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Walk Through Fire (Chaos #4) by Kristen Ashley~~~Review~~~

24199806 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 . . .

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Silvana

~~~2.5 Stars~~~
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This book started so promising, I really thought it was another winner by KA but around the 30% it seemed to fizzle and stayed that way throughout.

High was another appealing alpha hero by Kristen Ashley, she writes strong heroes like no other,  I liked Millie as well, but their connection seemed lacking; their interactions lacked the passion and fun found in her earlier books.

The conflict was resolved too quickly and then nothing much seemed to happen. I loved the appearances by characters from her earlier books especially Tack, unfortunately not enough to love this book.

For me, Kristen Ashley missed the mark with this novel and has been a bit of a hit and miss lately with her latest releases; still looking forward to her new ventures as she’s one author whose books I will always buy. Not every book can be a winner but most of KA’s books have been winners and on my favorite shelf.

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Own the Wind (Chaos, #1) by Kristen Ashley

Fire Inside (Chaos, #2) by Kristen Ashley

A Christmas to Remember (Lucky Harbor, #8.5; Chaos, #2.5; Last Chance, #6.5; Everson, Texas, #0.5; Tallgrass, #1.5) by Jill Shalvis

Ride Steady (Chaos, #3) by Kristen Ashley

Walk Through Fire (Chaos, #4) by Kristen Ashley

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Ride Steady (Chaos #3) by Kristen Ashley~~~Review~~~

23341855 The ride of her life . . . Once upon a time, Carissa Teodoro believed in happy endings. Money, marriage, motherhood: everything came easy—until she woke up to the ugly truth about her Prince Charming. Now a struggling, single mom and stranded by a flat tire, Carissa’s pondering her mistakes when a vaguely familiar knight rides to her rescue on a ton of horsepower. Climb on and hold tight . . . In high school, Carson Steele was a bad boy loner who put Carissa on a pedestal where she stayed far beyond his reach. Today, he’s the hard-bodied biker known only as Joker, and from the way Carissa’s acting, it’s clear she’s falling fast. While catching her is irresistible, knowing what to do with her is a different story. A good girl like Carissa is the least likely fit with the Chaos Motorcycle Club. Too bad holding back is so damned hard. Now, as Joker’s secrets are revealed and an outside threat endangers the club, Joker must decide whether to ride steady with Carissa—or ride away forever . . .

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Silvana

~~~4 Stars~~~
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When I need a book that guarantees me a fun heroine, an alpha hero and an engaging plot that is rich in romance, humor and great characters; I always look for a KA book, whether a new book or a reread of my favorites. KA is my guilty pleasure sans the guilt- A perfect comfort read.

Ride Steady has to be my favorite out of the Chaos series, really enjoyed it. I loved the fact that it started with our hero’s back story while he was still in high school, where our heroine Carissa is a cheerleader and he is smitten with her from afar- there were moments I loved and some which were painful, how I wished to inflict pain on Carson’s dad for the way he treated him.

Fast forward to the present and Carson is known as joker, a member of Tack’s MC gang. Carson is reunited with Carissa when he helps her while stranded on the road,  finds her broken by a bitter divorce and burnt by her ex ; unfortunately she doesn’t recognize him and so starts our journey with these two.  As with all KA’s heroes, he acted like a bit of a jerk towards Carissa at the beginning, but KA alphas thankfully do not follow the concept of ‘cheap grace’, once they decide to redeem themselves in the heroine’s eyes, they go all out.

This is a book for KA’s die-hard fans, a ‘not to miss’ for her loyal readers who know the KA brand, what to expect from it and which KA never fails to deliver- a FUN read which is not heavy on angst, great writing and the best epilogues.

Click For Other Books In The Series

Own the Wind (Chaos, #1) by Kristen Ashley

Fire Inside (Chaos, #2) by Kristen Ashley

A Christmas to Remember (Lucky Harbor, #8.5; Chaos, #2.5; Last Chance, #6.5; Everson, Texas, #0.5; Tallgrass, #1.5) by Jill Shalvis

Ride Steady (Chaos, #3) by Kristen Ashley

Walk Through Fire (Chaos, #4) by Kristen Ashley

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Review of Soaring (Magdalene #2) by Kristen Ashley

24374053Soaring (Magdalene #2) by Kristen Ashley
American heiress Amelia Hathaway needs to start anew.

Her husband cheated on her, and when everything she wanted in life slipped through her fingers, she fell apart. When she did, she took another heart wrenching hit as she lost the respect of her children.

When her ex took her family from California to live in the small town of Magdalene in Maine, Amelia decided it was time to sort herself out. In order to do that and win her children back, she moves to Cliff Blue, an architectural masterpiece on the rocky coast of Magdalene.

Her boxes aren’t even unpacked when she meets Mickey Donovan, a man who lives across the street, a man so beautiful Amelia takes one look at Mickey and knows she wants everything from him.

The problem is, she finds out swiftly that he’s friendly, he’s kind, but he doesn’t want everything back.

Amelia struggles to right past wrongs in her life at the same time find out who she wants to be. She also struggles with her attraction to the handsome firefighter who lives across the street.

But Amelia will face a surprise when her friendly neighbor becomes not-so-friendly. As Amelia and Mickey go head to head, Amelia must focus on winning back the hearts of her children.

She soon discovers she also must focus on winning the heart of a handsome firefighter who understands down to his soul the beautiful heiress who lives across the street is used to a life he cannot provide.

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Silvana

4 Stars

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Even though the first book of this series, The Will,  wasn’t a big hit with me and I kept saying that I will pass on reading any other books in the Magdalene series, I had to read this; It is Kristen Ashley after all and I can never resist, I’m so glad I did.

We met Mickey, our hero, in The Will and to be honest, I wasn’t a big fan. Having read his story In Soaring, I fell in love with Mickey. I loved Mickey and Amelia together, their banter, the fights, how their relationship progressed and their passion. As with every KA hero, Mickey has some scenes where he acts like a complete jerk, but boy does he make up for them.

Amelia is a toned down version of heroines from KA’s earlier work, but still fun to read. I hated how she blamed herself for many things to do with her relationship with her kids, I wanted to smack her children badly at one time. Amy was a perfect match for Mickey, she didn’t let him walk all over her, not that he wanted to but she held her own even early on when they first meet.

Soaring is a such an enjoyable book about a woman’s journey towards redeeming and finding herself after a messy divorce and past mistakes. It’s a great tale about a man willing to risk his fear and take a chance.  This was not a fast paced story, the romance took time to build, these two had a lot to work through, but in true KA fashion, they did and  gave me a much enjoyable story about second chances and hope- it’s never too late to achieve your dreams and build yourself up again.

“Fuck yeah,” he answered. “The mistakes we make in life don’t define us, Amy. The way we handle ’em after makin’ ’em do.” 

Kristen Ashley, Soaring

As with all KA books, this was a fun read, especially when it comes to the family relationships, whether healthy or dysfunctional. Not to mention the female friendships.

As for the epilogue, what can I say but I loved it,  for me reading a KA epilogue always leaves me smiling long after I finish the book; Heartwarming, fun and a perfect ending.

 “Life isn’t always beauty,” he returned. “Most of the time it’s shit. But you keep fightin’ to turn it around, that says it all about you. And you’re fightin’. As a fighter too, I fuckin’ love that in you.” 

Kristen Ashley, Soaring

Magdalene series

The Magdalene series is a trilogy of romances set in the fictional town of Magdalene, Maine.
The Will (Magdalene, #1)
byKristen Ashley
Soaring (Magdalene, #2)
byKristen Ashley
 
Untitled (Magdalene, #3)
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About This Author

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Kristen Ashley was born in Gary, Indiana, USA. She nearly killed her mother and herself making it into the world, seeing as she had the umbilical cord wrapped around her neck (already attempting to accessorise and she hadn’t taken her first breath!).

Kristen grew up in Brownsburg, Indiana but has lived in Denver, Colorado and the West Country of England. Thus shehas been blessed to have friends and family around the globe. Her posse is loopy (to say the least) but loopy is good when you want to write.Kristen was raised in a house with a large and multi-generational family. They lived on a very small farm in a small town in the heartland and existed amongst the strains of Glenn Miller, The Everly Brothers, REO Speedwagon and Whitesnake (and the wardrobes that matched).Needless to say, growing up in a house full of music, clothes and love was a good way to grow up.

And as she keeps growing up, it keeps getting better.

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The Promise (The ‘Burg #5) by Kristen Ashley Review!

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Since his brother’s death, Benny Bianchi has been nursing his grudge against the woman he thinks led to his brother’s downfall. He does this to bury the feelings he has for Francesca Concetti, his brother’s girl. But when Frankie takes a bullet while on the run with Benny’s cousin’s woman, Benny has to face those feelings.The problem is Frankie has decided she’s paid her penance. Penance she didn’t deserve to pay. She’s done with Benny and the Bianchi family. She’s starting a new life away from Chicago and her heartbreaking history.

Benny has decided differently.

But Frankie has more demons she’s battling. Demons Benny wants to help her face. But life has landed so many hard knocks on Frankie she’s terrified of believing in the promise of Benny Bianchi and the good life he’s offering.

Frankie’s new life leads her to The ‘Burg, where Benny has ties, and she finds she not only hasn’t succeeded in getting away, she’s doesn’t want to

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Silvana's Review

3.5 Stars ( for the epilogue alone which was pure KA)
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When I first read the Benny and Frankie scenes in At Peace, I was beyond excited to read their story

However I started reading this and I was like this

When reading the Benny and Frankie scenes in At Peace, I saw in these two the promise of an explosive angsty connection. I do think that Benny and Frankie are great together in their own book, but reading how their relationship progresses in The Promise was disappointing.

This novel is slow, there’s hardly any discord, no angst and given the nature of their relationship all these years, you would expect a lot of conflict. Frankie forgives Benny and his family way too easily- after the way they treated her all these years, no one would blame the girl for harboring a bit of resentment and lashing out. I know this was meant to portray Frankie’s inner goodness, but even Mother Teresa would have wanted to throw in a few harsh words.

I love Kirsten Ashley’s books and no matter how long they are, there were times I wished a few books of hers would go on even longer. This was not the case with The promise, it drags and the majority of it are Benny and Frankie together, followed by more Benny and Frankie with nothing much happening. The drama towards the end at Frankie’s work place feels forced, like it was thrown in to create much needed conflict- it didn’t help. I actually put this down and read another book in between.

The highlights for me are the appearances by Joe Callahan, pure magic. The epilogue is AMAZING, I always look forward to reading those at the end of KA’s books, she’s in a class of her own when it comes to writing moving, uplifting epilogues.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Kristen Ashley

Kristen Ashley was born in Gary, Indiana, USA. She nearly killed her mother and herself making it into the world, seeing as she had the umbilical cord wrapped around her neck (already attempting to accessorise and she hadn’t taken her first breath!).

Kristen grew up in Brownsburg, Indiana but has lived in Denver, Colorado and the West Country of England. Thus she has been blessed to have friends and family around the globe. Her posse is loopy (to say the least) but loopy is good when you want to write.

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Until the Sun Falls from the Sky (The Three #1) by Kristen Ashley Review

Until the Sun Falls from the Sky by Kristen Ashley

Leah Buchanan’s family has been in service to vampires for five centuries. Even so, Leah wants nothing to do with her family’s legacy but when she’s summoned to her Selection by the Vampire Dominion, under familial pressure, she has no choice but to go.

Lucien has been living under the strict edicts of the Vampire Dominion for centuries but he’s tired of these ancient laws stripping away everything that is the essence of the vampire.

So he’s taking it back.

And this is because Lucien has also been watching and waiting for decades for Leah to become available for a Selection and he will not be limited with what he can do with her. He will have her, all of her.

Therefore, Lucien is going to tame Leah, even if he gets hunted and killed for doing it.

What neither Leah nor Lucien expects is the strong bond that will form between them, connecting them on unprecedented levels for mortals or immortals. And what will grow between them means they will challenge their ways of life and their union will begin the Prophesies which makes them one of three couples who will save humanity… or die in the effort.

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Silvana's Review

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5 Stars!

We start this book with our heroine Leah going to her Selection Ceremony where she meets Lucien; unbeknownst to her Lucien has been watching and wanting her for twenty years. Besides wanting her, he craves owning her and thus ensues a battle between the two, with Leah refusing to submit and Lucien employing somewhat questionable means to get what he wants.

I went into this book knowing it could go either way for me, reading so many mixed reviews where a few disliked Lucien immensely;  After finishing I have to say I am Team Lucien. He wasn’t perfect, far from it, he was controlling, arrogant and manipulative. I had many issues with him mainly his lack of trust in Leah. Lucien wants Leah to trust him with every fiber of her being,  but he forgets that in order to gain her trust, he needs to afford her the same courtesy. I still found him to be one of my favorite KA men, he is loving, protective, intense and HOT. The man is 800 years of age, he’s allowed to be arrogant and broody.

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Leah the heroine has her faults as well, I found her childish and frankly one of the things I disliked about Lucien is him putting up with her immaturity and finding it adorable. However at times, she shows a great deal of backbone when dealing with Lucien.

Reading how their relationship progresses was a treat as well as the premise which made this book an enthralling read, I love Kristen Ashley’s take on the paranormal. This book was a beauty.

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Games of the Heart (The ‘Burg #4) by Kristen Ashley Review

Games of the Heart (The 'Burg, #4)

From the balcony of his house, Mike Haines can see the quiet, commonplace beauty of the Holliday farm. But what he remembers is the little sister of his high school girlfriend, Dusty who grew up there. As a teen, Dusty had gone off the rails but when she was a kid, she was sweet, she was funny and she had a special bond with Mike. But after high school, she took off and Mike never saw her again.

Then tragedy strikes Dusty’s family, she comes back into town and Mike thinks she hasn’t changed back to the sweet, funny girl he knew but instead continued to be selfish and thoughtless, leaving her family alone to deal with their mourning. So he seeks her out and confronts her in an effort to understand what went wrong and to force her to sort herself out.

He finds out quickly he’s wrong about Dusty Holliday. Very wrong. And right after Mike discovers that, the bond they had years before snaps back into place in ways he would never suspect.

But Mike Haines had a bad marriage then he played games of the heart for a good woman. And lost. In order to protect himself and his kids, he’s cautious, he’s careful to read the signs and he’s not interested in finding a woman he has to fix.

Then he learns what happened to Dusty and he thinks she needs to be fixed. He swings, he misses and in this new game of hearts, for Dusty, Mike just got strike three.

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Silvana's Review

The thing that draws me to Kristen Ashley’s books are her heroes, yes they are Alpha, hot and utterly protective, but that’s not it; To me they are believable. I’m not saying anything that hasn’t been stated by many of her readers , the men in her books are perfection.

In KA’s novels, you don’t find unrealistic portrayals of super sexy, unbelievably beautiful billionaires under thirty, with an ‘orgasm activating voice’ where upon hearing it, the heroine is in a constant state of arousal.

I checked the Forbes list of the richest men and the only thing sexy (IMO)  about these guys is their money, which I’m sure has activated a few orgasms.

Now to Games Of The Heart, there is nothing I didn’t love about this book with the exception of Maggie.

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Let’s talk about what I loved most which is MIKE,  as Gabriela would say, I LOVE MIKE. I fell in love with Mike’s character  in At Peace (The ‘Burg #2) , I knew his book will be epic and I was not disappointed. Mike needed the woman who loved him to be everything he deserved, he sure got the best in the form of Dusty.

Mike knew Dusty when he was dating her older sister Maggie and they had built a strong friendship. They later meet after Dusty’s brother dies, a misunderstanding ensues where Mike acts like a jerk, Dusty soon sets him straight. I enjoyed so much how the relationship progresses, whether their own or the ones they have with his kids and her nephews. There was something heartwarming about Dusty’s interactions with her nephews and her relationship with Mike’s kids especially Reesee; Mike and his relationship with his kids was equally as endearing.  There are moments in this book where reading Mike’s thoughts made me smile especially when he was reflecting.

And Mike knew what he was seeing and how it made him feel was burning itself on his brain forever. Because in that moment, watching and listening, he was profoundly moved that God had seen fit to gift him, an ordinary man, an Indiana boy through and through, with these people in his life.

I did like the view of your farm off my balcony. That made this one, unlike any of the others, feel more like home. And the reason it did was because seein’ that farm reminded me of you and that felt like home.”

I can’t say enough about how wonderful the epilogue was, seriously this woman needs to open a school teaching authors on how to write the perfect ending.

All was well. All was absolutely, undeniably, beautifully well. And on that thought, Mike fell asleep.

Bring on Benny and Frankie’s book, I can’t wait.

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At Peace (The ‘Burg #2) by Kristen Ashley Review

11665750Violet Winters once had it all but lost it when her husband was murdered by a criminal madman. During a cold winter night Violet has to leave her warm bed to tell her neighbor to turn the music down. And that’s when she meets sinister, scarred, scarily attractive security specialist, Joe Callahan.

She wants to deny it, but Violet can’t beat back the hunger she feels for Joe so she gives in again and again. Feeling it himself, Joe feeds Vi’s hunger, breaking his own rules to keep her in his bed.

Even though Violet had only one man in her life, she’s sure Joe is giving her the signals and Vi decides she’s ready to take a second chance at life and, maybe, love. But Violet doesn’t know the dark secrets in Joe’s past, secrets so soul-wrenching, they’ve drained him dry. With nothing left to give, Joe’s determined to live his life alone and he breaks Violet’s heart.

Crushed by Joe’s betrayal, Violet comes to terms with the fact that, no matter what signals he gave, Joe was not theirs to win. But Violet’s husband’s murderer is obsessed with her and heartbreak again haunts the door of the Winters home. When it does Joe is forced to face the knowledge that he can’t fight Violet’s pull, she’s under his skin and filled him full to bursting.

Joe needs to win her back and put his life on the line to keep Violet safe. But, having had it all once, can Violet endure losing Joe? Continue reading

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