Review: Risk It All by Katie Ruggle

Posted January 3, 2020 by Sophia Rose in Reviews / 24 Comments

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I received this book for free from Publisher in exchange for an honest review.
This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Review: Risk It All by Katie Ruggle
Risk It All

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Series: Rocky Mountain Bounty Hunters #2
Genres: Romantic Suspense
Published by Sourcebooks Casablanca
Released on December 31, 2019
Pages: 352
Format: eARC
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I had a good time with the first book introducing five bounty hunter sisters trying to make a living and deal with their low life mom’s antics.  Cara the college student with plans to be a kindergarten teacher and does the firm’s research decides she needs to get into the active end of bringing down some big money bounties to help out her sisters pull the heavier load when mayhem ensues.


Risk It All is book two in the Rocky Mountain Bounty Hunters series.  The first book set the premise for the series and this carries over so that this is best read in order.  Though, it does start a new case so in a pinch could be read out of order.

Cara sees the tiredness and stress in Molly as she handles all the load of bringing in bounties to keep the family heads above water while two of their sisters are out hunting down their conniving mom who skipped town and left them with so much trouble.  The stolen necklace their mom hid has brought every low life to their home attempting break ins to find it even while another sort of low life now holds the deed on their home and insists they take the really nasty bounties or he’ll foreclose.

This leads Cara to leave behind her academics and research to hit the street tailing a murderer.  She’s so bad at it that he’s onto her and does the craziest thing in letting her go.  She suspects Henry isn’t guilty though she has no proof and only has an inconvenient attraction for him.  The spark for Henry is the least of her troubles when her next assignment gets her into worse danger and her life is on the line.  Good thing Henry knows a thing or two about keeping them alive.

I enjoyed getting to know all the sisters and their situation in book one, but moving forward into Risk It All was even better.  Cara is fumbling and bumbling her way along, but I had a good time as she wasn’t stupid just in experienced.  She wants to be an early childhood teacher and she knows she’s not cut out to be an action heroine like three of her sisters, but she has a strong sense of loyalty and love that won’t allow her to stay safely behind her lap top screen, either.  She’s not utterly helpless and absorbed more of Felicity’s self-defense and endurance training than she realized.  I thought it was great when she started crushing on Henry her first attempt at active bounty-hunting and he ends up being there for her through some harrowing scenes.  Where she was hopelessly out of her depths, he was grimly capable.

Oh yes, this one was exciting and had a fab chase scene and then survival situation.  Cara and Henry were busy trying to stay alive through it all and the attraction buzzed, but so did something more as their time together taught them more about each other than a string of dates might have.  The twists at the end didn’t surprise me though I have to admit that I didn’t anticipate them, either.  Can’t say there was much movement toward solving the situation with their mom, but I didn’t even care because this book was so intense and engaging.

I’m going to keep it vague because I don’t want to give away the good stuff.  If I had a niggle, it’s related to some of the things I must be vague about like Henry.  I do wish that there had been more at the end that got into his background, but there was enough so he wasn’t an entire blank slate and I do get why all that couldn’t have come out earlier.

All in all, I loved this one better than book one and am now jazzed for Norah’s story in book three.  Those who enjoy caper and humor, action and slightly spicy romance for a lady bounty hunter crew should give this book/series a go.

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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Rachel @Waves of Fiction

Yay! As you know, I loved this one, too! That chase seen, right? And I loved the survival aspect. Yes, I’d have liked a little more from Henry, too, but I still loved him. Looking forward to Norah’s story, too.

Sophia Rose
2 years ago

Oh my stars, it was like watching a movie chase in my mind. So good! Yep, Kung-Fu Norah! Haha!

Angela - Angel's Guilty Pleasures

Great review. I’ve got this series on my TBR to try.

Sophia Rose
2 years ago

You are in for a treat, Angela. These are fun. 🙂

Angela - Angel's Guilty Pleasures
Reply to  Sophia Rose

I’ve enjoyed so of Katie Ruggle other works, so I feel these will be good.

Sophia Rose
2 years ago

Oh, then yes, you know exactly what fun you can have with her books.

2 years ago

I need to start this series.

Sophia Rose
2 years ago
Reply to  Nadene

You sure do. It’s a blast, Nadene!

Jenea's Book Obsession

I definitely think this would be a series that I’d enjoy. Great review.

Sophia Rose
2 years ago

Thanks, Jenea! Yes, give these a whirl. They’re great fun.

Mary Kirkland
2 years ago

Bounty Hunters, now that’s interesting.

Sophia Rose
2 years ago
Reply to  Mary Kirkland

Love that they are all sisters and their loser mom is one of their bounties. 🙂

Kimberly @ Caffeinated Reviewer

Those niggles… hehe. I really enjoy Ruggle’s series and this was a good one.

Sophia Rose
2 years ago

I know, LOL, I just wanted to get to know Henry better because I liked him so much. 🙂

Lover of Romance
2 years ago

I really need to give this series a go…planning on it this year since I want to delve more into romantic suspense. Glad you had such a fun time with it, I am really intrigued by lady bounter hunter crew aspect.

Sophia Rose
2 years ago

Oh cool, Renee! I think you’ll have a good time with them. 🙂

Carole Rae
2 years ago

Aww yayy. Glad you liked this more than book 1. Hopefully the next is even better.

Sophia Rose
2 years ago
Reply to  Carole Rae

That would be great if they keep getting better. 🙂

Anne - Books of My Heart

Fantastic review Sophia! You captured so much of the family dynamics. I agree – Cara was not stupid just inexperienced. I did guess about Henry somehow, it just made sense. I really enjoyed this one. I was already laughing about Norah too.

Sophia Rose
2 years ago

Thank you, Anne! I was trying to balance sharing enough to show what it was about and what I liked without giving away the good stuff. Norah is going to be a hoot, I just know it. 🙂

Angie Elle
2 years ago

So glad you enjoyed this one, Sophia! This is an author I’ve been wanting to read.

Great review!

Sophia Rose
2 years ago
Reply to  Angie Elle

She writes with a lot of humor and her characters get quirky, but it can be quite exciting through it all. I think you’d get a kick out of them., Angie.

2 years ago

This sounds like a neat series. I love the premise – how it features sisters who are bounty hunters – and I like that this one features a sister who isn’t cut out to be an action heroine. In a large family, I would expect at least one to be different.

Sophia Rose
2 years ago
Reply to  Crystal

Yes, exactly! Cara and Norah are the less active ones, but do their part in another way. It’s really neat how they are a strong family even though their mom is awful.