Title: Survive the Night (Rocky Mountain K9 Unit #3)
Author: Katie Ruggle
Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca
Publication Date: February 6, 2018
Genre: Romance, Thriller/Suspense
Format: eBook, Print
Length: 416 pages
Rating: 3.65 Stars
He’s always been a haven:
For the lost. The sick. The injured.
But when a hunted woman takes shelter in his arms, this gentle giant swears he’ll do more than heal her battered spirit—he’ll defend her with his life.
K9 Officer Otto Gunnersen always had a soft spot for anyone in need. As Monroe’s very own Dr. Doolittle, he dedicates himself to rehabilitating the injured souls that cross his path—but for all his big heart, he’s never been in love.
Until he meets Sarah Clifton’s haunted eyes. Until he realizes he’ll do anything to save her.
All Sarah wants is to escape a life caught between ambitious crime families, but there’s no outrunning her past. Her power-mad brother would hunt her to the ends of the earth…but he’d never expect Sarah to fight back. With Otto and the whole of Monroe, Colorado by her side, Sarah’s finally ready to face whatever comes her way.
It’s time to take a stand.
♦ Personal Thought ♦
Of the three books in this series, Survive the Night is what I like best so far. Not only it’s action-packed with with mutual kickass move from both hero and heroine, the romance between Otto and Sarah felt real in a bumbling awkward, nervous to make a move sort of way.
Oh, I had huge question marks on a couple of issues (like reasoning of the fellow who helped Sarah escaped from home) and not to mention questioning the MPD’s trio self-preservation (considering the notoriety of their opponents and how quick their initial assault was). But I guess I give more leniency for this book just because I love Otto! Of the three men starring this series so far, Otto really delivered in ways that really count for me. And so I could look in the other way for Hugh/Grace’s overly comedian acts or even Theo/Jules’s PDA moments.
Otto was just a darling with his serious demeanor, few words and nervous around woman he’s attracted to. His initially meeting Sarah was just too adorably hilarious. I also love the balance of relationship between him and Sarah. They didn’t go straight humping each other even when the attraction is mutual.
On facing the villain front – of whom I got another question marks as they didn’t really merit sufficient explanation – the whole bloodied confrontation felt surreal (a bunch of mercenaries ready to kill townsfolk because …of a runaway bride so to speak?) yet gripping in an action-packed, kaboom sort of way. Otto and Sarah also trusted each other enough to inadvertently work together dealing with each hurdles thrown their way.
Though I was rather goggle-eyed with how things unveiled at the end (like, wasn’t THAT too soon a step to take?) it’s the epilogue that left me torn. On one side, it nudge that showdown I expect would happen sooner or later. On the other hand, I just – the way the girls in this series hiding and running from something (or someone) – it’s very careless of them to get caught like that when there’s media around. On that note, I still wonder if the author would ever give Mateo Espina his own story…
Advanced copy for this book is kindly given by the author/publisher in exchange for an honest review.