Monday, April 27, 2015

Fuel the Fire (Calloway Sisters #3, Addicted Series #3.1) by Krista and Becca Ritchie

Published: April 2nd 2015
Publisher: N/A
Purchase: Amazon
Goodreads: Protect your family. At all costs.
It’d take the impossible to hurt Connor Cobalt, even for a moment.
Protect your family. At all costs.
At twenty-six, his narcissistic tendencies have made room for the people he loves.
Protect your family. At all costs.
And he loves Rose. But when his love is threatened, when his greatest dreams with her are compromised — what is the cost then?
Protect your family. At all costs.
Love will guide his choices.
For the first time in his life.

I had high expectations for this book, especially since it was the latest addition to an already amazing series. If you haven't already heard on the grapevine, this series is one of the best New Adult books out there. Heartfelt emotion, phenomenonal character development, a series that is as much about family as it is about love and life, and of course, the kind of palpable chemistry that makes your head spin.

Fuel the Fire is the third book in the Calloway Sisters Series, which is a spin-off of the Addicted Series, although you can choose to only read the Calloway books. As such, it is vital that you read the first two books in this series, Kiss the Sky and Hothouse Flower before embarking on this one.

This book focuses on Rose and Connor Cobalt, or as I like to think of them, the king and queen of the Addicted gang (the central characters in the Addicted universe). They're both incredibly intelligent, loyal, and supportive. They are the backbone that holds the Addicted characters together with their combined intellect and protectiveness. The ones to turn to in a crisis, until they themselves are faced with one. This book deals with the king and queen, the leaders, as they tackle a challenge that will test even their limits.

Now as for my thoughts toward this book, it is impossible to articulate exactly how wonderfully and irrevocably I love this book, but I will endeavor to do so.

What did I love about this book? It was more a question of what I didn't like about this book. Which is an impossible question because I loved everything about it. The romance that makes your heart swell and toes curl, the banter of two people who orbit around each other, both the highs and lows of family, and the type of emotional moments that bring out the tears in any soul.

One thing that I admire the most about the Addicted/Calloway Sisters Series is how the impact of media is shown, especially social media. The truly hurtful and negative shadow that it can bring on people, its power to destroy and attack, and also the illuminating part of it. It is like real life, when things can never be erased once they spread on the Internet.

What is also marvelous about this book is family. The complexity of emotions that surround broken relationships, when lines can be crossed for the sake of family. This book never flinches away from the hard truths, no matter how heart-wrenching they can be.

Fuel the Fire deals with certain issues that have been lurking under the surface in the other books in the Addicted universe, which are  sexuality and depression. While I have to admit that there are few books out there that handle the slippery idea of sexuality, the Ritchie sisters managed to capture it realistically, bringing to light the complexity of it and how labels never fit everyone. Part of what made this book a heart wringer was this issue and how the world perceives this. In addition, the issue of depression is handled in a thoughtful and realistic manner. It was hard-hitting for this girl. I don't want to quite spoil it for you, but I will say that I cried in a rather embarrassing manner while reading the scenes that revolved around these two issues.

As is always the case with the Addicted books, at the heart of this is the truly loving and supportive family and friends that are bonded with the shared ordeals and struggles that they have faced and of course, the beautiful and romantic love between the two main characters.
Because we all have the capacity to love, no matter what form or shape it may come in.
Rose and Connor are two souls who are a match made in heaven, and this book leaves you with the impact of their love in your heart for days, weeks, months... an eternity.
How do you measure love?
Is it by the things we're willing to do? By the sacrifices we're willing to make?
One last side note about this book which is a personal charm for me. There are two characters, who are side characters in this series but hold a rather special part of my heart. It gave me visceral pleasure, the kind that makes me smile like a cheesy idiot, to see them mentioned and read about their interactions. In case you haven't read the other books, I won't spoil the names of these two, but they are maddeningly adorable, if you must know.

Now I am off to curl up in a corner and pretend the world doesn't exist because this book brings back every emotion I have towards these lovely characters who have consumed a large area of my heart.

My Rating: ★★★★★

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