Atlanta Burns (by Chuck Wendig) Young Adult
Armed with a single-barrelled shotgun and a can of bear mace Atlanta Burns fights bullies, white supremacists, corrupt police and the local criminal underworld.
Her trusty partner is a Dogo Argentino she rescued from a dog fighting ring.
Beautiful Bad Man (by Ellen O’Connell) Western Romance
After her husband is murdered by a wealthy cattle rancher with designs on her land Norah can do little except wait to join him.
When Cal is sent to get her off the land one way or another he sees something more than a broken and starving woman and switches sides.
Ellen O’Connell writes proper romance but still manages to imbue her books with gritty realism.
The Search (by Nora Roberts) Romantic Suspense
After surviving a serial killer, Fiona escaped to a remote island off the coast of Seattle. There she trains Search and Rescue dogs and lives a quiet life. But the killer she thought she had put behind bars is killing young women again and he’s coming for her.
Honestly, it’s Nora Roberts. It’s derivative. It’s like every other RS she has written. But there are the dogs and it’s worth it just for them.
Midnight Curse (by Melissa F. Olson) Urban Fantasy
Scarlett Bernard is a Null, around her vampires, witches, werewolves all revert to human. She is despised in the Old World but she is also uniquely useful as a supernatural problem solver.
Together with her beast of a dog –– some sort of demon hound –– she investigates a murder which someone is trying to pin on her old room-mate.
Dog Crazy (by Meg Donohue) Cute, Quirky Romance
Maggie is a grief counsellor with a whole shopping list of issues not least of which is she’s a recluse who can’t leave her house. She meets Anya, a young woman whose dog has gone missing. Anya is insistent that her dog didn’t run away but was stolen and she somehow convinces Maggie to help her search.
There isn’t much to this book. It’s cute and quirky and it has a big heart. And that’s enough.