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.
Published June 6th 2017 by Tantor Audio
Three and a half stars: A romantic suspense focused on healing and new starts.
Theo’s constant companion over the last couple of months has been anger. He is furious that is mentor and partner committed suicide, leaving behind a mess. Theo isn’t the only one who is in shambles. Viggy, a K9 companion, is a shadow of the dog he used to be. Viggy huddles in fear, and is unable to sniff out explosives. Together, Viggy and Theo are a broken and damaged pair. Meanwhile across the country in Florida, Jules is kidnapping her four siblings, removing them from the clutches of her abusive stepmom. Thanks to an unexpected benefactor, Jules and her siblings safely arrive in Colorado, in hopes of starting a new life. On Jules’ first day at the diner, she catches Theo’s eye. He begins to question Jules, and he quickly realizes she isn’t being truthful about her past. Will Theo discover Jules secret and ruin their chance at a new start?
What I Liked:
- I have heard amazing things about Katie Ruggle’s books, and so I had to give her a go. I wasn’t disappointed in this book. It was a solid romantic suspense with memorable characters and a strong focus on family and healing. This one will tug at your heartstrings.
- I liked that Jules and Theo are both struggling and damaged when they meet. Over time, a hesitant friendship forms, and then something more. I liked watching the two learn to trust each other, and how they managed to heal one another. This is a romance that isn’t all about heat and lust, instead it is focused on emotional healing.
- I am a huge fan of the dual point of view, and I liked that this one brought both Theo and Jules voices. I liked being inside both of their heads. Theo is all about anger and trying to overcome his partner’s suicide, while Jules faces the constant fear of being on the run with her siblings.
- Jules adorable siblings were the show stealers. I liked seeing the kids work together to make their situation work. They are smart, cute and protective of one another. I loved that a big portion of the story was centered around the family.
- Viggy is another scene stealer. The depressed dog made me sad, but over time, Viggy begins to return to his old doggy self. I loved seeing Viggy get is his mojo back.
- If you want plenty of suspense, this one delivers. You have Jules living in constant fear that someone will discover secret, and then the added thrill of a mysterious shooter, all culminating in an exciting and shocking climax. I didn’t see it coming, and I was surprised by the bad guy.
- After the dust settles, the book ends in a good spot. However, there are several undone story lines and a lead into the next book that had me clambering for book two.
- I listened to the audiobook version narrated by Callie Beaulieu. This was my first foray with Ms. Beaulieu’s work, and I was pleased. She did a great job with all the characters, especially Sam. I will definitely listen to her again.
And The Not So Much:
- Even though I liked that the bad guy was a big surprise, I have to admit, I found the whole thing a bit unrealistic. It seemed a little too far fetched.
- I was disappointed that more of the details from the past were not revealed, especially concerning the suicide of Don and what went on with Jules’ stepmom. It was frustrating to not know more about Don especially because it is an important piece of the story. This book needed more backstory details.
- I am not sold on the romance working because there is still not complete honesty.
Run To Ground is an exciting and entertaining story with lots of romance and plenty of suspense. I enjoyed seeing the characters come together and heal. I also liked the mystery and the suspense. My only hesitation was that I didn’t find the motives and actions of the bad guy realistic. Still this is a fun book for when you want something fast paced and exciting.
I borrowed a copy of this book from the library. All opinions are my own, and I was not compensated for this review.