Title: Gone Too Deep
Author: Katie Ruggle
My Rating: A+
Genre: Romantic Suspense
Series: Search and Rescue #3
Main Characters: George and Elle
Release Date: August 2016
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Sexual Intensity: spicy
George Holloway has spent his life alone, exploring the treacherous beauty of the Colorado Rockies. He's the best survival expert Search and Rescue has, which makes him the obvious choice to lead Ellie Price through deadly terrain to find her missing father. There's just one problem-Ellie's everything George isn't. She's a city girl, charming, gregarious, delicate, small. And when she looks up at him with those big, dark eyes, he swears he would tear the world apart to keep her safe.
With a killer on the loose, he may have no choice.
Ellie's determined to find her father no matter the cost. But as she and her gorgeous mountain of a guide fight their way through an unforgiving wilderness, they find themselves in the crosshairs of a dangerous man in search of revenge. And they are now his prey...
OMG, OMG, OMG! I so did not see that ending coming...my brain just keeps stumbling over the information that Katie Ruggle disbursed on the final page. How? Why? How? OMG...I'm stunned. So, yeah, this book ends on a bit of a cliffhanger for the murder/suspense story line that's been building (unsolved) over the entire series. OMG...I cannot wait for the next book!!
But right now I'm supposed to be talking about this book. And despite my stunned rambling over that ending, I adored this book. George...OMG, quiet, stoic George who amazingly saved Rory in the last book and showed a bit of humor at the same time which was so unlike him... I wasn't sure how his book would work. Honestly, this guy does not talk. He can talk. He just doesn't unless he has to. So, yeah, it's a bit difficult for most people to get a read on him. But Elle was perfect for him. George is this huge, gruff, bearded lumberjack of a man.
Elle is from Chicago and works at a boutique store and it shows. She's feminine and girly and doesn't have a clue about outdoor skills. But her father called her from the Colorado mountains rambling about killers and murders. Her father has a history of being mentally unstable, but Elle can't sit by knowing that her father is out in the middle of the forest when he's that mentally unbalanced. So she heads for Colorado hoping to find him. Oh, and it's the middle of winter and the cabin where he's heading is totally unaccessible by vehicle. So she hires George to get her there.
The thing that neither one of them realize is that they aren't the only ones searching for Elle's father and that his ramblings weren't completely the results of an unstable mind. Not only are they battling against the elements, but they soon realize they are battling murderous stalkers too.
This book was AWESOME!! I love romance story lines where the hero and heroine are out in the elements. Elle and George have to backpack through the Colorado mountains in the dead of winter. Elle is completely out of her element, but trying her best not to whine, knowing that George is doing her a huge favor taking her out there. And despite her background, Elle is tough and stubborn. She keeps going by pure will. Although George with his unspoken directions is pretty awesome, too. I love how quickly they learn to read one another in these extreme circumstances.
I fell in love with George. His inexperience made this story all the more heartwarming. If there was anything I could complain about, I wish that we'd had a little bit more to his backstory. The basics were there, but they didn't explain exactly how he became so withdrawn from people, especially since he does work in the town...you know that's not necessarily his natural state. How much of it came from losing his father at 17? But for me, that is a VERY MINOR complaint. The book and George's character stands up without this information. This is just a matter of I loved the book so much, I wanted more. So NOT a detractor at all.
I loved this book. It was amazing. Any of these books work as stand-alones as each book in the series features a different romantic pairing, but the suspense story line is building over the course of the series and each book will have spoilers about the previous book that will ruin the shocking revelations as they come. OMG, did I mention one of those at the end of this book? I'm still absolutely reeling... Come on October and the release of Book #4!
I received a complimentary copy of this book in return for an honest opinion.