ARC Review: In Safe Hands by Katie Ruggle

cover89378-mediumTitle: In Safe Hands (Search and Rescue, #4)

Author: Katie Ruggle

Publisher: SOURCEBOOKS Casablanca

Expected Release Date: October 4, 2016

Genre: Contemporary, Romantic Suspense

Format: eBook, Paperback

Page Count: 416

Rating: 4 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…

It’s all come down to this…

As a member of the Field County Sheriff’s Department, Chris Jennings is used to having it rough. The Colorado Rockies aren’t for the weak of spirit, but he’s devoted his life to upholding the law – and to protecting the one woman he knows can never have. He’ll do whatever it takes to keep safe.

Even if that means turning against one of his own.

Daisy Little has lived in agoraphobic terror for over eight years. Trapped within a prison of her own making, she watches time pass through her bedroom window. Daisy knows she’ll never be a part of the world …until the day she becomes the sole witness of a terrible crime that may finally tear the Search and Rescue brotherhood apart for good.


♦ Personal Thought ♦

The culmination of all sinister fires and murders at Simpson came to the end in this last installment of Search and Rescue series. Those who have read the previous books would have already known the wolf in sheep clothing all along, since the mask of true evil was revealed at the end of Gone Too Deep. So all that was left in this book was the mind games between the killer and single possible witness to a crime.

That goes without saying that this series have to be read in chronological order. There were hints thrown along the way on book #1 to #3 – which I conveniently had ignored – that pointed out to the bad guy.

The story picked from those last pages of Gone Too Deepthough in much more detail. I thought I passed the regret I felt from that moment when the shocking truth revealed, but there was no denying the sadness when the villain made one chilling iniquity after another.

The good thing we have on In Safe Hands was a strong heroine. Daisy Little might be an agoraphobic, trapped in her own house for eight years after some tragic accident. Yet she kept her body and mind sharp, and – despite inability to leave the house – was of quite good humor. Even when her sanity was questioned, she stood her ground and vowed to be better. And did she ever; not only be better but became an actual heroine of the moment.

Besides that, I loved the friendship between Daisy and Chris. These two clearly meant to be together but – aside from the reasons, which were well founded – what I commend for was the gradual steps they take instead of going straight for the attack. Among the couples introduced in the series, Chris and Daisy chemistry was the most believable imho.

That saying, I was rather miffed that Chris was not given proper voice here (most of it told from Daisy’s and – in small amounts – the bad guys’ POVs). Personally I’d like to know Chris’s insight when dealing with one puzzlement after another; if he had any suspicions at all.

Also, couple things that bugged me; for a crook such as Anderson King, I questioned his capability to put two and two together to figure who the killer and trying to blackmail them. The same goes for missing deputy; what made the killer pick him to take the blame. This part was rather fuzzy to my taste.

Then there was the issue with Gabe Little that was just too wrong for words! What a horrible horrible father he was! I really truly hate what he did to Daisy. It would help if only there was some sort of father-daughter talk that clear the air. As it was the impression I got of Daisy’s was of one selfish and unfeeling man.

Those subjects aside, In Safe Hands is my favorite book in the series. It was fun, intense, sexy and alarming at the same time. After what I experienced reading this series, I would definitely looking forward to more of Katie Ruggle‘s writing.

Advanced copy of this book is kindly provided by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.


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