Thursday, December 31, 2015

review || ON HIS WATCH { spotlight tour } by Katie Ruggle

Sourcebooks Casablanca | January 5, 2015 | Romantic Suspense
Search and Rescue, book 0.5


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...

Ice rescue diver Derek Warner never meant to be a hero. But when two little girls go missing, he's the first in line to bring them home-even if that means scouring the wilderness with the woman he once loved and lost, Artemis Rey.

Artemis has never stopped wanting Derek. Now, racing to find the girls before it's too late, minutes turn to hours. Night falls. Old flames rekindle. And a danger grows in the darkest wilderness that may be more than even the Search and Rescue brotherhood can hope to face...

On His Watch is the pulse-pounding prequel to the riveting Search & Rescue series by Katie Ruggle.

{ review } .

For a first book, I found this to be a great start -- what better way to introduce yourself as an author, as well as introducing a series, with a quick novella involving two people with a history and helping them find their HEA?

And for the most part, the book worked. The writing style is an easy one to get lost in, and the dialogue felt real. However...

With the easy banter between Derek and newcomer, Lou, I was expecting a different outcome. I didn't really like Artie's storyline and found her to be weak, which further aided my dislike of her. I also wasn't quite sure of the logistics of Lou just coming up to the guys before a show-and-tell event and signing up: just. like. that. Surely it's not that easy. And then to be put on the spotlight? Unlikely.

There were multiple view points which worked for the story, yet still managed to annoy me just enough. We get insight from adults as well as children, so it was kind of fun at least. The suspense was definitely there, too.

I feel that with a longer piece of material, this book could have been a higher rated on for me. With less Derek-Lou engagement and more Artie history, I probably could have gotten on that train no problem, but written as it was, I personally was disappointed.

That said -- Katie Ruggle is indeed talented and I feel that she will find her spot in the romantic suspense world with no problem at all. And my favorite quick talking, banter lashing female is next, so I'm sure I will enjoy the next story!

Series Spotlight: Search & Rescue by Katie Ruggle
This new romantic suspense series, by debut author Katie Ruggle, is set around a Search & Rescue brotherhood. The prequel novella, On His Watch is free and available now. Hold Your Breath, the first of the four books (available April 5th), is described as action packed, romantic, and utterly pulse pounding. Ruggle uses her background as a survivalist to weave a sexy story filled with suspense and emotion against the backdrop of the Rockies.
There is a special preorder campaign going on for Hold Your Breath, where you can receive a Search & Rescue book light and be entered in to win a fabulous gourmet winter reading gift basket from Le Chocolat! Click here for details on how to enter.

About Katie:
When she’s not writing, Katie Ruggle rides horses, shoots guns, and travels to warm places where she can SCUBA dive. Graduating from the Police Academy, Katie received her ice-rescue certification and can attest that the reservoirs in the Colorado mountains really are that cold. While she still misses her off-grid, solar- and wind-powered house in the Rocky Mountains, she now lives in Rochester, Minnesota near her family.

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