Fire Inside by Kristen Ashley (Chaos #2)

Fire Inside by Kristen AshleyAvailable: Now Amazon/B&N

Type: Contemporary Romance

Publisher: Grand Central

Our Copy: Sent/NetGalley

Reviewers: Nikki/Michelle

Lanie Heron isn’t looking for love—no surprise, considering her last serious relationship nearly got her killed. So when Lanie propositions Hop Kincaid, all she wants is one wild night with the hot-as-hell biker who patrols with the Chaos Motorcycle Club…

For Hop, Lanie has always been untouchable. She’s too polished and too classy for his tastes. But when she gives Hop the once-over with her bedroom eyes and offers him a night in paradise, he can’t say no. And he doesn’t regret it when he finds that Lanie is the best thing that’s ever happened to him—in or out of bed. Now the trick will be to convince her of that.

Michelle – I was a little worried when Kristen Ashley announced she was going to do a CHAOS series, because I didn’t see how anything could top Motorcycle Man. I mean, after all, Tack IS the man when it comes to CHAOS, right? I can’t say that this tops his book, but I really, really loved it. I was also more than a little worried when I learned that Hop was going to have his own story. I mean, after reading Motorcycle Man and Own the Wind, did anyone really see Hop as hero material other than the author??? I certainly didn’t. I do now.

Nikki – I completely understand because I felt the same way! I wondered why she’d enter this world again when she went out on such a high note with Motorcycle Man in her “Dream Man” series. And to start with such a huge time jump to allow Tabby to grow up. But she won me over then and I ended up loving that book. Then I found out Hop was getting his own book and I thought again….WHY?! Hop wasn’t hero material at all. In fact I didn’t even think about him…even a little. So I was skeptical, but Kristen Ashley BLEW ME AWAY with this one (which seems to be her M.O as far as I’m concerned). Hop and Lanie are scorching hot. They’re sensual, breathtaking and tinged with this sincerity that just left me reeling.

Michelle – I think part of the reason why I loved this book so much is because I was surprised at how much I loved it! I am a very hero-centric reader, so if the hero doesn’t do it for me, then the book usually falls flat. I have to admit that Kristen Ashley hooked me in with Hop almost from the beginning. Like all of the other alpha heroes that she writes about, he is who he is and makes no excuses for the way he lives his life. He was alpha to the core, and part of what I loved about him was how much he wanted to look after and protect Lanie. Everyone knows he had an ugly history with Mitzi (and the skank Beebee), and while the explanation of how everything went down was a little predictable and “easy”, it was also believable and helped cement Hop as one of the good guys done wrong by a bad woman.

Nikki – Yeah, the back story for Hop was pretty predictable. There was such animosity between Hop and his ex Mitzi that when everything comes out, was totally where my line of thinking was. No surprises. It was fairly easily taken care of and I wished there would have been more challenge in that. In Tack’s book, his ex was much more volatile and Lanie seemed to have got off easy in regards to Mitzi.

Michelle – Lanie was the ultimate commitment-phobe, and yet her willpower was nonexistent when it came to Hopper Kincaid. A fixture at the CHAOS compound for years thanks to her friendship with Tyra Allen, she had lusted after Hop ever since she first met him. After (sort of) coming to terms with her past and deciding she needs to move on at least in a sexual way, she finally decides to proposition him, thinking one night would be enough. Of course it wasn’t, for either of them. Lanie was a nut, but the author writes her in a way that makes her seem like a crazy-in-an-almost-fun crazy way, not in a “my whole life is f***** up” kind of way. She has so many issues it would take forever to discuss them, but Hop systematically attacks each and every one so that he can help her get un-crazy. He knew her history and the hell she went through with Elliott, and he was determined to be the man who would stand up for her.

Nikki – To say Lanie had “issues” is putting it lightly. That woman was a crazy ball wrapped in extra crazy dripped in drama. She had so many issues I lost count. Of course she had a right to be reluctant in putting it all out there for a man again after her last man f***ed her so royally but she took everything to such extremes that I was yelling at Hop to stop being so patient… It does take forever for them to get anywhere and in that respect the book did drag a bit for me in those places. By the time Lanie and Hop do confront her issues I was kinda over it. This one was also lacking a suspense element that seems to be hit or miss with Ashley lately. That bugged me a bit because it’s one of the elements I loved most about her “Dream Man” series. The side story of CHAOS business seems to be severely lagging. I mean we are talking YEARS at this point and not much has transpired with the drug lord, Russian mob plot.  Ashley’s writing and engaging voice are enough to keep me coming back for more though…it’s very realistic and laced with lots of hilarious and sweet moments. All in all a worthwhile read that is sure to please new and old fans alike!

Michelle – Lanie & Hop’s story was very romantic, without being sappy or annoying. Their sexual chemistry was off the charts, and as usual, Kristen Ashley knows how to give her readers an emotional and entertaining storyline complete with dialogue that is both witty and full of raw sensuality. I would have liked more continuation of the CHAOS storyline, which we didn’t get other than a few incidents, but overall I have no complaints. Once again Kristen Ashley sucked me in and made me fall in love, ruining me for any other books in the immediate future.

We give Fire Inside by Kristen Ashley 5 stars!

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