Hold Your Breath Audiobook by Katie Ruggle (REVIEW)

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Review of: Hold Your Breath Audiobook
Katie Ruggle

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On January 23, 2017
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Hold Your Breath Audiobook

By: Katie Ruggle

Narrated by: Rachel Dulude

Published by: Tantor Media 12/15/2016

Hold Your Breath Audiobook by Katie Ruggle

4 Hearts rating image Hot Listens

Search and Rescue #1

9 hrs and 12 mins

Genre: Romantic Suspense

Hold Your Breath Audiobook Sample

Hold Your Breath Audiobook

4 Hearts

Katie Ruggle is a new-to-me author. When I saw some of the reviews going around for this series, it looked really interesting. Actually, I think it was the second book in the series that really caught my eye. Being that I really prefer to read series in order, if and at all possible, I started with this one. I was very excited when this book came up for review on audio.

So this series is about different kinds of first responders. In this case, a dive and ice rescue team in Field County, Colorado. Lou, short for Louise, but don’t call her that, is a newbie on the dive team. She hasn’t lived in Colorado. She left her family and fiancee in Connecticut and went to a place that she hoped she would never see them again.

Callum Cooke is the dive team leader. He is a no nonsense kind of guy. He is also a bit OCD. He gets very frustrated with Lou on several occasions. While, I liked Callum, he is not what made the story for me. Lou and even some of the others on the dive team were really fun. He’s a real good guy, I just like my men a little more fun.

So there are two storylines for this book. During training, Lou accidentally knocks against something loose in the water and a headless dead guy (Lou proceeds to call him HDG) floats to the top. So there is the investigation into who this dead guy is and how did he end up headless in the lake. Second storyline consists of a what appears to be a stalker following Lou. This is where Callum and Lou start to come together. He doesn’t want her left alone for her own safety.

The romance is a slow build, but Callum does get protective very quickly. The suspense is pretty good. Even if I did figure out who the stalker was before it was revealed, it was still a good story. I didn’t realize how it would escalate and at what lengths this stalker would go to. There was also another surprise that I won’t go into. This story does leave some unanswered questions. They were meant to be unanswered and I think more information will build throughout the series. Just know that everything doesn’t wrap up completely, but was a great ending to this romance.

“Wait until I get there, and I’ll help you hang the shades.”
Her spoon clanked against the glass bowl as she set it down firmly. “Are you saying that I’m incapable of hanging shades on my own?”
“No.” He obviously saw the warning signs of an imminent explosion and was hurrying to backtrack. “I was just offering to help.”
“Uh-huh,” she said, eyeing him suspiciously as she picked up her spoon again.
He was quiet for a moment before asking, “Do you need to borrow my drill?”
“I have my own drill, thanks.”
“How about some drywall screws?”
“Got ’em.”
“I have a level in the truck you can use.” ”
Why would I need that to hang shades?” At his aghast look, she laughed. “Kidding, of course. I have a level. I am fully stocked with tools, despite being in possession of a vagina.”

Hold Your Breath Narration

4 Hearts

This is my first book with Rachel Dulude. I thought she did a really great job. She reminds me a lot of Amanda Ronconi. She did a great job with Lou and her silliness. I thought she also handled Callum’s gruffness. Thought she added the right amount of fear when needed and snark when the time called for it. If you haven’t tried her, I suggest giving her a listen.

Author: Katie RuggleAuthor: Katie Ruggle

A fan of the old adage “write what you know”, Katie Ruggle lived in an off-grid, solar- and wind-powered house in the Rocky Mountains until her family lured her back to Minnesota. When she’s not writing, Katie rides horses, shoots guns (not while riding, although that would be awesome), cross-country skis (badly) and travels to warm places where she can scuba dive. A graduate of the Police Academy, Katie received her ice-rescue certification and can attest that the reservoirs in the Colorado mountains really are that cold. A fan of anything that makes her feel like a bad-ass, she has trained in Krav Maga, boxing and gymnastics.

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Narrator: Rachel DuludeNarrator Rachel Dulude

Rachel Dulude is an actor and book narrator based in Providence, Rhode Island. She has been recording audiobooks since 2012 in genres ranging from young adult to adult thrillers. As an actor, she has performed with the Wilbury Theatre Group in Providence and the Gamm Theatre in Pawtucket, Rhode Island. Rachel has also worked as a costume technician at the Trinity Repertory Company since 2006.


I like to thanks Tantor Media for providing me with a copy of this audiobook in exchange for an honest review.

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Melanie Simmons
I’m Melanie and I live in Ohio. I have two horses and a dog. I’m an animal lover, avid book reader and audiobook listener. I like to live vicariously through fictional characters. I enjoy reading and listening to mostly fictional books in the paranormal genre, including Urban Fantasy, Paranormal Romance and Horror. My favorite paranormal creatures are shifters, doesn’t matter the flavor.


  1. This is an author that I have yet to try but I want too! 🙂 Great review.

    • So far, I’m really enjoying her books. I need to start the second book very soon.

  2. Oh yay!! I’ve been seeing her books around but never tried 😀 Gonna have to go ahead and get one now hehe

    • So far, I’m pretty impressed. I really enjoyed this book. I’ve heard the second one is even better.

  3. Cool! I’m glad you were able to snag the book on audio. This one was a good start, but I am one of the fans that thinks book two is the best.

    I like what you’re saying about the narrator. I’m not familiar with her.

    • I really enjoyed this narrator. I will be on the look out for more information about her.

  4. I thought for sure Rachel Dulude was another name for Ronconi after listening to the sample.

    • I thought so too, but when I was building the post and looking for bio and image, they are not the same person. I was very surprised.

  5. Sometimes even if you have it all figured out early it can still be a good entertaining story. Glad this was one of those. 😉

    • Yep. And there are still things that I don’t know. I think this will be a series that you have to read the whole thing to find all the answers.

  6. I have this one for review as well, Melanie, and I’m even more excited to get to it now. 🙂 I didn’t realize it was set in Colorado but you know I like that. And I like that it’s a slow burn romance too. But I got it for the suspense aspect so I’m happy to see you approve of that element. 🙂 Nice review!

    • I think you’ll really enjoy it. I love reading books set in my backyard, so that gives you something else to look forward too. 🙂

  7. I have been reading good reviews for this series. Glad you enjoyed it. I will have to check it out. I am all about the slow burn romance.

    • It was a review for the second book that really peeked my interest in this series. I’ve heard that it is better than this one. I’m excited to start it. It will probably been my next listen.

  8. Okay totally curious about this one, but then you had to say CO and I’m sold. I so need to pick this one up as well. Hopefully my library has them on audio!

    • If they don’t, try requesting that they purchase. My library buys me books all the time.

  9. Callum sounds a little too intense for my taste too. I haven’t tried Ruggle either. Sigh, so many great authors to discover!

    • I know. I see so many that I want to try. If they are on audio, I’m able to pick them up quicker. I just have more time to listen than to actually read.

  10. Wow Melanie great review this is going on my wish list!

  11. I really like the sounds of that story. I haven’t read anything by this author but this book sounds really good.

    • So far, I really like this author. This is the only book I’ve read from her. I’ve heard the next book is even better, which has me very excited to read it.

  12. Another new author and series! Sounds like a good one, too. I don’t normally do suspense but I like the way the romance sounds in this one. I will remember her!!

    • So far, I really like her. When I go outside of the Speculative Fiction genre, it tends to be romantic suspense. It has the action that I enjoy.

  13. I have a copy of this one as well. I remember Sophia from Delighted Reader her reviews for this series and got it when the first book was free. Same as you I prefer to read a series in order and always try and start with book 1 if possible. The suspense in this one sounds very good and it’s nice it has some good surprises as well. Great review!

    • I know that Sophia was one of the reviews that I really peeked my interest. I read a few others too, but I can’t remember who else they were. Book two is my next book.

  14. I was the same and actually own the first two on my kindle..but jumped in on audio. This was a new to me narrator too, and I thought she capture Lou too

    • I really liked this narrator. I really thought it was Amanda Ronconi under a different name until I built the post and saw a completely different picture and bio.

  15. Oh good! I won her set a while back and need to dive in it sounds like 🙂

    • I’m listening to book two now. It has been a fun series so far. I hope you enjoy them as much as I have. 🙂

  16. For a new author for you, it’s good to see she was able to pull you inter her world and you enjoyed the story!

    • I love romantic suspense and I don’t read enough of it. This was nice to get back into the genre.

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