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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...As the captain of Field County's ice rescue dive team, Callum Cook is driven to perfection. But when he meets new diver Louise "Lou" Sparks, all that hard-won order is obliterated in an instant. Lou isIn 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...As the captain of Field County's ice rescue dive team, Callum Cook is driven to perfection. But when he meets new diver Louise "Lou" Sparks, all that hard-won order is obliterated in an instant. Lou is a hurricane. A walking disaster. And with her, he's never felt more alive...even if keeping her safe may just kill him.Lou's new to the Rockies, intent on escaping her controlling ex, and she's determined to make it on her own matter how tempting Callum may be. But when a routine training exercise unearths a body, Lou and Callum find themselves thrust into a deadly game of cat and mouse with a killer who will stop at nothing to silence Lou-and prove that not even her new Search and Rescue family can keep her safe forever....

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  • Jessica's Totally Over The Top Book Obsession
    2019-05-19 00:28

    4.5 "I'm sick and tired of people trying to kill us!" StarsLou burst into tears. "I'm sick and tired of people trying to kill us!"Wow this book was action packed. I really loved both Lou and Callum. They were so opposite it was funny. Callum was super structured, OCD, and very serious. Lou was funny as hell, playful, sassy, energetic, and chaotic. Them together was so much fun. It was like a chihuahua picking on a big grumpy bear. Even though there was a lot of action in this book there are a ton of funny moments too. I laughed a lot while reading this book. "Never mind. Have fun shopping. I'll see you soon." "Shopping? You make it sound like I'm picking out a purse or something." Rolling her eyes, Lou said, "Fine. Have fun on your ultramacho and manly errand, selecting and purchasing whatever gender-appropriate item you need."-Lou and CallumCallum and Lou's relationship was a sweet slow burn. Even though I really loved Callum, Lou really made this book for me. Her personality was really fun to read. I liked Rob, Chris, and Ian and can't wait to get to know them more. I missed my George in this book. But I guess he can't be the star of all the books. Hold Your Breath was a great read, but it ends in a cliffy. Not a painful omg how will I live cliffy but I am glad that the other book is already out so I don't have to wait to see what is up with Ian!"Prepared broth?" she repeated in a mock-appalled tone, replacing the lid. "Horrors!" He rolled his eyes at her, and she grinned. "You got that from me- the eye -rolling thing," she said proudly. "I'm so glad I'm corrupting you." "Do you want some soup or not?" "I don't know." She sighed. "I heard it was made with"-she lowered her voice to a scandalized whisper-"Prepared broth."-Lou and Callumhttp://jessicasoverthetopbookobsessio...

  • ♥Rachel♥
    2019-04-26 22:40

    As a fan of romantic suspense I’ve read quite a few. Some super addictive, some okay, and others not-so-much, so I’m always excited when I find one that’s really good! Hold Your Breath had me hooked from the beginning, and I plan on gobbling up the rest of the series!Lou Sparks is a new addition to the Search and Rescue dive-team in a tiny town in Colorado. Even though her team leader, Callum, is tough, stoic and barely cracks a smile, Lou can’t help the big crush she has on him or what a bumbling mess she turns into when Callum’s around. He’s hot, strong, focused and so good at what he does, so how can Lou resist? While on a training exercise Lou dislodges a body from the icy depths and her quizzical side can’t let the mystery go. Who was this man, and why did someone kill him? In addition to that mystery, Lou is the target of some nasty, dangerous pranks that start to take on a sinister tone. Surprisingly, Lou finds help in Callum. He won’t leave her side once it’s apparent she’s in danger and also intent on solving the mystery behind the body that popped up. I thought Lou was a little ditzy at first, and she is a little clutzy when Callum’s around, but that’s mostly from nerves. Anyone with a mad crush could relate. I certainly can! In reality, Lou’s pretty strong and intelligent, and displayed the courage to leave when her life in Connecticut was proceeding without her control, thanks to a possessive boyfriend and steamroller parents. Callum was a bit more of a mystery to me for a lot of the book because we didn’t get his point of view, and that’s the only reason I didn’t rate this book higher, but I still loved his character! He was protective and possessive, and his hard exterior cracked bit by bit spending time with Lou. Lou’s situation becomes more and more dangerous as the story progresses, but she was smart in her responses. It’s so frustrating when a heroine makes unbelievably stupid decisions and I was relieved this wasn’t the case with Lou. The mystery behind the dead body isn’t completely solved, so I’m sure it will be picked up in the next book. It’s already loaded on my Kindle and I’m excited that it will feature Ian, the hunky firefighter/motorcycle club member! Can’t wait!A copy was kindly provided by Sourcebooks Casablanca in exchange for an honest review.

  • Dianne
    2019-04-23 02:46

    She ran away to start a new life, to start HER life, with her in control, not her family, not her ex-boyfriend. Lou ran as far as she could, began living a life she never dreamed of and was often like a square peg trying to fit in a round hole, especially as she trained as a rescue diver in the frigid temps of the Rocky Mountains. Her biggest screw ups always seemed to be in front of her instructor, the ever-so-serious and mysterious Callum Cook. His sighs and looks of disgust seemed to tear at her very heart, the one that was attracted to the too hot to handle man. Callum found the new girl in town to be trying too hard, and he was attracted to her determination, good heart and quirky character, too bad he wasn’t ready to trust anyone with his heart, again, he just wasn’t boyfriend material, his obsession with neatness could drive anyone crazy, but when a stalker is terrorizing Lou, he needs to be the one to protect her, at any cost. No, he doesn’t feel more than friendship toward the amazing woman, no he isn’t smiling more when she is around and no, he didn’t move her into his place for any reason other than she lost her home to arson.As Lou’s stalker becomes more threatening, more dangerous and more deadly, the only place Lou feels safe is in Callum’s muscular arms.Hold Your Breath by Katie Ruggle is part suspense, part romance, part action and 100% entertaining! Her characters fit the small town ideal perfectly, everyone knows everything, they all help each other out and they have that toughness born of the wilderness and brutal weather. Lou is tough, giving and even though she lacks that personal self-assuredness that she can do anything, her sincerity in trying is both admirable and often kind of funny! Mr. “I-am-a rock,” Callum has a soft side that show through more than he knows! Ask the town! Kick in the suspense and the dark and shadowy villain and this tale is a well-told read to get lost in! Not sure I could do the water rescue in the water under the ice, though…brrrrrI received an ARC edition from Sourcebooks Casablanca in exchange for my honest review.Series: Search & RescuePublisher: Sourcebooks CasablancaPublication Date: April 5, 2016ISBN-13: 9781492628170Genre: Romantic SuspensePrint Length: 384 pagesAvailable from: Amazon | Barnes & NobleFor Reviews & More:

  • Beth
    2019-04-23 22:45

    Louise “Lou” is a woman that has plans to leave her past behind. A bad relationship and a difficult socialite family has all pushed her to truly chase her dreams, dreams of becoming an ice rescue dive team member.Facing the frigid waters of the Rocky Mountains is serious business but her dive instructor, Callum, knows just how to get her blood boiling. Unfortunately for Callum, he just doesn’t want anyone, especially that spit fire trainee Lou, defrosting his heart.This is a career where you and your rescue’s lives are on the line and things can turn deadly in a second. Ruggle then adds in an unknown stalker, ice cold waters and treacherous terrain, what an incredible back drop for some serious story telling.Hold Your Breath is a chilling, suspense filled story that will have you shivering on a warm sunny day. A mysterious villain, freezing temperatures and desperate situations are balanced by a hard won and slow growing romantic relationship, making for some seriously enjoyable reading.I received an ARC copy ofHold Your Breath from SOURCEBOOKS Casablanca in exchange for a honest review. This book is set for publication April 5, 2016.My Rating: 4 StarsWritten by: Katie RuggleSeries: Search and RescueSequence in Series: 1Print Length: 386 pagesPage Numbers Source ISBN: 1492628174Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca Publication Date: April 5, 2016Genre: Thriller | Romantic SuspenseAmazon: & Noble:

  • Ezinwanyi
    2019-05-18 02:46

    This series and the characters had a lot of potential but it was never realized in this book. I also found the narrator less than memorable. Louise “Lou” Sparks moved across the country to assert her independence and build a life helping others. She found work with the Field County Ice Rescue Team where Callum Cook was her supervisor. When Lou found a dead body in the water, along with the tires on her car slashed, she turned to Callum for help. This book had a steady pace of action and suspense. The author did a job of developing Lou and Callum, but I never connected with Lou and Callum. Lou was kind of amusing but Callum was too gruff for me. They were opposites and it worked for them. The romance just wasn’t developed that well and there wasn’t enough creativity to differentiate this book from other books in this genre. For those who like more adventure and less romance, this book would be entertaining. Their relationship make sense on a cerebral level, there wasn’t enough emotional intensity to make it engaging. I like more romantic development of the characters so I didn’t really feel the connection between Lou and Callum. While I didn’t enjoy this book, I will try book two before I decide whether this series is a keeper. There is an interesting premise and I want to give it a chance.

  • CC
    2019-05-09 20:33

    4.5 stars!I totally loved this book! Loved Lou. She made me laugh. I wanted to be friends with her. There were so many times she could have been annoying but was not. I absolutely adored Callum in all of his broody OCD glory. He was sweet and unintentionally funny. I loved how much Lou did NOT annoy him. I also throughly it was so cute how he considered them on dates when Lou did not and he was too shy to say anything. The action was good. Not very complex but enjoyable. I wish it were a little steamier and got more of Callum's POV but otherwise I really loved it.

  • Talltree
    2019-05-09 20:39

    3.75 stars!

  • SamJ ★Needs a HEA★
    2019-05-19 20:34

    Check out this and my other reviews at My Blog, Facebook, Google+, Twitter and Pinterest★Book Basics★ Genre: - Cont. Romance Series: - 1 in the series.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? - YesRating - 5★Review★After book 0.5 being a bit of a dud for me, I loved this story.I adored the hero, he is a bit taciturn, nicknamed "The Iceman", has a need for order and neatness.And the heroine was funny, a touch messy, endearing, and brave, trying to make a new life for herself after running away from her previous life.And while the romance was a bit slow building, I enjoyed it, and the efforts Lou went to make Callum smile.And even though book 0.5 was a bit disappointing to me, the hero from that book, was a great secondary character here.And the suspense part of the story was well done. There was a part specific to this story (Lou's stalker) and another that appears like it will be an ongoing story arc over the series.Some might feel the romance part of the story fades into the background while the suspense takes the front seat, but for me it worked. The romance was slowly bubbling away, and the suspense part allowing that to move forward, Callum getting protective, partnering up with Lou to help her. It worked very well for me.And with a whole cast of Fire Crew, or Dive team characters that all just scream "future hero" this is a series I am really looking forward to reading.A great 5 stars. I was just happy reading this book, and in that place where you cannot wait to read on and see what happens while at the same time wanting it to slow down so it would not end!["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>

  • Shari Kay
    2019-05-06 00:50

    Well this was a pleasant surprise. KR is a new to me author and I enjoyed her writing style very much. Maybe the mystery wasn't the greatest (view spoiler)[stalker (hide spoiler)]and some things were left either up in air for the next book,(view spoiler)[headless dude (hide spoiler)] or weren't explained quite thoroughly enough(view spoiler)[ like Brent's crazy (hide spoiler)] to completely satisfy me, but I luuuurved Lou and Callum. Lou (louise) was a hoot. A good hoot. Not the kind of hoot that is annoying and eye rolling, but truly quite charming! I smiled a lot reading this, which is odd when you're dealing with stalkers, dead bodies, fires, attempted murder, knife fights, drowning etc. But Lou is just too entertaining and Callum is a sweetheart! Their relationship was well developed and was the star of the show. Sure, some things didn't totally compute. For what we find out about Lou's past she seemed a bit naive when it came to the investigation parts of the book. But that's a small quibble. I really liked her. I really liked Callum. I loved that Callum was all Alpha but sweet as pie and vulnerable and sexy and let Lou be Lou. He didn't try to squash her well earned independence. Just wanted to be a part of it. I loved that they saved each more than one way. I loved that Lou was strong but knew that leaning on someone else sometimes was not weakness. A few OTT moments...but heck, I can overlook them because I was thoroughly entertained...and isn't that the point?Will i read the next one? Duh! I want stories about Rob, Chase and Ian. I'm already invested in their lives.

  • Sunny
    2019-05-05 21:22

    ARC ReviewGee, I really wanted this to be more. So much potential, but not fully realized. The characters are engaging and the author spends a good amount of time developing them. Lou is funny and absolutely resolute about making it in the search and rescue business. I like her determination. I also think Ms. Ruggle does a good job with Callum, although is a little too stoic for my taste. I am sure he will appeal to others. The suspense is okay. I did not find it particularly creative or intense, but it works for this story. The biggest problem I have is the same problem I had with the prequel - the narrative is unbalanced for a romantic suspense. The relationship is underdeveloped and I am not sure that Lou and Callum belong together. It's an odd couple to start with and I need a lot more convincing.Thank you to Netgalley and the publisher for the opportunity to read this book in exchange for an honest review.

  • Annie (Under the Covers Book Blog)
    2019-05-15 18:29

    3.5 stars Katie Ruggle is yet another new-to-me author (Can you tell I’m loving trying out new authors right now?). To be honest, it was the covers that caught my interest with these series. But once I read the blurb and the premise of this series, I knew that these books would definitely be my kind of thing.Set in the remote Rocky Mountains, this series will follow the Search & Rescue crew as they save lives or in this case, try to solve a murder when a body start showing up in the water. Immediately, I was sucked in by this case just because it’s one that you don’t really see often. Kudos to Ruggle for coming up with something immediately intriguing and different in her books.The hero of this book is the captain of the ice rescue dive team. Callum is not a guy you typically mess with. He’s a perfectionist and the heroine is….not. Louise “Lou” Sparks is quite wacky and care-free. But don’t let that fool you. She does her job well. So their relationship is a bit unlikely, yet cute and adorable at the same time.This series reminds me a lot of Julie Ann Walker’s books. They are packed with action, but also make a lot of time for hijinks and fun. I think that’s always a great combination when it comes to Romantic Suspense novels because it creates those highs and lows that make an adventure a memorable one.I know a lot of people’s complaints about this book was that Callum is so cold that they felt cheated out of a romance. But something super nova hot seems unlikely to happen in this book based on Callum’s personality. You can’t have hot, dirty-talking scenes when Callum is such a reserved guy. It’s going to be a slow burn no matter what. And while yes, I would have liked more, I also understand that the author wrote the perfect romance for her characters. I look forward to reading the other books in the series.

  • Mandi Schreiner
    2019-05-06 00:43

    Lou is new to Colorado having moved from the east coast about seven months prior. She had to get away from her controlling parents and wanted to start a life of her own. This new life includes working as a barista during the day, and working on the Field County Ice Rescue Team whenever an emergency arises. Lou lives in a remote cabin, and has made some good friends on her rescue team. During a practice ice water dive one day, Lou kicks something while in the icy water. What bobs up a few seconds later is a dead body without head. Shaken, Lou thinks it's pretty gross but also feels invested in finding out who this headless dead guy is.Callum is Lou's boss on the rescue team. He is gruff and intense, and pretty no-nonsense. If you can get him to smile maybe once a year, it's a good year. Callum spends his days exasperated by the sarcastic and sometimes silly Lou, but deep down he is very fond of her - and she is fond of him. When Lou's tires get slashed, she realizes she might have a stalker - and Callum steps in to make sure she stays safe.The good news is that I really enjoyed Lou. She is funny - she made me giggle with her great sense of humor. Working on a dive team of primarily men, she can give it as good as she gets it. She is a very well written heroine and that makes me like this author a lot. While there are some serious things happening in this book, Lou gives us a bit of comic relief, without being too blase about a headless dead guy or HDG as she calls him.Stalker plots are not necessarily my favorite story line, but this one was okay. We have brief pages of being in the stalker's head - and his actions are pretty standard stalkerish...ramping up to major drama towards the end of the book. But it kept Lou on her toes and she took the threats pretty seriously.The bad news is that the romance in this book isn't that well done. I liked Lou and Callum together - they have good chemistry. Callum is so quiet and intense, that I couldn't wait for Lou and him to have this explosive, pent-up sexual release. The problem is - when it finally happens (and it takes FOREVER) it was a let down. Heck, I didn't even need a super dirty sex scene, but give me a good make out session without the phone ringing. Or something! Callum and Lou go from this fun, build-up of a romance to...basically, oh hey - so, are we dating now?"We've gone on dates," he protested, totally missing the point. "We went to Levi's.""Fine. We've gone on one date.""Plus, we went to the bar together.""Uh, that was to talk to the coroner about a dead person.""Still counts.""Does not.""Does.""Whatever. Two dates then. So, we're dating?""Yes.""Are we exclusive?""Yes.""Okay then."That's pretty much how it goes. It cheats the reader out of a solid romance. Don't give me a half-naked man on the cover (standing in ice water for goodness sakes!) and then a romance which is barely shown.I really enjoyed this author's voice - the story is fun. The characters are really engaging. I just needed more romance.

  • ☕ Kimberly
    2019-05-13 18:34

    Coffee Dates with Hold Your BreathFirst Date: I loved the Colorado setting from the mountains to the quaint town. The delightful narrations from Rachel Dulude quickly made me familiar with our heroine Louise "Lou" Sparks and her Resue Team Captain Callum Cook. On this first date, we learn a little about Lou's past and her new position on Field County's Ice Resue Dive Team. The team is going through a training exercise on the lake when Lou discovers a dead body in the water. Lou is inquisitive, and I can already tell that her quest for answers is going to get us all in trouble. The chemistry between Callum and Lou is sizzling but complicated by their personalities and positions. I am all in and curious to see what develops.Second Date: I love romantic suspense but finding a story that is balanced between the romantic aspect, and the mystery is often hard. Usually one ends up lacking, but this was not the case with Hold Your Breath. Ruggle carefully balanced the two and weaved them skillfully together. Cullum is a bit of a neat freak with some OCD tendencies and I felt his pain. Lou's inner dialogue and spunky personality is a perfect match for Cullum's controlled and quiet manner. I loved Lou's sarcasm and inner dialogue. Her tendency to get verbal diarrhea when nervous led to some laugh out loud moments. Poor Callum. A slashed tire and other incidents lead Lou to the discovery that she has a stalker. This thread escalated throughout the story placing our heroine in danger. We even get a few scenes from the stalker. I picked right up on who the stalker was but enjoyed the thread.Third Date: The synopsis has a warning about mature themes, but there was nothing overly shocking for an adult contemporary romance here. The romance was slow building and moments took place in the midsts of the suspense thread. I love that despite the seriousness of the situation Ruggle allowed for humor in part due to Lou's vibrant, snarky personality and the fact that Callum is her polar opposite. It was funny and felt genuine. Despite knowing who, we had some hold your breath moments as we moved towards the climatic end. I was delighted we were given a complete story. The romantic thread wrapped up nicely as well and left me removing my earbuds with a smile.Audio provided by publisher. This review was originally posted at Caffeinated Book Reviewer

  • Nicola
    2019-04-21 01:50

    3.5 starsKatie Ruggle brings her reader romance, suspense, drama and action in the first full-length novel in her Search and Rescue series. "I just want to add a little chaos to your life."We met search and rescue team leader, Callum Cook and new-girl Lou Sparks in the introductory novella On His Watch and there was definitely something brewing there. Hold Your Breath is a three-pronged attack in terms of storyline and not only do we see their feelings for one another grow, but there is the mystery of the headless body in the lake to solve and Lou facing the horrifying reality that she has a stalker, prepared to go to extreme lengths to hurt her. "'Research' isn’t some new euphemism for getting laid, is it?" If you're looking for a heated romance then I'll be honest, this isn't that. The romance is almost secondary to the mystery and suspense. And generally it works well; Lou and Callum are colleagues, friends and their feelings blossom as the book progresses. In some respects it was paced a little steadily and the slow-burning chemistry became a little repetitive but once the stalker aspect of the storyline gets going it does ramp things up whilst bringing them closer.He fit with her and she fit with him, as neatly as that last piece of a puzzle snapping into place.These characters don't bring anything particular unique to the table but they are endearing. Cal is the strong-silent protective type with a sarcastic streak and Lou is bubbly, cheeky and tries to hide her fears and insecurities. But I never felt I really got to know Cal, he was actually a man of very few words, and it felt their was an unanswered reason for that. On the whole though, Hold Your Breath was an enjoyable read, it keeps you guessing throughout and we don't have long to wait for Firefighter, Ian's story in Fan the Flames.Copy received courtesy of Sourcebooks via NetGalley for an honest and unbiased opinion.

  • CL
    2019-04-28 20:49

    ARC received from: NetgalleyRating: 4*Trope: SuspenseChemistry: Low BoilOne-Sentence Summary: A search and rescue newcomer gets targeted by a stalkerReview: Admittedly, the novella which introduced the series didn't really win me over but this first full length novel completely made me a fan.This book focuses heavily on the whodunnit element and the romance slowburns away in the background which is a really nice change of pace. I've read loads of 'insta-love' romances recently and it was great to see Callum and Lou's relationship build slowly.The fact that they are both rescue divers makes for an interesting setup and I wish we had seen more of Callum and Lou out rescuing and less time in Lou's tame other job as a barista. The scene in the ice at the climax of the book was really something though and had been racing through the pages like I was actually there.As to one of the whodunnit elements then beware this book ends on a cliffhanger and I guess several of the characters we have already met in passing are going to be key to solving that mystery. I'll definitely be coming back to find out.

  • Guilty Pleasures Book Reviews
    2019-05-01 22:37

    Shelly's review posted at Guilty Pleasures Book ReviewsMystery, romance, suspense and who done it’s abound in this great read.Lou moves to a remote rocky mountain town to get away from her family. After becoming a member of the search and rescue team, she finds her fit and proves to herself she can do what she wants and take care of herself. So after doing a regular training session, Lou kicks up a dead guy that leads her on a mission of her own to try and find out who this mysterious man is. Callum is all straight and order, until he finds out Lou is on her own mission to find out who the dead guy is. Callum decides to help her, but when Lou starts to have strange things happen to her Callum steps up and wants to protect her. I loved the twists and turns that play out throughout this book. Just when you think you have it figured out a new twist happens and you start to rethink, you almost get your own whiteboard going to solve this mystery.Review copy provided for an honest review.

  • Sophia
    2019-04-22 23:44

    I was very excited to try this new series by a new to me author primarily because of the setting- mountain search & rescue work. And it wasn't just the common police and fire, but dive rescue team, too. It was new and exciting all around when paired with the romance and the suspense. I enjoyed the author's easy blend of quirky humor, adorable heartwarming, rising heat, tightening suspense, and taut action.As noted above, this is a launch of a new series, but I did want to point out that there is a prequel novella, On His Watch, available for free. It can easily be skipped to this one, but worth snagging since it features secondary character, Derek Warner's romance.The story opens with the Search & Rescue dive team up at an iced over mountain reservoir practicing a rescue. Lou is new to the team and is working hard to prove she belongs even though it tickles her fancy to poke and tease at the too serious and stern leader, Callum Cooke. Lou is attracted to the seeming frigid man and wishes to see respect for her in his eyes though that will be tough because she tends to bumble and stumble around him. Lou is in the water doing her practice rescue when she kicks into something under the water. A body floats to the surface. And now things start to get interesting. Lou is determined to help discover the identity of the body in the lake aka HDG (Headless Dead Guy, but she must be PC about that). To her surprise, her attempt to rope Callum into being her sleuthing partner works though she is pretty sure his Nancy Drew remark says it all.But the body is only one of several disturbing incidents. From slashed tires, to footprints outside her cabin window, to vandalism, and escalating actions, Lou learns she has a stalker. Callum quietly makes it clear that she now has more than a sleuthing partner until the stalker is found. Lou worked hard to learn independence and prove to her parents and to herself that she is no longer that passive, needy girl so relying on Callum and the rest of the S&R team's help is tough. But if it means more time with the irascible mysterious Callum? She's take it. And if her crush starts turning more serious and Callum's actions indicate more than a mild interest, Lou won't think about that too much.The story, by it's setting and elements alone, was sure to gain my interest and I'd already met many of the key players through the prequel. So I was set to dive in and immerse in the story. It was a good blend of gently-paced contemporary romance, exciting ice/water rescue scenes, and suspense. It took me a little bit to sync with the author's writing style and get used to Lou's personality, but then I got used to it and settled in. Lou is the main narrator with her unknown stalker getting brief snippets here and there. So it was a big deal that I connect with her which I eventually did. Lou came off as a little flaky to me which was where I struggled, but I don't want to give a wrong impression since ultimately I liked her and respected her. She's smart, capable, skilled, and somewhat vulnerable. Her sense of humor is fun and she brightens each scene. She has a tendency toward sarcasm, off-beat humor, and chatter when she is nervous.Now, the choice to give Lou all the narration and leave Callum as somewhat a mystery was understandable, but it also contributed to me struggling to figure him out and connect with him as Lou's love interest. While I appreciated the slow tease of getting to know him along with Lou, I also felt that there was always some distance even by the end. It's not until late in the story that his background and thus, the reason for his behavior and closed personality, are made known. The reader really has to work for it to pull out nuggets about his personality and backstory to get to know him. He's likeable and trustworthy, but holds people at a distance including Lou though she comes the closest to figuring out what makes him tick. I'm a curious sort and wanted the whys behind it. With Callum it's all about subtlety from his routine, to his expression, his speech, and his emotions. He's actually Lou's polar opposite.Fortunately, this worked for the romance. The author didn't spotlight attraction and lust though it was there. She put this pair into daily activities and lots of time spent together- working around the house, their sleuthing case, ice rescue, the coffee shop. Each little scene, conversation, and shared glance meant something. It was slow burn and I was convinced it was going to be a sweet romance until three-fourths of the way when the sexy times happened. And it happened right when it should and I didn't feel the story lacked because of it. Both the characters have hangups whether it is Lou's past with an ex and manipulative parents or Callum's suppressed emotions and need for order because of his own past so taking their time made sense.As to the suspense, there was the murdered man from the lake and the stalker. I enjoyed how both the suspense elements played out. One was easy to figure out and was meant to be and it finished in this book at the exciting climax scene. But the other element will be an ongoing issue into the next story. The author cleverly introduced the next hero and connected him and his situation with the suspense so it will tie easily with this story. In summary, I was left with a new series to anticipate. The author's blend of humor, romance, small town- search & rescue setting, and suspense was a fantastic hit for me. I can recommend this to contemporary romance and romantic suspense fans.My thanks to Sourcebooks Casablanca for the opportunity to read this book in exchange for an honest review.

  • Alyse
    2019-05-12 21:40

    AVAILABLE: April 5, 2016Search and Rescue On His Watch (Book .5)Hold Your Breath (Book 1)Fan The Flames (Book 2) *Available June 7, 2016Gone Too Deep (Book 3) *Available August 2, 2016In Safe Hands (Book 4) * Available October 4, 2016Louise "Lou" Sparks is new to the Rockies having moved from the east coast about seven months prior to escape her controlling parents and start a life that is her own. She spends her days working as a barista and on the Field County Ice Rescue Team whenever an emergency emerges. During a routine ice training exercise, Lou ends up discovering a headless body in the frozen water. Lou gets pretty freaked out and becomes determined to discover the who's, what's, where's, when's, and why's behind the dead man.Callum Cook is Lou's boss with the Ice Rescue Team. He is gruff, intense and pretty much no-nonsense. Basically the EXACT opposite of Lou's personality. Maybe that is why he seems so drawn to her. Lou seems to attract trouble where ever she goes. First she discovers a headless body and soon after her tires are getting slashed in a parking lot. She needs a keeper and Callum seems to volunteer himself for the job.The reason that this book is only getting a 3 rating from me is that I found the romance portion of this book to be a little lacking. It just seemed to happen in one conversation between Callum and Lou. Maybe it was part of Callum's stoic personality, but I wish there was more warmth between him and Lou.Rating: 3 out of 5**I received an ARC through Netgalley in exchange for a honest review.**OTHER PLACES TO FIND ME: Blog: http://alysenovak.blogspot.comFacebook:':

  • Kjen
    2019-04-21 02:37

    4.5 Stars. A great read! This is a new-to-me author. I was not disappointed...nothing lacked for me in this story. The writing style was pleasing to me. I loved Lou's banter and Callum's bafflement. The secondary characters were colorful. The suspense to romance mix was perfect for my tastes. There was lots of tension and relationship advancement without lame-ass reasons of why the lead couple couldn't be together. The story was fast paced enough that Louise had to proclaim: "I'm tired of people trying to kill us!" I'm starting book 2;)

  • HJ
    2019-05-16 23:45

    3.5 stars - Not bad. I discovered that Katie Ruggle is also Katie Allen, an author I like, so I thought I'd check out her new series - I really liked this first book, and am currently getting ready to read book 2. Reminds me a bit of Pamela Clare newest series, which is not an insult at all.

  • Luli
    2019-05-04 00:38

    1.5 stars. No puedo darle más estrellas. Ha sido una historia un poco chapucera.La trama no es fluida, los personaje no están trabajados, el suspense es predecible e inconsistente y el romance infantil y unilateral.IMHO, un desastre…El único tema que me ha parecido creíble es el del submarinismo, que ocupa una parte importante del argumento, pero poco más. No creo que los procedimientos policiacos sean como los detalla la autora, son demasiado laxos, convenientes para la trama y poco realistas.El único punto de vista que tenemos es el de la protagonista (Lou), nos llevamos todo el libro encerrados en su cabeza, acaba siendo monótono y cansino. Bueno, hay un par de veces que el acosador tiene también su perspectiva, pero realmente aporta poco a la historia…Lou se lleva toda la historia dando saltitos, mordiéndose la mejilla por dentro, evitando mirar a los ojos a Cal (el héroe) y en varias ocasiones nos comenta lo ridículo (esta es la palabra clave) que es que todos los tíos estén tan buenos. Ha sido exasperante.Del prota, Callum (Cal) no sabemos absolutamente nada. No sabemos qué pasa por su mente, qué siente o porqué le atrae Lou. Sus frases rayan lo monosilábico y se lleva toda la historia gruñendo, gruñidos que Lou nos traduce, y celoso porque ella le mira el culo a otros tíos (no me puedo creer que esté escribiendo esto…) Él nunca reía pero desde que ella aparece en su vida se lleva todo el día enseñando sus hoyuelos.A pesar de que la autora nos cuenta el pasado (preocupante por decirlo suavemente) de Lou, a ella no le afecta lo más mínimo, pasa de ser una persona maleable y codependiente a ser fuerte, independiente y un poco loca y risueña…que cambio más radical…El suspense no ha sido tal. La autora confía en la Divina Providencia y decide dejarlo todo al azar, siendo muestra de ello los 3 ataques que sufre la protagonista. (view spoiler)[ En el primer ataque ella bebe whisky que está drogado, pero ella jamás bebe, así que…porqué bebe ese día? Para que el malo pueda actuar. La escena del ataque es larguísima, al malo le hubiese dado tiempo de matarla pero no lo hace, no sabemos por qué, y ella, drogada, es consciente de todo y se arrastra, lucha, etc… Además, cómo es que el malo no deja huellas ni ná de ná, y escapa y entra y sale a sus anchas? Eso no lo explica ni lo razona nadie, lo hace sin más.En el segundo ataque tenemos que creer que un tipo con adiestramiento y el mejor en su trabajo no se da cuenta de que el agujero en el hielo está hecho por la mano del hombre y que todo es una encerrona. Y tenemos que creernos que lo doblega un “chico de ciudad” sin músculos ni recursos, al que a su vez, doblega la protagonista, que es nueva en esto del rescate…por favor, un poco de seriedad…esta escena es aún más larga que el primer ataque, no sé cuánto tiempo aguanta un cuerpo sin oxigeno pero aquí ha sonado exagerado. (hide spoiler)]Y qué decir del melodrama familiar de ella. Ninguna persona, sin ayuda, podría haber salido airosa de esa familia de manipuladores. Por si fuese poco el melodrama familiar continúa hasta el final.(view spoiler)[ Cómo sabe el padrastro donde encontrarla? Y cómo no se da cuenta ella de sus intenciones? Para ser una chica tan lista que resuelve los crímenes que la policía no puede, en este caso actúa como si fuese tontita. (hide spoiler)] Prefiero las historias en las que los protagonistas dan menos saltitos pero son más inteligentes. Ha sido excesivo. Y encima, el suspense principal acaba en cliffhanger.Poco realista y un romance de lo más sensiblero.ARC provided by Soucerbooks Casablanca via Netgalley.1.5 stars. I cannot give it more stars. It has been a sloppy story.The plot is not smooth, the characters are not well developed, the suspense is predictable and inconsistent and the romance is childish and one-sided.IMHO, a disaster...The only subject that I found credible enough is the description of scuba-diving, which occupies an important part of the argument, and little more. I do not think that the police procedures are as the author detailed them, they are too lax, suitable for the plot and unrealistic.The unique point of view that we have is the heroine´s (Lou), we spend the entire book shut up in her head, it gets monotonous and tiresome. Well, there are a couple of times that the stalker also has his perspective, but it adds nothing to the story...Lou is always bouncing, biting the inside of her cheek, avoiding eye contact with Cal (the hero) and repeatedly saying how ridiculous (this is the key word) is that all the guys around are so hot. It has worn me out.About the hero, Callum (Cal), we know absolutely nothing. We don't know what goes through his mind, what he feels or why he is attracted to Lou. His answers are almost only monosyllables and he spends all the story grunting, grunts which Lou translates for us, and he is jealous because Lou is looking at other guys butts (I can't believe I am writing this...) He never laughed, but since she appears in his life, he spends all day long showing his dimples.Although the author tells us about Lou´s past, (a troubling one to say the least) she is not in the least affected by it, she goes from being a malleable and codependent person to be a strong, independent and a little crazy and smiling one...we do not get to see the change, we only read about it...The suspense was not such a thing. The author relies on serendipity and decides to leave everything to the fate, being proof of this are the 3 attacks suffered by the MC´s. (view spoiler)[ In the first attack she drinks whisky which is drugged, but she never drinks, so... why did she drink that day? So the bad guy can act. The scene of the attack is very long, the bad guy had time in spades to kill Lou but he did not do it, we don't know why, and she, drugged as she was, is aware of everything surrounded her, and she fights the bad guy and thinks about this and that, etc... Also, how is that the bad guy leaves no footprints nor clues and escapes and enters and leaves Lou´s home to his heart content? That was neither explained nor accounted for.In the second attack, we have to believe that a guy (Cal) well trained and being the best in his field does not realize that the hole in the ice has been made by a man and it's all a trap. And we have to believe that he gets beat by a "city boy" without muscle or resources, which in turn, is beaten by the heroine, who is new to all this rescue stuff... Please, a bit of seriousness... this scene is even longer than the first attack, I don't know how long can endure a body without oxygen but here it sounded exaggerated.(hide spoiler)]And what can I say about her family melodrama? I do not believe that a person, without help, could have escaped such a family of manipulators. If this was not enough, the family melodrama continues until the end. (view spoiler)[ How does know the stepfather where to find her? And how does she not realize of his intentions? To be a girl so clever that solves the crimes that the police cannot, in this case, she acts as if she was stupid.(hide spoiler)]I prefer my stories with less bouncing and more intelligent MC´s. It has been over the top, and to top it all off, the main suspense ends in a cliffhanger.Unrealistic and a sappy romance.

  • ⚜️Trea
    2019-04-21 20:39

    After reading the prequel novella, I was hoping for more from this story. Sadly, I'm still waiting.The book is action packed, but the action itself felt weak. There's one whole plot thread that is just left dangling by the end of this book, which I assume is to set up the next book, but I really don't like cliffhangers like that.It was hard for me to connect with Lou or Callum. Callum was too aloof for my tastes, and I couldn't see redeeming qualities in him even after he started "thawing". Lou came off as "poor little rich girl", rather than a strong and independent woman. It really soured me on her as well.I can see potential in this series, so maybe it is a slow build toward that. I'll give it a bit more to see where it goes.

  • Melanie
    2019-04-24 01:37

    My review and an extended sample of the audiobook are posted at Katie Ruggle is a new-to-me author. When I saw some of the reviews going around for this series, it looked really interesting. Actually, I think it was the second book in the series that really caught my eye. Being that I really prefer to read series in order, if and at all possible, I started with this one. I was very excited when this book came up for review on audio.So this series is about different kinds of first responders. In this case, a dive and ice rescue team in Field County, Colorado. Lou, short for Louise, but don’t call her that, is a newbie on the dive team. She hasn’t lived in Colorado. She left her family and fiancee in Connecticut and went to a place that she hoped she would never see them again.Callum Cooke is the dive team leader. He is a no nonsense kind of guy. He is also a bit OCD. He gets very frustrated with Lou on several occasions. While, I liked Callum, he is not what made the story for me. Lou and even some of the others on the dive team were really fun. He’s a real good guy, I just like my men a little more fun.So there are two storylines for this book. During training, Lou accidentally knocks against something loose in the water and a headless dead guy (Lou proceeds to call him HDG) floats to the top. So there is the investigation into who this dead guy is and how did he end up headless in the lake. Second storyline consists of a what appears to be a stalker following Lou. This is where Callum and Lou start to come together. He doesn’t want her left alone for her own safety.The romance is a slow build, but Callum does get protective very quickly. The suspense is pretty good. Even if I did figure out who the stalker was before it was revealed, it was still a good story. I didn’t realize how it would escalate and at what lengths this stalker would go to. There was also another surprise that I won’t go into. This story does leave some unanswered questions. They were meant to be unanswered and I think more information will build throughout the series. Just know that everything doesn’t wrap up completely, but was a great ending to this romance.“Wait until I get there, and I’ll help you hang the shades.”Her spoon clanked against the glass bowl as she set it down firmly. “Are you saying that I’m incapable of hanging shades on my own?”“No.” He obviously saw the warning signs of an imminent explosion and was hurrying to backtrack. “I was just offering to help.”“Uh-huh,” she said, eyeing him suspiciously as she picked up her spoon again.He was quiet for a moment before asking, “Do you need to borrow my drill?”“I have my own drill, thanks.”“How about some drywall screws?”“Got ’em.”“I have a level in the truck you can use.” ”Why would I need that to hang shades?” At his aghast look, she laughed. “Kidding, of course. I have a level. I am fully stocked with tools, despite being in possession of a vagina.”NarrationThis is my first book with Rachel Dulude. I thought she did a really great job. She reminds me a lot of Amanda Ronconi. She did a great job with Lou and her silliness. I thought she also handled Callum’s gruffness. Thought she added the right amount of fear when needed and snark when the time called for it. If you haven’t tried her, I suggest giving her a listen.

  • Malinda
    2019-04-24 21:31

    3.5-4 starsThis was a pretty good story. I had some mixed feelings about the story because the story was really good but there were a few points of annoyance/WTF moments that caused my opinion to waver a bit. It ended well though so my overall rating stands. :)Lou is a barista that volunteers for the Field County's ice rescue dive team. She grew up in an uptight family with parents that wanted her subservient and willing to marry her step-father's second-in-command with no thought of what she wanted. She finally broke free and moved to the mountains but her parents aren't supportive and seem to prefer her Ex over her, still waiting for her to "come to her senses!".Callum is Captain of the Field County's ice rescue dive team. He's a very controlled and commanding person that does well in his position. Callum grew up with a single mother that couldn't do anything for herself and brought losers into their home constantly. Callum is nothing like that and has been single a while when the story begins.Lou and Callum have had a weird relationship for the first few months she's been on the dive team before this story begins. Callum liked Lou and was trying not to show it so he kept their communication very professional/instructive/lecturing. Lou was definitely attracted to Callum but thought she annoyed him because of his constant stern demeanor around her. Also, there was the small issue of Lou speaking her mind often and part of that included how hot she thought some of the men around her are hot. Some of which is within hearing distance of Callum, leading him to think she was seriously interested in these men when she was actually just making passing comments in general and has no lasting interest in any man other than Callum. When the story begins, this is how things are going between Lou and Callum. The dive team has a training session that leads to finding a dead body that the police is having trouble identifying. This prompts Lou to start s a Nancy Drew type investigation into the identity of the body and Callum gets pulled into it.The larger part of the story becomes the stalker that Lou has...she doesn't even know it at first but she starts having a string of issues that could just be bad luck. However, when she finds out her flat tires have actually been slashed, she realizes it's intentional and the police get involved. Callum sees her in danger and steps in, getting more protective as more evidence mounts that the stalker is close. Lou was too submissive to her parent's wants and now feels the need to make it on her own so she worries about being too clingy with Callum during everything that's going on. She resists his protectiveness a bit but thankfully, she doesn't pull any TSTL moves and mostly allows the protection, especially as the stalker gets creepier. There isn't a huge amount of drama (although the ending is somewhat dramatic), the story focused more around danger and suspense. Things do get wrapped up well and by the end, Callum and Lou are together and heading towards a HEA.This was a pretty enjoyable story. I liked Lou and thought she was a good heroine. She wasn't a superwoman...she was more realistic and I liked that she was scared at times but showed the bravery to push through it. Callum...well, he was a great hero and I can't think of any complaints about him except I wish we'd have gotten some of his PoV. Although there were a few points in the story I wasn't too hot on, overall I liked the story and characters and would recommend it. :)* note - I listened to the audio version of this book and the narrator sounded pretty good but I did notice a couple of words that she mispronounced.

  • CD {Boulder Blvd}
    2019-05-09 02:31

    Thank you to NetGalley, Sourcebooks Casablanca and Ms. Ruggle for an ARC in exchange for an honest review.Although On His Watch, the novella introduction to the Search and Rescue series was a miss for me, I really enjoyed Hold Your Breath. The potential I saw in the novella was definitely reached in this full length story. Ms. Ruggle does a great job of combining adventure, romance, suspense and some cute camaraderie moments in this Search and Rescue book.The setting, the search and rescue diving team and other residents of the remote Rocky Mountain town were well developed and make for a great backdrop to this story. I am a little partial to the setting as I love the Rockies! I need a good suspense or adventure for my romance novels and found I really enjoyed the plot of this book and couldn't book it down. Between dead bodies in the water, creepy stalkers, fires and iced over lakes this book brought a lot to the table.Lou (our heroine) left the east coast to avoid family situations that were tearing her down and started her life over again in Colorado. Starting from scratch she lives in a more remote area with very few neighbors. At first she is enjoying the new challenges her life make-over is bringing until she discovers she has a stalker. With her life in danger, Callum who had been avoiding any relationships, steps up and finds romance while trying to protect Lou. I liked the romance and the relationship that developed between Callum and Lou and thought they really worked as a couple. I liked how although Callum supported and protected Lou, he didn't overshadow her strengths.This was a great addition to the Search and Rescue series and I can't wait to read the next in the series. This does work as a stand-alone novel, but characters to reappear in future books.

  • Christina
    2019-05-05 21:27

    3.5 Stars - 2.5 Flames I don't mean to nit pick, but don't let the cover fool you. This is written by the female's POV and there isn't even a gun used throughout this ENTIRE read. Ok, I've said my peace, just thought I'd throw that out there so I can continue...If you've read the novella (On His Watch), then you're aware of how non-emotional Callum, the leader of the dive team, can be. Getting him to smile, laugh or even say more than a few words is almost a game to the other dive members. So the fact that Lou's dry sense of humor starts to penetrate Cal's shell is amazing. To say she's starts growing on him is an understatement.Lou grew up doing everything her parents wanted her to do, including dating who they want. So years ago she decided to leave them behind and start a new life in Colorado. Everything was going great until she kicks a corpse under water while training, her tires are slashed, footprints are found around her house and she realizes she's totally being stalked. Yep, totally enough to drive someone cray cray. But she keeps her sense of humor the entire time, almost having to since Cal has decided to be her knight in shinning armor. Not that she complains about it.Knowing what Lou goes through (see above paragraph), you can only imagine how suspense-filled this is. It's a good mix of "who done it" and romantic chemistry. I don't want to ruin anything, so this is where I'll leave it be. Beware though, there is a cliffhanger. I'll admit, I'm ready for the next one. *I received this from the Jeep Diva in exchange for my honest opinion

  • Jonel Boyko
    2019-04-23 02:35

    What a story! Both the immediate plot & the one overarching the series as a whole were fantastic. The suspense had me riveted while the romance tugged at my heart. I like the way that the why’s and how’s are part of the story. It made the mystery of it all come fully to life for me. And Ruggle backed up this interesting plot with strong, compassionate characters to do it justice. Callum’s OCD was a fantastic counterpoint to Lou’s scattered streak. They balanced each other so well, their strengths countering the other’s weaknesses while also coming together fully as a couple should. I was dying to know Callum’s backstory. I would have enjoyed a bit more detail, but seeing where he came from allowed me a bit of insight into his personality. At the same time, the way that Lou’s family treated her had me completely floored. This story was fun yet suspenseful with just the right amount of heat. This introduction into this new series & to Ruggle’s writing as a whole has me dying for more. Please note that I received a complimentary copy of this work in exchange for an honest review.

  • mad4rombks
    2019-05-17 21:45

    99 cents at Amazon. 3/8/17.

  • Beth
    2019-05-10 18:33

    I enjoyed this romantic suspense quite a bit. I very much liked the snarky, quirky character of the heroine, and the protective but professional attitude of the hero. Unlike most books of this genre, the relationship was mostly slow burn, and the main characters were allowed to actually have tender feelings for each other before anything physical happened. When it did, it wasn't nearly as graphic as most, and it didn't attempt to be the focus of the book. In any case, I could not rate the book poorly for having some of that in it, since it was clear from the cover that there would be some of that type of content. So I was pleasantly surprised that it wasn't more prominent. The book was also well copy edited and free of annoying errors.However, I am giving this only 3 stars because of some gaping plot and story holes that should be have been caught by the author and editors. SPOILER ALERT: For example, the heroine's cabin and truck completely burn up, while she is in the cabin. Somehow, her PJs that she is wearing are not destroyed by the burning embers that rain down on her, and she has almost no effect from burns or smoke inhalation. Then, she somehow still possesses her cell phone, allowing her to call her mother. And there is no mention of how she gets clothes to be able to go to work the next day. IMO, these types of details are essential to the book, and completely destroy its credibility for me. Also, prior to the fire, she is presumably drugged by drinking whiskey for no particular reason. Previously, she stated that she did not drink. Her attacker/poisoner would have no reason to presume she would drink the whiskey, and would not have known that she did, clearing the way for him to set the fire. Disappointed.

  • *The Angry Reader*
    2019-04-26 00:29

    This is a 4 star read both for what it is, and what it isn't. Lou recently moved to the mountains to assert her independence. She crushes wildly on Cal the leader of the volunteer search and rescue team for which she volunteers. I loved him because he was so grouchy but also nice - such a fabulous combination when written right. Cal seems unobtainable until a murder forces him and Lou into closer proximity. Then suddenly Crabby Cal is a sort of adorable sweet mess. "Callum grinned, softening the harsh lines of his face and making him so beautiful that it temporarily erased every thought in Lou's brain. The iceman actually had dimples!"I recently read the first 20% of a current "It" read. The must-read du jour. It was impossible for me to keep reading such a desperate open-faced attempt at emotional manipulation. I have to care about the characters and the plot on my own - and when I feel like the author is yanking me around like a puppet I get pretty pissy. Did you have that friend in 5th or 6th grade who sighed a lot and told you "don't ask me what's wrong" while practically shaking with the need to spew secrets and emotional crap all over you? That's what so many of these books are like - the author plays at being coy while bombarding you with "THIS IS SUPPOSED TO HURT. THAT'S HOW YOU KNOW MY BOOK IS GOOD."In this, my first book by Katie Ruggle, there was low steam, low angst, plenty of grins, and an absolute comfort. The romantic suspense version of a cozy mystery. I enjoyed the story development without ever feeling like a cat toy for psychotic needy writer whose only "skill" is cramming adjectives into a sentence. "'I am fully stocked with tools, despite being in possession of a vagina.' His mouth opened and then closed again as his cheekbones darkened with a flush."These will be absolute go-to books for me when I want a chill read that delivers as promised. I feel like I can trust Ruggle to give me hot men, strong women, and an unexplained corpse with an intriguing story. For more reviews check out -