Warning: This book includes mature content such as: sexual content, and/or drug and/or alcohol use, and/or violence.
Series: Chaos #2
Published by Forever, Grand Central Publishing on 2 June 2013
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Erotica
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 taste. 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.
*I received a free ARC of Fire Inside from Forever (Grand Central Publishing) via Netgalley in exhange of an honest review*
Fire Inside is a hot story, and at the very beginning, I was wondering if maybe it was actually *gasp* too hot for me. It starts out very strong, with Hop and Lainie being very hot and heavy! And while I truly enjoy some steamy scenes, it was a little shocking to have such an opening scene of the story. It also took a little while before there was more to the plot than Lainie and Hop having sex, and since I hadn’t met either of them before, it was a little bit awkward.
However, as I continued to read, I realized that there is more to Fire Inside than that, there is a real story, with characters that are well fleshed out and the plot must have started in the first book in the series, because some points seemed to have been included for readers like me – who had not read Own the Wind. The hardcore motorcycle club, Chaos, where Hop works and plays, is like a family both for its members and their friends. This is why Lainie feels so comfortable there.
Fire Inside has Lainie as the main character, but Hop is a very close second. Told from Lainie’s point of view, the story is in first person past tense, and as I got to know her better, I could definitely understand the reasons why she was so skittish, and why sex with a man she felt safe with was important to her. It did take her a long time to actually open up, though, both to herself, to Hop and to her best friend.
With what Lainie has been through in the past, it is understandable that she is having a hard time to actually count on anyone, at the same time, I wished she would have at least been able to be honest with herself about things, even without Hop trying to help her open her eyes and see that not everything in the world hinged on her own past, and her bad decisions. Fire Inside did bring Lainie a lot of introspection, though, and she grew a backbone both when it came to herself and to the people who had not treated her right.
As strong as Lainie showed she could be when it came to her work, I was happy for her when she finally managed to be strong when it came to her personal life as well. And who can honestly turn down a character like Hop? Strong, seemingly inscrutable on the outside, with his tattoos, his motorcycle, his mustache and his bad-boy swagger – while on the inside there was a beautiful heart, a smart head and lots of love to share with the right person.
What could I say? I wasn’t blind. It wasn’t like I didn’t know God had been generous with me. It wasn’t like I didn’t appreciate it. But with every blessing, there was also a curse and my curse was that I was a dick magnet.
But I’d never seen anything like what Tyra had with Tack. I’d never seen a woman get that from a man. I’d never seen the naturalness, the ease of what she gave back. I’d never seen a man and a woman able to be just who they were and yet make it so plain to each other and anyone watching they appreciated what they had more than anything.
And it was the best I ever had. Every time with Hop seemed like new. And every time with Hop was a new best.