Review: On the Chase by Katie Ruggle

On the Chase
(Rocky Mountain K9 Unit #2)
by Katie Ruggle
Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca
Publication date: Sept. 5, 2017
Genre: Romantic Suspense

After witnessing a horrifying crime, Kaylee is forced to flee to a small Colorado mountain town and take on a new identity. There she becomes Grace, a dog kennel worker trying to avoid the dangerously attractive K-9 Officer Hugh Murdoch.

When an accident leaves Hugh and his K-9 partner, Lexi, on desk duty, both are anxious for Hugh to heal. Until then, the highlight of his day is teasing the beautiful but mysterious new kennel employee. Their simmering attraction fuels a passionate kiss—interrupted by a sniper’s bullet. With targets on both of their backs, Grace and Hugh will do whatever it takes to stay alive…not realizing the most dangerous threat of all is hiding right in front of their noses.




After witnessing a horrible crime and fleeing her old life, Kaylee finds herself living in some small town in Colorado and going by the name Grace. The man who helped her escape her old life has put her up in some rundown house with another woman and four kids. Oh, and her new job is shoveling poop at the town’s dog kennel. “Grace” is not thrilled with her new digs, however, she can’t complain since she’s still alive. The only problem with her plan to lay low is that the local police officer has his eyes set on her and not in a good way. He knows she’s hiding something, and is relentless in figuring it out.

While this is the second in a series and it deals with a different pairing of characters, I highly suggest reading Run to Ground first. Jules and the kids are Grace’s new roommate. Hugh is the cocky, jokster cop who was shot (and is still injured) from a shootout that happened in the last book. Plus, you realize that this Mr. Espina guy who saved Jules and Grace has kind of made this small town, and Jules’ new place, safe-quarters for other women in need. So, while you could essentially read this as a stand-alone, you will more than likely feel a little left out.

The story pretty much just focuses on Grace as she tries to settle in to her new life. She had to ditch her college degree, her job, her friends, and ultimately start over again. So, it goes without saying that she’s a little bitter by her circumstance. She’s very prideful and isn’t too thrilled with her new identity or the fact that she went from having a college degree to a GED. However, she doesn’t really get to dwell on it for too long, what with the nosy cop and the multiple attempts on her life. Someone is out for Grace and it would appear that they may have found her. Cars are blowing up, balconies are collapsing, and she’s dodging bullets left and right. Pretty soon that nosy cop is the only person that makes her feel safe. Every time there’s an attack, he’s always there to save her. Which, doesn’t make his partners or his LT very happy with him. Especially since he’s on medical leave for getting shot in the previous book. Regardless of the amount of times he ends up in the hospital though, he’s always got a smile and something smart-ass to say.

I really liked that the story didn’t just focus on Hugh and Grace though. We got to see Jules and the kids a lot in this book since Grace is living with them. And with Jules and the kids comes the surly officer Theo. It was really great getting to see everyone. Jules has gone from the newbie in town, to taking Grace under her wing like a champ. It wasn’t that long ago that she was in Grace’s shoes. So, it was great getting to see her and the kids step up and help someone in need. We also got to see a bit more of Otto, Theo and Hugh’s friend/co-worker. He pops into the kennel to check in on and work with a dog there. We still don’t know much about him, or the dog, but I’m really hoping that they are the next two up to bat.

On The Chase is a good solid read. I enjoyed Hugh’s easy banter and the fact that he could make those around him loosen up with his annoying ways of pestering. I did find myself getting a little bored about three quarters of the way through. Maybe it was because it seemed like every time we turned around something was blowing up or  someone was shooting at Hugh and Grace. I don’t know. I still found the story enjoyable and will continue on in the series. Like I said, I’m really hoping that Otto is next and I can’t wait to see what the dog’s story is and why it’s in the kennel.



11 Thoughts on “Review: On the Chase by Katie Ruggle

  1. Even if you got a bit bored at some point, I’m glad you still enjoyed the read. I checked your review for the first instalment and I noticed you loved that one a lot, so I’m curious now and I’ll probably give this author a chance as well 🙂

  2. That sounds really good. I’ve heard others liking this as well.

  3. Ack, Ruggle. Never even tried her

  4. I still need to try this author. I dl’d a freebie last week.

    For What It’s Worth

  5. I really need to read one of her books one day *hangs head*

  6. Reading at the sypnosis, I really find it intriguing. Too bad you didn’t enjoyed it that much 🙁

  7. Sorry you got bored, it happens to me as well. Glad you enjoyed it overall though. Hope the next book in the series is better for you.

  8. I am glad to see that you really enjoyed this story here!! I have one of her books on my kindle that I really need to read.

  9. I heard that the dog storylines in this series is just as exciting as the MC’s. For that alone I want to read this series. Puppies!

  10. I read book one and enjoyed it. I am hoping to get to this one soon. It is good that you were able to find some enjoyment from it.

  11. Yay for it being good even with a few too many things blowing up. lol I have these on my list 🙂

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