Review: After the End by Katie Ruggle

Reviewed by Joanna

This is a short catch up with the four couples of the Search and Rescue series (which I loved). It also launches the new Rocky Mountain K9 Unit series. You know, I think more authors should do this. I just adored seeing a little glimpse of the futures for these lovely people, alongside a mini adventure for each.

Each of the four ‘seasons’ (chapters) is told from the male main character’s point of view, which is nice as you get to see just how in love, dedicated and content each is with his lady love.

We start with Winter and Callum, who is happy adoring Lou. He’s nervous, and about to ask Lou a *very* important question, but their radio goes off and they get called out on an ice dive call. The question has to wait while three silly people are rescued from the frozen reservoir. I don’t get why anyone would walk out on a frozen body of water. *Shakes my head.* Anyway, this little bit of drama keeps us waiting for the big moment, but it’s sweet when it comes. [Read more…]

Review: On The Chase by Katie Ruggle

Reviewed by Joanna

We’re back in Monroe as the small town beds down for winter, with a new runaway resident taking her pick from the plethora of hot cops. Kaylee is our heroine, and she witnesses something she shouldn’t at her too-good boyfriend’s creepy uncle’s house. Kaylee flees with the assistance of Mr. Espina who helped the family in book one to safety, and she finds herself at their door.

Problem is, Jules, the elder sister of the family in hiding, is dating a local cop. When he shows up at the safe house one day so does another of his cop friends. Hugh got shot in book one, so he’s been forced into taking time off and it’s driving him crazy. [Read more…]

Series Reading Order: Search and Rescue

This is the series reading order for the Search and Rescue series by Katie Ruggle:

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Review: Run To Ground by Katie Ruggle

Reviewed by Joanna

This author is an expert in small town, sweet n’ slow burn romances, centered around emergency services (first responders) in one form or another. I loved her Search and Rescue series, and I enjoyed the first in this series too.

We kick off the review with a kidnapping. Jules, a twenty-something accountant to the mob, takes her four younger siblings from school and runs. She has help from the brother of the mafia-type chap she cooked the books for, though she’s an otherwise law-abiding woman. The kids’ living situation was untenable, and Jules did the right thing. [Read more…]

Joanna’s Favorites of 2016

I joined the team of Red Hot Ladies in January and challenged myself to expand my reading choices past my usual go-tos. I’ve had my eyebrows raised and I’ve found writers I will love forever, from long-established authors to newbies who’ve contacted us at the blog and offered their work.

Throughout the year I’ve been editing my own novel, which is my new favorite and never ending pastime. Seriously – help, I can’t stop. Much respect for my co-reviewers, who published, drafted and dreamed big their own books this year – you guys rule and your work is sublime. On with my other favorite reads from the past twelve months:


Magic Binds (Kate Daniel #9) by Ilona Andrews

I’m pretty sure this novel will be on Jen’s list too. I love this series and rate this book as one of their best. The development of the relationship between Kate and Roland, her doting/murderous father, is fascinating. Curran made me laugh out loud, as did the side characters just being their excellent selves. The story is fast paced, compelling and tense, with little let up, and the world of post-shift Atlanta is just as awesome as it ever was. [Read more…]

Review: In Safe Hands by Katie Ruggle

in-safe-handsReviewed by Joanna

We’re at the fourth and final book in the Search and Rescue series, and it’s about to go off. We know who started the fires and now we’ve got a surprise murderer on our hands. This, coupled with the new romance thread of shut-in Daisy and hot action cop Chris, we might finally get to the bottom of what happened to the headless dead guy Lou found in the frozen reservoir.

Caught up? Okay. So, Daisy never leaves the house. She’s traumatized following the murder of her mother eight years ago, and now suffers with agoraphobia. Deputy Chris comes to visit her frequently and they watch movies, work out and generally act like boyfriend and girlfriend. Except the one time she kissed him, he backed the hell off leaving her humiliated. But he gives her the hungriest of looks so she doesn’t understand. Mixed messages o’clock. [Read more…]

Joint Review: Gone Too Deep by Katie Ruggle

gone too deepReviewed by Jaimie & Joanna

Jaimie: Gone Too Deep is the third book in the Rocky Mountain Search & Rescue series by Katie Ruggle and I cannot say enough how great this series is.  Hands down George and Ellie’s book is my favorite and that’s largely because of my love of George.

Joanna: So ditto! I’ve fallen hard for this hero. To the story – we open with our heroine, Ellie Price, who’s on an unfortunate bad date when she receives an unexpected phone call.

Jaimie: It’s Ellie’s dad Baxter is calling her, obviously off his medication, and rambling about people trying to kill him.  Believing that he’s just in one of his episodes, Ellie doesn’t buy the part about someone trying to kill him, but she does believe that he’s in need of help.  They never quite confirm what condition Baxter has, but there are references to schizophrenia. [Read more…]

Joint Review: On His Watch by Katie Ruggle

on his watchReviewed by Shelly & Joanna

Shelly: My very first Katie Ruggle was a hit. And because I’m a newbie to both her stories and the Search and Rescue series thereby having no reference for what’s come before this one – I’m already eager for Callum Cook’s story. But before I get there – Derek’s story was really good and certainly entertaining enough for me to want more.

Joanna: I’m so glad you enjoyed it – I’m a big fan of this series and have been shouting it from the rooftops, but only picked up this prequel after reading the full-length books. One of the (many) things I liked about this short was seeing the first meeting of book 1 couple – Callum and Lou. An arctic gaze meets humor and mischievous fun. Brilliant. It only gets better for you from here, Shelly. [Read more…]

Review: Fan the Flames by Katie Ruggle

fan the flamesReviewed by Joanna

Rory runs a gun shop and lives in a secret underground bunker beneath it. Her parents, now deceased, were total whacks who home schooled her and trained her in how to shoot a gun and survive a zombie apocalypse before she could even walk. Now they’re gone, she sells guns to the local factions whilst keeping herself to herself.

Ian, a super-hot firefighter and a biker gang member, has liked Rory since they were kids, but it’s only recently they’ve been able to be friends. Her parents didn’t trust the world and kept her away from the sweet boy who once gave her a cupcake. Ian’s like for Rory is way bigger than he can tell her, as he knows she’ll run a mile if he comes on too strong. But he’d defend her to his last breath and sheesh, if I were her, I’d let him. [Read more…]

Review: Hold Your Breath by Katie Ruggle

hold your breathReviewed by Joanna

A romance based around ice-rescue diving – this was a new one on me, but it’s a good one, too. Lou Sparks has escaped a life of duty and constraint, plus one controlling a-hole ex, and moved to the Rocky Mountains. She gets a cozy little cabin, a job in a café and starts training with the local ice-rescue team. Because story. Her instructor, Callum, is stern, serious, super good-looking and in total control. Until Lou brings a little chaos his way. [Read more…]