Through the Fire by Katie Ruggle Release Date: August 28, 2018 Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca Book #4 in the Rocky Mountain K9 Unit series Number of Pages: 399 Kindle Edition Source: MCL Romantic Suspense M/F Rating: R Read 1/29/19 to 1/30/19
Kit Jernigan despairs of ever fitting in with her new tight-knit K9 unit—they’ve been through too much to welcome a stranger. So when a killer strikes, it’s a fight to convince her fellow officers to trust her long enough to catch the woman she knows is responsible.
She can’t do it on her own. What she needs most is a partner: local fire spotter Wesley March.
Wes knows in his heart that Kit is right, and he’s willing to leave his lonely tower to help her prove it. But the more time they spend together, the hotter the fire smolders…and the more danger they’re in. A member of the K9 unit’s inner circle is determined to have her revenge—no matter who gets burned in the process.
This time, it’s personal.
Katie Ruggle is a genius. Throughout this series, the reader has gotten to know the K9 officers of Monroe, Colorado, as well as their significant others. The author blew me away with the way she brought Kit into the mix and helped the reader to understand the feelings of being an outsider Kit would have in such an environment. Of course, we know why the guys and their gals would be so secretive. We understand why they would be protective of Elena. We get the fear of outsiders they whole gang naturally has at this point. To Kit, it feels as if she’s being shunned and her instincts are being dismissed.
The silver lining of her new job in Monroe for Kit is meeting the burly fire spotter, Wes. Oh, Wes. Beautiful, awkward, brilliant, geeky, lovable Wes. I don’t know that I’ve read another hero so endearing with his lack of social skills. Another thing that struck me about this story is the author didn’t define Wes. Which means I’m not going to define him. Just know he is gloriously different and very specific. His was of looking at the world brought a smile to my face over and over.
Not only did I love Kit’s instincts, I also loved her way with kids. Jules’ siblings took to her immediately and all of the dogs love her, how can you deny that’s a good person? On top of all of that, Kit and Wes have the sweetest chemistry. They’re both unsure of themselves win it comes to romantic relationships yet somehow help each other over any awkward bumps in the road that they hit along the way. Their relationship develops in the innocent way of a middle school couple with all of the maturity and life experience of being an adult thrown in. I thoroughly enjoyed watching them come together.
While I’m not sure if this is the last story of the series, I know I will be seeking out more books by this author. She always hooks me from the start and keeps me turning pages.