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Review: Fire Inside by Kristen Ashley

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Fire Inside
Author: Kristen Ashley 
Release Date: June 4, 2013
Publisher: Forever
Chaos Series #2
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Format(s): paperback (335 pages), e-book
Book Source: NetGalley
About the book:
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.
What VampBards talking about:
If anyone forgets to tell me to join the party with a FABULOUS author that can weave a tale like nobody’s business, I’m gonna have a drama!  Kristen Ashley is definitely one of the new-to-me authors from 2013 that is hitting the auto-buy list!  This Chaos Series of hers?  Yeah.  I bought the first book already.  I have to find out about Tack.  
Fire Inside is the newest offering in Ms. Ashley’s Chaos Series.  When I read the blurb about this book, I was totally on-board.  I have been looking for a way to pick up something by this author, and the second book in a series usually isn’t too late.  O.M.Geee!  I am not regretting one moment in the reading of this title.  
There’s background info from the first book in the series, but I was OK jumping in here (I totally want to go back and read for myself, though!).  Screwed up from the death of her fiancé seven years ago, as well as the near-death stabbing of her best friend, Ty-Ty, Lanie Heron was fighting inner demons.  It was time she stopped.  That’s where the one-night-stand on steroids with Hop Kinkaid comes in.  All the inner conflict both Hop & Lanie endure to be together is simply REAL.  No one is ready – especially the second time around – to open up and let someone in.  It takes a lot of time and patience to win the heart of someone who’s been burned as badly as this couple.  The conflict between Hop & Lanie was INSANE!  I had to put my Kindle down several times because the emotion became simply overwhelming.  
At the beginning, when Lanie was insisting this was a one-night thing, Hop knew better.  From square one: “We shouldn’t sleep together. Sleeping is bad. Sex is good, sleeping together is something else,” she stated and she was right.”
One of the things I truly loved about this title was the copious mention of Bob Seger.  *fans self*  Any dude that can sing Turn the Page is simply panty-melting hot.  And Lanie definitely was hot when Hop sang to her.  If you think about the lyrics to that song, it’s definitely a literary device to foreshadow Hop & Lanie’s relationship. I. Lost. It.  Sobbed like a baby later on in the book when I figured it out!  
One of the most telling moments was when Lanie was rambling on in her own head about Hop.  She talked about how he was invading her life, but she didn’t mind one bit at the 31% mark.  In reality, I think that Lanie was ready to move on, but she had to wade through her baggage before she realized it was ok.  
Seriously.  As a 40+ reader, I appreciated the older H/H in this story.  Hop is 40, and Laine is in her 30s.  I mean, not everyone has a whirlwind romance with someone they dated in high school after a breakup with an ex-, and ends up with a HEA.  Some of us are deeply rooted in reality, and reality is something that Ms. Ashley has in spades with Fire Inside.  
There were so many favorite passages in this book… well, readers will need to simply pick up a copy of Ms. Ashley’s newest offering in her world of sizzling hot bikers with a heart.  
VampBards Rating:
Personal favorite – a must read (A+)


Purchase Info:
Fire Inside: A Chaos Novel

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