Walk Through Fire by Kristen Ashley

Posted October 28, 2015 by Sophia Rose in Reviews / 37 Comments

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I received this book for free from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Walk Through Fire by Kristen Ashley
Walk Through Fire

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Series: Chaos #4
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Published by Forever
Released on October 27, 2015
Pages: 615
Format: eARC
Source: NetGalley
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Not that any books in this series tend to tell an easy romance, but some are harder than others on the emotions. This was one of them. It was both a fantastic read and a not so stellar one all rolled into one.

I’m going to rabbit trail about that for a moment because…hafta. Just have to get this off my chest without spoilering it or getting into a true rant. This is the second time I’ve read about one of KA’s heroines who pulled the plug on a true love relationship and let it stay unplugged for two decades. And for the second time, once I had all the facts, I didn’t buy it. I’m not saying that I expect perfect, non-flawed characters because that wouldn’t make for interesting reading and I never have seen romance fiction as very realistic, but I do have my preferences when it comes to my non-reality. Sometimes, I let this sort of thing go for the benefit of reading a book that I really want to read regardless of how the set up bugs me and that is what I did even while muttering to myself.

Alright so back to the book thoughts. This is book four in the Chaos series. It could be read out of order and works, but personally I got more out of it already having had the stories of the other surrounding characters. And truthfully, KA loves to crossover from her other older series so there are characters popping in from at least three other series that came earlier. It’s always like a reunion and ongoing epilogue for those others. New readers will be more intrigued than put off, I think. Though I’m going to add that while I think this one can standalone, it’s not a good one for judging whether one will enjoy the series. Hard and harsh stuff goes down in the beginning that is unique to this pair of protagonists and the whole series isn’t like that.

The story opens with event planner, Millie Cross, suddenly spotting a man who was once her everything before she smashed what they had and sent him away. Twenty years have gone by and she overhears his phone conversation making her finally want to come clean about stuff she didn’t tell him back then. Only, when she gets her chance, Logan decides to do his own fair amount of heartshattering. He has not forgiven her and only seeks to hurt her like she hurt him and the brothers of Chaos, his MC, are behind him all the way. Millie now realizes the full extent of what she set in motion back then and that she should have never tried for closer.

Logan ‘High’ Judd once loved a woman and she was his everything until one day she pushed him out her door with no explanation making it clear that nothing of the last three years was real to her. It sent him spiraling down so he lived in a dark, dangerous world going through the fire when his club split open and reformed into something new. He moved on with another woman that he didn’t love and now he only lives for his little girls and his club. What is Millie playing at? He will show her that he will win this game she has suddenly decided to play be re-entering his life.

Logan and Millie cut and bleed each other to the point of agony and it is then that the healing might be able to take place. Millie once again comes alive and Logan might find forgiveness even while the drug cartel makes dangerous moves against Chaos MC.

Alright, so this was never going to be an easy one and it gets downright ugly. A lot of poison festered under the surface after Millie ended her relationship with Logan. The harsh treatment and the angst was the healing process for these two. It was hard to read, but I didn’t want to stop reading either. These are older characters and yet they were in limbo for years only coming alive for each other. Millie pulled a stupid back in the day and now it isn’t easy and there are long-term repercussions for it. I liked that KA had a good grasp on cause and effect with all that even down to how broken and mixed family situations would play out. Even while I didn’t care for the twenty year thing and Millie’s reason for destroying her romance, I could still appreciate the story that came out of it.

This pair are hot and I enjoyed them together once they got through what they needed to. I loved the surrounding Chaos characters and ongoing storyline with the series, too. Wow, Valenzuela is one chilling dude. Look forward to more with that situation.

So, all in all, it was mostly a strongly engaging read for me, and as always, I enjoy the author’s storytelling and want more Chaos. I would recommend these to those who enjoy biker romance that get hot, but are about moderate on the MC side.

My thanks to Forever for the opportunity to read this book in exchange for an honest review.

Romance Roundabout #351 CR
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I was born and raised near Sacramento, CA. I have read since I was four years old and developed tastes that run the gamut of literature. I went away to college and have a degree in education, a certificate in family history research, and a certificate in social work. I worked for a non-profit agency with low income families for 20 years which included being responsible for the children’s library and promoting/teaching adult literacy. I have lived in Southeast Michigan for the last 18 years and I am currently a book addicted homemaker with a cat and husband who keep me grounded. Recently, I made it a challenge to review each book that I have read as a favor to author friends who said reviews are important. I have done reviews for Good Reads, Amazon, eBay, and Smashwords, but mostly at Goodreads and Amazon.

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Red Iza
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I can’t believe I’ve only read one book by Kristen Ashley, one… I have her whole fantasyland series that I should be reading soonish if I stop buying new books (ha ha !). I agree with you about the breakups that are unbelievable, it’s hard to buy, especially several times. Glad you loved it anyway πŸ˜‰

Sophia Rose
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I picked up her Mystery Man out of the blue a few years back when Amazon had it on the recommends. I had the funniest reaction to it. I had a hate on for the flaky heroine and the crazy book was huge and rambly, but yet I wanted more so I ended up finishing that series and moving right into the Chaos MC series and hit a couple Colorado Mountain ones. All her stuff is herky jerky and rambling and there are several flaky heroines or jerk alpha heroes, but there is something that keeps me coming back for… Read more »

Red Iza
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I can’t believe I’ve only read one book by Kristen Ashley, one… I have her whole fantasyland series that I should be reading soonish if I stop buying new books (ha ha !). I agree with you about the breakups that are unbelievable, it’s hard to buy, especially several times. Glad you loved it anyway πŸ˜‰

Sophia Rose
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I picked up her Mystery Man out of the blue a few years back when Amazon had it on the recommends. I had the funniest reaction to it. I had a hate on for the flaky heroine and the crazy book was huge and rambly, but yet I wanted more so I ended up finishing that series and moving right into the Chaos MC series and hit a couple Colorado Mountain ones. All her stuff is herky jerky and rambling and there are several flaky heroines or jerk alpha heroes, but there is something that keeps me coming back for… Read more »

Stephanie Faris
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I’ve never read any of her books, but this one sounds intense! That always makes for a good read.

Stephanie
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Sophia Rose
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Yeah, Stephanie! This one was painful to read while they were busy hurting each other and not being able to give each other up even through that. Definitely intense!

Sophia Rose
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Yeah, Stephanie! This one was painful to read while they were busy hurting each other and not being able to give each other up even through that. Definitely intense!

Quinn's Book Nook
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I’ve read a few Kristen Ashley books and I’ve found them a bit hard to believe too. And too long.

Sophia Rose
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For sure, Quinn! I have not read a short one. Some of these work for me, but about half of them make me shake my head, too.

Sophia Rose
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For sure, Quinn! I have not read a short one. Some of these work for me, but about half of them make me shake my head, too.

Lily B
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you are so not gonna like my review of this XD this book pissed me off

Sophia Rose
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LOL! Oh, don’t worry. It made me mad, but if it made you madder then that is totally alright, Lily. Now, you’ve got me curious.

Blodeuedd
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I wonder when this whole mc thing will die out

Sophia Rose
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Now, there is a good question. And about the time it dies out, another trend in biker romance like a movie or TV show will revitalize it again. πŸ˜‰

Lover Of Romance
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Its always fun when a author does crossovers in multiple series the author has written. I have really enjoyed this series. But boy the angst in this one sounds pretty intense. I will probably have to wait till I am in the mood for something like this. But fabulous review (like always ) πŸ™‚

Sophia Rose
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Yes, the crossover character reunions are fun. They aren’t there enough to take over the story, but the quick sentence or two tells me a little of what they are up to now a days.

Yep, this one is painful to read. He is so cruel b/c he still hurts from what she did. And with her, I struggled to get past her reasoning b/c I would have made a different choice at her age back then so I didn’t get her at all.

Blodeuedd
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Awww sweet delight

Sophia Rose
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Adorable, right? πŸ˜‰

Shari Delighted Read
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Shari Delighted Read

It’s way to sweet!

Blodeuedd
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I wonder when this whole mc thing will die out

Christy LoveOfBooks
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I totally know what you mean regarding your gripe. I’ve experienced that too, and wondered wtf was the point. Or THAT was the reason? There’s other instances too. But I’m glad it’s still a good read. And I love when there’s crossovers from other series.

Sophia Rose
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Yes, you really do get it. I get nervous when there is this huge thing and I have my suspicions that I probably won’t find it huge at all and so not worth all the trouble it caused. Mostly this happens when I attempt NA books b/c they seem to excel at THE Big MISUNDERSTANDING or secret.

But yes, fortunately, other things were compelling enough to overshadow my issues. I love the crossover cameos and little update scenes with past characters, too, Christy.

Lover Of Romance
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Its always fun when a author does crossovers in multiple series the author has written. I have really enjoyed this series. But boy the angst in this one sounds pretty intense. I will probably have to wait till I am in the mood for something like this. But fabulous review (like always ) πŸ™‚

Sophia Rose
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Yes, the crossover character reunions are fun. They aren’t there enough to take over the story, but the quick sentence or two tells me a little of what they are up to now a days.

Yep, this one is painful to read. He is so cruel b/c he still hurts from what she did. And with her, I struggled to get past her reasoning b/c I would have made a different choice at her age back then so I didn’t get her at all.

Lorna
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I haven’t gotten into reading the biker books yet. That being said, I bought the first one in this series recently when I found it on sale. You make me want to start it sooner than later! Great honest review πŸ™‚

Sophia Rose
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Ah, glad I could be the little devil on your left shoulder tempting you, Lorna. πŸ˜‰ I didn’t think I would like biker books and I definitely don’t like some, but this author’s books I like. I think because they seem like real people and not glamorized. Now, I am going to share a little disappointing, but helpful reader gal advice. If you can, start with Motorcycle Man. It’s the last book of a previous series, but it is the one that introduces this series. Not that you can’t start with this series, but getting Tack’s story first is the… Read more »

Lorna
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I haven’t gotten into reading the biker books yet. That being said, I bought the first one in this series recently when I found it on sale. You make me want to start it sooner than later! Great honest review πŸ™‚

Sophia Rose
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Ah, glad I could be the little devil on your left shoulder tempting you, Lorna. πŸ˜‰ I didn’t think I would like biker books and I definitely don’t like some, but this author’s books I like. I think because they seem like real people and not glamorized. Now, I am going to share a little disappointing, but helpful reader gal advice. If you can, start with Motorcycle Man. It’s the last book of a previous series, but it is the one that introduces this series. Not that you can’t start with this series, but getting Tack’s story first is the… Read more »

Lorna
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Thanks for the heads up!

Sophia Rose
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You’re welcome, lady!

Sophia Rose
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You’re welcome, lady!

Blodeuedd
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I’d read it πŸ™‚

Sophia Rose
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It was adorable. Hope you get the chance!

Lola
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I won this one in a giveaway, not sure yet whether I want to read it now or buy the first 3 books first. Your mention of how earlier characters make appearances makes me think it’s best to start from the first book. Not sure if I would enjoy that part that you mentioned that bugged you with how it wasn’t realistic, but it does sound like the rest of the book was good. I don’t like the sound of how they broke up, sounds like they hurt each other a lot before getting together again. I haven’t read a… Read more »

Sophia Rose
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I saw your post at Lily’s blog (I think) and responded to it, but I’ll repeat myself here just in case. I do think it’s a good idea to start at the beginning with this series and by beginning I mean the last book in another series, Motorcycle Man. Motorcycle Man is the story of the Chaos MC President and introduces the characters and world. The author does a good job of blending the rough world of bikers with a sense of family and every day people. She has a less polished style of writing, too, that takes some getting… Read more »

Lola
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Ah yes I remember we had this conversation on another one of your reviews in this series, I already have Motorcycle Man on my to-read list, now to remember to start the series there.
I always thought biker books weren’t for me, but I decided to give them at least a try. And which series better to start than this one that everyone seem to enjoy.

Sophia Rose
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Glad you’re going to give it a try. And, if it ends up not being your thing, that’s okay. πŸ˜‰

Alyssa Susanna
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615 pages WOAH. That is fairly long! I think I’ve heard of this author but have not read any of her books. So glad to hear that the main couple is hot? ;D

Great review, Sophia!

Alyssa @ The Eater of Books!

Sophia Rose
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Her books are all behemoths. She is a very wordy author. Haha. Yes, her couples are sizzling together usually. This pair had a hard time of it for the first half b/c he was so angry at her for ending it all.

Thanks, Alyssa!

Sophia Rose
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Her books are all behemoths. She is a very wordy author. Haha. Yes, her couples are sizzling together usually. This pair had a hard time of it for the first half b/c he was so angry at her for ending it all.

Thanks, Alyssa!