10 Feb '18

Review – Survive the Night by Katie Ruggle (2 Stars)

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Survive the Night by Katie Ruggle
Series: Rocky Mountain K9 Unit #3
Published by Sourcebooks, Inc. on 2018-02-06
Genres: Action & Adventure, Romance, Suspense
Pages: 416
Format: eBook
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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.

FTC : I pre-ordered this book.

I don’t know what to say. I wanted to love this book because I ADORED the first two in the series but I didn’t. In fact, I was a little bored.

As with the other books in the series, we begin with a woman in danger being whisked away into a new life. Sarah is being held captive, by her abusive git of a brother, in a life that she desperately wants to escape. When he tries to gift her to a very bad man in exchange for a better working relationship, she realises that she has to leave. She is saved by the shadowy Mr Espina and off she goes to Monroe, the unfortunate town that gets all these escaping women and their dangerous baggage.

When Otto and Sarah meet, there is insta-attraction. When she moves in with him, after her brother finds her (which is the same situation used in the second book), they grow closer through their love of animals and overly nice personalities. Of course, the brother keeps on coming back for more and then things just got a bit silly (I won’t spoil it for anyone who wants to read it).

What didn’t work for me is probably easier to explain than what did. Firstly, I found the characters too nice and because of this there was no real tension in their relationship. I couldn’t feel the heat in their story as their was no fight in either of them for, or about, each other. They just kind of fell into a relationship and plodded along through it which is just not my type of romance. 100% of the conflict was external and even the description of Otto as a “Viking” didn’t work to bring another dimension to his character, or their relationship, as it just didn’t fit with what we actually saw of his character throughout the book.

I also really, really struggled with the action scenes. I don’t know if it was me (it may have been) but I couldn’t feel any tension in them and I found myself zoning out often. They were a bit too long and a bit too wordy for me to fully dig my teeth into them and, for me, they did not enhance the book at all. It started to border on silly at one point and I did consider putting the book down once or twice.

So what did I like? I mean, there must be something as I finished the book? Honestly? I think it was the other characters in the book, including the animals. I’m a sucker for those kids from the first book (so cute), and I loved reading about all the animals although  I have no idea why. I didn’t mind either Otto or Sarah; I just couldn’t find anything that actually made me like them or really care about their story.

 

I loved the other two books in the series but I’m not a fan of this one. I will read the next one because I need to know the outcome of that book but this won’t be a reread.

 

two-stars

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