When Love Matters Most by Kate James

On Tour with Prism Book Tours.
Now More Readily Available in Print
This is an exciting time for Harlequin Heartwarming. Thanks to the loyalty of our readers, for the first time, our January releases, including When Love Matters Most, are available as mass-market paperbacks through Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and Harlequin.com. Also, When Love Matters Most will be available in select Walmart stores in the United States in February! Please check the Harlequin website for the location nearest you. Thank you to all our readers who made these advancements possible for us!
— Kate


When Love Matters Most (The K-9 Trilogy, #2)When Love Matters Most

(K-9 Trilogy #2)

by Kate James

Adult Contemporary Romance

Paperback & ebook, 368 pages

January 1st 2016 by Harlequin Heartwarming

Keeping her safe at all costs

Could their backgrounds be any more different? Rick Vasquez, a K-9 unit sergeant with the San Diego Police Department, fled drug-related violence in Mexico as a boy. Madison Long, who recently became primary veterinarian to the SDPD’s canines, is the privileged daughter of a judge. Rick has dedicated his life to curtailing cross-border drug trafficking and preventing other young boys from being drawn into the dark world of the cartels.

But everything Rick and Madison value, and the growing love between them, is threatened by the dangers of Rick’s job, and the risks he’s determined to take…


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 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.

Guest Post

Ten Reasons to be a K-9 Officer

Rick Vasquez, the hero from When Love Matters Most, is a sergeant with the San Diego Police Department’s K-9 Unit. His job is to thwart drug trafficking. He’s been partnered with narcotics detection canine, Sniff, since he joined the K-9 Unit. Rick and Sniff are as close as is possible for any person and dog to be. Here are ten reasons why it’s advantageous to be a K-9 officer working with a police service dog partner.

A canine partner:

1. is unquestionably devoted to you;

2. will always have your back—no matter what;

3. is always happy to see you;

4. will put his life on the line to save yours;

5. never complains about getting up early, having to go to work or long hours;

6. never complains about the pay or working conditions—food, water, a toy and your companionship, and life is good for your partner;

7. will never talk about you behind your back;

8. does not come to work grumpy;

9. will always listen to you, even when you’re rambling after a long day, and he will never tell anyone what you said; and

10. enjoys a good chase as much as you do.

Tour Schedule

January 4th: Launch

January 5th: Katie’s Clean Book Collection

January 6th: Becky on Books & Sunrise Avenue
January 10th: Colorimetry & I Am A Reader
January 11th: Mel’s Shelves & Slice of Life
January 14th: Rockin’ Book Reviews
January 17th: Grand Finale


Tour Giveaway– $40 Amazon eGift Card & signed copies of The Truth About Hope and When the Right One Comes Along

– 3 winners of signed copies of When the Right One Comes Along

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  1. It’s a pleasure to be visiting your blog again, Kathy. Thank you for having me back.

    Best wishes and happy reading!


  2. I live in La Mesa, a suburb of San Diego. This sounds like a book I’d really like as it has a local connection (and the SDPD’s K-9 Unit definitely is great!)

    • Thank you for the comment, Sue!

      I have family in Southern California and I have been to La Mesa. Although I did most of my research with the York Regional Police’s K-9 Unit in Ontario, I tried to learn as much about the SDPD as I could. I agree that they have a terrific K-9 Unit and an excellent foundation to support the units work.

      Since you live in the area and are familiar with the SDPD K-9 Unit, if you get a chance to read the book, I would love to hear from you to know how realistic it was for you.

      There is a small role for the Chief of Police in the third book of the trilogy. Although the character is fictitious, I made the chief female, since the SDPD has a highly-respected female chief.

      Happy reading!

  3. Marcy Meyer says:

    Sounds like a great story. Great reasons to be a K9 officer, especially the not coming into work grumpy one. lol

    • Thanks, Marcy. I know there’s a grumpy cat who has made it big through social media, but I’ve yet to find a grumpy dog! That’s certainly not our pups, Harley and Logan.

      If you get a chance to read the book, I would love to hear from you.

      Have a terrific week!

  4. This sounds like a great book and I enjoyed the 10 Reasons, thank you for sharing!

    • Thank you for stopping by, Betty.

      I had fun writing this post and it’s companion post about ten characteristics of veterinarians.

      I’m glad you enjoyed it!

  5. looks different

  6. Laurie Bergh says:

    I have always liked any story that has a dog in it so I know I will like this one. I loved the “ten reasons why it’s advantageous to be a K-9 officer working with a police service dog partner.”

  7. I’d like to read about when the right one comes along. Mine sure hasn’t and I’m running out of time, lol

  8. jmesparza821 says:

    I would love to read this story, and have added it to my book wishlist.

    Juana Esparza

  9. I can’t wait to read this book. It sounds so very interesting, it is going to be good.