Into the Fire – Irene Hannon

Into the Fire by Irene Hannon
Also by this author: Labyrinth of Lies, Body of Evidence
Series: Undaunted Courage #1
Published by Revell on October 17, 2023
Genres: Fiction, Christian, Romance, Suspense
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As a former smokejumper, arson investigator Bri Tucker knows her way around fires. But after a mysterious blaze takes the life of a former colleague, Bri inherits a curious puzzle from him that raises questions about several fiery deaths. Someone, however, doesn't want her picking up where he left off in search of answers.
When she teams up with ATF Special Agent Marc Davis to solve the puzzle, the danger escalates. But will they manage to track down the person behind the mysterious deaths before their budding romance--and maybe even their lives--go up in flames?
The bestselling and award-winning queen of romantic suspense is back with a brand-new series that is sure to get your adrenaline pumping as you burn through the pages to discover the truth.

Into the Fire by Irene Hannon is a stellar work of romantic suspense. I would be the first to admit that I am highly critical of books in this genre. My “as if” radar typically pings like crazy, and I can’t help but roll my eyes and pray for the novel’s end. Into the Fire is an exception. The story is engaging, with a heart-racing plot and loveable and imperfect characters. My two biggest complaints about the novel: I figured out the antagonist early on…and the novel had to end. I am relieved Into the Fire is the first book of a series, as I want to see March and Bri again.

For me, a good romantic suspense novel is one that can stand on its own without the romance. Into the Fire does exactly that. I still would have enjoyed it if Bri and Marc decided they were better off as friends. Instead, the romance provides the frosting decorations on top of an already delicious cake. You don’t need it, but it adds a little extra something. It is creative and flawed, as all relationships are. Hannon writes out a believable mutual affection without it being overwhelming. She does not force the romance but lets it grow naturally…and slowly. Which is perfect. No instant attraction. No declaration of love halfway through the book.

Now, let’s talk about the plot. I’d never heard of smokejumpers prior to reading Into the Fire, but you can bet they fascinate me now. I love when books send me down research rabbit trails. Not because I think something’s inaccurate but rather because I just want to learn more. Irene Hannon deserves all the applause. The story thrills and satisfies. Irene Hannon lights a match, fans it to life, and pulls her readers closer to the flames. And let me tell you, this novel is a fire I’ll gladly walk into any day!

The “too long; didn’t read” summary: I LOVED THIS BOOK. Bring it on, book two!