Early Book Review: Fan the Flames (Search and Rescue #2) by Katie Ruggle

Fan the Flames is the second book in the Search and Rescue series by Katie Ruggle and is currently scheduled for release on May 3 2016. The first book in the series was Hold Your Breath, and while reading the books in order will give readers a better understanding of the town's dynamics and larger story arc, I think most readers would be able to enjoy each book on its own as well.

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, loner Rory Sorenson. Ian would do anything for Rory. He would defend her to his last breath, and he may just have to. Everyone 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.

Fan the Flames has all the good of the previous book in the series. Rory and Ian are both uniquely flawed characters that have their own battles top fight. I enjoyed learning about these very different characters and how they worked together and communicated even when they felt like running away. The danger and suspense areas of this book are very well done, and had me holding my breath on a few occasions. I think the combination of character and story building was done in a way that engaged me with the story more than I expected. The emotional vulnerability of both Rory and Ian was endearing, particularly when set against how independent and strong they were. The build up of a larger story arc continued through this book, and left me wanting more even though there was a satisfying conclusion of the particular problems our main characters faced.

Fan the Flames is a good follow up to Hold Your Breath. Readers that enjoy complex characters and storylines in their romance will likely enjoy this series. I am looking forward to reading more with Gone Too Deep which is scheduled for release in August 2016. 
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