In Safe Hands by Katie Ruggle
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
About the Book:
He was her hero,
But one wrong move ended their future before it could begin.
Now he'll do whatever it takes to keep her safe,
Even if that means turning against one of his own.
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.
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.
After the bomb was dropped at the end of Gone Too Deep, I'm glad I had the final book in the series, In Safe Hands, ready and waiting. Due to how Gone Too Deep ended, In Safe Hands started off stressful and laden with suspense. No one in the small Colorado town of Simpson has any idea that there is a threat to the town cleverly disguised as someone to trust. The author did a wonderful job building up conflict in the background of the entire series. Each book plays off of the others so I suggest you read this book from the very beginning.
Katie Ruggle's Search and Rescue series is phenomenal. The world building and character development in each book is extraordinary. The relationship between Daisy and Chris is sweet and subtle. After suffering a horrific event eight years earlier, Daisy hasn't left her house, ever. She is terrified of anything outside the walls of her home. She's not alone though. Chris is a deputy in the Sherriff's department and spends a lot of time with Daisy. He trains her to protect herself and gives her the companionship she craves. The slow burn chemistry between Diasy and Chris is unmistakable and their relationship is fleshed out nicely - slowly and so realistic. The romance is one of several key themes but it doesn't overshadow the seriousness of the events that unfold. Katie Ruggle does a superb job with these characters not only with their romance but with the struggles each faces, Daisy's phobia and issues that crop up in Chris's world, plus the overarching storyline, In Safe Hands.
Katie Ruggle's writing style is wonderful; her worlds just flow across the pages smoothly, easily, and powerfully. I was engaged immediately and the content kept me focused. There are several themes weaved throughout the story, with one main one that stretches throughout the entire series, keeping the book from becoming stale, but not so much that the reader feels confused or overwhelmed. The characters were well developed and Daisy and Chris are really likeable and realistically written.
I highly recommend this series to anyone who loves romantic suspense!
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