New Release Review! IN SAFE HANDS by Katie Ruggle (Search & Rescue #4)

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In Safe Hands
by Katie Ruggle

Synopsis:

In the remote Rocky Mountains, lives depend on the Search & Rescue brotherhood. But in a place this far off the map, trust is hard to come by and secrets can be murder…

It’s all come down to this…

Daisy Little has lived in agoraphobic terror for over eight years. Trapped within a prison of her own making, she watches time pass through her bedroom window. Daisy knows she’ll never be a part of the world…until the day she becomes the sole witness of a terrible crime that may finally tear the Search and Rescue brotherhood apart for good.

 

Review:

Fantastic end to the series!

We learned at the end of book 3 (Gone Too Deep) the surprising person behind much of what’s been going on in Simpson, and in case you’ve forgotten (or haven’t read it yet) it’s revealed really early on in this one too.

This tactic might seem counterproductive–where’s the “suspense” in a romantic suspense story when you know whodunit?–but holy schmoly, does knowing who the bad guy is ever ramp up the intensity! I spent a good 50% of the book mentally screaming at the characters–No! Don’t tell him! and Ahhh! You only think you know him! and Why can’t anyone else see it??? and the like.

I may also have screamed at them not-so-mentally. But I’ll never admit to it. 😉

Daisy Little’s past trauma (her mother was murdered during a robbery when she was 16, and Daisy saw the whole thing) has made her a prisoner of her own home ever since. Her dad, still grieving and upset at the time, turned their home into a fortress at her request. There’s a double-door, multiple-lock system to get into the house and none of the downstairs windows open. Daisy’s only true contact with the outside world in the past 8+ years has been her father (who tries–and succeeds–in being home as little as humanly possible) and Chris Jennings, the deputy sheriff who shot the man who killed her mother and has been her best friend ever since. He’s helped her to utilize the kick-butt training gym her dad put in in the basement, and he never, ever judges her about her inability to even look through an open door without passing out cold.

Really, he’s a dream guy. Except it takes him 75% of the book to even make a move…

Though there’s enough sparks given off by the two of them before that to start every single one of the fires that the mystery arsonist set off, causing Daisy’s new-found friends (the heroines from series books 1-3) to practically roll their eyes right out of their heads when Daisy brings up the “we’re just friends” excuse.

Because, please.

Nearly all of the book is from Daisy’s POV, except for a few short sections that are from the POVs of three of the series’ bad guys. I kept expecting to see some scenes from Chris’s viewpoint, but it just didn’t happen. Maybe because he seems loquacious after the strong-silent-type that was ITD‘s George? Maybe to keep us in suspense over Daisy’s seemingly-unrequited love? (Although, please. Of course he liked her. The mystery was what the heck he was waiting for, and I guess we needed to be kept guessing on that one…) I got all the way to the end before I stopped waiting for him to have a chapter… 😉

All the loose threads from books 1-3 were finally tied up at the end–at least, I’m pretty sure they were, because I’ve still only read this one and the one before. In Safe Hands would work okay as a standalone if you needed it to, because they do reiterate most of what you need to know from the other books as you go through this one. You get enough of a taste of the other couples, though (especially Lou–LOL, and OMG I love Callum with her) that chances are you’ll be chomping at the bit to find out everything about their stories ASAP.

Still not going to move to the Rocky Mountains, though boy do those search and rescue guys ever make it sound tempting…

Rating: 4 1/2 stars / A

I received a complimentary copy in exchange for an honest review.

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New Release and Giveaway! IN SAFE HANDS by Katie Ruggle (Search & Rescue #4)

LOVING this one! Review coming soon 🙂

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He was her hero, but one wrong move ended their future before it could begin.

Now he’ll do whatever it takes to keep her safe, even if that means turning against one of his own.

As a member of the Field County Sheriff’s Department, Chris Jennings is used to having it rough. The Colorado Rockies aren’t for the weak-of-spirit, but he’s devoted his life to upholding the law—and to protecting the one woman he knows he can never have. He’ll do whatever it takes to keep her safe.

Daisy Little has lived in agoraphobic terror for over eight years. Trapped within a prison of her own making, she watches time pass through her bedroom window. Daisy knows she’ll never be a part of the world…until the day she becomes the sole witness of a terrible crime that may finally tear the Search & Rescue brotherhood apart for good.

Excerpt:

It was worse than she’d expected.

“None?” she asked.

“No fresh boot prints anywhere around the perimeter of the house,” Sheriff Coughlin confirmed.

“It was windy last night. Maybe the drifting snow filled in the prints?” Even before she finished speaking, the sheriff was shaking his head.

“With the warm temperatures we’ve been having, the snow is either frozen or wet and heavy. If someone had walked through that yard last night, there would’ve been prints.”

Daisy hid her wince at his words, even though they hit as hard as an elbow to the gut, and struggled to keep her voice firm. “There was someone walking around the outside of that house last night, Sheriff. I don’t know why there aren’t any boot prints, but I definitely saw someone.”

He was giving her that look again, but it was worse, because she saw a thread of pity mixed in with the condescension. “Have you given more thought to starting therapy again?”

The question surprised her. “Not really. What does that have to do…?” As comprehension dawned, a surge of rage shoved out her bewilderment. “I didn’t imagine that I saw someone last night. There really was a person there, looking in the side window.”

All her protest did was increase the pity in his expression. “It must get lonely here by yourself.”

“I’m not making things up to get attention!” Her voice had gotten shrill, so she took a deep breath. “I even said there was no need for you to get involved. I only suggested one of the on-duty deputies drive past to scare away the kid.”

“Ms. Little.” His tone made it clear that impatience had drowned out any feelings of sympathy. “Physical evidence doesn’t lie. No one was in that yard last night.”

“I know what I saw.”

The sheriff took a step closer. Daisy hated how she had to crane her neck back to look at him. It made her feel so small and vulnerable. “Do you really?” he asked. “Eyewitness accounts are notoriously unreliable. Even people without your issues misinterpret what they see all the time. The brain is a tricky thing.”

Daisy set her jaw as she stared back at the sheriff, fighting the urge to step back, to retreat from the man looming over her. There had been someone there, footprints or no footprints. She couldn’t start doubting what she’d witnessed the night before. If she did, then that meant she’d gone from mildly, can’t-leave-the-house crazy, to the kind of crazy that involved hallucinations, medications, and institutionalization. There had to be some other explanation, because she wasn’t going to accept that. Not when her life was getting so much better.

She could tell by looking at his expression that she wasn’t going to convince Coughlin of anything. “Thank you for checking on it, Sheriff. I promise not to bother you again.”

Although he kept his face impassive, his eyes narrowed slightly. “If you…see anything else, Ms. Little, please call me.”

That wasn’t going to happen, especially when he put that meaningful pause in front of “see” that just screamed “delusional.” Trying to mask her true feelings, she plastered on a smile and turned her body toward the door in a not-so-subtle hint for him to leave. “Of course.”

Apparently, she needed some lessons in deception, since the sheriff frowned, unconvinced. Daisy met his eyes with as much calmness as she could muster, dropping the fake smile because she could feel it shifting into manic territory. She’d lost enough credibility with the sheriff as it was.

The silence stretched until Daisy wanted to run away and hide in a closet, but she managed to continue holding his gaze. The memory of Chris telling her about the sheriff using his “going to confession” stare-down on suspects helped her to stay quiet.

Finally, Coughlin turned toward the door. Daisy barely managed to keep her sigh of relief silent.

“Ms. Little,” he said with a short nod, which she returned.

“Sheriff.”

Only when he was through the doorway with the door locked behind him did Daisy’s knees start to shake.

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About the Author:

When she’s not writing, KATIE RUGGLE rides horses, shoots guns, and travels to warm places where she can SCUBA dive. Graduating from the Police Academy, Katie received her ice-rescue certification and can attest that the reservoirs in the Colorado Mountains really are that cold. While she still misses her off-the-grid, solar- and wind-powered house in the Rocky Mountains, she now lives in Rochester, Minnesota near her family.

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Pre-Release Review! GONE TOO DEEP by Katie Ruggle (Search & Rescue #3)

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Synopsis:

In the remote Rocky Mountains, lives depend on the Search & Rescue brotherhood. But in a place this far off the map, trust is hard to come by and secrets can be murder…

George Holloway has spent his life alone, exploring the treacherous beauty of the Colorado Rockies. He’s the best survival expert Search and Rescue has, which makes him the obvious choice to lead Ellie Price through deadly terrain to find her missing father. There’s just one problem-Ellie’s everything George isn’t. She’s a city girl, charming, gregarious, delicate, small. And when she looks up at him with those big, dark eyes, he swears he would tear the world apart to keep her safe.

With a killer on the loose, he may have no choice.

Ellie’s determined to find her father no matter the cost. But as she and her gorgeous mountain of a guide fight their way through an unforgiving wilderness, they find themselves in the crosshairs of a dangerous man in search of revenge. And they are now his prey…

 

Review:

This book pushed buttons I didn’t even know I had.

Me usually: Beard? No thank you. Grunts instead of talking? Makes me crazy. Virgin hero over the age of 21? Puh-lease.

Me, with George: OMG, YES!

Gone Too Deep is an excellent example of opposites attracting, and a darn good mystery/suspense story to boot. Iloved Ellie and George! When she started interpreting his grunts into complete sentences in her head? Just. Too. Funny. We only see things from his POV a very few times–but boy, do those times pack a punch. Every single one made me smile (at least at some point, because a few of them were at some really intense parts of the book). Since he’s essentially non-communicative anyway, having the majority of the book from Ellie’s POV (with a few other exceptions) really worked.

And OMG. Ellie and George. Did I mention that I love them? They must show up again in future books set in the world–and not just because part of Ellie’s problem remains unresolved at the end of this one. I gotta have me more Ellie and George time. Lots of it 🙂

I gotta say, though, reading about their trek through the woods made me appreciate indoor plumbing more than ever. And I am a huge fan of indoor plumbing–ask anyone. Huge.

Now I’ve got to go read the rest of this series to catch up and be ready for Chris’s book. ( In Safe Hands ) The poor guy needs to redeem himself for the major fail he had in this one–I’m pretty sure it wasn’t all his fault (and can I just say, I knew the guy who ends up being a bad guy wasn’t on the up-and-up! I am totally going to be looking for clues in books .5 through 2 now!) but still, I’m sure he’s feeling pretty bad about it…

And not just because he’s not GEORGE. 😉

Rating: 4 stars / A-

I received a complimentary copy in exchange for an honest review.

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A Conversation with Katie Ruggle, Author of GONE TOO DEEP (Search & Rescue #3)

GONE TOO DEEP comes out Tuesday (8/2) but you can read my review now!
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Welcome, Katie! What 5 things should readers know about you?

  1. I have three chickens, to which I am abnormally attached.
  2. I am a self-admitted forensics nerd.
  3. The phrase, “C’mon! It’ll be fun!” is my Kryptonite, and it has led me into all sorts of dangerous/uncomfortable/fascinating/occasionally actually fun situations.
  4. Of all the Search and Rescue characters, George from Gone Too Deep is totally my favorite.
  5. I’m a complete pantser and have no clue where my books will end up when I start them.

I’m with you on #3—the fact that he’s the only one whose story I’ve read so far is a minor detail 😉 He’s going to be a hard act to follow!

 

Where did the inspiration for this book come from?

The setting was inspired by my real-life off-grid home in the Colorado Rockies. It was easy to write about the cold and wind and snow (and did I mention the cold?) when there was a blizzard howling outside. Character-wise, I wanted to feature first responders. After working with cops and volunteering with firefighters, I am completely in awe of their courage. They’re also a funny bunch.

Wait, it’s cold? I didn’t get that from the book at all 😉

 

How long have you been writing, and what (or who) inspired you to start?

I’ve been writing since I learned to read at age four. Once I discovered how wonderful books could be, I dreamed of becoming an author. It occurred to me a number of years ago that, in order to be published, I needed to actually finish something. I’m not sure why it took me so long to figure that out.

LOL, that is true—speaking from personal experience, DENIAL can keep you from figuring it out (or at least from admitting you’ve figured it out!)

 

What are you working on right now?

I recently finished the first book in my Rocky Mountain K-9 Unit series (out in 2017), and I just completed the final (final!) edits on the fourth book in the Search and Rescue series, In Safe Hands.

Awesome!

 

What can readers look for from you in the next year?

All the loose ends and mysteries and plot twists will be wrapped up in October, when the last Search and Rescue book, In Safe Hands, comes out. In 2017, the Rocky Mountain K-9 Unit series will be released. There will be women on the run, heroic dogs, hot cops and lots of explosions—what more could anyone ask for?

Hmmm, yeah. That’s about it. I can’t think of a single thing… 😉

 

If you had to “sell” your book in a single Tweet, what would you say?

Bubbly Ellie’s a city girl. Quiet George loves the mountains. Can these complete opposites survive the wilds—and a killer bent on revenge?

Perfect! Thanks so much, Katie!

 

About the Author:IMG_8781-1

A fan of the old adage “write what you know”, Katie Ruggle lived in an off-grid, solar- and wind-powered house in the Rocky Mountains until her family lured her back to Minnesota. When she’s not writing, Katie rides horses, shoots guns (not while riding, although that would be awesome), cross-country skis (badly) and travels to warm places where she can scuba dive. A graduate of the Police Academy, Katie received her ice-rescue certification and can attest that the reservoirs in the Colorado mountains really are that cold. A fan of anything that makes her feel like a bad-ass, she has trained in Krav Maga, boxing and gymnastics.

You can connect with Katie at her website, on Facebook, or on Twitter @KatieRuggle

 

About the Book:

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Gone too Deep (Search & Rescue #3)
by Katie Ruggle

In the remote Rocky Mountains, lives depend on the Search & Rescue brotherhood. But in a place this far off the map, trust is hard to come by and secrets can be murder…

George Holloway has spent his life alone, exploring the treacherous beauty of the Colorado Rockies. He’s the best survival expert Search and Rescue has, which makes him the obvious choice to lead Ellie Price through deadly terrain to find her missing father. There’s just one problem-Ellie’s everything George isn’t. She’s a city girl, charming, gregarious, delicate, small. And when she looks up at him with those big, dark eyes, he swears he would tear the world apart to keep her safe.

With a killer on the loose, he may have no choice.

Ellie’s determined to find her father no matter the cost. But as she and her gorgeous mountain of a guide fight their way through an unforgiving wilderness, they find themselves in the crosshairs of a dangerous man in search of revenge. And they are now his prey…

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