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It's true that this book is somewhat of a departure from KA's style of combining action sequenced drama intertwined with her romances. This book is more centered on the relationship and love development between a very unlikely couple….Hopper "Hop" Kincaid, hot, tatted-up, Chaos MC biker and classy, beautiful lady, Lanie Heron.
We were introduced to both in Tack & Tyra's book (Motorcycle Man). Lanie is Tyra's best friend who had almost gotten killed because she stuck by her man (finance, Elliot Bellova) even after finding out about all of the trouble he was in due to his involvement with the Russian mob. Elliot was killed and Lanie became collateral damage as she experienced her own traumatic life events that the Chaos MC saved her from. For this, Lanie is a friend of the club and hangs out with Tyra and the gang at the compound. Lanie's beauty, cuteness (her flair for silly drama), and her "bedroom eyes" had gotten her noticed and admired by Hopper for years, but she was "class" and definitely not his usual type. Yet, it all changes when Lanie propositions Hopper for a " no complication, one night stand." (this proposition is in the prologue of the book, but not on the audiobook, unfortunately).
There are a lot of things I loved about Hop and Lanie's love affair. First of all, I love a hot, affectionate relentless alpha-male, and Hop is definitely that! Although it was Lanie who first initiated the rendezvous, it's Hop who insists on the continuation of the romance. And, this book is really a beautiful tribute of love between Hope and Lanie. Lanie has issues and Hop is patient and promises to help her win the battle with "the monster (the problems that tear her up from the inside out)." Hop is a great combination of classic biker tough and sweet, as honey, romantic. I thought it was so endearing to see how Hop cherished Lanie and told her how he'd never had "class" before. He almost displays a tender reverence or admiration for Lanie and formulates his own ideas on how Lanie needs to be treated, as a "lady"---_ Those parts are just cute and sweet. Lanie is definitely the damsel in distress here (but more due to psychologically-haunting issues), and she relents to Hop's advances and care of her. She also spoils Hop with her cooking, her deep love for him and his children.
For most of the book, their romance was blissful, but OMG, when these lovers fight while trying to merge both of their pasts, added to that, when both get mad at the same time---WATCH OUT! The drama that ensued between the lovers was really the only conflict that needed to be resolved along with telling others about their secret affair. If you are a helpless romantic and appreciate a great love story that centers on the individuals in the relationship, then you will love "Fire Inside."
Narrator: Kate Russell did a great job, as she always has with KA's audiobooks. Great listen!
8 of 8 people found this review helpful
Fire Inside is a bit of a departure from Kristen Ashley's normal story line where the alpha male literally rescues the female main character from some life-threatening situation (like being kidnapped or stalked, etc.). Looking back to Motorcycle Man (from the Dream Man series), Lanie went through enough of that kind of drama to last a lifetime. So I thought it was logical to make Fire Inside be about the emotional monster that was threatening Lanie and how Hop help rescue her from that.
I read reviews on other websites criticizing Fire Inside quite a bit, and upon reflection, I think that this is one story that probably makes a better audiobook than a book that has to be read. If I had read this book, the many emotional ups and downs and the lack of action scenes would have made this an annoying read for me. But listening to the story was fairly satisfying.
Having said that, I have to say that I was SO RELIEVED to see that Kate Russell was back on board as narrator. She did a great job in the Dream Man series. Angela Starling absolutely ruined the first Chaos audiobook (Own the Wind). I would not have bought Fire Inside if Ms. Starling did the narration.
However, Kate Russell's narration of Fire Inside fell far short of her narration of the books in the Dream Man series. Her voices for the characters were off (especially Tack and Tyra). She did okay with Hopper's voice; Lanie's voice was not the same as it was in Motorcycle Man, but that was not such a big deal. But Tack and Tyra - not sure what happened there.
Bottom line, I liked Fire Inside, and I'm looking forward to the next book in the Chaos series.
5 of 5 people found this review helpful
Brilliant story from Kristen, yet again! Great narration too, thoroughly enjoyed listening and sad I’ve finished the whole series now!
If you love Kristen Ashley I recommend you listen to all her books they are a great