Friday, July 8, 2016

#Book #Review ~ Fan the Flames (Search and Rescue, Book 2) by Katie Ruggle @SourcebooksCasa @KatieRuggle

Katie Ruggle's Search and Rescue Series Continues with Fan the Flames, Book 2!

I don't know about you but I find the cover of Fan the Flames to be smokin' hot!!

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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…


About the Book:

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.

Goodreads Link:

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/26149944-fan-the-flames

Review of Other Books in the Series:

On His Watch, Book 0.5:
http://saphsbookblog.blogspot.com/2016/03/book-review-on-his-watch-search-and.html

Hold Your Breath, Book 1:
http://saphsbookblog.blogspot.com/2016/06/book-review-hold-your-breath-rocky.html

My Review:

Ian is in the hot seat with not only his motorcycle club but the local police station.  Apparently it's not okay to be a firefighter and an MC member and unfortunately, Ian learns that the hard way.  His life begins to turn upside down in the previous book when his very well-known pendant ends up at a crime scene.  Then he takes sides with the local arms dealer - of legal and not-so-legal weaponry.

Rory's firearms business is the legacy she has from her parents.  Her parents taught her to be self-sufficient and prepared for anything and everything.  However, what they didn't teach her was how to be social.  When Ian, the man she's known since she was 12 finally has the courage to confront her about his feelings, she's so inept that she doesn't know what to do or how to proceed.

Her awkwardness takes a back seat to the problems brewing at her gun shop when people begin stalking her property at night.  Things take a turn for the worse when vandals break in and two of them are killed inside the shop, one is left tied up out in the snow, and the last one backs himself into a corner.  Most of the intruders are MC members, which lengthens the expanse between Ian and his "family," but also drags Rory into a conflict that neither of them could have ever imagined.

Katie Ruggle's Search and Rescue series is phenomenal.  The world building and character development in each book is extraordinary.  I love the awkwardness between Rory and Ian.  Both characters have tough exteriors but inside each has their own set of insecurities.  I love how they explore those insecurities together, whether they wanted to or not.  The chemistry between Rory and Ian is unmistakable and their relationship is fleshed out nicely - slowly and so realistic.  The romance is one of several key themes but it doesn't overshadow the seriousness of the events that unfold in both Ian's world and Rory's world - worlds that may seem distinctly different but get entangled into one giant mess.  Katie Ruggle does a superb job with these characters not only with their romance but with the struggles each faces in Fan the Flames.

Katie Ruggle's writing style is wonderful; her worlds just flow across the pages smoothly, easily, and powerfully. I was engaged immediately and the content kept me focused. There are several themes weaved throughout the story, keeping the book from becoming stale, but not so much that the reader feels confused or overwhelmed. The characters were well developed and Rory and Ian are really likeable and realistically written.

I highly recommend this series to anyone who loves romantic suspense! 

eBook review copy provided by the publisher, via NetGalley, at no cost in exchange for an honest review.

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