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review 2018-02-07 10:00
New Release Review! Survive the Night (Rocky Mountain K9 Unit #3) Katie Ruggle
Survive the Night (Rocky Mountain K9 Unit) - Katie Ruggle

 

He's always been a haven:
For the lost. The sick. The injured.
But when a hunted woman takes shelter in his arms, this gentle giant swears he'll do more than heal her battered spirit
he'll defend her with his life.

K9 Officer Otto Gunnersen always had a soft spot for anyone in need. As Monroe's very own Dr. Doolittle, he dedicates himself to rehabilitating the injured souls that cross his path
but for all his big heart, he's never been in love.

Until he meets Sarah Clifton's haunted eyes. Until he realizes he'll do anything to save her.

All Sarah wants is to escape a life caught between ambitious crime families, but there's no outrunning her past. Her power-mad brother would hunt her to the ends of the earth...but he'd never expect Sarah to fight back. With Otto and the whole of Monroe, Colorado by her side, Sarah's finally ready to face whatever comes her way.

It's time to take a stand.

 

 

 

The third book in the Rocky Mountain K9 Unit series is an emotionally gripping story full of suspense that had me biting my nails.  Sarah and Otto are strong characters that have steamy chemistry that draws readers to them. Their romance is sweet and has readers believing that ‘happily ever after’ is possible after all as they emphasize with Sarah who has some turbulent emotional issues to deal with as they fight for her life and readers can’t help but become completely caught up in their story. Sarah’s past tugs at the heartstrings but so does Otto, with his quiet but caring demeanor that screams safety and love.

 

Anticipation and suspense build throughout the story as danger stalks the nights keeping readers on the edge of their seat. The twists and turns keep readers guessing and along with some hair raising action there is never a dull moment during this fast paced plot.

 

I have to confess that I have read every book in the Rocky Mountain Search and Rescue series but I missed the first two in the K9 Unit series, of course I will be remedying that soon. Like the Search and Rescue series, Katie Ruggle has brought her K9 Unit series to brilliant life with strong, compelling characters that are so lifelike that the readers feel as if they are part of the story. I was caught up in Survive the Night from the very beginning and couldn’t put it down until I knew how the book would end and the author provided enough clues from the first two books that I had no problem getting caught up in the series and of course it was just enough to wet my appetite and ensure that I go back and read them and has me anticipating the next one.

 

 

 

Survive the Night is the 3rd book in the Rocky Mountain K9 Unit series.

 

The 4th book Through the Fire is set to be released August 7, 2018.

 

Survive the Night is available in print or ebook at:

 

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Katie Ruggle can be found at:

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review 2018-02-05 13:49
Survive the Night by Katie Ruggle
Survive the Night (Rocky Mountain K9 Unit) - Katie Ruggle

This review can also be found at Carole's Random Life in Books.

I thought that this book was very well done. This is the third book in the Rocky Mountain K9 Unit series and I do believe that it would work best for reader that have read the preceding novels since events from earlier books do come into play in this one. This book had a lot of action and I found that I didn't want to stop reading once I started. This book was just a lot of fun to read.

This book features Otto and Sarah. Sarah has lived a life controlled by others. She is given no choices and is physically abused often. When she gets a chance to start a new life, she jumps at the chance and ends up rooming with Jules and Grace from previous books. Otto is an officer with the local police force. He is quiet and extremely kind. He has a soft spot for animals and is known to take in those needing a home.

I liked Otto and Sarah together and thought that they had a lot in common. They are instantly attracted to each other but they don't seem quite sure how to deal with it at the start. Otto seems to be what Sarah needs and is there when needed. He has a quiet calmness that Sarah seems to need. When Sarah needs to be rescued, Otto is there to help. They really seemed to compliment each other very well.

The books in this series have all had a lot of action but I think that this one takes things to a whole new level. There are several very exciting scenes that really had me nervous for the characters. I liked that the characters from the prior books all play key roles in this book and get in on the action as well. The animals in this book were great. Any book that can work a few animals into the story get a few bonus points from me and this one had quite the menagerie playing the part.

I only had a couple of very minor complaints. I thought that Sarah recovered from the years of abuse a lot quicker than I would have thought possible. I also would have liked to see a bit more regarding Otto's history. There is a quick mention of his past that really made me want more. I would have liked to see them both work through their issues from the past together.

I would recommend this book to others. This was a really exciting book that was a whole lot of fun to read. I can't wait to read more of this wonderful series!

I received an advance reader edition of this book from Sourcebooks Casablanca via Edelweiss.

Initial Thoughts
That was fun! I did not expect this book to have as much action as it did. I love books filled with action scenes so that worked out incredibly well for me. I loved Otto and his menagerie of animals. Sarah was pretty awesome but I did think that she recovered from years of trauma a whole lot faster than I would have thought possible. The characters from the two earlier books have a pretty big role in this installment which is great for readers of the series.

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review 2017-12-27 07:33
Survive the Night by Katie Ruggle
Survive the Night (Rocky Mountain K9 Unit) - Katie Ruggle

***ARC provided by publisher through NetGalley***

Alice has been living under her family's thumb since she was born. First her father, then her brother has dictated every aspect of her life, and now her brother has decided she's his in into a powerful crime family. Then a guardian angel bent on revenge rescues Alice and spirits her to Monroe, Colorado.

Her new name is Sarah and even though she's sharing a house with two women and a bunch of kids, and Monroe is a rather little town, she finally knows what freedom is like. She's even starting to fall in love with the big, tender-hearted, taciturn Viking lumberjack cop who takes care of the lost, sick and injured animals around town.

Then her brother finds her, and for the first time in her life, Sarah is ready and willing to stand up for herself, her freedom, and her future.



This one started with a small bang in the form of Alice/Sarah's escape from her brother, and then the cuteness started. I absolutely loved the first part of this story, the beauty of discovering freedom through Sarah's eyes, and the budding romance between her and the big, Viking-like cop with a mushy heart, Otto Gunnersen. They were so sweet and cute together, especially Otto with his tongue-tiredness, and blushes. Awww.
Granted, the romance felt a bit rushed, especially on Sarah's part, since she's recently escaped a very sheltered life, but it worked somehow. Probably because the two of them were just so incredibly cute together.

But then it all went sideways when the suspense element caught up. The story definitely should've ended after the second kidnapping attempt, if you ask me. Because what happened next, the whole waging war on the small Colorado town, was too much. It just kept piling up and in the end it made no sense (at least to me). What was the purpose of it? Was it all really necessary?
The whole ordeal was too overblown, too over-the-top. It was too much and too incongruous with the first part, so instead of the two elements (the romance and the suspense) mixing and blending seamlessly, the suspense overbalanced the entire story, ruining it for me.

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review 2017-09-16 04:48
On the Chase by Katie Ruggle
On the Chase (Rocky Mountain K9 Unit) - Katie Ruggle

This review can also be found at Carole's Random Life in Books.

I liked this book. It wasn't perfect but it was definitely entertaining. I really enjoyed the first book in this series, Run to Ground, when I read it a few months ago so I was pretty excited to read Hugh's story. It was a pretty fast read for me since I had a rather hard time actually setting the book aside. 

The book opens with Kaylee in her old life. She witnesses a horrifying crime and becomes a target herself. In order to stay safe, she changes her identity and starts all over. Kaylee, or Grace as she is now called, moves in with Jules and her four siblings. I was really happy to see all of the wonderful characters from the first book of the series having such an important role in this book. Grace is slow to adjust to her new life because she is living in constant fear.

Hugh is on leave as he recovers from a bullet wound and he is driving everyone crazy. He keeps showing up and getting involved in things when he is supposed to be resting. He thinks that Grace is being completely honest from the first moment he meets her. He becomes determined to find out what her real story is. 

So like I said earlier this book wasn't perfect. Hugh crossed a few lines that kind of bothered me. It was like the man had no boundaries. A locked door....no problem, because he would find a way to get in anyway. This kind of behavior seemed to happen quite a bit at the beginning of the book but did lessen as the story progressed. I think that Grace let him off a little too easy a couple of times in the book.

I did like Grace and Hugh together. Grace is honest with Hugh about her past as soon as it becomes a safety issue and then they really do start to become a team. There were some pretty exciting scenes in the book that really had my pulse pounding. They did have great chemistry with each other and I really enjoyed their banter. 

I would recommend this book to others. I enjoyed this action packed romance with wonderful chemistry between the characters. I am looking forward to reading more in the great series from Katie Ruggle very soon.

I received an advance reader edition of this book from Sourcebooks Casablanca via NetGalley.

Initial Thoughts
I liked this book. Grace and Hugh had wonderful chemistry and I loved their banter. There were some exciting moments in the story and I was pleased to see so many characters from the first book playing an important role. The story wasn't perfect but I did enjoy reading it.

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review 2017-08-16 11:23
On the Chase by Katie Ruggle
On the Chase (Rocky Mountain K9 Unit) - Katie Ruggle

***ARC provided by publisher through NetGalley***

While Kaylee was dating a Disney prince, fancying herself falling for him, she encountered three tortured men in his uncle’s basement, helped them escape, was also forcefully detained by said uncle, escaped herself, ran from the police, and got a new identity and a new location.

Unfortunately that new location comes with a sexy, but nosy cop without nothing better to do, since he’s on sick leave thanks to a hole in his leg, but poke his nose into her business. Then someone tries to blow the cop away, someone takes a shot at them as they’re locking lips...And Grace, as she’s named nowadays, knows the torture-prone uncle with a Slavic (can you say trope?) last name has found her.


Reading this one wasn’t very pleasant. The heroine swung between two extremes—she either whined (mostly in her head, which made the reading of her “scenes” a special kind of torture) and bemoaned her fate (instead of feeling lucky about actually being still alive) or she acted like a demented teenager thanks to the teasing and/or banter from Hugh.
Hugh that I actually liked quite a bit in the previous book, but in this one turned out to be almost as annoying as the heroine. Hyper, obnoxious, and as far from funny or fun (although I guess Ms Ruggle wanted to portray him as such so he could take the heroine’s mind off her predicament) as he could get.

The romance was lukewarm at best and not-there at worst, I didn’t understand what exactly drove these two together except for looks. And the suspense was so convoluted, with yet another villain coming out of the woodwork, just to mix things up, I guess, keep the supposed mystery going, and keep the page-count high.

Everything was rather convoluted, there was too much going on with the two separate suspense sub-plots (one coming out of thin air, the second not actually having a satisfying run or resolution), and I disliked both the main characters.

Definitely not a pleasant reading experience.

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