Thrifty Thursday: Turn the Tide by Katie Ruggle, Adriana Anders, Juno Rushdan, Connie Mann @KatieRuggle ‏@AdrianasBoudoir @JunoRushdan ‏@CaptConnieMann ‏@SourcebooksCasa ‏ #ThriftyThursday

Posted April 4, 2019 by Anne - Books of My Heart in Book Review, Thrifty Thursday / 16 Comments

The purpose of Thrifty Thursday is to read a book which was free (at some point).

Kindle freebie on March 5, 2019  (currently still free at Amazon and Barnes & Noble as of writing this post)

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Thrifty Thursday: Turn the Tide by Katie Ruggle, Adriana Anders, Juno Rushdan, Connie Mann @KatieRuggle ‏@AdrianasBoudoir @JunoRushdan ‏@CaptConnieMann ‏@SourcebooksCasa ‏ #ThriftyThursdayTurn the Tide by Katie Ruggle, Adriana Anders, Juno Rushdan, Connie Mann
Series: Rocky Mountain Bounty Hunters, Survival Instincts
Published by Sourcebooks Casablanca on March 5, 2019
Genres: Romantic Suspense
Pages: 314
Format: eBook
Source: Purchased
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Any Means Necessary by Katie Ruggle
Katie Ruggle brings trademark wit and warmth to her introduction of a family of five bounty hunter sisters making the Rocky Mountains a safer place—finding love and sowing chaos along the way.

More from Katie Ruggle: In Her Sights (Book 1, Rocky Mountain Bounty Hunter series)

Deep Blue by Adriana Anders
Adriana Anders plunges readers into a thrilling tale of survival (and steamy romance) as a deep sea diver and a former SEAL escape a derelict oil rig overrun with men who have a secret worth killing for.

More from Adriana Anders: Whiteout (Book 1, Survival Instincts series)

No Way Out by Juno Rushdan
Juno Rushdan turns up the pressure in a high-octane, non-stop thriller where one woman's defiance—and her fierce love for the man she could never forget—may be all that's standing in the way of a new bioterror threat.

More from Juno Rushdan: Every Last Breath (Book 1, Final Hour series)

Beyond Home by Connie Mann
Connie Mann shows that in central Florida's untamed wilderness, paradise has a dark side, and the heroes of the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) are trained to face the worst that man—and nature—can dish out.

More from Connie Mann: Beyond Risk (Book 1, Florida Wildlife Warriors series)

Turn the Tide is a pulse-pounding collection of novellas by some of the brightest names in the genre.


I love this anthology!  It has the novellas in four new series from Sourcebooks Casablanca.  Two authors, Katie Ruggle and Adriana Anders, are ones I have read and enjoyed very much. The other two are new to me.  I appreciate greatly having these in a freebie to decide how I might like the new series.

Turn the Tide was highly enjoyable, highlighting four new series in a genre I favor. I think all the stories were well-written and I expect to read all the series which is an unusually high amount for an anthology.


Any Means Necessary by Katie Ruggle          2.5 hearts

The beginning of the Rocky Mountain Bounty Hunters did not really help me get started on the series.  I had already read In Her Sights and was looking for some previous introduction to the main couple. Instead, it made clear Molly didn’t know John, so the insta-love was even more baffling.  The world is starting to be built and a bit about the family. I already know I enjoy this author and will continue with the series.

Deep Blue by Adriana Anders                       4 hearts

Here we have Zoe, from a non-profit  protecting sea wildlife and Eric, a navy SEAL who end up battling against big corporate corruption. In a novella, there is little enough world and character building. Regardless, I thought the author handled it well and set the groundwork for the first book in the Survival Instincts series, Whiteout. It focuses on Eric’s brother who works for big corporate as a research scientist.  I’ll be looking forward to get this one.  I’ve loved the books I’ve read from this author, so it’s not a surprise. She brings on the action and the heart-pounding emotion.

No Way Out by Juno Rushdan                       4 hearts

Rushdan is a new author. The stories in the Final Hour series deal with government agents who find some of their co-workers and some politicians to be corrupt and willing to easily use agents as disposable tools.  Our couples end up being the ones risking themselves to do the right thing and falling in love in the process.  Ashley and Logan have known each other for years before Logan is asked to bring her in when she has fled her current mission. The danger had me on edge and on a roller-coaster of emotions.  The bad guys and the good guys are all too comfortable with just killing any one in their way.  I’ve already requested and received Every Last Breath which is next in the series.

Beyond Home by Connie Mann                     3.5 hearts

Sarah comes home to Florida and almost immediately runs into her high school love, Marco. Of course, they end up trying to save a women from a tropical storm and have a chance to figure out why things went wrong in the past.  Sarah is a nurse; Marco is law enforcement.  The first book  in the Florida Wildlife Warrior series, actually comes before this one, with two of the other officers. Beyond Risk was released in January and I need to find and read it.


These are only Kindle freebies I get, or ones through author newsletters which anyone can sign up and get for free. I don’t include things like Kindle Unlimited or Prime Free Reading (I do have it). Both Tantor and Audible have occasional free audios (to anyone) and I do include those.  Since I one-click on 1-2 freebies a day or probably at least 5 a week, I came up with this feature to make sure I start reading them.

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About Adriana Anders

Adriana Anders writes romance that’s dark, smart, and full of heart. She has acted and sung, slung cocktails and corrected copy. She’s worked for start-ups, multinationals and small nonprofits, but it wasn’t until she returned to her first love—writing romance—that she finally felt like she’d come home. Today, she resides with her tall French husband, two small children and fat bastard of a French cat in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, where she writes the dark, gritty, emotional love stories of her heart.

Her award-winning debut novel, Under Her Skin, the first in the Blank Canvas series, will be out from Sourcebooks Casablanca in February 2017.

About Connie Mann

Connie Mann is a licensed boat captain and loves writing romantic suspense stories set in Florida’s small towns and unspoiled wilderness. She is the author of Beyond Risk, (Florida Wildlife Warriors #1), the Safe Harbor series (Tangled Lies, Hidden Threat, Deadly Melody), as well as Angel Falls and Trapped! She has lived in seven different states but this weather wimp has happily called the Ocala area home for more than twenty years.

When she’s not dreaming up plotlines, you’ll find “Captain Connie” on the Silver River, introducing boats full of schoolchildren to their first alligator. She is also passionate about helping women and children in developing countries break the poverty cycle and build a better future for themselves and their families. Besides boating, she and her husband enjoy hanging out with their grown children and extended family and planning their next adventure.

About Juno Rushdan

Juno Rushdan draws from real-life inspiration as a former U.S. Air Force Intelligence Officer to craft sizzling romantic thrillers. However, you won’t find any classified leaks here. Her stories are pure fiction about kick-ass heroes and strong heroines fighting for their lives as well as their happily-ever-after.

Although Juno is a native New Yorker, wanderlust has taken her across the globe. Fortunately, she is blessed with a husband who shares her passion for travel, movies, and fantastic food. She’s visited more than twenty different countries and has lived in England and Germany. Her favorite destination for relaxation is the Amalfi Coast, Italy for its stunning seascape, cliffside lemon groves, terraced vineyards, amazing pasta, and to-die-for vino.

When she’s not writing, Juno loves spending time with her family. Exercise is not her favorite thing to do, but she squeezes some in since chocolate and red wine aren’t calorie-free.

She currently resides in Virginia with her supportive hubby, two dynamic children, and spoiled rescue dogs

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 April 4, 2019 by Anne - Books of My Heart in Book Review, Thrifty Thursday / 16 Comments

16 responses to “Thrifty Thursday: Turn the Tide by Katie Ruggle, Adriana Anders, Juno Rushdan, Connie Mann

  1. I read the Ruggle one after In Her Sights looking to see if it filled in the romance intro for me. LOL. It didn’t, but oh well. I actually struggled with Beyond Risk when I read it so I am hoping that this novella will get me more interested in the Wildlife series since its a new couple. The other two are new to me so I’m looking forward to the intro.

    • I especially liked that even though they were novellas they did a fairly good job with the character and world building. Sometimes it’s too little to make a good story if that makes sense. These held together pretty well.

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