Book Review-Walk Through Fire by Kristen Ashley

Posted April 9, 2016 by Loverofromance in Book Reviews / 6 Comments

Book Review-Walk Through Fire by Kristen Ashley

Book Review-Walk Through Fire by Kristen AshleyWalk Through Fire by Kristen Ashley
Series: Chaos #4
Published by Forever on October 27th 2015
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Narrator: Kate Russell
Length: 17 Hours and 44 Mins
Pages: 615
Format: Audiobook
Source: Self Purchased
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The flame never dies . . .
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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    Summary

    Millie Cross has ached and burned for the only man she has ever loved and Millie has had to walk through fire for him. When she was eighteen, Millie met the wild Chaos prospect, Logan “High” Judd. For three wonderful years they were happy and in love and they had dreamed of a family and to share their joys and sorrows through life together. But Millie had to make a sacrifice for Logan, a sacrifice that he couldn’t know about. So Millie broke all ties with Logan completely. And for a very long twenty years, Millie has gone through life as an empty shell, craving and loving a man she can never have. But when she spots Logan at a local Chipotle, and learns that he is getting divorced and has two little girls, it sparks a flame inside Millie she thought was dead and buried. She decides to go in search of him, make sure he is happy and content with life and to apologize for hurting him all those years ago. Hoping that she will herself, find closure too and be able to find joy in life like she once did. But her reunion with Logan “High” isn’t easy on her. High is furious upon seeing Millie again, he could never understand why Millie could hurt him all those years ago when they were so happy together. But as he investigates Milllie, he only discovers more questions about her. He doesn’t understand why she never remarried or had children like she dreamed of. But through of fit of temper, Millie reveals the truth to him, and now High will do everything in his power to have Millie back in his life again….because she made the biggest sacrifice for him and he refuses to spend one more moment without her.

    The Hero

    Logan “High” Judd started out with a loving family. But then he was able to discover the Choas MC and he found a new family. He worked hard to become a part of this brotherhood. Where they fight and love for each other. Then he met a young and sweet woman, Millie, who stole his heart instantly. He never felt a stronger connection to anyone. High became a prestigious member of the Chaos Club, he fell into sync with everything about it. But when he lost Millie, High went through the toughest phase of his life. And even though he did remarry but only out of duty when the girl he had sex with got pregnant, he stayed with her for years and had two little daughters that are the apple of his eye. He would do anything for his kids. Now he is divorced, and when Millie walks back through his life…he is furious at her. The anger and pain come all back to him. At first I wasn’t sure how I felt about High, because I didn’t care for the brutal way he treats Millie at first. Wow, does he have some issues to work through. He is downright cruel to her. But that blows over, and we see the real man beneath all that anger and I LOVED him. He is a fabulous hero who fights for those he loves the most.

    “Millie, I was given one good thing in my life, the family I was born into. I found one good thing, my Club …. But in all my life, I only earned one good thing. That’s you.”

    The Heroine

    Millie Cross has a passion for music and live and has a breathless energy. Millie loves her family, but when she meets Logan her world is changed. She finds desire and love with Logan. Even though he is a bad boy biker, he is tender and charming with her. Millie fell in love with Logan hard and fast but that love never died. She soaked up those precious three years with him. But when she learns a truth, a truth that would devastate Logan and his dreams, she did the only thing she could for the one person she would give her life for…..leave him and make sure he found that dream. Millie’s life became dull and void, she existed for twenty years. She made a event planning business for herself, created a beautiful home, became a loving aunt to her niece and nephew. However, she never truly lived. Because when Logan left so did everything vibrant within her leave. After twenty years, she still yearns for Logan, to find some peace and happiness. Millie was a heroine that at first I had a hard time understanding her reasons. Because they aren’t revealed for a while. But when you learn the truth about her reason for leaving Logan….your heart breaks.

    “I gave you up, walking through fire to do it but I did it,” I told him. “I did it in the end. I gave you everything,” 

    We see the hell she has gone through, and even though it didn’t break her, she isn’t the same. But I felt in some ways I could really relate with her. I understood why she did what she did, because sometimes you have to make sacrifices for those you love.

    Plot and Story Line

    Walk Through Fire is an intense and emotional roller coaster that will bring tears to your eyes and laughter to your heart in those special moments. I think this is the most emotion I have ever felt in a contemporary romance before and this author really works her readers through some difficult issues. This story starts out at the present, but through the first 1/3 of the book, we see flashbacks. From their first meeting, first date and when they start living together. We see how special their bond is and I loved these flashbacks. Because I felt they were vital to the story. Most times I don’t care for them. But in Walk Through Fire  I felt that they were necessary. You see the depth of their love for each other those first three years. As we are taken to the present, we see that they each still love each other, but won’t admit to it because the pain it causes them both.

    “I’m done walking through fire for you, High! … I’m done not because I’m done but because there’s nothing left of me to burn. You have it all. You’ve always had it all! I gave up everything so you can have it all! Please! God! Leave me to my nothing.”

    Thus we have the cavalry, the women that are loyal to the Chaos MC. Tyra, Lanie, Tabby, Elvira and Cherry. Elvira is awesome in this book, wow I LOVE her. But Tyra, sees the pain in Millie’s eye and even though her man, leader of Chaos forbids it, she gathers her girls and tries to bring these two back together. She sees something in Millie, that the brothers of Chaos can’t see, but she knows that they must fight for Millie.

    What Millie and Logan go through is quite heartbreaking, and the tension is extreme at times. But when Millie unexpectedly blurts out the truth, not only in front of High but many other brothers of the club, I almost wanted to cry. I never expect that truth, but then everything for the reader becomes clear about Millie. You see her reasons, understand it and see that she gave up everything for the man she loved and lost and it tore me to shreds. Wow can Kristen Ashley write a story to reel you in with every range of emotion. Then things start to fall into place for Logan and Millie,as they do come to terms with the past and embrace the future by each others side, the fight doesn’t end there. Both Millie and Logan have changed over the years, and they have one more battle to fight. Winning over Logan’s two girls. Now this is one tough battle.

    “You might not believe that but my heart breaks for you, what you want you can’t have and learning that so young. It’s tough, the toughest lesson you can learn in life. So tough, people a lot older than you don’t learn it until it’s too late. But sometimes we gotta let go of what we want when it isn’t to be had, find a new dream and work for that. I want that dream for your dad. And I hope you’ll find some way to want that with me so we can work together and give it to him.”

    And I love seeing Logan and Millie reconnect with each other, and seeing Millie learn to love these two girls like Logan does. Its not easy though, and they will both have to walk through fire to get their much deserved HEA…but they obtain it. Whew what a story, this book has 100% endeared me to this author forever.

    “I love you,” he declared. “Loved you then. Love you now. Never quit lovin’ you in a way I know I never will. You were it for me, the only one, the only woman I ever loved, and you never quit bein’ it for me.”

    Narration

    Kate Russell is superb….she is talented and totally perfect for this story. I loved her inflection of emotion and drama as she portrays the plot  and the characters so well along with the emotion of the story itself. A Must for Audio lovers.

    The Cover

    I love this cover, you don’t seem many with this grey like color scheme, but I loved it!! It really fits so well with the story.

    Overall View

    Walk Through Fire is a stimulating and tension filled romance that will take you on a wild and emotional ride that no romance lover wants to miss out on!! Guaranteed that these characters will worm their way into your heart and soul!! A BREATHTAKINGLY BEAUTIFUL LOVE STORY

    “You love a man, Millie, you believe in him, you take him as he is. You go on his journey with him no matter what happens, even if that means you have to walk through fire.”

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    About The Author Updated

    About 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.

    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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    • Michele H

      Great review! I’m reading this one bit by bit to savor it. I love it so far, just as I have Kristen’s other books in this series. She writes with such wonderful emotional depth. Gah! She usually ends up making me shed a few tears with each story. lol

      • Thanks hun!!! Oh enjoy this one….I just love her style of writing. I can never get enough of her books. Its not very common to find an author that can connect with the reader so emotionally!!

    • I have not read a MC books, and in one way I do not know if I wanna

      • I love them…but they are tough and gritty so they aren’t for everyone.

    • I’ve read a few Kristen Ashley books, but not this one. Her books are addicting, but also don’t always flow well. Or at least not to me. I’m so glad you enjoyed this. It definitely seems sort of sad.

    • Bookworm Brandee

      Oh Renee! I read this book sometime last year and it really affected me. I adore KA but this one book in particular really got to me. And as I sat here reading your review, and those quotes…well, you had me crying all over again. I’m so happy that Millie and Logan’s story affected you as well. I just might have to listen to it the second time around. 😉 Lovely review!!