Thursday, March 31, 2016

Book #Review: On His Watch (Search and Rescue, Book 0.5) by Katie Ruggle

About On His Watch:

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...

Ice rescue diver Derek Warner never meant to be a hero. But when two little girls go missing, he's the first in line to bring them home-even if that means scouring the wilderness with the woman he once loved and lost, Artemis Rey.

Artemis has never stopped wanting Derek. Now, racing to find the girls before it's too late, minutes turn to hours. Night falls. Old flames rekindle. And a danger grows in the darkest wilderness that may be more than even the Search and Rescue brotherhood can hope to face...

Book Details:

File Size: 464 KB
Print Length: 100 pages
Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca
Publication Date: January 5, 2016
Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
Language: English

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My Review:

Derek Warner and the rest of the Search and Rescue Team have been called to demonstrate their abilities in front of a class on a field trip. While Derek is discussing his job and what it entails, a boy from the class walks out onto the ice. When he breaks through and disappears, the class gets to see first hand how a rescue team works. After all the chaos dies down, two little girls from the class disappear.

Artemis Rey can't believe that the person demonstrating search and rescue is her old flame, Derek. When Chase falls through the ice and his two classmates disappear, her only solace in the situation is that Derek is trained to help in both situations. But when they get paired together to search for the girls, everything that both Artemis and Derek have kept buried bubbles back to the surface with a vengeance.

Katie Ruggle is a new author for me and the free prequel has me hooked on her Search and Rescue series.  On His Watch is an engaging romantic suspense novel. The serious parts of the book - the ice rescue and the search for the girls - isn't overshadowed by the romance. The sparks are evident between Artemis and Derek yet they don't let them interfere (much) with the search for the girls.

The author's writing style is great.  I was engaged quickly and the content kept me focused.  I plan to continue the series as the storylines are interesting.  Katie weaves several themes throughout the story, keeping the book from becoming stale.  There isn't so much going on that detracts from anything, either.  

The characters were well developed, especially since this is a novella.  The world building was good even though there is a spot in the novella regarding a cabin and footprints that wasn't really explored much beyond the initial discovery.  I hope that more of that comes to light in one of the next books, otherwise it was just a random filler that was a bit longer than necessary.  Otherwise, the novella was great.

My review copy is a verified Amazon purchase.

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