Review: Survive the Night by Katie Ruggle

Posted March 3, 2018 by Sophia Rose in Reviews / 28 Comments

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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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.

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  • I have to start reading more Ruggle! Her series sounds really good, Sophia, and it seems to continue to be strong!
    Great review 🙂

    • Yes, its a spin-off series, but has little connection to the earlier one. I feel like each book in the series gets better. Hope you get the chance, Lexxie!

  • I had such a good time with this book. I was surprised by how much action was in the story but it was a good surprise for me. The animals in this one were wonderful as well. Glad you enjoyed it!

    • Yeah, that last half of the book had me gaping and then diving back in with more joy.
      Oh yes, Otto’s animals were so great, even the goat. 🙂

  • Well, I just added this series to my wish list. lol I love this type of story and when guys get all awkward around women. Throw is some danger and action and it sounds great.

    • Super, Mary! I think you’d have a good time with these. The first book hero is grumpy, the second one is flirty, and now Otto is bumbling, but lovable. 🙂 The animals and the excitement from the suspense elements make them even better.

  • This sounds excellent! Definitely my type of read! I love it when a heroine needs someone to lean on, and a big burly hero is right that. Gah! I will have to check out this book. Great review, Sophia!

    Have a lovely weekend. =)

    Alyssa @ The Eater of Books!

    • Oh yes. I hope you end up liking them, Alyssa! 🙂

  • Ooh I like quirky small town romances, and he sounds like my kind of hero 🙂

    Have a great weekend, Sophia!

    Evie @

    • This town just cracks me up. The next time I’m in Colorado and I pass through a mountain town I’ll be wondering if the people are like this group. LOL This is a fun series.

      Thanks, Evie!

  • Looks appealing especially to those who enjoy animals in a story.

    • You said it, Velvet. The animals are just as well develop characterizations as the humans. 😉

  • Good to know this has such a strong series arc, that be really fun. I like how you describe this book. the characters sound great and that’s nice the romance and suspense are both so well done. And that sounds fun how he takes care of strays and has a bunch of animals around. I like those type of reveals when everything suddenly makes sense. Great review!

    • Yes! I love how this one and her older series tend to build well on the previous book while still giving the reader a fresh new story. Otto and all his animals is very fun. I want an Otto. 🙂

  • i love that there is plenty of action in this book laced with romance

    • Yep. Its definitely the best of both. 🙂

  • I’m really excited for this one. I’m on the list for the audio, which comes out soon.

    Melanie @ Hot Listens & Rabid Reads

    • Can’t wait to know what you think of this one. I think she really took things up a notch or two. And the Otto Effect…swoon!

  • I just love Katie Ruggle! I really enjoyed this one, but I liked the second book more. But Otto is the sweetest hero ever, isn’t he?

    • Me, too! Fangirls Unite!!!!

      Okay, that sounds good to cover your bases with Hugh’s story and Otto as a book boyfriend. 😉

  • I’ve yet to read anything from Katie Ruggle but this one sounds so good. I already like the sound of Otto. I’m a sucker for the protective type. 🙂

    • Yes! She writes great heroes and they’re all in the protection business with their jobs and personal lives. 🙂 You’d probably enjoy both her series, Tanya!

  • I agree, this should be read in order to really appreciate the story arc. I loved all the action and danger, really kept me on the edge of my seat, but some of it was maybe a little over the top. Still, I loved it even so! And the romance was sweet! Wonderful review, Sophia Rose! 🙂

    • Oh hey, Rachel! Glad to encounter a fellow series fan. This one was the most exciting yet, for sure, and yeah, a little over the top.

      Thanks for stopping and sharing a love for the Otto Effect. LOL

  • Lol! The Otto Effect! Love that! He was sooo cute with all those animals and his great big protective streak, even when he got so shy and tongue-tied!

    • Yes!!! Otto had me getting swoony every other page it seemed. He’s lethal to the heart. 🙂

  • LOL I’ve totally had that train of thought before like really?! do you think you’re going to actually succeed with this plan!?! lol I do need to start her books. Good to know I shouldn’t start with this one on it’s own.

    • Yeah, they totally shoot up this town and cut it off from the outside and somehow expect that nobody will come investigate this afterward? Just didn’t make sense if the whole point of getting her back was to keep things under the radar with no witnesses. And, its not like she’d acted as anything worth getting all out revenge or a mounted force over before she went into hiding. LOL