Genres: Romantic Suspense
Published by Sourcebooks Casablanca
Released on 5 September 2017
Injured in the line of duty,
His orders are simple:
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.
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?
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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