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Fire Inside (Chaos Series #2)
     

Fire Inside (Chaos Series #2)

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by Kristen Ashley
 

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"I adore Kristen Ashley's books. Her stories grab you by the throat from page one and . . . continue to dwell in your mind days after you've finished the story."

-Maya Banks, New York Times bestselling author

Lanie Heron isn't looking for love-no surprise, considering her last serious relationship nearly got her killed. So when Lanie propositions

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"I adore Kristen Ashley's books. Her stories grab you by the throat from page one and . . . continue to dwell in your mind days after you've finished the story."

-Maya Banks, New York Times bestselling author

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.

Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
Lanie Heron isn't looking for a relationship. After her then fiancé got involved with the mob and Lanie and her best friend were injured, she has never forgiven herself. It's now been seven years of holding herself back from living, so Lanie decides to take a step forward, in this case a one-night stand with Hop Kincaid, one hot biker who runs with the Chaos Motorcycle Club. VERDICT Ashley spends more than a third of the book proving to the reader that Lanie and Hop are in a physical relationship, then does a good job of developing these characters and creating a solid plot. Those who enjoy urban fiction and sizzling romance will find this book appealing. [Xpress Reviews, 6/21/13.]—Phyllis E. Goodman, West Chester Lib., OH
Publishers Weekly
★ 01/20/2014
Ashley delivers a deeply emotional second installment of the Chaos contemporary romance series (after Own the Wind). Advertising executive Lanie Heron is recovering from a first marriage gone terribly wrong, and determined not to ever give anyone such power over her again—until Hopper Kincaid, a single dad, wins her heart. Hopper’s had his own share of heartbreak, but if he’s sure of one thing, it’s that Lanie is the ideal woman for him. After a one-night stand turns into much more, Hopper and Lanie are forced to examine their true feelings for each other and decide whether they can go the distance. Punctuated by blistering-hot sex scenes and fascinating glimpses into the tough world of motorcycle clubs, this romance also delivers true heart and emotion, and a story that will stay with the reader long after the final page is turned. (Mar.)
From the Publisher
"Ashley delivers a deeply emotional second installment of the Chaos contemporary romance series (after Own the Wind)... Punctuated by blistering-hot sex scenes and fascinating glimpses into the tough world of motorcycle clubs, this romance also delivers true heart and emotion, and a story that will stay with the reader long after the final page is turned."—Publishers Weekly, Starred Review, on Fire Inside"

I adore Kristen Ashley's books!"—Maya Banks, New York Times bestselling author"

Kristen Ashley's books are addicting!"—Jill Shalvis, New York Times bestelling author"

[Kristen] Ashley captivates."—Publisher's Weekly"

With Brock's raw side contrasted with Tess's innocence, Wild Man delivers a passionate, opposites-attract romance."—Patricia Smith, Booklist"

There is something about them [Ashley's books] that I find crackalicious."
Kati Brown, DearAuthor.com"

I felt all of the rushes, the adrenaline surges, the anger spikes... my heart pumping in fury. My eyes tearing up when my heart (I mean... her heart) would break. (On Motorcycle Man)
Maryse's Book Blog, Maryse.net

Patricia Smith - Booklist
"With Brock's raw side contrasted with Tess's innocence, Wild Man delivers a passionate, opposites-attract romance."
Kati Brown - DearAuthor.com
"There is something about them [Ashley's books] that I find crackalicious."
Maya Banks
"I adore Kristen Ashley's books!"
Maryse's Book Blog - Maryse.net
"I felt all of the rushes, the adrenaline surges, the anger spikes... my heart pumping in fury. My eyes tearing up when my heart (I mean... her heart) would break." (On Motorcycle Man)
Jill Shalvis
"Kristen Ashley's books are addicting!"

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781455599288
Publisher:
Grand Central Publishing
Publication date:
06/04/2013
Series:
Chaos Series , #2
Sold by:
Hachette Digital, Inc.
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
528
Sales rank:
14,605
File size:
1 MB

Meet 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.

You can learn more at:
KristenAshley.net
Twitter @KristenAshley68
Facebook.com/kristenashleybooks

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Fire Inside 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 158 reviews.
jeanniezelos More than 1 year ago
Fire Inside (A Chaos Novel) Kristen Ashley. ARC supplied by Netgalley I fell in love with Kristen's works after getting the wonderful Knight (The Unfinished Hero Series) on a kindle free special. I loved the way her work is dialogue based, and the characters feel so real I can laugh or cry with the. Some of the later books I found were not so great though with eternal pages of “feelin me?” (simper) “ yes xzy, feelin you” The heroines seemed to have gone from strong women with problems into simpering twee girlies...and I didn't like it. What a treat then to find Lanie, heroine of Fire Inside, who's strong and has self respect. She starts the balling rolling by asking Hop if he “wants a F***” - hurrah, a lady who knows what she wants again. I love Lanie – yes on occasion I wanted to shake her and ask what the hell she thought she was doing, but when a book makes you feel like that at least you know the story has you gripped! She's been through so much, was lonely and yet afraid to love again. Then there's the other half, Hop, typical biker Alpha who quickly fell in love with Lanie though neither of them were anywhere near ready to admit to feeling like That! Kristen's books revolve around this type of Alpha hero but fortunately they're always right. Good job as they never argue, just assume that their way is the right way and steamroller though any objections. I still get a bit fed up of the abbreviated language, I know it adds character but as a reader frankly I’d like to see a bit of variation. Where the wonderful Knight, Law Man and Mystery Man novels stood out for me was in the drama, the part where the hero needs to sweep in to save the day and the heroine's life is in danger and Fire Inside lacks that for me. We have the usual family interventions, and relationship misunderstandings but I never quite got so engrossed with those and had the caught breath, shaky heart feelings the other books had engendered. The breakup was really quite brief, when Hawk left Gwen in Mystery man I was moved to tears and had that “oh no!” moment but with Fire I just didn't feel that :( and I Need the Angst in a romance to make the loving so much sweeter. When Lanie and Hop separated it just didn't move me, yes I felt sad for her but somehow the whole section didn't work for me. Maybe the bar's been set so high now its not easy to achieve? Still, as a classic KA novel its a cracker and that goodness Lanie has her flaws but is no TSTL heroine, I really can't deal with them. It was good to catch up with some of the others in the Chaos MC too, they're a great bunch of characters and these stand alone books set around the same groups of people make such a change from the eternal cliffhanger trilogies we're currently seeing. When I read a book I want to have closure at the end not wait months for the next part, then months more to see the ending :( Well edited and written as you'd expect of course and a great way to escape for a few hours. For KA readers once again a great book to lose yourself in. Stars: four – not quite the drama I need for a five.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I also was not a Hop fan and was not sure what to expect with this book. But of course KA made me love that man! If you have not read a book by her you are completly insane. I wonder who is next ? My hope is Rush-but I hope she does not hook him up with Natalie. But even if she does I know she will make me love it all and ask for seconds! Keep those bikers coming KA ,long live Chaos!!!!!!!!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Let me begin by saying, I'm so excited to finally have a chance to type a review of one of Kristen Ashley's books! I never have the time to do this! With that said, Ashley is a very talented author, and she does a bang up job with some really fabulous intertwining plots. I have to confess, I'm a 50 Shades fan, and one of the few who read the Trilogy before the hype began. Since I am also a fast reader, I finished that series in 3 days. I followed that up with the Crossfire series, and enjoyed that even more. Since then, however, I have been unsuccessfully trying to find books that will hold a candle to those amazing authors. I have tried several different authors, and wound up putting books down before the halfway mark. There is always something that doesn't appeal to me, from plot believability to the author's simple use of grammar. I have a hard time with so many of these authors because they write poorly (I'm spoiled as a Lit major I think). The writing style in many of these books is like a teenager wrote it. Kristen Ashley is a very talented author, and she writes very well. My only complaint, is that while I LOVE her lead male characters, they are often, ALWAYS exactly the same! I have read ALL of the books Kristen Ashley has available through Nook, so now I'm at like over 30 of them. The only series I haven't read yet is Rock Chick, and I wanted to save that for last. I do wish that Kristen would write about a different TYPE of man. They are all attractive, stubborn, baggage carrying, prideful, and "tell you how it's gonna be" types of men. In four or five books, this is fine. However, with all the books she's written so far, it does become somewhat tedious. They even use the exact same language, for example, when the lead female character says something they want to disagree with, they will look at her and simply say, "Babe." Also, on that note, Ashley does also overdo it ALOT with the endearments. Honey, baby, sweetie, and others are thrown out almost awkwardly at times, almost losing their effectiveness. She does a fabulous job on her female characters, making them deep and complex. Why she does not employ this to her male characters I'm not sure. Maybe this is the type of man she goes for in her life, but if you guys are like me, we are reading these books for variety. So, to sum it up, Kristin is a talented author. If you're looking for E.L. James, and that quality, you might have to find something else. But....if you're just looking for a good read to keep you busy until the next fabulous romance series comes out, look no further. She fits the bill nicely. I do wish she would expand a bit, because as I said earlier, she is a very talented author. Also, if you're looking for great books within the romance genre, let me recommend SOME of the books you can find in the young adult section. Mortal Instruments is paranormal romance, but the series is phenomenal. The film is coming out next month, and I am way too excited about it. She also has a series called A Clockwork Princess, and it is AMAZING. Warm Bodies is also a phenomenal read! Hope this helps!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
So firstly yes I would have liked some more Chaos MC drama, a little more excitement and a lot more Tack. BUT NO DOUBT I loved Hop and Lanie's story and relationship. It was HOT, smokin hot. It was sweet, so so sweet and generally kept me turning pages. As usual I totally connected with her heroine and adored her bad ass leading man. Always ready for the new KA book!!!
Hazel_G More than 1 year ago
Lots of Swoon, Lots of Emotion But No Action or Big Bang! 3.5 Stars! 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. 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. 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 total 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. 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. 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 hate 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 sensual scenes and loads of swoon worthy 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? Absolutely! I just may not be as fanatical about suggesting this book as I am about the others. NOTE:: Fire Inside (Chaos #2) is an Adult/Contemporary Romance written by Kristen Ashley. I received this eARC in exchange for an honest review.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
KA manages to make me fall in love time and time again...and everytime I promise myself it's the last time.....then she writes another book.....Hop is the bomb....therefore I'm in love yet again..KA, your men are truly addictive.
Under_The_Covers_BookBlog More than 1 year ago
By now I imagine that you are sick of hearing me say this about any Kristen Ashley book I get my hands on but…I LOVED IT! ~ Under the Covers The last thing Lanie Heron wants is another man, after her last relationship resulted in her being shot, her best friend being stabbed and him being dead, getting in to it with someone else is the last thing she thinks she needs. But, she has been watching Hopper Kincaid for years and although she may not want a lifetime with him, she wants a night, but a night soon leads to more, but is Lanie ready to let Hop in? By now I imagine that you are sick of hearing me say this about any Kristen Ashley book I get my hands on but…I LOVED IT! A lot. But, I am going to let you in on a little secret (don’t tell anyone!) I wasn’t that excited about reading Lanie and Hop’s HEA, for some reason they didn’t capture my imagination, oh ye of little faith! I should have known she would have turned it round so that I came out the other side impatient for more and wishing it was that little (a lot) bit longer. Hop was the typically alpha, sexy and disgustingly sweet hero that Kristen Ashley excels at making me salivate over, I mean really it should be illegal to write men that amazing and then expect woman to be satisfied with the pickings out there. However, if you are alpha. sexy yet incredibly sweet biker guy reading this feel free to call me to tell me different, I honestly don’t mind being wrong, I have plenty of body issues you can shag away for me *makes call me sign* okay, the personal ad part of the review is now over. If you love Kristen Ashley’s other books you will love this one, it has her unique style of writing and is packed full of emotion as well giving us a peek of all the other characters that we have come to know and love throughout her other books. One thing that I think was slightly different about this book compared to others I have read though is the erotic factor. I thought this book was pretty damn sexy, it doesn’t go in loads of detail, but it is sexually charged and Hop has a beautifully dirty way with words that will definitely cause a few damp knickers (was that too graphic? Oops). Another triumph for Ms Ashley, her books are always so good full of passion and a clear love for all her characters and her stories and I can’t help but love them along with her.
Anonymous 28 days ago
The first book in this series was great, this book did not disappoint in terms of..... hot guy finds great girl both having lots of baggage you learn more and more about throughout the book. They both have challenges that they need to work through, passionate fights, even more passionate makeups, ending in a HEA. Its a full length novel which I LOVE as i hate buying books that are under 200 pages. That being said, in terms of bad boy action packed biker book, its a letdown. Books 1 and 2 have some brief biker action towards the end that honestly could have been left out as it adds nothing to the books and just seemed like a sidenote to remind you its an mc book series. I was also disappointed that both books have an extreme lack of supporting character storylines that make you anxious to read the following book. The next book in the series is jokers book and i honestly have no idea who he is. A great series has main characters that you fall in love with and then supporting characters that intrigue you enough to keep reading the series. I was hoping to read about tabby and shy again, get updates about their story, ect, this series mentions supporting characters, gives them very minor roles in the book, but doesnt really draw you in to everyones life, its solely based on the lead love story which is good but falls short of great. They talk about chaos being a family, well i want to read about all of them in each book not just one couple per book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really love the store line in this book. This book had me in tears.
Sandy-thereadingcafe More than 1 year ago
3.75 stars---FIRE INSIDE is the second installment in Kristen Ashley’s contemporary, adult CHAOS MC erotic romance series. This is Chaos enforcer Hop Kincaid, and PR consultant Lanie Heron’s storyline. FIRE INSIDE can be read as a stand alone without any difficulty. Any important information from the previous storyline is revealed where necessary. Told from first person point of view (Lanie) FIRE INSIDE follows the building relationship between Lanie and Hop. Lanie’s history with the Chaos MC has resulted in the near death of her best friend Tyra (Tack’s old lady), and with it comes the guilt and knowledge that she placed her best friend in harm’s way. Lanie had refused to listen to reason, and found herself caught between the man she loved and the friend she didn’t want to lose. Fast forward several years, and Lanie finds herself looking for a one-night stand with the CHAOS enforcer Hop Kincaid, never thinking to lose her heart to another alpha, bad boy. What ensues is Hop’s seduction of Lanie as Lanie continues to battle her inner demons, the guilt about the attempt on Tyra’s life, and a family history of betrayal and heartbreak. The storyline conflict focuses on Lanie’s inability to move forward following the murder of her fiancé, and the near death of both Lanie and her best friend Tyra. Lanie and Hop’s relationship begins to venture into a sense of permanency but Lanie doesn’t want anyone at CHAOS to know about her relationship with Hop-a secret everyone knows but the two people in charge. The $ex scenes are intimate and erotic; Hop knows his way around a woman’s body and her heart. FIRE INSIDE is a story about family, love, betrayal and friendship. The premise is engaging; the characters animated; the happily ever after very sweet and predictable, but saying that FIRE INSIDE is more of a story of erotic romance than it is about the CHAOS MC. The storyline focuses more on the building relationship; Hop and Lanie’s pasts and dysfunctional family chaos but had very little to do with Club business except by way of mention and the build up to a show down with Benito Valenzuela. I will also add there was quite a bit of duplicity and redundancy in the storyline text-something I think should have been caught by a good editor or beta reader. The CHAOS series by Kristen Ashley is not (so far) a graphically violent series. Much of the violence remains in the background or implied. I have read some series where the violence, blood shed and abuse against women is very explicit and ultimately very difficult for some readers to absorb. Kristen Ashley writes a series about alpha males and the women they love. All of Kristen’s men are protectors, lovers, bad boys and hard, but not so hard that their softer sides are easily reached and caressed.
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OV_Hemi_Girl More than 1 year ago
Part of the chaos story....originating in Motorcycle Man...Lanie's story continues. You can read with or without the connecting books, but I would ADVISE you to read them first, unless you do a book-reading-order-boo-boo, then it is what it is LOL. This book was awesome, of course, as with any KA novel. :-)
kimberlyfaye More than 1 year ago
After finishing Own the Wind, I decided I needed to keep bingeing the hell out of the Chaos series. I was in Kristen Ashley's world and had no desire to leave. I wasn't 100% sold on the idea of Lanie and Hop, knowing them separately from the previous books, but of course I was willing to give them a shot. KA isn't going to steer me wrong, right? Right! I didn't love this one as much as I did Own the Wind or Motorcycle Man, but it was still a really good book. The pace of Fire Inside is quite a bit slower than the other two KA books I've read. I think that's part of the reason I struggled with it at times. Instead of there being a big outside conflict between Hop and Lanie, it was as though the biggest problem was in Lanie's head as she tried to work through her past. Which, is totally understandable. She had a rocky past for sure. But, I think part of that past – and the time spent in her own head during this book – made it a little tough for me to connect with her. Hop seemed like a good guy who made some questionable choices in the past, but there was more to his story. Some parts were more difficult to deal with than others. But they all helped me better understand the man as he was today. When all was said and done, I was an unapologetic Hop and Lanie fangirl. I loved how each character grew over the course of this book. Opposites really do attract... and when they do, the fire burns bright. And hot. Oh, and it's worth mentioning, the ending of this one?! It hit me right in the feels. More than you can possibly know.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
So good!!!I loved it!
AboutThatStory More than 1 year ago
I devoured this book! Loved it so much! I couldn't put it down and just had to know what was going to happen next. I love that excited feeling while reading where everything around you gets ignored because the story is just to awesome to put down. That totally happened. Needless to say I thought it was fantastic! Such great characters. Loved Lanie and Hop. Loved all the details of their coming together. How they met, their passion, emotion, and drama as well as the hot that emanated off of them. It was just a full story with depth. Lanie, I loved her but my heart felt for her and her emotional journey was so heartfelt. She did frustrate me occasionally and it created anxiety but that helped to create an awesome build in the story. I cannot even begin to explain how much I love the bad ass alpha biker that is Hopper Kincaid. He was just everything I love in a fictional man. So sweet, protective, seriously hot, and just there for her. Oh goodness, seriously awesome! I thought they had fantastic chemistry and the two of them together were extremely hot. This book overlaps with book one (Own the Wind) and I loved that bit of overlap and how that played in with Hop and Lanie coming together. It was great getting to see other Chaos characters as well.  I cannot get enough of Kristen Ashley. I was just so happy while reading this. Loved the story, characters, the drama and the sexy. There are some sweet, lighter moments as well and everything just felt perfectly well rounded. I'm just super happy! 5 hot biker stars all the way!
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Must read for KA fans
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GW1195 More than 1 year ago
I am obsessed w/Kristen Ashley right now!! This book was so sweet and hot at the same time! All about getting hurt, but getting/giving love a second chance. So worth the time to read!