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Fuel the Fire (Calloway Sister #3), Krista and Becca Ritchie

“There are rare people who will fuel the fire inside of you, who will awaken a dormant passion, who will push you and better you. She alone is my rarity.” 

In Fuel the Fire Rose and Connor continue to take on the world for those they care about. And it’s beautiful. And as if they haven’t suffered enough, they suffer again.

Connor and Rose have been sucked into the whirlwind that is the lives of their friends and family. Pulled in at the very beginning to help their Lily and Lo, Connor and Rose are always saving the day and taking on the burdens that the other can’t and they wouldn’t have it any other way. But that doesn’t mean it doesn’t take a toll.

“I can hear our hearts breaking.”

“I’ll shield your ears from the sound of heartbreak.”

“And what happens when I ache to hear your voice?”

“I’ll whisper beyond every anguished sound. You will always hear me, no matter where I am.”

With Lily and Lo and Ryke and Daisy, you get a sense of their emotions in books that aren’t their own as they are so upfront and emotional, however from the outside points of view Connor and Rose are invincible so the only time you get a glimpse of their real feelings is in their own books.

“Why isn’t this harder for you?” Lo asks me, his face contorting with more emotion.
I recall Rose crying earlier in the closet, screaming into her coat so no one could hear. I could feel her pain grow, and I could feel mine burst. I let it out then, but it’s not gone. It’s sunken low so I can keep standing, so I don’t become crippled and small.

It’s so different from how the others see them, LiLo in particular as they worship them but are also quick to believe the face value Connor and Rose present. I will give credit to Ryke who is way more perceptive than LiLo.

“I wouldn’t trade our love for any other.” 

In Fuel the Fire Connor and Rose are particularly cut off from those around them as they endeavour to take the spotlight off the others and the children, by drawing attention to themselves, a secret which results in their friends and family confused and believing the stories they are planting. Connor also takes on the task of tuning Scott Van Wright, who sold sex tapes to the public and continues to release more years later, causing him become someone else to play the asshole.

“I need you to keep looking at me like you’re going to burn a hole through my heart, and I need you to tell me that you love the real me. Every day, I need you, Rose. That’s how I’m going to stomach this.” 

Similarly, when news of Connor’s sexuality and past relationships breaks news Connor and Rose must pull together as the people they love question their relationship and their ability to feel.

“I’ve never shied away from who I am, even when people asked me to be softer, quieter or warmer. I’ve proudly remained me.” 

How they really are versus how they are perceived is a big theme in their journey and one I particularly like, making them my favourites and I was not let down by this continuation in their story.

Pretty much can’t fault it and am so keen to see Connor and Rose build their empire.

“Ensemble,” she whispers in French. “Together.” 

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