In Safe Hands

In Safe Hands

by Katie Ruggle

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

He was her hero, but one wrong move ended their future before it could begin.
Now he'll do whatever it takes to keep her safe, eEven if that means turning against one of his own.

As a member of the Field County Sheriff's Department, Chris Jennings is used to having it rough. The Colorado Rockies aren't for the weak-of-spirit, but he's devoted his life to upholding the law—and to protecting the one woman he knows he can never have. He'll do whatever it takes to keep her safe.

Daisy Little has lived in agoraphobic terror for over eight years. Trapped within a prison of her own making, she watches time pass through her bedroom window. Daisy knows she'll never be a part of the world...until the day she becomes the sole witness of a terrible crime that may finally tear the Search & Rescue brotherhood apart for good.

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...

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

Search and Rescue Series:
On His Watch (FREE novella)
Hold Your Breath (Book 1)
Fan the Flames (Book 2)
Gone too Deep (Book 3)
In Safe Hands (Book 4)
After the End (FREE novella)

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: 9781492628262
Publisher: Sourcebooks
Publication date: 10/04/2016
Series: Search and Rescue , #4
Pages: 416
Sales rank: 156,488
Product dimensions: 4.30(w) x 6.90(h) x 1.20(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

Customer Reviews

In Safe Hands 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 12 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I read entire series. Kept me guessing. Tidy plot. Great characters. Dialogue was really good. Made me laugh out loud. And the action was terrific. Love scenes are heart pounding, not graphic. Very tastefully done. Would highly recommend. Kept me turning pages way too late at night. Love Katie Ruffle and I love this series. Can't wait for the next one.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Enjoyed this story
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Quick pace with a twist in the plot.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Story started out great, nice tempo. Then by chapter three it bogged down. Not her best. Others in series have been better.
ReadYourWrites More than 1 year ago
In Safe Hands is the final book in Katie Ruggle’s Search and Rescue series. It may be possible to read this as a standalone but I don’t think you would enjoy it as much as opposed to reading all of the books and the initial novella in succession because there are basically two mysteries that permeate through the whole series and ultimately get solved in this one. Each book involves a member of Search and Rescue who inevitably ends up falling in love with someone that finds themselves in danger. This time, the Search and Rescue member is Deputy Chris Jennings and the person in danger is his longtime friend Daisy Little. Daisy suffers from agoraphobia and hasn’t left her house in 8 years. Since she spends her spare time staring out of her window, she sees the outside world as her own little television. Unfortunately, she ends up witnessing someone putting a possible dead body into a law enforcement vehicle. She confides in Chris and his inquiries set off a chain of events that lead to the revelation that there is a dirty cop in the department and that someone in town is a serial arsonist. Katie Ruggle brings everyone from the previous books into this one like a family reunion. The way that they rally around Daisy and help to get her out of her shell is beautiful to see. As she watches other budding relationships, she realizes that she would like to have a romance of her own. Of course, there is nothing like a good murder investigation to bring people together. Chris and Daisy have been hiding their feelings from each other for years so it was bound to happen anyway. They make for a good couple. I really loved the book overall. The one issue that I had was the fact that the villains’ identities are revealed to the reader early on while everyone else doesn’t have a clue. There were so many times where they just couldn’t put the pieces together and it was frustrating to me just like when you watch a horror movie and the person insists on going into the basement when you know that there is something down there and they should know too. I had to refrain from yelling at the characters to pay attention. Of course, that was probably the idea because it forced me to finish the book quickly to see how everyone else would react to the news. **Received a copy from the publisher and voluntarily reviewed.**
ReadingInPajamas More than 1 year ago
Review: IN SAFE HANDS (Search and Rescue) by Katie Ruggle Publication Date: October 4, 2016 Genre: Romantic Suspense Reviewed by: Reading in Pajamas/ Donna Rated: 5 Stars REVIEW: Wow! What an action packed addition to the Search and Rescue series. The group of players have such an easy camaraderie, that I wish I were a part of it all. It was a nice counterpoint to the mystery and danger surrounding them. I have to mention my love for the bad guy as well. He sure made it a pulse pumping story, impossible to put down. Daisy was a lot of fun and a perfect match for Chris. Their relationship was fun to watch as it evolved. Even the minor things that made me wonder, did not take from my love of the story. Over all, fun, fast, tense and fulfilling. Loved it. *Review copy provided by NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
mary8808 More than 1 year ago
I received a free copy of this book to read and review for Wicked Reads, so here is my review. 4.5 stars Daisy Little is the girl everyone thinks has gone completely crazy. After she witnessed her mother being shot at the age of sixteen, Daisy has refused to leave her home. All windows sealed and she hasn't been outside in over eight years. With her father bringing groceries and other things she might need and Deputy Chris Jennings, her best friend, stopping by to check on her, Daisy doesn't see a need for anything else. While Daisy can't sleep most nights, she looks out her bedroom window to see what her neighbors might be doing, when she notices someone moving near the empty house across the street. The person is moving something in a tarp and when they place it in the back of one of the sheriff SUV, a boot falls on the ground. She calls Deputy Chris and the sleuthing begins. Chris brings Lou and the rest of the gang over and the girls discuss the random fires and killings. When the guys are there, they all use Daisy's home gym for Chris to show them a few self-defense tricks. Will they figure out who is behind the murder and fires before it is to late? Will Daisy and Chris finally let their feelings for each other blossom? Can Daisy conquer her fear before it is too late? I loved each story but I think Daisy and Chris has stole my heart. Her past broke my heart and Chris was there to save her in the end. This series is fantastic and I loved everything about it. It has the right amount of romance and suspense to keep you on the edge of your seat and to keep you guess because I never guess who done it. Awesome job Katie Ruggle. **Wicked Reads Review Team**
LynnB888 More than 1 year ago
In the latest in her Search and Rescue series, Katie Ruggle brings us a tortured heroine, a sexy as sin hero, and nail-biting suspense as they finagle their way through a wave of crime weaved so deep with deception, they don't know which way to turn. Many familiar characters from the past books in the series join the fray and make for a great story. Really loved this couple! Daisy Little has lived as a shut-in stuck inside her self-made prison for eight years now. Her life revolves around a few past times here and there, and watching the world fly by out her bedroom window. One night she witnesses a crime and sets her world on end. Sheriff's Deputy Chris Jennings has been a great friend to Katie, and she adores him. When she tells him what she saw the previous night, he tries to find answers. More and more sinister things are coming to light surrounding recent happenings, and suspicion is starting to flare. Could it actually be one of his own behind this madness?
beckymmoe More than 1 year ago
Fantastic end to the series! We learned at the end of book 3 ( Gone Too Deep ) the surprising person behind much of what's been going on in Simpson, and in case you've forgotten (or haven't read it yet) it's revealed really early on in this one too. This tactic might seem counterproductive--where's the "suspense" in a romantic suspense story when you know whodunit?--but holy schmoly, does knowing who the bad guy is ever ramp up the intensity! I spent a good 50% of the book mentally screaming at the characters--No! Don't tell him! and Ahhh! You only think you know him! and Why can't anyone else see it??? and the like. I may also have screamed at them not-so-mentally. But I'll never admit to it. ;) Daisy Little's past trauma (her mother was murdered during a robbery when she was 16, and Daisy saw the whole thing) has made her a prisoner of her own home ever since. Her dad, still grieving and upset at the time, turned their home into a fortress at her request. There's a double-door, multiple-lock system to get into the house and none of the downstairs windows open. Daisy's only true contact with the outside world in the past 8+ years has been her father (who tries--and succeeds--in being home as little as humanly possible) and Chris Jennings, the deputy sheriff who shot the man who killed her mother and has been her best friend ever since. He's helped her to utilize the kick-butt training gym her dad put in in the basement, and he never, ever judges her about her inability to even look through an open door without passing out cold. Really, he's a dream guy. Except it takes him 75% of the book to even make a move... Though there's enough sparks given off by the two of them before that to start every single one of the fires that the mystery arsonist set off, causing Daisy's new-found friends (the heroines from series books 1-3) to practically roll their eyes right out of their heads when Daisy brings up the "we're just friends" excuse. Because, please. Nearly all of the book is from Daisy's POV, except for a few short sections that are from the POVs of three of the series' bad guys. I kept expecting to see some scenes from Chris's viewpoint, but it just didn't happen. Maybe because he seems loquacious after the strong-silent-type that was ITD's George? Maybe to keep us in suspense over Daisy's seemingly-unrequited love? (Although, please. Of course he liked her. The mystery was what the heck he was waiting for, and I guess we needed to be kept guessing on that one...) I got all the way to the end before I stopped waiting for him to have a chapter... ;) All the loose threads from books 1-3 were finally tied up at the end--at least, I'm pretty sure they were, because I've still only read this one and the one before. In Safe Hands would work okay as a standalone if you needed it to, because they do reiterate most of what you need to know from the other books as you go through this one. You get enough of a taste of the other couples, though (especially Lou--LOL, and OMG I love Callum with her) that chances are you'll be chomping at the bit to find out everything about their stories ASAP. Still not going to move to the Rocky Mountains, though boy do those search and rescue guys ever make it sound tempting... Rating: 4 1/2 stars / A I received a complimentary copy in exchange for an honest review.
ArizonaJo More than 1 year ago
In Safe Hands by Katie Ruggle is the fourth book in her Search and Rescue series. What an amazing ending to this story arc. Knowing what I knew from the previous book, Gone Too Deep, I couldn't wait to start this one to find out how Ms. Ruggle was going to bring this to a conclusion. Daisy was super sweet and once Chris introduced her to his friends she really began to grow and become more self-confident. Becoming friends with Lou, Rory and Ellie gave her the non-judgemental support that she needed from outside her small world. Chris was a loving friend and supported Daisy every step of the way. He had also fallen in love with her through the years, as she had with him. Suspense, romance, Lou and Callum, Rory and Ian, Ellie and George, danger and a pulse pounding finish all combined to make this one terrific read. I don't know if Ms. Ruggle has any more story arcs to set in Simpson, CO; but wherever her next books go, I will be following. Thanks, Ms. Ruggle, for a great series! I was given an ARC from Sourcebooks Casablanca via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. The opinions expressed in this review are my own.
JackieBCentralTexasJB More than 1 year ago
Read from September 21 to 22, 2016 Book Info Paperback, 416 pages Expected publication: October 4th 2016 by Sourcebooks Casablanca ISBN 1492628263 (ISBN13: 9781492628262) Edition Language English Series Search and Rescue #4 Other Editions (1) Source:Netgalley EARC Book Buy Links Amazon B&N BOOK SYNOPSIS 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... It's all come down to this... Daisy Little has lived in agoraphobic terror for over eight years. Trapped within a prison of her own making, she watches time pass through her bedroom window. Daisy knows she'll never be a part of the world...until the day she becomes the sole witness of a terrible crime that may finally tear the Search and Rescue brotherhood apart for good. My Thoughts Since first being introduced to author in her Search and Rescue prequel On His Watch which only whetted this readers appetite for more so when book 1 Hold Your Breath released with Callum and Lou as our first couple my attention was firmly cemented. In book 2 Fan the Flames readers got to see Ian and Rory get their turn as the firefighter and the gunsmith got involved with not only each other but solving the mystery behind the crimes being committed in their small community. Book 3 Gone Too Deep brought us the unlikely pair of Ellie and George, city girl and mountain man as a couple was about as far fetched as one could get but they meshed perfectly when all was said and done. Their installment also brought the most shocking discovery to light for readers that carried us over into this 4th and final book of the series which completed the stories arc satisfactorily. Without a doubt however this was my favorite of the four. The mixture of serious and silly was perfect as was the fact the three couples from first books were used to focus the readers attention on something other than just Chris and Daisy which really helped round out the story. The reveals came rapidly but were easy to digest and most of all what made them believable were the characters motivations for their actions. (view spoiler) [EArc from Netgalley in exchange for honest review]
Barb-TRC More than 1 year ago
In Safe Hands by Katie Ruggle is the 4th and final book in her Search and Rescue series. This was a fun and exciting series that introduced us to some wonderful characters, great couples and a mystery that continued to flow into the next book. In Safe Hands leads to all of them working together to find the true killer. In Safe Hands belongs to Daisy and Chris as our heroes. Daisy has not been in the outside world for over 8 years when she saw her mother killed. Daisy may suffer from agoraphobia, but inside the house she is comfortable and active. Deputy Chris is Daisy’s best friend, and he comes over often to teach her how to fight and protect herself. When he brings her a dummy to wrestle with, Daisy is in her glory. Exercising in her gym during the day and watching the neighborhood through the window at night. One of those nights, Daisy sees something unusual; a hooded figure carrying something wrapped and putting in to the trunk of a police suv. Daisy tells Chris that she thinks it’s a body. From that moment, Daisy life will slowly open her up to company and trying to cope with possibly going outside her safe zone. If you have read the previous stories, you will know who the real killer is, as that was the cliffhanger in the last book. What follows is an exciting adventure, where the killer continues to eliminate those who learn his identity, as well as to try to make Daisy and her claims as that of a mentally disturbed young woman. What was really nice about this story was that Chris’s friends start coming to Daisy’s house to use her great home gym, and slowly they will all befriend her, with Lou, Ellie, Rory (previous heroines) helping Daisy solve the murders. It was great to see the guys and girls have fun together, and new friendships that will help Daisy slowly overcoming her fears. Chris was a great hero, always there for Daisy, as a friend, lover and protector. He was also very determined to find the killer, despite the obstacles standing in the way. Katie Ruggle did a fantastic job in writing this finale with an exciting tension filled story, and bringing everyone back to be part of it. Daisy turned into a great heroine, and her romance with Chris that was slow build was very sweet. This was a fun series, with great characters. I suggest if you have not read this to series to start with the first book, as you will need to learn about the murder from the start.