Friday, October 7, 2016

In Safe Hands by Katie Ruggle

Title: In Safe Hands
Author: Katie Ruggle
My Rating: A

Genre: Romantic Suspense
Series: Search and Rescue #4
Main Characters: Daisy and Chris
Release Date: September 2016
Publisher: Sourcebooks
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Sexual Intensity: hot


Story Overview:
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...

It's all come down to this...



Daisy Little has lived in agoraphobic terror for over eight years. Trapped within a prison of her own making, she watches time pass through her bedroom window. Daisy knows she'll never be a part of the world...until the day she becomes the sole witness of a terrible crime that may finally tear the Search and Rescue brotherhood apart for good.

My Review:

If you had told me prior to reading this book that one of the toughest, most courageous heroines I've ever read would also be agoraphobic, I wouldn't have believed you. But Katie Ruggle did it. She created a heroine, Daisy, who rocks...she just can't leave her house and hasn't done so for 8 years. 

When Daisy was 16, she saw her mother gunned down and murdered in a robbery at a convenience store. She's never recovered since then and it's been 8 years since she left her house. She lives in a fortress...with a two-step door entry, multiple deadbolts and chainlocks, and locked shutters on all the downstairs windows. On top of that she's in peak physical form. She trains daily with Chris, who's a cop and her best friend, in various hand-to-hand combat techniques. She doesn't sleep much (nightmares plague her) so she works out instead. She spends a lot of her time watching the world through her upstairs window seat and it's because of something she sees there that she becomes part of Katie Ruggle's romantic suspense world. She's witness to a murder. 

This book was so good. I loved every minute of reading it. The suspense line has been unfolding throughout the entire series, with an unexpected bad guy revealed in the last book. That story line is finally concluded in this book. The reader knows exactly who the bad guys are, but the suspense is in where/when are they going to strike. It made for a fabulous, nail-biting read. And Daisy...dang I fell in love with that girl...and yes, I totally admire her courage. She is so dang tough...a great match for Chris, who I also loved. 

We can't talk about this book without talking about Daisy's state of the art gym. She has a great space and everyone who sees it falls in love. I loved that by the end of this book she had become friends with all the other couples from the other books and that they'd formed this group that meets there. The scenes when they were all there were so fun and the mental visuals were definitely drool-worthy. And Junior...from the FD...LOVED him so, so much. I laughed all the way through his scenes. 

Overall this was an amazing finish (I think) to this series. I've fallen in love with these characters and it was so fun to see them all together, even though the ties that bind them in the series are just loosely drawn through their S&R jobs in this small town. Every single book works as a stand-alone perfectly well. And it seems only fitting that this final book was my favorite of the bunch. I loved it!

I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

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