Fan the Flames by Katie Ruggle

Posted in Contemporary Romance/ Mystery/Crime/ Reviews/ Romantic Suspense 16th July 2016
Fan the Flames by Katie RuggleFan the Flames by Katie Ruggle
Series: Search and Rescue #2
Published by Sourcebooks Casablanca on June 7th 2016
Pages: 422
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four-stars

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.

Putting off ‘Fan the Flames’ up until now has been a mistake because I didn’t think I’d be enjoying it this much, given that there’s more of the criminal underworld here than the actual search and rescue process which I loved in the last book. There is however, an ongoing story/suspense arc that begins in the first shows no sign of closing, which would, as I suspect, keep going until the entire series is done. As part of a series however, this second installment feels a little like a rabbit trail off the main story arc itself as Katie Ruggle delves into Motorcycle clubs and guns and firehouses.

There’s loads of talk about guns and MCs – a part of society I’ve never been a part of and can’t quite muster enough interest in – which was the downer, but the action and suspense kept me going on when it became clear who the bad guys were and what they’d been doing. Ian Walsh and Rory Sorenson proved me wrong as well, as the relatively angst-free pairing went through obstacle after obstacle that finally shredded Ian’s loyalty to his motorcycle club for good.

I’ve come to realise that in Ruggle’s Search and Rescue series thus far, the men are swoon-worthy, steadfast and steady and the women problematic. It isn’t quite a complain, but it’d be nice to see the female leads with a little less neurosis and odd inclinations. If Ian was an automatic dreamboat, I had a way harder time connecting with Rory, whose rather naive, socially-awkward behaviour threw me for several loops each time she had to play catch up when it came to feeling ‘adult’ emotions.

It isn’t to say that ‘Fan the Flames’ isn’t a decent read; it was hard-going the moment the suspense kicked in and I particularly salivated Ruggle’s dramatic and bad-ass introduction to George Holloway – whose book I’m already looking forward to

four-stars

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