I've been reading Nora since the early 90s. This is one of my top 10 favorites of her books. The heroine's romantic interest is different than her usual men and he takes a little getting use to, but he's hot, no doubt about it. The heroine is strong, yet shows human vulnerability (especially considering what she's been through). And, this took me by surprise since I'm not really a dog lover, I loved the descriptions regarding the dogs personalities and the education on dog training as well as the search and rescue portions. This was a really enjoyable read.