Tuesday, March 26, 2019

In Her Sights by Katie Ruggle Blog Tour

Five bounty-hunting sisters
Deep in the heart of the Rockies
Fighting to save each other
...and the men who steal their hearts

Bounty hunter Molly Pax fought hard for everything she has, turning the bail recovery business she shares with her sisters into an unqualified success. So when their sticky-fingered mother jumps bail and puts the childhood home up as collateral, Molly's horrified. To make matters worse, every two-bit criminal in the Rockies now sees her family's misfortune as their next big break.

She needs help, stat.

Enter rival bounty hunter John Carmondy: six feet of pure trouble, with a cocky grin to match. John's the most cheerfully, annoyingly gorgeous frenemy Molly's ever had the pleasure of defeating... and he may be her only hope of making it out of this mess alive.

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“Where’s the bathroom?”

“All the way down the hall,” she answered automatically, her brain caught up in the overwhelming proximity of him. “Last door on the left. Why do you smell like bubble gum?”

He blinked. “I do not.”

“You do.”

“I do not smell like bubble gum. I’m not a sticky six-year-old.”

Suddenly realizing the ridiculousness of their argument, she shifted back and mentally changed gears. “Fine. You don’t smell like bubble gum, even though you really do. Hurry up in the bathroom. As soon as you’re done, I want to take a shower. Dutch’s and that empty warehouse left a film of grossness on me.”

He scowled at her, looking like he was dying to continue their discussion, but he clamped his mouth closed with a tight nod and moved to the door instead. At the last second before he disappeared down the hall, he turned back toward her. “Leave those sheets on,” he said, a trace of his usual smirk back in place.

He waited, so she held her hands up in the universal I won’t do anything gesture. “Fine. If you want to sleep in my stink, I’m not going to stop you.”

“I do.” He gave her a wink—which should’ve looked stupid, but because it was John, turned out stupid hot instead—and headed to the bathroom.

As soon as he was out of sight, Molly let out a deep breath and started to sink down onto Felicity’s bed. The squishy mattress called to her, tempting her to lie down and close her eyes, just for a moment. With a groan, she forced herself to stand again. Once she was down, she’d be out like a light, and she’d been telling the truth about needing to wash off this terrible night.

She headed out into the hall, figuring that she might as well check on Norah while she was attempting to stay awake. Cracking her sister’s door, she saw that her room was lit by dim blue light from her sister’s computer screen. Molly knocked softly, pushing open the door the rest of the way when Norah made a quiet sound that she took as an invitation to enter. Norah was sitting on her narrow bed, her legs curled underneath her and her laptop open. The rest of her bed was taken up by a snoring Warrant. Norah’s face was bathed in the bluish light from the screen, making her look even paler than usual. Even though Molly knew it was just an illusion, she still couldn’t stand to see her sister look so sickly. It reminded her too vividly of the many emergency-room visits when they were younger and Norah’s asthma wasn’t controlled. Molly flicked on the floor lamp to its lowest setting, bathing the tiny room with warm yellow light, and Norah instantly looked healthier.

“I know we need to find Mom as soon as possible,” Molly said, leaning on the dresser. She was tempted to plop down on the bed next to her sister, but she knew it’d be just as easy to fall asleep here as it would be in Felicity’s bed. Besides, the thought of waking Warrant and getting him to move was too much effort at the moment. “That doesn’t mean you can’t take a few hours off to sleep.”

Norah finally glanced up to meet Molly’s gaze. “I know. I just keep falling down research rabbit holes.”

“I get it. Find out anything interesting?”

“Maybe.” Norah’s voice was hesitant, cautious as always, and Molly knew not to push. Her sister never liked to share information until after she’d confirmed and reconfirmed her facts.

“John’s staying over tonight.”

That caught Norah’s attention. “He is? With you?”

“Uh… no.” She hated that she’d hesitated on her answer, but the mental image that had sprung up in her head had been very distracting—and, despite knowing it was a bad idea, very tempting. “We had to slip away after Dutch’s exploded.”

Exploded?” Norah stared at her, eyes wide, her ignored laptop tilting to the side.

“No one was hurt.” After pausing, Molly corrected herself. “I’m pretty sure no one was hurt. We were out of the building at that point. You might want to add getting the police and fire department reports to your to-do list, though.”

“Okay. You’re not hurt? What about John?”

“I’m fine. John’s a little banged up, but I did a beautifully executed dive roll. You should’ve seen it.” Now that the sense of urgency and danger had faded, she wished that move had been recorded.

Norah’s small smile disappeared a moment after it touched her lips. “You need to be careful, especially when you’re dealing with Sonny Zarver.”

“I know, and I will.” Molly made the words a solemn promise.

From Norah’s nod, she understood and accepted it as such.

“Don’t forget to sleep.” Straightening from her leaning position, Molly turned off the light and slipped into the hall before sticking her head back in. “All the rabbit holes will still be there tomorrow, and everything will probably make more sense.”

Although Norah made a sound of agreement, it was absentminded, and her attention was completely focused on her screen again.

“Good night.” Molly pulled her sister’s door closed as she withdrew, knowing that all the well-intentioned nagging in the world wouldn’t get Norah in bed any sooner. She’d finish when she was done researching, and then she’d sleep until noon.

Turning away from Norah’s bedroom door, Molly found herself face to bare chest with John. She couldn’t stop herself from taking in the broad, muscular expanse before resolutely tipping her head back to meet his gaze. She wasn’t sure why she’d thought that looking up would be any less distracting. His beautiful face—with his mile-long dark lashes and full mouth and those tempting dimples—was just as drool-worthy as the hard planes of his chest. He, of course, noticed her looking, and his teasing grin was fully in place.

“See something you like?” he asked, flexing.

Reviews by the Wicked Reads Review Team

4.5 stars of slow burn magic.

This is the first of a new series, and you will need to read this one before the next as we are left very much with an unfinished underlying plot – let alone the sisters who are still in need of finding their happily ever after – and there will be so much more to enjoy from Molly, no doubts at all.

We are pitched straight into the Pax sisters bounty hunting business and I love how we get to meet the sisters and their foibles. Molly is the eldest and the centre of this story – although I won't be surprised if she is the centre of every story as she has been bringing up her sisters from a very young age. Her mother definitely abdicated responsibility a long time ago – and ever since has been a liability. In this story though, she goes one step beyond anything done before, and causes the women a really serious problem.

The fun, though, is between Molly and local rival Bounty Hunter, John Carmondy. It is evident immediately to the reader, clearly also to her sisters, but certainly not to the oblivious Molly, that John has very strong feelings for her. He has been around keeping an eye and subtly ensuring her safety for a long while, but recent events mean he needs to be more obvious. Even then Molly doesn't get it... I loved it! In fact, if you like a slow burn you are definitely in for a treat in this book! It is true to say that the mystery takes front and centre for most of the book, with the romance being a low hum which has to take second place... until finally she wakes up! So much fun, I couldn't not stop chuckling and admiring John's consistency!

For a planner and an observant woman, Molly is just the funniest character I have read about in a while when it comes to not understanding why John is there by her side. Can't wait to see who catches the attention of the other Pax sisters.

Avid Reader☆☆☆☆
3.5 stars
M/F Romance

Molly is a kick-butt, take-no-prisoners bounty hunter. She is great at her job but has to contend with a mom who is a criminal and siblings whom she looks after. She's snarky, but somewhat clueless in her own love life.

John is also a bounty hunter who has held a candle for Molly forever. He is a constant in her life and he will stop at nothing to protect her. When a situation arises and Molly asks for his help, he jumps at it.

Molly and John had almost a young adult romance going. They didn't have great chemistry, nor was their dialogue profound. It was a sweet story, but I didn't really get the romance vibe from them. I hope that Molly's sisters get their own story, as they are all awesome.

I had not heard about this series but I do love this author’s other series and when this one came across my review feed, I didn't even think about it, I knew I wanted to read it.

Molly Pax and her four sisters are bounty hunters trying to keep their business alive and keep their mother out of jail because she is using them for money, a free place to stay, or a guilt trip any chance she can. Then there is the slimy bail-bondsman who wants Molly to catch a bail jumper. And he will use anything he can, and what her mother gave him to post her bail. Molly only has one chose, to catch the jumper or lose what her and her sisters have.

And you can't forget John Carmondy, a rival bounty hunter that seems to turn up each time Molly is working and close to catching a jumper. While Molly thinks her is trying to steal her bail jumpers, he has another thing in mind. John wants to get to know Molly better and in a more personal way.

Will Molly and her sisters find Sonny, the bail jumper, in time or lose it all? Can she trust John to help or will he steal her jumper? Can they trust her mother to return in time to set the record straight? Will there be a future for Molly and John?

This is a great beginning to a new series that gives you the insight to the sisters, what they do, and a little about how their life is. And don't forget that ending, wow, what is going to happen. I need the next book now.

Katie Ruggle usually has strong alpha males and women who love them in her stories and this series has strong females and the men they claim, which at times they clash but it makes the story even better. So read this new series and I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.

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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