On His WatchTitle:  On His Watch
Series:  Search and Rescue 0.5 prequel
Author:  Katie Ruggle
Genre:  Contemporary Romance, Romantic Suspense
Published:  January 5, 2016
Publisher:  Sourcebooks Casablanca
My Rating:  4.5 stars
Source:  NetGalley
Cover Description:

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…

Ice rescue diver Derek Warner never meant to be a hero. But when two little girls go missing, he’s the first in line to bring them home-even if that means scouring the wilderness with the woman he once loved and lost, Artemis Rey.

Artemis has never stopped wanting Derek. Now, racing to find the girls before it’s too late, minutes turn to hours. Night falls. Old flames rekindle. And a danger grows in the darkest wilderness that may be more than even the Search and Rescue brotherhood can hope to face…

Read on for my thoughts on On His Watch.  No true spoilers, promise.

Don’t ever assume that great things can’t come in small packages.  On His Watch proves that a short introductory novella can pack a serious story punch.

Derek and Artemis are reunited once again in a most awkward way – he’s part of the Search and Rescue team that Artemis has brought her class of young students to see how the rescue teams save lives.  Once upon a time, they were a couple deeply in love with a future ahead of them.  Right up until Derek pulls a stupid stunt that lands them both in trouble.  He declares himself not good enough for the young woman he loves, and in the male logic breaks up with her.

Today will be their second chance – one day that will see one child fall through the ice, two little girls running away into the forest – and a danger lurking just out of sight that will follow the Search and Rescue team members throughout the series.

Couples don’t always get a “do over” once they’ve split up.  Even though they still have strong feelings for each other, Derek and Artemis must first find two missing little girls before a winter storm arrives.  And perhaps along the way rediscover a love that never truly left them.

I enjoyed On His Watch very much.  I love when a prequel is strong enough to give me a taste of what is to come, holds my attention and makes me look forward to the release of the rest of the series.  If you love mystery, suspense and romance all bundled together in good solid love stories, then this is a series you’ll want to put on your reading list…now.

*I received an e-ARC of On His Watch from the publisher and NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. That does not change what I think of this novel.*

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