Afternoon Delight: After the End by Katie Ruggle

Posted May 1, 2017 by Sophia Rose in Afternoon Delight, Reviews / 18 Comments

Afternoon Delight: After the End by Katie Ruggle
After the End

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Series: Search and Rescue #4.5
Genres: Romantic Suspense
Published by Sourcebooks Casablanca
Released on April 24, 2017
Pages: 184
Format: eBook
Source: Free Book

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The Delight

Oh how cool is this!  I wasn’t expecting to find a neat little long epilogue to the Search & Rescue series, but there it was just in time to get readers jazzed for the author’s new K-9 Rescue series.  A brief drop in with all four couples to see how they are fairing in romantic mountain bliss left me smiling and sighing.


This is a freebie extra that caps off the end of the Search and Rescue series and gives an introductory teaser to the first of the Rocky Mountain K-9 Unit series.  I enjoyed how the author divided up the seasons with each former pair of main characters getting their update.  Winter has Lou and Callum out on an ice rescue run while Callum figures out how to unfreeze his tongue to pop a question, Ian and Rory fight a fire and then their next fire call leaves Rory gasping with surprise in the Spring, while in the summer, George and Ellie go on a dog-thieving mission before Ellie startles George with some new, and finally the fall brings a near death experience for Chris and Daisy when she proves she can be out in the great big world afterall.

Loved this look-in.  It’s short.  The vignettes only take up a third of the location on my e-reader, but worth snagging for fans of the series.  Can’t wait to dive into the next series of books set with the K-9 officers of the mountain area.

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I was born and raised near Sacramento, CA. I have read since I was four years old and developed tastes that run the gamut of literature. I went away to college and have a degree in education, a certificate in family history research, and a certificate in social work. I worked for a non-profit agency with low income families for 20 years which included being responsible for the children’s library and promoting/teaching adult literacy. I have lived in Southeast Michigan for the last 18 years and I am currently a book addicted homemaker with a cat and husband who keep me grounded. Recently, I made it a challenge to review each book that I have read as a favor to author friends who said reviews are important. I have done reviews for Good Reads, Amazon, eBay, and Smashwords, but mostly at Goodreads and Amazon.

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  • Um, yes please. I also already want the K9 series. I think you just added to my wishlist again.

  • It’s cool when authors write a little something like this for a series you love.

    • I was so tickled when I saw this, Christy. I know half of it’s marketing the next book and series, but it was also a free peek-in on favorite characters so it was love at first sight.

  • it’s always nice when you have a short story in a series you like! I need to try this author

    • It is very nice, Melliane. I was so excited to see this collection of shorts that updated each couple.

  • Debbie Haupt

    Great review Sophia Rose. She is on my list of authors to read.

  • I’m glad to see you enjoy this author! I have the first K-9 book series on my to be read pile.

  • Oh how nice to get something like this at the end of the series.

    • It was a great surprise, Mary. I was so glad to trip over it.

  • Oh that’s a really fun way to transition between series. I don’t think I’ve seen that done before really.

    • I think so, too. I think it is similar to the free prequel she did before Search & Rescue series, but this time she did a sequel to this series and introduced the K-9 police in one of these stories to give the new series a push as well. It’s a good idea and was definitely fun for me. 🙂

  • I skimmed since I plan to read this. I am excited about starting the new series on audio.

    • You’ll love this one. Its short, but so worth it. I’ve got the new one in eARC waiting for me, too. 🙂

  • I grabbed this freebie, but I haven’t read it yet. At first, I saw your page count and thought that it was long, but then I saw you said it was only about a third of the book, which is about what I was expecting. I’m very excited to see the next series.

    Melanie @ Hot Listens & Rabid Reads

    • Yeah, that was exactly why I thought I should say something about where the book actually ended so folks would realize it was a shorty. I saw some one flip their lid b/c it was so short and slammed it in a review and I eye-rolled b/c… freebie.
      You’ll enjoy it. 🙂 I am itching to pick up my review copy for the next one, but am making myself wait and taking my review books in order. LOL