Wednesday, December 23, 2015

Review: Walk Through Fire by Kristen Ashley

Publication Date: October 27th 2015 by Forever
Purchase Links: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Kobo

About the book:

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 . . .

My Thoughts:
Millie and Logan met and fell hard, quickly, 100% in.   The fact that Logan was part of Chaos Motorcycle Club didn’t frighten or deter Millie, she was born to be a biker old lady, and she warmed to the extended family right away.  However, when Millie finds out she can’t fulfill all the dreams she and Logan planned on, she takes herself out of the equation and they part ways. 

Logan is cut through and gutted by her dumping him, really the two of them never move on in heart, so when Millie decides to explain her reasons twenty years later, this does NOT go well! 

There was a lot of anger on Logan side, passion and intensity all rolled in making for some pretty heated exchanges, and hot revenge sex!  Thank goodness, Millie has some backbone because she didn’t just roll over and take it:

“I'm done walking through fire for you, High!” I yelled. “I'm done not because I'm done but because there's nothing left of me to burn. You have it all! You've always had it all! I gave up everything so you could have it all!”

That quote gutted me!

Millie didn’t deserve this treatment, but not sharing the reason of why she left made Logan’s reactions understandable to me.  He loved her, she was “the one”, was still “the one” even if the anger and hurt obscured that fact, so Logan couldn’t help but lash out.

I love the positive female friendships that Kristen Ashley writes, so I was thrilled the girls of Chaos, including Elvira, from The Dream Man series (who has been a regular in this series as well), waded in and did all they could to fix this. “Operation MAC (Millicent Anna Cross)” went into full swing as soon as Tyra saw the “tragedy” that went down:

Whatever ended Logan “High” Judd’s and Millie Cross’s love affair was not a play or a betrayal.
It was a tragedy.
And if a sister had the power to right a wrong, it was her sworn duty to do it.
We were sisters.
So we were doing it.

Much to the chagrin of the Chaos Brothers, and it did cause some problems, at first.

Walk Through Fire was so emotional for me, and it was awesome! It does hurt that so many years had to go by for Millie and Logan to sort everything out.  I keep coming back to that and I wish it wasn’t twenty freaking years! I will say the intensity of the story died down a bit after the 50% mark, but as much heartrending turmoil that went on (I was crying in so many spots!) I was okay with the even keel.  I basked in the happiness, even though there were still bumps to clear.  Don’t get me wrong, I loved the emotional stuff, it was brilliant, but if a couple goes through so much through the years, I want some seriously amazing times to make up for all the pain they suffered.  This is Kristen Ashley, so of course, I got my wish!

I absolutely adore the Chaos series and I’m hoping we have more books to come!

4.5 Suns

About the Author: Kristen Ashley grew up in Brownsburg, Indiana, and 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 multigenerational family. They lived on a very small farm in a small town in the heartland, and Kristen grew up listening to the strains of Glenn Miller, The Everly Brothers, REO Speedwagon, and Whitesnake. Needless to say, growing up in a house full of music and love was a good way to grow up.  And as she keeps growing up, it keeps getting better.

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1 comment:

  1. I need to start this series! I love the Rock Chick series by KA and I know this one is right up my alley! Another great review, I feel like bingeing on this series right now.