- Series: Chaos
- Mass Market Paperback: 432 pages
- Publisher: Forever (March 25, 2014)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1455599271
- ISBN-13: 978-1455599271
- Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 1.2 x 6.8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 7 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 1,268 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,181,093 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Fire Inside: A Chaos Novel Mass Market Paperback – March 25, 2014
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All Lanie Heron wants with sexy Hop Kincaid is one night with no strings, no promises. Just one night of sweet release. After Lanie’s last relationship ended with gunshots and a six-day stint in the ICU, she never wants to go down the relationship road again. Hop, on the other hand, won’t take no for an answer. A member of the motorcycle club Chaos, he can’t get enough of Lanie. She’s beautiful, accomplished, and has a temper like no other. He knows about her baggage and tries to help her face her monsters and trust love again. But when Hop’s own troubles resurface, he and Lanie must face an even bigger challenge: restraining themselves from ripping each other’s heads off. Fire Inside is the second book in Ashley’s Chaos series, following Own the Wind (2013), and it also has a slight crossover with her Dream Man series (Motorcycle Man, 2014). While the plot is not as strong as in some of Ashley’s other novels, readers who love a raw, gritty hero will fall right into Hop and Lanie’s story. --Patricia Smith
"Ashley delivers a deeply emotional second installment of the Chaos contemporary romance series (after Own the Wind)... Punctuated by blistering-hot sex scenes and fascinating glimpses into the tough world of motorcycle clubs, this romance also delivers true heart and emotion, and a story that will stay with the reader long after the final page is turned."―Publishers Weekly, Starred Review, on Fire Inside
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The rest of the storyline was OK, nothing to write home about though. Because we are talking about the Chaos MC then there are issues with drugs and such. There are also issues with Tabby's father, Tack, who is Prez of the MC. Shy of course has brought all of the relationship problems on himself because of his man-ho activities, and the MC members all know about the OW too. So once again, the inability of a supposed H to keep it In his pants causes lots of problems.
As I said, this could have been great. But adding in the OW ruined it. This could have been much better if he started demonstrating how he could prove his love and devotion by actually waiting for Tab. Now THAT would have shown that he really wanted to change. And improved the storyline...
Have you read Motorcycle Man? If the answer is no…STOP now. Do not pass go, do not collect two-hundred dollars because even though this says Chaos #1 I think your enjoyment will be dramatically reduced without that foundation. At least for me Shy would have had an unsurmountable deficit to overcome if I hadn’t spent time in the Chaos compound and had a little history going into this.
Let’s say that Shy IS a D. O. double Gee. He apparently takes women whose names he can’t remember to bed, often more than one at a time and when we first get a glimpse of him here he is asleep under a few Chaos hoochies when he gets called out to go reel in Tabby and get her home. Shy thinks maybe she needs a lesson one only he can teach her.
****Hopefully, in about two seconds, she’d be a lot more than kinda freaked out. She’d be scared straight and out of this bullcrap she kept pulling. Therefore, two seconds later, he yanked her into his room, tugged her to a stop and flipped the light switch. The two women were still naked, lying head to foot on the bed, having, since he was gone, tangled with each other. Briefly, he tried to remember their names.***
You think he’d stop there but nope….
***“But you… you made assumptions. You showed you decided exactly the kind of girl I was that night when that guy took his hand to me without knowing one single thing about me. I wasn’t what you thought, Shy. I didn’t need your crap and I also didn’t deserve it. Family doesn’t make judgments. They talk. They support. You made a judgment. You acted on that judgment. You doing it hurt me so that means you are not my family.”***
And even after he has seen some stuff and realized that he has never felt anything for anyone like Tabby felt for the man she lost when he gets her call late at night for some help…
***“Get her butt up. Both of you need to get dressed and get gone.” He reached into the nightstand and grabbed his gun, shoving it into the back waistband of his jeans and pulling his tee over it. “You got fifteen minutes to get out. You’re not gone by the time I get back, I will not be happy.”
“Sure thing, babe,”***
Who are these hoochies that are happy to have threesomes with a guy that throws them out right after???
And at this point I’m thinking Shy you are a complete douchecanoe and I’m not sure I’m ever going to like you. It is a pretty big hole even for KA to dig an alpha out of. But she did it!!!
Thank goodness that most of the OTT jerkface things happen in the first 15% but still I’m not one to be gung ho for a leading man that can’t even remember the names of the women he is sleeping with still what it comes down to is that KA makes me believe that Shy was miserable in the life he had before Tabby and she was his wake up call he just never thought he’d deserve her.
Tack’s only little girl grew up a Chaos princess. She has been around the hard life of the brothers for most of her life and she knows what happens with some of the brotherhood. She fell in love with a man outside that life and was ready to give him everything until a tragedy stuck and she lost her man and her dream. Shy was there for her in a way no one else could be and he brought her back from that depression and the hole that was left in her heart.
However when she falls for Shy, the notorious hound dog, it leads to one of the best Adult to Child coming of age blow-outs I’ve ever read. Tack and Tyra are an alpha couple all the way so it took some doing for Tabby to show them she isn’t a little girl anymore and I LOVED the entire thing. Seriously this book was worth reading just for that conversation between Tabby and Tyra and then Tabby and Tack. She is a strong woman who will not be told who she can or can’t fall in love with and I totally love that about her.
***“You know you’re Dad’s one-and-only, Tyra, and if you don’t know this, seeing as he had kids before he met you, I’m sorry to tell you but even though you’re his one-and-only now, you weren’t his one-and-only.”
Her head jerked, she flinched, and I finally saw it. Understanding.
“You feel me,” I said softy. “I get I’m not Shy’s one-and-only but I still… freaking… am.”***
Go Tabby you stand up for your man.
Shy and Tabby
This is really more of a love story than most of KA’s books. There is some building tension with a new player in the drug game that is trying to get into Chaos territory and some trouble with one of Tabby’s no good friends from high school but for the most part this is just a story about Tabby and Shy finding their way to one another and learning how to accept the other for who they are.
The biggest confrontation is when Tabby and Shy are found out and there are repercussions with the members of Chaos. Shy did some stuff in this that totally redeemed him with me.
❶ - He apologized for some of the things he said to Tabby when she was younger and for treating her like he did when he judged her and thought he was helping.
❷ - Shy totally stood up for Tabby and even though some of the boys think it is cool to boss their old ladies around, Shy doesn’t play like that.
***“Tab and I don’t play it that way. You wanna order your old lady around, do what you do, not for me to say. I asked her to go, she didn’t go. Not gonna make her. But you try, you’ll deal with me.”***
❸ - Once Shy decided on Tab he was all in, all the way and never looked back.
***“Waited for you for four years, Tabby, baby. Four. Spent a lot of that time thinkin’ I’d never have you. Now I got you, not even for a day, I’m not big on lettin’ you go. Give me that for now, yeah? Make your calls here.”***
❹ - Even though I want to be “no I can take care of myself” I love the way that Shy tries to look out for Tabby and take care of her and her problems, even if it isn’t exactly the way she would want him too.
I like being in the biker world. It is a fun place to visit and although it is a harder life than I’d like in the real world in my fantasy world it totally works for me.
Unfortunately, concerning Ms. Lanie, DRAMA!!!!! x's infinity with this chick. It never got better. The moment I thought "ok, I get you Lanie" she'd do something else that would have me going back to my initial thoughts about her. I don't know, I just wish she had been a little more solid when it came to her issues & dealings with Hop. I'm really not sure if my issues with her has to do with the way things are executed on her part & then how the truth behind those actions & reactions are revealed, or if it's just her character & everything else that came with it. All I know is that I didn't like it. It didn't sit well with me.
I do like how things did finally come together, though. And you can't deny that when it came to the physical, Lanie & Hop were definitely hot together. I like how you get to see the secondary plots play out too. They were entertaining & added some color & giggle worthy moments to this story. So all in all this was a decent read, I just think it could have been better.