New to Monroe, Colorado, is a little family. Jules Young is
nervous, because she has kidnapped her younger brothers and
sister as her stepmother won't give her custody. The
resourceful kids love Jules but she now has to provide for
them and change identities in the exciting RUN TO GROUND.
Unfortunately the local cops frequent the diner where she
gets work. They question newcomers.
Theo Bosco is morose because his K9 partner died, and more
recently a good friend in the force died too. While it
might seem simple to match up a newly partnerless dog with
Theo, dogs don't transfer loyalty just like that, and the
Belgian Malinois called Viggy is deeply depressed. Theo
notices the new waitress in the diner and thinks she's
attractive, but very nervous. Can she be hiding something?
However duty calls, with a potential explosive threat. Time
to send in the dogs.
The main characters are written so that we have mixed
feelings about each one. Jules is willing to work for
criminals and go on the run with kids who then can't lead a
normal life. Her heart is in the right place, but we
couldn't recommend her actions. And Theo may be a decent
guy but he keeps referring to Jules as the squirrely
waitress and starts stalking her and entering her home,
though she has done no wrong he knows of, while giving a
grieving dog no more than dutiful care. Midway through the
story a potential threat turns deadly, and the characters
have to work together, so we start to see what they are
really made of.
Since Jules has rented an old house outside town, this
setting is atmospheric with creaks, clunks, attic rooms and
a basement, and the prospect of mountain lions and bears.
Other settings include the local school and the diner. I've
heard that a joke has to go a long way in the country, and
local humour or gossip makes up a large part of people's
lives. Expect strong language and adult scenes. Katie
Ruggle confidently portrays her small town which is part of
the 'Rocky Mountain K9 Unit' series. And as we see, when
tragedy strikes in a small town, the whole population feels
it. RUN TO GROUND is an adult romantic suspense story
which piles on the suspense as the action progresses. I'll
be interested to read more from this author who enjoys
outdoor pursuits and lives in Minnesota.
He lost his mentor.
He lost his K9 partner.
He almost lost his will to live.
But when a ruthless killer targets a woman on the run, Theo
and his new K9 companion will do whatever it takes to
survive—and save the woman neither can live without.
Grieving the death of his partner, Theo Bosco has no room in
his life for distractions. Though his instincts scream that
he should avoid Juliet 'Jules' Jackson, he can't seem to
stay away. It doesn't help that Theo's new K9 companion has
fallen head over paws with Jules's rambunctious family.
Or that when he's with her, Theo finally knows peace.
When Jules rescued her siblings, whisking them away to the
safety of the beautifully rugged Colorado Rockies, she never
expected to catch the eye—or the heart—of a cop. Yet as
Jules struggles to fight her growing attraction to the
brooding K9 officer, another threat lurks much closer to home...