Forged in Flames

Forged in FlamesForged in Flames (Made of Steel #2) by Ivy Smoak
on January 1st 1970
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Forged in Flames is the second book in the Made of Steel series. I highly recommend reading this first book in the series, Made of Steel, prior to starting this one. In Made of Steel, the reader learns about Summer/Sadie’s sad past, the death of her parents, the death of her grandmother and being torn from her best friend, Miles. She is bounced from foster home to foster home until she lands in the home of the sadist Don.

This book begins right after the cliffhanger of Made of Steel. Summer/Sadie still does not know who she can trust and who is out to get her. Is she safe? Will she ever be safe? Will she ever know the truth about her past so that she can find happiness in her future? Plus, who is the Vigilante a.k.a “V”? I have my theories!

As she begins to get some answers, she also finds she has even more questions. She still does not know the identity of the vigilante, but she does learn about Eli in this book. She still yearns for Miles and the reader gets to see some of their interactions – which by the way – left me wanting more. Fingers crossed for this in the next book!

The action and intrigue continue in this book. As with the first book, I was sucked into this story from the very beginning. Smoak has written a captivating cast of characters each with his/her own quirks and personalities. Some I rooted for and some who I booed and hissed at. There are never any down moments in this book, even when Summer/Sadie is thinking things over in her head, there is always something happening. Seriously, when do these people sleep? Hence all the dark circles under the eyes, no doubt!

Summer/Sadie is a character who has suffered immensely in her life, so it is easy to understand how she can bounce back and forth between the male leads. She has HUGE trust issues and constantly doubts herself and others in her life. Again, who wouldn’t? I hope to see more growth and self-reliance from her in book three. The reader is left with another cliffhanger in this book. There is a book 3, so I think it is safe to assume that a lot of questions from the first two books will be answered along with the unveiling of “V”.

This series has a little bit of everything. There is romance with some steamy scenes, danger, mystery, suspense, engaging dialogue, and angst. The reader does need to suspend some disbelief with this book, but if you know that going in, you will be able to just sit back and fully enjoy the book. For instance, the character of Liza seems to have remarkable hacking skills, but she is also able to lift fingerprints and take blood for analysis. Plus, V seems to be loaded as he has a computer/voice activated controlled apartment with a safe room. He will remind the readers of the character from Arrow. But as I said, suspend some disbelief and dive into this book as it is riveting and entertaining.

Another solid book by Smoak! I, along with Summer and the rest of the gang, anxiously wait for my questions to be answered in the next book!

I received a copy of this book form the Author in exchange for an honest review. All the thoughts and options in this review are my own.


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