on September 5th 2017
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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.
Rocky Mountain K9 Unit Series:Run to Ground (Book 1)On the Chase (Book 2)
~~Reviewed by Amy~~
Romantic suspense has always been a favorite genre for me. There’s just something about all that action and danger mixed with sexy times. Katie Ruggle’s On The Chase definitely has those sexy times and edge-of-your-seat- suspense. There’s nothing like adrenaline fueled action with the hero and heroine having to catch bad guys and dodge a few bullets on their way to a happily ever after to keep you turning the pages.
Kaylee had been happy and secure in her perfect future. After growing up poor and helpless, she’d gotten her degrees and now had a beautiful condo and a dream job. Then she witnessed a heinous crime and had to run for her life. In just a matter of hours, her life had skidded off course and she had to leave that dream future behind in order to stay alive. Now she was in a small Colorado town with a new identity (Grace Robinson) and a new job- shoveling poop at a kennel. Her dream future was gone, and if she wanted a future at all, she’d need to watch her back and trust no one. Especially the gorgeous cop who seemed to take pleasure in making her squirm.
Hugh Murdoch was a K9 narcotics officer with a penchant for bad soap operas and a talent for picking locks. He was on mandatory medical leave due to an injury on duty. He was bored out of his mind. To keep his mind off his lack of activity, Hugh liked nothing better than annoying the gorgeous new kennel worker. She had the most beguiling eyes he’d ever seen. The eyes of a woman with a secret. Hugh knew he shouldn’t get involved with her. She was trouble. He just needed to ignore that urge to protect her. Besides, he had other things to worry about. Like the tingly feeling he kept getting that he was being watched. Maybe it was paranoia or boredom. Or maybe he was right.
Hugh was intrigued by Grace immediately and wanted to figure her out. He liked pushing her buttons, and her sassy smart mouth really turned him on. Grace thought Hugh was a nosy hunk. He was aggravating, but his teasing did made her forget her life was out of control. He made her feel safe and less alone. She couldn’t deny her attraction to him either. “When he was around, her skin buzzed and her blood flowed faster.” And when he kissed her, all the anger, worry, and aggravations were burned away by heat and need. In just a matter of weeks, she went from thinking him an ass to truly caring about him. And for Hugh, Grace was becoming the most important part of his life. But it quickly becomes evident that Hugh wasn’t imagining those tingly feelings of being watched, and a sniper’s bullet makes it evident that someone is after Grace too. Now instead of worrying about trusting each other with their hearts, the question is can they trust each other with their lives.
What a fast paced, action packed story! Katie Ruggle has a real talent for developing characters and so beautifully revealing their quirks and personalities. You can’t help but get sucked into these characters’ lives. Grace was a smart girl with lots of energy. I liked that she wasn’t some helpless damsel. She was aware of the dangers around her and ready and able to defend herself. Hugh was gorgeous, smart, and focused on his job. I loved his wit especially. He and Grace’s barbed interactions and quick comebacks really added to their playful but intense attraction to one another. I also love how Katie Ruggle develops her romances slowly. There’s no love at first sight. Interest maybe, but she lets their depth of feeling and need for each other grow right along with the danger. And talk about danger! There was plenty of nail biting suspense leading up to an explosive ending. Though #2 in the series, this can be read as a stand- alone. I had not read the first book in the series, but plan to now as I really want to know Katie’s friend Jules story. I’m anxious to see who Mr. Espina’s next client is. It makes me want to move to Monroe, Colorado just to see what I’m missing.
I voluntarily reviewed an Advanced Reader’s Copy of this book.