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In Her Sights
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Rocky Mountain Bounty Hunters #1

April 2019
On Sale: March 26, 2019
384 pages
ISBN: 1492662496
EAN: 9781492662495
Kindle: B07HK4KGRG
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Also by Katie Ruggle:
Risk It All, January 2020
In Her Sights, April 2019
Rocky Mountain Cowboy Christmas, October 2018
Through the Fire, August 2018

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A knock on the door interrupted Molly’s perusal of the Colorado criminal statutes. Completely caught up in the sentencing guidelines that may be her mom’s future, she jumped at the sound. Warrant, on the other hand, didn’t even lift his head off the floor where he was sprawled out over an air-conditioning vent. Instead, his tail thumped lazily a few times before he fell back asleep. The dog’s reaction made Molly fairly certain of who was at the door.

As she stood up, she swallowed a groan at the feel of her spine popping back into place. Glancing at the clock, she saw that she’d been hunched over her laptop for most of the afternoon. It was no wonder her body was protesting.

After peeking through the peephole in the front door, she unlocked it and swung it open. “This is becoming a habit.”

“What is?” John slipped past her, striding into the house as if he owned the place.

Making a face and pretending that she wasn’t glad to see him, she closed and relocked the door. “You showing up on our doorstep uninvited.”

“If you want me to leave, I can take this very valuable information and go.” His voice was muffled. As Molly entered the kitchen, she saw that he’d crouched down next to Warrant and was rubbing the delighted dog’s belly.

“No, it’s fine. I needed a break anyway.” Even though they were most likely going to be talking about Jane, John was still a good distraction from the mess her mom had made. “I take it you talked to your contact?”

“I did.” After a final pat, John straightened to his significant height. Having him here in her kitchen, taking up most of the space and a good portion of the oxygen—especially without her sisters there as a buffer—made Molly feel overheated. She couldn’t decide whether it was in a good way or a bad way. Shaking off her errant thoughts, she refocused on the important thing.

“What’d they say?” Her knees wobbled slightly from a mixture of exhaustion and anxiety, but she refused to sit down in the chair she’d abandoned when she’d answered the door. The only other seat in the room was too close to hers, and it was hard enough having this conversation without the prospect of John being pressed against her from knee to shoulder. She braced her palms on the table behind her and steeled herself for bad news.

“Barney’s technically right, but Zorah—my lawyer contact—said she doubted a judge would rule that Jane had violated her bail conditions if she hadn’t missed a court date yet.”

The tight knot of Molly’s stomach eased ever so slightly, and she had to lean back more heavily against the table. John must’ve caught the slight movement, since he took a step closer, his hands reaching toward her as if he was prepared to catch her before she fell. Luckily for her presence of mind, he stopped before he was close enough to touch.

“Maybe you should sit down.”

Ignoring the suggestion, she stiffened her spine so she could remove her hands from the table behind her and stand unsupported. Now was not the time for her to get literally weak in the knees. She could collapse later—much later—once they’d figured out the situation and their house was safe from Barney’s clutches. “I’m fine. So, we’re good until her arraignment, then?”

“Preliminary hearing.” The correction sounded oddly gentle, but she still winced at the reminder.

“Right. She gets a preliminary hearing, since she committed a felony.” She paused as she fought off an overwhelming surge of anger and anxiety. “Several felonies. So…we have thirty days, then?”

“Thirty to forty-five, yeah.” He was watching her closely from his spot just a few steps away. She didn’t like him treating her as if she might break. It made her want to collapse into his arms and bawl, which wouldn’t solve anything. She was the oldest of her sisters, and they were counting on her to lead them through this, just like she’d done during the many, many other messes Jane had thrown them into.

“Okay.” Taking a deep breath, she held it until her brain spun a little, and then released it in a long, silent exhalation. “This is good news. It gives us time.”

A heavy knock on the front door made her jerk back. For an irrational moment, she felt a gut-deep fear that Barney was there to toss them out of their home, but then logic reasserted itself. She’d just learned that they had at least a month to figure a way out of this. Whoever was at the door wasn’t there to evict them…yet.

She belatedly started moving through the living room, but John was there first, putting his significant bulk between her and the door. As she stared at his broad back, she blinked, more baffled than annoyed by his protective action.

“What are you doing?” she asked quietly as the knocking stopped.

“Let me see who it is first.” His voice was just a low rumble, and she wanted to laugh at their whispers. As far as she knew, there was no reason to hide from their latest visitor, but they were both muttering quietly at each other.

“No. It’s my house, dum-dum.” Slipping around him, she hurried to the door, knowing that it had taken her long enough that whoever it was might have already left.

“‘Dum-dum’?” he repeated, although he kept his words quiet. “Are you five?”

“Most people say I’m a solid ten, but beauty is in the eye of the beholder, I suppose.” When she went up onto her tiptoes to peer through the peephole, there was a scratchy, clicking sound. She froze, her gaze dropping to the doorknob, watching in shocked disbelief as the deadbolt thumped open. It felt surreal. Someone had picked the lock—was breaking in—right in front of them.

(C) Katie Ruggle, Sourcebooks Casablanca, 2019

IN HER SIGHTS by Katie Ruggle

Rocky Mountain Bounty Hunters #1 Five bounty-hunting sisters Deep in the heart of the Rockies Fighting to save each other ...and the men who steal their hearts

Bounty hunter Molly Pax fought hard for everything she has, turning the bail recovery business she shares with her sisters into an unqualified success. So when their sticky-fingered mother jumps bail and puts the childhood home up as collateral, Molly's horrified. To make matters worse, every two-bit criminal in the Rockies now sees her family's misfortune as their next big break.

She needs help, stat.

Enter rival bounty hunter John Carmondy: six feet of pure trouble, with a cocky grin to match. John's the most cheerfully, annoyingly gorgeous frenemy Molly's ever had the pleasure of defeating...and he may be her only hope of making it out of this mess alive.

Romance Suspense [Sourcebooks Casablanca, On Sale: March 26, 2019, Mass Market Paperback / e-Book, ISBN: 9781492662495 / eISBN: 9781492662501]

About Katie Ruggle

Katie Ruggle
A fan of the old adage “write what you know”, Katie Ruggle lived in an off-grid, solar- and wind-powered house in the Rocky Mountains until her family lured her back to Minnesota. When she’s not writing, Katie rides horses, shoots guns (not while riding, although that would be awesome), cross-country skis (badly) and travels to warm places where she can scuba dive. A graduate of the Police Academy, Katie received her ice-rescue certification and can attest that the reservoirs in the Colorado mountains really are that cold. A fan of anything that makes her feel like a bad-ass, she has trained in Krav Maga, boxing and gymnastics.

Rocky Mountain Search and Rescue | Rocky Mountain K9 Unit | Rocky Mountain Bounty Hunters

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Comments

19 comments posted.

Re: Katie Ruggle | Exclusive Excerpt: IN HER SIGHTS

“In Her Sights” sounds exciting! I would love to win a copy
(Kathy Roope 12:00pm March 25, 2019)

I live Kathy Ruggle's books. I am currently working on the K-9 Unit
series and look forward to this new series. We lived in Colorado for 3
years and she definitely has the feel of the area in her books. It is a
wonderful place and we miss it. She was definitely My best "new
author" find a year or so ago.
(Patricia Barraclough 7:19pm March 25, 2019)

My heart began to beat a little faster while reading about the plot of this book. It sounds really exciting. Thanks for the contest.
(Anna Speed 1:59am March 26, 2019)

Loving the sound of this book!
(Colleen Conklin 1:18pm March 26, 2019)

I love romantic suspense! Sounds like there's a bit of humor
too based on the description 'cheerfully, annoyingly gorgeous
frenemy'.
(Diane Sallans 2:47pm March 26, 2019)

Please enter me in your great contest. I would love to win
your great book and I love the cover too! Thank You very much.
Cecilia CECE
(Cecilia Dunbar Hernandez 2:50pm March 26, 2019)

Katie, your books are so good. I'm looking forward to
reading this!
(Kathleen Bylsma 6:02pm March 26, 2019)

Just reading the excerpt has gotten me so excited! I can't
wait to read this book. Thank you for the chance!
(Angela Sanford 5:12am March 27, 2019)

sounds like a book I would really enjoy reading curled up
on the couch
(Vickie Couturier 8:47am March 27, 2019)

The book sounds great. Thanks for the chance to win. Best of luck with it!
(Nancy Reynolds 9:51am March 27, 2019)

I love a great romantic suspense! Sounds fantastic!
(Candy Voisine 10:12pm March 27, 2019)

I loved the Search and Rescue series. Looking forward to
starting on Bounty Hunters.
(Melanie Rosen 10:25pm March 27, 2019)

I would enjoy reading your book.
(Jackie Wisherd 10:57pm March 27, 2019)

Oh my goodness this is right up my alley Search and Rescue
are so good and them bounty hunter step in oh gosh thank
you for offering a print as my fingers are crippled and can
only do print due to RSD which has taken my entire body. I
would love to read and revuew on 2 sites !
(Peggy Clayton 12:23pm March 28, 2019)

I like enemies to lovers stories.
(Cheryl Castings 5:21pm March 28, 2019)

love the cover. so sexy
(Emily Stemp 9:57pm March 28, 2019)

These books are some of the only ones I can read in print
these days. I listen to audiobooks about 95% of the time,
but I have to know what happens in these books before the
audio is available.
(Karin Anderson 9:54am March 29, 2019)

I'm ready to read more!
(Jana B 8:28pm March 29, 2019)

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(Ross Jonnes 4:34am December 3, 2019)

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