Release Reviews: Fan the Flames: Katie Ruggle

by - Tuesday, June 07, 2016

Fan the Flames (Search and Rescue #2)
Katie Ruggle
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Expected June 7, 2016

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.
Ian Walsh is a firefighter, but also has ties to a motorcycle club. So he is a man that does not really fit perfectly in either group. He already has people watching him closely.

Rory Sorenson runs her parents' old gun shop with a bit of a black market side business. She's basically a hermit, socially awkward, introverted, and a self proclaimed freak. She grew up with paranoid parents and their beliefs shaped her life. She's recently made some enemies and they've been coming after her and her inventory.
Ian and Rory have know each other for years and have had secret crushes. But Ian is now determined to protect her and keep her safe. And he also wants to stake his claim. He's fierce, sexy, and strong. Rory is insecure and inept at relationships. She has no clue why someone as dynamic as Ian is interested in her. But they have a friendship, rapport and sexual tension that keeps building.

They find themselves immersed in a dangerous situations and angering their enemies. While they are dodging all types of threats, they are getting closer and closer. But will they both come out of it unscathed?

Some of the characters from previous books are back: Callum and Lou, the police, the MC Guys, and the firehouse crew. I really liked Ian's firefighter friends Soup and Steve. We also meet a quiet mountain man named George who will be the hero in the next book.

This was romantic suspense with a lot of danger and action. The romance was a very slow build due to their friendship and her inexperience, but it worked for the story. I loved Ian and how even though he should be a straight up firefighter-MC club bad a**, he really had a good heart, was sweet, patient, and protective. And even though Rory was a loner, reserved, and sheltered, she truly was a bad a** with guns and weapons. And when she felt the need to protect something or someone, she acted  before thinking. 

This one had a different feel than the novella and first book because it focused more on the firehouse, gun shop, and MC versus the dive team or mountain rescue. But what I enjoy about this series is the sense of community and family with rescue workers and how they band together in times of trouble. And both Ian and Rory had all kinds of trouble to deal with.

I am interested to learn more about George in Gone Too Deep and see who will be the hero of In Safe Hands. I am really hoping to see single Dad and Sheriff Rob, single dad and firefighter Steve, or outspoken goofball firefighter Soup get a book. And we are still learning more about the mysterious dead body from book one in the mysterious, ongoing, unsolved story arc. 

ARC provided by publisher and author in exchange for an honest review. 

Ian straddles both sides of the law and gets flack from all sides as a result. Some of his fellow firefighters don’t trust his MC ties, and his motorcycle family isn’t crazy about the do-gooder side of him. When suspicion of murder falls on him, he feels the pressure even more.

Rory runs a gun shop that is well known for having a backroom selection of firearms, in addition to the fully legal and licensed arms she sells in the front. Though she can outshoot most of the town’s residents and has lived there all her life, she feels like an outsider. While defending her home and shop, she triggers a war of sorts and quickly finds herself in the crosshairs between rival groups.

There was a lot going on in this part of the series. Both Rory and Ian have people out to get them, in addition to the mystery body, and someone continuing to set fire to out-buildings across the county. Add all that to a romantic storyline and there is a lot to track.

I liked these two characters. Ian has intrigued me from the beginning -- the tattooed firefighter with MC ties seemed to be an opposing character, especially with the shady dealings the MC has been suspected of. I liked the way he has been introduced earlier in the series, and was waiting to see what his story was. Rory was an interesting mix of innocent and independent. She is strong, capable, and prepared for anything. Ian has a great heart and his protective nature is challenged by Rory’s insistence that she doesn’t need help.

Some of the chemistry between Rory and Ian is overshadowed by all the other events in their lives, but the history between them more than makes up for the slow burn that builds between them. Rory’s inexperience also slows up the romantic aspect of the book, but based on her upbringing and lack of time spent in town, it works for them. Rory’s childhood is revealed throughout the plot as it fits with present day scenes, and did a lot to not only explain her own character, but the draw between Ian and Rory as well.

This book was a little further removed from other books in the series as the dive team is not as involved. Though Ian works with the firefighters, much of the drama occurs as a result of Rory’s shop and the MC rather than the first responders themselves. I am looking forward to seeing what George knows in Gone Too Deep. He is a quiet man who is introduced briefly in this book, but will take center stage in the next installment. Whether the series returns to more closely follow the Dive & Rescue team or continues with the entire community, this is a series that has continued to intrigue.

I was gifted a copy in exchange for an honest review.

On His Watch (Search and Rescue #0.5)
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Ice rescue diver Derek Warner never meant to be a hero. But when two little girls go missing, he's the first in line to bring them home-even if that means scouring the wilderness with the woman he once loved and lost, Artemis Rey.

Artemis has never stopped wanting Derek. Now, racing to find the girls before it's too late, minutes turn to hours. Night falls. Old flames rekindle. And a danger grows in the darkest wilderness that may be more than even the Search and Rescue brotherhood can hope to face... 

Hold Your Breath (Search and Rescue #1)
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As the captain of Field County's ice rescue dive team, Callum Cook is driven to perfection. But when he meets new diver Louise "Lou" Sparks, all that hard-won order is obliterated in an instant. Lou is a hurricane. A walking disaster. And with her, he's never felt more alive...even if keeping her safe may just kill him.

Lou's new to the Rockies, intent on escaping her controlling ex, and she's determined to make it on her own matter how tempting Callum may be. But when a routine training exercise unearths a body, Lou and Callum find themselves thrust into a deadly game of cat and mouse with a killer who will stop at nothing to silence Lou-and prove that not even her new Search and Rescue family can keep her safe forever.

Gone too Deep (Search and Rescue #3)
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George Holloway has spent his life alone, exploring the treacherous beauty of the Colorado Rockies. He's the best survival expert Search and Rescue has, which makes him the obvious choice to lead Ellie Price through deadly terrain to find her missing father. There's just one problem-Ellie's everything George isn't. She's a city girl, charming, gregarious, delicate, small. And when she looks up at him with those big, dark eyes, he swears he would tear the world apart to keep her safe.

With a killer on the loose, he may have no choice.

Ellie's determined to find her father no matter the cost. But as she and her gorgeous mountain of a guide fight their way through an unforgiving wilderness, they find themselves in the crosshairs of a dangerous man in search of revenge. And they are now his prey... 

In Safe Hands 
 (Search and Rescue #4)
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Katie Ruggle Website/Facebook/Twitter/PinterestA fan of the old adage “write what you know”, Katie Ruggle lived in an off-grid, solar- and wind-powered house in the Rocky Mountains until her family lured her back to Minnesota. When she’s not writing, Katie rides horses, shoots guns (not while riding, although that would be awesome), cross-country skis (badly) and travels to warm places where she can scuba dive. A graduate of the Police Academy, Katie received her ice-rescue certification and can attest that the reservoirs in the Colorado mountains really are that cold. A fan of anything that makes her feel like a bad-ass, she has trained in Krav Maga, boxing and gymnastics.

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