Run to Ground

Run to Ground

by Katie Ruggle

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"Vivid and charming."—CHARLAINE HARRIS, #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Sookie Stackhouse series

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 avoid Juliet 'Jules' Jackson, he can't seem to stay away. It doesn't help that Theo's new K9 companion has fallen head over paws with Jules's rambunctious family.

Or that when he's with her, Theo finally knows peace.

When Jules rescued her siblings, whisking them away to the safety of the beautifully rugged Colorado Rockies, she never expected to catch the eye—or the heart—of a cop. Yet as Jules struggles to fight her growing attraction to the brooding K9 officer, another threat lurks much closer to home...

And this time, there's no escape.

"Gripping suspense, unique heroines, sexy heroes." —CHRISTINE FEEHAN, #1 New York Times Bestselling Author

Rocky Mountain K-9 Unit Series:
Run to Ground (Book 1)
On the Chase (Book 2)
Survive the Night (Book 3)
Through the Fire (Book 4)

What People Are Saying:
"I love Ruggle's characters. They're sharply drawn, and vividly alive. I'm happy when they find each other. These are wonderful escapist books."—CHARLAINE HARRIS, #1 New York Times Bestselling author of the Sookie Stackhouse series
"Sexy and suspenseful, I couldn't turn the pages fast enough."—JULIE ANN WALKER, New York Times and USA Today Bestselling Author for Hold Your Breath
"Chills and thrills and a sexy slow-burning romance from a terrific new voice."—D.D. AYRES, author of the K-9 Rescue Series for Hold Your Breath

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781492643043
Publisher: Sourcebooks
Publication date: 06/06/2017
Series: Rocky Mountain K9 Unit , #1
Pages: 416
Sales rank: 196,022
Product dimensions: 4.20(w) x 6.70(h) x 1.50(d)

About the Author

A graduate of the Police Academy, Katie is a self-proclaimed forensics nerd. A fan of anything that makes her feel like a bad-ass, she has trained in Krav Maga, boxing, and gymnastics, has lived in an off-grid, solar- and wind-powered house in the Rocky Mountains, rides horses, trains her three dogs, and travels to warm places to scuba dive. She has received 4 Amazon Best Books of the Month and an Amazon Best Book of the Year. Run to Ground, the first book in her Rocky Mountain K9 Unit series, is a 2017 RT Book Reviews Reviewers' Choice Award nominee. Connect with Katie at,, or on Twitter and Instagram @KatieRuggle

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Run to Ground 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 20 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Katie Ruggles does it again! I loved her first series set in the small mountain town of Simpson, CO, and this one will be just as good. It stars a grumpy, never smiles cop with a heart buried deep, a weird waitress who has good reason for her weirdness, her 4 siblings with their own quirks, and Viggie, the K-9 with a broken heart. Plus, a supporting cast of cops and townspeople that keep you smiling. Add in a good mystery and a believable romance, and this is a book worth reading.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved the characters in this story, fast paced action, danger, hot attraction, with love growing. Although she needs a bodyguard because some crazy is stalking her, he's determined to protect her.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I read this story and preordered the next book in rge series and started another series of a seatch rescue by the same author. Well written I am looking forward to the book about Mr. Espina, who seems like a good fairy for good people in bad situations.
AngRI More than 1 year ago
Perfect combo of Great Characters, Suspense and Romance My Review: I received this book via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. I absolutely loved Katie Ruggle's Rocky Mountain Search and Rescue series so as soon as I found out about this book I jumped at the opportunity. I really enjoyed the characters in this book, Theo has a lot of depth to his character and is mirrored in Viggie. Jules and her family are all so unique and I found it really engrossing watching them develop and the storyline move along. The suspense in this one comes from all angles and you just never know what is going to happen next. You think one thing is going to happen and then Ruggle throws a crazy twist at you, I promise you won't want to put this one down. Now the anxious wait for the next book is on! My Rating: I am not normally a fan of suspense, thriller, mystery, etc. but Katie Ruggle melds them so perfectly with relatable characters you quickly grow to care about and a good bit of chemistry and romance. I can't help but give this book a rating of Four Paws!
DebDiem More than 1 year ago
Run To Ground by Katie Ruggle is a phenomenal romantic suspense. Ms. Ruggle has delivered a well-written book. The characters are absolutely stellar, I love them. Jules kidnaps her siblings away from their father that has Alzheimer's and their abusive mother. Theo is a cop who is struggling with his partner's suicide. Jules and Theo's story is loaded with drama, humor, sizzle, suspense, and action. Did I mention fantastic characters? I loved every page of this book and look forward to reading more from Katie Ruggle in the future. Run To Ground is book 1 of the Rocky Mountain K9 Unit Series but can be read as a standalone. This is a complete book, not a cliff-hanger.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Liked it just as much as the previous search and rescue series.
lauralovesreviewingLT More than 1 year ago
I love character driven stories. And this one has a bomb sniffing K9 officer. I couldn’t wait to dive in. First, there’s Jules Jackson. She rescued her younger siblings from cruel relatives and is on the run. Help from an unexpected source lands her and the kids in the picturesque town of Monroe in the Rocky Mountains. But maybe hiding in a small town, even with new identities, isn’t the best idea. Those pursuing her won’t stop searching. Next up is Theo Bosco. I love that name. He’s reeling from the loss of his canine partner to cancer and his human partner to suicide.. The officer leaves behind a four legged officer that needs help adjusting. Can these two damaged beings bond and overcome their losses? I had such fun with Jules and her siblings. She’s taken on a lot and the kids are a handful. As they settle into their rundown new home there’s some fun incidents. Like when the stove caught fire and almost burned down the house. I don’t know how she does it. Juggling a new life with a bunch of young kids, worrying about being found and holding down a waitress job. You’ve gt to admire her determination and love for her family. Theo is taciturn and withdrawn. He doesn’t want a new canine partner and the dog doesn’t want anything to do with him or police work. He just happens to be in the neighborhood and spies the smoke pouring out of Jules’ house and rushes to help. Turns out a rat had built a nest in the old stove. More smoke than fire. At least as far as the stove goes. Jules is fighting a growing attraction to Theo and Theo has no time for a woman. But the grieving dog, Viggy, and the kids are instant friends and that leads to more encounters and romance keeps growing. I liked the dilemma here. Jules is hiding and she’s falling for a police officer, someone she should be avoiding like the plague. It was hard to listen to parts of this story about Viggy. The dog was so traumatized and I felt so bad for him. I couldn’t help but hope that Viggy and Theo would form a bond and help each other. With the fear of discovery and a sinister evil waiting to strike, its not all fun and romance. The suspense builds as a school shooting occurs and its heart pounding action right up to the end. It came as a total surprise to find out who was behind all of the mayhem. I had been wanting to try this series. Seen it around. And I thought I might enjoy it. I loved it. I’m hooked. And I am now starting On The Chase, the second in book in this fabulous series. Callie Beaulieu did a super job narrating this story. Her switch from adult to child and male to female was flawless. She especially nailed it with one of the boys, who stutters. And with the subtle southern accent of Jules. It was a pleasure to listen to her and I’m happy she will be continuing with this series. Thanks so much to Tantor Audio and the author for the complimentary copy. My review is voluntarily given.
girlfromwvaKY More than 1 year ago
This is the first book in Rocky Mountain K9 Unit series. This is the story of Theo Bosco and Jules Jackson. "HE LOST HIS MENTOR. HE LOST HIS K9 PARTNER. HE ALMOST LOST HIS WILL TO LIVE. HE WON'T LOSE HER." Theo is police officer grieving the death of his partner. He meets Jules and all his instincts tell him to stay away from her. He has no room in his life for any distractions. Jules has rescued her siblings and taken them to safety in the Colorado Rockies. She is not wanting any extra attention so she struggles to stay out of the eyes of the brooding cop. That is easier said than done, when he can't seem to stay away from her, and she starts having a growing attraction. Things are not helped by the fact that Theo's new K9 dog has fallen for Jule's and her family. When a threat is brought to his attention, he has no choice but to become more involved than he ever intended. Love this story and how it is written. It is sexy, suspenseful and you end up swept up with the characters and their journey.
ReadingQueen1 More than 1 year ago
Great book, good story. Who doesn't love dogs or think they're heroes?
In_My_Humble_OpinionDA More than 1 year ago
Run to Ground is a tale that will have you rooting for the hero and heroine, reaching for the tissues, shouting out loud and leave you with a happy heart. Jules grabbed me from the start. She is stuck in an untenable position where she does the wrong thing for the right reasons. She is risking her future for the happiness and well being of her younger brothers and half-sister. K9 cop Theo Bosco has been hit with several losses in a row. His K9 partner passed from cancer then his human partner swallowed a bullet. He is hurting and angry and depressed. Then he meets the new waitress in town. Jules never meant to fall for a cop and Theo knows Jules is hiding something but they are good for each other and we get to go along for the ride. Action, adventure and romance this book has it all.
Caroles_Random_Life More than 1 year ago
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 guessing until the very end. Theo was hard to figure out at first. He really seemed to come across as closed off and almost rude. He has been through a lot recently. His K9 partner died of cancer and his fellow officer also died. He has a new K9 partner, Viggy, who had previously worked with the officer that died. Both Viggy and Theo are having a very hard time adjusting to the change and they are both deep in grief. Jules whisked her 4 siblings off to safety and needs to stay under the radar. She has moved into a local home in need of a lot of repairs and has taken a job at the local diner. She really just wants to keep her younger brothers and sister safe and will do whatever it takes to make that happen. She does live with the constant fear that they will be discovered. I liked Jules and Theo together a lot. They really seemed to compliment each other perfectly. This is a very slow moving romance and I thought that they relationship built at a realistic pace. The build up between the pair was wonderfully done and I was so happy when they finally came together. Theo just fit in with Jules and her siblings perfectly even with all of his grumpiness. There were a few issues that I felt like Jules and Theo really needed to work out and I kept waiting for them to get around to it. It never did happen so I feel like there are a few issues that were not completely resolved at the end of the story. I would have also like to learn a bit more about the history of all of the siblings. A little bit more of a backstory would have been very welcome. I would recommend this book to other fans of contemporary romance. I really enjoyed Katie Ruggle's style of writing and found this to be an exciting and fast paced novel. I can't wait to see what happens next in this great series! I received an advance reader edition of this book from Sourcebooks Casablanca via NetGalley.
RomanticReadsandSuch More than 1 year ago
**potentially minor spoilers ahead** I feels so bad for Jules and her siblings. While Ruggle never gives you 100% of what her stepmom did to them, you get enough to know it really wasn’t good. And that she didn’t have a lot of choice but to get them out any way she could. It’s not an easy choice but she tried to go the normal route and get legal custody but was thwarted time and again. When you run out of options and you are desperate … They end up in a little mountain town in Colorado. And in the sights of a sexy, but super broody, K9 cop. He’s dealing with some issues of his own, which makes him not the best of company right now. Throw in a jumpy waitress who has reason to be afraid of the law and it sends his spidey senses tingling :) I’m not sure how realistic it is to think that someone who is on the run would have ANYTHING to do with someone who could easily throw them in jail – and there is a lot of back and forth about it – but Theo does give her reason to trust him. The fact that he so easily lets her keep her secret also might not be all that realistic but he’s willing to believe his gut that says she’s a good person and see how it plays out. And since it looks like there is a chance that the rest of this series will be interconnected with Jules, we may get to see how that goes. So that’s her side, but there is a whole other part of the story about his issues with the death of his partner, trouble with his new K9 partner, plus some baddies that do deadly things around town. It all meshes well into a romantic suspense story that will have you caught up until the final unmasking … and ready to find out what happens when the next cop finds himself falling for a girl with trouble on her tail. *** I voluntarily read a Review Copy of this book. All opinions stated are solely my own and no one else’s. ***
ReadYourWrites More than 1 year ago
After reading all of the books in Katie Ruggle’s Search and Rescue series, I am a big fan of her writing style. She is very good at creating likeable, courageous, yet vulnerable characters. Above all else, she can spin a good mystery with a good amount of misdirection. With Run to Ground, she continues down that path. You get sucked in from the very beginning and everyone is taken on a wild ride. In Run to Ground, K9 Officer Theodore “Theo” Bosco is having a hard time adjusting to the loss of his friend/mentor to suicide not too long after losing his canine partner to cancer. The only thing that seems to have given him a reason to live is the new waitress at the diner, Julie “Jules” Jackson. But Jules has her own cross to bear. She has rescued/kidnapped her younger siblings from their evil stepmother and moved them all to this small town in Colorado. Jules is doing everything that she can to stay off the radar but Theo can see right through her. Things become much more interesting when it appears that Jules’ life is in danger and Theo keeps rescuing her. Jules can’t risk Theo learning the secret about her past or her siblings but she can’t seem to stay away from him. In addition, Theo’s new canine partner Viggy, who has his own baggage, appears to only perk up when he is around Jules and her family. They all make for an interesting mix of very damaged people. However, there is something about the way that they all interact that seems right. I really loved Run to Ground. The mystery was impossible to solve. I didn’t come close to figuring out who the killer really was. There was some suspenseful and explosive moments before the big reveal and I was very shocked although it made perfect sense in the end. Theo and Jules complemented each other very well in and out of the bedroom. Plus, I really liked Jules’ siblings because they added a good dose of innocence to the story. Jules played the role of momma bear very well and that made her very strong and easy to root for. I hope that the next book in this series is just as fun and intriguing to read. **Received a copy from the publisher and voluntarily reviewed.**
ArizonaJo More than 1 year ago
Run to Ground by Katie Ruggle is the first book in her new series and it was a winner in my book! After having read all of the Search and Rescue series, I knew that I had to read this one. This book has a new perspective as the heroine, Juliet (jules) Jackson is actually a felon on the run with her 4 siblings. Theo Bosco is a a cop who has been broken due to losing his canine partner and his human partner all within a short span of time. These characters are complex and are perfect for each other in so many ways. Jules' brothers and sister, Theo's friends, Hugh and Otto, were all great secondary characters that provided background on Jules and Theo. Oh, and Viggy, the K-9 was the icing on the cake. He too started out with issues but slowly came back to life thanks to Jules' family. I can't wait to see if Hugh and Otto will be candidates for an HEA in this series. A fast paced plot that kept me turning the pages, danger from a mystery shooter, and a romance that built slowly all made this a perfect read for me. I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book from Sourcebooks Casablanca via NetGalley. All of the above opinions are my own.
H Wimmer More than 1 year ago
I will start off that I have reviews so far all of Katie Ruggle's books and each one has it own story and experiences that tie them all together. With that said you can read each one as a stand alone. What I enjoy about Katie Ruggle is her ability to create a story using the knowledge she has gained over the years. Each story is place in a world readers are able to wonder could that happen? With all romantic suspense readers will have to suspend some belief and this story isn't any different. Theodore Bosco is a little too moody, a little to lost but he is a cop who lost his partner so that is expected but where I had to suspend belief is when he decided to accept Jules even though his gut is telling him something is wrong. Katie makes a point that Theo is tried of people keeping secrets and yet he willing walks away from Julies very obvious secret. I get loved is blind but its not that blind but not to someone who is all about right and wrong. Julie is trying hard to right the wrongs her siblings have gone though and some she doesn't know about yet. She is strong female character who isn't damaged but trying to make things right. The kids in the story are present and many times Julie will ask where everyone is which is great knowing she didn't decide to make the kids disappear because sex doesn't work with kids around. The author gives you just enough back story of Julie and how she was able to escape as well as a cliff changer that will keep readers excited for the next in the series. Thank you to the Publisher, Netgalley and the author for
MBurton More than 1 year ago
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 suspicious of Jules and knows she's hiding something. His instincts tells him that she is on the run but the more he's around her and her siblings, the less he cares. You do have to suspend belief in a few places, but I liked these characters enough that I didn't really care that it wasn't realistic for Theo to ignore his cop instincts with Jules. It was heartwarming what Jules was doing for her brothers and sisters and I melted every time Theo interacted with these kids. The fact that he was grumpy and very standoffish made his tender care more sigh worthy. This is a slow burn romance with a suspenseful plot. Some violence but not graphic. The kids suffered abuse and you learn enough to know why Jules steps up to help them. ARC provided by NetGalley.
CathyGeha More than 1 year ago
Run to Ground by Katie Ruggle Rocky Mountain K-9 Unit #1 Never having read a book by this author but liking books with dogs, especially K-9 dogs that seem to work with great men and women, I was very interested in reading what seems to be the first book in what will be a trilogy of the stories of three K-9 partners located in small town Monroe, Colorado. This is a story of siblings on the run. As the story unfolds an inkling of what their past must have been like is leaked a bit at a time…and they really did need to get away. How they managed to flee is part of the story as is their fear of being found. Anyway, the eldest is Jules and she has brought her three brothers and sister to Monroe where she is working as a waitress. One of her most intriguing customers is curmudgeonly Theodore Basco. Theo picks up early on that Jules has secrets and that abuse is part and parcel of her past but he does not push. As the story progresses there are bomb threats, a shooting on/near a school, a militia that is anti-government and on the wrong side of the law, a romance, a depressed dog and someone out to kill and create havoc. The romance is interesting and worked for me. The siblings are close and care deeply about one another. The issues to be faced are not small potatoes and are not all dealt with by the end of the book – things are wrapped up BUT there are still problems that may rear their ugly heads in future books. And, from what I read about book two, there will be more action, another person in need of escape and another romance to enjoy. I do believe I am looking forward to reading book two and wonder how long I will have to wait. Thank you to NetGalley and Sourcebooks Casablanca for the ARC – This is my honest review. 4 Stars
Barb-TRC More than 1 year ago
Run to Ground by Katie Ruggle is the 1st book in her new Rocky Mountain K-9 Unit series. We meet Jules, our heroine, at the start working in the local diner. Jules has run away with her siblings from a nasty step mother and has settled in the Colorado Rockies, with new identities. We do get flashbacks about Jules, showing us their escape, and how she received her new identities from her former employer. I was not a fan of the flashbacks, but that fortunately they did not last long. We also meet Theo, our hero, who is a cop on the K-9 squad. While Theo is having breakfast with his cop buddies, he notices the new waitress, and decides to quiz her. At the start, and through at least half of the book, Theo was very grumpy and moody, causing me not to like him too much. He recently lost his partner to a suicide, and Viggy, the K-9 dog, who is now with Theo, was also badly affected by that suicide. Theo constantly badgered Jules to find out more information, suspecting she might be running from something. That begins to change when Theo becomes attracted to the sweet Jules, and meets her wonderful siblings. Theo takes it upon himself to help fix up the cabin they are living in, giving him the chance to spend more time with them. What follows is a slow build romance that grows over time, and also lightens Theo into a more likeable character. Viggy, the trained dog for explosives, is now gun shy and Theo cannot get him to do the work of a K-9 dog; but he becomes such a cute and happy dog when he meets Dee and Jules other siblings. I loved how he was with the kids. In the midst of the romance, the sweet family & Viggy, the suspense and action within the story was exciting and very well done. Besides worrying that she will be discovered, Jules life also becomes more dangerous when her life is threatened by an unknown villain. The last 1/3 of the book was filled with action and suspense, as well as the heating up of Theo and Jules relationship. There was a couple of things I felt should have been better handled. Though this is a series, and Ruggle usually continues the flow into the next book, I did feel that Jules should have told Theo the truth about her having run away from her abusive stepmother. I also felt the Theo was too unlikeable for a bit too long early on, even if he did become better later. Besides that,overall the story was good, and I did love Jules, her siblings and Viggy. The epilogue opens things up for more adventure to look for in the next book of this series.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Awful...... I found it boring and didn't even finish it.