by Katie Ruggle
Released: June 6th 2017
Series: Rocky Mountain K9 Unit #1
Published by Self Published
“This book had a great small town romance feel to it, with the added edge of impending danger.”
~ Under the Covers
This is the first book in the Rocky Mountain K9 Unit series where we are introduced to a close team of cops and their K9 partners. Theo recently lost both his K9 partner and his mentor and with guilt and anger sitting heavily on him he doesn’t want anyone in his life. Especially not the new and beautiful waitress at the local diner. Jules will do anything to protect her much younger brothers and sister… so, she kidnaps them. Now in hiding from their abusive parents they are starting a new life in a new town. The last thing she needs is a cop, no matter how compelling, to start taking an interest in her and her siblings. But, there is someone dangerous in town, someone who could destroy the new found and fragile peace Jules and Theo have found…
When I was looking for a romantic suspense book for the Military Mews challenge on Romanceopoly people kept recommending that I read Katie Ruggle. Turns out that it didn’t quite fit the challenge as I needed a military hero or heroine (the hero in this is part of law enforcement and not the military) but, I am still really glad that I picked this book up.
This isn’t the kind of romantic suspense where things are exploding and people are being shot, stabbed or otherwise attacked every few pages. This book is fairly low key in regards to action. This may not appeal to some readers; however, it was something I was pleased with. I was more interested in Theo and Jules developing relationship and getting to know Jules’ family. This book had a great small town romance feel to it, with the added edge of impending danger.
This is a good set up to this series, it felt like a few things were left unresolved, it felt more like a HFN rather than a HEA, which is part of the reason I didn’t rate it more than 3.5 stars. I felt like it needed more development between Jules and Theo to really cement them as a couple. However, it could be that this is done in the background of the other books. There was also definitely a lose thread in relation to Jules’ mysterious and criminal benefactor who helped her escape with her siblings, which judging from the last chapter will definitely be addressed in the next book.
A good start to the series and I look forward to reading the next book.
P.S. I ended up using this book for my Library (free choice) square on Romanceopoly rather than Military Mews!
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Annnnnd I will stop myself there, before I start waxing lyrical about my love of historical romance and fantasy as well; no one needs to know about my elf fantasies. As you can tell, I adore and day dream about most romance genres, and my three big loves are 1) reading about romance 2) writing about romance and 3) talking about romance with my gals. Which, is why I love Under the Covers so much, I get all my bookish needs satisfied and don’t get judged when I talk about my favourite characters like they are real people. Which they are right?