Lanie is Tyra’s best friend from Motorcycle Man. She comes from money and earns a nice living running her own ad agency. She’s still healing emotionally from when she was kidnapped and shot and her fiancé was murdered by the mob seven years ago.
Hop is a member of the Chaos MC. He’s divorced, has two children and is a sexy badass dude.
How They Got Together
Lanie and Hop are an unlikely couple but when Lanie approaches Hop asking for one night with him, no strings attached, Hop obliges even though he knows it’s probably a bad idea. He respects Lanie and thinks of her as Chaos family. He knows Lanie’s history and would do anything to protect her including keeping his distance. But his attraction to her proves too much to fight. Right away it becomes clear this will turn into far more than one night together. But they decide to keeps things on the down low.
Why They Kept Their Relationship A Secret:
Lanie has reservations about entering into a new romantic relationship. She grew up in a household where faithfulness wasn’t valued, fell in love with a man who got involved with the Russian mob and let her be his shield when they came to get him.and she still feels guilty for her best friend being kidnapped and stabbed, clearly Lanie has major issues. Hop knows Lanie needs to battle her demons and is willing to keep everything a secret until she’s ready to come out to everyone with their relationship.
Best Angsty Moment:
Angela: Every single KA I’ve ever read has ‘that moment” that tears your heart out. For me in Fire Inside it was the scene where Lanie follows Hop home after trying to get him to talk to her for days. He won’t answer her texts, he won’t call her back and when she goes to his house he walks by her like she doesn’t exist to him. So she follows him to the door and finally tells him the story of her mom and dad. Part of me was mad at Hop for ignoring her, the other part kept thinking if he’d known this, if she has just let him in and told him about her family then he would have understood her so much better. Still, I wanted Hop to rush after her and make everything okay.
Sophia: Ok I let you go first on this one and now I regret it. That was my favorite angsty moment. But I have to say, I was surprised how that whole thing ended. She finally breaks through and gets Hop to talk to her, bares her soul, then next thing we know Lanie is walking away and now it’s Hop’s turn to chase Lanie. Back and forth! Where do they get the stamina? Oh the angst! lol.
Best Swoon Worthy Moments:
Sophia: The song. I nearly swooned myself right off the couch. I might spoil a special moment if I go into detail about this so I won’t. But let’s just say I dug up my Bob Seger Greatest Hits album and put that bad boy on my playlist so I can relive my Hop memories.
Angela: Ok, I loved the song. I also loved her reaction to the song, but when Lanie shows up at the hog roast and Hop pulls her into the side of the building to profess his love and how he can’t live without her I about died.
“Can’t sleep. Not hungry. Can’t concentrate. If I don’t pay attention, my mind wanders to you.” His face dipped close as I started hyperventilating at his words. “I tried to give you what you needed, to stay away, let you live your fucked-up life, but I can’t. Taste you in my mouth, lady. See you in my dreams.”
Angela: Oh Hop, you slay me. Seriously, I love you.
The Back And Forth Struggling:
Sophia: There was a lot of back and forth struggling in the relationship between Lanie and Hop. Just when one had properly grovelled and I thought they’d smooth things out, it would all blow up again and more grovelling was needed. Surprisingly I really enjoyed this. KA can write some angsty, entertaining arguments and Lanie and Hop butted heads often. Thank goodness for make-up sex.
Angela: They got into some weird arguments too. The “I told you to stop giving me head, which made me do you without condom” fight was too much. I don’t know, but that one made me lol.
Sophia: OMG the “you give head too good” part was so funny!! Classic KA hero moment.
The Sex (Everyone wants to know about that right?):
Sophia: This book started out strong with the sexy times and tapered off. As always, the sex was smokin’ hot. But I think because I really, really liked Hop, the sexy times seemed even hotter. Even though Lanie was not my favorite heroine, their chemistry was undeniable and they really burned up the pages together.
Angela: Oh yes, it definitely started out strong. From the teaser chapter in Own the Wind I knew this couple was going to be super sexy and passionate. And they absolutely were. The sex is dirty (just like I like it), but what made it even better for me was how Hop takes care of Lanie by tucking her in and adjusting her head on the pillow after their loving. He treats her right in and out of bed.
What we loved most about Fire Inside:
Angela: Hop. He was my very favorite thing. He’s sexy, romantic, alpha and calls Lanie lady. Every time he called her lady I shivered. I don’t think Kristen Ashley could have given Lanie a better man to help her work through her fear and guilt and make her forget.
Sophia: The sex. Ok maybe that wasn’t my favorite part (it was) but seriously, it was hot. I’m with Angela, I really liked Hop which surprised me since I did not have a high opinion of him based on things that happened in Motorcycle Man.
What We Didn’t Like About Fire Inside:
Sophia: I had some problems with Lanie. I think I really wanted to her be awesome like her BFF Tyra and she fell short. She made some pretty stupid decisions I was disappointed. For instance: Lanie has been kidnapped and nearly killed by the Russian mob. One would think she’d have developed some sort of survival skills and sense of personal preservation. But at one point in the story she goes to an unfamiliar biker bar alone. This is totally not her scene and she ends up in a parking lot and is nearly raped. Hop needs to come to her rescue. I was confused as to what she was trying to accomplish. Was she trying to get herself killed? Make Hop jealous? What? Also, her well-meaning friends who don’t know she is seeing Hop encourage her to start dating…so she does! She is with Hop, and decides to go on a date to placate her friends knowing how Hop will react to this. No backbone with her friends and no respect for Hops feelings. No good.
Angela: At first I understood Lanie’s need to keep it all a secret and take this very slowly with Hop. I got that. Even after seven years the things she lived through had to be so hard to let go, but I agree with you… the decisions she started to make confused me. Why go to some strange biker bar alone? Why go outside to look at some guy’s truck that she doesn’t know? After being kidnapped, shot and watching your fiance die I would think that would make a girl more tentative about things. This whole scene made no sense to me, other than to bring her and Hop back together. Hop goes out of his way to be understanding of her needs over and over again and keeps getting shut down. He even tells her that people in the club know what’s going on and they need to let Tack and Tyra in on it, but she refuses. It got to the point that I was wondering why she kept going back to the compound with Hop if she was adamant about people not finding out. This bugged me.
Why We Love Kristen Ashley Books And Did Fire Inside Live Up To That Expectation:
Angela: KA has a way with drawing you into a story and keeping you reading until your eyes are blurry and it’s all of a sudden 3 am. There’s drama, that one angsty scene that’s sure to make your heart hurt, dirty sex, romance, bigger than life characters and dirty sex. Wait, did I say dirty sex twice.? Anyway, I was a little tentative starting because we’d already been introduced to these characters. Lanie was Tyra’s crazy friend who got shot standing by her man and Hop’s one memorable scene was the Bee Bee bopping scene which resulted in the Tyra and Tack blow up, so I had no idea what to expect. I ended up being blown away, I absolutely loved Lanie and Hop as a couple. The rich, uptown girl and the badass, biker dude worked for me. I think Hop may be one of my favorite KA heroes. He was alpha, yet so understanding and gentle. He’s a used-to-be rock star turned biker who manages to make a ‘stache look good. Hop is awesome. – Final grade A
Sophia: Yes, everything you said about Ashley’s books and more. I love how the women have good positive relationships with their girlfriends. Solid friendships outside their romantic relationships. (I just wish all the ex’es didn’t have to the hideous, horrible bitches). Like you, the uptown girl and badass biker thing worked really well for me. I had a great visual of the beautifully polished Lanie with her badass, scruffy biker dude. But what I really loved about them is they were always on equal ground. Hop never acted like he wasn’t good enough for Lanie, and he never encouraged her to find someone more worthy as we often see in romance novels with this sort of setup. Once Hop realized Lanie was more to him than a one time thing, that was it. He was her man whether she knew it or not. – Final grade B+
Sophia: Oh wow, I loved the epilogue. It was so satisfying and … long. It was like a nice little follow-up novella. Thank you Kristen Ashley!
Angela: I always love Kristen Ashley’s epilogues. She wraps everything up so nicely at the end that I’m always left with this feeling of contentment and with a smile on my face.
Angela’s Favorite Quote:
My body had melted into his, my eyes dropping, I was close to sleep when I whispered, “Please be real.”
His hand in my hair stilled, curled around my head and Hop whispered back, “Lady, I’m as real as it gets.”
Sophia’s Favorite Quote:
Beyond the best I’d ever had. It was the best I’d ever have. And what it was was Hopper Kindcaid making love to me.
For more Fire Inside quotes check out our What To Read Wednesday feature. Also, we’ll have a fun giveaway on Saturday as part of the Fire Inside blog tour.