Through the Fire (Rocky Mountain K9 Unit, #4)
Kit Jernigan despairs of ever fitting in with her new tight-knit K9 unit. They've been through too much to open their arms to a stranger―and as mysterious fires begin raging across Monroe, she can't convince them to trust her long enough to catch the woman she knows is responsible.Wesley March, local fire spotter, knows Kit is right, and he's willing to help her prove it. But the more time they spend together, the closer they get...and the more danger they're in. A member of the K9 unit's inner circle is determined to get revenge―no matter who gets burned in the process. This time, it's personal.Rocky Mountain K-9 Unit Series: Run to Ground (Book 1)On the Chase (Book 2)Survive the Night (Book 3)Through the Fire (Book 4)

Through the Fire (Rocky Mountain K9 Unit, #4) Details

TitleThrough the Fire (Rocky Mountain K9 Unit, #4)
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseAug 28th, 2018
PublisherSourcebooks Casablanca
ISBN-139781492664581
Rating
GenreRomance, Romantic Suspense, Contemporary, Suspense

Through the Fire (Rocky Mountain K9 Unit, #4) Review

  • Mindy Lou's Book Review
    January 1, 1970
    Kit Jernigan is the new K9 officer in Monroe with her tracking dog Justice, the bloodhound. They just left their last home when Kit turned in her corrupt partner and things got uncomfortable. Looking for a fresh start, Monroe seemed like a quiet mountain town to settle in for her new job. She learns pretty quickly that Monroe isn't as quiet as she thinks.Wesley March is the local fire spotter who rarely comes to town. He's a genius with math and electronics but lacks the social skills that make Kit Jernigan is the new K9 officer in Monroe with her tracking dog Justice, the bloodhound. They just left their last home when Kit turned in her corrupt partner and things got uncomfortable. Looking for a fresh start, Monroe seemed like a quiet mountain town to settle in for her new job. She learns pretty quickly that Monroe isn't as quiet as she thinks.Wesley March is the local fire spotter who rarely comes to town. He's a genius with math and electronics but lacks the social skills that make him comfortable around people. He rarely comes to town until he meets Kit, who seems to draw him out of his shell.I loved Wes and Kit so much. I'm such a fan of quirky characters and I loved how Kit was so charmed by Wes. It breaks my heart a little when Wes struggled with reading her at times but Kit knew exactly how to set him at ease. On top of such great main characters, I loved seeing all the characters from the previous books. We finally got to see a resolution to the unresolved issue from book one's characters. The only thing I wish was different was the cover of the book. The main character is police woman with a k9 dog so I think the cover should reflect that.I really enjoyed this series and highly recommend it. It has a little bit of everything from action, suspense, and a bit of romcom. Add in dogs and children and I was just as charmed by these characters.
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  • ♥ WishfulMiss ♥
    January 1, 1970
    This was an awesome read even though I equal parts hated and loved it. Which is probably why I enjoyed it so much. . .Even though I felt conflicted about past characters, the MCs, Wes and Kit, managed to really click with me and I was 100% invested in their story. When you can connect with the characters so strongly, even when the story doesn't pan out how you expected, its still pretty awesome to see it through to the end. I've probably said it before but KR writes some amazing characters that This was an awesome read even though I equal parts hated and loved it. Which is probably why I enjoyed it so much. . .Even though I felt conflicted about past characters, the MCs, Wes and Kit, managed to really click with me and I was 100% invested in their story. When you can connect with the characters so strongly, even when the story doesn't pan out how you expected, its still pretty awesome to see it through to the end. I've probably said it before but KR writes some amazing characters that you can't help but fall for :)Kit and her loyal canine partner, Justice have just transferred to Monroe after she gained a bad reputation for ratting out her partner for illegal dealings. She's looking for a fresh start and determined to get along with her new team. Her optimistic plans are kind of shot to hell right from the start when a arson in the area pits her against her fellow officers. Lucky for her, Kit makes friends with one person who makes her instantly feel right at home. Wes works with the forest service and shares the same suspicions as Kit. Tired of fighting Hugh and Theo on what she should and shouldn't do in an active investigation, Kit finds herself instead, teaming up with Wes to uncover the arsonist and murderer hiding in their midst. What I liked about it: I liked Kit right from the start and it sucked to see her feeling instantly alienated in Monroe, but especially by her supposed team of fellow officers. I seriously hated that she had to fight so hard to prove herself, when it had nothing to do with her but rather the guys' own misgivings and assumptions. I warmed to her right away and it was easy to like her. She was loyal, funny and sweet. She was a strong heroine who knew her own limitations but also her strengths. She was refreshing.With this author, I'm not surprised that I loved her latest Hero. Wes was just so endearing and charming in his own unique way. I loved him from his blushing to his beard, to his formal talk and his half smiles. Like Kit, I found him amusing and adorably sexy *fans self* Together, these two were a great team :) Memorable Moment: I was pretty charmed by the sweet if a eccentric Wes from the very beginning but the Wes or Wesley scene. . . I loved how adorable he was. "Should I call you Wes or Wesley? Or Mr. March?"After another pause, he blew out an audible breath. "Not Mr. March. I like how the other two sound when you say them, though. Could I have some time to think about this and get back to you?"She laughed, a delighted huff that she couldn't hold back. he was different, yes, but in a surprisingly lovely way. What I didn't like about it: Hugh and Theo. Agh! Both came off as bumbling idiots! What. Happened? So aggravating and I definitely felt Kit's frustration when it came to dealing with their gullibility. A shame because in previous books, both guys seemed intelligent and capable, but from Kit and Wes' POV, they both came off as jerks and too easily manipulated by a pair of doe eyes and a sob story. To disregard protocol simply because they didn't want to rock the boat? It was TSTL! I hate to say it but I really didn't like this side of them :( Where were their spidey senses? Gut instincts? These guys are seasoned cops and they literally turned a blind eye to things that not only Kit questions but simple civilians like Wes and Vicky - who have no training, did? Made no sense.* * * ARC provided for an honest review * * *I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own. SAFETY INFO: (view spoiler)[Ages : No specific ages were mentioned but I guess both MCs are in their late 20's to early 30's. No mention of sexual past, neither were virgin.Cheating :None.OM/OW drama : None.Separation : None.Push/Pull : None. Main Pursuer of relationship : Wes was the main pursuer. Triggers : TSTL moments (on page, secondary characters)HEA/HFN : Ends on a HFN ending, sadly no epilogue :( (hide spoiler)]
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  • ☕ Kimberly
    January 1, 1970
    Coffee Dates with Through the Fire First Date: After the explosive ending of Survive the Night, I wasn't sure what we would find. This tale picks up shortly after as Ruggle mixes things up. In the previous novels the females were all on the run and this time, we have a new female K9 police officer and her love interest is a nerdy, somewhat awkward, but handsome fire watcher. Kit Jernigan and her K9 tracker, were forced out of last unit and is eager to fit in in Monroe.  As she is moving in, she Coffee Dates with Through the Fire First Date: After the explosive ending of Survive the Night, I wasn't sure what we would find. This tale picks up shortly after as Ruggle mixes things up. In the previous novels the females were all on the run and this time, we have a new female K9 police officer and her love interest is a nerdy, somewhat awkward, but handsome fire watcher. Kit Jernigan and her K9 tracker, were forced out of last unit and is eager to fit in in Monroe.  As she is moving in, she bumps into Wesley March. I loved their first encounter. There was MATH involved, and it was awkward and cute.  Her meeting with fellow officers Theo, Hugh, and Otto was a tad awkward, and she immediately knows something is off. Second Date: Hounds, action and geeky moments! Jules has a new housemate Elena, and this worries the men. The suspenseful plot surround them as Ruggle wraps up the dangerous suspense thread that began in Run to Ground with Jules and her siblings. Sammy stole my heart a long time ago, and we got to spend time with him as he and Kit train dogs together! Don't worry about this installment being tame compared to the action in Survive the Night, you'll see fire, kidnappings and more. Third Date: I loved the romance. Conversations about Kit, between Wes and his sister made me giggle. Wes, was such a sweet man.  When Kit and Wes interacted, they made me grin like the cheshire cat. Ruggle surprised me with a twist at the end as she wrapped up the suspenseful thread for the Rocky Mountain K9 Unit series. It left me with my jaw on the floor. I honestly never saw it coming, but it made sense in the long run. I ended this final date with a smile and have a good feeling about the folks in Monroe. Callie Beaulieu has narrated the series and has done a stellar job with voices, capturing emotions and building up the suspenseful tones. I would try a new author/story if they listed her as the narrator. This review was originally posted at Caffeinated Reviewer
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  • Marta Cox
    January 1, 1970
    I have very much enjoyed these stories about the tough men who live in and around the town of Monroe that virtually shuts down as winter approaches. The author has cleverly weaved an ongoing plot arc around women who end up in the town hiding from those who are connected with organised crime. This particular book twists the idea a little as this time it’s not the heroine who is on the run but she’s about to get very much involved with those who enjoy the ‘safety’ of Monroe.Kit is the new deputy I have very much enjoyed these stories about the tough men who live in and around the town of Monroe that virtually shuts down as winter approaches. The author has cleverly weaved an ongoing plot arc around women who end up in the town hiding from those who are connected with organised crime. This particular book twists the idea a little as this time it’s not the heroine who is on the run but she’s about to get very much involved with those who enjoy the ‘safety’ of Monroe.Kit is the new deputy in town and right from the start she’s struggling to fit in with her new colleagues. Kit knew she would need to earn their trust but there’s something odd about the family that lives just out of town and Kit seems to be the only one with reservations about exactly what’s happening. An attack of arson and a murderer on the run with the only lead appearing to be found by Kits faithful bloodhound and yet the police just don’t seem to want to pursue it so it’s obvious to Kit that she needs to start digging !Wes is the love interest thrown into this story and if blunt I thought he was underused. He’s written as a man apart, someone who functions better without inane, human distractions. The author never directly mentions that he is possibly on the autistic spectrum but to this reader it seemed implied. I liked Wes and adored how he shyly approached a relationship with Kit but honestly their romance felt rushed and peripheral to the wrapping up of the overall story with brings so much from previous books to ahead. It was an interesting read and I enjoyed the switch from the cops saving the damsel in distress aka Kit to her actually being the saviour. I remember the author previously writing about a socially awkward character but somehow this time it felt lacking something. There’s humour here and so much sweetness too but I thought it primarily seemed to be a vehicle to wrap up the story of Jules and her siblings which started the whole series. So the romance felt overshadowed to this reader but nevertheless I did enjoy it and would recommend this series.This voluntary take is of a copy I requested from Netgalley and my thoughts and comments are honest and I believe fair
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  • Tina Christopher
    January 1, 1970
    I just love this series! So much fun! Kit and Wes are great characters and the twists and turns of this one are insane. I sat down and didn't stop until I finished. I want to go back and read the whole series. I also want the next book in the series😄.If you haven't tried this series run to the store and get book 1!
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  • Sophia
    January 1, 1970
    After that breathtaking climax at the end of the last book and that teaser there in the last few sentences, I couldn't wait to get my hands on this one. New twist in a lady K-9 cop and her adorable tracker bloodhound to take up this exciting leg of the series.Through the Fire is book four in the Rocky Mountain K9 Unit series. This is a series that must be read in order as each book builds on the others and is four interlocking parts to the overall series suspense arc.The lead character in this o After that breathtaking climax at the end of the last book and that teaser there in the last few sentences, I couldn't wait to get my hands on this one. New twist in a lady K-9 cop and her adorable tracker bloodhound to take up this exciting leg of the series.Through the Fire is book four in the Rocky Mountain K9 Unit series. This is a series that must be read in order as each book builds on the others and is four interlocking parts to the overall series suspense arc.The lead character in this one is Kit Jerrigan a female cop who left her last job under a bit of dark cloud and is starting over in the small mountain town of Monroe. She's had a rough time since blowing the whistle on a corrupt partner and now hopes for a fresh start. Only, her first day in town and on the job is a doozy. Her new co-workers, Theo, Hugh, and Otto, regard her with suspicion and her cop sense is tingling when it comes to what they and their ladyfolks are hiding. Then, they respond to a fire call and a dead body crops up and the trail leads to someone the others refuse to treat as a suspect. On the bright side, she gets a good sort of tingly feeling around the awkward Forestry Dept fire spotter, Wes.Like the last one, this one was full throttle in places and kept things really moving along in the latter part of the book. The set up at the beginning was not devoid of good stuff, but it does build slowly before it gets moving. I was startled when the murderer got several sections of narration along with Kit and Wes, but knowing what they were doing did not affect that surprise twist in the end. Whew boy, that was a stunner and yes, it did come out of nowhere.This book, this book... It took me by surprise- in a good way, I think. Still processing, but I do want to share my immediate thoughts. Overall, I enjoyed it and enjoyed what I got. Kit was a strong heroine and I liked her. She was up against a lot and had been in her past too. She could have gotten ugly and angry, but instead, she knuckled down and did her job and did it well. She was intuitive and smart, but genuinely kind and understanding particularly with Sam, Jule's brother who was so fragile in his way. She took time out for troubled kids and her dog. Seriously! Justice was adorable and a colorful quirky character in his own right.Wes was a cutie. So cute, all! He was socially awkward and struggled so hard to be around people and understand social cues, but he stepped up and tried hard when it came to Kit. And, Kit the darling! She saw the treasure that was Wes. But don't be fooled, this boy was hotter than a firecracker when the clothes did go flying.Now, don't take this as a major criticism because its not. Once in a while, I come across a book that that doesn't fit neatly in the box. I finished this one and felt like I was missing something. I wasn't and the book wasn't underdeveloped or missing anything, but I was left feeling this way. Why? Well, it was that 'out of left field' ending that was a stunner, but not actually that far out. Just wow! She got me and, on reflection, I loved being startled like that. And, this isn't the first time she's pulled a 'gotcha' in her twists and reveals through both her series.Okay, so besides my weird feelings about the end, I loved how this story wrapped up this series arc wonderfully. Loose strings were tied off and a great deal of time was spent with all the regulars in this one. Newbies Kit and Wes were a good fit with the others even when I wanted to smack a whole bunch of people for being deliberately obtuse and ignoring Kit's worthy concerns, but they were blinded by their own issues. If I had a niggle, it was wanting a little more of Kit and Wes because they were so great together. I'm not sure if this was the finale to the series, but it felt like it. I know a companion story standalone is coming out next about a side character that was in the earlier series and this one, but I had the distinct feeling that there isn't really anything left to wrap up (a story about Mr. E would be welcomed however).So, there you have it. Another fab read from an autobuy author. If you love quirky small town mixed with action-packed romantic suspense, you need look no further.My thanks to Sourcebooks Casablanca for the opportunity to read this book in exchange for an honest review.
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  • Guilty Pleasures Book Reviews
    January 1, 1970
    Kit is starting over, new location, new job, new home; the only thing coming with her from her previous life is her K-9, Justice. With a lot to prove to herself, and her new co-workers and Kit jumps right in. Quickly finding herself in over her head, Kit is rescued by her mysterious mountain man twice. Wes never imagined rescuing a deputy from a firing squad, or falling in love with her. A computer savvy engineer, Wes has always been fine in his watch tower with his gadgets. Becoming part of the Kit is starting over, new location, new job, new home; the only thing coming with her from her previous life is her K-9, Justice. With a lot to prove to herself, and her new co-workers and Kit jumps right in. Quickly finding herself in over her head, Kit is rescued by her mysterious mountain man twice. Wes never imagined rescuing a deputy from a firing squad, or falling in love with her. A computer savvy engineer, Wes has always been fine in his watch tower with his gadgets. Becoming part of the community and making friends was almost laughable. Unable to fight the pull any longer Wes breaks down and faces his fears to spend time with Kit. Wes and Kit have a sweet-flirtatious relationship to start with. It was more of a slower building romance than previous ones that are almost combustible from the start. They are a couple that took their time and playfully bantered and flirted before letting the sparks ignite. Ms. Ruggle answered a question that I have had throughout the last two novels…interesting turn of events; something readers have been curious about, it’s finally answered, all laid out.The plot is a fast paced, action packed plot that really focuses on the couple and Kit’s K-9 Justice.The characters are well developed and help the plot flow nicely throughout this novel and in connection with previous novels. Through the Fire is a great addition to the Rocky Mountain K-9 Series, although it’s not my favorite, it’s still a great read!
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  • Hannah
    January 1, 1970
    ARC REVIEW Rocky Mountain K-9 Unit #4, I knew I shouldn't have started this book at night, at bedtime I got a sudden case of "Insomnia" and could not sleep. I even went as far as putting the book down but then the characters started whispering in my head telling me I was missing something so picked up the book and started reading again and around four o'clock in the morning I finished it and was finally able to fall asleep. Funny how that things work, huh? If you have read any of my previous rev ARC REVIEW Rocky Mountain K-9 Unit #4, I knew I shouldn't have started this book at night, at bedtime I got a sudden case of "Insomnia" and could not sleep. I even went as far as putting the book down but then the characters started whispering in my head telling me I was missing something so picked up the book and started reading again and around four o'clock in the morning I finished it and was finally able to fall asleep. Funny how that things work, huh? If you have read any of my previous review for this series you know how much I love this series and this author you also know I love the strong silent types and really smart ones too, Wesley March fits that bill to a T. Kit is the newest member of the Rocky Mountain K-9 Unit and she has her bloodhound. It's her first day on the job and it already is starts off with a bang, or should I say a blazing inferno. Luckily the newest K-9 is trained in tracking people and Justice, Kit's bloodhound, is up to the task unfortunately Justice leads them straight to Jules' house. Jules has a new "Old Friend" visiting and everyone but Jules takes her at face value. Jules knows Justice wasn't wrong tracking the scent to that house, and later after another incident the same thing the bloodhound leads them straight to Jules house. It's bad enough that Kit doesn't feel like she fits in but she knows her co-workers aren't telling her everything and they don't trust her yet. So far the only one who really believes her is Wesley March. Wes is the Fire Watcher set just outside the city limits upon meeting Kit he feels a connection to her, and Wes is a loner he lives at the watchtower all year round, rarely makes it into town for supplies but after meeting Kit he finds any excuse to see her. Kit is quite taken with Wes as well. The Peace never lasts for long in Monroe and soon the life Jules and the kids have built here starts to fall apart with the appearance of yet another stranger. Overall, this was a great conclusion to the series. Wes is so freakin' adorable I want one of my own. Justice and the other dogs make the book along with the kids. Katie Ruggle never ceases to amaze me with the crap she puts her characters through. The series is really one that should be read in order because it all ties in together but it's a great series.
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  • Vikki Vaught
    January 1, 1970
    This is the first book I have read by Katie Ruggle, but it will not be the last. Thanks go to the publisher, via Net-Galley, for inviting me to read and review in advance of publication. My opinions are my own and are not influenced in any way.Through the Fire is an exciting romantic suspense with plenty of nail-biting suspenseful scenes. The pacing is good, and the romance is fulfilling. Ms. Ruggle’s writing flows smoothly, giving the reader enough description to still use their own imagination This is the first book I have read by Katie Ruggle, but it will not be the last. Thanks go to the publisher, via Net-Galley, for inviting me to read and review in advance of publication. My opinions are my own and are not influenced in any way.Through the Fire is an exciting romantic suspense with plenty of nail-biting suspenseful scenes. The pacing is good, and the romance is fulfilling. Ms. Ruggle’s writing flows smoothly, giving the reader enough description to still use their own imagination.Kit’s character resonated with me because I too have experienced not fitting in, so I really identified with her. Her determination to prove herself impressed me. Her tenderness with the children and her faithful bloodhound in this tale touched me.Wes is the silent, brooding hero with lots of depth. His willingness to step out of his comfort zone stole my heart. He is reserved and shy and his social interactions are awkward except with Kit, making him a character that is easy to fall in love with.Let’s talk about romance. This couple is perfect for each other and adds greatly to the story. While their chemistry doesn’t burn up the pages, their meeting of minds is very appealing. I was glad they found their happy ending.The villain in this piece is truly terrifying because her devious mind lends itself to horrific acts. Ms. Ruggle certainly knows how to create highly suspenseful, and at times, graphic scenes, making this novel a thriller.If you enjoy a book with plenty of action, an interesting array of characters that you’ll want to get to know better, then you will love Through the Fire. I can’t wait to read more by this talented author. Happy reading!
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  • Minx -The Genre Minx Book Reviews
    January 1, 1970
    Through the Fire was fun to read because Kit’s character was new to Monroe and I loved seeing the existing characters in this series through her eyes. It was fun to see her perceptions of the small town and what had taken place there. I also just very much enjoyed Kit’s character. She was a tough cookie but still sweet and smooshy on the inside. She was also very perceptive and was the only one able to sense that something was not right with one Monroe’s residents. Her fellow officers were used Through the Fire was fun to read because Kit’s character was new to Monroe and I loved seeing the existing characters in this series through her eyes. It was fun to see her perceptions of the small town and what had taken place there. I also just very much enjoyed Kit’s character. She was a tough cookie but still sweet and smooshy on the inside. She was also very perceptive and was the only one able to sense that something was not right with one Monroe’s residents. Her fellow officers were used to the secrecy that surrounded certain female residents so they ignored signs that were blatantly obvious. Knowing the history of the series though, it was easy to give the other characters some slack. Still, some of the situations were pretty obvious and even I thought to myself that the male characters were being a bit to obtuse. It was nice though that Kit stuck to her guns and followed through with her hunches.There was one male character who definitely stole the show for me and that was Wesley March, I adored him utterly! He was way too cute! He was not a sexy alpha male but he gave me all the warm fuzzies that an adorably awkward love interest would, I just loved him. Although not expressly written, it seemed as if Wesley could have been on the spectrum. His character was highly intelligent, shy, and functioned better when he was away from the town and its inhabitants. His aloofness with the town residents changed though when he met Kit and because he found someone that he wanted to get to know better and was willing to endure others to do it. He was just unsure of how to get to know Kit and so he relied on the input from his sister. I loved their relationship and how his sister was there for him. Such a positive sibling relationship. As far as Kit and Wesley went, they were two shy people whose courtship was not hot and heavy but it was sweet and powerful all the same. Such a sweet romance for two characters who both deserved the best.One of my biggest issues with Through the Fire has nothing to do with the story but had everything to do with the cover. The guy on the cover does not match the description of Wesley at all and even so, the story is about a female cop. I would have preferred Kit to grace the cover and a tough looking female cop would not have been a cover turn off at all. That was just very disappointing to me. The story itself was great because the overarching plot from the series was nicely finished, the villain was truly demented and all the loose plot threads came together at the end. The star of Through the Fire though was truly the romance between Kit and Wesley, definitely one of my favorite romances thus far, they were just too adorably awkward and shy, it made my heart happy to watch them court each other. Too cute!This review is based on a complimentary book I received from Edelweiss+. It is an honest and voluntary review. The complimentary receipt of it in no way affected my review or rating.Find this review and more at The Genre Minx Book Reviews
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  • Alison
    January 1, 1970
    This series just keeps getting better. Although I have absolutely no desire to visit Monroe any time soon!!After being in a reading slump for weeks this was a breath of fresh air and I raced through the book.The book opens with a woman called Alex killing a woman called Elena and stealing her identity before setting the house on fire to cover up her crimes.Kit is a K9 police officer. After reporting her former partner for dishonest behaviour she was ostracised and has decided to make a new start This series just keeps getting better. Although I have absolutely no desire to visit Monroe any time soon!!After being in a reading slump for weeks this was a breath of fresh air and I raced through the book.The book opens with a woman called Alex killing a woman called Elena and stealing her identity before setting the house on fire to cover up her crimes.Kit is a K9 police officer. After reporting her former partner for dishonest behaviour she was ostracised and has decided to make a new start in the small town of Monroe. After the cataclysmic events of the last book Monroe looks like a scene from a post-apocalyptic movie, complete with burnt out police station. She is just getting acquainted with her new colleagues (Theo, Otto and Hugh from the three previous books in the series) when they are called to a house fire. Although the owners have left Monroe for the winter the firefighters find a charred body in the wreckage.This is another great suspense from Katie Ruggle. The reader knows that Elena is not who she seems and a killer to boot but the rest of Monroe seems taken in by her scared and helpless act, except Kit. There's also a hunky, nerdy mountain ranger who creates gadgets in his spare time. Oh and lots and lots of beautiful clever dogs. What more could anyone want?This appears to be the end of the series and what a satisfying end it turned out to be!I received a free copy of this book from the publisher via NetGalley in return for an honest review.Bumped for release.
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  • Christina
    January 1, 1970
    Ok, so I'm just gonna be very honest here. Although I marked this a 4 star rating, I'm actually giving it a 3.5. It would have been a solid 4 if not for ONE MAJOR THING. What you ask? The COVER!!! What's wrong with the cover? Keep reading....Kit has been a cop for about eight years. After blowing the whistle on a co-worker and having her friends turn on her, she's decided to move to a new town and start over. What she didn't know is that after she interviewed for her new job in Monroe, the town Ok, so I'm just gonna be very honest here. Although I marked this a 4 star rating, I'm actually giving it a 3.5. It would have been a solid 4 if not for ONE MAJOR THING. What you ask? The COVER!!! What's wrong with the cover? Keep reading....Kit has been a cop for about eight years. After blowing the whistle on a co-worker and having her friends turn on her, she's decided to move to a new town and start over. What she didn't know is that after she interviewed for her new job in Monroe, the town has gone through a few...changes. Starting a new job is hard enough. Fitting in as a half Asian newbie when there's drama on the first day is down right impossible. Wes is the fire lookout for the City. He's also the man who no one really knows because he lives in his tower all year long, only going in to town in the early morning hours to pick up what he needs. Needless to say, he's not much of a people person. He's rugged, hairy, extremely smart and ridiculously shy. But once he meets Kit, there's just something about her that's making him step outside his comfort zone to learn more about her. Now if the town can just stop blowing up, burning down or having kidnap victims, he might get a date. I really enjoyed this story line. I enjoyed the newbie coming in to town and trying to fit in, "earning" her keep. I even enjoyed reliving the "Jules" story (you have to read the first one). Here's where things started to irritate me. Look at the cover again. Do you see a rugged man with lots of hair? Do you see a half Asian girl with black hair? Nope. The only thing that's true to the story line is the bloodhound. Seriously. That's it. This is a MAJOR pet peeve of mine. The cover HAS to match the story or else I spend most of it wondering if I'm reading the right story or if someone else is going to be coming in to the story. It's very distracting. #sorrynotsorry Now. Take away the cover. The cute innocence of Wes and Kit's newbie status were a perfect match. I honestly loved revisiting Jules and the kids. I fell deeper in love with Sam. I can happily say that the gadgets Wes creates has spurred some ideas of my own. At least ones I can buy (LOL). All in all, very cute story. I just wish the cover didn't "taint" my opinion as much as it did.
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  • Amy ~ Love At 1st Read
    January 1, 1970
    Through The Fire is overflowing with intrigue, sexual tension, and lots of twists and turns. Katie Ruggle knows how to combine thrills, mystery, and the kind of passion that shows action can mean more than explosions and high speed chases. Her newest addition to the Rocky Mountain K9 Unit series has everything I know and love about romance and suspense: a great love story, an intriguing plot, and an incredible ass kicking heroine I loved rooting for. Kit Jernigan was eager to start her new job Through The Fire is overflowing with intrigue, sexual tension, and lots of twists and turns. Katie Ruggle knows how to combine thrills, mystery, and the kind of passion that shows action can mean more than explosions and high speed chases. Her newest addition to the Rocky Mountain K9 Unit series has everything I know and love about romance and suspense: a great love story, an intriguing plot, and an incredible ass kicking heroine I loved rooting for. Kit Jernigan was eager to start her new job with Monroe, Colorado PD. She’d left a bad situation in her previous job in the city. From what she’d seen of Monroe in the past, it would be a picture perfect town for a new job with less stress. She was nervous about starting over and working to fit in with new people and new surroundings. But as she arrived in Monroe, those things didn’t seem to matter so much anymore. “Her new town was a devastated wreck, and a possible murder-slash-arson had happened within the first hour of her first day. She was beginning to wonder if she’d survive this new job.” There were some strange things happening in Monroe and Kit is certain she knows the woman responsible. The only problem is no one else seems to agree. No one except Wes March, the local fire spotter. Kit and Wes are determined to find the truth. And to do so, Kit needs to get her new partners to trust her. The lives of everyone in Monroe could depend on it. I loved every pulse pounding moment of Wes and Kit’s story. Kit, though nervous about her new start, was tough. She felt like she was on her own at times, but she didn’t back down. She had a theory about who was behind the arson but she didn’t try to make the evidence fit that theory. She looked for the facts to lead to her answers. Wes was more than he seemed at first. As fire lookout for the forest service, he’d lived pretty much like a hermit in the tower for the last 7 years. His seldom appearances in town and his little idiosyncrasies made the town view him as somewhat of an oddball. He was pretty nerdy, but he was also brilliant. I loved the slow build of his and Kit’s relationship. The awkward flirting, the initial touches, and the handholding. Their romance was sweet but there was definitely sparking tension between them. Kit was just what Wes needed. She listened to him and saw past his idiosyncrasies. Most people made him feel tense but Kit relaxed him. Kit liked his honest, straightforward manner and how easy he was to talk to. Especially since she felt like everyone else in Monroe was keeping things from her. It was fun to watch that new romance blossom. They were a charmingly sweet couple. And when all hell breaks loose in Monroe, the tough cop and the local nerd made a pretty badass team. I was thrilled to see characters from previous books again. Hugh has always been my favorite and he didn’t disappoint in this one. We learn a lot more about the background story of Jules and her family too. And Mateo Espina finally makes an appearance. I hope there’s a book for him. His story is absolutely tragic and I want to see him find happiness. Having read this entire series, I can’t imagine reading this book as a stand-alone. There’s just so much history that leads to this point. Had I not known what Otto, Hugh, and Theo had previously experienced on the force, I wouldn’t have understood their apprehension in sharing info with Kit. Everyone’s story is connected and you won’t get the twists and turns if you haven’t read the series. Believe me, once you read the first one, you’ll be hooked. This series sets your pulse racing and will keep you glued to your seat till the very end.
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  • Book Gannet
    January 1, 1970
    Finally! This is the book I’ve been waiting for all series. The characters were great, there was quite a bit of K9 work, and the suspense was very nicely done, but without all the over the top helicopter chases and everything blowing up all over the place. After the last book (Survive the Night), I really didn’t know where this series could go because it was so epic and excessive. This book didn’t try to top it, thankfully, it went back to basics and was all the better for it. Plus it brought th Finally! This is the book I’ve been waiting for all series. The characters were great, there was quite a bit of K9 work, and the suspense was very nicely done, but without all the over the top helicopter chases and everything blowing up all over the place. After the last book (Survive the Night), I really didn’t know where this series could go because it was so epic and excessive. This book didn’t try to top it, thankfully, it went back to basics and was all the better for it. Plus it brought the whole series full circle and was a good read.I really liked Kit and Wes. Both are outsiders, neither quite knowing how to fit in, yet they’re also likeable and interesting and so cute together. I liked Kit. She’s strong and determined, so despite not feeling particularly welcome by her new K9 unit she’s willing to work at it. I liked the way she read people and wasn’t taken in by certain characters, while others she knew to give a bit more space. It explained how she got along with Wes and Sam so easily. Plus she had Justice. I loved that dog! He’s wonderful.Wes is wonderful too, with his awkwardness, electronic genius and anxious attempts at dating. I loved his relationship with Kit. They’re perfect together and all their moments were cute, with humour and plain adorableness thrown in for good measure.What I didn’t like so much was the way the other characters are portrayed. We’ve spent a whole series getting to know Hugh, Theo, Jules and all the others, but this book turns them into idiots. Except for Sam. Sam finally gets his moment and I just… my heart broke for him at the same time I was cheering him on. The rest of them were useless. Yes, they’ve been through a lot and it’s been tricky, but the way they handled things with the villain and Kit made me want to shake the lot of them. How could they possibly be that oblivious? Hugh always does background checks. He’s sneaky but cautious. Where was that Hugh now? Theo distrusts everyone, oh, except the new villain because fragile-female-alert. That’s never worked on him before, so why now, except for plot reasons? And Jules who knows Sam’s history, why didn’t she put more stock in his behaviour? The whole bunch of them were infuriating.Which is a shame, because the antagonist herself threw in a surprise or two and I thought her side of things was nicely done. High level threat, plenty of suspense and a few murky motivations. Shame a lot of her success relied on the others being oblivious or downright blind.So it’s not perfect, but for me it was far and away the best of the series. The suspense plot was good, it was great to finally have the long-running issues resolved and Kit, Wes, Sam and Justice were amazing. Everything else I can forgive. I’m only sad that this series is over and we’ll never see if Justice successfully woos his way into Lexi’s hard heart…(ARC provided by the publisher via NetGalley.)
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  • SamJ ★Needs a HEA★
    January 1, 1970
    Check out this and my other reviews at My Blog, Facebook, Google+, Twitter and Pinterest Copy received from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review★Book Basics★ Genre : - Contemporary Romance Series : - Fourth in the series, should not be read as a stand alone Love triangle? - (view spoiler)[No (hide spoiler)] Cheating? - (view spoiler)[No (hide spoiler)] HEA? - (view spoiler)[yes (hide spoiler)] Would I read more by this author/or in this series? - Yes Rating - 3.5 stars ★Review★I hav Check out this and my other reviews at My Blog, Facebook, Google+, Twitter and Pinterest Copy received from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review★Book Basics★ Genre : - Contemporary Romance Series : - Fourth in the series, should not be read as a stand alone Love triangle? - (view spoiler)[No (hide spoiler)] Cheating? - (view spoiler)[No (hide spoiler)] HEA? - (view spoiler)[yes (hide spoiler)] Would I read more by this author/or in this series? - Yes Rating - 3.5 stars ★Review★I have really enjoyed this series.And I enjoyed this book.However, I felt like the suspense part overtook the romance aspect and we never really got to trul know the hero and heroine.Certain story lines were finished, from previous books, although a touch rushed. And then we had new things introduced and left unanswered.And I liked both the hero and heroine, but for me at times the hero was a touch too, almost child like. I am not sure if the author was writing him just as a shy recluse, or even some form of Autism/Aspergers crossed with some sort of mad inventor. But at times he was written as quite "young". And given he was a recluse, and written as he was, having to ring his sister to "interpret" if the heroine was giving off signals that she liked him, yet has a box of condoms just lying around the place. I liked it, it was an easy read, but for me, certain things did not add up and it left me wishing it had just been more.
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  • JG
    January 1, 1970
    This is the fourth and last book (so sad !) for Katie Ruggle’s Rocky Mountain K9 unit. And it basically rounds up the overarching plot that started the whole series. But, it also intorduces us to two new charactets, Kit and Wes who are no less as adorable, unique and memorable as the previous books other couples. And of course, since this series is all about the dogs, we are also given Justice! A dorky bloodhound who is now part of the K9 unit as the first tracker. So Through the Fire has lots o This is the fourth and last book (so sad !) for Katie Ruggle’s Rocky Mountain K9 unit. And it basically rounds up the overarching plot that started the whole series. But, it also intorduces us to two new charactets, Kit and Wes who are no less as adorable, unique and memorable as the previous books other couples. And of course, since this series is all about the dogs, we are also given Justice! A dorky bloodhound who is now part of the K9 unit as the first tracker. So Through the Fire has lots of actions and a mystery to be solved plus Ms. Ruggle has given a unique perspective for this one. Kit, being the newest member of the team has to adjust to her new squad which is not going to be easy since they seem to hiding something from her. This makes her uneasy since she left her previous post because she was treated as an outsider there. To now have it repeated in Monroe, Colorado doesn’t bode well. But it seems she has an unlikely ally in Wes, the resident fire tower watch who also happens to be the first person she meets. Wes has a sudden urge to keep seeing Kit. Since he’s always preferred his own company this makes him a little bit anxious but so eager to please her. These two make a really adorable couple. They’re both considered outsiders but its them not being completely part of the K9 inner circle that helps solve the crime. Because the overarching plot is resolved in this book, its imperative that the first book be read first, the second and third book can also add to understanding what is really going on. Suffice to say, Through the Fire has action, suspense and a wonderful character in Justice the bloodhound and an adorable romance between Kit and Wes.
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  • Kathy Martin
    January 1, 1970
    Kit Jernigan has just arrived to begin her new job with the Monroe Police department to find a bombed out town. She and her K9 tacking bloodhound Justice find themselves in the middle of all sorts of secrets and falling for the nerdy Forest Service fire spotter Wes March. Wes isn't very good with people and is barely known to the town but somehow the two of them just click.I liked the suspense as an assassin has come to town to finally get her revenge. Kit is just about the only one who is suspi Kit Jernigan has just arrived to begin her new job with the Monroe Police department to find a bombed out town. She and her K9 tacking bloodhound Justice find themselves in the middle of all sorts of secrets and falling for the nerdy Forest Service fire spotter Wes March. Wes isn't very good with people and is barely known to the town but somehow the two of them just click.I liked the suspense as an assassin has come to town to finally get her revenge. Kit is just about the only one who is suspicious of her since she is very good at playing the shy, victim card. I liked getting to see how characters from earlier books in this series were doing.I liked Kit's relationship with her dog and her desire to fit in now that she is in a new town. I could understand why the other cops were secretive but wished they would have given her more of a chance. Having read the earlier books, I did know the secrets that the others were keeping. I liked the romance. Wes was a great character. His combination of genius and social awkwardness made him an unusual romance hero. This feels like the end of the series since most of the plot threads begun in earlier books were wrapped up in this one. Fans of romantic suspense will want to add this series to their reading plans.
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  • BookWormAli
    January 1, 1970
    Who couldn't love a slightly drooling, lovable hero...and that's just the dog. His handler Kit is a newbie to town, and finding it hard to be the person looking in. She moved to get away from a tense work environment in her Wisconsin hometown, and is finding Monroe, CO to be slightly tense itself. Her partners are hiding something and keeping her away from an arson/Murder investigation that led her tracking K-9 partner to question another newbie in town. Only problem is this Newbie is friends wi Who couldn't love a slightly drooling, lovable hero...and that's just the dog. His handler Kit is a newbie to town, and finding it hard to be the person looking in. She moved to get away from a tense work environment in her Wisconsin hometown, and is finding Monroe, CO to be slightly tense itself. Her partners are hiding something and keeping her away from an arson/Murder investigation that led her tracking K-9 partner to question another newbie in town. Only problem is this Newbie is friends with another Cops girl. Kit struggles with being suspicious and feeling on her own as the investigation heats up.Meanwhile she meets a charmingly awkward Wes who is a local fire-spotter and genius. While most of the town doesn't know how to relate to Wes Kit begins to realize hes a great partner to have her back.This town is not stranger to abrupt fire and chaos and while Kit tries to convince her fellow cops to trust her it seems their significant others are in the middle of the mystery. I loved the way this played out and that Kit was a capable female lead cop who while struggling with certain aspects never really jumped to conclusions and was willing to understand the need for certain secrets. She also wasn't bitter about the troubles she went through, and was amazing with the kids and Wes.Wes himself was a great character. I loved that he was slightly socially awkward and that he wasn't a traditional Alpha. He had his own alpha tendencies and was a great partner to Kit without overshadowing her or making her seem incapable. He trusted her which is a hard thing to write into an alpha Male.I received a copy of this via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review
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  • Lucy Dosch
    January 1, 1970
    Through the Fire is the conclusion of another great series by Katie Ruggle.I love those shy, sweet mountain men that Katie Ruggle keeps putting in her stories. In this last novel of the Rocky Mountain K9 Unit, we meet Wesley March who spends most of his time alone up in his tower, like a big, bearded Rapunzel, where he watches over the town to alert the fire department about forest fires.Wesley is smart, and when he isn't watching for fires or taking amazing nature photos, he invests gadgets and Through the Fire is the conclusion of another great series by Katie Ruggle.I love those shy, sweet mountain men that Katie Ruggle keeps putting in her stories. In this last novel of the Rocky Mountain K9 Unit, we meet Wesley March who spends most of his time alone up in his tower, like a big, bearded Rapunzel, where he watches over the town to alert the fire department about forest fires.Wesley is smart, and when he isn't watching for fires or taking amazing nature photos, he invests gadgets and whatzits. The only things that Wes isn't very good with is people. But Wes is smart enough to know this about himself and usually discusses any issues with his sister to determine where he might have gone wrong.Lately he had to make a special trip to the bat cave. No, not that kind of bat cave, but the one with real bats. That is the only place on the mountain to get reception and he needs his sister's help. He has met a new resident to their quaint little town of Monroe, Colorado, Officer Kit Jernigan. The newest addition to the K9 unit is, in a word, mezmerizing, and overwhelming. Okay, two words. So a trip to the bat cave was necessary so that Wes could check in with his sister since he thinks...well, he thinks she was flirting with him. But he isn't really certain of it.And if she is, then Wes is going to have to work up the nerve to actually ask her out because he has never met anyone like Kit before. She seems to understand him and she doesn't seem to mind when he can't think up something to talk about.Wes doesn't mind being alone in his mountain tower but if he could maybe spend that time alone, with Kit, that would be amazing.There is absolutely nothing more adorable than a big, mountain of a man who is geeky, shy and who blushes. Kit and Wes sparkle from the get-go and the only thing frustrating is that there was so much story plot and excitement, that we didn't get enough of the quiet and sweet Kit/Wes moments.In this final installment, we get to tie up all the loose ends and a new arrival is trying to tie them up permanently. There is so much going on it will be hard to find a place to stop for the night so this might be one you save for a weekend book binge.I have really enjoyed both of the Katie Ruggle's series and her very interesting characters, although I think it is time to write a story somewhere there isn't so much snow. Ugh, who can live like that? I have a copy of the next book which will be out this fall and which is the beginning of a new series which will involve more...mountains and snow. What's wrong with a beach rescue?I am looking forward to seeing what the next series brings.Received an ARC from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.See more at EBookObsessed.com
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  • Sarah
    January 1, 1970
    DNF'ed at chapter 9.I don't know if the author is running out of ideas for the poor town of Monroe or if she's just milked the town dry, but I cannot even think to finish this book. This book reads like an add on. You know, when something was only meant to be a trilogy but for some reason the author signed on for a 4th book and just throws something out there? The last book in this series was a bust so I don't even know why I tried this one. All the men in the k9 division have paired off so the DNF'ed at chapter 9.I don't know if the author is running out of ideas for the poor town of Monroe or if she's just milked the town dry, but I cannot even think to finish this book. This book reads like an add on. You know, when something was only meant to be a trilogy but for some reason the author signed on for a 4th book and just throws something out there? The last book in this series was a bust so I don't even know why I tried this one. All the men in the k9 division have paired off so the author brings in a new character to the team, Kit Jernigan. No that's not her on the cover and from the books description, it ain't her love interest either. Kit is a 5'2 female with a 100+ pound bloodhound for a partner. Her love interest is a nerdy lumberjack. So I don't know who that is on the cover...Anyhow, I got tired of reading after she bumps into the gov't conspiracy camp folks totting shotguns after chasing through the bush after someone, without calling for backup, like a newbie instead of an officer with 8 years experience under her belt and was even less interested by the time they got to the robo-cat.I can't figure out if I was reading the same book as all those 4-5 star people were...Anyho, not sure but I have my sneaking suspicion that (view spoiler)[Elena is the arsonist but she's not actually the girl Jules thinks she is (hide spoiler)]. And since I don't care enough to find out if I'm right myself, maybe someone will tell me? :-)
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  • Mojca
    January 1, 1970
    ***ARC provided by publisher through NetGalley***Kit Jernigan is the new cop in Monroe, Colorado. After one of their own working with the criminals that turned the small town into a post-apocalyptic movie set, she doesn't take it personally that her three colleagues on the K9 unit are taking their time in trusting her. What chafes is the fact they apparently can't figure out their girlfriends' new roommate isn't what she seems. Why are these three cops willing to trust a stranger over her cop in ***ARC provided by publisher through NetGalley***Kit Jernigan is the new cop in Monroe, Colorado. After one of their own working with the criminals that turned the small town into a post-apocalyptic movie set, she doesn't take it personally that her three colleagues on the K9 unit are taking their time in trusting her. What chafes is the fact they apparently can't figure out their girlfriends' new roommate isn't what she seems. Why are these three cops willing to trust a stranger over her cop instincts?There's something off with the woman, Kit feels it in her bones...Yes, this series at least ended on a high note. Even though it didn't concentrate on victims getting their second chances like the first three did, it featured a strong, confident leading lady (the cover should feature a woman, since the heroine is the one with the dog...and the gun), with killer instincts, and an adorable dog.I liked Kit's strong cop-woman persona, and I liked her a little awkward girl-with-a-crush persona as well. It matched very well with the adorkable hero, and every scene these two shared, made me smile.The romance felt a little rushed, since most of the story revolved around the trouble in Monroe and the newest arrival (not to mention the scenes from the villain's point of view), so the reader didn't spend much time with the hero and heroine, but they were cute together, highly compatible, and I loved that he trusted her from the get go.Unlike her three partners, who were strangely obtuse in their inability/unwillingness to see the truth until it was almost too late—and even then, Kit had to save the day. Girl power!I never particularly cared for either of the three previous heroes, so their reactions in this book weren't disappointing from the character point of view, but they were disappointing from the point of view of their profession.The suspense was good, though, keeping the reader guessing just what the villain's purpose was and how that purpose would be accomplished, though I found the resolution to Jules' familial drama rather quickly brushed aside and ended. After all the angst from the first book and through the rest, the "finale" of it all felt like it was written more as an afterthought than a worthy solution.Beside the strange reactions from the three previous heroes and the easy solution to the problem that began the whole series, this story delivered.Wonderful protagonists, solid suspense, and an utterly adorable canine partner.
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  • Kate
    January 1, 1970
    I received an ARC from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.This is the fourth installment of this series and ninth book I've read from Katie Ruggle. I've read this series and her Search and Rescue series. I've really liked reading this author's work because it has a nice balance of backstory, action, and romance. I've appreciated her characters and the way they interact with each other. Every one has a distinct personality.It picks up after a few turbulent months in Monr I received an ARC from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.This is the fourth installment of this series and ninth book I've read from Katie Ruggle. I've read this series and her Search and Rescue series. I've really liked reading this author's work because it has a nice balance of backstory, action, and romance. I've appreciated her characters and the way they interact with each other. Every one has a distinct personality.It picks up after a few turbulent months in Monroe. At the end of the last book, we thought that the story was complete but there was one final twist. I would definitely suggest reading the previous books before this one because it does not regurgitate the previous stories to catch the reader up. The roles are reversed in this book since the female lead, Kit, is the cop. It was a nice switch from the damsel in distress vibe the other books had. Even though the females leads were strong and resilient they were still paired with alpha males. Kit and Wes have a different dynamic. I really liked how Kit pulls Wes out of his shell. It was nice to see the male lead be the socially awkward one for a change from many other romantic action stories. I am kind of kicking myself for reading this ARC so quickly because now I'll have to wait to read more from Katie Ruggle.
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  • Linda
    January 1, 1970
    Kit and her K9 partner Justice have just moved to Colorado to take a job with with a small-town police department. She does not feel as if the officers are as accepting as she'd like, but she does meet a very interesting man who she would like to know better. Her suspicions are ignored, but she perseveres, and everything resolves nicely. Quirky, well-developed characters (especially Kit's love interest, Wes, a shy inventor and fire spotter), and of course the dogs make this well-plotted mystery Kit and her K9 partner Justice have just moved to Colorado to take a job with with a small-town police department. She does not feel as if the officers are as accepting as she'd like, but she does meet a very interesting man who she would like to know better. Her suspicions are ignored, but she perseveres, and everything resolves nicely. Quirky, well-developed characters (especially Kit's love interest, Wes, a shy inventor and fire spotter), and of course the dogs make this well-plotted mystery an enjoyable read.
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  • The Romance Book Disciple (Samantha)
    January 1, 1970
    Through the Fire is book 4 in the series but takes a slightly different trop than the previous books. Kit isn't one of the girls Mr. Espina saved. She is a K9 officer who takes a job in Monroe. The first person she meets is Wes, the fire service lookout. These two are adorable! Wes is certainly a beta hero and I found his awkwardness so endearing. Kit and Wes are both outsiders. Kit's suspicion of what is going on in the tiny town only further her status as outsider. But, she is a good person a Through the Fire is book 4 in the series but takes a slightly different trop than the previous books. Kit isn't one of the girls Mr. Espina saved. She is a K9 officer who takes a job in Monroe. The first person she meets is Wes, the fire service lookout. These two are adorable! Wes is certainly a beta hero and I found his awkwardness so endearing. Kit and Wes are both outsiders. Kit's suspicion of what is going on in the tiny town only further her status as outsider. But, she is a good person and a great cop. The action centers more around the other town newcomer, Elena, and Jules (from book 1) and her siblings.I enjoyed getting back into this world and getting some resolution to Jules' story. I felt that at times, Kit and Wes were more a vehicle for a conclusion to Jules story which was disappointing. They are such wonderful characters it would have been good to have more focus on them. However, for anyone who is invested in the series like I am, this book is delightful. I am assuming its the final book in the series, so I would have liked an epilogue, but overall, an enjoyable. read.  POV: 3rd Tears: no Trope: police, secret identity Triggers: none Series/Standalone: series Cliffhanger: (view spoiler)[no (hide spoiler)] HEA: (view spoiler)[yes (hide spoiler)]The Red Stone Security series from Katie Reus, True Heroes series from Piper Drake, Badge of Honor series by Susan Stoker...then you will probably like Through the Fire!  Through the Fire  See full review on The Book Disciple
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  • Jennifer
    January 1, 1970
    I love this series set in the CO Rockies and featuring the members of a K9 unit in an isolated mountain village where bad things seem to happen with amazing regularity. One of the things that drew me to the series was the interactions of the main characters with their K9 partners. So many romances I've read just use the dog as window dressing, but that's not the case with this series. There are extended scenes with Kit, the heroine, and her dog, Justice, actually working and training. I also lov I love this series set in the CO Rockies and featuring the members of a K9 unit in an isolated mountain village where bad things seem to happen with amazing regularity. One of the things that drew me to the series was the interactions of the main characters with their K9 partners. So many romances I've read just use the dog as window dressing, but that's not the case with this series. There are extended scenes with Kit, the heroine, and her dog, Justice, actually working and training. I also loved that the K9 officer was a woman and her dog was an adorable bloodhound, not the usual German shepherd.This is the fourth book in the series and although I think it could be read as a stand-alone, there's a running plot point throughout the series that gets resolved in this book relating to the heroine of the first book so it's probably best to read at least that one first. The thing that tied the earlier books together was that all of the heroines were helped to escape difficult/dangerous situations by the same man, and they are all sent to this small mountain town and become friends. While they are hiding out, bad things tend to happen when they are tracked down. As a result, this little town has been attacked and various buildings have been burnt or blown up by various people tracking them or the K9 officers that they've gotten involved with. When Kit, the heroine of this book, arrives in town she's rather shocked at the destruction (she first interviewed before everything started blowing up) and she's missing a lot of the key facts about what has happened. In a way this actually helps her because on her first day in town, there's an arson fire and a dead body is discovered in the wreckage. Kit is just about the only person in town, who keeps an open mind about possible suspects and actually examines the evidence instead of just making assumptions based on past events. While this is happening, she also meets Wes, the hero, a sweet, geeky, bearded mountain man who is has trouble interacting with people socially and who works as a fire spotter in an isolated mountain tower. Their romance was adorable and I only wish that there had been a bit more emphasis on it instead of on tying up loose ends in the series. Although I enjoyed the sense of completion, I did feel like Wes and Kit's romance was a bit cheated. Still, this was a great end to the series and I'm looking forward to the author's next book, which is set in the same area but features a different storyline and characters.
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  • Kristin
    January 1, 1970
    Kit has just been transferred to a K9 unit in a small, remote mountain town. She knows that given everything this small town has been through in the last few months that it will probably take a bit to gain the trust of her partners and everyone in town. However, with a killed on the loose and no one listening to Kit's instincts, she finds herself in a peculiar situation. Unable to get any of her fellow officers to take her seriously, she decides to do some digging of her own. Even though this is Kit has just been transferred to a K9 unit in a small, remote mountain town. She knows that given everything this small town has been through in the last few months that it will probably take a bit to gain the trust of her partners and everyone in town. However, with a killed on the loose and no one listening to Kit's instincts, she finds herself in a peculiar situation. Unable to get any of her fellow officers to take her seriously, she decides to do some digging of her own. Even though this is the fourth book in the series, all the previous characters play a rather large role in this book. I loved getting to see the kids from the first book and the fact that they play a pretty big part in the story. Not to mention some demons from Jules' past (first book) make an appearance as well as a common factor for all the books in the series. So, you really need to read these books in order otherwise you will more than likely feel left out. I will admit that when I read the synopsis for this story, I interpreted it wrong. I thought this was going to be a romance between a female cop and a fire fighter. I was honestly a little disappointed at the prospect for some reason. Maybe because the common theme was that one of the characters was on the run from something and neither of these characters were. However, that was until I met Wes. Wes is this recluse mountain man who spends his days up in a tower looking for fires. The town people kind of treat him like Sasquatch since he rarely comes into town and when he does, it's so early in the morning that rarely anyone is awake. So, when he starts popping up in town to hang out with Kit, the townsfolk take notice and it becomes a big deal. Wed was so unlike anything I'd ever imagined. He's not this cocky alpha. He's this awkward, quiet, shy, genius who builds robots for fun and likes the solitude of his tower up in the mountains. Watching his interact with Kit and then the rest of the gang by association was extremely adorable. With that being said, the cover is a massive let down. I was already miffed when the cover showed a male and not a female. I get that there's a part in the book when Wes and Justice go tracking together without Kit, however, Justice is Kit's K9. Not to mention that Wes is supposed to be this huge, hairy, mountain man. Not only does the cover not have the correct character, but the description doesn't even come close to fitting Wes. I just feel like this would have been the perfect opportunity to have a kick-ass female on the cover. It's not too often that you read a story with a female as the police officer/fire fighter/military member, so it would have been really nice if the cover reflected that this story is actually Kit's.I thought this was a great story. We know who the killer is right from the start since we get chapters in their POV. So, it was no surprise to the readers as to what's going on and it makes it all the more nerve-wracking when you are a bystander to it all and can't do anything, kinda like Kit was. No matter how many times she tried to talk to her partners and those around her about her suspicions, no one listened to her. Between the suspense, action, romance, and just getting to hang out with all the previous characters again, I really enjoyed my time reading this story.
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  • Eva Millien
    January 1, 1970
    She knows who is responsible for the mysterious fires raging across Monroe, but Kit convince the locals to trust her. Wesley March is willing to help her prove she’s right.Strong, convincing characters easily draw readers into this thrilling and explosive romantic suspense that keeps readers holding their breath in anticipation of what will happen next. The romance between Kit and Wesley is sweet and charming as both seem a bit hesitant in moving forward but the chemistry between sizzles with el She knows who is responsible for the mysterious fires raging across Monroe, but Kit convince the locals to trust her. Wesley March is willing to help her prove she’s right.Strong, convincing characters easily draw readers into this thrilling and explosive romantic suspense that keeps readers holding their breath in anticipation of what will happen next. The romance between Kit and Wesley is sweet and charming as both seem a bit hesitant in moving forward but the chemistry between sizzles with electrical intensity pulling them closer. Wesley is a bit of a nerd with some social issues that easily captivates readers while Kit is more outgoing and take charge which proves that opposites does attract sometimes and ensures that readers keep a smile on their face. There is quite a few emotional concerns that have to be overcome as well as all the danger surrounding them which makes this romance quite interesting. The fast paced plot flows smoothly from beginning to end with lots of exciting danger, adrenaline pumping thrills and surprising twists that keeps readers guessing as well as ensuring that there is never a dull moment to be found. The well-developed story and characters is full of vivid details that make it easy for readers to connect and become caught up in each and every aspect as well guaranteeing that readers can picture each and every scene which in return means readers become unable to put the book down. I was certainly one that couldn’t put it down and I fell hard for Wes and his robot cat and I really like the explosive final battle with the bad guy as it had such realistic events taking place.
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  • Kelly
    January 1, 1970
    Okay. While I've enjoyed this entire series, it didn't quite have the emotional depth of the S&R series. However, I should also point out that S&R #3 is one of my go-to reads when I'm having a bad day, so I might a teeny bit biased about those guys. The point I'm (slowly) getting at is that the men from Monroe had big shoes to fill.That said, this was a solid, satisfying ending to the series. Kit and Wes hit high notes with me. Wesley is nearly a hermit who lives alone and tinkers with h Okay. While I've enjoyed this entire series, it didn't quite have the emotional depth of the S&R series. However, I should also point out that S&R #3 is one of my go-to reads when I'm having a bad day, so I might a teeny bit biased about those guys. The point I'm (slowly) getting at is that the men from Monroe had big shoes to fill.That said, this was a solid, satisfying ending to the series. Kit and Wes hit high notes with me. Wesley is nearly a hermit who lives alone and tinkers with his gadgets year round in the fire lookout. Kit is the newest member of the Monroe K9 unit and she's stepping into a lot of secrets. That the men who are protecting Jules and the others are slow to accept her isn't a surprise, but it is hard for Kit.Wes helps soothe the sting a bit, but...did I mention those secrets. Because Theo, Hugh, and Otto have a big stake in making sure Jules and the others are kept safe and off the radar. But their silence on the women AND how they aren't willing to dig into the newest arrival's past sets Kit's internal alarms pinging.Which causes a few problems, as you can probably guess.BUT WES! He's awkward and sweet and crazy smart and I kinda loved how he went to his sister for advice on what to do when he likes someone. Socially awkward heroes make me grin.Bottom line: A satisfying ending for Jules and her siblings plus a smokin' relationship between Kit and Wes.-Kelly @ Reading the Paranormal
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  • Diane Saul
    January 1, 1970
    Kit Jernigan has taken a job as a police office in the small town of Monroe. Kit comes to town with her K9 dog Justice. When she arrives in town it has changed a lot since her interview. The police station is a burnt wreck and several other buildings in town have been destroyed. The local police treat her with suspicion and Kate is wondering if she’s made a mistake taking the job in this little town. On her first day there is a fire and a body is discovered in the ruins. Kate has her suspicions Kit Jernigan has taken a job as a police office in the small town of Monroe. Kit comes to town with her K9 dog Justice. When she arrives in town it has changed a lot since her interview. The police station is a burnt wreck and several other buildings in town have been destroyed. The local police treat her with suspicion and Kate is wondering if she’s made a mistake taking the job in this little town. On her first day there is a fire and a body is discovered in the ruins. Kate has her suspicions about another new arrival in town but no one is interested in listening. Wes is a forest ranger who rarely comes into town, but when he and Kate meet there is an attraction.There is suspense and romance in this book. Wes was a different character, likable, but I thought that he could be on the autism spectrum. He had trouble relating to people and didn’t really know how to act around people. This book is part of a series but it could be read as a stand alone. I knew from the beginning who the villain was but I still wanted to find out how they exposed the person. Thank you to net galley for an advanced copy of this book.
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  • April
    January 1, 1970
    Throug the Fire by Katie Ruggle is a suspenseful Romantic Suspense with twists and turns and a few surprises.  Is was my first time Katie Ruggle, but I hope to read more. I do feel "Rocky Mountain K9 Unit series", Book #4, should be read in order. While  it was not difficult to catch up, I think one book builds on the order.This is the story of Wesley March, hot, local fire spotter and Kit Jernigan, local K-9 officer. Set in a small mountain town, Monroe. A new twist on an old plot, this time th Throug the Fire by Katie Ruggle is a suspenseful Romantic Suspense with twists and turns and a few surprises.  Is was my first time Katie Ruggle, but I hope to read more. I do feel "Rocky Mountain K9 Unit series", Book #4, should be read in order. While  it was not difficult to catch up, I think one book builds on the order.This is the story of Wesley March, hot, local fire spotter and Kit Jernigan, local K-9 officer. Set in a small mountain town, Monroe. A new twist on an old plot, this time the female is the savior. Steady paced,  with action, Romance,  a murderer,  suspense, passion, a tracker bloodhound, and more. Unpredictable and unique. Although,  I did feel like the ending was missing something,  it was an enjoyable and satisfying read.  #NetGalley, #ThroughtheFire,#RomanticSuspense,#Sourceboobs"I voluntarily received a complimentary copy, however,  these are my honest opinions. I was in no way required nor compensated to write a review." Rating: 4Heat rating: MildReviewer: AprilR 
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