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Oct 22 2015 8:55am

First Look: Kristen Ashley’s Walk Through Fire (October 27, 2015)

Walk Through Fire by Kristen Ashley

Kristen Ashley
Walk Through Fire (Chaos #4)
Forever / October 27, 2015 / $7.99 print, $3.99 digital

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 . . .

Kristen Ashley is bad for my health.

She makes me gnash my teeth and pull my hair. She makes me stay up too late and go to the office bleary-eyed and groggy. She makes my heart pound and my stomach clench.

But I wouldn’t change a thing.

Honestly, I’m a little bit in awe right now. Ashley took one of my least favorite tropes and turned it into a book I loved. I have big love for this big misunderstanding. (This is also, obviously, a second-chance romance.)

When I figured out what broke up Millie and Logan twenty years ago, and that it was all because Millie thought she knew what was best for Logan without even giving him a chance to make up his own mind I wanted to check out. And I still had over 500 pages to go.

But the trademark Ashley “cracktastic” feeling was still there. The voice I’ve loved on every other KA book I’d read was calling to me. “Don’t give up,” it said. “Stick with me,” it said. And I thought, if anyone can pull this off, it’s Kristen “She-Made-You-Love-Tack-After-He-Got-Pushy-With-Tyra-Over-A-Sandwich” Ashley.

And boy did she ever.

Because right around the one-third mark, ALL THE FEELS.

Hold on, I need a minute. Those feels are making me verklempt all over again.

I was ready to write Millie off as weak.

Squat words that scrolled long in a beautiful, flowing script: Only him…

And I knew the second part of that tat started on Logan’s hip bone and ran across his hip, in bold scripted black underlined with a flourish of barbed wire…only her.

The words and memories burned through me as I dropped my hair, turned, set the mirror on the counter, and moved toward the walk-in closet in the bathroom.

It was time to get dressed and go.

It was time to find Logan.

It was time for him to know.

For twenty years Millie has been keeping a secret and the only one who knows why she broke it off with Logan is her sister. Now all of a sudden she feels the need to explain after running into Logan at a Chipotle? Oh, and Millie has not moved on from Logan in those twenty years. TWENTY YEARS, PEOPLE. She’s thrown herself into her event-planning business and meticulously decorating her home. I was not happy with this Ashley heroine.

Then Millie found Logan. And boy was he a dick. I was really losing hope.

“Bitch, followed you the last forty-five minutes. Reb got in touch. Told me you hit Scruff’s.” On the next, the voice was nearer. “You’re lookin’ for me. So tell me what the fuck you want so you can quit lookin’ and I can quit lookin’ at you.”

Then they had sex. And it made me want to throw the book against the wall.

But, again, I was not a biker groupie.

Yet Logan had just fucked me like one.

No.

Worse.

What just happened was a revenge fuck.

And I’d walked right into it.

Mortified, shocked, wounded, I yanked up my panties and slid out of his bed slowly but I didn’t take my time dressing.

I hurried.

I did this thinking the Logan Judd I knew didn’t have that in him.

Men needed to earn his respect.

Women, that was another matter.

My mom, my sister, old ladies, biker groupies, whoever—he gave them respect. It wasn’t earned. It was given. He did not judge. He was never a dick, much less a complete asshole.

As Reb said, I’d obliterated him.

And I knew I had.

But I didn’t deserve that.

No woman deserved that.

But he’d treated me like that.

Well damn. And we were only about ten percent into the book. I thought I was done. I didn’t like either Millie or Logan. In retrospect, Ashley had me wrapped around her finger. Making me think this couple didn’t deserve another 500 pages. Making me think Millie was TSTL and Logan was an alpha-hole.

I’m sorry I ever lost faith.

Because one messed-up scene at a bar, a last-minute head-clearing trip to Paris, and a scary drug-lord confrontation in a cuddle chair later, I was totally invested in Millie and Logan reuniting and getting their happily ever after.

Then I caught the look on his face and started gasping for air.

“I get it,” he whispered.

“Y-yes,” I stammered. “You did. I gave it to you. And now it’s supposed to be over.”

“I get it,” he strangely repeated.

“Logan, I told you so this would be done.”

“I get it and I’da done the same thing.”

I stared up at him.

He lifted his hand, the tips of his fingers tracing my hairline along the side of my face and he kept talking.

“… I woulda done the same thing, Millie. I would have made it so you got it all and I would have done it ugly so you’d walk away from me and never look back so you could have it.” He dipped his face closer to mine. “So I get it. I get why you did what you did. I totally fuckin’ get it.”

Ashley heroes always find their way to my romance-reading g-spot with their intense declarations of love.

Believe it or not this was only the first half of the book! The rest of Walk Through Fire is Millie and Logan rebuilding their life together with lots of fun cameos from couples and characters from previous books.

This is a typical Kristen Ashley book and that’s the highest praise I can give.

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Kareni
1. Kareni
I'm definitely looking forward to reading this. Thanks for the review.
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