Jun 5 2017 8:30am

First Look: Katie Ruggle’s Run to Ground (June 6, 2017)

Run to Ground by Katie Ruggle

Katie Ruggle
Run to Ground (Rocky Mountain K9 Unit #1)
Sourcebooks / June 6, 2017 / $7.99 print & digital

When you are a fugitive on the run, it is probably not the best decision to invite a cop into your life, let alone fall in love with him.  In Katie Ruggle’s new Rocky Mountain K9 Unit series, Juliet Young has escaped to the tiny town of Monroe, Colorado to hide with her siblings but after running afoul of the law, she can’t help but run right into the arms of Officer Theodore Bosco.

Juliet, now hiding under the name Julie (Jules) Jackson, tried to be a good, law abiding citizen.  She tried to go through the courts to get her siblings away from their abusive step-mother, but as her money ran low with no end in sight, her former employer pointed her towards her only real option – grab the children and run.

Now they are all on the run and hiding in a slightly, run down house on the edge of Monroe, a quiet mountain town in Colorado.  It seemed like a great choice.  It was a quiet, out of the way, small town, but as Jules comes to learn, small towns take notice of new arrivals and they like to ask questions. 

While Juliet held several degrees, Jules is just happy to find employment as a waitress at the local diner.  Unfortunately, a diner which is frequented by law enforcement who can’t help but notice the jumpy new waitress. 

“What’s the problem with her?”  Otto put some eggs onto the only two plates Hugh owned, and then started eating his portion directly from the pan.  “She seems nice.  Jumpy, but nice.  I’m guessing there was an asshole husband or boyfriend back wherever she came from.”

“That’s the problem.  We don’t know where she came from or why she’s running or even who she really is.  And head-in-the sand Theo here isn’t even bothering to look.”

A pretty new waitress will certainly catch the eye of the single law enforcement officers, but there is something about her too practiced answers which is raising alarm bells for Theo.  He suspects that Jules is running from something, an abusive boyfriend maybe, because it certainly couldn’t be anything illegal.   Theo can’t imagine that the sweet, pretty waitress is any kind of mastermind criminal but he plans to keep a sharp eye on her to be certain.

When Theo first starts showing up at her home, Jules fears that they have been found out. 

“What’s going on?”

The entire group jumped as if he’d given them an electric shock, all of them turning to stare at him with expression that ranged from fear to wariness.  Upon closer observation, he confirmed that they were kids, ranging in age from ten or so to late teens—the oldest being none other than his squirrelly waitress.

As Theo’s visits become more frequent, and Jules isn’t being led away in handcuffs, she is starting to become very attached to her surly cop, which is not a smart thing to be doing when you are hiding the fact that you technically kidnapped your siblings and are a fugitive. Except, Jules just can’t stop her growing affection for Theo.

“Do you like him?”

“What?”  The word came out a bit screechy, and she winced inwardly as Sam’s frown deepened.  “Of course not.  That’d be crazy.”

“It would be crazy.”  His grim tone made her drop her eyes.  Maybe she’d though about him a few times—and not in the he-could-arrest-me sort of way—but anyone with a pulse would indulge in a few daydreams when confronted by a man that good-looking.

“That’d be bad, Ju.”

“I know."

Really bad.”

“I know.”  Her response was barely more than a sigh as a tiny hope she hadn’t even realized she’d been harboring slipped away. 

Jules was never a very convincing liar and her whole life is now a lie.  She desperately wants to be honest with Theo but as an upstanding officer of the law, she knows he will have no choice but to arrest her.   She might have no choice but to grab her siblings and run again before Theo figures out just what she is hiding.  Jules is already losing her heart, but her family is counting on her not to lose her head as well.  


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Lucy Dosch writes book reviews for her blog Her e-reader has turned her love of reading into an obsession. When she is not reading, she likes to spend time with her husband and two daughters.

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