Review: Walk Through Fire by Kristen Ashley + Giveaway

Review: Walk Through Fire by Kristen Ashley + GiveawayWalk Through Fire by Kristen Ashley
Series: Chaos #4
Published by Forever Romance 10/27/2015
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Format: ARC
Source: Copy for Honest Review
Also in this series: Ride Steady
Also by this author: At Peace
Amazon US

The flame never dies . . .

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 . . .

If you’ve been following the Chaos MC’s story, then you know that High, along with Arlo, were the two Chaos MC brothers who weren’t initially on board with Tack’s vision of the brotherhood walking away from their criminal endeavors. That friction between Tack and High always made me a little nervous and weary about High, but after everything that went down in Motorcycle Man, and seeing High’s loyalty to the brotherhood, I knew that High would be a brother I wanted to know more about. We now have his story, and lordy, lordy, lordy it was freaking good! I’m going try real hard to not sound like a broken record, but y’all know I love me some Kristen Ashley romances, so I’ll try to keep the hardcore fangirling at bay. 

“Beautiful. So beautiful. And he once was mine. Then I’d let him go. No, I’d pushed him away.”

WALK THROUGH FIRE, the fourth book in the Chaos series, opens with Millie Cross walking into a Chipotle and spotting High – the man she once adored and was deeply in love with – standing in line and having a cell phone conversation about his children. Usually, a trip to Chipotle should bring nothing but good vibes because…burritos! But Millie’s trip to this tasty establishment has her going through a small little freak out, and she instantly runs away from the restaurant before he’s able to spot her. This almost close encounter forces Millie to finally find the courage to confront the man she pushed away twenty years ago. 

“What you did to us fuckin’ destroyed me and I never put the pieces back together.”

If you know anything about these Chaos men, you know that they are badasses that feel greatly. So, even after two decades, marriage, and settling down to have children, High still carries a lot of anger and hurt from his breakup with Millie. When Millie finally finds High at a biker rally to explain why she forced him to leave so many years ago, their reunion is not pretty and will probably make you hate High a little. The man will do and say some things that will make you want to smack him a few times, but it’s quite evident that his actions are nothing but a defense mechanism to mask the insignificance he felt when Millie pushed him away with no explanation. High unleashes all the anger, hurt, and pain he’s felt for the past twenty years by using whatever means necessary to punish and humiliate her. This all leads to some hot-as-fuck rough sex that’s filled with lots of emotion and angst. 

“You love a man, Millie, you believe in him, you take him as he is. You go on his journey with him no matter what happens, even if that means you have to walk through fire.”

Logan and Millie spend most of the first half of WALK THROUGH FIRE breaking down their defenses and finding their way back to each other. The narrative switches between the past and the present where we see how the couple became, witness how deep and passionate their love was, and how they had a few good years before everything was blown to smithereens. I spent the first twenty percent of the book trying to figure out why the hell Millie would end things with High, because even though he was being a complete asshole, it was evident that their past relationship was solid and they had the makings for a lasting relationship. Millie was determined to keep her reason for leaving Logan a secret, but the man is tireless, and eventually forces the truth out of Millie. 

“I’m done walking through fire for you, High! 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!

While I figured out what Millie’s “secret” was before the reveal, the scene where she finally confesses to Logan still packed a heavy punch. As I woman, I whole heartedly understood why Millie had sentenced herself to a hopeless life filled with loneliness. In true Kristen Ashley form, she dives precisely into the female psyche, and voices every thought, feeling and vulnerability that crosses every single female mind. I was left feeling just as absolutely devastated as these two characters once everything came out. Devastated for Millie because she had lived an empty life, and was only a ghost of her former self for the past twenty years; and devastated for Logan because he had spent twenty years of his life harboring so much hate and anger for a woman who in reality was saving him from not losing his dream.

Logan and Millie spend most of the second half of this story trying to fit their relationship into the lives they had built during the last two decades. While Millie might have lived as a ghost, she’s now a well established party planner with a flourishing business. Logan has to learn all her new nuances while Millie slowly steps back into the life of being an old lady while trying to establish a relationship with Logan’s children. Characters from the previous Chaos novels play a heavy role in Logan and Millie’s story and provide a lot of support and some turmoil in Logan and Millie’s reunion. The conflict between the Chaos MC and local crime boss Benito Valenzuela also escalates in this story and forces Chaos to finally make some moves. These new revelations has me excited and anxious for the next installment of this series. If I my suspicion of who the next book will be about, I am super stocked for it!

“Doin’ anything at your side, no matter how hard it gets, it’s still gonna be a fuckuva lot easier than tryin’ to do anything without you. So, you’re right. It might not be easy. Life is what it is and we’re gonna face shit along the way. But I know what it was like, doin’ that not havin’ you. And I know what it was like doin’ that havin’ you. And I know which way I like better.”

WALK THROUGH FIRE is the kind of second chance romance that will make you believe (if you weren’t already) that it is possible to for love to stand the test of time even if the two characters walk down different paths to find their way back to each other. Logan and Millie’s story if packed full of emotion, a little angst, and a few gut wrenching moments. Like with the rest of her books, Walk Through Fire is all about the decisions and sacrifices people make for love, relationships and family. This book is bound to be another homerun for KA fans and y’all better be ready, cause Logan, Millie and Kristen Ashley will unleash all sorts of feels that will leave you soul sighing. 

 

 

 

Giveaway

 

Forever Romance is kindly letting us giveaway a copy of WALK THROUGH FIRE to one of our followers. To enter, subscribe to Black Heart Reviews via email and leave a comment below letting us know what you love most about second chance romances. Open to US/CA Only.

 

 

 

About Kristen Ashley

Kristen Ashley was born in Gary, Indiana, USA. She nearly killed her mother and herself making it into the world, seeing as she had the umbilical cord wrapped around her neck (already attempting to accessorise and she hadn’t taken her first breath!).

Kristen grew up in Brownsburg, Indiana but 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 multi-generational family. They lived on a very small farm in a small town in the heartland and existed amongst the strains of Glenn Miller, The Everly Brothers, REO Speedwagon and Whitesnake (and the wardrobes that matched).

Needless to say, growing up in a house full of music, clothes and love was a good way to grow up.

And as she keeps growing up, it keeps getting better.


  • Kristy Petree

    Already subscribed. I like second chance romances because people often are smarter and wiser about what they want in a relationship and realize the mistakes they made the first time around. Thanks! 🙂

  • Hadassah Harper

    I think what I love most about second chance romances is that it gives both ends of the pair the chance to prove that they can be better than they were before. That they will be more alert to the situation, more alert to each other.
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  • Dee Swan

    Already subscribe:) I love the idea of two people recognizing how they have changed since the break-up, and who are now willing to prove themselves worthy of a second chance to win back love. Thank you for the chance!!

  • Marcy Meyer

    I love second chance romances, because the couple have history and the chemistry is already there. I like the rediscovery and getting to know each other, as they are now. There is usually plenty of angst and hard feelings about how things ended, so that is always fun to read about.

  • Lisa M

    I love that there is already history and chemistry …
    I love reading/following characters as they rebuild love, trust, a future!
    already subscribed

  • Diana Doan

    I love that there’s history there…old memories (good and bad), old feelings. I love the rekindling of something that once was. <3

  • Charlene Esler

    I love that there’s already a foundation in place…a history and memories.

  • Kim

    I love when a couple is able to overcome their past and find their way forward as they get to know each other all over again.

  • KellyMae Helfrich

    I love the build up to any romance, but when there was something between the two couples before, but circumstances prevented the two to be together and then the realization that the right time is now, that is an exciting thing!

  • Jennifer Taylor

    I’m already subscribed to your mailing list. I haven’t read to many second chance romances. But I would love to read this book. I’ve heard a lot of great things about Kristen Ashley’s books. Thank you for this giveaway.

  • veRONIca

    I love that there is a history. They already know each other and they have to get over their problem/issue/disagreement/confusion and still then have to see how they fit into each other’s lives now. There is just so much more depth to second chance romances that is almost always interesting (and when Kristen Ashley is the author, it is GUARANTEED to be interesting!)

    Oh and I also already subscribe 🙂


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