, until he works up the nerve to ask her out. He’s not sure where her resistance to cops comes from, though he’s more than willing to prove he’s one of the good ones. But when casual dating turns into explosive lovemaking, Derek knows he has to come clean about his past before the woman he loves finds out what he’s been hiding and turns tail to run…

I love trying new authors. Sometimes they are a hit, other times I just can't get into them. It happens and I use to hate it but as I grow older I realize that there are plenty of authors and readers out there for everyone. 

In the case of Avoiding the Badge I have to admit it wasn't a hit for me. I didn't hate it or anything, I just really couldn't connect with the characters at all. 

I loved the whole idea of the story. It sounded so cute on paper. Ha, like what I did there? Never mind. In my mind it was funny. Like I was saying, I really liked the idea of the story but I kept waiting to really get into the characters...and couldn't. 

By the halfway point I really had to force myself to finish it. I just...oh boy. 

If I had to put my finger on why I didn't get into it I'd have to say I think that the characters on their own aren't bad, but together they just didn't work for me. Now maybe I missed something as I rushed through the book but I don't really think so. Most of the time animals in a book are on the top of my list. 

I'm glad I tried her but I won't be trying another of her books and time soon. I'd love to hear from anyone who's read this book, what did you think?

Like I said, if you've read Avoiding the Badge or any other books by Dorothy F. Shaw I'd love to hear your thoughts. Thanks for visiting and happy reading! ♡


  1. I haven't read this book and I'm not fond of the face cut off on the cover.

    1. Haha! I know you don't like them. They don't bother me. I'd rather that because I like to make up what they look like in my head as I read.


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