Book Review & Giveaway: Walk Through Fire by Kristen Ashley

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Title: Walk Through Fire (Chaos #4)
Author: Kristen Ashley @KristenAshley68
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Length: 615 pages
Rating: 4 stars

Synopsis

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.

Ivy

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The Oh So Good: Kristen Ashley made me freaking cry. Again.

Normally, I’m fluffy bunny reader, so I tend to stick to low-angsty, funny and sweet in my reads. The Chaos series has had its moments, but it’s the biker series that takes me into that MC world but also keeps me safe. So believe me when I say I was shocked, because I spent the first half of this book ugly crying. Like, tears pouring down my face, trying to read this quietly and not let my husband know that I’m a blubbering mess because of Logan and Millie. It was ridiculous. I wasn’t prepared for that, but I cannot help but sympathize with a suffering heroine like Millie and seems I also have a soft spot for a hero who can be a prick, as long as I understand why.

Millie has simply existed for 20 years. Years that she has stayed away from Logan “High” Judd for reasons unknown to the reader and to High at first (though you can guess). Years of nothing but emotional pain and solitude for Mille. And it gets worse, way worse, before it gets better. High has been in a loveless marriage, with the only things that matter to him being his two girls Cleo and Zadie. Until Millie comes back into his life. She was IT for him, but she cut him loose with no real explanation and he went down a dark path, living life on the edge, not caring if he lived or died.

When Millie stumbles upon Logan and realizes that he’s divorced and has kids, she pulls up the courage to go to him and try to explain what happened all those years ago and set them both free from the past.  That reunion is as full of passion and pain as any I’ve read in a long while and I was swept up in its wake, bobbing in a little sea of my own tears. For that alone, I have to give high marks.

The story is told in dual first person POV, so you get some good time in Millie and Logan’s heads The first half also jumps from the present to the past, so you can see the happy times, the early days of Chaos and the ties that bound them together. Which was great because frankly, Logan is a grade A asshole to Millie, so without the explanation, without seeing to see the love through the hurt and pain, it wouldn’t have played the same way for me.

The love between Logan and Millie and their love of family – the ones they came from, the one they created with Chaos, and the one they hoped to have together one day – was so strong, I was rooting for them to work it out and seeing Millie realize the foolishness of her own actions, and High truly acknowledging and appreciating the sacrifice that Millie made for him was just the balm needed to give me those happy sighs. Bonus, there’s an ex but she’s not a crazy biznitch but a reasonable adult. Honestly, for the first half I was anticipating another 5 star read. And then…

The Not So Good: You know the horror of premature ejaculation? This is the book equivalent. First half? Amazing feels, super hot tension, great sex, and angst kept me turning the page. Second half? Well..it’s more of a supersized epilogue.

Now, Kristen Ashley’s epilogues are great, so I can’t truly complain, but the second half rolled along in a sweet way, just catching up with the gang and the dealing with the day to day life, and that is….fine. Enjoyable even. There’s still some trials and tribulations (yes Zadie, you little punk, you’re lucky you shaped up), but much like the aftershocks of a good orgasm, it’s not unpleasant, but nowhere near the tension and joy you feel pre-orgasm.

Everything in Between: The Valenzuela threat is alive and well…but I needed there to be some big emotional stakes, ratcheting up the tension and making something happens that matters. This was too safe and felt like a big fake out. For Valenzuela to reach that next level of awfulness, I need him to be more than just a cardboard cutout villain. While I appreciate the safety of these books, I also feel that eventually you need to take it to the next level or the threat ceases to be effective. Right now, he’s just the threat just because there needs to be one, not because there genuinely is one. I’m hoping that part of the overarching storyline gets stronger, because it’s time to step up.  The hints about Snapper and Hound have solid promise, so I’m definitely hanging in and enjoying the ride.

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I truly did enjoy my time with Millie and Logan. If you’re a fan of Kristen Ashley and this Chaos series, I encourage you to give it a shot for the first half alone.  I’m eager to see what’s next up for this MC club.

– Ivy

*An ARC was received from the publisher via NetGalley for an honest review.

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I (Grace) was very lucky to meet Kristen Ashley, not once, but TWICE this year. *fan girl down*  Since not everyone can get this opportunity, I thought I’d share the love.  US only.

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