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Monday, September 18, 2017

Review: Run to Ground by Katie Ruggle

Run to Ground was a slow burn romance with plenty of suspense that kept me interested from beginning to end.

Format: .mobi (A copy of this book was provided by the publisher via NetGalley for the purpose of an honest review. )
Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca
Release Date: June 6, 2017

He lost his mentor.
He lost his K9 partner.
He almost lost his will to live.
But when a ruthless killer targets a woman on the run, Theo and his new K9 companion will do whatever it takes to survive—and save the woman neither can live without.

Grieving the death of his partner, Theo Bosco has no room in his life for distractions. Though his instincts scream that he should avoid Juliet 'Jules' Jackson, he can't seem to stay away. It doesn't help that Theo's new K9 companion has fallen head over paws with Jules's rambunctious family.

Or that when he's with her, Theo finally knows peace.

When Jules rescued her siblings, whisking them away to the safety of the beautifully rugged Colorado Rockies, she never expected to catch the eye—or the heart—of a cop. Yet as Jules struggles to fight her growing attraction to the brooding K9 officer, another threat lurks much closer to home...

And this time, there's no escape.

What’s it About? Still mourning the loss of his human partner, and his canine partner, Officer Theo Bosco doesn’t want to have to deal with a woman whose body language screams On the Run but he also senses that Jules Jackson needs help and protection. Easily solving his dilemma is his new K-9 partner . Jules is technically on the run after rescuing her siblings from a bad situation, she’s settled her family in the Colorado Rockies for now. Her growing attraction to Theo isn’t the only problem though, someone is after Jules and Theo is the only one she can trust to help her.

Overall reaction to the story? Wow. That’s the first word that comes to mind. I’ve read Katie Ruggle before but wasn’t all that impressed with it but this book? This book is what I wanted to read. Run to Ground is heavy on emotional turmoil and Ruggle does an impressive job of setting up a suspenseful plot and building a convincing romance on top of that. I enjoyed the heck out of this book and can’t wait to continue with the rest of the series. My only small complaint was a bit of a cliffhanger with a new character that is mentioned in a mysterious way that leaves you going “Are you serious? That’s all you’re going to say about her????”

Describe the hero in five words: Brooding. Hurting. Intelligent. Stubborn. Protective.
Did you like him? Yes.
Why? To be honest it took awhile for me to get a clear read on who Theo was as a man. He was definitely in pain over his partner Don’s death and adding to that Theo was still mourning his K-9 partner Goose. The topping on Theo’s slice of grief? He became the new handler of his dead partner’s dog, Viggy. Viggy is also mourning the loss of Don and is reluctant to trust someone else. Poor Theo. He was so broken by his partner’s death and racked with guilt over not being able to save him. That was pretty much what defined him for the first quarter of the book or so. He’s a bit grumpy too but he’s the type of guy you want in your corner when things get tough. I liked his dedication to doing what was right even if it meant going off the books. The changes in Theo after he met Jules were slow in coming but that made his grief convincing and told me a lot about how much he cared for the people around him, even with his grumpy attitude.

Describe the heroine in five words: Scared. Brave. Intelligent. Loving. Determined.
Did you like her? Yes.
Why? There’s something to love about a character who will do whatever it takes to protect those weaker than them and that’s exactly what Jules did. She was a woman who had followed the rules almost all of her life but she was prepared to break some major rules to protect her siblings. That really stood out to me as well as her kindness. She was a born nurturer even when she didn’t know how to help someone. I loved that part of her that just wanted to help no matter how complicated her life was.

Let’s talk about the romance: The romance in Run to Ground was super slow to develop and it kind of made the story drag on a bit but with Theo’s grief and Jules’ being on the run, it was natural that these two wouldn’t just jump into bed together. Jules had to protect her siblings the best she could. However, it wasn’t like nothing happened between Theo and Jules, they developed a strong friendship before anything romantic really happened. I didn’t mind the friendship though because they both needed someone to confide in and lean on.

How about that supporting cast? The real heartbreakers were Jules’ siblings. Those poor kids really broke my heart. They were so trusting of Jules but at the same time their experiences before Jules had them really scarred them. I loved their development as much as I loved Jules and Theo.

And really there are no words to express how much I adored Viggy the dog.

Click It or Skip It? Click It. Run to Ground is a slow burn romance but there’s plenty of character growth to keep a reader mostly occupied.

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