Review: Through the Fire by Katie Ruggle

Posted August 28, 2018 by Sophia Rose in Reviews / 16 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: Through the Fire by Katie Ruggle
Through the Fire

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Series: Rocky Mountain K9 Unit #4
Genres: Romantic Suspense
Published by Sourcebooks Casablanca
Released on August 28, 2018
Pages: 416
Format: eARC
Source: Publisher
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The Delight

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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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
3 years ago

I love when stories take a totally unexpected direction, as long as they stay realistic! Love your description of your bamboozlement 🙂

Sophia Rose
3 years ago
Reply to  Stephanie Jane

Exactly. It went off track as far as I was anticipating, but not in a crazy way. Haha! Thanks, Stephanie!

Nadene@Ttly addicted 2 reading

I skimmed your review, Sophia, as I have this one to read. I am happy to know you enjoyed it.

Sophia Rose
3 years ago

Oh neat! I’ll have to drop in for your thoughts on it, Nadene!

Quinn's Book Nook
3 years ago

I still haven’t read this one. I need to! You know how much I love Katie Ruggle.

Sophia Rose
3 years ago

Yes! You really need to. It’s so much of all the good stuff from Ruggle. 🙂

Carole Rae
3 years ago

I hate when I don’t love an ending. I hate when I hate it or have weird feelings.

Sophia Rose
3 years ago
Reply to  Carole Rae

I get so used to the formula in this style book that I get lost when an author takes a different path. LOL

3 years ago

Good to know you should read these in order. Wes sounds like a character I would just love!! Thanks for sharing. 🙂


Sophia Rose
3 years ago

After reading my eighth book by this author, I can say with authority that she writes adorable and awkward heroes so well. I loved Wes.

But yes, definitely get the series in order. Besides you don’t want to miss Otto my other fav. 😉

Anna@herding cats&burning soup

Hmm I do like being taken by surprise (Zanetti’s books for example) but I don’t know about the way it left you feeling. I do need to try these out still so we shall see! 😀

Sophia Rose
3 years ago

Yes, there are good surprises when you just sit in admiration for an author ‘gotcha-ing’ you. This one was sort of like that, but there was one little aspect that gave me a twinge. I think you’d love the series, but I’m curious if you’d pick up on the part that I’m being mysterious about. 🙂 I can share if you don’t mind a bit of mini-spoiler.

Anna@herding cats&burning soup
Reply to  Sophia Rose

Args! Let me see if my library has these four and I’ll start reading them going in blind other than what you’ve said so far and we’ll see how it goes. I’m curious to see if I’ll have that same reaction or not.

Sophia Rose
3 years ago

LOL! Book one and two were good, but book three was the cutie (you may not steal my Otto gentle viking animal rescuing giant, though, LOL). Okay, maybe I’ll share b/c I adored this books’ hero and the teenage boy, Sam, and her adorable hound dog partner. 🙂

3 years ago

Oh that’s neat this series has an overarching suspense plot line. That’s nice you were still surprised by the twist at the end, it’s interesting how some authors can write the murderer’s point of view in a book too, without giving too much away. Kit and Wes sound like great characters and I can imagine they make for a great couple. I kinda like it when characters are a bit awkward, you don’t see that as often in books. Great review!

Sophia Rose
3 years ago
Reply to  Lola

Yes, it was something I really liked about her Search and Rescue series and then she did it again in her K-9 series. It’s fun for the suspense to run through each book and build to the end.
She does write the most adorable guys and makes awkward into something cute and sexy.

Thanks, Lola!