This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Published by Forever
Released on October 27, 2015
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.
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