ARC Review: In Safe Hands by Katie Ruggle

Posted October 4, 2016 by Annie in Reviews / 8 Comments

I received this book for free from Publisher in exchange for an honest review.
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ARC Review: In Safe Hands by Katie Ruggle
In Safe Hands
by Katie Ruggle

3 Stars

BOOK INFO


Released: October 4th 2016
Series: Search and Rescue #4
Published by Sourcebooks Casablanca
Pages: 416
Format: eARC
 

“I’m just looking for a more solid romance and hopefully in the next book, I’ll get that.”
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IN SAFE HANDS seems to be a little bit of a different book. Instead of being a typical Romantic Suspense, this one has a more Thriller vibe to it. It’s not as playful as the first book in the series was and it definitely has a more darker tone to it but it definitely fits the characters of the book.

Daisy Little is a very interesting character. Her past is quite dark and it had greatly affected her future so much so that she is living in a constant state of fear. She is agoraphobic and I loved that the author chose to feature a character with this kind of vulnerability. When she sees something outside of her house that looks very much like murder, she quickly tells Chris what she saw.

What I liked about this is the fact that Chris completely believes her. He doesn’t think she is unnecessarily paranoid and you can tell that he respect her a lot. Unfortunately for me, I didn’t believe in the romance. It came across more as a friendship to me and while it does grow and heat up as the book goes on, I actually had to stop reading for a moment to check the blurb of this story to see who the hero was because for whatever reason when Chris walked onto the page, he did not make enough of a statement for me to see him as the hero of the book. For a moment, I thought he might just be a side character and that’s not good at all.

Like I mentioned earlier, this has a different tone than the rest of the books. It’s more serious, a bit darker in tone because of the Thriller aspect to it but it does have a good mystery. I just don’t think the romance balanced well with everything else that was happening.

Also, I think the covers of this series are misleading. They feature hot men and while the guys are enjoyable, the covers seem to lean towards the Romance audience when so far, I feel like the books are a little more geared to Mystery and Thriller readers. I’m just looking for a more solid romance and hopefully in the next book, I’ll get that.

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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.

When it comes to books I’m pretty adventurous. I read everything from Paranormal Romance to Urban Fantasy, New Adult, BDSM, LGBT fiction, Cozy Mysteries and even YA. If it’s got the littlest trace of romance in it, then I’ll probably read it. That being said, my all-time favorite authors are J.R. Ward and Karen Marie Moning.

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Kathleen Bylsma
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Kathleen Bylsma

Too bad the romance feels forced…I do like Katie Ruggle….thank you for the heads up!

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I have enjoyed other books by her! I’ll def try another though

Amy R
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Amy R

Thanks for the review.

Elizabeth
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I have to agree about the covera being misleading

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RIGHT?! That’s why I was so thrown off!

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Sophia Rose

I also felt that the romance was less developed than the thriller part or even her agoraphobic issues. But wow, what a finish!

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Yeah. I think she really focused more on the thriller, which is fine. I like Thrillers but I find it odd that it’s Romantic Suspense with the other books and then this one takes a much darker tone. Oh well.

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I really dislike when things are misleading…thanks for the review Annie