Review: Fire Inside (Chaos #2) by Kristen Ashley

May 31, 2013 Review 1

Review: Fire Inside (Chaos #2) by Kristen Ashley

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.

Title: Fire Inside
Author: Kristen Ashley
Other books by this author that we've reviewed: The Promise, Deacon
Series: Chaos
Published by Forever
Source: Publisher
Published: June 4, 2013
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Pages: 344
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Stars: five-stars
Flames: four-flames

Although this is the second book in the Chaos series, it would make more sense to read Motorcycle Man first since you are introduced to all these characters in that book.  The first book of the Chaos series, Own the Wind, occurs, in part, concurrent with this book so it should be read as well although the characters don’t interact that much so its not strictly necessary.

Lanie Heron has been burned by loved.  Seven years before she goes on the lam with her fiancé who stole from the Russian mob and ended up getting shot while her man died.  Since then she has avoided relationships and men until she decides to have just one night with Hopper Kincaid.  Hopper is a biker brother in Chaos and has known Lanie for seven years.  Chaos helped Lanie when she went on the lam and when she got hurt.  When she went back to Denver after her drama she was enfolded into the Chaos family and has been considered one of their own.  So when she approaches Hopper for one night of sex, they both know things could get complicated.

When I first read that KA was writing this story I was a little skeptical since there was so much drama in Lanie’s life and Hop had inadvertently caused problems for Tyra in Motorcycle Man but KA has a way of making her characters and stories come alive and interacting with each other in ways you don’t expect.  The people in this book (all her books) are so real and engaging that it’s like watching a movie in your head that makes you laugh, cry, scream in frustration, get angry, feel sorrow…it’s all there.  While reading this book, these characters are real and their struggles are real.

I love Hopper!!!  I didn’t think I would ever write that considering the part he had in Motorcycle Man (which if you haven’t read, what the heck are you waiting for?!) but he was totally redeemed in the way only KA can redeem men and he totally rocks!  He is super sweet, funny, laid back, a great dad and awesome in bed.  He is exactly what Lanie needed to heal.  She is still suffering nightmares and all kinds of inner demons from her ordeal with the Russians not to mention her family life isn’t the best so Hop has a lot to help her deal with.  I loved them together.  They were both able to give the other what they needed, when they needed it.  When Lanie is having a drama filled tantrum Hop is there to listen and calm her down.  And when Hop is upset about something in the club Lanie is there to give him support and understanding.  They just work.  I loved how much time KA spent with just Lanie and Hop, building their relationship and showing their courtship.  There didn’t seem to be as much influence from outside sources for most of the book.  Just Lanie and Hop working through things.

I was so happy to be back with the men and women of Chaos. I love how KA intertwines her characters from different books so that, if you have read a lot of her work, you get little cameos from past characters or they are full blown secondary characters that you get to catch up on their lives.  It’s like getting a second epilogue only a lot longer and much better.  I wish that the book had gone on another 100 pages (or more).  It was that great.  I now want to re-read all the books leading up to Hop and Lanie’s story then read their’s again.  I just love to be in the world that KA creates.  She makes all her characters so interesting.  They are never a cookie cutter hero or heroine.  They are real.  They have issues, curse, use bad grammar, are rude, funny, make bad choices, its all there. Lanie and Hop took me on an amazing roller coaster of emotion but they ended the ride right where they needed to be and left me grinning like crazy.

Kristen Ashley

               

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