Own the Wind and Fire Inside (Chaos #1 and #2)
Author: Kristen Ashley
Rating: Overall 4 out of 5 Stars
Genre: Adult Romance
Format: ARC (Copy for honest review)
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
Release Date: June 4th for Fire Inside
Recommended Reading: AGE 18+
Contains no spoilers
THE GIST: In the heart of Colorado lives Chaos MC, a biker gang with a badass reputation. They protect their turf and their family. Though these bikers life the tough life, they have a soft side that is hard to deny!
[note color=”#d6d6ea”]Own the Wind
Too hot to handle…
Tabitha Allen grew up in the thick of Chaos–the Chaos Motorcycle Club, that is. Her father is Chaos’ leader, and the club has always had her back. But one rider was different from the start. When Tabby was running wild, Shy Cage was there. When tragedy tore her life apart, he helped her piece it back together. And now, Tabby’s thinking about much more than friendship…
Tabby is everything Shy’s ever wanted, but everything he thinks he can’t have. She’s beautiful, smart, and as his friend’s daughter, untouchable. Shy never expected more than friendship, so when Tabby indicates she wants more–much more—he feels like the luckiest man alive. But even lucky men can crash and burn…
[note color=”#d6d6ea”]Fire Inside
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.
THE LOWDOWN: So, if you’ve never read a Kristen Ashley book, you don’t know what you’re missing. She is literally the queen of “Alpha Male.” Somehow she always manages to turn a gruff-jerky-man-whoring-cocky-bastard into someone you can’t help but love, despite these digressions. Every single time! Kristen Ashley is also good at creating a good setting without you knowing it. She weaves the compound and the Colorado setting in so seamlessly that you literally feel placed in the middle of a biker gang while reading. Most of her books can be read as a standalone but they are all intertwined in this huge fantastic story. The Chaos series is a spin-off of the Dream Man series, which is also a big bonus because you get to see her past characters and how they are doing. I have complete and utter faith that whatever KA writes will be great.
I’m reviewing these books together because, even though they are different, they have essentially the same gist: man meets woman, angst/sexual frustration, then lots of sex (which is always HOT) and then drama and a solution. I know it sounds too simple but they are anything but..
Parker “Shy” Cage has a bit of a reputation involving copious piles of women. Tabby the off-limits daughter to the leader of Chaos draws Shy’s attention, which happens to be a terribly delivered “lesson.” Later, tragedy shatters Tabby’s world, and Shy is there to help put her back together. During that time they fall crazy in love, but this forbidden love may come at a cost to the MC and Tabby’s newly repaired heart.
Hopper Kincaid also has a reputation, but for a totally different reason, he cheated on his ex. That fact doesn’t matter to the Chaos MC, unless you go after the Boss’ Wife’s tormented bestie Lanie. Even after eight years Lanie was tormented by her past, and unable to move on, until the night she approached Hop. They agreed on only one night, but a night that full of passion wasn’t enough. Both have to come to grips with their past before they can move on, but it all maybe just too much to handle.
I really enjoyed both books, maybe Own the Wind a bit more because the main characters were closer to my age. It was also a bit more touching, and the characters had better chemistry. I loved that once Shy had made his decision, he was sticking to it no matter what! I highly recommend this series!