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Peek Inside Lock ‘N’ Load

When crack CIA analyst Trista Gold stumbles across a cryptic exchange, someone tries to kill her—twice. Only Sgt. Matt Connors and his K-9, Sheba, stand between her and certain death.

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Crack CIA analyst Trista Gold is a whiz with the computer, but not so much with people. She hides behind her job, analyzing Top Secret code and making recommendations on national security. She doesn’t need a man in her life. But she will, very soon...

CIA K-9 officer Sgt. Matt Connors suspects that beneath Trista’s uptight appearance, there’s a sexy woman itching to cut loose. But he doesn’t dare act on his attraction. He’s a loner and always will be. Keeping away from Trista is a must-do directive. Until he doesn’t have a choice...

During a routine assignment, Trista stumbles across a cryptic exchange. She doesn’t think much of it...until someone tries to murder her—twice. Both times, Matt had been there to save her. But now she has to hide. And her new bodyguard, Matt, and his K-9 are the only hope she has against the powerful forces that want her dead.


“This was a new author to me and the cover and the synopsis of the book drew me in but after that with the turn of the first page I was hooked. This book has it all. Great edge of the seat plot, a male lead that is smoking hot, smart female character, a dog to die for and a host of guy friends that will star in their own books I hope. Great start to a series. I could not put it down. I even shed a few tears at the end. Really good read.” – Daphne C., Goodreads

Lock ‘N’ Load is a terrific romantic suspense.  I loved the plot!  The author is new to me and I enjoyed her writing style and will be reading more of her books.” – Marcia S., Goodreads

“This was a well-written, perfectly paced romantic suspense novel and I cannot wait for book two! This is also the first book I've read by Tee, and I plan to scoop up the rest of her books as soon as I can.” – Cola B., Goodreads

A riveting five star read. This is a suspenseful ride that you don't want to get off of. It has an excellent storyline, great characters, suspense from the beginning until the end, danger, mystery, great secondary characters and last but not least a loveable dog and cat that will win your heart. I can't wait to read the next book by this author. I would definitely recommend this book.” – Shirley L, NetGalley

“Hot guys, dogs and danger this story has it all.” – In My Humble Opinion blog

Additional Details

ISBN: 9781640635746
Series: Federal K-9, Book 1
Release Date: May 28, 2018
Page Count: 403
Imprint: amara next
Genre: military/men in uniform, mystery & suspense, mystery romance, romantic suspense
Tropes: blackmail, bodyguard/protector, political scandal

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Top-notch thriller romance.

I LOVED this authors NYPD Blue & Gold stories and was beyond excited for this new series to begin. Trista and Matt had sparks from their first meeting and that was just the start of an action-packed, romantic romp through Washingtons alphabet agencies and the men an... ...more

By ☕️Kimberly May 30, 2018

I have a weakness for books featuring working dogs and their partners, and I was excited to being Lock 'N' Load. Our hero is sexy, confident in his job as an officer guarding the CIA offices.  He is also working at home to build a K-9 training faculty that also helps troubled youth. Are you drool... ...more

By Ayekah May 07, 2018

Well since my first review went into cyberspace and got lost, probably due to Trista's secret program, I'll keep this one brief.
Men in uniform -hot. Men in uniform with working dogs-hotter.
This is a great story full of suspense, intrigue and a man's struggle to put his past behind him, if he can... ...more

By Elaine June 02, 2018

What a brilliant start to a new series this proved to be - I really cant wait to read the subsequent books in the series!

Take Trista Gold - one, shy, introvert, CIA computer geek, someone highly talented at analysing, programming and searching for evidence of spies on the black web . . . . make h... ...more

By Marija May 28, 2018

This is a very well written suspenseful read that keeps you glued with its twists and turns until the end.
I enjoyed reading about brainy CIA analyst and K9 officer and their romance, even thou Matt did made me angry on few places in the book.
It is a book for romance suspense and crime readers,... ...more

By melissafandomworld June 06, 2018

4.5 stars!!

As far as suspense romance goes, this first book in a new series is a HIT.

I have a weak spot when it comes to K-9 dogs in books, so when I came across this book I got really excited to read it since one of the main characters is a sexy K-9 handler and the synopsis sounded intriguing an... ...more

By Julie (Manga Maniac Cafe) June 22, 2018

3.75 - 4 stars

If you havent guessed, I added this to my TBR because of the K9 on the cover. I am a sucker for dog books, and I love K9 stories. I have mixed success with suspense in general, but I still want to read every book with police or military dogs. This was a successful read, despite some... ...more

By Dawn May 05, 2018

Fantastic first book in a series!

When you're a brilliant intelligence analyst who knows her own strengths and weaknesses it's hard to accept certain things. That someone might best her in her world, that the hot security guy might actually like her, or that she might one day like dogs is like bel... ...more

By Martha July 04, 2018

I enjoyed this romantic suspense but there is too much cursing for my tastes.

Trista is a crack CIA analyst who is sorely lacking in self-confidence and social skills. Presumably she was a computer nerd through her growing years and never met a boy or man to show her the world beyond computer code... ...more

By Donna July 31, 2018

This is the third novel I've read by Tee O'Fallon, and it's the first book in her Federal K-9 series, and although I'm a cat person, I've recently been reading quite a few books featuring canine characters and have developed quite a liking for them, and this novel was no exception, and it gets a... ...more

By Booknerd_1107 May 27, 2018

Lock N Load

**received an ARC in exchange for an honest review**


This book is packed with action and a slow burn that will keep you on your toes. Matt is a broody, sexy K-9 agent who will do anything to protect someone and Trista is a quiet, firecracker who will make an impression on Matt that... ...more

By Book Him Danno May 18, 2018

Lock N Loaded is the start of a Federal K-9 series. Readers are introduced to a handful of Alpha male characters and their K-9 animals. Each one with a purpose.
CIA analyst Trista Gold and CIA K-9 officer Sgt. Matt Connors are the first in this series. The story is very much a ugly ducking vs prin... ...more

By The Book Girl May 10, 2018

Lock N Loaded is the first book in the Federal K-9 series. In this book, there are a handful of Alpha male characters and their canines. Each one has a very specific purpose. We meet CIA analyst Trista Gold and CIA K-9 officer Sgt. Matt Connors in this installment of the series. This story is bas... ...more

By Heather June 01, 2018

OMG I loved this book!

First off we have HOT Matt and his K9 partner; they are absolutely adorable together!!

Second we have Trista who is afraid of dogs despite how friendly Sheba is when not in work mode. Trista eventually has to face her fears though when someone tries to kill her not once but t... ...more

By Beth May 30, 2018

He didnt know where any of this was going, but the more time he spent with her, the more he understood one thing with unerring certainty.
For her, hed do just about anything.

Tee OFallon has quickly become one of my go-to authors for romantic suspense. Her blend of edge-of-your-seat action and hea... ...more

By Anne - Books of My Heart March 05, 2019

I really enjoyed this for the K9 aspects and the mystery and the camaraderie of the friends. The characters had some emotional issues to deal with like any romance but they were smart. talented and good-hearted people. I'm definitely interested to see where the series goes from here. ...more

By Bec June 02, 2018

CIA analyst Trista Gold is very good at her job. However, while investigating something that should have been easy enough for her to reconnoiter without someone discovering her identity, she stumbles across something that could make her a target. Luckily, she has Sargeant Matt Connors to watch he... ...more

By Vickie June 01, 2018

Lock N Load begins with Trista Gold heading to work on a day like any other day. As she is waiting in line to go through the metal detector, a teenager from a tour group bolts and knocks her down. The security guards grab the kid and Sgt. Matt Connors, a CIA K-9 officer, assists Trista, making su... ...more

By Sailor May 08, 2018

The Federal K-9 series is off to a great start! I love Tee OFallons other books, but as a dog lover, you have to love a series centered around K-9s and their handlers. The first book in this series features Matt, K-9 handler at Langley and Trista, intelligence analyst extraordinaire. Trista is a... ...more

I'm going to be honest the first thing that drew me into this boo was the cover.
I didn't like the heroine to much in this story. She was a little bit too whiny had a male cat named Poofy. She blamed Matt her coworker for being put on leave from her job after she failed to report an attack she had... ...more

By Teresa May 10, 2018

**I received a copy of Lock N' Load from Net Galley in exchange for a voluntary and honest review**

Lock N' Load by Tee O'Fallon is the first book of her new series about very hot men and their K-9 partners. I have read the author's previous series but I really loved this book so a hearty 5 stars... ...more

By Sleepless February 08, 2019

An engaging romantic suspense story about a CIA analyst, russian agents and K9 protectors!

I read some reviews from people who were annoyed by everything from a cat name, a fear of dogs too easily changed, a wonderful man unworthy of love and a socially inept heroine who doesn't know shes beautifu... ...more

By Jennifer May 30, 2018

WOW WOW WOW! Lock 'N' Load was a FANTASTICALLY EXCITING story that I wanted more of even after I finished every last page! Tee O'Fallon's talented & highly addictive writing style was off the charts amazing, and the story hit the ground running. Trista is the CIA's resident genius analyst, wh... ...more

By Jeanne May 12, 2018

I always like the nerdy girl gets hot guy stories. Lock N Load is just such a book.

Trista Gold is on the far wrong side of socially awkward. Shes all about her job as a CIA analyst. Her social circle includes only two close friends at the agency and her perpetually absent parents. Shes perfectly... ...more

By Yvonne May 08, 2018

I fell in love with Ms OFallons NYPD Blue and Gold series and couldnt wait to read the first book of this new series.
I absolutely loved it.
This series centers around a group of very alpha law enforcement K-9 officers .
This book starts with Sgt. Matt Connorss story.
Matt is a K-9 officer at the CI... ...more

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Tee O'Fallon

About the author

Tee O'Fallon

Tee O'Fallon has been a federal agent for twenty-two years, giving her hands-on experience in the field of law enforcement that she combines with her love of romantic suspense. Tee's job affords her the unique opportunity to work with the heroic and sexy men in law enforcement on a daily basis. For Tee, research is the easy part! Besides reading and writing, Tee loves cooking, gardening, chocolate, lychee martinis, and her Belgian sheepdog.

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