Thursday, August 11, 2016

Addicted Series Week: Fuel the Fire

Title: Fuel the Fire (Calloway Sisters, #3; Addicted, #3.1)
Author: Krista and Becca Ritchie
Publisher: Krista and Becca Ritchie
Release Date: April 2nd, 2015!

From 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. 

My Review!
*Minor spoilers!

I’m so freaking glad Connor and Rose got a second book. Their story needed it, in my opinion. Because while they both grew and strengthened their relationship in Kiss the Sky, they really shined in this one. And there was more to their relationship and their lives that needed sorted out. With the amount of books here, you can easily tell how much the characters grow over the course of the series. Even when it’s not their books, you still catch glimpses of how they are through their interactions with whoever is narrating. But I love that they all have their books, their own character arcs. None of them have been left behind or pushed to the side for the sake of someone else. However, it’s not really until their POVs that you truly get and understand who they are inside.

That’s certainly true for Connor fucking Cobalt. In the first few books, you only see who he is in relation to how Lily and Lo view and interact with him. You only see who he is around other people, and not Rose. And you only see what he lets you. So it was fairly shocking for me when I started reading his POV in KtS, BECAUSE he’s so real then. He’s readily admitted to manipulating people before, but with the other five, he’s never done that (except with Ryke, I think). He’s just always chose who sees what, and how he appears to them. He’s what they need. But in Fuel the Fire, he needs THEM for the first time in his life. Because his past is blown wide open, and he’s left reeling. Label himself, lie about who he is and what he believes, to make people feel more comfortable and okay with it? Or be his real self, the one who doesn’t like labels and doesn’t ever want to put himself into a box for people? He fights a mental battle with himself throughout this book, one that pushes him beyond anything he’s faced, because he’s actually scared. Not just for himself (which he wouldn’t ever admit), but for his wife and daugher. He’s always appeared as who people wanted and needed him to be, but maybe it’s time he just be his real self. Because it’s worth the long road ahead of him; it’s worth the possible ridicule and anger and hurt. And he’s got Rose by his side to help him, to give him unconditional love and support, to remind him of the better person he is now.

So much of this story revolves around Connor, and this new obstacle to hurdle over, but it doesn’t forget about Rose. I think Mom Rose is my favorite. I’ve always loved her character, being able to relate to her really well, and loving her fierce and passionate personality. In KtS, she grew a lot more comfortable in her skin, and with herself, also with the help of Connor and his never-ending care and warmth. But she’s never felt confident about being a mother. It’s something that has given her a lot of insecurity, and people question the way she parents a lot in this book, which sucks so much. Because Rose is so unlike Connor; she can’t just fake who she is. And people don’t understand her that well because she isn’t a perfect mold of a woman. She’s aggressive and assertive, and she has said before that she hates kids. People can’t see how wonderful of a mother she is, and Rose lets that get to her sometimes. But I love her strength, a different kind of strength from her sisters, but one that gives her the ability to stand tall and proud. And through the use of social media, and Lily’s protectiveness over her and Connor’s relationship, people are starting to see the love between Rose, Connor, and Jane. The love that is called into question when three of Connor’s ex-boyfriends (and Jonathan effing Hale) bring his past to light. But she’s not going to back down from a fight, and she refuses to let the media win. I'd want Rose on my side in a fight, that's for sure.

Rose stands at Connor’s side, his equal, his teammate. People might not be able to see the love between them, but they know. They know who they are; they know their relationship is something that neither of them could ever let go. It’s so fucking apparent that they will travel to hell and back for each other. God, I love their romance. Their loyalty and protectiveness and intellectual battles. Their games and their fights. The way Rose reminds Connor of who he is and the way Connor makes her feel safe and helps with her OCD. How they love and care for Jane, and how they do everything in their power to protect her, and give her a future. It’s something that is also a battle throughout FtF. How do you bring up a kid with a spotlight such as this? How do they protect Jane from the people who want to hurt her, from the media who want to exploit her and ruin her parents’ life? Neither of them are afraid to get dirty, to do the necessary hard things for her. That kind of selflessness is something Connor never thought himself capable of, given that he’s a narcissist who never really believed in love until Rose. Until Lo, and Lily, and Ryke, and Daisy. With all of them, he’s found a home. A life filled with laughter and happiness and the complete certainty that nothing could ever tear them apart. I say this like every book, but I am SO JEALOUS. I want this. #friendshipgoals

I’m not prepared to say goodbye to them (though there will be the kids’ series at some point, so YAYYYYY). I have Long Way Down left, and then the epilogue novel, Some Kind of Perfect. And I don’t know how I’m going to be able to let the series go. To let THEM go. Ugh, not looking forward to it honestly. But I AM looking forward to Daisy’s and Ryke’s second book. I NEED SO MUCH MORE OF THESE TWO. I love their quiet, flirtatious romance, and I really just want to be back in their POVs already (it’s been so long since HF, it seems). Both of them have so much more to their story left, and I cannot wait for it! #CrazyRaisins I’m expecting a wild ride, and near 600 pages of awesome. It’s the longest book yet, but I know it won’t be enough already. 


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