This is book two of the K9 Brothers Series but it completely stands alone. Reading book one gives you a little more background on the dog training center came to be, but it is not required reading to enjoy this one.
Ms. Owens has a real way with writing stories that are serious and deal with difficult topics, but are still light-hearted and a feel-good kind of read. That she can balance the angst and sadness with so much goodness and humor is a real skill that not all romantic suspense/mystery authors have.
Noah is such a great hero because he's struggling and imperfect, but he's trying his best to deal with the hardships life has dealt him, which I really appreciate in a romance hero. He's not too perfect, but he's also not the total jerk hero that seems to be baffling popular in the genre these days. Noah's recovery and his many slowly-developing relationships were wonderful. Ms. Owens writes strong, self-rescuing heroines, and Peyton is my favorite of all of them. Peyton might have gotten herself into a bad situation to start with, but she takes no crap from anyone, and while she lets Noah help keep her safe, she she doesn't need rescuing, she handles herself like a boss. If you like strong, sassy heroines, Peyton is your girl.
I highly recommend this book (and this series) to anyone who enjoys a well-written love story between two really great characters - you won't regret it.