ARC Review: Hold Your Breath by Katie Ruggle

Posted July 6, 2016 by Annie in Reviews / 9 Comments

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ARC Review: Hold Your Breath by Katie Ruggle
Hold Your Breath
by Katie Ruggle

3.5 Stars

BOOK INFO


Released: April 5th 2016
Series: Search and Rescue #1
Published by Sourcebooks Casablanca
Pages: 352
Format: eARC
 

“Kudos to Ruggle for coming up with something immediately intriguing and different in her books.”
~ Under the Covers

Katie Ruggle is yet another new-to-me author (Can you tell I’m loving trying out new authors right now?). To be honest, it was the covers that caught my interest with these series. But once I read the blurb and the premise of this series, I knew that these books would definitely be my kind of thing.

Set in the remote Rocky Mountains, this series will follow the Search & Rescue crew as they save lives or in this case, try to solve a murder when a body start showing up in the water. Immediately, I was sucked in by this case just because it’s one that you don’t really see often. Kudos to Ruggle for coming up with something immediately intriguing and different in her books.

The hero of this book is the captain of the ice rescue dive team. Callum is not a guy you typically mess with. He’s a perfectionist and the heroine is….not. Louise “Lou” Sparks is quite wacky and care-free. But don’t let that fool you. She does her job well. So their relationship is a bit unlikely, yet cute and adorable at the same time.

This series reminds me a lot of Julie Ann Walker’s books. They are packed with action, but also make a lot of time for hijinks and fun. I think that’s always a great combination when it comes to Romantic Suspense novels because it creates those highs and lows that make an adventure a memorable one.

I know a lot of people’s complaints about this book was that Callum is so cold that they felt cheated out of a romance. But something super nova hot seems unlikely to happen in this book based on Callum’s personality. You can’t have hot, dirty-talking scenes when Callum is such a reserved guy. It’s going to be a slow burn no matter what. And while yes, I would have liked more, I also understand that the author wrote the perfect romance for her characters. I look forward to reading the other books in the series.

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About Katie Ruggle

A fan of the old adage “write what you know”, Katie Ruggle lived in an off-grid, solar- and wind-powered house in the Rocky Mountains until her family lured her back to Minnesota. When she’s not writing, Katie rides horses, shoots guns (not while riding, although that would be awesome), cross-country skis (badly) and travels to warm places where she can scuba dive. A graduate of the Police Academy, Katie received her ice-rescue certification and can attest that the reservoirs in the Colorado mountains really are that cold. A fan of anything that makes her feel like a bad-ass, she has trained in Krav Maga, boxing and gymnastics.

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I’m an obsessive makeup junkie and a compulsive reader. I like to call Under the Covers Book Blog my stomping ground, but when I’m not talking about books with my girls, I write New Adult Dystopian and Contemporary Romance under the pen name Ana Jolene (http://www.anajolene.com). I also work as a virtual assistant for authors. You also can find me as a reviewer and columnist for FreshFiction.com.

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Timitra

Thanks for sharing your thoughts Annie

Kathleen Bylsma
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Kathleen Bylsma

Loved this book…read the next and have the next on order!

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Yay! I have the next ones as well so def looking forward to reading them!

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I was immediately taken with this series when I read the prequel and then the first story. I liked what she did with Callum and Lou and the ice rescue setting as the first book. Different. Ian’s book was great, too. I can’t wait for the mountain rescue one with the silent hero. 🙂

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So great to hear that! I’m looking forward to reading the next ones now!

Darynda Jones
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Darynda Jones

This series is on my watch list! I need to get started. They sounds fantastic.

Thanks for the review, Annie!

kathy valentine
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love this cover!!! im new to this writer!

Elizabeth
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Elizabeth

This sounds really good….and I was also drawn to the cover especially for this book since the cover model reminds me of theo james…yum!

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Amy R

Thanks for the review.