Review: Turn the Tide by Katie Ruggle, Adriana Anders, Juno Rushdan, and Connie Mann

Posted May 16, 2019 by Sophia Rose in Reviews / 24 Comments

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Review: Turn the Tide by Katie Ruggle, Adriana Anders, Juno Rushdan, and Connie Mann
Turn the Tide

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Series: Rocky Mountain Bounty Hunters, Survival Instincts, Final Hour, Florida Wildlife Warriors #.5
Genres: Romantic Suspense
Published by Sourcebooks Casablanca
Released on March 5, 2019
Pages: 312
Format: eBook
Source: Free Book
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The Delight

What a wonderful gift to fans and newbies!  Four dynamite stories, four sensational authors, and a variety pack of romantic suspense to make a reader swoon.

Review

I’ve read three of the four author’s works and in each case, this includes the series being introduced in this anthology.  Now, while I think it is an excellent sampler, I do think I got more out of it because I did read those other books first, but, no worries if you start here and take the series in chronological order.

Any Means Necessary by Katie Ruggle
.5 Rocky Mountain Bounty Hunters

A quick prequel novella to introduce the world of the new series and introduce Molly Pax and her sisters who all happen to be bounty hunters along with the aggravating and attractive John Carmody while they work to earn a living and keep up with their loser mom’s criminal antics.

This was a quick mall chase scene with the sisters acting together.  It was madcap and light.
It was a fun romp, but I admit that if I’d started with this one instead of the first book in the series, I would have found it the eensiest under-developed as far as characters and plotting.  It is a teaser and not really a full-fledged story.

Deep Blue by Adriana Anders
.5 Survival Instincts

A slam-bang action-packed prequel that introduces the heart of the series nicely.  Retired Navy SEAL and non-profit marine environmentalist discover danger and conspiracy on an abandoned oil rig off the San Diego coast.

Okay, so Zoe is one of those heroines who disregarded dive safety, who somehow decided she could keep up with trained SEALs and not be a liability against armed security types, and who naively went into danger like a chicken putting its own head on the chopping block, but she was sweet and Eric was amazing and so was his team so I’ll call it a win.

That last scene was quite the teaser and I want the next book as soon as possible.  First time with the author’s writing and it won’t be my last.

No Way Out by Juno Rushdan
.5 Final Hour

After reading the first novel, it was neat to come back for this prequel to get the gritty, suspenseful story of how The Gray Box began and how Sanborn and Knox ended up in charge.  Things are never cut and dry in the shadow community and words like honor and duty can get skewed in this community where right is shades of gray lighter than wrong.

I enjoyed this story offering a delicious taste of what to expect in the series with a romance set against high stress field work on a mission gone sideways. Ashley, a first time field agent, who has a strong conscience, and former field agent, Logan who is nursing PTSD and physical pain along with a bad case of survivor’s guilt reunite when Logan goes after Ash to keep her safe.  I think this worked better for me after book one because things made better sense and had more significance for me.

Beyond Home by Connie Man
1.5 Florida Wildlife Warriors

This was actually a follow up piece involving a co-worker of the hero from book one, Marco Sanchez.  Marco, the son of migrant workers and an alcoholic, never felt he measured up against Sarah’s country club family.  He had a good reason for standing her up at the dance, but then he stayed away.  Now, they’re both back and it’s time to get closure, but first they have to get to an old woman who needs insulin and then protect her family from an escaped convict set on revenge.

So, all in all, I was incredibly satisfied with what I read, eager to press forward for more in these series, and can heartily recommend this anthology and the rest of the series.

Challenges Met

New Release #67
A Year in Anthologies #4

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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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Stephanie Jane (Literary Flits)
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I struggle with anthologies because jumping so swiftly from one author’s style to another doesn’t really work for me. I’ve not tried an anthology where I was already familiar with the particular series-es though so I can see how having that grounding would be beneficial to a reader

Sophia Rose
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I have similar struggles, but a French blogger pal who is on hiatus at the moment used to break up an anthology with a story here and there to keep them separate in her own mind. I do that now and it really helps.
But, yes, having read all the series save one really helped, too. 🙂

Genesis @ Whispering Chapters
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I have never picked up Anthologies in my life. But I love a good romantic suspense. I’m glad you loved these stories!
Genesis @ Whispering Chapters

Sophia Rose
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They can be intimidating and also a mixed bag so it took me a while to pick one up, too. This one is free if you want to try it. 🙂

Debbie Haupt
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ooh sign me up, yes a fantastic way to devour new authors. Thanks Sophia Rose

Sophia Rose
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It’s free! 🙂 I love trying out new authors this way, too, Debbie.

Lindy@ A Bookish Escape
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I like the idea of an anthology as a sampler to see if you like an author’s writing and story telling style. However, I agree that once you’ve read the authors full series, and then read their novella, you get so much more out of it (and it’s even more exciting to read since you’re already a fan of the characters and series.). Deep Blue sounds like it’s got you really excited to read the next book in series! That’s awesome! No Way Out sounds really good, but I can see that it’s important to read book one first. Wonderful… Read more »

Sophia Rose
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I think it was genius on the part of the publisher and authors to release this free antho. It definitely gets the reader excited for more.

You caught that did you? LOL

Melliane
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THat’s great to have good stories like that!

Sophia Rose
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It really is, Melliane. 🙂

Kimberly @ Caffeinated Reviewer
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I have this, I’ve read the Ruggle story and need to read the others. Fab review!

Sophia Rose
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You’re in for a treat! 🙂

Mary Kirkland
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Sounds like you enjoyed them all which is good.

Sophia Rose
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We definitely had a winner with this one, Mary. 🙂

Lily
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I guess it’s at least a good way to experience the authors writing? but It always makes me wish it was more.

Sophia Rose
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Yes, its definitely a good way to taste test, but yeah, it can get a little disappointing when the shorter piece is not enough. These all had me wanting to read more of the series.

Cynthia
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I have never read an anthology before but you have me very curious now. Thanks for sharing!

Sophia Rose
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This one is free, Cynthia… nudge nudge. LOL

Rachel @Waves of Fiction
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I have a copy of this and I really enjoyed John and Molly together, so I should go back and read this. I wasn’t all that thrilled with my first experience with Connie Mann, but maybe I should give her another try. I think Deep Blue would be unbelievable and therefore annoying to me. Probably skip that one. Great reviews Sophia Rose! 🙂

Sophia Rose
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Yes, the bounty hunter story was fun and this little vignette will give you a laugh.

I was only so-so with the first book in that Connie Mann series, but this novella was a little better for me even if it was brief.

Oh man, when she was like I’m coming with you guys when you take on the bad dudes, I rolled my eyes. But, the set up for the SEAL’s brother’s story does sound good.

I’ll look forward to your thoughts on it, Rachel!

Carole rae
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These are always fun! Been a hot min for me since I read an anthology. I’m glad this worked for you overall.

Sophia Rose
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I agree. This was a great treat to readers. It’s still free, Carole. 🙂

Angie Elle
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That last one sounds like a lot of fun. I find I like anthologies in theory, but when I read them, I’m left wanting more. And not always in a good way.

Great reviews! 🙂

Sophia Rose
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It’s true that anthos can be hit or miss a lot of the time. I wasn’t worried about this one since I was already familiar with three of the four authors, but I’ve gotten better about diving into ones with mostly new to me authors, too, because I want to do a test drive.