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Run to Ground

(Rocky Mountain K9 Unit #1)

3.97  ·  Rating details ·  2,571 ratings  ·  387 reviews
He lost his mentor.
He lost his K9 partner.
He almost lost his will to live.
But when a ruthless killer targets a woman on the run, Theo and his new K9 companion will do whatever it takes to survive—and save the woman neither can live without.

Grieving the death of his partner, Theo Bosco has no room in his life for distractions. Though his instincts scream that he should avoi
Kindle Edition, 1st edition, 418 pages
Published June 6th 2017 by Sourcebooks Casablanca
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Jul 22, 2017 rated it liked it
Ending ruined my rating! I am about to rant....

So I was really enjoying this book. It was fast paced, I LOVED the dog and the kids were not annoying. It dealt with really tough subjects but I liked the way those issues were handled (except for one). There was not much romance - very slow burn (I think only one sex scene in the book) but I was still enjoying it. The suspense was awesome. Right up until the every end. I listened to it on audible and I looked down and there were 4 mins left and the
Angela (Angel's Guilty Pleasures)
Run to Ground is book one in the Rocky Mountain K9 Unit series by Katie Ruggle.

This is my first taste at Ms. Ruggle and I enjoyed. This novel is a nice start to the series and a good introduction to the characters.

Jules Jackson has run out of time and needs to get her younger siblings out of the cruel clutches of relatives. With a little help from an unexpected source she and the kids go on the run and end up in the town of Monroe. It’s a quaint town hiding away in the Rocky Mountains, but it m
Carole (Carole's Random Life)
This review can also be found at Carole's Random Life in Books.

I really liked this book. I have been wanting to read Katie Ruggle for a while and since this was the beginning of a new series, I thought that this would be a good place to start. The fact that this is a series about a K9 unit also really appealed to me since I am a huge dog lover. I was hooked to the story pretty much right away and was really wondering how everything would work out. This was a really exciting read that kept me gue
CD {Boulder Blvd}
I was really looking forward to this new series by Ms. Ruggle. The premise of it seemed right up my alley with K9 officers and their human partners, a woman and her siblings on the run and hiding out in Colorado and a not so nice group of individuals with bombs and weapons. All the elements of a good series was there and the preview provided in After the End was very intriguing.

However, it took me a while to get through the book and for the most part I was disappointed. So what went wrong? I nee
Jun 04, 2017 rated it really liked it
I loved Katie Ruggle’s Search and Rescue series so I was happy to hear she was writing a new series based in a town not too far from Simpson, Colorado.

Jules Jackson has just moved to Monroe Colorado with her four younger siblings. She actually kidnapped them to save them from her horrible stepmother, (seriously horrible!). With new identities and a guarantee from a shifty character that her stepmother wouldn’t be looking for them “or else” she’s sets off hoping to start their lives anew. When y
Aug 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Excellent book this is the first book of what promises to be a great series to read. Jules is on the run with her siblings she has taken them from their parents who are abusing them especially the mother. She is set up with a place to stay new identities, birth certificates, every they need to start again. Theo is a cop his partner has committed suicide and has left him lonely, depressed unable to find anything to be happy about until he meets Jules even though she seems jumpy. Theo meets her si ...more
Umaiya ❄️Ramblings of a Scattered Mind❄️

It's official. I'm addicted.

I really liked this book but there was a lot of it completely unresolved. But to be honest I'm not irritated by it, a little bugged but I'm also seeing this to be a pattern in Katie's books...

I requested this book and didn’t get approved. I was slightly bummed about it. I then requested book 2 and with a shrug I thought I wouldn’t get it. Colour me surprised that I did. Now I need any old excuse to buy a book and this was the perfect one. Seeing as I have book 2 I just have to buy book 1. I felt like reading a paperback so I did.

After a run of bad luck but with some good fortune thrown in Jules takes things to the extreme to protect her brothers and her sister. They start a new in M
Sep 04, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: kindle-la-city
Hot mess. Some great things about this book, but so much that's not, so, I concentrate on the great things. The basic plot is wonderful - older sister kidnaps/rescues siblings from an abusive stepmother. The heroine - Jules shows some hutzpah in taking her siblings, disappearing and starting over in Monroe, CO. She also takes a very big chance falling in love with a cop. The hero - Theo is emotionally damaged because he didn't see the warning signs that led to his mentor/surrogate father's suici ...more
Mindy Lou's Book Review
May 16, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2017, cop-security, broody
This is one of those books that started out a little rough for me but the more I read, the more I got invested in the characters and their plight. By the end, I was hooked. It helps that there are 4 adorable children that you can't help but fall for and one K9 dog who needed a bit of healing.

Jules is risking everything for her 4 siblings and all she needs to do is keep a low profile. It's kind of laughable how she catches the attention of a cop her first day at work. Theo is immediately suspici
Apr 05, 2019 rated it liked it
This had the makings of a very good story.

There were parts that Katie would build up, but then she would leave/change topics. I would be stuck thinking...'so what happened?'

I'll probably continue with the series because the action is pretty good.
Jun 11, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Coffee Dates with Run to Ground

First Date: Ruggle hooked me from the first chapter as Jules gathers up her siblings and they embark on a new life far from the past they are trying to outrun. They move to a dilapidated farmhouse in the rugged town of Monroe, located in the Colorado Rockies where Jules accepts a job as a waitress at the local diner. Theo Bosco, an officer with the local police force, is grieving the loss of his former K9 companion and his human partner. He lost one to cancer and o
RachelW (BamaGal)
Feb 07, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: arc
Another I wanted to love this book, I really did. I like the idea of a series about a K9 unit, and I enjoyed Ruggle's "Search and Rescue" series quite a bit. I simply never got completely invested in the story or the characters enough to care enough what happened in the storyline or with them. I especially disliked the flashbacks the first few chapters of the book. I'm not a huge fan of flashbacks; and it was only a few weeks, couldn't the author have put it in a prologue and go from there in pr ...more
Under the Covers Book Blog
This is the first book in the Rocky Mountain K9 Unit series where we are introduced to a close team of cops and their K9 partners. Theo recently lost both his K9 partner and his mentor and with guilt and anger sitting heavily on him he doesn’t want anyone in his life. Especially not the new and beautiful waitress at the local diner. Jules will do anything to protect her much younger brothers and sister... so, she kidnaps them. Now in hiding from their abusive parents they are starting a new ...more
Marta Cox
May 25, 2017 rated it really liked it
Three and a half
Having thoroughly enjoyed this authors Search and Rescue series I really looked forward to getting my hands on this book. Still set in beautiful Colorado but this time it's the K-9 unit that the author tries to capture.
The story really begins with Jules a young woman who is desperate to get her younger siblings away from her stepmothers abusuve control. When I say desperate I don't use the word needlessly because Jules has been working for very shady characters indeed , the sort
Suzanne (Under the Covers Book blog)
3.5 Stars

This is the first book in the Rocky Mountain K9 Unit series where we are introduced to a close team of cops and their K9 partners. Theo recently lost both his K9 partner and his mentor and with guilt and anger sitting heavily on him he doesn’t want anyone in his life. Especially not the new and beautiful waitress at the local diner. Jules will do anything to protect her much younger brothers and sister… so, she kidnaps them. Now in hiding from their abusive parents they are starting a n
Jumpy waitress Juliet Young first meets K9 Unit’s Theo Bosco at the breakfast bar, carrying the weight of her legal troubles on her shoulders as she sort of tries to make a new life for herself in Colorado. But clearly she is hiding something (and this falls on the wrong side of law enforcement), raising Theo's internal alarm and setting them on a course where they’re on opposing sides. Meanwhile, Theo is dealing with his own grief about his partner and dog, while having a hard time bonding with ...more
*The Angry Reader*
Oct 31, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2017
i had some issues with this one. I won't go into them here. Suffice it to say i don't do well with books were one of the characters is lying to the other in a big way. And you know that the lie is going to eventually wreck everything so you just can't relax. Plus it's hard to believe their connection when one of them keeps something so important from the other.

Theo's a cop - with depression. i thought Ruggle did a good job fleshing out Theo's issues. He was a miserable person which made him an
I'm sorry to say this, but this story didn't make any sense at all. And it just cuts off at the end, without an epilogue, without closure.

I have no idea what happend in this book. Important things weren't explained. We get told certain details, but not the whole story. It was messy.

And at the end Heroine and Hero just say "I love you" to each other and that's it. No talking about the future, about their dreams, about them. She even hides a deep secret from him, why she's on the run. And he just
Laz the Sailor
Mar 29, 2019 rated it really liked it
This is a nice warm story if you are OK with insta-love. Three guy in a K9 unit are best buds, and into their laps falls a young woman who is obviously running from trouble. They all want to defend her, but one falls hard. The plot aspects are fairly straight-forward, and the side characters, especially the siblings, are done quite well. Sex scenes are few and short, but appropriate to the story.

If you were attracted by the dog, the do play a part in the story, but it's not about them. There are
Jul 26, 2017 rated it liked it
Run to Ground is the 1st book in the Rocky Mountain K9 Unit series by Katie Ruggle. This first book introduces us to Jules, her siblings, and Theo. Theo is still mourning the loss of his friend/mentor/and partner when he meets Jules; Jules has just moved herself and her siblings to Colorado to begin a new life when she catches sight of Theo. Neither is ready or willing to start a new relationship but things begin to heat up between the two until a deadly threat threatens to rip them apart before ...more
AG Reads
Jul 28, 2017 marked it as dnf
I won't rate this book. If you want the rant on why I dnf'd it at 15%, keep reading.

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Apr 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Yes, I'm a complete sucker for dogs. Needless to say that Viggy, the grieving K9, completely stole my heart.
Err... the hero?
Ah, yes... not as much. At first, Theo's social manners came out as sorely lacking, and even if he kind of grew on the heroine as well as on the reader, the first bad impression stayed a bit too long.
Jules, the heroine, was a much more interesting character. Timid and awkward in appearance, she was capable of the most courageous actions for the sake of her siblings. Her ad
May 26, 2017 rated it liked it
After enjoying Katie's Search & Rescue series, I was more than excited to start a new romantic suspense series by her! This book had all the thrills and romance that fans can expect when it comes to a book by Katie. I will admit that I didn't like this book AS much as the books in her previous series, but still was an exhilarating read.

The main male character, Theo, was a little hard for me to warm up to at first. He was very demanding and moody. I understood why he was acting that way, but it
4 stars

This was a really good story and beginning of the series. If you've read Ruggle's "Search & Rescue" series, then you wont be surprised to find that while the romance ends happily at the end of this story, there appears to be an overlying series storyline that probably wont be completed until all the books are complete (although I can't say positively).

Also, the story actually ends at page 351/408 (the 74% park on my Kindle). After that, there's some deleted scenes from Run to Ground that
Jun 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Run to Ground is a great story filled with suspense, lovable characters, an adorable dog, and a surly hero.

Jules has moved to Monroe, CO with her four siblings. Four siblings that she actually kidnapped from their abusive step-mother. With the help from some shady characters, Jules is able to get her siblings, escape across the country, and set up shop in a little town in Colorado. She knows she needs to lay low, however, it's becoming increasingly hard when one of the local officers who appare
Julie (Manga Maniac Cafe)
3.25 stars

It seems like there are so many loose plot threads that did not get wrapped up, so Run to Ground gets a knock for that.

full review

Once I saw the cover for Run to Ground, I knew I had to read it. I mean, look at that shepherd. That happy K9, with his happy wolfish grin. Viggy, sadly, was not quite so carefree in the story. Both Viggy and his handler, Theo, are battling PTSD, and it puts them both in danger many times. I can’t understand why that sad, traumatized dog was expected to ef
Quinn's Book Nook
Jul 28, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: adult-romance
I quite liked this. It took a little to get going, but it was worth out. Wish the ending was a little more resolved but that's all my own reading tastes. I want to read more in this series. ...more
3.5 Stars

Although you must suspend reality to accept the far-fetched plot events, Run to Ground is an enjoyable romance with really engaging characters. Jules Jackson is on the run and using an alias, along with her four siblings, who she stole away from an abusive step parent. She is a fierce and tender mama bear to her sibling-brood. Theo Boscoe is the snarly police officer who at first terrifies her, then rescues her, and then steals her heart. She finds herself dangerously attracted to Theo,
Two-haiku review:

She's running away
Settles in small mountain town
Meets cop, gets involved

Interesting plot
Liked her sibling family
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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, trains her three dogs, 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 certifica ...more

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