July 18, 2015

Book Review – Ride Steady by Kristen Ashley

So many feels! I’m coming off a serious book hangover after reading this amazing book. Kristen Ashley where have you been all my life?  I’ve got many of your books because everyone I’ve ever talked to said they are great but have never had the time to read them.  I had a friend who took a month to read only Kristen Ashley books.  Now I know why because that’s exactly what I want to do.  I have commitments to read other books soon, but until then I’m going to read as much as I can in the next week, and I have a feeling that I’m going to love every one of her books.

I knew I was in trouble when I was already getting teary from the prologue. I already loved Carson and wanted him to have the life he deserved. The life Carissa told him he would one day have. His father was abusive and made his life a living hell, but instead of turning out to be a jackhole like his father he was still a good kid and turned into a better man. A manly man. A manly man biker.

Carson liked Carissa from afar during their high school years but never made a move on her. She was a cheerleader dating the quarterback of the football team. She hung around with the mean girls, but she was always nice to everyone. She was the last person he saw before he left his life and escaped until they meet again by chance when Carissa is stuck on the side of the road with a flat tire and her baby in her arms and Joker rides up on his motorcycle and offers his help. Although Carissa didn’t realize Joker was Carson from high school, they had an immediate connection with each other that continued to grow with every chapter. I loved watched them come together and become a couple.

Joker is a total Alpha badass. He’s a biker, bad boy, survivor, fighter, but also, he’s kind, smart and caring. Like I said, I was falling hard from the get go, and I have a feeling he’ll have you swooning once you get passed his rough start.  Once Carissa is in his life, Joker tried to stay away. He felt he wasn’t good enough for her and didn’t want to bring the darkness of his life into her light.

“Joke, your story to tell when you wanna tell it. Your story to keep if you don’t ever wanna tell. Thought you had secrets. Way you’re holdin’ back with this girl, think I’m wrong. You don’t have secrets. You got demons.” …

“It’s me protecting her, Tack.”
“Against what?”

They are total opposites. He was rough; she was delicate. He was brooding, she was the high school prom queen. Seeing them come together was so sweet and heart-warming. Once they were finally together, they were together.  It was serious, and they didn’t play games with each other. No, they supported one another. I really loved how their obstacles were quickly dealt with and not drug out and provide a lot of unnecessary angst. I love how Carissa took to the MC and everyone in it.  She had no problem embracing this new life she was now in.  She now had many people who cared about her, looked out for her and were her friends. Something she never really had before.

Then there’s baby Travis.  Joker was a natural with him, and they instantly took to one another.  Although Travis wasn’t his, Joker claimed him from the get go. It had my ovaries screaming. SWEET!  Baby Travis was just as enamored with him as I was.

He barely got it wet before Travis was no longer in his arms.

He also no longer had hold of Snapper’s fingers.

Travis didn’t mind, and I knew this when he commenced slapping Joker on his bearded cheek then fell forward and licked black whiskers.

That made the ache come back, but through it, I felt surprise at Joker’s maneuver.

In fact, I was surprised he’d done it the first time with Big Petey (though not as aggressively).

I started off reading in tears and left with tears in my eyes.  At around 90%, I realized that the book was almost over, and I wasn’t ready for Joker and Carissa’s story to end.  Slowing down and reading that last little bit didn’t help either.  628 pages and I read the book in under twenty-four hours.  I couldn’t put the book down. I stayed up almost all night reading, and once I was at work, I couldn’t stop thinking about the story and wanted to get back home and finish their tale.  Although 628 might seem like a lot of pages, the book flew by and it felt like it was half of that. I would have loved it if it was a thousand pages or more.

Carson “Joker” Steele has become one of my favorite book boyfriends, and I don’t give that title away easily.  Now that I’ve read this book in the Chaos series I’m going to read Own the Wind and then Fire Inside. I do think it’s going to be tough for the men in those books to measure up to Joker, though, but I’ll give them a chance to win my heart. 😉

Ride Steady is a standalone novel with interconnected characters.

5 Stars

Chaos Series: Own the Wind | Fire Inside | Ride Steady | Walk Through Fire (10.27.15)


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