Hold Your Breath by Katie Ruggle

Posted July 21, 2016 by Kate in Blog Tour, Liked It, Review / 0 Comments

Hold Your Breath by Katie RuggleHold Your Breath by Katie Ruggle
Series: Search and Rescue #1
Format: eARC
Published by Sourcebooks Source: Netgalley
Genres: Alpha Guy, Contemporary Romance, Firemen, Law Enforcement, Revenge, Romance, Small Town Romance, Suspense, Thrillers, Workplace 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...

As the captain of Field County's ice rescue dive team, Callum Cook is driven to perfection. But when he meets new diver Louise "Lou" Sparks, all that hard-won order is obliterated in an instant. Lou is a hurricane. A walking disaster. And with her, he's never felt more alive...even if keeping her safe may just kill him.

Lou's new to the Rockies, intent on escaping her controlling ex, and she's determined to make it on her own terms...no matter how tempting Callum may be. But when a routine training exercise unearths a body, Lou and Callum find themselves thrust into a deadly game of cat and mouse with a killer who will stop at nothing to silence Lou-and prove that not even her new Search and Rescue family can keep her safe forever.

I read the novella for this series a while back and I remember enjoying it, so it was an easy choice for me to pick up this book as well. I don’t know why but the idea behind the whole rescue diver thing is just super cool for me, and even better is this is cold water stuff. I don’t know about you guys but I in no way ever want to have anything to do with being under water when the water is that freezing, so already these characters are a bunch of superheroes to me.

So the cool thing about this book is that it really is kind of a murder mystery with a suspenseful someone’s out to get me plot. I liked the investigative elements in this book a lot, and I liked being on the edge of my seat waiting to see what was going to happen next.

So our heroine is Lou, and she is pretty awesome. She’s complex, she left her life behind in Connecticut to strike out on her own and really find herself and stop being under the thumb of her family. At first I though she was awesome and cool, a little messy, but funny, and super dedicated to the dive team. Plus it’s not like being on the dive team is a full time job so she’s also a barista in town. But later on in the book you find out how educated she is and the life she could have if she lived somewhere else, I love people who are willing to walk away from things in order to find their happy, and that is just what this woman did. She’s also not willing to let anything drop and is bound and determined to find out the identity of the body she discovered. I liked how dedicated she was to it and how successful she was at things.

Callum, our hero, is the strong silent type. Right from the beginning you can tell he’s one of those guys with a permanent scowl on his face. He’s a good guy though, dedicated to his job and the safety of his team. He’s a gentleman who is polite, he’s neat and tidy and oh did I mention he can cook. So needless to say it’s easy to see how Lou is attracted to him. When weird things start happening to Lou (slashed tires, someone watching her while she sleeps) Callum is the first one to stand up and want to make sure that she is safe. I love how these two evolve over the course of the book, and Callum is just so likable.

This book was exciting to read. I kept trying to figure it all out and I loved when I got it wrong. I liked that you got a little bit of POV from the bad guy, because honestly it made me think about things different while still somehow still being wrong about who it was. The book does resolve itself for the two characters involved, but not everything gets wrapped up and it leads into the next book, which I’m excited to read. I like this series and if you like romantic suspense then you probably will too.

About Katie Ruggle

A fan of the old adage “write what you know”, Katie Ruggle lived in an off-grid, solar- and wind-powered house in the Rocky Mountains until her family lured her back to Minnesota. When she’s not writing, Katie rides horses, shoots guns (not while riding, although that would be awesome), cross-country skis (badly) and travels to warm places where she can scuba dive. A graduate of the Police Academy, Katie received her ice-rescue certification and can attest that the reservoirs in the Colorado mountains really are that cold. A fan of anything that makes her feel like a bad-ass, she has trained in Krav Maga, boxing and gymnastics.

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