Hold Your Breath by Katie Ruggle

Hold Your Breath by Katie RuggleHold Your Breath by Katie Ruggle
Series: Search and Rescue #1
Published by Sourcebooks Casablanca on April 5th 2016
Pages: 352
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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.

The Search and Rescue crew series is shaping out to be a potentially good read and I was more than happy to see Louise and Callum sweep in on a breath of fresh air in this book after a lack-lustre beginning with Derek and Artie.

Somewhat scatter-brained, prone to babbling and determined to forge a new life despite her many embarrassing moments, I’d never though Lou would be the woman to break through Callum’s stoic, OCD but solid personality. Instead, every opposites-attract moment they had together was strangely enjoyable, made more believable because of the slow burn and the months of tentative friendship/rescue-crew relationship that had already been established. I only wished that Katie Ruggle has spent as much time developing the depths of Callum’s personality as she did Lou’s; the depths of this guy somehow felt only briefly unplumbed as each facet of Lou’s personality was revealed throughout the book.

The suspense was a little predictable, but the entirely different context – of ice-diving, of the rescue process and the togetherness of the EFRs – was gripping enough for me to keep going, right up until an end that left me more gobsmacked than shocked.

Ultimately a strangely good read for me, judging by the difficulty I had in saying farewell (for now) to this odd but well-suited pair.