Title: Hold Your Breath (Search and Rescue, #1)
Author: Katie Ruggle
Publisher: SOURCEBOOKS Casablanca
Release Date: April 5, 2016
Genre: Contemporary, Romance
Page Count: 352
Rating: 2.75 Stars
In the remote Rocky Mountains, lives depend on the Search & Rescue brotherhood. But in a place this far off the map, trust is hard to come by and secrets can be murder…
As the captain of Field County’s ice rescue dive team, Callum Cook is driven to perfection. But when he meets new diver Louise “Lou” Sparks, all that hard-won order is obliterated in an instant. Lou is a hurricane. A walking disaster. And with her, he’s never felt more alive…even if keeping her safe may just kill him.
Lou’s new to the Rockies, intent on escaping her controlling ex, and she’s determined to make it on her own terms…no matter how tempting Callum may be. But when a routine training exercise unearths a body, Lou and Callum find themselves thrust into a deadly game of cat and mouse with a killer who will stop at nothing to silence Lou-and prove that not even her new Search and Rescue family can keep her safe forever.
♦ Personal Thought ♦
Well, I’d say this book had potential; if only it had been tweaked a bit more. After the prequel On His Watch I thought this was gonna be a romance suspense which would be heavy on the mystery. The opening scene certainly led me to believe that. As the story progress though, it turned up to be very romance-centric. The mystery part was pretty easy to guess, at least on the account of Lou’s stalker. Though as to the why of it and the way her parent’s acted dumbfound me.
I like Katie Ruggle‘s writing and both characters are likeable too. Plus it’s a slow burn and they didn’t hurry to jump into bed. However, pretty soon Lou’s very laid-back attitude and the many bickering gritted on my nerves; I mean there’s laid-back and there’s overly laid-back.
Added to that, after the way Callum was described (an alpha of alpha male with various capability and skills) it was rather disappointing that he missed quite a number of off signals throughout the story. I guess he was not a super dive team leader after all.
Though not exactly a cliffhanger, the ending of this book would certainly piqued reader’s attention to continue with the next installment of the series, which would put Ian Walsh on the spotlight. I certainly would read Fan the Flames, if nothing but for the author’s entertaining way to spin her tale.
ARC is kindly provided by the publisher via NetGalley for the exchange of a fair and honest review.