Book Review: Operation Mountain Recovery by Justine Davis

Title: Operation Mountain Recovery

Author: Justine Davis

Series: Cutter’s Code (Book 12)

Page Length: 288

Publication Date: Dec. 1, 2020

Publisher: Harlequin Romantic Suspense

Synopsis: He’s sworn to protect

…until it gets complicated.

After Deputy Brady Crenshaw rescues a confused woman from a near-fatal mountain accident, he’s shocked at her confession. Even more bewildered when a determined dog urges him to shield her. Ashley admits she’s afraid of powerful forces pursuing her. She may need more than protection. So as the lawman jeopardizes his career to hide her, Ashley starts to trust him and bond with the sly canine pushing them together. But exactly who is Ashley Jordan, really? And who wants to silence her?

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My Review:

I was drawn into Operation Mountain Recovery from the start when Brady rescues Ashley from a car that is precariously dangling off a cliff. With the help of an amazing dog named Cutter and Cutter’s human companions, Brady scales the mountain edge to rescue her.

Ashley’s story continues as she reveals that she is slowly losing her mind. She can’t remember long batches of time, she’s had to move back in with and depend on her mother, and she feels like she is slowly losing her grip on reality. But some things just aren’t adding up and Ashley, with the help of Brady, Cutter, and Cutter’s owners, determines to uncover the truth behind her troubling situation.

Ashley and Brady have an instant connection and develop a slow-building semi-forbidden romance. Since Brady is a by-the-book officer of the law and Ashley is in trouble with the law, there is a conflict of interest. Brady is an honorable man who refuses to take advantage of a vulnerable situation despite his growing and strong feelings for Ashley. His past relationships make him hesitant as well. Since Ashley isn’t in the best situation, she also tries to ignore her feelings. She doesn’t want to pull Brady into her problems. They are selfless and caring people who fit together well, and I enjoyed their love story.

In addition to the romance, Cutter is one of the highlights of the book. An intuitive canine, Cutter can sense when people are in trouble and need help. I love Cutter’s protective spirit, his ability to read people and situations, and his calming presence. Plus, he’s a fantastic match-maker!

Operation Mountain Recovery is a great story for people who enjoy romantic suspense, and though it is part of a series, it can totally be read as a standalone. That being said, once you start reading about Cutter and his friends, you’ll probably, like me, want to read the entire series! Thanks so much to NetGalley, Harlequin Romantic Suspense, and the author for a copy of the book in exchange for my honest review.


Favorite Parts:

  • Cutter! He is like a super-hero dog!
  • The romance, of course! Brady and Ashley have a connection from the very beginning, and their growing feelings are fantastic!


I think this story will appeal to readers who like quick and intriguing romantic suspense with great characters and a fabulous canine!

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