Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Run to Ground by Katie Ruggle

He lost his mentor.
He lost his K9 partner.
He almost lost his will to live.
But when a ruthless killer targets a woman on the run, Theo and his new K9 companion will do whatever it takes to survive—and save the woman neither can live without.

Grieving the death of his partner, Theo Bosco has no room in his life for distractions. Though his instincts scream that he should avoid Juliet 'Jules' Jackson, he can't seem to stay away. It doesn't help that Theo's new K9 companion has fallen head over paws with Jules's rambunctious family.

Or that when he's with her, Theo finally knows peace.

When Jules rescued her siblings, whisking them away to the safety of the beautifully rugged Colorado Rockies, she never expected to catch the eye—or the heart—of a cop. Yet as Jules struggles to fight her growing attraction to the brooding K9 officer, another threat lurks much closer to home...

And this time, there's no escape.

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Reviews by the Wicked Reads Review Team

This is my first book by this author, but the blurb was too interesting for me to pass up. What can I say, a K9 story gets me every time. While I will say that I absolutely adored the storyline with the dog and Theo and how the kids help, I do have to say that I wasn't as invested in the love story or how Jules got to where she was.

I felt like the whole thing with Jules and her siblings and her past employer was all too hastily thrown together because I never really understood how all of it came together except for the small mentions in tiny passing comments the characters made or thoughts that were shared. I would've really liked to see that part of the story expanded upon so that we could really connect with Jules more.

Theo was... interesting. I can see how he let his attraction and curiosity for Jules lead him toward her when he feels like he should be running the other way. I really don't ever get how he could simply say what he does at the end. It really didn't fit for me, not with his profession and who I came to think of him as.

However, when it came to the drama and the kids, I did enjoy it. It was different and interesting and well written and for that, I have to ultimately come to the conclusion that it was a good book.

Theo Bosco lost his K9 partner and his mentor, and now is working with Viggy, his mentor's K9, who doesn't want to work with anyone. Viggy knows his partner is gone and can Theo help him survive?

Jules takes off with her siblings to save their lives. They end up in Colorado and Jules catches the eye of a local cop. Just what they don't need. When things start happening, like Jules seeing something or someone outside her house, Norman showing up at her house and other strange things, she has to wonder if they have been found. But Theo is always there to save them.

Can Jules tell Theo what she is running from? Will Theo finally let someone in and be happy? Will Viggy finally become the happy and confident dog he once was?

I loved Katie Ruggle's Search and Rescue series and couldn't wait to see how this series would begin. It was interesting, but I would have liked to have had more from Jules’ past to get to where she was. It seemed to be missing some parts. And Theo's past was heartbreaking and poor Viggy.. Altogether though, I liked the story and can't wait for more in this series.

Avid Reader☆☆☆☆☆
4.5 stars
M/F Romance
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Theo is a great cop. He has been sort of surly, but overall, he is well liked and knows when something is amiss. Because he lost his partner to a suicide, he is kind of floundering. Viggy is his fallen partner’s K-9 police dog and both of them are having a difficult time. Theo needs to find a way to get Viggy to come out of his own depression, but with Theo struggling too, it’s not an easy request. When he’s hanging out at the local diner, he notices a new waitress. He is instantly drawn to her, but he is also suspicious of her too.

Jules is on the run. She’s running with her siblings, but she’s on the run and so scared that they will be found out that she’s very jittery. Because cops frequent the diner that she works at, she just has to get over her fear and try to behave like everything is normal.

When things begin to happen around town, Jules and Theo form a unique bond. Theo is able to help Jules with her siblings and gain her trust. The kids who are staying with Jules are able to help Viggy come out of his depression and help Theo create a new bond with him.

Overall, this was a great mystery and budding romance. There are still a lot of questions left unanswered at the conclusion of this story, but I can’t wait to see what happens next.

Katie Ruggle lives in an off-grid, solar- and wind-powered house in the Rocky Mountains. When she’s not writing, Katie rides horses, shoots guns, hikes, cross-country skis, kicks her generator in hopes that it will fix itself, and plots out new ways to get lost in the wilderness. She lives in Fairplay, Colorado.

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Reviewers on the Wicked Reads Review Team were provided a free copy of Run to Ground (Rocky Mountain K9 Unit #1) by Katie Ruggle to read and review.

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