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WHY DATE A MOUNTAIN MAN? Because he knows how to pitch a tent.

TROPES: Tall, dark & (adorably) grumpy hero charmed by heroine despite himself; quirky small mountain town; gorgeous Colorado Rocky wilderness; only one sleeping bag; slow burn to clothes melting off spice; extreme competence; a few (somewhat) minor explosions.


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.

Winston Dane should know better than to follow beautiful city girl Dahlia deep into the mountains, but it's not like he could let her go alone. She may be as clever as she is unsettlingly hot, but the Rockies are no place for the uninitiated. And, fine, maybe being around Dahlia makes him forget why he'd decided being the local grouch was the only route for him in the first place.

Every step is a new adventure…and a new coal in the simmering fire of their attraction. But 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 reads like a sexy Sherlock Holmes, and is the most fun I've had in ages. The only hiking I want to do is up Winston Dane's thighs." — Lana Ferguson, USA Today bestselling author

Books By Katie Ruggle:

Fish Out of Water

The Scenic Route

About the Author

A graduate of the Police Academy, Katie is a self-proclaimed forensics nerd. A fan of anything that makes her feel like a bad-ass, she has trained in Krav Maga, boxing, and gymnastics, has lived in an off-grid, solar- and wind-powered house in the Rocky Mountains, rides horses, trains her three dogs, and travels to warm places to scuba dive. She has received 5 Amazon Best Books of the Month and an Amazon Best Book of the Year. Run to Ground, the first book in her Rocky Mountain K9 Unit series, is a 2017 RT Book Reviews Reviewers’ Choice Award nominee. Connect with Katie at,, or on Twitter and Instagram @KatieRuggle

Praise For…

"Readers will find themselves laughing out loud as they devour the book." — Library Journal

"Romance lovers will have no trouble rooting for this raunchy heroine and her strong, protective hero." — Publishers Weekly

"Fish Out of Water reads like a sexy Sherlock Holmes, and is the most fun I’ve had in ages. The only hiking I want to do is up Winston Dane’s thighs." — Lana Ferguson, USA Today bestselling author

Product Details
ISBN: 9781492667759
ISBN-10: 1492667757
Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca
Publication Date: February 13th, 2024
Pages: 336
Language: English