Survive the Night by Katie Ruggle @KatieRuggle ‏@SourcebooksCasa

Posted February 6, 2018 by Anne - Books of My Heart in Book Review / 4 Comments

Review copy was received from NetGalley. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Survive the Night by Katie Ruggle @KatieRuggle ‏@SourcebooksCasa Survive the Night by Katie Ruggle
Series: Rocky Mountain K9 Unit #3
Published by Sourcebooks Casablanca on February 6, 2018
Genres: Romantic Suspense
Pages: 416
Format: eARC
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K9 Officer Otto Gunnersen always had a soft spot for anyone in need. As Monroe's very own Dr. Doolittle, he dedicates himself to rehabilitating the injured souls that cross his path—but for all his big heart, he's never been in love.

Until he meets Sarah Clifton's haunted eyes. Until he realizes he'll do anything to save her.

All Sarah wants is to escape a life caught between ambitious crime families, but there's no outrunning her past. Her power-mad brother would hunt her to the ends of the earth...but he'd never expect Sarah to fight back. With Otto and the whole of Monroe, Colorado by her side, Sarah's finally ready to face whatever comes her way.

It's time to take a stand.


It was great to come back to the Rocky Mountain K9 Unit series.   I was happy to see the people in this small Colorado mountain town, the couples from the previous two books and especially, the kids. I LOVE those kids. They are real and important in a way nothing else is, well, the animals are the real deal, also.  I listened to the first book Run to Ground and have read the following books, including Survive the Night.

The beginning was slow going and parts didn’t quite connect for me. Hugh was much less funny, and I missed his humor.  We learn about Sarah and why she comes to Monroe. We start to learn a bit about Otto. He has been a quiet mystery so far.  Things kind of jumped around until  the action began when Sarah was found. View Spoiler »

Once things went into high gear, both Otto and Sarah showed how strong they were and how smart. I was so proud of Sarah. Otto is an awesome guy. Their relationship happens extremely fast, as often is the case in this genre, with the life and death situations. People realize what they want and could lose very fast. Of course, those amazing kids play their role in saving the day. The title is apt; I wasn’t sure who would survive the night.

The horrifying setup for the next one, in August 2018,  Through The Fire, will definitely involve the kids.  Or will it? The ending here points to it, but the next blurb sounds like it will involve a couple of people we haven’t met yet. I look forward to visiting Monroe with these people I now know and love.   Especially,  if there is more time with the kids.


Giggle-worthy quote:

Sarah stared at him, quiet as well, her neutral expression not giving him any clues about what she was thinking. The longer the silence continued, the more frantically Otto tried to come up with something to say and the blanker his mind became. He had the terrible thought that something completely inappropriate would pop out, something about how pretty she was or how scared or how he wanted to keep her safe.

Otto stopped worrying about not saying something and started worrying that he would say something mortally embarrassing that would make her hate him forever. The seconds ticked by, the faint chatter coming from the kitchen and the low hum of the wind outside pressing against the house the only sounds. Neither looked away.

“Wow. This is awkward,” Grace said. “Otto, when I said you weren’t allowed to interrogate her, I didn’t mean to ban all polite conversation. You can, you know, tell her it’s nice to meet her or make some comment about the weather.”


About 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.

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Posted February 6, 2018 by Anne - Books of My Heart in Book Review / 4 Comments

4 responses to “Survive the Night by Katie Ruggle

    • Thanks Lexxie. Romantic suspense is one of my favorite genres; this series is fun but not very realistic except the kids. I was so glad to see Alice / Sarah make decisions. But I’m all about the kids.

  1. Melanie

    I’m waiting on the audio. I’m hoping that Tantor hasn’t dropped this series and is just behind on it (they’ve done both, late release dates and dropped series). I really love this series.