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With a heroic-sounding name like his, Axel Hammerstone naturally made all the “most likely to succeed” lists in his high school yearbook. So it comes as no surprise to his friends and family when their favorite defensive tackle player returns from Afghanistan with a Purple Heart for an injury sustained while saving three fellow soldiers during an ambush. He’s the only one With a heroic-sounding name like his, Axel Hammerstone naturally made all the “most likely to succeed” lists in his high school yearbook. So it comes as no surprise to his friends and family when their favorite defensive tackle player returns from Afghanistan with a Purple Heart for an injury sustained while saving three fellow soldiers during an ambush. He’s the only one who blames himself for the one man he failed to rescue from their burning vehicle before it plunged over a cliff. Despite his own injuries, he’s determined to atone for the loss of his battle buddy, Marcus, by devoting the rest of his career to search and rescue operations. Kristi Kimiko was first called the “dog whisperer” on her sixteenth birthday when she coaxed a wounded Boston Terrier from their burning apartment complex. Seven years later, she’s living her dream as an expert search and rescue trainer in Disaster City, Texas. Unfortunately, it leaves her little time for dating or any sort of social life, for that matter. When the hunky Axel half-limps and half-swaggers his way into her renowned dog training course with his beautiful golden retriever, she senses her life is about to change — especially after he somehow manages to coax her into serving as his Plus One at a big family birthday bash the following weekend. If she’s learned anything in her line of work, where there’s smoke, there’s a fire; and this particular hunky firefighter has a way of making the sparks fly every time he looks in her direction! Step into the world of Disaster City Search and Rescue, where officers, firefighters, military, and medics, train and work alongside each other with the dogs they love, to do the most dangerous job of all — help lost and injured victims find their way home.


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With a heroic-sounding name like his, Axel Hammerstone naturally made all the “most likely to succeed” lists in his high school yearbook. So it comes as no surprise to his friends and family when their favorite defensive tackle player returns from Afghanistan with a Purple Heart for an injury sustained while saving three fellow soldiers during an ambush. He’s the only one With a heroic-sounding name like his, Axel Hammerstone naturally made all the “most likely to succeed” lists in his high school yearbook. So it comes as no surprise to his friends and family when their favorite defensive tackle player returns from Afghanistan with a Purple Heart for an injury sustained while saving three fellow soldiers during an ambush. He’s the only one who blames himself for the one man he failed to rescue from their burning vehicle before it plunged over a cliff. Despite his own injuries, he’s determined to atone for the loss of his battle buddy, Marcus, by devoting the rest of his career to search and rescue operations. Kristi Kimiko was first called the “dog whisperer” on her sixteenth birthday when she coaxed a wounded Boston Terrier from their burning apartment complex. Seven years later, she’s living her dream as an expert search and rescue trainer in Disaster City, Texas. Unfortunately, it leaves her little time for dating or any sort of social life, for that matter. When the hunky Axel half-limps and half-swaggers his way into her renowned dog training course with his beautiful golden retriever, she senses her life is about to change — especially after he somehow manages to coax her into serving as his Plus One at a big family birthday bash the following weekend. If she’s learned anything in her line of work, where there’s smoke, there’s a fire; and this particular hunky firefighter has a way of making the sparks fly every time he looks in her direction! Step into the world of Disaster City Search and Rescue, where officers, firefighters, military, and medics, train and work alongside each other with the dogs they love, to do the most dangerous job of all — help lost and injured victims find their way home.

30 review for The Plus One Rescue

  1. 5 out of 5

    Lori D

    Axel didn't understand why anyone would think he was a hero, it should be more like: "Local guy joins Marines, gets shot, barely survives, fails to save his best friend, and returns a broken man." A touching story full of emotion and a wounded hero in more ways than one that pulled at my heart. Axel had grown up as a foster kid but he and Marcus have become best friends in school. They played football together and served together and when he died it seemed he would always carry that guilt. But when Axel didn't understand why anyone would think he was a hero, it should be more like: "Local guy joins Marines, gets shot, barely survives, fails to save his best friend, and returns a broken man." A touching story full of emotion and a wounded hero in more ways than one that pulled at my heart. Axel had grown up as a foster kid but he and Marcus have become best friends in school. They played football together and served together and when he died it seemed he would always carry that guilt. But when he came back home, at least where he grew up, life was about to change for him in the best of ways! Kristi Kimiko loved her job! She was working under the senior K9 Search and Rescue Handler at the academy and she helped train new recruits. She could not believe it when Axel's name was on the list! She had met him at the airport when she picked up for grandmother (great story that!) I want to just tell you the entire story but I will stop there. Jo Grafford is amazing as she pulls you in making you feel like you know the characters by her descriptions and dialogue. Fall in love with Axel and Kristi as they find their way together while training and working for this great team of heroes who save lives everyday! Sigh.....

  2. 5 out of 5

    Jane

    I have a soft spot in my heart for first responders - my son is an EMT and former volunteer firefighter. I understand just a little what these people do when they put others before themselves so I am always happy to read a book that puts a face to first responders. Jo Grafford has done that with her Disaster City Search and Rescue series. The Plus One Rescue is book four in that series and you do not have to read the series consecutively in order to enjoy it. Axel is a Marine returning to his ho I have a soft spot in my heart for first responders - my son is an EMT and former volunteer firefighter. I understand just a little what these people do when they put others before themselves so I am always happy to read a book that puts a face to first responders. Jo Grafford has done that with her Disaster City Search and Rescue series. The Plus One Rescue is book four in that series and you do not have to read the series consecutively in order to enjoy it. Axel is a Marine returning to his hometown without his best friend, whom he couldn’t save during an attack. While things seem to move almost too quickly, he finds healing and recovering when he reconnects with his friend’s family. There are several instances of “OMG” spread throughout the book which may be offensive to some. The Plus One Rescue is a sweet romance and a quick read. While this clean romance is written for the adult audience, I do not see any problem with adding it to a K-12 Christian school library (if you can get past OMG), Older middle school and high school girls would probably enjoy the book. I received a complimentary e-copy of The Plus One Rescue. This is my honest review.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Valri Western

    This is another great addition to this series! Axel Hammerstone (don't you love the name?!) is such an endearing character. Not only was he a foster kid growing up but he joined the military and was such a hero, doing a heroic job there until the last campaign when he saved everyone in his group except his best friend and he can barely live with himself, even though he was injured badly. Axel is home now following his recuperation from his injuries and doesn't quite know what he'll do. He happen This is another great addition to this series! Axel Hammerstone (don't you love the name?!) is such an endearing character. Not only was he a foster kid growing up but he joined the military and was such a hero, doing a heroic job there until the last campaign when he saved everyone in his group except his best friend and he can barely live with himself, even though he was injured badly. Axel is home now following his recuperation from his injuries and doesn't quite know what he'll do. He happens to meet this darling grandma on his returning flight on his way home. I adored his cute little lady! This meeting puts him in the sight of her granddaughter, Kristi. They can't know that their paths will cross again when Axel attends the Disaster Search & Rescue place and Kristi ends up being his instructor! Both these characters were awesome! They fit together so well and I love stories with search dogs in them! Another great story from this author!

  4. 4 out of 5

    Melinda M

    The Plus One Rescue by Jo Grafford is book 4 of the Disaster City Search and Rescue series. This is the story about Axel Hammerstone and Kristi. Jo Grafford does a wonderful job of dealing with Axel's growing up as a foster child , his best friend's death and coming home from getting hurt as a Marine. Axel gains a lot thru his best friend's family . I really enjoyed how Jo Grafford weaves Kristi Kimiko, search and rescue K-9 trainer into the story and Axel's heart. Jo Grafford has created a stor The Plus One Rescue by Jo Grafford is book 4 of the Disaster City Search and Rescue series. This is the story about Axel Hammerstone and Kristi. Jo Grafford does a wonderful job of dealing with Axel's growing up as a foster child , his best friend's death and coming home from getting hurt as a Marine. Axel gains a lot thru his best friend's family . I really enjoyed how Jo Grafford weaves Kristi Kimiko, search and rescue K-9 trainer into the story and Axel's heart. Jo Grafford has created a story that pulls your heart strings and uses information from the headlines in recent years to create a wonderful written story. the characters are well written. I received an ARC of this book. I loved it so much I decided to write a review.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Max

    Part 2 ? Honestly the reason I gave this book a 4 and not a 5 is because it was too short !!!! I was sucked in immediately, the writing was excellent. This was the first insta-love story that was actually believable and that gave me the feels. Obviously with this being a short story there were details that could not be included. However, I wished we got to see more of the struggles of PTSD/ Axel returning to civilian life. For Kristi I wish we got to see more of her grandmother. These two things Part 2 ? Honestly the reason I gave this book a 4 and not a 5 is because it was too short !!!! I was sucked in immediately, the writing was excellent. This was the first insta-love story that was actually believable and that gave me the feels. Obviously with this being a short story there were details that could not be included. However, I wished we got to see more of the struggles of PTSD/ Axel returning to civilian life. For Kristi I wish we got to see more of her grandmother. These two things were mentioned in the beginning of the book and I felt like were important parts of the story that just were never really mentioned again. Overall I really fell in love with the characters and their stories. I rooted for them from the very beginning and just wish we got more.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Vibliophile

    (4.5 stars) - a Hallmark flavored rescue romance Axel's story plays the heartstrings, and being claimed by his new family will make your heart so warm it practically glows. Kristi & Axel have such entertaining exchanges that the fact theirs was an insta-attraction-to-love relationship barely registered while I was reading. Witty & amusing dialogue win me over every time. The story is predictable, but well done enough to just sit back and enjoy it. Perfect for when you're looking for a lightheart (4.5 stars) - a Hallmark flavored rescue romance Axel's story plays the heartstrings, and being claimed by his new family will make your heart so warm it practically glows. Kristi & Axel have such entertaining exchanges that the fact theirs was an insta-attraction-to-love relationship barely registered while I was reading. Witty & amusing dialogue win me over every time. The story is predictable, but well done enough to just sit back and enjoy it. Perfect for when you're looking for a lighthearted, relaxing & quick read at the end of your day. *Clean romance level: sweet kisses, nothing graphic

  7. 4 out of 5

    Shonda

    Wonderful story! The characters are fun and charming to the point you can’t help but fall in love with them. This story touched me so much, first I cried because of sorrow then because of Joy. The author does a fantastic job of pulling the readers heart and sole into the story. I pray after reading this book, many will thank all service people for how they unselfishly give to serve their country and community! This is a definite must read! Was given a complimentary copy. All opinions are my own.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Ruth Ann

    Hero This was a very good book written by Jo Grafford and I really enjoyed reading it. A soldier, a Purple Heart, PTSD, best friends death, a young woman, grandmother, an instructor for search and rescue, setting rules for now, K-9 training, a new family, falling for each other, a birthday, no more nightmares, family coming to terms with a sons death, graduation? Will he graduate? Will there be a happy ever after for them? Will they get married? I would recommend this book to everyone. Buy the bo Hero This was a very good book written by Jo Grafford and I really enjoyed reading it. A soldier, a Purple Heart, PTSD, best friends death, a young woman, grandmother, an instructor for search and rescue, setting rules for now, K-9 training, a new family, falling for each other, a birthday, no more nightmares, family coming to terms with a sons death, graduation? Will he graduate? Will there be a happy ever after for them? Will they get married? I would recommend this book to everyone. Buy the book and enjoy reading what happens to them. Enjoy.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Trudy Cordle

    Loved Axel and Kristi's story!! I especially love that they didn't date or kiss until after his time at the academy was over!! Reminded me of the old Harlequin stories I used to read, especially the ones by Sue Peters!! From beginning to end, the banter between the two was wonderful, and the feelings were spot on!! Another great read by Jo!! I received a complimentary copy of this book, was not required to leave a review, and the opinion expressed is my own. Loved Axel and Kristi's story!! I especially love that they didn't date or kiss until after his time at the academy was over!! Reminded me of the old Harlequin stories I used to read, especially the ones by Sue Peters!! From beginning to end, the banter between the two was wonderful, and the feelings were spot on!! Another great read by Jo!! I received a complimentary copy of this book, was not required to leave a review, and the opinion expressed is my own.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Noma Byrne

    I really enjoyed reading this book! The firefighter in the story is just back from war having lost his best friend in battle. He meets the girl in the airport as he is getting home, having sat by her grandmother on the flight home. I will leave you there and let the author tell you the rest. This is a great story and I recommend it highly!

  11. 5 out of 5

    Gina

    Axel and Kristi After Axel is severely injured while in the Marines and he also loses his best friend, he is lost. But his best friends family embraces him and a chance meeting with a beautiful rescue dog trainer make things brighter. Even better he gets in her class. Now let the courtship begin.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Barbara

    What's not to like about Axel? A military hero,fireman rescue dog handler but this story is more than that. It's the story of a man finding his purpose and a woman that captures his heart. Not many books make me cry so fast upon starting a book....this one does. It's definitely worth the read and the feelings that come with it. What's not to like about Axel? A military hero,fireman rescue dog handler but this story is more than that. It's the story of a man finding his purpose and a woman that captures his heart. Not many books make me cry so fast upon starting a book....this one does. It's definitely worth the read and the feelings that come with it.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Pat

    As Axel is military with some baggage it doesn't take him long to find the right woman. Kristi was looking but soon realized he was for her. A little bit of K-9 in the story but more about their developing relationship. A good story. As Axel is military with some baggage it doesn't take him long to find the right woman. Kristi was looking but soon realized he was for her. A little bit of K-9 in the story but more about their developing relationship. A good story.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Tammy

    This is a truly fantastic story that will have you laughing one minuet and crying the next. I loved it! I didn't want to put it down, but I had to. I couldn't wait to finish my mundane activities so that I could finish this story. This is a truly fantastic story that will have you laughing one minuet and crying the next. I loved it! I didn't want to put it down, but I had to. I couldn't wait to finish my mundane activities so that I could finish this story.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Janet Swiftbird

    Captain America to the rescue A solider coming home with out his best friend. A woman dog trainer alone with just her grandmother. A great storyline with lots of action and of course a HEA.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Love

    Beautiful Fun And Emotional Love Story This is an amazing and enjoyable love story with some emotional moments that will touch your heart and soul as they journey towards their own unforgettable love story and family.

  17. 4 out of 5

    SJ Garrison

    So good! Loved reading Axel an Kristi's story. I gasped several times while reading. Loved meeting Keisti's Grandmother and the Zanes. If you like clean stories with heart, I highly recommend 'The Plus One Rescue'. I received this book from the publisher. The thoughts and comments are my own. So good! Loved reading Axel an Kristi's story. I gasped several times while reading. Loved meeting Keisti's Grandmother and the Zanes. If you like clean stories with heart, I highly recommend 'The Plus One Rescue'. I received this book from the publisher. The thoughts and comments are my own.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Zona Fannin

    God's ways are not our ways. This story personifies that.Why does a person who has everything to live for, die? And, why does a person who seemingly has little to live for, live? Only God knows. This story made me cry, and it made me laugh. And, it has a happy ending. i love it!!! God's ways are not our ways. This story personifies that.Why does a person who has everything to live for, die? And, why does a person who seemingly has little to live for, live? Only God knows. This story made me cry, and it made me laugh. And, it has a happy ending. i love it!!!

  19. 4 out of 5

    Margaret Connelly

    Amazing I find it amazing that the people in these books fall in love so easily. They are all so beautiful but don't personally realize it. Amazing I find it amazing that the people in these books fall in love so easily. They are all so beautiful but don't personally realize it.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Pamela

    Mmmmmmm mmmmmmm good What a wonderful love story, with characters that have strong moral values and very acute senses of humor. Oh my i loved this story!!!!!!

  21. 5 out of 5

    Mary Baker

    This is a quick, easy read with a larger than life hero and a courageous heroine. The two of them are meant for each other.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Marilyn

    Good A book where you see a young marine who come back from war with injuries and pPstad.he thinks he has no one who caeries about him. PST.

  23. 4 out of 5

    L. Wall

    Wonderful story of a hero who struggled with grief only to find love and happiness. When you’re not looking it happens and in this case at the airport. Wow such a cute story.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Barb Beechy

    Another great story of suspense, danger and love.. Axel didn't see himself as a hero, but his best friends family did. This story will have you crying, smiling ,laughing and holding your breath.. Another great story of suspense, danger and love.. Axel didn't see himself as a hero, but his best friends family did. This story will have you crying, smiling ,laughing and holding your breath..

  25. 4 out of 5

    Jeri Smith

    Review of The Plus One Rescue I absolutely love this series and the author. Jo is a wonderful author and I will recommend her books to anyone who loves romance novels.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Diane

    I loved this book - the characters, story line and writing style.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Norma

  28. 4 out of 5

    Frances nielsen

  29. 4 out of 5

    Pamela

  30. 5 out of 5

    becky shaffer

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