Published by Sourcebooks Casablanca on June 7, 2016
Series: Search and Rescue #2
Genres: adult, contemporary, Romance
Source: eARC from Publisher
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.
Note: This is the second book in a series that must be read in order. This review might contain spoilers from book one. If you are new to the series, please check out my review of Hold Your Breath for more information.
Fan the Flames is the second book in the adult romance series, called Search and Rescue, by Katie Ruggle. Oooeee, do I love this series. I had so much love for the first book, Hold your Breath. I loved the concept of a series centered around various responder units (Hold your Breath is about a search and rescue dive team, and Fan the Flames is about the firefights in the town), and I love that throughout the series there is an over-arching plot line mystery to solve.
Fan the Flames is told in dual narrative between Ian and Rory. We got a little sneak peak of Ian in the first book. You will remember him as the firefighter, but in Fan the Flames we also learn that Ian is part of a notorious biker gang. I thought this was a strange combination, and I am glad that Katie Ruggle didn’t play it off like it was the most common thing in the world. She made is seem a little more realistic by having both members of the motorcycle club and his fellow firefighters scknowledge the strange-ness. I don’t know why that helped me, but it did. If you have read the first book in the series, which you should before this one, you will recall that Ian had landed in some hot water involving the mysterious deaths. I was super excited to read Fan the Flames to see what he was going to do about it all.
Not only do we have this really engrossing mystery following over from the first book, but like Hold Your Breath, there is also a great romance in Fan the Flames. Ian has like Rory for as long as he can remember. I really enjoyed the two of them together. I liked Rory ok on her own, but didn’t love her. As soon as she started working together with Ian though, that all changed. I loved the two of them as a team. It elevated both of their appeal in my eyes, which is actually pretty cool to see happen with a book couple.
Bottom line: Fan the Flames will appeal to both readers of romance, as well as mystery/suspense novels. Each of the books in the series will focus on a new couple, but this is one that I would read in order because there is an over-arching murder mystery throughout the novels. Even, though I liked the first book a little bit more than this one, Fan the Flames is still a fantastic read. (it is just hard for anyone to compete with Callum. I heart him!) I love the Search and Rescue series. Bring on book three!Enter to win the entire #SearchandRescue series by @KatieRuggle @SourcebooksCasa #Romance Visit @BookBriefs to enter Click To Tweet
Even though I loved Fan the Flames, I think my favorite book so far has to be book 1, Hold your Breath. And the reason is simple….Callum.
I love Callum so, so much. He is currently in the lead for Book Briefs Book Boyfriend of 2016. Let’s just say I am a big fan. He is take charge- the strong quiet type for sure, but he is also caring and very kind. And just a tad possessive, which you all know if exactly what I look for in my book boyfriends. (in fact, I am on a current mission to read more books that feature leading men like him…so leave me recs in the comments below.)
But never fear, you don’t have to pick just one favorite book because to help celebrate the release of the final installment in the Search and Rescue series, In Safe Hands, I have partnered with Sourcebooks to bring you a bundle giveaway of the whole series!!
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