Review: Run to Ground by Katie Ruggle

Review: Run to Ground by Katie RuggleRun to Ground by Katie Ruggle

Series: Rocky Mountain K9 Unit #1
Genres: Romantic Suspense
Published by Sourcebooks Casablanca on 6 June 2017
Pages: 416
Format: eARC
Source: Publisher
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He lost his mentor.
He lost his K9 partner.
He almost lost his will to live.
But when a ruthless killer targets a woman on the run, Theo and his new K9 companion will do whatever it takes to survive—and save the woman neither can live without.

Grieving the death of his partner, Theo Bosco has no room in his life for distractions. Though his instincts scream that he should avoid Juliet 'Jules' Jackson, he can't seem to stay away. It doesn't help that Theo's new K9 companion has fallen head over paws with Jules's rambunctious family.

Or that when he's with her, Theo finally knows peace.

When Jules rescued her siblings, whisking them away to the safety of the beautifully rugged Colorado Rockies, she never expected to catch the eye—or the heart—of a cop. Yet as Jules struggles to fight her growing attraction to the brooding K9 officer, another threat lurks much closer to home...

And this time, there's no escape.

The Delight

Running from trouble to a small Colorado mountain town with frightened siblings in tow and encounters an irascible K-9 cop with a few suspicions and a whole lot more interest in the present than the past.  Trouble finds them all in this exciting new romantic suspense series.

Review

Run to Ground is the first book in the Rocky Mountain K-9 Unit series and is part of the same world as the author’s earlier Search & Rescue series.  I was all set to get comfortable and fall in love with a new series by the author and I did.

I was practically a whole cheerleading squad to see Jules and her younger siblings who escaped a deplorable home life get their chance along with grieving and self-blaming Officer Theo Bosco who lost a canine partner to cancer and then his human partner to depression.  Secrets abound and it was a nice level of tension to see how things worked out with Jules hiding big stuff and Theo being a cop.  In this instance, the secrets are justified because its one of those sad situations where the law can’t help the victims here at least for now when they are most vulnerable to a crime that can’t be proven.

The secrets of Jules and her relations were only part of the suspense element.  I enjoyed the action suspense element of a shooter and a night prowler.

But most of all, I enjoyed this sweet and spicy slow burn romance.  It was fun how it awkwardly started.  He might have called her ‘squirrelly’ and she might have found his sour face and disposition a bit off-putting, but they got beyond that and it was all for the good.

I also was excited to meet all the players in small town Monroe who I can look forward to seeing more of as the series progresses.  It was a great start and I’m rarin’ to go for Rocky Mountain K-9 book two.  You don’t need to have read the earlier series to jump into this one so you’re getting in at a good time if you’re interested in a solid new romantic suspense series.

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.
  • RO

    I’ve visited Colorado a couple times and loved it, so the setting of the book sounds fab. I’m a sucker for K9 stories for some reason. Maybe because they work so well in a romantic suspense. Great review! Happy Thursday! Hugs…

    • Colorado is lovely and I have several friends there for visits, too.

      I feel the same way about the K-9s and other work dogs. Thanks, Ro!

  • I would love to visit Colorado. This sounds good and I love suspense. Thanks for sharing.

    • Its a lovely place, Cindy. 🙂 It was a good one, for sure. I already love her first series and this new one is off to a great start.

  • Debbie Haupt

    Oh I love these kinds of reads, Thanks Sophia Rose

    • Me, too, Debbie. I was sad when her last series ended, but then yipped for joy when I saw there would be a spin-off and it would involve a K-9 unit. 🙂

  • Oh boy! Sounds like a fun action packed romance! Glad to hear this was a good start to the series! Lovely review, Sophia Rose!

    • Yep, I am hooked in once again after book depression when her other series finished up. 🙂 Thanks, Cyn!

  • Oh, I have this one on my to be read list, and I can’t wait to read it now!

    Great review. 🙂

    • Glad to jazz up your excitement for it, Angie. Hope its just as good for you.

  • I have this on my list, I can’t wait to begin this one. Great review.

    • You’re in for a treat, Nadene. 🙂 Look forward to your thoughts on it.

  • I’ll be putting this in my wish list. I like the sounds of this one.

  • Karen

    Dang EVERYONE is reading and loving this one this week!

    For What It’s Worth

    • LOL, I see that happen once in a while when I’m out blog visiting, too, Karen. A book is just… everywhere. This one is sooo worth it.

  • K-9 woohoo! Sounds great!

    • No kidding. Viggy the dog is as big a character as the humans. Loved this one, Christy!

  • I reviewed this one on my blog today and had a lot of the same thoughts. I loved how they slowly developement their relationship. I can’t wait to read the next book!

    • Right there with you, Carole. I just got done reading your review and had to chuckle. Great minds.. 🙂

  • oh these sound just awesome!!! I have been pretty curious about this author too. Her covers just scream to me that I need to read them. And I do admire a slow burn romance…they are my favorite types to read.

    • You really must heed the scream, Renee. I think you’d get into these. The first four-book series and this new one. You might put a watch on book one of the S&R series because it goes up as a freebie now and then.

  • It looks like a good one there!

    • Oh yes, Melliane! I am eager to get the next one as soon as I can.

  • Totally skimmed since I will be listening to this audio next week! I am so looking forward to the romance.

  • I completely missed this was out already. I missed requesting the audio for review, so I emailed today. I saw they changed narrators. I can’t wait to get started on this one.

    Melanie @ Hot Listens & Rabid Reads

    • Oh no… hopefully it will still be available for you. It’s a good start. Oh, new narrator… well, maybe that won’t be a biggie. 🙂

  • Great review. Thank you for sharing. I’ve got this one on my TBR.
    #GetSocial17

    • Well worth it when you get the chance, Angela! Thanks so much for dropping by during the #GetSocial17 event. 🙂

  • Ooooo, spicy and slow burn romance, I like those. 😀 I mean, I like the steamy combustible ones too, but slow burn romances are so much fun to read (unless they are too slow). I’ve not read anything by this author but I may binge-read some of her books in the future. I’m glad you enjoyed this one, Sophia!

    Have a wonderful weekend. =)

    Alyssa @ The Eater of Books!

    • Me, too. Hope you get the chance to try her first series. I think book one might still be free if you want it.