Tuesday, June 4, 2013

GIVEAWAY, BLOG TOUR & REVIEW of FIRE INSIDE (Chaos #2) by Kristen Ashley:

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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 tastes. 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.

Genre - Adult/Contemporary Romance

Fire Inside (Chaos #2) is an Adult/Contemporary Romance written by Kristen Ashley. I received this eARC in exchange for an honest review from the author by way of Forever (Grand Central Publishing) through NetGalley.

3.5 Bad-ass Biker Stars!
Lots of Swoon, Lots of Emotion But No Action or Big Bang!

The Review:
Lanie Heron has a tragic past that's more than seven years behind her. During that time, she’s built up walls so the bad things resulting from love will never happen again. And though she has no use for love or getting permanently involved with a man, she’s had her eye on Hopper Kincaid for years.

One night.
One night and she hopes to get him out of her system. So she approaches him at a Chaos pig roast.

Quote Spotlight... 
“Wanna fuck?” ...“Say again?” he asked.She leaned in slightly, never looking away and repeated, “Wanna fuck?”...“You had one too many, babe?”“No.”...“Not sure that’s a good idea, Lanie,” he told her...“Why?” she asked... “It won't get complicated.”“Bullshit,” he replied. “It always get complicated.”

Hopper Kincaid has had his eye on Lanie since he met her. The Chaos brotherhood came into her life and to her rescue during the time she got kidnapped by the Russian mob, got her best friend hurt and watched her fiancé die. He knows she's haunted and he knows she’s messed up but that hasn’t stopped him from watching her all these years. When she approaches him, offering herself for one night, he knows that exclusive, intoxicating perfume, that rich beautiful hair, those gorgeous grey eyes and that sass and class mixed with her drama all equals complication. But how can he pass her up when she looks at him like she does.

Quote Spotlight... 
He liked her smell. He liked her feel. He liked the sound of her low laughter. He liked her uncertainty. He liked how hard she made him come. And he liked how hard she came for him....Totally fucking complicated.

Their one night tryst turns into a passion filled romance where Hop helps Lanie fight back her demons in classic Kristen Ashley fashion, with a bad-ass biker alpha male hero and a headstrong but vulnerable heroine. Watching Hop and Lanie come together was amazing. I loved them as a couple. I liked Lanie in Motorcycle Man from the Dream Man series but Hop was not my favorite character. I went in with preconceived feelings knowing Hop needed some serious redeeming if I was going to like him and not surprising, KA is a miracle worker at redeeming her characters and this one is no exception.

Hop was charming, sensitive, reliable, loyal and trustworthy in all his alpha ways. He also learned the lesson of compromise and took it to heart. I adored his kids, his life and his reasoning. He was smart, fearless and his persistence and patience with Lanie was remarkable. He was just an amazing character.

Quote Spotlight... 
You didn’t avoid having something beautiful because you were terrified of losing it.
You fought to keep it.And when you got it, you kept hold.I was going to keep hold.Always.

Lanie was a wonder. All the things she’d been through left her broken but not so much that she couldn’t find herself. She has a way about her that draws you in because you know if she could get through the horrific things she’s endured and come out broken but not shattered, then there's hope for her and her future. With Hop’s help, she finds her way out of the darkness to a life of both giving and receiving happiness.

Quote Spotlight... 
“Are you genuinely happy, Hopper Kincaid?” I asked softly.“Abso-fuckin-lutely, Lanie Kincaid,” he stated firmly.Wow.That sounded beautiful.

I also loved the ending. It gave us a beautiful picture of Hop and Lanie’s life together as well as more on the front of the brewing war. I can’t wait to see how this plays out.

Seriously, I Have A Complaint WIth a KA book? Yup... HUGE one...
Don't lynch me! I love Kristen Ashley. Ask anyone. I rave about this author’s ability to write a fantastic, dramatic story with an amazing lead female and a steamy alpha male. Her books are fun, entertaining, emotional and keep me reading well past my bedtime. When I'm feeling down, her books are my “go to” books to get me out of a reading funk or to clear my palate of angsty, soul sucking reads.

That being said, the reason for the lower rating for Fire Inside is because the story dynamic I’ve come to expect from her just wasn't there for me. Some of the signature KA’s themes were there. The hot alpha male with a sensitive side, the slightly neurotic female lead who grows and changes as the story unfolds, the emotion as the leads come to terms with the things that haunt them and the visit from past characters of other books.

What was missing was the story drama, the suspense and the action with the big ending.

The first book in the series, Own the Wind was similar. There were elements missing that I love in her books. We know there's a huge build up in this series as things heat up with the Chaos protecting their territory from Benito. Book one alluded to it with harm actually coming to Shy in a shootout. It was expanded on further in this book as Hop patrolled their five mile area from drug dealers and hookers. So we know something huge is coming but what makes KA’s books unique is the big ending in EACH book. The heroine gets kidnapped or the hero has to endure some kind of setup. Something. But this book had nothing, no big bang! There was plenty of amazing sex scenes and loads of swoon worthy bad-ass biker talk, the revisit of past characters (plenty of Tack and Ty-Ty who I love!) and there was both leads coming to terms with their pasts and moving on with their future but the action and drama were missing.

The Wrap Up:
Do I still love KA? Oh most definitely YES! I will sing her praises for all time, I'm sure. I love her books and have read a lot of them more than four or five times each. Am I excited for the third book in the series? Abso-fuckin-lutely! I just may not be as fanatical about suggesting this book as I am about the others.

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About Kristen Ashley...

Kristen Ashley was born in Gary, Indiana, USA. She nearly killed her mother and herself making it into the world, seeing as she had the umbilical cord wrapped around her neck (already attempting to accessorise and she hadn't taken her first breath!).

Kristen grew up in Brownsburg, Indiana but 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 multi-generational family. They lived on a very small farm in a small town in the heartland and existed amongst the strains of 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 she keeps growing up, it keeps getting better.

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Kristen Ashley Giveaway!
Giveaway Ends June 9th, 2013

:: Prize Packs ::

Ultimate Prize Winner to include:

  • Signed copies of Own the Wind and Fire Inside
  • Forever Swag Bag – Canvas tote bag to celebrate 10th Anniversary of Forever - Full of Forever books
  • $15 gift card to BN or Amazon
  • Rock Chick Bumper Sticker
  • Print copies of Rock Chick, Rock Chick Rescue and Rock Chick Redemption

2nd Place - Signed copies of Own the Wind and Fire Inside
3rd place - Signed copy of Fire Inside
4th place - ecopy of Fire Inside
5th place - ecopy of Fire Inside

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