Saturday, June 6, 2015

Ride Steady

Title: Ride Steady
Series: Chaos Book 3
Author: Kristen Ashley
Publication Date: June 30, 2015

The ride of her life . . . 
Once upon a time, Carissa Teodoro believed in happy endings. Money, marriage, motherhood: everything came easy---until she woke up to the ugly truth about her Prince Charming. Now a struggling, single mom and stranded by a flat tire, Carissa's pondering her mistakes when a vaguely familiar knight rides to her rescue on a ton of horsepower.

Climb on and hold tight . . . 
In high school, Carson Steele was a bad boy loner who put Carissa on a pedestal where she stayed far beyond his reach. Today, he's the hard-bodied biker known only as Joker, and from the way Carissa's acting, it's clear she's falling fast. While catching her is irresistible, knowing what to do with her is a different story. A good girl like Carissa is the least likely fit with the Chaos Motorcycle Club. Too bad holding back is so damned hard. Now, as Joker's secrets are revealed and an outside threat endangers the club, Joker must decide whether to ride steady with Carissa---or ride away forever


Carson `Joker' Steele had a shit life. His mom left, and his dad was a dick. The only beautiful thing in his like was Carissa Teodoro, the pretty cheerleader he couldn't help but stare at when he saw her in the halls of school. When it got too bad at home he got himself out, and he left to look for his beautiful life. He found it with Chaos Motorcycle Club. They became his family, the people he cared about who he knew cared about him in return.

Years later he runs into Carissa again when she's stranded on the side of the road with a flat tire and her baby on her hip. She's not the popular cheerleader that he remembers anymore. Now she has an asshole ex husband, a shitty apartment and a dead end job at a grocery store. Joker wants to give her the beautiful life he knows she deserves, but in doing so he thinks he needs to stay far away from her, not thinking he is worthy of her. Carissa, not knowing Joker is the same kid she crushed on in high school, feels an instant connection to the biker who helped her out and he's not going to get away from her as easy as he though he would. Tired of sitting back and letting life pass her by, Carissa is going to go after what she wants this time, and what she wants is the big biker who curses too much, and is sweet on her kid. 

I can't even describe in words how much I loved Joker! You just need to read this book to get the full effect of his intensity and sexiness. Once he decided Carissa was going to be his he went all in. There were no big secrets between them, and he was always there for her, protecting her, but letting her be independent at the same time. I loved how open he was with her and he was so adorable with Travis.

Carissa had a lot of pain in her life but she was still such a bright person which was so great to see. She never let the past hurts affect her future She went from having the big house with a fancy lawyer husband and the nice clothes, to living in a dumb and wearing cheap clothes that she got on sale, and she never once let it bother her. All she wanted to do was to protect her son and those she cared about. Seeing her and Joker together, and how protective she was of him, made me love her character so much. Carissa has definitely just earned the spot as my favorite KA heroine. 

I want to kick myself repeatedly for not giving this five stars but I just couldn't get over the fact that Carissa kept bringing up her ex and comparing him to Joker. Always saying Joker was better, but just the amount of times she said it kind of got annoying. This book though, was one of KA's best! Reading a Kristen Ashley book is a completely different experience then any other romance book out there and I will forever be a fan.

ARC kindly provided by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

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