Fish Out of Water by Katie Ruggle: My Book Review

If you’re looking for a fun, quirky, forced proximity romance book then consider Fish Out of Water by Katie Ruggle. Check out my book review of Fish Out of Water below to see what I thought of romance with an opposites attract love story!

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Fish Out of Water
by Katie Ruggle

Category: Contemporary Romance
Tags: Forced Proximity, Suspense, Quiet Hero, Opposites Attract
Published February 2024
Amazon Goodreads
Rating: ★★★½
Book Boyfriend: ★★★★★

Fish Out of Water Summary:

When Dahlia Weathersby’s sister disappears on what should have been a simple day hike, Dahlia immediately heads deep into the Colorado Rockies to find her. Knowing she’ll never survive the mountains alone, she convinces the local hermit―adorably grouchy survival expert Winston Dane―to be her guide. All it takes is a good helping of Dahlia’s charm…and just the teeniest bit of blackmail…before she’s got all six-foot-something of him wrapped around her finger.  With everything the wilderness has to throw at them, it’ll take more than charm and some city girl ingenuity to make this trek anything but a disaster waiting to happen…and an adventure she’ll never forget.

Fish Out of Water: My Review

A forced proximity romance book with a quiet, strong mountain man? Sign me up! Ruggle wrote super cute romance with an edge of suspense. That was a true delight.

Dalia Weathersby’s sister sent her an SOS text message before going off on a solo hike in the woods leaving Dahlia as the only one to try and locate her missing sister. But the city girl is smart and realizes she’ll need help and so she ropes in local hermit and man of few words Winston Dane with just a little bit of blackmail.

This book was a cute read because the main characters were so much fun. Most of the book is these two hiking out into the wilderness in the middle of winter with only Dahlia‘s constant chatter to keep them company, besides the threat of bears and blizzard snowstorms.

This is my first book by Ruggle, and I was quite impressed by the dialogue that she wrote for these two. Dahlia was hilarious. She never shut up as Winston would say but her comments and quirkiness and just random ramblings were so cute and charming. No wonder Winston fell for her in just a few days.

Winston, on other hand, was the quiet hermit who had a strong, right eyebrow that would rise with every funny or ridiculous thing that came out of Dahlia‘s mouth. I thought their banter was hilarious and kept me really interested in this book.

There is definitely a little bit of suspense surrounding her sister, but in a quirky kind of way. However, the ending was quite the rescue. If you’re looking for a book with great characterization, and a fun, romantic suspense without any crazy drama definitely put Fish Out of Water on your to read list!

*Thank you to Netgalley for the advanced reader copy. All opinions are my own.

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