Series: Search and Rescue #0.5
Pub. Date: January 5, 2016
Freebie Date: April 24, 2016
Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca
This is a quick prequel to Katie Ruggle's Search and Rescue series set in the Rocky Mountains. In this second chance romance, we are introduced to the team leader (briefly) and a couple members of the search and rescue team.
It appears Artemis and Derek were teenage sweethearts, young love at its best. But Derek doesn't have the best home life and breaks it off with Artemis so that she can find someone better. Now Derek has broken away from his criminal father, has his own business and volunteers as a search and rescue diver. When he and Artemis must work together to find her missing students, they reconnect quickly and without any drama. Indeed, they seem to pick up almost where they left off.
While this was a decent story and I enjoyed it... it was really too short for me to form any kind of connection with the characters. I wish the time spent alluding to the arsonist were instead used to develop the characters and draw us into the relationship. I also like a little more action and danger in my romantic suspense stories... but I think we can look forward to that in future installments, perhaps with all the hints about the arsonist.
This book was still free as of the date of posting.