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October 04, 2016

Room with a view

By Katie Ruggle
When Daisy Little was only 16, her life changed on a dime, leaving her devastated. Daisy and her mother were shopping in a convenience store when a robbery took place. As Daisy watched, the cold-hearted robber pulled the trigger on the gun he held to Daisy’s mother’s head, killing her instantly. A young police officer, Chris Jennings, the first responder, hesitated one moment too long, and he has never forgiven himself. He has watched over Daisy ever since.
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When Daisy Little was only 16, her life changed on a dime, leaving her devastated. Daisy and her mother were shopping in a convenience store when a robbery took place. As Daisy watched, the cold-hearted robber pulled the trigger on the gun he held to Daisy’s mother’s head, killing her instantly. A young police officer, Chris Jennings, the first responder, hesitated one moment too long, and he has never forgiven himself. He has watched over Daisy ever since.

It has been six years, but Daisy is far from over the tragedy. She hasn’t been outside of her house since, not even opening her windows to let in a fresh breeze. Chris has become her closest friend and a nearly daily visitor to Daisy’s isolated apartment.

Daisy spends her time working out in the home gym that her father created for her, and her life takes a turn for the better when a group of Chris’ friends decide they want to work out in Daisy’s gym under Chris’ tutelage. This is the closest Daisy has ever come to having a party, and the group quickly becomes close, opening Daisy up to the possibility of life beyond her locked doors.

The friends are also trying to solve a local case involving murder and arson. Daisy, who watches her neighbors as others watch television, has much to add by way of new information. She has seen what she believes to have been a dead body removed from a vacant house across the street.

Throughout the ensuing adventure of the group’s attempt to solve the local mysteries, Daisy longs increasingly for Chris’s touch—but they are, and have always been, just friends.

Katie Ruggles’ In Safe Hands, the fourth book in her Search and Rescue series, succeeds in keeping the slow burn going throughout this page-turner of a romance, and the ending is just as heated as the fires set by the local arsonist. 

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In Safe Hands

In Safe Hands

By Katie Ruggle
Sourcebooks Casablanca
ISBN 9781492628262

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