Series: Rocky Mountain K9 Unit, #2
Published by Sourcebooks Casablanca on September 5th 2017
Genres: Adult, Romance, Romantic Suspense
After witnessing a horrifying crime, Kaylee is forced to flee to a small Colorado mountain town and take on a new identity. There she becomes Grace, a dog kennel worker trying to avoid the dangerously attractive K-9 Officer Hugh Murdoch.
When an accident leaves Hugh and his K-9 partner, Lexi, on desk duty, both are anxious for Hugh to heal. Until then, the highlight of his day is teasing the beautiful but mysterious new kennel employee. Their simmering attraction fuels a passionate kiss—interrupted by a sniper’s bullet. With targets on both of their backs, Grace and Hugh will do whatever it takes to stay alive…not realizing the most dangerous threat of all is hiding right in front of their noses.
In the span of a few weeks, I have become a total Katie Ruggle fan girl. She’s pretty much an auto-read author for me now. I was pretty excited to read On the Chase, which is the follow up to the first book in the series, Run to Ground. On the Chase by Katie Ruggle grabbed my from page one, and I couldn’t put this book down.
On the Chase is about Kaylee, who has worked very hard to bring herself out of the poverty she was in as a child. She lives in California, has a job at a college that she loves, a house she loves, and she has a possible cute new boyfriend.* By when at a family event with the boyfriend, she witnesses a crime, and suddenly she is running for her life. She ends up in a small town in Colorado, with a new name, Grace, living in an old home shared with Jules (from the first book, Run to Ground) and her siblings. There she meets, Hugh, a K9 officer, who is recovering from an injury. Hugh is super suspicious of Grace, and won’t stop trying to figure out what’s going on with her. And of course, they do end up falling for each other.
I can’t tell you guys enough how much I really loved this book. While I liked Run the Ground, I loved On the Chase more. Grace/Kaylee was so easy to love. At the very beginning, Kaylee is thrown into this terrifying situation, and although she is scared, she does the right thing, even when that ends up putting her life in danger. Although she really isn’t pleased with her new situation in Colorado, working in a kennel, and living in a run down house, I really did understand where she was coming from. It wasn’t about being judgmental, but more about how she had worked so hard all her life to have a different life, and then she had to give it all away. An soon enough, so begins to love this small Colorado town. I also loved how Ruggle showed how terrified Grace was, but also how she could deal with these scary situations anyway.
Hugh was amazing. He’s this super talkative guy, who tends to get on people’s nerves, but in a good way. Does that make sense? He pesters people, but again, not in a bad way. And I just loved him, which is saying something because I tend to favor the strong, quiet type of heroes. Hugh is funny, and smart, and so sweet with his K9 dog. And even though he won’t leave Grace alone while he tries to figure out what she’s running from, he’s also such a nice guy.
The action in On the Chase is non-stop! I will admit there were a few action sequences that I thought could never actually happen in real-life, but seriously I didn’t care. I couldn’t turn these pages fast enough. But as fantastic as the action was, it was the characters that made me love this book so much. Grace and Hugh were amazing as a couple. So much chemistry, and wow I could tell how much they cared about each other. And I loved seeing Jules’ siblings. They are adorable, and often would crack me up.
Katie Ruggle writes the best kind of romantic suspense. Lots of action, but with such fantastic characters that the reader cares about what happens to these them. I seriously need to get the next book, Survive the Night, as soon as possible. I’m sure it will be just as amazing.
*There is no cheating. She wasn’t in a definitely relationship with this man, so she was okay being with Hugh.