In Safe Hands (Search and Rescue)

30123202._SY475_In Safe Hands
by Katie Ruggle
Release Date:  October 4, 2016
Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca
Book #4 in the Search and Rescue series
Number of Pages: 395
Source:  Melcat
Romantic Suspense M/F
Rating:  R
Read 7/4/19 to 7/7/19


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…

It’s all come down to this…

Daisy Little has lived in agoraphobic terror for over eight years. Trapped within a prison of her own making, she watches time pass through her bedroom window. Daisy knows she’ll never be a part of the world… until the day she becomes the sole witness of a terrible crime that may finally tear the Search and Rescue brotherhood apart for good.

I’m so happy Chris got his HEA.  He’s been a favorite in this series from the start.  While I’ve been disappointed that he never got the girl in those past books (until the “girl” in question would meet their true love and I’d understand why Chris wasn’t the right person), I see now he was just holding out for his Rapunzel.

Daisy is really amazing.  I find it amusing that when she first meets Lou it comes out that Lou pictured her as an Amish grandmother, because when she’s first mentioned in Fan the Flames that’s how I pictured her, too.  As more of a geriatric shut-in than a young lady with agoraphobia.  While the agoraphobia holds Daisy back in many ways, she also leads a pretty full life within the walls of her house.  The understanding and friendship she gets from Chris is very sweet.  Once her circle of friends expands, we just get to see that Daisy is as wonderful of a human as she seems before she was being sociable.

All the bombshells that were dropped in the last book, Gone Too Deep, came together in this book.  Sometimes a bit more slowly than I would have hoped, but the author really had it play out in a realistic way.  Of course, Chris wouldn’t instantly think the culprit was who it was.  And even when things started to become clear for Daisy and her friends, they were still pretty far off because of pre-conceived ideas of certain people in town.

I never really understood Daisy’s dad, Gabe.  I kept waiting for more to come of that character. Or maybe the antiques he brought her to have some deeper significance to the story.  There was just something about Gabe and all that surrounded the few interactions he had with Daisy that makes me think there was more to that part of the story that got cut in edits.  The story is still a well-rounded and full story, but the character himself was not well-rounded.

Although I felt some of this story moved slowly, I still wanted to keep turning those pages. Katie Ruggle does a wonderful job of writing groups of friends who are warm and fun to be around.

3.5 stars

About Cheri

I'm the mom of two boys and wife to my high school sweetheart. Our oldest, Josh, is living at home while working and paying off student loans. Our youngest, Griffin recently left his active duty Army job and is now National Guard here at home. He moved back to Michigan with his wife Kirsten and our beautiful granddaughter Hazel. I work part time and try to fit as much reading into my life as possible.
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