One of the most original and addictive series of books that I've discovered this year is the Rocky Mountain Search & Rescue series by debut romantic suspense author Katie Ruggle. She captured my attention with the introductory novella, On His Watch (currently FREE in ebook), then ramped up the action, suspense, romance, and ongoing mystery with each of the next three books: Hold Your Breath, Fan the Flames, and Gone Too Deep. Now, I am impatiently waiting for the fourth and final book, In Safe Hands to be released on October 4th. There's a major plot twist at the end of Gone Too Deep and I cannot wait to find out how it all plays out in the last book! For more information about Katie Ruggle and the Search & Rescue series, check out my Q&A with the author.
Sourcebooks Casablanca, the publisher of this series has a terrific giveaway for one of our readers but before I get to that, here's a bit more information about the individual Rocky Mountain Search & Rescue books.
Hold Your Breath - Book 1
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 a 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.
You can read my review of Hold Your Breath here.
Fan the Flames - Book 2
As a Motorcycle Club member and firefighter, Ian Walsh is used to riding the link between the good guys and the bad. He may owe the Club his life, but his heart rests with his fire station brothers...and with the girl he's loved since they were kids, Rory Sorenson. Ian would do anything for Rory. He'd die for her. Kill for her. Defend her to his last breath - and he just may have to.
Every con in the Rockies knows Rory is the go-to girl for less-than-legal firearms, and for the past few years, she's managed to keep the peace between dangerous factions by remaining strictly neutral. But when she defends herself against a brutal attack, Rory finds herself catapulted into the center of a Motorcycle Club war - with only Ian standing between her and a threat greater than either of them could have imagined.
I've loved all of the books so far but - admit it, we all have one - this book is my favorite. Ian - and Rory - have very special places in my reader's heart. Especially Ian. ::Sigh::
Gone Too Deep - Book 3
George Halloway 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...
Like the strong and silent type? George is your man!
In Safe Hands - Book 4
As a member of the Field County Sheriff's Department, Chris Jennings is used to having it rough. The Colorado Rockies aren't for the weak-of-spirit, but he's devoted his life to upholding the law - and to protecting the one woman he knows he can never have. He'll do whatever it takes to keep her safe.
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 & Rescue brotherhood apart for good.
So excited for this book!
Have you read any of Katie Ruggle's Search & Rescue books yet?
If so, which one is your favorite?
What new author(s) have you discovered this year?
Aren't those terrific covers? I love them!
Sourcebooks Casablanca will give one randomly chosen person who leaves a comment on this post a full set of the four Search & Rescue books in print copy. (U.S. addresses only)
Deadline to leave a comment to enter the giveaway is 11:00 pm (EST), September 14, 2016. Winner must send their mailing address to me no later than September 16, 2016 or a new winner will be drawn.