Series: Rocky Mountain K9 Unit #1
Published by Sourcebooks Casablanca on June 6th 2017
Genres: Adult, Romance, Romantic Suspense
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.
One trope I have a hard time resisting is when the heroine is on the run, whether it’s from an abusive husband or family or something else. So when I saw another blogger positively review this book, I decided to read it. I’m so glad I picked this up, because I enjoyed it a lot. Run to Ground by Katie Ruggle was addicting, and a great introduction to a new-to-me author.
In Run to Ground, Jules and her siblings are trying to make a new life for themselves in Colorado, doing so with false identification. Theo Bosco is a K9 cop who is really struggling with the death of his long-time partner and not in a good place. When he sees Jules waitressing at a diner he frequents, he realizes something isn’t quite right. They are both very attracted to each other, but neither of them are in a good place to start a relationship. But, of course that doesn’t really matter when it comes to romance. Then some suspicious things start happening, putting Jules life in danger.
I really enjoyed Run to Ground. I liked Jules and Theo so much. Both of them were struggling, but they couldn’t fight their attraction. Being with the other seemed to help, and they couldn’t ignore that. Jules is trying her best to support and protect her siblings, and also keep their old identities a secret. It’s not an easy thing to do, but I she was doing a good job. Theo is just trying to get through each day, and is still haunted by his partner’s death. Theo was sweet though, and I loved how he couldn’t resist being near Jules and her family. I just loved these two together. It’s a slow burn romance, as they slowly realize they can trust the other.
Theo’s new dog-partner for the K9 Unit, Viggy, totally melted my heart. Theo isn’t the only one struggling with the death of his partner. So is Viggy (who also worked with Theo’s deceased partner), who is just so sad and down. But spending time with Jules and her siblings makes sweet Viggy happy, and oh my gosh, I just loved this dog. It was sad seeing Viggy so upset, but I loved seeing him start to get better.
I will say that it took a bit for the book to actually get going. There was a lot of lead up to Jules actually running off with her siblings, and honestly, I don’t think all that needed to be there. Not in that much detail. I wanted to actual story to get going. But, once it did, I was very much engrossed.
Another small issue I had with this book was regarding Jules’ secret. I don’t want to give it away, but I didn’t love how that whole secret business evolved, although that has a lot to do with personal reading preferences. I’m a reader who likes everything tied up and who prefers a HEA (Happily Ever After) to a HFN (Happy For Now). Things weren’t completely tied up in Run to Ground, and it was more of an HFN than an HEA.
Overall, Run to Ground by Katie Ruggle was a totally addicting read. It has a lot of action, especially once the story actually gets going, with characters you root for, a sweet romance, and a lovable dog. Now I have a new author to binge read!
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