Title: Run to Ground (Rocky Mountain K9 Unit #1)
Author: Katie Ruggle
Publisher: SOURCEBOOKS Casablanca
Expected Publishing Date: June 6, 2017
Genre: Contemporary, Romantic Suspense
Format: eBook, Paperback
Length: 416 pages
Rating: 3.5 Stars
First in Katie Ruggle’s thrilling new Rocky Mountain K9 Unit series.
He lost his mentor.
He lost his K9 partner.
He almost lost his will to live.
But when a killer obsessed with revenge targets a beautiful woman on the run, Theo and his new K9 companion will do whatever it takes to save Jules before they lose their last chance at a happily ever after…
Theodore Bosco, grieving the death of his partner, is reluctantly fascinated by secretive newcomer Jules. Although his instincts scream that he should avoid her, he can’t seem to stay away. It doesn’t help that Theo’s new K9 companion, Viggy, has fallen head over paws with Jules’s rambunctious family.
Or that when he’s with Jules, Theo finally knows peace.
When Jules kidnapped her siblings, whisking them away from abuse to the quiet anonymity of the Colorado Rockies, she never expected to catch the eye-or the heart-of a cop. All it would take is one wrong move and she’ll lose everything. Yet as Jules attempts to fight her growing attraction to the brooding K9 officer, another deadly threat lurks much closer to home. Someone’s gunning for Theo and Viggy, and they’re willing to take out anything…or anyone…who gets in the way of revenge.
♦ Personal Thought ♦
Rocky Mountain K9 Unit is Katie Ruggle‘s brand new series starring the member of said unit and escapees who came to Monroe to start a new life. In Run to Ground, we met with Jules and her four siblings. While she’s not a criminal, Jules was not totally squeaky clean either. The fact that had her wary of any law enforcement officer.
Those who read the author’s Search and Rescue closing novella After the End might have seen a glimpse of Officer Theo Bosco in one of the story. Even then, his broody figure pulled me. And now that he took the center stage in Run to Ground, the grief and bewilderment were more pronounced, not only from Theo but also from Viggy, a K9 dog of Theo’s late partner. It’s a heartbreaking story to read, these two forlorn – two and four legged – officers grappling to make sense of the tragedy that affect their life.
As the first entry, Run to Ground did well in introducing characters in the series, especially the key players that – later on – would told their own tale (and having their own book). It’s a deceptively even-paced story stirred to life with the help of a series of suspenseful incidents. The end result of which didn’t particularly show Monroe PD of their best case-solving ability, imho. That said, I loved the brotherhood of K9 unit in Monroe PD and pray like hell it wouldn’t turn out like what happened in their sister series. 😉
On the romantic front, the combination of Jules and Theo life didn’t seem conducive for romance, which made the situation all the more interesting. What I liked from them were how sensible Jules and Max over any possibilities in their relationship. That there’s potential of more thing to come; more so given Jules’s contact is the red thread in this promising series.
Even so, it’s Theo/Viggy duo who hold more appeal to me. I really wish there’s more to the pair’s development as partners than shown here, especially considering the escalating suspense. I’m not saying there’s a lack of that in the book, I just thought it wasn’t explored enough. As it is, to me the healing process felt too much like an aside. But just like with Jules and Theo, the Theo/Viggy is still an ongoing process. Therefore, while looking forward to Hugh and Otto’s own stories, I expected to see further of Theo with Jules and Viggy in the series.
Advanced copy of this book is kindly provided by the author/publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.