Review: On the Chase by Katie Ruggle

Review: On the Chase by Katie RuggleOn the Chase by Katie Ruggle

Genres: Romantic Suspense
Published by Sourcebooks Casablanca on 5 September 2017
Pages: 386
Format: eARC
Source: Publisher
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Injured in the line of duty,
His orders are simple:
Stay alive.
But when a frightened woman bursts into his life, Hugh and his K9 companion have no choice but to risk everything to keep her safe.

The sole witness to a horrific crime, Kaylee Ramay flees to the Colorado Rockies to start a new life. There she becomes Grace, a dog kennel employee desperately trying to avoid attention—especially from dangerously attractive K9 Officer Hugh Murdoch.

Because Hugh is tall, dark… and nothing but trouble.

Hugh is anxious to get back in the field after an act of heroism left him warming the bench. Until then, he and his K9 partner Lexi spend their hours teasing the town’s mysterious newcomer. But when their simmering attraction is nearly cut short by a sniper’s bullet, Hugh’s mystery woman must come clean about the secrets she keeps…

Or both of them will pay the price.

The Delight

After adoring Run to Ground, the first in the Rocky Mountain K9 Unit, I was prepared to settle back and enjoy this second book in the series.  Katie Ruggle’s books delight me, what more can I say?

Review

So yes, On the Chase is book two.  I would say that it would be okay as a standalone in a pinch since it tackles a new couple and main plot, but, truly it works best following its predecessor where most of the cast and some ongoing situational things were introduced.

I was eager to get back to the little quirky mountain town of Monroe, Colorado, and after briefly introducing the heroine, Kaylee’s sticky situation in LA which brings her to town, I was right back where I wanted to be.

I must confess that On the Chase and I got off to a rocky start.  It took me a bit to warm up to Kaylee.  I didn’t hate her, but I did have the urge to tap her for her early squeamish moments because, oh poor thing, she’s rusticating in the sticks and has to live in an old house and do a blue collar job.  I sympathized with the fact that she lost everything (voluntarily, I might add) from her recent past life when she had to go on the run after witnessing a crime.  She’d achieved the pinnacle of her dreams with a snazzy university PR job, a walk-in closet full of designer labels, a designer car, and a designer prince charming man.  But come on, she came from a small town and lived in a basement apartment, it shouldn’t have been the culture shock she was whining in her mind about.

So yes, the early encounters and I were a struggle and oh man was Hugh, the hero, over the top with his suspicions and investigations when she hadn’t done anything, but lied about her past.  Lots of legit reasons why people do this plus Jules, previous heroine, was vouching for her.

As can be surmised, it was a zany set up and early story.  I settled in once the romance and the exciting suspense situations picked up.  And really, this pair of lovers grew on me so that I was smiling at each encounter.  They were both quick with the wit and comebacks.  The playfulness and sweet moments were adorable though when the heat turned up, that was good with me, too.  They were taking their time with the romance because of all the crazy danger around them, but also because both were convinced there was an expiration date on Kaylee’s time in town.

And, incidentally, I just melted when Hugh and his work dog, Lexi, were on the job.  Okay, and moments with Jules’ younger brothers and sisters getting page time once again were great.  Dare I hope that Otto gets his story next?

Anyway, this was another good read in the series and I am ready for more with the Rocky Mountain K-9 Unit to see who the mysterious helper of ladies in distress will send their way next.  Those who enjoy small town romance blended with exciting light suspense should give this series a try.

My thanks to Sourcebooks Casablanca for the opportunity to read this book in exchange for an honest review.

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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.
  • Debbie Haupt

    I’ve seen this series and author around Sophia Rose I think I would like her

    • Oh yes. I think you would, too, Debbie. They’re a fun blend of humor, romance, and of course mystery. 🙂 And the animal characters in this series are great.

  • I have just been loving Katie Ruggles books! I understand what you mean about Kaylee in the beginning. Although I felt like it was less culture shock, or more frustration that all her hard work to get herself out of the poverty situation she was in as a kid, was gone. Does that make sense? Still, she was a tiny bit whiny.

    But I did love this book! I loved Hugh so much. He just talks and talks and talks, and I loved it. Normally I’m more into the quiet types, but Hugh was amazing. I cannot wait for the next one.

    • I do think you’re right about the explanation, Quinn. It was a tough situation for the transition and she did get over it, thankfully.
      Haha, yes, Hugh could definitely talk- no strong, silent type there. 🙂

  • Dogs, set in CO and romantic suspense? That would be a yes please! Despite the rocky start this sounds good! Brilly review.

    • Oh yes, I can see how that would make it a good match for you, Melissa. Probably just me not appreciating her grumbling about the conditions of a generous friends’ home and help which didn’t last long enough to be a real problem. 🙂

  • I’ve been hearing so many good things about this series.

    • It really is becoming a star series. Hope you get the chance some time, Mary. 🙂

  • I literally just finished this one on audio a few minutes ago. I feel pretty similar to you. I enjoyed the story, but not as much as the first book. Grace/Kaylee was a bit of a whiner and a princess at first. While she did grow on me, not as much as Jules.

    Melanie @ Hot Listens & Rabid Reads

    • Yeah, I tried to be understanding, but her attitude wasn’t working for me under the circumstances. Definitely prefer Jules as a heroine. 🙂

  • Oh man. Yeah I can imagine that wasn’t quite the smooth kick off to these two. lol

    • She just went on and on in this mental monologue like poor Jules’ house should be orange-tagged and what a misery things were when Jules had extended the hospitality of her home to the gal. But she got over it and moved on so I was able to enjoy things more.

  • I had the same issues with this book but liked it in the end. I am looking forward to Ottos’s story. Great review!