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.
Rory has been alone since her parents died three years previously and now runs their gun store. Her delusional parents kept her isolated due to paranoia but Rory is a survivor. She might appear quiet and aloof but for far too many years her heart has been taken by the boy who once gave her a pink cupcake and guess what? The fully grown Ian seems determined to be her friend! Okay Rory can pretend to keep a clear head, but when the local MC start getting a little too close for comfort Ian is not going anywhere.
I won't lie, Ms Ruggle is a new author to me and I had no idea this book is part of a series in which apparently a headless corpse was discovered during the first book, Hold Your Breath. That plays a huge part in this story as the consequences are very far reaching. There's no resolution to the murder here but I spotted a small clue and yes, that means it's kind of a cliff hanger which I know many readers hate.
There's a wealth of characters to smile at and even some who clearly need a good talking to! The guys Ian works with are simply adorable and I'd personally like to see Ian’s friend, Steve, get a happy ever after. Rory is quirky and such fun to read about. Whether it's her zombie apocalypse drills or even her lack of social skills, she just doesn't see that so many in the town truly have her back.
If you enjoy reading about small towns, this mountain retreat will be a delight but I'd advise taking snow shoes! Yes, I had fun reading Fan the Flames and guess it's a romantic suspense but the romance is sweet and slow. Hot guy and cute girl and all wrapped up in a murder mystery with more than one turbulent problem to deal with. As I mentioned the mystery continues and the ending here opens a whole new can of worms!
I was gifted a copy via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review/