Review: Survive the Night by Katie Ruggle

Review: Survive the Night by Katie Ruggle
Survive the Night

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Series: Rocky Mountain K9 Unit #3
Genres: Romantic Suspense
Published by Sourcebooks Casablanca
Released on February 6, 2018
Pages: 416
Format: eARC
Source: Publisher

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He's always been a haven:
For the lost. The sick. The injured.
But when a hunted woman takes shelter in his arms, this gentle giant swears he'll do more than heal her battered spirit—he'll defend her with his life.

K9 Officer Otto Gunnersen always had a soft spot for anyone in need. As Monroe's very own Dr. Doolittle, he dedicates himself to rehabilitating the injured souls that cross his path—but for all his big heart, he's never been in love.

Until he meets Sarah Clifton's haunted eyes. Until he realizes he'll do anything to save her.

All Sarah wants is to escape a life caught between ambitious crime families, but there's no outrunning her past. Her power-mad brother would hunt her to the ends of the earth...but he'd never expect Sarah to fight back. With Otto and the whole of Monroe, Colorado by her side, Sarah's finally ready to face whatever comes her way.

It's time to take a stand.


The Delight

A woman needing a place to hide, a strong silent cop with a penchant for strays, and ruthless organized criminals who will do what it takes.  Survive the Night shaped up to be something pretty spectacular.


As the third book in the Rocky Mountain K9 unit, Survive the Night isn’t the best book to read standalone or out of order.  It has new leads, but the series arc is quite strong through all these books.

Alice gets away from her evil criminal brother with the help of a mysterious benefactor who leaves her in the care of Jules in the small mountain town of Monroe, Colorado.  She is terrified of her own shadow until she locks eyes with silent Viking giant, Otto Gunnersen.  His tender care of his adopted menagerie and ease to be around pull her in and slowly make her feel safe.  Otto is smitten from the first moment and can’t seem to find words when he’s near ‘Sarah’, but he knows Sarah has secrets and they might very well catch up with her.

This latest installment of the series starts off much like the last two with a woman hiding from big, bad trouble in Monroe and the three K-9 cops right there in the middle of it.  Then things rush into overdrive and this turned into a wintry mountain town thriller where a small town becomes ground zero for high danger and death.  I spent nearly half of it in shock at the unexpectedness of it all until near the end when a betrayal makes sense of it all.

In the middle, though, this one had slowed down to give the reader a good strong look at both Otto and Sarah (Alice).  Their romance wasn’t torchy or dramatic, but it just was and fit well for this pair.  Otto is the best hero of this group though I do love Theo and Hugh.  He’s just too much with his gentle giant icy blond hair blue-eyed animal-loving generous self.  He is befuddled around Sarah and it was just a whole new layer of cute as a result.  They take their time and it works with the suspense side of the story.

I enjoyed this one thoroughly and the action was great.  I loved seeing what happened when ignorant professional killers made the mistake of getting arrogant about taking this small town by storm.  But, in the back of my mind, I kept wondering at the motive of those behind it.  Was it all like Sarah thought?  It just seemed so extreme and would draw all sorts of unwanted attention afterward.  I didn’t see them getting away with it long-term and I felt organized crime lords would be smarter about that sort of thing.  Maybe… oh never mind.  Haha!  It was good thriller action and we’ll leave it at that.

I wasn’t sure if this would be the last book, but its not.  That ominous teaser of an epilogue set things up for what is to come.  I can’t wait for the next release.  Those who enjoy mostly mild romance and suspense in a quirky small mountain town setting and adorable animal characters should definitely get going on this 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.