Friday, August 24, 2018

Review: Through the Fire (Rocky Mountain K9 Unit #4) by Katie Ruggle

"What an interesting guy...whoever he is." - Kit Jernigan

Through the Fire
Author: Katie Ruggle
Series: Rocky Mountain K9 Unit #4
Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca
Published: August 28, 2018
Source: Publisher

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He’s tall.
He’s dark.
He’s brutally handsome…
And he may be her only hope.

Kit Jernigan despairs of ever fitting in with her new tight-knit K9 unit—they've been through too much to welcome a stranger. So when a killer strikes, it’s a fight to convince her fellow officers to trust her long enough to catch the woman she knows is responsible.

She can’t do it on her own. What she needs most is a partner: local fire spotter Wesley March.

Wes knows in his heart that Kit is right, and he's willing to leave his lonely tower to help her prove it. But the more time they spend together, the hotter the fire smolders…and the more danger they're in. A member of the K9 unit's inner circle is determined to have her revenge—no matter who gets burned in the process.

This time, it's personal.

When I want a romantic suspense where just about anything can happen, Katie Ruggle is an author that immediately comes to mind. That's what I enjoy the most with her books. Nobody is safe. Heck, no building is safe. I love that she goes there. Through the Fire was a fantastic addition (and possibly closer) to Ruggle's Rocky Mountain K9 Unit series.

Kit Jernigan finds herself in small town Monroe, Colorado after a scandal rocks her previous station. Reeling from the fallout, she's understandably on edge with her new surroundings. On her first day in town, Kit meets Wes and the attraction between them is instantaneous. Both are intrigued, but it's Wes that doesn't quite know what to do with the attraction. He spends the majority of his days up in his fire tower and his interactions with the citizens of Monroe are limited. As the attraction and chemistry grows between them, Wes adorably reaches out for advice. While their romance blossoms, the town of Monroe is shaken once again by an outsider. Someone is out for revenge and will take down anyone in their path.

I adore Katie Ruggle's writing. Her romantic suspense books are action packed with a fun romance between two strong characters. I will say this, though. In Through the Fire, the romance took a bit more of a backseat to the suspense. The connection between Kit and Wes is there, but it felt a bit rushed and could have used a bit more page time. On the other hand, the suspense plot was well developed with a solid pace. If you are new to this series, I suggest starting from the first book. All four books in the series are connected in a way that'll make them more enjoyable (and easier to follow) if you read them in order. Plus Through the Fire relies a bit on information from the first book, Run to Ground. Overall, I thoroughly enjoyed Through the Fire. And if it is the last book in the series, it did a fabulous job wrapping everything up.

A graduate of the Police Academy, Katie Ruggle is a self-proclaimed forensics nerd. A fan of anything that makes her feel like a bad-ass, she has trained in Krav Maga, boxing, and gymnastics, has lived in an off-grid, solar- and wind-powered house in the Rocky Mountains, rides horses, trains her three dogs, and travels to warm places to scuba dive. She has received 4 Amazon Best Books of the Month and an Amazon Best Book of the Year. Run to Ground, the first book in her Rocky Mountain K9 Unit series, is a 2017 RT Book Reviews Reviewers’ Choice Award nominee.

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