Tuesday, March 25, 2014

SUNNY: BOOK RELEASE BLAST "Fire Inside" by Kristen Ashley

by Kristen Ashley 
March 25, 2014
Forever Mass Market

Welcome to Release Week for Kristen Ashley's Fire Inside, book two in the Chaos Series.  Join us for a review, excerpt, and giveaway! 


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.

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Hop came out of the bathroom to see Lanie on her feet on the other side of the bed, panties on, hands twisted behind her back putting her bra on. Again.
He didn’t say a word. He prowled to her, reached out an arm the second he was close, yanked her to him and fell to his back in the bed, taking her down with him.
“Hop—” she started, pushing her weight against his arms, but he slid her off him then wasted no time rolling over her and pinning her to his bed.
“Sleep,” he ordered when he caught her eyes in the weak dawn. “After rest, I’ll get coffee, we’ll juice up, then round four.”
She blinked and breathed, “Four?”
“Got lots more I want to do to you,” he informed her and watched her eyes go soft, sexier, then her teeth came out to graze her lush lower lip, also fucking sexy, and her arms slid around him.
But she asked, “What about Tack and Ty-Ty?”
“I’ll make sure the coast is clear,” he told her.
“But they’ll see my car,” she told him.
“I’ll move it,” he offered.
Her hand slid up his back, around his shoulder, and then to his neck where her thumb moved to stroke him.
Her touch was light but, fuck, it felt good. He’d never had a woman touch him in an unconscious way like that, just a touch, a stroke, giving something that meant nothing at the same time doing it without thinking about it meant everything.
“This is just supposed to be one night,” she reminded him quietly, but he saw it in her eyes. She didn’t even try to hide it. She’d bitten off more than she could chew.
He had too and he was nowhere near done eating.
She was cute. She was sweet. She was hot. She was better than he expected and he’d expected her to be pretty fucking good. All that wrapped in a package that gorgeous?
He was nowhere near done eating.
“Change of plans. A night and a morning and, maybe, an afternoon and, possibly, another night,” he amended, and her eyes got softer as her hand slid up to cup his jaw.
“I have to work,” she told him.
“Call off,” he told her.
“I can’t. I own the joint.” She explained something he knew, that she ran her own advertising agency. “And things are a bit crazy.”
Things were always crazy for Lanie. The woman lived crazy. She thrived on it. If there wasn’t crazy, she stirred it up because she couldn’t breathe without it.
“Babe,” he pressed his body into hers, “told you, got more I want to do to you.”

REVIEW (Original review posted on 6.7.13, Kindle version)

This is what I want from Kristen Ashley.  I am a huge fan of the author and have enjoyed every book I've read written by her.  Of course, I have my favorites - Sweet Dreams,  At Peace, With Everything I Am, Rock Chick, Rock Chick Renegade, Motorcycle Man, Games of the Heart - and now Fire Inside

This book reads a little like Games of the Heart, the majority of the story is dedicated to the developing relationship between Lanie and Hop.  It is a little wild and a lotta beautiful.  I love that both Lanie and Hop are more mature characters and bring a wealth of "experience" (aka hurt, pain, baggage) with them. We know from Motorcycle Man what happens to Lanie, now we learn why.  Their stories break my heart.  And even though they come from different socio-economic backgrounds, they share the common human experience of betrayal and disappointment.  And when they heal each other, tt feels like two hearts coming together. 

Fire Inside takes place around the same timeframe as Chaos Inside.  It is interesting to see the familiar story from a different perspective.  I'm also intrigued as to how Kristen Ashley will develop the pending war between Chaos and Benito Valenzuela's gang.  The possibilities are endless to bring together the Dream Man series alphas with the Chaos bikers.  Yikes!  

One thing I really enjoy about Kristen Ashley's books is the authenticity of emotions. The way that Lanie interacts with her girlfriends, Tyra, Gwen and Elvira, feels real.  I enjoy the way in which they love and care for each other.  If you aren't chatting with your girls like Lanie and the girls, you want to be.

This is quintessential Kristen Ashley - loving, caring and at times, heart dropping. It's a page turner.  Don't. Miss. It.

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 b0etter.

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