Hold Your Breath
by Katie Ruggle
My rating: 4 stars
Series: Search & Rescue
Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca
Publication Date: April 5, 2016
Genre: Romantic Suspense
Print Length: 384 pages
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 terms...no 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.
Hold Your Breath by Katie Ruggle (Search and Rescue)
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…brrrrr
I received an ARC edition from Sourcebooks Casablanca in exchange for my honest review.