Series: Search and Rescue #0.5
Published by Sourcebooks Source: Purchased
Genres: Alpha Guy, Contemporary Romance, Law Enforcement, Romance, Second Chances, Small Town Romance
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In the remote Rocky Mountains, lives depend on the Search & Rescue brotherhood. But in a place this far off the map, trust is hard to come by and secrets can be murder...
Ice rescue diver Derek Warner never meant to be a hero. But when two little girls go missing, he's the first in line to bring them home-even if that means scouring the wilderness with the woman he once loved and lost, Artemis Rey.
Artemis has never stopped wanting Derek. Now, racing to find the girls before it's too late, minutes turn to hours. Night falls. Old flames rekindle. And a danger grows in the darkest wilderness that may be more than even the Search and Rescue brotherhood can hope to face...
I generally don’t like novellas a whole heck of a lot, but there are a couple of exceptions, one of them being a novella to set up a new series. Enter my interest in On His Watch, the intro novella for Katie Ruggle’s new series. I read a lot of cop/law enforcement romances and I read a lot of military romances, but I haven’t really read a lot of search and rescue books, and definitely not a book about rescue divers. I have to say though the idea of rescue divers is kinda hot, makes me think of that Kevin Costner movie The Guardian.
This novella was kind of the perfect mix of romance, suspense, and set up for the new series. So when the book starts we have the dive team meeting with a bunch of school kids for a presentation of what it’s like to be rescue diver. Enter a bully accepting a dare and then falling through the ice. Very quickly in the book we have a very series life and death situation for a little boy who fell through cracked ice, and let me tell ya, I was right there with our heroine Artemis, I was so worried about this poor little boy. But of course our hero, and conveniently Artemis’s ex, Derek, jumps in doing his duty as a rescue diver and saves the little boy. All is right with the world right? Uh no. Two little girls wondered off, and a snow storm is coming in, time to mount another search and rescue operation.
The suspense and high emotion of finding these lost little girls is enough to get Derek and Artemis talking to each other. It’s so clear, right from the beginning how much these two care about each other. And I was happy to follow them along in their journey to figure out what went wrong with them the first time around. This is a short novella so I don’t want to give too much away in how the search and rescue all played out, but I do want to say that there were a couple of mentions of arson throughout the novella, so I think that was the set up for the first book, and can I just say right off the bat, my interest is peaked and I want to know how it turns out.
I liked the writing, I liked how character driven this book was, and I think the only reason why the length of the novella worked so much in this case is because the characters already had such a strong history (thank you thank you thank you for no instantalove). If I had one complaint about this book is that in the beginning the POV shifts could have been a tad bit more clear and fluid, but that got better as the novella progressed. All in all this was a pretty good start to a series, can’t wait to read the next installment.