Kristen Ashley just continues to make me swoon with her pantie melting, super alpha, hot men she writes about. A few years ago if you would have told me that I would dream about throwing my leg over the back of a Harley and wrapping my arms tightly around a sexy member of a Motorcycle Club I would have laughed in your face. Somehow though reading these books I find myself picturing myself as an “Old Lady”. Between Tack, Shy and now Hop I am firmly ensconced in the world of Chaos Motorcycle Club, jealous of Tyra, Tabby and now Lainie. Please Ms. Ashley keep bringing us these fabulous stories!
♨Release Date: June 4, 2013!♨
By Kristen Ashley
Lanie Heron is absolutely the last person that Hopper Kincaid–Chaos MC Lieutenant–should take to his bed but he can’t resist when she approaches him and asks for “just one night”. Lanie is all class and sophistication. She’s also haunted–nearly being killed for standing by your fiancé will do that to you. Hop knows he should say no but he can’t. Soon one night becomes more and Hop realizes that there is a lot more to Lanie than he originally thought.
“Not sure that’s a good idea, Lanie,” he told her, gentling his voice as he gave her the honesty.
“Why?” she asked immediately, and he felt his eyes narrow on her before he answered.
“Maybe ’cause you’re best friends with Tack’s old lady. I respect him, I respect her, and shit like this, babe, it gets complicated. Any complication sucks but a complication like this—” he shook his head “— no one needs that.”
She threw out a hand and declared casually, “It won’t get complicated.”
“I’ve thought on it and decided it’s you.” Her hands at his neck gave him a squeeze and fuck him, fuck him, that moved him even more. “I understand why you don’t want to, but I promise, Hop, I swear, no kidding, seriously, no strings. No expectations. Just us. One night. Tomorrow, it will be like it’s always been. Like it didn’t even happen. I promise, Hop. Swear.”
Lanie is amazed at how much she enjoys being with Hopper Kincaid. He’s different than what she’s used to. Hopper has the ability to destroy her and there is no way she can allow that to happen. She’s broken and scared, not to mention she can’t stop thinking about how she almost died and why. Lanie has vowed to never put herself through that again and that means not allowing any man in again even if he is a sexy, smooth talking biker she can’t seem to resist. Being with Hop can’t last, no matter what she has to keep him at a distance.
“You know my story,” she whispered. “You think I want another guy?” She paused then finished with emphasis, “Ever?”
The more Lanie fights it the more Hop has to prove to her that they were made for each other. He will do anything to show Lanie she is worth it and he can help her heal. It won’t be easy putting her heart back together and healing in her what threatens to destroy her but Hop is confident he can do it.
“I said just one night,” she reminded him.
“And I said I wasn’t done with you,” he fired back.
Unfortunately Lanie will do everything she can to not allow Hop to steal her heart and give her his at the same time. There are only so many times she can push him away before he realizes that he’s fighting a losing battle. Will he ever be able to get Lanie to completely trust him or is she too far gone?
To be honest I was not at all impressed with Hop in the previous books he appeared in. I disliked his character in Motorcycle Man and as for Own the Wind I really didn’t give him much thought at all. By page 10 in Fire Inside I was completely in love with Hopper Kincaid. He was redeemed in my eyes and I have to say he gave some serious competition to Shy who has remained my favorite of all the Kristen Ashley men. I could seriously see myself drooling over Hopper.
What makes me love his character so much? It’s simple, he is strong, intense, domineering in that way that makes you shiver when reading any of these books. Hopper is also sweet and sincere and the type of man who shows the woman he is with a side of himself you would never expect but crave. He’s protective and truly wants to help Lanie not only to open up and let him in but to also trust herself again. He wants her to let her past go and to live, which also means he wants her to be able to let everyone, not just him back into her life.
“Hop is willing to do anything to make his woman happy. He’d walk a tightrope with no net if she was on the other side, cheering him on. And he just proved what we already knew, and he did that in a big way.”-Shy (From Own the Wind)
Lanie has some hurts that can’t just be healed with a few sweet caring words. She has demons that need someone who can have an objective outlook to help her conquer them. She is classy and sophisticated with a smidgen of crazy (the good kind) thrown in. She has drama–most of which Hop finds amusing–but you can’t help but find her funny and endearing. She may not always see it but she has an innate strength as well. There are times that Lanie makes me mad and frustrates me but I definitely like her character and won’t mind seeing more of her throughout the series.
“…Lanie is beautiful but she’s a fuckin’ nut. There’s no guarantees with her in the mix, and Hop’s not sayin’ it, but he’s gone for her. I caught sight of them late one night standin’ by his bike and I can’t say I’m an expert at readin’ bitches but, body language, she’s gone for him too. Cherry or Tack get in his face, Cherry butts up against Lanie, there’s gonna be fireworks.”-Shy (From Own the Wind)
If you’re a fan of Kristen Ashley, if you love books about Sexy Bikers and the women that manage to steal their hearts or you just love stories about love and redemption, you will fall in love with this book. The only thing I didn’t enjoy was the fact that we only got brief glimpses of Shy, I could have used a little more of him *wink*. Other than that Fire Inside is a definite must read!
*Thank You to NetGalley for providing me with a copy of this book for honest review.