Review : Fire Inside by Kristen Ashley ★★


Fire Inside by Kristen Ashley
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Series: Chaos #2
Publication Date: June 4th 2013
ISBN: 9781455599288
Page Count: 139
Rating: ★★
Review Copy: ARC
Reviewed by: Lynsey
Synopsis: Lanie Heron isn’t looking for love—no surprise, considering her last serious relationship nearly got her killed. So when Lanie propositions Hop Kincaid, all she wants is one wild night with the hot-as-hell biker who patrols with the Chaos Motorcycle Club...

For Hop, Lanie has always been untouchable. She’s too polished and too classy for his tastes. But when she gives Hop the once-over with her bedroom eyes and offers him a night in paradise, he can’t say no. And he doesn’t regret it when he finds that Lanie is the best thing that’s ever happened to him—in or out of bed. Now the trick will be to convince her of that.


REVIEW


Fire Inside. And it can bloody well stay there.

My first Kristen Ashley book didn't go with quite the bang I'd hoped it would. I've seen plenty of positive reviews for her work and know she's an auto-buy author for many people. And despite my many issues with the characters and dialogue in FIRE INSIDE, I'm still hopeful that I might do better with a book from one of her other, non-biker, series one day. Because really, that's where my problems stemmed from—The Bikers. Their whole "bros before hos" mentality. Their attitude towards women in general. Their ridiculous speech and dialect. Their over-the-top alpha douchecanoeness. And the fact that I found the book's background storyline (something about some drug dealer dude impeaching on their "biker turf") really boring. (Thankfully it only took up about 20 pages in between all the bed hopping).

The story follows Lanie Heron, a good girl gone wild and long-time follower of the biker club Chaos. Her and love interest Hop have known each other from group get-togethers and the like for about eight years, both liking what they saw in each other, but at the time they both had other partners. In this book, they're suddenly both free and single for the first time, and so Lanie propositions him with the offer of a one-night stand. Romantic, huh?

Then sex happens. A lot. Sex, sex, sex sex, sex and a bit more sex.

They of course develop feelings for each other and it all gets hella complicated. Melodrama and overreactions ensue, followed by more make up sex.

My biggest peeve of the whole thing was the language used by Hop and his buddies. Women are referred to as Bitches, Gashes, Pussy, Old Ladies...you get the idea. That was a deal-breaker already, but then on top of that, Hop was also way past the alpha douchecanoe line marked clearly across the floor (He can't even see the line. The line is a dot to him.). And I just didn't like him, basically. Even when he was (supposedly) being sweet calling her  "Lady" and insisting she's too posh to be on her knees and is only  allowed to perform fellatio on the bed. Like a lady.

Yeah. What a total prize.

I have to say though, even hating the characters as I clearly did, I can still  appreciate Ashley knows a thing or two about chemistry and writing a  good love scene. Which is why I'm still determined to try another one of  her books in the hopes that I just picked a bad one to start with as a  newbie.

2 Stars ★★
ARC provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

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