Title: Fan the Flames (Search and Rescue, #2)
Author: Katie Ruggle
Publisher: SOURCEBOOKS Casablanca
Expected Release Date: June 7, 2016
Genre: Contemporary, Romance, Romantic Suspense
Format: eBook, Paperback
Page Count: 448
Rating: 3.75 Stars
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…
As a Motorcycle Club member and firefighter, Ian Walsh is used to riding the line between the good guys and the bad. He may owe the Club his life, but his heart rests with his fire station brothers…and with the girl he’s loved since they were kids, Rory Sorenson. Ian would do anything for Rory. He’d die for her. Kill for her. Defend her to his last breath—and he may just have to.
Every con in the Rockies knows Rory is the go-to girl for less-than-legal firearms, and for the past few years, she’s managed to keep the peace between dangerous factions by remaining strictly neutral. But when she defends herself against a brutal attack, Rory finds herself catapulted into the center of a Motorcycle Club war—with only Ian standing between her and a threat greater than either of them could have imagined.
Search and Rescue:
On His Watch (novella)
Hold Your Breath
Fan the Flames
Gone too Deep
In Safe Hands
♦ Personal Thought ♦
I’ll be frank to say upfront I didn’t like the epilogue. It had that cliffhangy element that probably intended to keep readers eager to look forward to the next installment (which case also happened in the previous book).
Other than that, I thought Fan the Flames delivered a more solid story of the series so far. The tie-in was still revolving around the unsolved murder of headless guy from Hold Your Breath. If you thought that mystery would be solved here: don’t hold your breath (pun intended).
The grit of it mostly derived from the lead characters; both came from irregular (or weird) family background.
Rory Sorensen was brought up under strict and militant training by her paranoid parents. She was homeschooled and kept from interacting with others. She even lived in an underground bunker, for gods sake! As a result, she was kind of an odd duck and socially backward.
Ian Walsh’s grown up within MC family; his stepfather (and late father) being a member too. He even had murky past because of it. His becoming a firefighter was one of a sore point among the club members, just like not all fire-crew or other search and rescue members embraced him wholeheartedly.
I didn’t know whether to pity Rory or exasperated by her throughout reading. She was practically inept in reading signs of attraction from Ian, I repeatedly pat him on the back for being so patient and understanding. What I loved about this book was the natural way they worked through their feelings and slowly built relationship. Theirs was years long crush turn into love and lust.
The heat meter didn’t jump up until oh, about the last quarter of the book. This was a plus for me, as I get to read more action outside the bedroom. On the non romance count though, there were added body counts that subsequently raised the tension (though not as brutal as I expected).
Another bonus was the camaraderie among the Fire Department crew, cameo of Lou and Callum, and of course: Jack the dog (I didn’t count the chickens). I loved how these guys drew the awkward Rory into their fold.
But the best thing of all: Rory was one kick-ass character who could defend herself and her loved ones. Her voice was quite strong in this book, which was why I could overlook what I thought was too prolong story and the aforementioned annoying cliffhangy epilogue!
ARC is kindly provided by the publisher via NetGalley for the exchange of a fair and honest review.