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Genres: Romantic Suspense
Published by Sourcebooks Casablanca
Released on August 28, 2018
After that breathtaking climax at the end of the last book and that teaser there in the last few sentences, I couldn’t wait to get my hands on this one. New twist in a lady K-9 cop and her adorable tracker bloodhound to take up this exciting leg of the series.
Through the Fire is book four in the Rocky Mountain K9 Unit series. This is a series that must be read in order as each book builds on the others and is four interlocking parts to the overall series suspense arc.
The lead character in this one is Kit Jerrigan a female cop who left her last job under a bit of dark cloud and is starting over in the small mountain town of Monroe. She’s had a rough time since blowing the whistle on a corrupt partner and now hopes for a fresh start. Only, her first day in town and on the job is a doozy. Her new co-workers, Theo, Hugh, and Otto, regard her with suspicion and her cop sense is tingling when it comes to what they and their ladyfolks are hiding. Then, they respond to a fire call and a dead body crops up and the trail leads to someone the others refuse to treat as a suspect. On the bright side, she gets a good sort of tingly feeling around the awkward Forestry Dept fire spotter, Wes.
Like the last one, this one was full throttle in places and kept things really moving along in the latter part of the book. The set up at the beginning was not devoid of good stuff, but it does build slowly before it gets moving. I was startled when the murderer got several sections of narration along with Kit and Wes, but knowing what they were doing did not affect that surprise twist in the end. Whew boy, that was a stunner and yes, it did come out of nowhere.
This book, this book… It took me by surprise- in a good way, I think. Still processing, but I do want to share my immediate thoughts. Overall, I enjoyed it and enjoyed what I got.
Kit was a strong heroine and I liked her. She was up against a lot and had been in her past too. She could have gotten ugly and angry, but instead, she knuckled down and did her job and did it well. She was intuitive and smart, but genuinely kind and understanding particularly with Sam, Jule’s brother who was so fragile in his way. She took time out for troubled kids and her dog. Seriously! Justice was adorable and a colorful quirky character in his own right.
Wes was a cutie. So cute, all! He was socially awkward and struggled so hard to be around people and understand social cues, but he stepped up and tried hard when it came to Kit. And, Kit the darling! She saw the treasure that was Wes. But don’t be fooled, this boy was hotter than a firecracker when the clothes did go flying.
Now, don’t take this as a major criticism because its not. Once in a while, I come across a book that that doesn’t fit neatly in the box. I finished this one and felt like I was missing something. I wasn’t and the book wasn’t underdeveloped or missing anything, but I was left feeling this way. Why? Well, it was that ‘out of left field’ ending that was a stunner, but not actually that far out. Just wow! She got me and, on reflection, I loved being startled like that. And, this isn’t the first time she’s pulled a ‘gotcha’ in her twists and reveals through both her series.
Okay, so besides my weird feelings about the end, I loved how this story wrapped up this series arc wonderfully. Loose strings were tied off and a great deal of time was spent with all the regulars in this one. Newbies Kit and Wes were a good fit with the others even when I wanted to smack a whole bunch of people for being deliberately obtuse and ignoring Kit’s worthy concerns, but they were blinded by their own issues. If I had a niggle, it was wanting a little more of Kit and Wes because they were so great together.
I’m not sure if this was the finale to the series, but it felt like it. I know a companion story standalone is coming out next about a side character that was in the earlier series and this one, but I had the distinct feeling that there isn’t really anything left to wrap up (a story about Mr. E would be welcomed however).
So, there you have it. Another fab read from an autobuy author. If you love quirky small town mixed with action-packed romantic suspense, you need look no further.
My thanks to Sourcebooks Casablanca for the opportunity to read this book in exchange for an honest review.
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