Review: Survive the Night by Katie Ruggle

Posted February 8, 2018 by Minx

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.

Review: Survive the Night by Katie Ruggle Survive the Night by Katie Ruggle
Series: Rocky Mountain K9 Unit #3
Also in this series:On the Chase
Also by this author: Gone Too Deep, On the Chase
Genres: Action, Contemporary, Romance, Romantic Suspense
Release Date: February 6, 2018
Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca
Format: ARC
Source: NetGalley
Pages: 416
ISBN: 1492643106
Purchase at: Amazon Barnes & Noble Book Depository Google Play Kobo
Minx's Rating:
Heat Factor:two-half-flames

He's always been a haven:For the lost. The sick. The injured.But when a hunted woman takes shelter in his arms, this gentle giant swears he'll do more than heal her battered spirit―he'll defend her with his life.

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.


To say that Survive the Night is my favorite book in the Rocky Mountain K9 Unit series would be an absolutely true statement! I did not think that I was going to love Otto Gunnersen’s character as much as I did because I usually prefer more alpha male type characters but I loved Otto! He was so sweet and bumbling but at the same time fiercely protective, a girl could just eat him up.


“Turning instinctively to follow, Otto realized that he hadn’t said a word to Sarah. He twisted around, but he couldn’t think of anything to say, so he just raised a hand in an awkward, clumsy wave that embarrassed him even as he was doing it. Sarah blinked and then slowly, cautiously, lifted a hand in response.”


Too cute! Alice aka Sarah Clifton had been a virtual prisoner in her family home, first by her father and then by her brother once her father had passed on. She was both innocent and hardened. She never had things like freedom, friends, or relationships but she also knew first hand that people could be cruel and dishonest. When she landed in Monroe, Colorado she never expected that she would be able to have it all. All she wanted was to stay ahead of her brother because she knew that he would be coming for her because he did not take losing very well.


“He finally looked away from Sarah to focus on Jules. “Puppies. Curtis Trammel’s shepherd was hit by a car.” “He brought them to you?” Before he answered, Grace spoke again. “Of course he did. You’re the Dr. Doolittle around here, after all.” Otto gave an uncomfortable half shrug, but Sarah had stopped pretending not to stare at him. He was a Viking lumberjack cop who bottle-fed orphaned puppies? If he’d spent years trying to think of the most effective punch to the ovaries, he couldn’t have come up with a better plan.”


Both Sarah and Otto are smitten with each other but they are so cute and awkward around each other that you just can’t help loving them together. Unfortunately, trouble just seems to follow Sarah and no matter how hard they try to prevent it, trouble just seems to keep coming for her. This made Sarah certain that she was only bringing trouble to the doorstep of her friends in Monroe. She was ready to leave that town if only to keep her friends and Otto safe, plus she never really planned on staying there. Monroe was just a safe place to get her legs underneath her is all. Despite her conviction there was something about Otto that kept her solidly planted where she was. Together her and Otto would have to define what was blooming between them and work together to bring an end to the reign of terror that was besieging Sarah.

What a sweet, humorous, sexy and did I say HILARIOUS story Survive the Night was. I love that all the characters from the series were involved in this story and I loved the addition of the furry characters as well. I felt that the pacing was fantastic and I have to say that the opening scenes had my heart beating quite rapidly as I was afraid for Sarah. Also, I just love Mateo Espina and the role he plays in this series, everyone needs a guy like that to swoop in when they need someone. Survive the Night is a book that I just can’t recommend enough! I am also thrilled that it is not to be the last book in this series, there is a book four titled Through the Fire and you can bet that I will be looking forward to that book!

*Thank you to Netgalley & Sourcebooks Casablanca for this eARC of Survive the Night*


About Katie Ruggle

Author 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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