Whoa! I so did not see that one coming. Talk about a total WTF moment right there.
But, I’m getting ahead of myself here, so let’s start at the beginning.
After the little tease at the end of Fan the Flames I couldn’t help but want to get my hands as quickly as possible on the next book to see how it would all tie in to the HDG story arc and then when I found out that George, was going to be the male lead the need to get my hands on it multiplied because I definitely wanted to get to know Simpson’s most silent resident better and I wasn’t disappointed! Gone too Deep was sweetly sexy with a good dose of humor and suspense that kept things interesting from start to finish.
I’m a huge fan of the strong, silent type with a big heart and who has more going on beneath the surface than anyone could imagine and George fits the bill in a big way. His reasons for not engaging in small talk, or conversing in general, broke my heart a little, but at the same time made me love him even more. He’s all about the doing. Why take up precious seconds with a long winded explanation when it saves time to just get it done? This isn’t to say that he can’t speak, he’s just very blunt and to the point. And even though he may not socialize with the crazy inhabitants of Simpson, he is always there to give a helping hand when the need arises.
Ellie was huge surprise. I liked her from the start because of how concerned she was about her father, despite their very rocky relationship, but a city girl roughing it in the winter in Colorado? That brought to mind all kinds of scenarios where I might want to reach out and smack some sense into her, but that didn’t happen. There was a moment or two in the beginning, but her determination to find her father never faltered. That determination, that level of love, was something that I truly admired about her and showed just how huge her heart was.
I really enjoyed being a fly on the wall during George and Ellie’s relationship. It was a slow build between them. Yes, there was attraction, but there was nothing “insta” about it, though being in such close quarters and faced with a few life or death situations did speed things up, but they got to see who each other was without all the distractions that tend to get in the way when trying to meet and get to know someone. What I loved about them was that they accepted who the other person was unconditionally and neither felt as if they had to change who they were at their core. And though they fall on the more sweet than smexy side of the line, the chemistry between them was undeniable.
I was hooked from the start and I while the primary POV is Ellie’s, I really liked that we got a couple chapters of George’s POV in there as well as few from the bad guys POV. There is a secondary storyline with an overzealous admirer/stalker that personally gave me the creeps, but my favorite part of the book, other than George and Ellie was getting to catch up a bit with Lou, Cal, Rory (who is still my favorite female) and Ian and the rest of the crazy residents of Now for that epilogue, which is tied closely to the mystery surrounding HDG. There are still more questions than answers swirling around it, but that epilogue threw a huge wrench into it, like a huge one I didn’t see coming at all. So to say that I’m really looking forward to reading In Safe Hands is an understatement!
~ ARC received from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review ~
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...
A fan of the old adage “write what you know”, Katie Ruggle lived in an off-grid, solar- and wind-powered house in the Rocky Mountains until her family lured her back to Minnesota. When she’s not writing, Katie rides horses, shoots guns (not while riding, although that would be awesome), cross-country skis (badly) and travels to warm places where she can scuba dive. A graduate of the Police Academy, Katie received her ice-rescue certification and can attest that the reservoirs in the Colorado mountains really are that cold. A fan of anything that makes her feel like a bad-ass, she has trained in Krav Maga, boxing and gymnastics.