Peyton and her dog, Gilda, are trained in search and rescue, and they are really good at it. So good, that Gilda manages to save a man without Peyton even realizing what was actually going on. Kurt, the man rescued, is rather annoyed with the pair because he didn’t realize he was being rescued either. They both walk away upset and hope to never see each other again. But we wouldn’t have much of a romance if that happened.
They find their paths crossing again when Peyton reports her brother missing. While Kurt (a police officer) isn’t directly assigned to the case, he finds himself wanting to prove to her and the rest of the department that he can be a good detective. The case is a tough one because Kurt seems to have vanished into thin air - not wanting anyone to find him.
The suspense and mystery in this sweet romance was just the right level. An intricate part of the story, but it still served to help bring our couple together. Peyton’s reasons for disappearing felt a little far-fetched, as do some of the scenes at the college he worked at. Peyton won me over from page one, and I felt every emotion right along with her through every page. While Kurt starts out as a bit of a jerk, he’s quick to admit when he was wrong, which is a huge mark in his favor. I loved these two together - hopefully, I’ll see them in the background of another Gold Coast Retriever romance.
**I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book**