Title: Gone Too Deep
Author: Katie Ruggle
Series: Search and Rescue #3
Genre: Romantic Suspense
Available: 2nd Aug
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…
George Holloway has spent his life alone, exploring the treacherous beauty of the Colorado Rockies. He’s the best survival expert Search and Rescue has, which makes him the obvious choice to lead Ellie Price through deadly terrain to find her missing father. There’s just one problem-Ellie’s everything George isn’t. She’s a city girl, charming, gregarious, delicate, small. And when she looks up at him with those big, dark eyes, he swears he would tear the world apart to keep her safe.
With a killer on the loose, he may have no choice.
Ellie’s determined to find her father no matter the cost. But as she and her gorgeous mountain of a guide fight their way through an unforgiving wilderness, they find themselves in the crosshairs of a dangerous man in search of revenge. And they are now his prey…
Source: ARC from Sourcebooks Casablanca via NetGalley
The plot thickens in this third installment of the Search and Rescue series, as the mystery surrounding the murder uncovered in book 1 (Hold Your Breath) begins to unravel. And right in the centre of the mess, having no idea of what she’s stepped into, is Ellie. All she wants is to find her dad, whose history of mental health has her worried when he says he’s going into the mountains to hide from the men who want to kill him.
Luckily for her, mountain man George is on hand to help. Unluckily for her, the dangers that her father faces aren’t all inside his head.
I think this is my favourite of the series so far. Ellie may be a city girl, short and fashionable, but she’s surprisingly resilient when it comes to the great outdoors. She’s also compassionate and capable and I really liked her. Not least because of the way she gradually breaks down George’s barriers. I loved George. He’s big and silent (and shy) and could be scary if he wasn’t given to random acts of sweetness. He doesn’t talk much, but around Ellie he does eventually find plenty to say. They’re adorable together, in a survive-against-the-harsh-realities-of-nature, opposites attract kind of way.
Their romance is pretty slow going, thanks to George’s taciturnity and the difficulty of the terrain they’re following, but I really enjoyed seeing it unfold. And while that might be slow to get going, things on the suspense side certainly ensure that there’s rarely a dull moment. There’s trouble aplenty for Ellie and George in the mountains, ensuring this book kept my attention throughout. I may even have gasped, “Nooo!” aloud at one certain point, as the thing I suspected but didn’t want came true.
I’ll admit around the halfway mark I was confused about the pacing, since it seemed like many things were close to being wrapped up, but don’t worry. One side of things might come to a close, but the romance ensures that the story is far from finished, leading up to the kind of finale I’ve come to expect from this series.
I have very high hopes for the fourth (and final?) book in this series, because I’m pretty sure the answers we got in this book are not even close to the full story. I can’t wait to find out!
Gone Too Deep is out August 2nd!
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