Tuesday, June 7, 2016

Fan the Flames by Katie Ruggle

Title: Fan the Flames
Author: Katie Ruggle
My Rating: B+

Genre: Romantic Suspense
Series: Search and Rescue #2
Main Characters: Ian and Rory
Release Date: June 2016
Publisher: Sourcebooks
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Sexual Intensity: spicy

Story Overview:
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

My Review:
This story features a very unlikely couple. Ian is known as Beauty to the motorcycle gang and his firefighter buddies. According to Rory, he looks like a model...gorgeous, chiseled, and tatted. What woman wouldn't swoon for that....oh, and did you catch that he rides a motorcycle and is a firefighter. Even Lou (the heroine from book #1) regularly swoons over Ian's good looks. Ian is all things that make women pant...but even better, he has a good heart, despite his MC ties. 

His story with Rory goes back to (I think) around the age of 12. He was in the grocery store and Rory was there, too. One of the extremely rare handful of times during her childhood when she got to go to town. Her mother wanted peaches, and she was in awe over the frosted cakes. He saw and bought her a pink cupcake. At 12...do you hear me sighing in happiness from here? He's been fascinated by Rory ever since.

Now Rory's story is a little bit harder. Her parents were flat out crazy. While they ran the local gun store and appeared fine, they weren't. Rory grew up in a secret underground bunker underneath the store. She grew up doing military style training against the oncoming zombie apocalypse. She had nothing even close to a normal childhood and never got to socialize with anyone besides her crazy parents and the patrons in the store. She can talk guns, but every other social nicety is beyond her. She's shy and socially awkward, but she's been trained as a soldier so no one ever sees her fear. She is tough as nails and doesn't back down. Considering her real livelihood comes from the secret guns in the back that she sells to the MC, she has to have a spine of steel. 

Rory and Ian have had a mutual crush for years, but circumstances have made it so there's no movement on that. Ian flirts. Rory is so clueless, most of that flies right past her. She doesn't know how to take most social gestures and read other people. She feels so far out of her element in most circumstances, she doesn't try. She rarely leaves her home unless she has to. Unfortunately, early in this book, she ticks off the president of the MC and Ian isn't willing to standby while she gets bullied so he steps in to help. 

And then there's the whole headless corpse that was found in book #1. That murder investigation is still ongoing with Ian as the lead suspect since his pendant was found with the body. The MC, Rory, and Ian all get tangled within that investigation in this book...and there's also hints that there may be an arsonist in town, too. 

There's a lot happening in this book. It's a slow burn between Ian and Rory. It's no secret that she is way out of her depth with a relationship, and Ian proves that he's just as sweet now as his 12 yo self. That worked for me in every way. It was a good book. There is a ton of action between fire station calls and the MC violence. I loved getting to know the family at the fire station and adored how they all took Rory under their wings. Lou and Callum (the couple from the first book) play heavily in this story, too and I loved getting to see so much of them and how sweet they are still together. 

Book #3 features George who was a surprise at the end of this one. I can't wait to read this quiet, gentle giant's story.

I received a complimentary copy of this book in return for an honest review.

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