by Kristen Ashley
Series: Chaos #4
Also in this series: Ride Steady, Rough Ride, Wild Like The Wind
Published by Forever (Grand Central Publishing) on October 27, 2015
Genres: Biker / MC, Contemporary Romance
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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 . . .
I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book.
I was in KA Chaos Nirvana as I soaked up the goodness of Millie and High’s romance. It was a rough start, there were misunderstandings and there were messages sent that were received loud and clear. Not always listened to, but they were heard.
If you’re after an MC read, this story was set mainly outside the clubhouse and club life. The brothers were there, but not in High’s face. It was more a one on one experience throughout the story where the men were concerned. They were leaving personal business where they liked it, to the person it involved. This book was more a sing out to the women of Chaos, and I really enjoyed that. It wasn’t overcrowded, it was familiar as all KA books are, with some wonderful cameo appearances.
Walk Through Fire was more than a second chance romance, showing the solidarity of the sisterhood as it should be, well most of the time. There were unsavory moments, but even those sisters stepped up eventually. When Elvira showed up, I knew it was going to be fun, Shirleen throwing in her words told me it was serious.
What I adored was the wonderful way families can support each other through difficult times. Both High and Millie had that family support in all the varied notions of family in our modern world. Of course, that support was directed at the individual they saw it was warranted for.
Be prepared the drama doesn’t turn up when you think it will. Avid KA readers know when you hit 90% the proverbial hits the fan, I kind of liked it when the drama caught me unawares. I did have a little confusion over the resolution of that drama, the wind up of that was not spelled out but I came to the understanding that rather than the scene unfolding it was the intention of action that is highlighted.
For me, this was a book about unequivocal love and dedication to what you believe in. Once I read the epilogue, I was one happy sated reader. I have to say though, did anyone shorten this title down beforehand? Of course when we’re chatting between each other about what we’re reading, this happens…WTF!
Lily’s rating: 5 Stars
I have a confession…. when I read the teaser to WTF, it kind of turned me off the book. I thought Millie was weak. Living a broken half-life for twenty years, and with the way she was when she saw High in Chipotle, what was I supposed to think? She was a freaking mess. I was wrong. Once Millie decided to live a whole life, she was not weak, and she held her own against the entire club. I just wish that in her twenty years of separation from High she had made some attempt to come to terms with her life without him and not become such a shadow of herself.
When Millie decided that it was time to come clean, High and his Chaos brothers put her through the wringer, and it was hard to remember that in their minds she had brought him low and almost ruined him all those years ago. They didn’t know why she did what she did, they just knew how she broke it off with him. The many, many times I cringed, shook my head, wanted to cry for Millie, and wanted to throat punch all the boys, I tried to remind myself that this is what she bought with her decision so many years before and how she executed it.
While the Chaos boys ran around acting like total asshats, the Chaos women along with Elvira and Shirleen had their own game plan. I loved seeing the sisterhood unite. They knew that sometimes loyalty meant doing what was best for a person, not necessarily blindly backing plays. Unfortunately, one of the plays the sisters instigated was almost as bad as one a man named Julius pulled against a woman named Lexie, but in their minds desperate times called for heartbreaking measures. Good thing Millie had her own sisterhood to rely on.
My one complaint is I wish we could be done with Benito Valenzuela. In fact, he needed to be gone several books ago. I see the tying together of series here, but I feel like Chaos’ hands are tied, and I don’t like that one bit. I wanted them to go in with bikes roaring, guns blazing, and my boys walking through a hail of bullets with nary a scratch on them as they have in the past. These new tactics are not working for me.
Loved the epilogue that kept on giving. It was long – so long that I decided KA has a hard time letting go of her books. I’m right there with her since I never want to see one end and I read it smiling every time it changed to a new POV and kept on going. The setup for the next book has me ready to read it right freaking now.
Spice’s Rating: 5 Stars
I HAVE to say this first and foremost. WTF was KA thinking when she titled this book Walk Through Fire??? Didn’t she see this coming???
Ok, now that that is out I can move on to this review.
I can’t believe how good this book was. It had me crying and tearing up through it (and I’m talking puffy-eyes-and-snot-running type of crying). It’s been some time since I was this moved by a story.
So, Millie met the love of her life at 18 – Logan, the Chaos prospect. They were together for 3 blissfully happy years.
Logan aka High knew she was the one the second Millie came into view, not messing around he asked her out 6.8 seconds after introducing himself and they were living together after a couple of months. They were absurdly happy. Until she broke it off and shattered his heart.
Twenty years later Millie runs into Logan and decides it’s finally time to come clean about the reason behind her breaking up with him and pushing him away.
Let’s just say High is not too happy about the woman who destroyed him walking back into his life willy-nilly, and proceeds to be the greatest asshole KA has ever written. He doesn’t even have Lahn’s excuse of being from another world and culture… he is just incredibly hurtful and with only payback on his mind: this time he will be the one doing the destruction.
Well, let’s just say that he is successful… he manages to destroy the little bit of Millie there’s left.
Because Millie never moved on, she just existed for the last 20 years (shit, I’m tearing up while writing this and it’s been days since I’ve finished it… that’s how good this was). No husband, boyfriend or even a lover. No kids, no new friends, no dates. She just works, spends time with her family and… breathes.
When the truth finally comes out, Millie is destroyed but High is also in tatters. Now he’ll have to find a way to make everything he’s done to her go away… good luck with that buddy.
Ok, I don’t want to say anymore in fear of giving too much away but I can say that emotionally and relationship wise this book is AMAZEBALLS.
The Chaos action felt a bit subdued in this one, but it did not surprise me as the back story has been being set up for some time now.
I did feel like the book finished abruptly… or rather, I felt something more could have happened before the epilogue. This also could have been for the fact that I was at the 95% mark on my kindle and suddenly I’m reading EPILOGUE. There was a preview/sneak peek of the first Chaos book that I hadn’t realized was there. So it’s just kind of, you know, caught me unaware.
Also, let me complain a bit about the epilogue itself… while good, it still had a lot of this new thing I’m seeing from KA where we have lots of character’s PoVs in it. While I can’t say I don’t dig this (it’s never bad to be in Tack’s head) it does leave me wanting a little bit more witnessing of the current couple’s own HEA.
Still a solid, engaging and very emotional read on this fantastic series by Ms. Ashley.
Must read! With a box of Kleenex near you just in case.
Sparkles’ Rating: 5 still-tearing-at-the-memory-of-the-story Stars
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