Fan the Flames

Fan the Flames

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by Katie Ruggle
     
 

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He's a firefighter.
He's a Motorcycle Club member.
And if a killer has his way...he'll take the fall for a murder he didn't commit.

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.

Overview

He's a firefighter.
He's a Motorcycle Club member.
And if a killer has his way...he'll take the fall for a murder he didn't commit.

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. 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. When she defends herself against a brutal attack, Rory finds herself catapulted into the center of a gang war, with only Ian standing between her and a threat greater than either of them could have imagined.

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...

Search & Rescue Series:
On His Watch (novella)
Hold Your Breath (Book 1)
Fan the Flames (Book 2)
Gone too Deep (Book 3)
In Safe Hands (Book 4)

What People Are Saying:
"Sexy and suspenseful, I couldn't turn the pages fast enough."-Julie Ann Walker, New York Times and USA Today Bestselling Author for Hold Your Breath
"Chills and thrills and a sexy slow-burning romance from a terrific new voice."-D.D. Ayres, author of the K-9 Rescue Series for Hold Your Breath

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
04/11/2016
In the second of Ruggle’s fast-paced romantic suspense series set in the Rocky Mountains, firefighter Ian Walsh (a minor character in Hold Your Breath) is named a suspect in a murder previously discovered by a Search & Rescue team. Rory Sorenson, the pretty but shy proprietor of the local gun shop—where she sells both legal and illegal weapons and is constantly fending off violent customers, with no one to help her or back her up—has cherished a crush on Ian for years and is certain he is innocent. Having grown up without much family, Ian appreciates the brotherhood he found in a motorcycle club, but when the more extreme members threaten Rory and her business, he recognizes the danger they pose and takes Rory’s side. Her bizarre, sheltered upbringing by her survivalist parents adds a tender element to their developing romance. When Ian is arrested, Rory’s indignation finally empowers her to step out from the shadows and fight for a future with him. Ruggle delivers a longer and more developed story in this installment, full of surprisingly violent characters as well as romance. Readers may cringe at the depiction of Rory’s job, which makes selling firearms look implausibly unsafe, and wonder how her offer to volunteer at the fire station somehow leads to her fighting a fire without any training, but the soap opera aspects of the ongoing story will keep them eager for more revelations about this small Colorado town. (June)
From the Publisher
"Rocky Mountain Search & Rescue returns with a new, reluctant member. She's the local gun shop owner and was raised off the grid as a survivalist. She is also dodging danger from the local motorcycle club...There is a lot of action taking place around this one small, fiery Colorado woman." - RT Book Reviews, 4 Stars

"Implausible though she seems, one roots for her to overcome her social ineptitude and catch a great guy, and she does!
" - Booklist

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781492628200
Publisher:
Sourcebooks
Publication date:
06/07/2016
Series:
Search and Rescue , #2
Pages:
448
Sales rank:
89,789
Product dimensions:
4.20(w) x 6.90(h) x 1.20(d)

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Prologue

It had started out as such a promising day.

"What?" Ian bellowed when the roar of the fire and the rumble of the pump-truck engine drowned out the chief's words.

"The homeowner said he stores a propane tank in the northeast corner of the barn!" Fire Chief Winston Early yelled.

Closing his eyes for a moment, Ian sighed. Of course he does. "This barn? The one that's on fire?"

"That would be the barn."

A torrent of profanity rose in his throat, but he clamped his jaw. A few weeks ago, he'd promised Steve's youngest, Maya, he'd stop swearing. Once he gave his word, Ian stuck to it, even if he and his firefighting brethren were all going to be blown to bits thanks to a flame-happy serial arsonist Ian couldn't even call a fucking asshole.

Swallowing the curses that desperately wanted to escape, Ian yanked on the hem of his borrowed, too-small bunker coat. "I'm on it."

Soup fell in next to him and spoke over the radio incorporated into their SCBA-self-contained breathing apparatus-gear. "Got your back, Beauty."

The hated nickname deepened his scowl. With a wordless growl, Ian stalked toward the flaming barn. The heat was incredible, and sweat beaded beneath his mask. A backward glance showed Steve and Junior at the trucks, hurrying to hook up the hoses.

"What's the plan?"

Studying the barn, Ian noted that, although the south side of the old storage building was fully engulfed, the northeast corner looked relatively untouched by the fire-it wouldn't stay that way for long, though. The house where the homeowner and his two grandkids lived was only ten feet north of the burning barn. If the propane tank blew, they'd be screwed.

"Hey? Ian?" It was like Soup was incapable of silence for more than a few seconds at a time. "Plan?"

"We go through that door"-Ian pointed to the entrance on the north side-"get the propane tank, and get out."

"Short and sweet." Soup's good-natured chuckle echoed through the speaker in Ian's mask. "I like it. Let's go save the day...again. Because we're awesome like that."

This time, Ian was unable to hold back a snort of laughter. That was Soup-cracking jokes right before walking into a burning building. Despite Soup's tendency to run away at the mouth, Ian couldn't ask for a better, braver partner.

Heat scorched his skin, even through his bunker gear. The door was locked, so Ian kicked it, cracking the ancient wood and sending the door slamming into the interior wall. He blocked it with his body before the door could rebound and slam shut again.

"Aww," Soup complained. "You get to do all the fun stuff."

"The next door is yours," Ian promised before stepping into a burning building for the second time that month. After six years with the Simpson Fire Department, it still surprised him how dark it was inside a structure fire. The smoke in this one was especially thick and black, probably due to what appeared to be a pile of smoldering tires covering most of the east wall.

Once inside, he moved as quickly as possible across the debris-strewn floor. Stacks of boxes and other junk obscured the northeast corner, and Ian clenched his jaw as he started shoving them aside.

"Fucking packrats," Soup grumbled, breathing hard as he shifted boxes, helping to clear a path.

Tossing an armful of lumber, Ian snapped, "Watch your mouth!" He moved another stack of boxes and uncovered the propane tank...the hundred-pound propane tank.

"Why? You were the one who told Steve's girl you'd stop swearing. I made no such promise." Soup groaned, obviously spotting the container. "Hell. It couldn't have been a twenty-pounder?"

Ian was already bending, preparing to hoist the cylindrical tank onto his shoulder.

"Heads up!" Soup shouted as Ian started to rise, looking up just in time to see a large chunk of burning plywood falling right on top of him. With the weight of the tank, his shift to the left was turtle-slow, and he braced himself for impact. Soup lunged forward, knocking the flaming wood aside, so it only grazed Ian's free shoulder before falling to the floor. Pieces of what had been the roof crashed down around them, smoldering chunks of wood and asphalt shingles blocking the path they'd just created.

"Thanks, Soup," he said, breathing hard. Adrenaline was ripping through him.

"No problem." Despite his words, Soup's voice was tight, and he was holding his right arm against his side. "Let's get out of here before the rest of the roof crashes down on us."

Knowing that he couldn't do anything about Soup's injury until they were clear of the fire, Ian adjusted the propane tank on his shoulder, feeling his muscles bulge under the strain. This was why he worked out religiously, even on days he would've killed for an extra hour of sleep instead. In his job, that little bit of extra strength could mean the difference between life and death-his own or someone else's.

Soup moved as fast as he could, using his good arm to clear a new path around the burning debris. Following, Ian tried not to obsess about how the tank of explosive gas he was carrying was just a spark away from turning into a bomb. Smoke thickened around them as the flames leapt closer.

The barn was burning quickly, red and orange light smothered by the rolling black smoke. His boot caught on something, making him lurch forward and almost crash into Soup's back. The tank slid, threatening to overbalance him. As he heaved it back into position with a grunt, he squinted through the darkness. The barn had looked so small from the outside that he hadn't bothered to bring a hose with him to help them find their way back out. Ian was regretting that decision now.

"What's the problem, Soup?" Even to Ian's own ears, the strain in his voice was obvious.

"Just trying to find the shortest route to the door." He paused. "Or any route to the door."

"Need me to lead?"

"Nope. It's straight ahead." There was a pause before Soup spoke again, this time with a lot less confidence. "I think?"

"I'll lead." As Ian passed Soup, peering through the gloom, his heart pounded in his ears. Being in this barn-being in any structure fire like this-always made him understand why images of hell included fire. The blackness, cut only by eerie flickers of orange, the constant roaring, and, worst of all, the intense heat...everything combined easily brought to mind eternal torture.

A crash in front of them made Ian lurch to a halt, the tank sliding forward again. He caught it and shifted it back into place as his muscles groaned. The sound of splintering wood came again, loud enough to be heard over the fire's roar, and Ian craned his neck to look at the roof, expecting to see it falling on them. If something hit and damaged the tank... He quickly cut off that train of thought. There was nothing to be gained by allowing deadly scenarios to run through his brain. The only thing he could see above them was a heavy layer of smoke.

He refocused on the darkness in front of them and saw a glimmer of light fighting through the gloom.

"There!" Ian readjusted the tank on his shoulder before charging forward. After each smashing sound, the light got bigger, until it was almost the size of a doorway. A hulking figure, silhouetted by the light, filled the hole.

"Get your dawdling asses out of here now!" Steve's voice echoed through the radio speaker in his mask.

Relieved, Ian couldn't hold back a gasp of a laugh as he carried the tank toward the backlit, ax-swinging rescuer. "Hey," he complained. "You're her dad. If I can't swear, then you definitely can't."

"I'm a single father of four kids." Steve helped them through the improvised opening and away from the barn, giving Soup's cradled arm a concerned look before turning back to Ian. "If anyone deserves to swear, it's me. You need a hand with that?"

"I'm good," Ian said, although "good" might have been overstating it. Now that they were out of the burning barn, the pressure of the tank made him realize that his shoulder and back were screaming protests. Ignoring the discomfort, he carried the tank a safe distance and then went another twenty feet, just for good measure. As he lowered the tank to the ground, he couldn't hold back a grunt of effort.

Another gloved hand reached out and steadied the wobbling tank. "Nice job, Walsh," the chief said, clapping his free hand onto Ian's shoulder. Unfortunately, it was the shoulder that had carried the brunt of the weight. Ian swallowed a pained sound.

"Thanks." His voice was only slightly choppy. "Where do you need me?"

After a sharp look-as if checking his physical status-the chief gestured toward the tender truck. "Can you and Steve dump the water into the portable tank and then refill the tender? We might not need it, but I want to make sure not to leave any hot spots."

"That's a go, Chief." Ian jogged toward where Steve had already started setting up the portable tank. He scanned the scene until he saw Soup, standing next to the ambulance. Even from thirty feet away, it was pretty obvious that Soup was flirting with the EMT. With a huff of amusement, Ian refocused on the tank. Soup would be fine.

Hours later, after mopping up was done and they were absolutely positive no embers were left to flare to life after they'd gone, Ian straddled his motorcycle. All the strength seemed to have oozed out of his body, and he was trying to force his arm to lift and start his bike.

"Beauty!" Soup yelled from the passenger seat of the engine. "Leave that beast and hop aboard this lovely vehicle. It has an enclosed cab, a heater, me-everything your little heart could desire."

"It's supposed to snow. I don't want to leave it out all night."

Soup frowned in exaggerated confusion. "Why not? It's an old piece of junk."

Forcing himself not to react to Soup's goading, Ian kept his face expressionless. "It's not old. It's a classic. And it's not junk." Despite his best efforts, Ian heard his voice dropping to a growl on the last word.

"Why'd you ride it here anyway? Spring's still months away."

"It was nice earlier." It had been one of those rare, balmy days that hinted of warmer weather to come...right before winter slammed back into place. He'd been unable to resist a ride, just a short one to tide him over until spring arrived for real. Unfortunately, he'd been far away from the station when the fire call had come in, resulting in borrowed bunker gear and the prospect of a chilly ride home in the wee hours of the morning.

Obviously hearing Ian's irritation, Soup grinned. "Fine. Freeze your ass off, Beauty. Just know I won't be bringing you any chicken soup when you get sick from riding that piece of crap in the snow."

"Don't call me that." Ian didn't know why he bothered protesting. The more he complained, the more the guys teased. "And no. I'll take my vintage BMW work of art home."

As soon as the engine rumbled down the drive, Ian started to regret his decision. No good wasting time mulling over it, though-he had miles of freezing highway to go before he was safe in bed. He pulled off his fire helmet and ran his hand through his hair, grimacing when he found it still damp with sweat.

"That bunker gear covering up your gang colors?" a snide voice interrupted, making Ian stiffen. Now he really wished he'd taken Soup up on his offer of a ride.

"Lawrence," Ian greeted the deputy, wanting, as usual, to wipe the smirk from the man's face with his fist. Suppressing the urge took a heroic level of restraint. "Run into any bison lately?"

Deputy Lawrence turned an unhealthy shade of purple that clashed with his reddish mustache. "I was responding to a call. A short response time is critical. People's lives depend on it. That crash wasn't my fault."

Although Ian tried to behave, he was tired, and his shoulder hurt from carrying the tank. Baiting the deputy was just too tempting. "It was a bison-in-the-road call. Didn't that give you a hint that there might be, I don't know, a large animal standing in the middle of the highway you were speeding down?"

Lawrence narrowed his eyes. "At least I'm not killing people and tossing their headless bodies into a reservoir."

Exhaustion forgotten, Ian stood abruptly, sending the deputy scurrying back a couple of steps. "Yeah," he said, straightening and crowding closer. "I heard there was some ‘evidence' linking me to Willard Gray's murder. Tell me about that."

All color disappeared from Lawrence's face. "What? How did you... Who told you that? It was that bitch at the coffee shop, wasn't it? She twisted my words. I never-"

"Watch your mouth." He shifted forward, forcing Lawrence back another step. It had indeed been Lou who'd shared the information, but Ian wasn't about to let Lawrence know-or allow him to insult her. "The source doesn't matter. What matters are the details. Exactly what did you find in that reservoir?"

"I'm not telling you anything." Lawrence turned to leave but Ian shot out a hand and grabbed him. A quick glance around showed that the sheriff, fire chief, and the few deputies still milling around the scene weren't paying any attention to them.

"Yeah," Ian snarled, tightening his grip until he felt Lawrence flinch beneath the pressure. "You are. Let's start again. What did you find that made you think I was involved?"

"You're a member of a motorcycle gang," the deputy blustered, although his darting eyes gave away his nerves. "Killing is what you people do."

"No." Ian let his voice go silky smooth and felt Lawrence begin to shake. "There was something else. Some physical piece of so-called evidence. What was it?"

"You'll find out at your murder trial."

A small smile touched Ian's mouth, and Lawrence cringed. Sometimes, fear was stronger than a very real threat. Shifting his body, Ian let a fist swing toward the deputy's midsection, trusting fear to do his work for him.

Sure enough, before he could connect, Lawrence yelped, "Okay! Okay! I'll tell you."

Ian pulled the punch, barely touching the deputy's doughy belly. By the way Lawrence whimpered, it was as if Ian had pulled off his arm.

"It was your necklace," he wheezed.

"My necklace?" Ian repeated the unexpected words. Ever since Lou had informed him that the sheriff's office had found something linking his MC to the murder, he'd racked his brain, trying to figure out what it could be. He'd never considered that his lost pendant would come back to haunt him.

"Yes, your necklace, the one with your gang's symbol on it," Lawrence spat, regaining a little of his bravado when Ian let his fist drop to his side. "The chain was caught on the weight holding down the body. Everyone in town has seen you wearing that thing until you...lost it." The deputy's accusing gaze lowered to Ian's chain-free neck. "Maybe next time you kill an innocent man, don't drop any identifying jewelry at the crime scene."

Yanking free of Ian's grip, the deputy hurried away, heading toward the sheriff. Ian watched him, a small part of his brain wondering if Lawrence was getting reinforcements to return and arrest him for assault. The rest of his mind was running over this new information.

"Damn it," he growled under his breath. And damn him, for not trying harder to get that pendant back.

Lawrence was talking to Sheriff Rob Coughlin, and both men were looking at him. Although Ian was ninety percent sure that Rob, a stand-up guy, would take his side over Deputy Lawrence's, he figured they could chase him if they really wanted to drag him to jail. Besides, he needed to talk to Lou and Callum. Not only were they unofficially looking into Willard Gray's-the headless dead guy's-murder, but they were two people he knew for sure were on his side in this whole mess.

After donning his helmet, Ian started his bike. Despite everything-the murder investigation, his inconveniently missing pendant, his exhaustion and aching shoulder, the threatening snow-Ian felt a thrill at the familiar sound of the engine firing. He'd done that. He'd taken a broken-down bike and rebuilt it, giving it new life.

Too bad not everything was that simple to save.

With a final glance at the blackened ruin that had been a barn earlier that day, Ian roared off into the icy mountain night.

Meet the Author

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, has lived in an off-grid, solar- and wind-powered house in the Rocky Mountains, rides horses, shoots guns, cross-country skis and travels to warm places to scuba dive. Connect with Katie at http://katieruggle.com/, https://www.facebook.com/katierugglebooks, or on Twitter @KatieRuggle

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Fan the Flames 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 18 reviews.
Momscookingthebooks 10 months ago
This is the first time I have read this author and I found she weaves a good story with romance, action, suspense and intrigue. This is the second book in the series, however, there is a novella (0.5) that kicks off the series. Fan the Flames can be read as a standalone. Rory Sorenson owns the local gun shop and has been crushing on Ian Walsh for years. Rory was raised by survivalist parents that originally owned the gun shop, however, in fear of the state of the world, they committed suicide. Leaving Rory alone to face the world, she makes her own clothes, and lives in an underground bunker, where she grew up, below the gun shop. She feels she has very few social skills; she is awkward when she talks with people when it isn’t about guns. She was home schooled and didn’t have a lot of exposure to the outside world, except for the gun shop. Ian Walsh was born into the MC life, as his deceased father was a member. His loyalties are torn between his MC brothers and his firefighter brothers. Ian is a sweet, caring man. He has waited for Rory for years. He fell in love with her when they were just kids. Ian does everything to get Rory to take a chance on him and after going through a few tragedies, Rory learns that she is finally ready to take the chance on a relationship with Ian. There are corrupt MC members and a rival faction that threatens everything that Rory has built and puts Ian in a tough position. You are given a few clues as the book unfolds and then disaster strikes. Rory finally has to admit to herself and Ian that she is in love with him. They work together to protect Rory’s livelihood, Ian’s innocence in a murder investigation and their relationship. This is a sweet love story with a little spice. Rory and Ian were great characters and there is a great supporting cast. If you like screaming hot firemen and a sweet love story, then this is the book for you. I highly recommend it. ARC kindly provided by NetGalley for an honest review.
mamalovestoread22 10 months ago
Rory Sorenson grew up in somewhat of a sheltered world, being home-schooled and kept from experiencing things in the outside world made her somewhat socially awkward and innocent in the eyes of others. Her sheltered upbringing left her scarred and through the years she has found a way to mask it with this snarky, sarcastic persona, and it seems to work on everyone she comes into contact with, and helps to fend off the advances of those she deals with in her families gun shop. There is one man in particular though that sees right through her mask, and sees the real woman lying underneath it, and he wants to know all there is to no about her... the problem is she is too innocent to see his interest in her. She is attracted to him, and has harbored a crush on him for a while now, but she has never really had a real relationship with a man, so she doesn't have the confidence or experience to pick-up on the vibes he is sending her way. Motorcycle Club member and firefighter, Ian Walsh is beginning to struggle to find a balance between the two things he loves, and before too long he is going to be forced to choose one or the other. While he enjoys being part of the club he loves being a firefighter a lot more, so he knows leaving the club is inevitable, but leaving maybe a lot harder than he anticipated...especially since the girl he loves has found herself trapped between his club and another over a turf war. He has loved Rory Sorenson since they were kids and he'd do just about anything for her...even if it means going against his own club to protect her! This was my first time reading something from Ms. Ruggles, and I can say with complete certainty it won't be my last!! This book had it all steamy romance, spine tingling mystery and a addictive story line that pulls you in from the get go and holds on tight until the last page is turned!!! With this being my first visit to the series I was concerned I'd feel like I was missing out on something, but I am happy to report that wasn't the case at all, I think this one could easily be read as a stand alone title, but my guess is the minute you finish it you'll be dying to get your hands on the others in the series!! I thoroughly enjoyed every minute of it and meeting Mr. Ian Walsh... he'll have you swooning the minute he walks onto the page!!! If you like your fairy tales with a good blend of suspense and romance, and equipped with a hot firefighter/biker there to take you along for the ride then I HIGHLY recommend you get yours hands on this book, it is sure to satisfy!! ARC requested through NetGalley and kindly provided by SOURCEBOOKS Casablanca in exchange for a honest and unbiased review.
AmyBosica 10 months ago
Fan The Flames is the second book in the Search and Rescue series and follows the story of Rory and Ian. Ian is not only an MC member, but also a firefighter. He owes his life to the MC, but his heart lies with being a firefighter. And of course, there is Rory. Ian has been in love with Rory since they were kids. There is nothing that Ian wouldn’t do for her. And those lengths may just have to be tested….Rory is the last person you’d expect to be running a gun shop, least of dealing illegal firearms. But, don’t let her shyness or awkwardness fool you. This is life she lives. No matter how hard she’s tried, she’s managed to make some enemies of her own. And when she gets attacked, she finds herself in the last place she’d expect: right in the middle of an MC war…. Overall, I really enjoyed Fan The Flames. I loved the characters and the story-line. The suspense once again pulling me in and keeping me on my toes. As with the first book, this story is more suspense driven, than romance driven. But, I have to say, that I really, really enjoyed the slow building relationship between Ian and Rory. The tension between the two of them was intense. I couldn’t get enough of the two of them. Fan The Flames was an exciting read from start to finish. I loved the action and excitement. There was danger and mystery. There was romance and some sexy good times. Overall, a really enjoyable story. And even though it wraps everything up, you are given a taste of what is to come in the next book and I for one can not wait to see where this series is going to go next!
DebsIN 10 months ago
Katie Ruggle gets better and better. This is without a doubt my favorite book of hers so far. The second in the "Search and Rescue" series, "Fan the Flames" is all about suspense, romance, a hot firefighter/biker, an independent kick-a** woman and a great group of friends. Katie Ruggle tells a story you won't want to miss. Rory is a quirky, independent, strong woman that can kick butt and take names. I love that she owns a gun shop and holds her own with anyone. Ian has secretly been in love with Rory for years. With Rory's upbringing, there are some tender moments between Ian and Rory while she falls in love with him as he teaches her things that comes naturally to most people. Their romance is a great parallel to the suspense. It is a stand alone book, but does have a continuing murder that is still needs to be solved. It does not take away from the HEA for Rory and Ian however. I highly recommend "Fan the Flames" for all suspenseful romance readers. Thank You to NetGalley and Sourcebooks Casablanca for gifting me with a copy of "Fan the Flames" and asking me to leave my honest opinion. 4.75 Stars!
TheSassyBookster 10 months ago
Who knew that a small mountain town like Simpson could be such a hotbed of criminal activity, murder and intrigue? I'm really loving this series, especially the heroines and wish I didn't have to wait so long for the next book. FAN THE FLAMES continues from where Hold Your Breath ends and improves on the drama, suspense and action but also throws in a good dose of humor to lighten the tension. The interactions between Ian and Rory left me in stitches but I like that Ms. Ruggle gave us characters that were unexpected and endearing. Ian Walsh is a man with his loyalties split between his firefighting brethren and the motorcycle club that he grew up in, but the one thing that's not in question is his feelings for Rory Sorenson and his total dedication to her. He's been named a person of interest in the murder case that has captivated the entire town, but he'll defend her to the death when his MC Brothers decide to attack her, a choice that pits him against his club. Rory grew up off the grid with paranoid survivalists for parents, an upbringing that has left her socially awkward and out of her element with everyday interactions, especially with the man she's had a crush on since she was a pre-teen, but one thing she isn't is helpless and that's a lesson anyone who wants to take advantage of her learns the hard way. As the owner of a gun shop, she does business with the less than savory side of humanity and knows that she has to be tough to deal with her criminally minded customers, but it helps to have someone at her back. Rory and Ian are an unlikely pairing but are perfect for each other. With his looks and associations, one would expect Ian to be a cocky know-it-all, but he's really a patient and determined man who was quite adept at handling Rory. He really deserves the moniker of 'Rory-whisperer' because dealing with her at times was like trying to domesticate a wild cat. Rory is fiercely independent and self-reliant but I liked seeing her take a chance and connect with new friends for the first time, as well as realize that there was a life outside her bunker within a community that respected her and would come to her aid when she needed help. One thing I enjoy about this series is that the relationship drama is really low, which balances out all the other action going on. While the books in this series are all stand alone, there is an overarching mystery that runs through the series, so I would recommend reading in order for the best experience. Disclaimer: I received this book for free from the Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
Rhodes123 8 days ago
This is book #2 in the Rocky Mountain Search & Rescue Series. It's contains thrills and chills, friends to lovers and of course sexy intense firefighters. Ian Walsh is currently a firefighter and a Motorcycle Club member. He is pulling more towards fighting fires than the criminal side of the MC and that is creating problems because he feels like the club is his family but the guys at the station are his brothers and that is were his heart is leading him. Ian has loved Rory Sorensen since they were kids and he would do anything for her, including dying for her. If things keep going "haywire" then he may end up doing just that. The tug of war battle between station and club is involving Rory and he won't stand for that. Rory is somewhat of a hermit but she is also known as the go to girl for illegal guns in her gun shop. Since the death of her parents a few back she has tried to keep peace between the MC and a Meth Ring by remaining neutral. When someone tries to break into her shop and kill her then she must defend herself and that lands her right in the middle of the "tug of war" battle. Rory and Ian must come together to fight and defeat a battle that could be bigger than the both of them. And while doing battle will their childhood crushes light a flame and turn to love?
Anonymous 3 months ago
Great read!!
thereadingchick 5 months ago
Fan the Flames only cemented my love for Katie Ruggle's style of writing. Again, don't let the cover fool you. Yes, Ian Walsh, nicknamed Beauty by his fellow firefighters, is gorgeous. But, he is a character with many layers, and the author, through the eyes of Rory, gives us all of those layers to unwrap. Rory is unlike any female romantic protagonist I have read. She is socially awkward, raised in a bunker underneath their gun shop by parents who were paranoid of everyone and everything. Rory, now alone, runs the gun shop out in the middle of nowhere. She sells some guns illegally out of a back room, and when the local biker gang Ian rides with decides to hold up her store, Ian chooses sides... her's. The interaction between Ian and is causes all sorts of problems, bringing Ian and Rory closer together. Rory is hilarious. Even though Ian has known her since they were kids, he doesn't realize how sheltered she has actually lived. Her interpretations of people's, and Ian's, actions provide some comic relief. Her innocence also gives him a reason to get all protective alpha on her, even though she is more knowledgeable about firearms than he, and in fact, defends herself really well. As he brings her out into town life, she realizes that she isn't as alone as she had thought. She actually has a whole town of friends who will stand by her, and, well, of course she has Ian too. Isn't it fun when you discover a new author, and as you keep reading their writing just gets better, and strikes a chord? That is how I feel about Katie Ruggle. She is new, she writes extremely well, and hopefully she has lots of stories to tell, because I will run to the store and buy her books. You should too.
Anonymous 6 months ago
Personality: When you first met Drake, he may seem cold or mean. But you really just have to get to know him. To those he trusts, he may kind, caring, even funny. To those he distrust...well, we will not talk about them. Status: Drake is single, and not really looking.
Judy-Ree 7 months ago
The last two stories in this series dealt with the Dive Teams part of Search and Rescue. This story centers on the Fire Fighting side, specifically with biker bad boy, Ian Walsh. To be honest, I wasn't sure that I was going to be all that into this book. I mean, I am so done with the sub-genre of "MC/biker" books. It's on my list of Nope's, falling right under "Billionaires". Seriously, I'm just over them all ready. But I enjoyed the last book so much, that I had to give this one it's fair chance. I'm glad that I did. This book didn't take us down that well worn road with the usual cliches and try to glamorize or sensationalize bikers. It simply painted the picture of the good and bad that can be found in the clubs and they are made up of all kinds of people. Our heroine, Rory, was such an awesome character. She appears to be a bit anti-social, plenty paranoid and with just a smidgen of the dark side. But that's not it at all, not really. There are plenty of good reasons why she is the way she is. And the fact that Ian seriously adores her is so amusing in her bafflement of how to act towards him. I had a lot of fun watching these two dance around each other. I loved how the female character is the gun enthusiast and to be honest, after reading about her handling them, it totally made me want to go to a shooting range and give it a try. There were some great moments in this book, including the ones where she is going head to head with the less legal members of the biker clubs. The following is what she tells one who is giving her a bit of hard time about one of her guns: “No, I’ve decided for you.” Rory flicked her fingers in a “gimme” gesture. There was a beep indicating someone had just come through the front door of her shop, and the last of her patience disappeared. “If you can’t appreciate an accurate, dependable, untraceable Kel-Tec SUB 2000 because it’s not comfy enough, then you don’t deserve it. Hand it over.” The series arc continues as they we find out more information about the HDG and the mystery surrounding his death, as it ties into the plot of this particular book. I enjoyed the ride along and behind the scenes of the firehouse, as Rory interacted with Ian. There was plenty of action carefully balanced by heart, and it kept me turning pages until I finished breathless. This was a Great Read and I gave it 4 stars. Netgalley and Sourcebooks Casablanca provided me with this book in exchange for my honest opinion.
PJ16 7 months ago
Book 2 of the Rocky Mountain Search & Rescue and I loved the book. I really like Ian and Rory was great. The mystery continues and I like the suspense as to who and what is behind everything going on. Just when you think you have it figures out you get a curve ball. The book has a great story, romance, suspense and some great characters. I so did enjoy Callum giving love advice. Great second book can't wait for #3.
ReadingInPajamas 9 months ago
✦Spotlight, Review & Excerpt: Fan the Flames (Search and Rescue) by Katie Ruggle http://wp.me/p3d0RZ-5or Publication Date: June 7, 2016 Genre: Romantic Suspense Reviewed by: Reading in Pajamas/ Donna Rated: 5 Stars This is another fun edition to the Search and Rescue series. I wondered what Ian’s story would be like and I wasn’t disappointed. The hot sexy biker revealed a softer side that I found very appealing as his relationship with Rory developed. As for Rory, although I could not relate to her, I liked her and enjoyed reading her journey. It helped that they were surrounded by the Search and Rescue team and their fun camaraderie. There was also plenty of pulse-pounding action that seemed to come from every direction, yet blended to make a cohesive story. All this blended to make a fun, action packed story that I just could not put down. I loved it. *Review copy provided by NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
Sailon 9 months ago
Once the chemistry ignites, there is no holding it back for Rory and Ian. Rory was the bomb! It is that simple. She was raised by extreme survivalists, saying they were preppers would be an understatement. And she even owns a gun shop. She might be socially awkward but the girl definitely knows her way around a gun…legal and the ones not so legal. Which leads her into some of the trouble that comes to find her. Ian is a badass. Again, it’s that simple. By day, he is takes on fires, as of course a firefighter, and by choice he is a member of the local motorcycle club. Honor, duty and a thing for the shy Rory is the way Ian rolls. Nudging her gently out of her comfort zone, Ian begins to break down the walls that have taken Rory a lifetime to build until death threats and arson shifts him into uber alpha over drive. Fan the Flames is a wonderfully suspense filled romance that somehow manages to pull off an incredibly sweet and tender romance between a badass biker and a gun slinging introvert. I received this ARC copy of Fan the Flames from Sourcebooks Casablanca in exchange for a honest review.
Pure_Jonel 9 months ago
Holy Smokes! What a story. I couldn`t put this one down from cover to cover. The suspense and danger never stopped while the lives of the characters were absolutely unforgettable. Ruggle develops her tale in a manner that allows readers to experience it, not simply to read about it. The narrative was brilliantly crafted, increasing the tension throughout. The realistic feel of the events made it even better. The sexual tension between the main characters is hot! Hot! Hot! The author built the chemistry and background to a fever pitch before adding the physical relationship. It was perfect. Rory is definitely a unique heroine for this tale. Her life is so atypical. At the same time her sentiments are easy to understand. Readers really get to see how routine oriented Rory is. What can you say about Ian? He’s the perfect hero, without being too perfect. The complex line that he walks adds fuel to the story. My heart broke for him when he finally realized what he lost, but also what he gained from it. This was the perfect second instalment in a series that I definitely can’t wait to read more from! Please note that I received a complimentary copy of this work in exchange for an honest review.
ReadYourWrites 9 months ago
Fan the Flames is the second full-length book in Katie Ruggle’s Search and Rescue series which focuses on the brotherhood of people who handle Search and Rescue in the small Colorado town of Simpson. Fan the Flames is a direct continuation from Hold Your Breath, the prior book so it’s best that you read On His Watch and Hold Your Breath, if you want to make sure you get an understanding of all of the relationships as well as some of the bad blood that exists between certain people. In Fan the Flames, the focus is on firefighter Ian Walsh and gun store owner Rory Sorenson. Ian is an overly handsome firefighter who belongs in a calendar. Rory is an awkward young lady whose parents kept her isolated from the world in an underground bunker for most of her life until they killed themselves three years ago. Now Rory sales legal and not so legal guns to everyone in town including some morally questionable motorcycle gang members associated with Ian. Ian and Rory have been smitten with each other since they were kids but neither of them knew it. Now that Rory’s parents are gone, Ian has been her only friend and he is very protective of her. When someone makes several attempts to break into her home/business, he rushes to her aid as all hell breaks loose. Circumstances force Ian to pick a side between his motorcycle brethren and the girl that he has secretly loved for most of his life. Katie Ruggle has done an excellent job of creating a quirky and lovable character in Rory. She is so clueless about people that it’s both sad and endearing. She is also tough and can handle a gun like an assassin. She has never had a boyfriend but is so enamored with Ian that she puts her fears aside and plunges head first into a passionate relationship with him. As for Ian, he is just as brave and fearless when it comes to Rory. He puts his life in danger on several occasions to protect her. In addition, they also kill a few people in the process. The action in this book was just flat out fun. Never pick a fight with someone with an arsenal at their disposal. Especially, when that someone has spent most of their life training for the zombie apocalypse. **Received a copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest unbiased review.** Rating: 4.5
Barb-TRC 10 months ago
Fan the Flames by Katie Ruggle is the 2nd book in her Search and Rescue series. I enjoyed the first book in this series, but I have to say Fan the Flames blew that one away. I loved this book. It had everything; a slow build romance, a wonderful couple, suspense, danger, lots of villains, firemen who are fun and hot. But most of all, this was a beautiful romance that was perfect in every way. Kudos to Katie Ruggle for giving us a pure old fashion romance, where the leading man is what every mother dreams for her daughter. We met Ian, our hero, in the last book. Ian is a volunteer fireman, and is also a member of a motorcycle club that was his family growing up. Rory Sorenson, our heroine, had an unusual childhood, being isolated by her crazy delusional parents, who were always in survivor paranoia mode. With her parents now dead, Rory still leads a private quiet life, but owns a gun store, which brings her many visitors from town, and gangs. She is an expert in security, and behind her gun shop is a secret high security apocalypse live in quarters in the basement, with top notch cameras, guns, etc. As shy as she is in the public eye, Rory can handle herself, except when it comes to Ian, who has always had a crush on Rory, since they were kids. When Rory suspects someone is trying to raid her place, Ian takes it upon himself to protect her. What follows is a low build romance between Ian, a popular, sexy gorgeous hunk and Rory, who is strong but introverted and inexperienced. The storyline was very exciting, filled with tense action, as both Rory and Ian face danger often against the gangs who either want Rory’s gun collection or for revenge. What I loved the most was that with the story still totally in the forefront, Ian was so loving and patient, taking his time to win Rory, and slowly work to bring her out of her shyness and awkwardness. So very well done. This was such a refreshing and endearing change of pace not seen on many of the romances today. Rory find herself falling in love with Ian, which would eventually allow her to get past her nervous fears, as Ian was always there for her. It was a slow build romance that was sexy and beautiful between a couple that was meant to be together, despite all the obstacles. Katie Ruggle has written a wonderful romance suspense that held our attention from start to finish. Fan the Flames was a terrific suspenseful, tense action filled with a fantastic couple and wonderful secondary characters that I cannot wait to read about in future books in this series.
ArizonaJo 10 months ago
Fan the Flames by Katie Ruggle is the second book in her Search and Rescue series and continues the action and mystery from book one, HOLD YOUR BREATH. Ms. Ruggle's fast paced plot and complex characters are a joy to read. Rory was cute when she was trying to understand social cues. Ian is hot and patient as Rory slowly comes out of her shell. Their romance was sweet and hot all rolled into one. The other fireman were gentle and kind with Rory, as well. These are guys that I would like to meet. I can hardly wait to read the next one in the series. I was given an ARC from Sourcebooks Casablanca via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
JackieBCentralTexasJB 11 months ago
Read from March 25 to 26, 2016 Book Info Mass Market Paperback, 352 pages Expected publication: June 7th 2016 by Sourcebooks Casablanca ISBN 1492628204 (ISBN13: 9781492628200) Edition Language English Series Search and Rescue #2 Other Editions (1) Source:Netgalley EARC Book Buy Links Amazon B&N BOOK SYNOPSIS 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 What People are Saying: "Sexy and suspenseful, I couldn't turn the pages fast enough."-Julie Ann Walker, New York Times and USA Today Bestselling Author on Hold Your Breath "Chills and thrills anda sexyslow-burning romance from a terrific new voice." -D.D. Ayres, author of the K-9 Rescue Series on Hold Your Breath" My Thoughts Ian Walsh is a part of an MC whose members are not exactly known to be either upstanding or law abiding members of the community, of course by association Ian is thought to be cut from the same cloth. Rory Sorenson has known about Ian for years but until the death of her parents had not had the chance to make their superficial relationship into something more lasting. She too straddles a line between upholding the law and at the same time having to make a living so that line is crossed time and again as she is the main weapon supplier for the MC group and other questionable clientele. We of course met Ian Walsh for the first time in book 1, Hold Your Breath, where it was established that not only is he a terrific Firefighter but also a member of the local MC club. These conflicting roles do not seem to be a hindrance to Ian making friends nor keep him from feeling at ease in either group, at least that used to be true but things have changed. However the biggest change for Ian is embodied in the form of Rory Sorenson, who captured his heart so many years ago and who now seems ready to finally return his affections. Far from just a story about the dangers facing him every time Ian goes out on a call for the Fire Department, we also have a love story unfolding with some moments of pure beauty followed by moments of pure hell. [EArc from Netgalley in exchange for honest review]