This review is based on a complimentary book I received from NetGalley. It is an honest and voluntary review. The complimentary receipt of it in no way affected my review or rating.Gone Too Deep by Katie Ruggle
Series: Search and Rescue #3
Also by this author: On the Chase, Survive the Night
Genres: Romantic Suspense
Release Date: August 2, 2016
Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca
Purchase at: Amazon
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...
George Holloway has spent his life alone, exploring the treacherous beauty of the Colorado Rockies. He's the best survival expert Search and Rescue has, which makes him the obvious choice to lead Ellie Price through deadly terrain to find her missing father. There's just one problem-Ellie's everything George isn't. She's a city girl, charming, gregarious, delicate, small. And when she looks up at him with those big, dark eyes, he swears he would tear the world apart to keep her safe.
With a killer on the loose, he may have no choice.
Ellie's determined to find her father no matter the cost. But as she and her gorgeous mountain of a guide fight their way through an unforgiving wilderness, they find themselves in the crosshairs of a dangerous man in search of revenge. And they are now his prey...
So to be honest, I wanted to read this book mostly because the synopsis sounded interesting but also partly due to the fact that the guy on the cover looks like “Elliot” from the television show Leverage and I loved that show. You can decide for yourself if you see the resemblance. Just look at this picture below and compare to the cover. Right?!
This story starts off in Chicago where we meet Eleanor “Ellie” Price who is on a date with a friend of her boss. While at the club she receives a phone call from her estranged and mentally ill father, Baxter, who is spouting off about his friend being killed and that people are coming for him. What is a daughter to do? Driven by worry Ellie proceeds to fly out to the location that her father said he would be heading for, a family cabin high in the woods near Simpson, Colorado.
A resident of this town, George Holloway, is a search and rescue volunteer who has lived in Simpson all of his life. He has been alone for many years and has developed the habit of not speaking to anyone unless it is completely necessary. For me that is an intriguing addition to this story but the “why” of it is never explained. When Ellie runs into George she is taken aback by this man and is also a bit intimidated by him. Unfortunately as it turns out George is most likely the only person who can successfully take Ellie to find her father.
Determined to find her father whatever the cost Ellie and George set out but little did they know that they were not the only ones seeking Baxter. It seems that Baxter was not as paranoid as Ellie had assumed and before they know it they are fighting for their lives. Desperate to stay alive, desperate to find her father, Ellie and George must overcome many obstacles to achieve their goal of bringing Baxter back.
There were many elements of this story that I really enjoyed, for instance the developing relationship between George and Ellie. I found that to be believable. The supporting characters were quirky and there was plenty of humor to be found. The romance angle has a slow build and smolder that I found to be just right given how the characters were developed.
I did find the protagonists to be developed but not fully. The supporting characters were static, which is fine in some cases but when written as confidantes they should never be static because then it starts to detract from the story as it was in this case. I would have enjoyed seeing them rounded out. The antagonists were also flat like a pancake and their background was never really fleshed out. The subplots were tied together loosely but the overall plot had parts that were left hanging, unfinished, or finished in a hurried way that left me going “really?” because it felt disconnected.
The romance angle was sweet and I have no real complaints there. There are sexy times, funny times, and suspenseful times. Overall it was a nice read and I did enjoy reading this story.
*Thank you to Sourcebooks & NetGalley for this ARC of Gone Too Deep*