Chaos is probably my favorite Kristen Ashley series. My heart will always hold a special place for Tack, and I was ridiculously excited when I heard there would be an entire series featuring the rest of the Chaos MC. I’ve hoped for a very long time that we’d get Rush’s book, but instead Ms. Ashley has chosen to give readers a few lesser known club members’ romances first. The last installment, Ride Steady, was all about Joker and his long-lost crush, and now with Walk Through Fire we get High and his second chance with his first love. And if there’s one thing guaranteed to get me one-clicking and antsy to start reading its second chance love.
Logan (High) and Millie were once each other’s happily ever after. She was “the one” for him and he was “the one” for her. They met, fell in love and moved in together all within a few months. Millie was the perfect old lady and Chaos became like a second family as she settled in with her lover and got to know the people who he surrounded himself with. She and Logan planned their perfect life together which included lots of kiddos as soon as Millie finished school and got her degree. Then suddenly it all came to a screeching halt when Millie broke it off and told Logan to leave.
Fast forward twenty years when Millie runs into a restaurant for a quick, take away meal and happens to overhear her first love on his cell phone obviously talking to his ex-wife. Which makes Millie’s head spin. She can’t believe her Logan looks so good or might be single again. Millie had her reasons for breaking it off with her biker and even though so much time has gone by, she hasn’t really moved on. Oh, she’s tremendously successful in her event planning business, and even has to pass on work occasionally, but her personal life hasn’t blossomed. She’s never had another lover and continues to hold on to all the mementos of a life she once adored. No significant others, no late nights out dancing and having fun and definitely no more making plans for a big family. When she broke it off with Logan she gave up on her dream of settling down with a husband and family. Once she sees the ghost from her past she realizes she must reach out to him and finally give an explanation for why she ended their relationship. Only, things don’t turn out quite like she plans when she walks back into Logan’s life.
Logan, better known as High, isn’t a character who I knew a whole lot about. But then, Joker, the hero of the last Chaos book, was a complete mystery to me as well when I picked up his book and I simply adored he and Carrissa’s love story. Walk Through Fire flashes back and forth between past and present Millie and Logan. Readers get to see them meet, fall in and love and interact as couple desperately in love right alongside the angst and anger of them reuniting. And let me just say their reunion is sad and crappy and horrible. High is understandably angry at Millie which means he treats her like shit. I hated it. I kept waiting for Logan to not be such a dick, and maybe stop fucking with her emotions. That was my heart hoping, my head knew that this being a Kristen Ashley meant it wouldn’t happen until the big heart-wrenching showdown and then all would be revealed and Logan would grovel in some way. Which is exactly what happened.
I won’t spoil and give away Millie’s reason for ending her relationship with Logan, but I will say I was kind of surprised. I was sort of expecting something different, maybe related to the illegal activities the Chaos MC was embroiled in back in the day when these two got together. High’s reaction to her reason melted my heart and reminded me why I continue to love this series. I love the sweetness and devotion to family that underlies all the badassness of the Chaos men. I love that they adore their women and are not afraid to show affection. Millie and High are not my favorite couple, but their romance played out just like I thought it would once the “big reveal” finally exploded on page. He turns into a loving and kind mate who just wants to get back with the woman he admits is still the only one for him. Which also means lots and lots and LOTS of High and Millie sexy times. And it’s dirty y’all.
If there is any big surprise to this newest addition to the Chaos series, it’s that High’s ex-wife is shown in a favorable light. Which pleased me to no end. I hate that most of her books show the ex as a shrew or a raving, lunatic bitch and was thankful that Deb was portrayed as loving to her children and supportive to High’s new relationship. This is how I’ve always seen my parents deal with each other and my family has always celebrated birthdays and holidays together as a group. Everyone is welcome, including parents, their spouses, children, and grandchildren. It’s quite lovely and I had a little tear in my eye and smile on my face as Deb and Millie contemplated showing a united front and forming a bigger family. Which means that I enjoyed this couple’s happily ever after that much more.
Not sure who is up next, but I’m guessing it won’t be Rush. There were hints thrown in at the end that could mean Hound is who will be featured on the cover of the next Chaos installment. While I’m not thrilled, I will absolutely be picking the next book up as soon as it’s available. Because of course I will. Final Grade- B-
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