Gone Too Deep by Katie Ruggle
Overview by Publisher:
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…
George Holloway has spent his life alone, exploring the treacherous beauty of the Colorado Rockies. He’s the best survival expert Search and Rescue has, which makes him the obvious choice to lead Ellie Price through deadly terrain to find her missing father. There’s just one problem-Ellie’s everything George isn’t. She’s a city girl, charming, gregarious, delicate, small. And when she looks up at him with those big, dark eyes, he swears he would tear the world apart to keep her safe.
With a killer on the loose, he may have no choice.
Ellie’s determined to find her father no matter the cost. But as she and her gorgeous mountain of a guide fight their way through an unforgiving wilderness, they find themselves in the crosshairs of a dangerous man in search of revenge. And they are now his prey…
You know what is really great? When you like both the lead characters in a book. When you find them intriguing and you are rooting for good things to happen to them.
This was the case with this book. I really enjoyed Ellie’s conversion from city slicker to mountaineer. Ellie drops everything in her life in Chicago (but to be fair, she wasn’t setting the world on fire) and races to a small town near Denver to find her mentally ill father. She needs to hike to a remote cabin that belonged to her grandfather to get to her father and bring him back for medical attention.
She arrives in the small town of Simpson and right away meets a mountain man – George. He was such a fascinating character! Imagine an enormous man who never speaks. He’s very good looking, but outrageously shy. George could crush with his bare hands, but was gentle and kind.
George agrees to take Ellie hiking for three days to get to the cabin. It’s winter weather and this is no pleasurable stroll through the woods. Ellie is totally out of her element and is completely reliant on George.
We never really uncover why George is so silent. He doesn’t do small talk or idle chit chat. Slowly he begins to open up to Ellie, but is never a great conversationalist. The intimacy of being together for three days and sharing a tent brings Ellie and George closer together.
I was worried that this book wasn’t going to have any ‘good parts.’ But don’t worry – George and Ellie don’t just spend time smooching in the woods. There was a big surprise about George and the bedroom, but I won’t spoil it. George is revealed to have deep feelings for Ellie and he’s the type that defines, ‘still waters run deep.’
This book is not just about a rescue mission. Ellie’s father is involved in a situation with some dangerous men. Things don’t go as planned and it allows George to look like the hero and Ellie to face her fears. The action element makes the plot move quickly and it was really well paced and planned.
I found this to be a great book! I definitely want to check out the other books in the series, as the other couples from previous books in the series make appearances in this one.