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Review: Hold Your Breath (Search and Rescue #1) by Katie Ruggle

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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…

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.

My Review

Hold Your Breath is the first book in an exciting new series by Author Katie Ruggle. Hold Your Breath follows the story of Callum and Louise. Both of them are members of an ice rescue team. When Callum meets Louise, things quickly spiral out of control. Louise is a hot mess; a walking disaster. And all that chaos is exactly what Callum needs. It makes him feel needed and alive. So, when things in Louise’s life take a crazy turn, Callum is right there, ready to do whatever it takes to keep her safe….

Overall, I really enjoyed this book. It took me a little while to really get into the story, but once I did, I couldn’t put it down. I thought the story line was intriguing. I loved the game of cat and mouse. There was a lot of mystery and suspense, making it a lot of fun, trying to figure out what was going on.

Callum and Louise were great together. I thought they had some good chemistry. Their relationship definitely had a slow build to it, but I think that it worked really well in this aspect. You really got to know them and see their relationship grow. However, I will say that even though this story was centered around Callum and Louise, their romance was not the main focal point of the story. So, if you’re looking for a more romance centered story, this is not it. The suspense and mystery are the main factors of the story. And as someone who reads a lot of romance, this was actually a nice change of pace for me.

Hold Your Breath was a quick read for me. It had lots of action, and suspense with a little bit of romance sprinkled in along the way. I think this series is off to a really good start, and I’m looking forward to seeing where this series will go next.

*I was provided an ARC copy of this book, via NetGalley, in exchange for an honest review*

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