Book Review: When I Found You by Kate James

Posted June 29, 2016 by meezcarrie in contemporary, Kate James, mystery/suspense, romance / 19 Comments

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about the book

Is she part of the solution…or the problem?

It could be a terrorist threat. Or is it some other sinister plot? An unprecedented rash of security breaches at San Diego’s international airport is putting passengers at risk and bringing the competence of the airport’s chief of security, Ariana Atkins, into question.

With explosives the weapon of choice, police K-9 unit captain Logan O’Connor and his bomb detection dog, Boomer, might be Ariana’s best, if not only, line of defense.

Logan is certain his belief in Ariana, and his growing love for her, aren’t misplaced…but it wouldn’t be the first time he’s misjudged someone’s intentions.

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SERIES: K-9 Trilogy #3
GENRE: Contemporary Romantic Suspense
PUBLISHER: Harlequin Heartwarming
RELEASE DATE: July 1, 2016
PAGES: 365

“I don’t get how someone can’t like dogs…”

Zuzu and I love the K-9 Trilogy series by Kate James! So when she (Zuzu) heard that I was reviewing the final book When I Found You, she asked insisted on contributing to writing the review herself.  So it is with slight hesitation that I turn the blog over (temporarily… keep that in mind, pooch) to Her Royal Cuteness, the softest and quirkiest dog ever, my official blog mascot and sidekick – Zuzu.


Thanks, Mom! Why don’t you just go … read … or something … for a while? I’ve got everything under control here.

<looks as adorable as possible while Mom picks up a book>

I don’t know why she looks so suspicious. I mean, really. What’s the worst I could do?

<swishes tail thoughtfully>

Probably best not to think on that for too long.

Anyway. Back to When I Found You by Kate James. I’ve read all three books in the trilogy now, and I think this one is my favorite. Action! Tension! Premium “page-time” for Boomer, the main character.  (Mom says Boomer’s human Logan and the airport security chief Ariana are the main characters. She’s so clueless sometimes.)

IMG_6357Speaking of Boomer, he’s right at the center of the action! Because of course, he’s the main character and DOGS RULE. He shows off some highly-skilled training in explosives detection, but he’s gentle enough to help Ariana get over her fear of dogs and win her over.  Being a K-9 officer like Boomer takes dedication and concentration, and Boomer excels in both. But even when you’re doing all the right things, danger can get the upper hand in a split second. At one point, I handed the book to Mom, buried my head in Mom’s my blanket, and asked her to read it for me until a certain harrowing scene was over. Whew.

One more thing before I turn it back over to Mom.

Kate. About Sabrina. Really? I thought this was a K-9 trilogy. As in, canine. D-O-G. No cats allowed. However, since Boomer was ok with her … I guess I can be too. This time 🙂

My Rating: 4 paws and a tail wag (that’s the highest!)

<turns blog back over to Mom and curls up innocently on favorite pillow>

Thank you, Zuzu…. I think.

When I Found You book reviewI do have to agree with my sweet Zooze that When I Found You is my favorite of the three – and I’ve loved them all! Logan is tough but tender and Ariana brings out his protective side as well as feelings he wasn’t prepared for. Ariana is sharp and independent, but Logan and Boomer soften areas of her heart that she’d closed off for years. Both Logan and Ariana (yes, Zuzu … and Boomer) are highly skilled at their jobs but this person who’s terrorizing the airport is giving them a run for their money.

Kate James does a fantastic job writing tension – romantic, emotional, and suspenseful. When I Found You pulses with all three but is never overpowered by any. Just the right amount at just the right time.

Bottom Line: The K-9 Trilogy by Kate James races against the clock to a thrilling finish in When I Found You. Fast-paced, high-tension suspense shares the page with a tender romance and compelling character development. Being able to see the story from both Logan and Ariana’s perspectives adds to the romance as well as the character dimension.  The usual culprits of miscommunication and misunderstanding do pull up a bar stool at Buster’s, but you’re tempted to forget all about those when Logan grabs Ariana for a passionate kiss that he just couldn’t hold back any longer.  Getting to revisit characters from the first two books is delightful as well, but When I Found You works equally well as a standalone.

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(I received a copy of this book in exchange for only my honest review.)

My Rating: 5 stars / Loved it!

KissingBook Level: 3 / May forget to breathe on occasion

Reviewer’s Note: This book does contain some minor and very scattered instances of profanity. It is otherwise clean. I have no problems at all recommending this series to my followers who prefer Christian fiction!

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about the author


Kate James spent much of her childhood abroad before attending university in Canada. She built a successful business career, but her passion has always been literature. As a result, Kate turned her energy to her love of the written word. Her writing has been recognized with a number of awards, including first place honors for Silver Linings in both the First Coast Romance Writers’ Published Beacon Contest and Ancient City Romance Authors’ Heart of Excellence Readers’ Choice Award. Her November 2014 Harlequin Heartwarming release, A Child’s Christmas, received first-place honors from Southern Magic, the Birmingham Chapter of the Romance Writers of America, for the 2015 Gayle Wilson Award of Excellence, placed second in the Ancient City Romance Authors’ Heart of Excellence Readers’ Choice Award, and was a finalist in RWA’s Desert Rose Chapter’s Golden Quill Award and the Colorado Romance Writers’ Award of Excellence. Finally, her October 2015 release, When the Right One Comes Along, the first book in her K-9 trilogy, has received a Golden Quill Award and a Best Book of 2015 award in the contemporary category.

She and her husband, Ken, enjoy traveling and the outdoors with their beloved Labrador Retrievers, Harley and Logan.

Kate would love to hear from you! You can connect with her by e-mail, through her website, her Facebook page, Twitter, or mail at PO Box 446, Schomberg, ON, L0G 1T0, Canada.

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What about you? Have you ever been afraid of dogs? What did you do to overcome that fear?

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19 responses to “Book Review: When I Found You by Kate James

  1. Nice job on the review, Zuzu!
    I grew up being afraid of big dogs (they always seemed to think I was a chew toy) and disliking small dogs (my grandmother bred poodles, and her male dog was just mean), but in our twenties my younger sister got a German Shepherd puppy. Because of him I am much better with dogs now and I am buddies with her cockapoo, Jake.

  2. Carrie, I can’t thank you and, of course, Zuzu enough for the four-paw, five-star rating for WHEN I FOUND YOU!

    I am very happy that you both enjoyed it, and thank you for the wonderful (best-ever) review!!


  3. Winnie Thomas

    So that’s how you get so many books read and reviewed–you let Zuzu help you! Awesome! I don’t have a dog, and my husband and half my grandkids are allergic. I guess I’m doomed! I’ll have to read them myself. 🙂

    That was a great review, Zuzu and Carrie! And Kate–you’re another author I’m putting on my reading list! Your books sound fascinating!

    • Awww, thank you, Winnie. If you do get a chance to read one of my books, I would love to hear from you. As for dog allergies, there are some dogs that are hypoallergenic, so there’s hope for you…! 😀

    • Awww, thank you, Winnie. If you do get a chance to read one of my books, I would love to hear from you. As for dog allergies, there are some dogs that are hypoallergenic, so there’s hope for you…! 😀

  4. Andrea Stephens

    Great review Zuzu! You deserve an extra treat for helping mom.
    I’ve never been afraid of dogs, ever. My grandpa had a very angry, mistreated German Shepard named Sarge. He was mean to everyone because everyone was mean to him. On one of my infrequent visits to his house, I was so excited to see the dog I took off out of the car and put my arms around his neck and kissed him. I remember him growling at my father when he tried to get me away from Sarge. I was just a little 3 year old. I loved Sarge and crawled into his doghouse. Nobody ever tried to keep me away from him again.
    This sounds like a wonderful book. I’m going to add it to my kindle wishlist right now.

    • Carrie

      Zuzu is a very sweet dog but she gets even sweeter around kids. I think most dogs have a “sixth sense” around kids – not all, of course – but it does seem that even some of the grumpiest dogs love kids too!

    • Treats are on their way to Zuzu, Andrea . . . not like a bribe or anything, since she’s much too ethical for that! As for dogs, what a wonderful story about Sarge. I am of the opinion that there are no bad dogs . . . just bad owners who mistreat their dogs.

      If you get a chance to read WHEN I FOUND YOU, Andrea, please let me know how you enjoyed it.

      Happy reading!


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