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Behind the Flame

(Home in Carson #3)

4.53  ·  Rating details ·  83 ratings  ·  56 reviews
Things heat up. . . behind the flame.

From raging wildfires to losing his wife and daughter in a nasty divorce, Ridge Connelly has been burned. Fighting fires is in his blood, but fighting for his daughter is his reason for living.

When she’s left on his doorstep with a note from his ex to keep her safe, he takes Delilah home to North Carolina to protect her. From what. . .
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Published January 14th 2021 by KB Worlds LLC
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Reading  In the  Red Room
Jan 11, 2021 rated it really liked it
Book 3 in the Home in Carson series. Ridge is a recently divorced dedicated fire fighter who suddenly finds himself being a single father. He packs up his apartment and moves to his Aunt and Uncles home town where he use to spend his summers. River has paced up herself and her grandmother and they are moving to the same small town. When these two new neighbors meet the chemistry is instant. Do they have to much emotional baggage to have a relationship? Can this work? River and Ridge form not onl ...more
Patricia Rohrs (words we love by blog)
This story from start to end was emotionally gripping! The angst in the beginning and the lingering unknown kept me on the edge of my seat and I just wanted more!

Harless outdid herself with this story and I love that I got to go “home” to Carson again! Once you experience this town you never want to leave! The people and the atmosphere of this crazy, cozy town is as equally as amazing as the characters residing in it and the two new residents have now found their place in the town and in my hea
Valeen Robertson (Live Thru Books Blog)


Ridge's move to be near his Uncle and Aunt, to start over and raise his daughter, is the best decision he ever made once he meets his beautiful new neighbor, River. River's moved to Carson to start over, too, and when her gorgeous neighbor helps her carry her things in out of the rain, she's instantly attracted. And even more so when she meets his adorable baby daughter. But is Ridge willing to put River first and make her a priority? She's not sure, so a casual arrangement will ha
Victoria Weston
Jan 12, 2021 rated it really liked it
This book is part of the Everyday Heroes World series and is the third in the collection. This small town, single dad romance book is a great read that I really enjoyed reading and this authors style of writing is awesome.

Ridge is a great guy and is a single father that is trying so hard to do the right thing by everyone and is trying to start a fresh with his daughter in this town. Ridge is a firefighter and this is his dream job what he has always wanted to be.
River is such a beautiful, swee
Sandie Chraponski
Jan 10, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Welcome back to Carson. Renee Harless has brought us back to the small town we love with the family that we love.

Ridge is getting a fresh start in this small town with his daughter Delilah, and River is also looking for a fresh start. What starts as an act of neighborly kindness, turns into much more. But with all of Renee’s stories things are never as perfect as they seem.

This story has all the things you need, and it’s a great addition to the KB World. So pick this one up and head back to Cars
Jan 11, 2021 rated it really liked it

This is the first book by Renee Harless that I have read and it was a very soft and sweet read. I love there was a mystery going on in the background, but the main focus was the relationship growing between River and Ridge.

I loved how sweet and soft River is and how she slowly grew in her independence after losing her rock in her grandma. I wish there was a bit more about her and how their relationship was before s
Shelly Reynolds
"She was on fire an only knew of one way to extinguish the burn. She needed him mor than she needed her next breath."

Ok Ladies (or Gents), who doesn't want a hot fireman living across the street from you? Hmm? I know I wouldn't mind one bit!

So, Ridge leaves his life in California to move to Carson, NC where he has a multitude of cousins after his ex-wife abandons their infant daughter on his doorstep. River, leaves her home in Asheville, NC to move to Carson for a new job and and so that her g
Jan 11, 2021 rated it really liked it
I received an arc of this book in return for an honest review.
This is a good story of Ridge a single Dad and firefighter who leaves California for Carson to start a new life with his little girl Delilah. Here, he meets River, a petite beautiful woman who lives across the road. The story is well thought out and touches subjects such as drug abuse and dementia. The characters had depth and I enjoyed the chemistry between Ridge and River a lot. All in all a good read with romance, angst and a littl
Jan 10, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Firefighter plus a single dad romance? Sign me up. I was captivated from the first page to the last.

I loved Ridge & River’s journey beyond words. Ridge was doing his best for his daughter which is beyond swoon worthy. And when River came into the picture, she was exactly what Ridge didn’t know he needed in his life.

Behind The Flame was the first book that I have read by Renee Harless and it definitely won’t be the last! I will be for sure going back and reading the first two books in Home in C
Latifa Morrisette
Jan 13, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Behind the Flame by Renee Harless is another addition to KB's Everyday Heroes World. After finding his daughter in his doorstep, single father and firefighter Ridge, moves to the small town of Carson. At the same time, River and her grandmother also relocate to Carson because her grandmother's deteriorating health. This book was good from beginning to end. The suspense worked perfectly in this book and I enjoyed this book so much. I can't wait to read more. ...more
Jaimie Whorley
Jan 11, 2021 rated it it was amazing
This book gave me all the feels! Who doesn’t love a hot fireman who’s also a single dad?! Ridge finds himself suddenly alone with a baby across country from his family. He decides to move back to be closer to family to help raise his daughter. He meets River when he moves to town and the rest is literary gold!
Sophie Ruthven
Jan 12, 2021 rated it it was amazing
This was a quick, fast paced read from this talented author. I didn't put it down from the first page to the last.
With lovable characters and a plot that will keep you guessing till the very last page, both new and old readers will adore this book.
Definitely a great addition to this multi author world.
Lauren Hutchinson
Jan 10, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Wow. Brilliant. I have loved all the books related to Carson and this one was no different. It gripped me from the start and I desperately didn't want it to end. I loved the storyline and the characters so much. I was so disappointed when it finished, I could have happily read another book about them and not got bored. I can't wait for more Carson books. ...more
Nancy Kehl
Jan 11, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Sometimes life just keeps knocking you for loops as Ridge and River both know. Can they open their hearts to each other and make the perfect family or will danger come calling and destroy it all? Loved it!!❤❤❤❤❤
Jaime Reynolds
Jan 10, 2021 rated it it was amazing
I’m in love with Ridge and River. Delilah will steal your heart like she stole mine. I started this story and next thing I knew a few hours passed and I was the end. The author knows how to mix romance and suspense, making you lose all track of time with her words. Plus I loved revisiting with some of my other favorite characters while meeting new ones. Behind the Flames is great addition to the Everyday Hero’s world and one you won’t want to miss.
Jan 13, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Behind The Flame intertwines seamlessly into the Everyday Hero World and takes you along a journey of second chances. Ridge and River's story is one that is packed with suspense, intrigue and a touch of danger. These two will win your heart easily along with the help of Delilah. Their story is passionate, captivating and gives just enough heat to produce a flame. ...more
Jan 09, 2021 rated it it was amazing
I think I am in love with Ridge!! Single Dad and Firefighter?!?! Yeah, definitely in love!
And River was perfect for him. Though shy, she gives and takes with all her heart.
Char Davis
Jan 16, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Ridge was going crazy after his forced leave after a wild fire had him an his team surrounded by flames.One day he came back from breakfast he saw his little girl strapped into her carrier with a note from his ex wife saying she wanted to live her life .Signing over custody.So he packed up an moved back to the small-town his aunt and uncle lived at.River moved to a small town because she found an assisted living home for her grandmother who has dementia. Her grandparents raised her in the home t ...more
Jennifer Pierson
Jan 14, 2021 rated it it was amazing
I want to start out by saying that I have a weakness for yummy firemen, and that cover definitely set fire to my drawers. Ridge Connelly has gone through a divorce and has a tiny human girl who he doesn't get to see enough since his job as a firefighter doesn't leave him much spare time. One day when he's coming home, he sees that his daughter is in front of his door, and her mother is gone so he has a big choice to make now since he's a single father. He decides to move to North Carolina to be ...more
Mom's Guilty Pleasure
Jan 14, 2021 rated it really liked it
“You can live without love, but it is not a life worth living. Find the person that fills your heart with the same amount of love that you give.”

This book has many emotions woven throughout. Loss, fear, love, new beginnings, endings, uncertainty, doubt, chemistry and hope.

“She had no reason to trust him and no reason not to, just years and years of past experiences where promises were made and then broken. This one was simple, though. Would she regret allowing him to take her to an unfamiliar a
Lisa Hemming
Jan 10, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Ridge and River are both starting over, and what better place to do that than in Carson? He is a busy single dad and she is a devoted granddaughter who wants to care for her grandmother in any way possible. They were both looking for a new beginning in the small town of Carson, where you are always welcomed with a kind smile and a hug. However, as with all the Carson books, there is always drama lurking around every corner.

River found the perfect facility that would give her grandmother the lov
Kris Riley
Jan 14, 2021 rated it really liked it
Behind the Flame is my first venture into Renee Harless’s writing. This is a slow paced love story. Harless builds small towns, like I grew up in. So it’s a world I relate to. Both the main characters have just moved to Carson. I don’t feel like the story would work if it was a quicker pace. Small town are a slower living so the pace makes sense and works.

The build up to Ridge and River noticing each other is sweet. The chemistry between them is off the charts once they have their true first mee
Jan 12, 2021 rated it it was amazing
I give Behind the Flame 5/5!

River moves to Carson when she gets the opportunity to out her grandmother in an amazing care center there.

Ridge grew up coming to Carson every summer to visit his aunt, uncle and cousins.  What better place for the newly single dad to raise his baby girl.

As luck would have it, they both move in on the same street.  Their fateful meeting is full of sparks that neither of them is prepared to deal with. 

Ridge has the responsibilities of being a single dad and a fire
Amy Reierson
Jan 14, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Another great addition to the Everyday Heroes Collection. Ridge and his adorable daughter will steal your heart just ask River they make quick work of grabbing hold of hers. But will she let them keep it? She hasn't had great luck in the love department at any level and the one person she did count on for genuine love she final had to put in a care facility, her grandmother.
So Ridge certainly hopes she'll let them keep it. But he's got a full plate of concerns, starting with, where is his ex-wif
Fallen Star Book Reviews
Jan 22, 2021 rated it really liked it
This story was emotional and very well written it pulled you in from the moment you read the first page. Ridge is a firefighter that decides to move back to his home town after coming home one day to find his baby daughter left on his doorstep. He moves home to be near his aunt and uncle to have his family around him while he figures everything out.

River moves to Carson to do what’s best for her grandmother who raised her. She gains employment at the local daycare. She moves into a little place
Chantelle Bouffanie
Jan 26, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Hot! I've volunteered to review this book for United Indie Book Blog. This is my second time reading one of Renee Harless stories. Behind the Flame is in The Everyday Heroes World series. This is River and Ridge's story. Ridge is firefighter and now is a single dad to a toddler. So, he moves to be closer to his family. River has just moved to Carson, NC. She got a job working in the local daycare center. This book has many emotions from loss, fear, love, new beginnings, endings, uncertainty, dou ...more
Wendy Livingstone
Jan 13, 2021 rated it it was amazing
This story is a perfect addition to this amazing series and is Ridge and River’s story. Ridge is newly divorced and a dedicated firefighter who will do anything for his little daughter Delilah, and when she is left on his doorstep with a note from her ex to keep her safe, he moves to a small town to start over. River is also new in town seeking a new start and she and Ridge end up as neighbours, and when he needs a sitter, she is there for him. The chemistry between these two is intense, but can ...more
Stephanie Seay
Jan 14, 2021 rated it it was amazing
It’s no secret that I have been a fan of all things Carson for quite some time, and I always want more! This one brought more. I was glued to the pages from Page 1 until the End. Ridge and River had me hook, line and sinker. The small town Carson life, single dad, firefighter, the hint of mystery, the thought provoking, superb writing and the in depth character developments never seem to disappoint. I appreciated the way both characters had issues with relationships and that they were so differe ...more
Jan 15, 2021 added it
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This is the latest release from the Everyday Heroes World and it is a slow burn to romance. Ridge is a firefighter which did not afford him time to be with his daughter. However, when his daughter Delilah winds up on his doorstep, his life radically changes which has him relocating to Carson to be closer to his family. River is a woman who is caring for her grandmother when life gives her more than she can bear which leads her to making the uncomfortable decision of moving and placing h
United Indie Book Blog
Jan 18, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Hot! I've volunteered to review this book for United Indie Book Blog. This is my second time reading one of Renee Harless stories. Behind the Flame is in The Everyday Heroes World series. This is River and Ridge's story. Ridge is firefighter and now is a single dad to a toddler. So, he moves to be closer to his family. River has just moved to Carson, NC. She got a job working in the local daycare center. This book has many emotions from loss, fear, love, new beginnings, endings, uncertainty, dou ...more
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