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.On the Chase by Katie Ruggle
Series: Rocky Mountain K9 Unit #2
Also by this author: Gone Too Deep
Genres: Action, Contemporary, Romance, Romantic Suspense
Release Date: September 5, 2017
Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca
Format: ARC, E-book
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After witnessing a horrifying crime, Kaylee is forced to flee to a small Colorado mountain town and take on a new identity. There she becomes Grace, a dog kennel worker trying to avoid the dangerously attractive K-9 Officer Hugh Murdoch.
When an accident leaves Hugh and his K-9 partner, Lexi, on desk duty, both are anxious for Hugh to heal. Until then, the highlight of his day is teasing the beautiful but mysterious new kennel employee. Their simmering attraction fuels a passionate kiss—interrupted by a sniper’s bullet. With targets on both of their backs, Grace and Hugh will do whatever it takes to stay alive…not realizing the most dangerous threat of all is hiding right in front of their noses.
Rocky Mountain K9 Unit Series: Run to Ground (Book 1)On the Chase (Book 2)
On the Chase is the second novel in the Rocky Mountain K9 Unit series. At the start of this story we meet Kaylee who is dating a man that she thinks to be perfect. Her best friend though feels otherwise about him. Kaylee should have listened to her best friend’s wisdom because while at a dinner hosted at her date’s relatives Kaylee stumbles upon a horrifying situation. I really enjoyed the start of this story because it amped up the story’s suspense element.
Kaylee soon finds that she has to “disappear” and start a whole new life as “Grace.” Her character did not take the transition well but luckily, she was placed in a town where there was a family in a similar situation. Kaylee’s character to me was a wee bit whiney. At the same time though, I kind of get it that the situation is unfair and living at one level of comfort then dropping to an entirely other one would be disheartening. In the end, yeah didn’t love or hate this character.
In her new life as “Grace,” Kaylee is introduced to the local law enforcement via her roommate, who happens to be dating one of the local officers (their story can be found in book 1, Run to Ground). Grace of course wants nothing to do with the police but finds herself at the attention of Hugh Murdoch. After being shot in the line of duty, Hugh has too much time on his hands and is usually showing up at crime scenes. When he discovers that there is a new woman in town who is obviously hiding the truth about herself, he makes it his business to find out what he can about this “Grace” character.
Hugh might not trust that Grace is telling the truth but he does find himself strangely attracted to her. Not sure if she is on the run because of her actions or that of another person, Hugh makes sure to keep close tabs on Grace. Now this portion of the story may rub some readers wrong because Hugh steps over some privacy lines and is compared to that of a stalker. I let it slide because it was very obvious that Grace was hiding things and he was concerned about her endangerment potential to his partner’s love interest and her young siblings. It did not take away from the story for me. As things heat up for Grace so does the relationship between Grace and Hugh. As the danger increases it becomes unclear if it is Grace or Hugh being targeted for elimination. Together they must ferret out the clues and put an end to the attempts on their lives.
I really enjoyed reading On the Chase. I thought the relationship that developed between Hugh and Kaylee, “Grace,” was built on more than just sexual attraction. There is a bond that develops between these two characters and although it does lead very quickly to something rather serious, it is not over the top. I absolutely love the inclusion of the canine, Lexi, her part was written perfectly. Overall, this was an entertaining read that had the perfect blend of mystery, suspense, romance and humor. It was a good read!
*Thank you to NetGalley & Sourcebooks Casablanca for this eARC of On the Chase*