Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Walk Through Fire by Kristen Ashley

The flame never dies...

Millie Cross knows what it's like to burn for someone. She was young and wild and he was fierce and even wilder-a Chaos biker who made her heart pound. They fell in love at first sight and life was good, until she learned she couldn't be the woman he needed and made it so he had no choice but to walk away. Twenty years later, Millie's chance run-in with her old flame sparks a desire she just can't ignore. And this time, she won't let him ride off...

Bad boy Logan "High" Judd has seen his share of troubles with the law. Yet it was a beautiful woman who broke him. After ending a loveless marriage, High is shocked when his true love walks back into his life. Millie is still gorgeous, but she's just a ghost of her former self. High's intrigued at the change, but her betrayal cut him deep-and he doesn't want to get burned again. As High sinks into meting out vengeance for Millie's betrayal, he'll break all over again when he realizes just how Millie walked through fire for her man...

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Reviews by the Wicked Reads Review Team

This is a heart wrenching second chance at love story. I instantly connected with Millie and desperately wanted her to get her man. But when she initially reconnects with him, High is a total A-hole. Given their past this is understandable. The beginning of their second go round is emotionally volatile and when the ultimate revelation is made as to why the happy couple crashed and burned in their younger years, I cried hugely. I was so upset I had to put the book down for a day before I could go back to it. This turbulence made the romance and their coming together that much sweeter.

I was torn with this story. While I loved Millie and High, I absolutely hated Chaos. The way the club treats Mille when she comes back into High's life is revolting. Their behaviour is abominable. I was so angry at characters I had previously loved and they didn't do anywhere near enough to redeem themselves in my eyes. More than a month after finishing the story I'm still mad at Chaos but totally in love with Millie and High. Walk Through Fire is a brilliant romance.

I have to admit that I am a huge Kristen Ashley fan, and so undoubtedly I will enthuse about anything she writes! I have read all the previous books in this series as they were released, but due to a busy reading schedule, this one had been sitting on my Kindle calling to me. It is therefore the case that I did not read this immediately after the rest of the series, and it was lovely to be reminded of old friends and their relationships within the family of Chaos. Let alone read the rather sad, yet redemptive story of Logan and Millie.

I think there are at least three levels of story going on in this book. The underlying activities of Chaos and its members, which have featured throughout and even before we had the Chaos series, as they were in Mystery Man, Motorcycle Man, etc. And that story is big and with a whole cast of characters with names and nicknames ... and changing loyalties, emphasis on club business, etc. This story is certainly not finished or resolved here, which makes me excited to think that there are more to come! Then there are the leads from previous books in the series, who we continue to see develop and grow, and influence both the Chaos story and the love story in this book. Finally, the highly enjoyable and sexy story of Logan and Millie. This is told with flashbacks to their past, and builds to the point that we learn what went wrong then, and how things will pan out now. It is in places harsh, difficult to reconcile with what we expect and what we know, but it is fulfilling, sweet, funny, and very sexy too. As I enjoy Ms. Ashley's dialogue and build up, I was delighted that this was a long read, with lots of side issues and trivialities, but I possibly can acknowledge that it is exactly that in places. That these two have no off button when it comes to each other is hot, cute and at times inopportune, but always works.

This is a very satisfying read, which gave this reader a massive book hangover, and will definitely be in my to-be-reread collection. Thank you once again Ms. Ashley for a delicious treat of a book.

I was born a middle class white child in Gary, Indiana, USA. One of the last of a dying breed. I nearly killed my mother and myself making it into the world, seeing as I had the umbilical cord wrapped around my neck (already attempting to accessorize and I hadn’t taken my first breath!). Mom says they took me away, put her back in her room, she looked out the window, and Gary was on fire (Dr. King had been assassinated four days before). She remembered thinking it was the end of the world. Quite the dramatic beginning.

Nothing’s changed.

All I’ve ever wanted to do was write (well, and be the Queen of the World, but you gotta start small) and I’ve published a gazillion books and counting (and a gazillion is a lot! shoo!).You can learn about my titles that have been released or that are soon to be released in the Titles section of the website.

Even though I jump genres, there is always a theme to my books…humor (hopefully), engaging characters (again, hopefully) and romance (definitely).

My loves are movies, music, food and fashion and I partake of all of them as often as I can (the middle two more than the others, the former, which takes time I don’t often have and the latter, which takes money I rarely have). In fact, I love food so much, I like to share my good fortune so I put my recipes on offer for you on this page (see top menu and don’t miss them, they’re awesome!).

I grew up in Brownsburg, Indiana and have lived in Denver, Colorado and the West Country of England. Thus I’m blessed to have friends and family around the globe. My family was (is) loopy (to say the least) but loopy is good when you want to write and growing up it was large and multi-generational. We all lived together on a very small farm in a small farm town in the heartland. I grew up with Glenn Miller, The Everly Brothers, REO Speedwagon and Whitesnake (and the wardrobes that matched). Needless to say, growing up in a house full of music, clothes and love was a good way to grow up.

And as I keep growing up, it keeps getting better.

So here I am, thank goodness.

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Angela, Ruthie, and Veronica reviewed their personal copies of Walk Through Fire (Chaos #4) by Kristen Ashley for this post.

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