Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Fire Inside by Kristen Ashley Review and Giveaway

FIRE INSIDE by Kristen Ashley (March 25, 2014; Forever Mass Market; $8.00)

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 taste. 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.

Excerpt from FIRE INSIDE by Kristen Ashley
Hop came out of the bathroom to see Lanie on her feet on the other side of the bed, panties on, hands twisted behind her back putting her bra on. Again.
He didn’t say a word. He prowled to her, reached out an arm the second he was close, yanked her to him and fell to his back in the bed, taking her down with him.
“Hop—” she started, pushing her weight against his arms, but he slid her off him then wasted no time rolling over her and pinning her to his bed.
“Sleep,” he ordered when he caught her eyes in the weak dawn. “After rest, I’ll get coffee, we’ll juice up, then round four.”
She blinked and breathed, “Four?”
“Got lots more I want to do to you,” he informed her and watched her eyes go soft, sexier, then her teeth came out to graze her lush lower lip, also fucking sexy, and her arms slid around him.
But she asked, “What about Tack and Ty-Ty?”
“I’ll make sure the coast is clear,” he told her.
“But they’ll see my car,” she told him.
“I’ll move it,” he offered.
Her hand slid up his back, around his shoulder, and then to his neck where her thumb moved to stroke him.
Her touch was light but, fuck, it felt good. He’d never had a woman touch him in an unconscious way like that, just a touch, a stroke, giving something that meant nothing at the same time doing it without thinking about it meant everything.
“This is just supposed to be one night,” she reminded him quietly, but he saw it in her eyes. She didn’t even try to hide it. She’d bitten off more than she could chew.
He had too and he was nowhere near done eating.
She was cute. She was sweet. She was hot. She was better than he expected and he’d expected her to be pretty fucking good. All that wrapped in a package that gorgeous?
He was nowhere near done eating.
“Change of plans. A night and a morning and, maybe, an afternoon and, possibly, another night,” he amended, and her eyes got softer as her hand slid up to cup his jaw.
“I have to work,” she told him.
“Call off,” he told her.
“I can’t. I own the joint.” She explained something he knew, that she ran her own advertising agency. “And things are a bit crazy.”
Things were always crazy for Lanie. The woman lived crazy. She thrived on it. If there wasn’t crazy, she stirred it up because she couldn’t breathe without it.
“Babe,” he pressed his body into hers, “told you, got more I want to do to you.”
What I thought About Fire Inside
Oh my, let me start out first by saying that I love the world Kristen Ashley has created with the Chaos Motorcycle Club.  This was the first book I read in from Kristen Ashley, and I loved it.  I immediately read Own the Wind, the first book in the series, and then to Motorcycle Man to read Tack and Tyra's story.  Yeah, I've been stuck in this world for a little while and I've enjoyed every minute of it.

Lanie and Hop's story runs almost parallel with Shy and Tabby's story from Own the Wind, so there are some scenes where you get some alternative POV's from a scene from the first book.  I liked that. But back to Hop and Lanie.

Lanie is mostly a mess, having not moved on from her experiences with her former, now dead, fiance.  She also carries a metric ton of guilt for what happened to her best friend Tyra in the process. She also has some pretty big baggage from her childhood she carries around too. When she finally decides to move on, she chooses to do it with Hopper Kincaid, one of the Chaos brothers.  He's hot, she wants him, and it's supposed to be just for a night. Yeah, right.

Hop goes along with it, and it's not just one night for him.  He gradually wears Lanie down, and they attempt to make a go of a relationship, mostly at Hop's insistence.  He's gone for her and she's gone for him, she just doesn't want to accept that and looks for ways to sabotage their relationship.

Hop does many sweet things for Lanie in Fire Inside. I loved that this story is about two people that have some mileage on them in the relationship department. It's not first love for either of them, and they have to deal with that too. One of my favorite parts of the story happens when Hop does something really sweet for Lanie, and it involves his kids, so you get to see their importance in his life.

It was great to see Hop's reaction to what was happening with Shy and Tabby situation too.

There are some issues with alternating first person and third person point of views. I'm not sure why we don't get first person point of views from the men in these books. The third person pov keeps us from getting close to them.

I am really looking forward to where this story goes to next, as the book leaves the reader with the potential for some serious stuff going down with the bad-guy, Benito. There's so much potential there, and I hope Kristen Ashley gives it all to her readers in the upcoming books in the series.

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About the author:

Kristen Ashley grew up in Brownsburg, Indiana, and has lived in Denver, Colorado, and the West Country of England. Thus she has been blessed to have friends and family around the globe. Her posse is loopy (to say the least) but loopy is good when you want to write.

Kristen was raised in a house with a large and multigenerational family. They lived on a very small farm in a small town in the heartland, and Kristen grew up listening to the strains of Glenn Miller, The Everly Brothers, REO Speedwagon, and Whitesnake. Needless to say, growing up in a house full of music and love was a good way to grow up. And as she keeps growing up, it keeps getting b0etter.

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1 comment:

Barbara Elsborg said...

I love the names in this!!!