ARC Review: Through the Fire (Rocky Mountain K9 Unit, #4) by Katie Ruggle

9781492664581_58786Title: Through the Fire (Rocky Mountain K9 Unit, #4)

Author: Katie Ruggle

Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca

Publication Date: August 28, 2018

Genre: Romance, Suspense

Format: eBook, Print

Length: 384 Pages

Rating: 3.75 Stars



Kit Jernigan despairs of ever fitting in with her new tight-knit K9 unit. They’ve been through too much to open their arms to a stranger—and as mysterious fires begin raging across Monroe, all fingers are pointed at her.

Wesley March, local fire spotter, knows Kit isn’t to blame, and he’s willing to help her prove it. But the more time they spend together, the closer they get…and the more danger they’re in. A member of the K9 unit’s inner circle is determined to get revenge—no matter who gets burned in the process.


♦ Personal Thought ♦

It’s about time Monroe PD K9 team welcomed a female officer. A tough and resilient Asian descent, too. The treat’s not stopping there. As the love interest, we got a dorky genius lumberjack masquerading as local fire spotter! Too bad the asian descent part was only “useful” to differentiate looks only – Monroe being majorly white, our heroine left quite an impression on the town folk – and not much else (like her being half Korean made Kit partial to certain dishes or tendencies). But heck, tough as old boots she was, and she got sharp instinct, too.

Being fourth entry to the series, I would recommend the books in the series be read in chronological order as not to spoil the plot as each installment escalated the stakes for the protagonists as a group. Following on the previous three books, where the (usually) sleepy town being bombarded with one explosion after the next, “Through the Fire” started off at a run with murder and arson practically at the beginning. Ergo, we knew who the bad egg was from the get go and how Kit and her K9 partner actually managed to sniff it out …if only the other K9 officers would listen to here.

Now we get to the downside of the story. The fact that Kit was a new comer and that the other guys’ spouse (for want of a better word) had gone through similar routes to what’s going on in town put Kit on disadvantage. As good as her hunch and assessment were, she hasn’t got her teammates’ trusts. Man did I feel her frustration over old K9 members patronizing treatment of her, at least two of the more opinionated of them. More than once I found myself itching to wallop one Hugh Murdoch over his dismissive attitude towards our Kit.

Through the Fire” is the book that made you yelling while reading it – at least it’s my experience. It’s captivating, frustrating, adrenaline-driven while sweet and amusing at the same time! It is the culmination of the whole shebang that had been dropping into Monroe so far. The villain’s revenge plan versus the enactment of it felt way too easy for me – not to underestimate a psychopath on their reasoning and drive, yet the trio K9 officers really let me down with their stupidity gullibility.

Out of the “Rocky Mountain K9 Unit” books, the romance between the MCs was the most subdued yet this has become my favorite of the series. In their own way, Kit and Wes complimented each other and worked well as a unit. Considering what a formidable woman Kit was, I wonder why she wasn’t presented on the book cover – she was the lead character, after all. There was a couple other issues (case-wise) that I wish put into light to ensure every details had been revealed and the case closed. But all in all I really enjoyed this book and felt sad when it ended. But it ended on a good note, groveling implied. 😉

Advanced copy of this book is kindly given by author/publisher via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review.


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