Kitty’s Review & Guest Post – Into the Fire (Compass Boys Book 2) by Mari Carr & Jayne Rylon

Unbelievable. I. Loved. This. Story. Mari Carr and Jayne Rylon outdid themselves with Into the Fire. ~ Kitty, Guilty Pleasures 



James Compton is a man of two worlds. For half the year, he’s Seth’s oldest boy, working with his family and the horses on Compass Ranch. The other half, he’s Jamie, a daring smokejumper on the West Yellowstone Squad. Those two halves make him feel whole, happy, satisfied. Until he meets his boss’s daughter, Ivy…

Ivy Wagner’s life should be complete. College degree in hand, she’s excited to embark on her career as a large-animal vet. Add in the attention of one very sexy James Compton, and her future should be all sunshine and steamy shared showers. However, a shattering loss in her past ensures Ivy will never date a smokejumper…no matter how perfect for her James may be.

As the couple grows closer, it’s clear they’re headed for a day of reckoning. Ivy can’t lose someone she loves to a raging wildfire, and James may be incapable of giving up a vital part of himself, of living half a life.

When James faces his own loss, the pair are forced to confront their individual demons. What will they willingly let go of…and what will they choose to fight for?


One of the most intriguing and heart-breaking stories written by Mari Carr and Jayne Rylon. Into the Fire had me right from the beginning, I couldn’t put it down – didn’t want to put it down. I had to find out just how the two halves of this whole would come together or if there was nothing to could convince the other that their lives were nothing without the other in it.

James Compton – a member of the Compton family and Compass Ranch …a damn good horseman. Jamie Compton – a member of the smokejumper crew … a damn good firefighter. He loves being a smokejumper and feels his life is complete. Friends with benefits suit him just fine until he finds a woman on his trail pouring whiskey on a burned-out tree. He feels the shift in his life, in his priorities, in his wants and needs. He has to find a way to convince this woman that he is more than a smokejumper … he’s a man that cannot live without her in his life.

Ivy is fighting her own demons with the biggest one being Jem. Now she’s met a man that intrigues her, makes her laugh and makes her want more that what she can give him. She swore she would never fall for a smokejumper and finds out that there is no way that she can live on the edge again and wait for that dreaded call. But, how does she tell her heart that he’s not the one for her.

It takes a tragedy to bring them closer yet further away from each other. Job offers abound for Ivy. Home has never felt more like home to James. It’s a postcard that makes James finally see what he has to do. It’s a talk with his father that assures him that he’s doing the right thing. All he needs is a little time to convince her that he’s making these decisions for himself and not for her.

Unbelievable. I. Loved. This. Story. I have had the pleasure of reading all the Compass Books and can honestly say that this is one of my favorites. Everyone was there as they said good-bye to a beautiful man. I loved that this story was ongoing and ran simultaneously with a pivotal point in Heaven on Earth. I loved how Ivy was able to see and appreciate another way of grieving and that it was the Compton family that showed her the way and made her want to make a go of it with her father. The secondary characters were just as pivotal as James and Ivy were and made the story so much more interesting and entertaining.

Mari Carr and Jayne Rylon outdid themselves with Into the Fire. If there were more than 5 stars for me to give, I would.


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Mari Carr’s Top Five Guilty Pleasures

5 – My cats. And yes, I know this is a weird guilty pleasure, but the truth of it is…I never want to leave them. Which makes life rough for a woman married to a man who loves to travel. Even as I write this, I’m sitting at the beach wishing I could have smuggled little Penny in for the trip. LOL

4 – Carbs. My ass is huge, but that doesn’t really curtail my love of all things made from potatoes—chips, fries, mashed, scalloped, the list goes on and on. I eat them, feel happy, then get on the scale and…not so much.

3 – Sleeping in. I never do it. Just can’t. If it’s not the alarm waking me, it’s Sheldon (my other cat). If it’s not Sheldon, it’s guilt because I know I should be up writing. On days when I doze and doze and doze, I love it, but man…I feel guilty for it.

2 – Vacations. Even though I said I didn’t like to leave my kitties, I love to travel. Especially to low stress type places. Give me a pool, a chair and a cold beer in my hand and I’ll be your friend for life!

1 –  Wine. This actually doesn’t make me feel guilty. It makes me feel blissful. Nothing on earth like coming home from work after a long, exhausting day and sipping wine with my feet up on the recliner, a cat on my lap, and music playing. Pure heaven!


About the Author: Mari Carr

Mari Carr Writing a book was number one on Mari Carr’s bucket list and on her thirty-fourth birthday, she set out to see that goal achieved. Too many years later, her computer is jammed full of stories, novels, novellas, short stories and dead-ends and she has nearly eighty published works. Virginia native, Mari Carr is a New York Times and USA TODAY bestseller of contemporary erotic romance novels. With over one million copies of her books sold, Mari was the winner of the Romance Writers of America’s Passionate Plume award for her novella, Erotic Research. Join her newsletter so you don’t miss new releases and for exclusive subscriber-only content.


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About the Author: Jayne Rylon

Jayne Rylon Jayne Rylon is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author. She received the 2011 Romantic Times Reviewers Choice Award for Best Indie Erotic Romance. Her stories used to begin as daydreams in seemingly endless business meetings, but now she is a full time author, who employs the skills she learned from her straight-laced corporate existence in the business of writing. She lives in Ohio with two cats and her husband, the infamous Mr. Rylon. When she can escape her purple office, she loves to travel the world, avoid speeding tickets in her beloved Sky, SCUBA dive, and of course read.


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