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review 2017-05-03 00:07
Hold Your Breath, Katie Ruggle
Hold Your Breath (Search and Rescue) - Katie Ruggle

I really enjoyed this romantic suspense. I received this book for free and I voluntarily chose to review it. This story pulled me in and wouldn't let go. There was a lot of suspense and danger. I don't know if I could have kept going. It just kept coming at the heroine and hero. This story weaves it's way around a ice diving rescue team. A whole new area of info for me. I still think back on this story. I'll just say Wow.

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review 2017-03-08 19:43
Search and Rescue,K-9 Unite, Valerie Hansen
Search and Rescue (Rookie K-9 Unit) - Va... Search and Rescue (Rookie K-9 Unit) - Valerie Hansen

I really enjoyed this book. It was full of action and animals . I received this book for free and voluntarily choose to review it. It pulled me in and hooked me in short order. I've given it a 5* rating. Outstanding suspense with heart. Not suitable for under 18 readers because of violence.

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review 2017-01-19 17:36
Barely Breathing (Colorado High Country, #1) by Pamela Clare Review
Barely Breathing: A Colorado High Country Novel - Pamela Clare

Lexi Jewell left Scarlet Springs twelve years ago, vowing never to return to the eccentric Colorado mountain town where she grew up. Now, here she is—over thirty, out of a job and with little choice but to move back in with her father. Lexi knows it’s just a matter of time before she runs into Austin Taylor, her first boyfriend and her first heartbreak. She’s determined to show him she’s over him—until he steps out of a pickup truck and back into her life, looking sexy as hell in his mountain ranger uniform.

As far as Austin is concerned, Lexi can turn her snazzy little convertible around and drive back to Chicago. After all, she ripped his teenage heart apart and turned her back on the town he loves. But from the moment he sees her again, he can’t get her out of his mind. Even her smile messes with his head.

When an evening of conversation turns into something else, Lexi and Austin agree to be friends again—with benefits. But as Lexi starts making plans to return to the big city, Austin realizes he’ll lose her a second time unless he can show her that what she’s searching for has been right here all along.




I am so excited about this new series by Pamela Clare! She is a great writer who mostly writes romantic suspense which is one of my least favorite subgenres. I am thrill that she is starting this indie series of contemporaries with acton thrown in.


What I really liked about this book is what I am sure I will really like about the series. The book was a love letter to Colorado mountains, search and rescue, and outdoor nature sports--in this case rock climbing. It is a feast of details and images and works perfectly to create a world in this small town you will want to visit and admiration for all the lifestyles, pastimes, and skills of the characters.


The cast of characters is great in terms of those I just know will have their own books.

The romance is a lovely second chance with high school sweethearts who have an intense attraction and love for each other paired with a playful sexuality (and they did have sex with others while apart thank god) which is super fun. The love story comes from them falling in love with fuller selves they both are now and seeing who they were then much more clearly.


The heroine's journey is a worth the reading in terms of understanding herself and her relationship to her home town.


I wasn't thrilled with the resolutions in terms of personal relationships between her father, her stepmother, her best friend, and her sisters. I thought these plot points should have been contended with more powerfully for a richer closing to this book.


But overall, good stuff!

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review 2016-10-16 14:19
In Safe Hands by Katie Ruggle
In Safe Hands (Search and Rescue) - Katie Ruggle

Daisy Little has insomnia. She's also agoraphobic, having been locked up in her own house for the last eight years, resulting in her not having any friends beside deputy Chris Jennings, who she wants to be more than friends with, but he doesn't seem to bite....Oh, and she's also a bit of a Peeping Tom, but not in a bad way. Watching the world go by through her window is like her own special version of reality TV. Her reality TV gets very real when she sees someone moving what appears to be a dead body in the middle of the night.

Pity not everybody at the sheriff's department is like Chris. The sheriff himself thinks she's a delusional, hallucinating, attention-seeking basket case and someone is apparently gunning for her because of her nightly observations. But hey, at least she has new friends...And Chris is finally showing signs of wanting to get very "friendly" indeed.

What a great end to the series. Intense, gripping, intriguing, funny, sexy, a little scary at times, and with everything tying up in nice little knots and finally making sense. What a whopper.

Daisy was a nice character. Quirky and funny (not in Lou's category, mind you, but no one can come close to that), a little self-deprecating, but whip smart, although she and her phobia got a little annoying toward the end (preferring to stay indoors, risking your own death because you're too afraid of going outside got a little old and a lot stupid). The reason she actually made the big step was predictable, which made the big step a little disappointing, but that's probably just me.
Chris on the other hand was just like the rest of the guys in this series. Strong, smart, sexy, and protective, but thankfully not taciturn. Though he got the same treatment as Ian in the way the story was all about Daisy and the reader doesn't actually get an "input" into Chris, he got a better deal than the beautiful fireman, because the story itself was better (and his heroine much less annoying than Rory).

Despite the fact this was Daisy's story, there was more going on than just her. The plot was fast-paced and intense, the villains (yes, plural!) were literal monsters, no matter their justifications, the main plot running through the entire series was finally tied up with new information about previous, thought-to-be resolved cases, popping up, adding to the intrigue.

I loved the twist and turns, it was nice seeing characters from previous books again, I loved the revelations about the villains and their nefarious plots, loved the relationship between Daisy and Chris...A great book!

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review 2016-10-15 16:37
Gone Too Deep by Katie Ruggle
Gone Too Deep (Search and Rescue) - Katie Ruggle Ellie Price receives a weird phone-call from her father, "Uncle" Baxter, in which dear old, slightly crazy dad goes off on a rail about someone being after him, having already killed Gray Goose. Ellie, despite not believing a thing coming out of her paranoid father's mouth, still goes off in search for him, determined to bring him back into civilization and on his meds again. The problem is, her father is apparently headed into a cabin in the middle of the Colorado wilderness that will be reachable by car only in summer. So Ellie needs a guide and gets one in the guise of a mountain. Enormous, taciturn, bearded and scowl-y, George Holloway's preferably mode of conversing is shrugging and an occasional grunt, but Ellie is more than willing to put up with anything, since the mountain of a man makes her feel safe, and obviously knows what he's doing. Little does she know there's more truth in her father's words than she thinks...And there's someone in the sleepy little town of Simpson that's willing to kill to keep secrets. After the debacle that was the previous book, this one brought the A-game back. Suspenseful, gripping, intense, with a larger-than-life hero that was the amazing George Holloway (major, major crush, here), and a whopper of an ending, I couldn't have wished for more. Sure, it had its issues—mainly the loss of momentum once the plot moved from the wilderness to the city, and the fact I couldn't really connect with the heroine (everybody and their uncle wanted me to believe she was cute and lovable and great, but I simply couldn't warm up to her), but the rest of the story more than compensated for it. George was the lovable one in all his taciturn, grunting glory hiding a vulnerable, innocent core that made me all mushy inside from reading about it. His innocence was the best part of the characterization in this book, providing a great counterpoint to his outward appearance and quiet, intense nature, while also setting this story apart from other stories in the romance category. The depictions of the hike and the wilderness surrounding George and Ellie were vivid and engrossing, the suspense intense and gripping, rising and abating at just the right moments...And that final paragraph...Oh boy, it made me think of the worse and I sure hope it's just a red herring to keep us guessing and fretting. Because it sure was a doozy. A perfect cliffhanger to make me want to immediately read the next (and final) book in the series.
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