Ride Steady (Chaos #3) by Kristen Ashley
This is an adult motorcycle club romance novel (Rated NC-17)
(Four and a Half Joker Hearts)
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 . . .
This is my first time reading a Kristen Ashley book and thanks to Net Galley and the Publisher for giving me a copy.
Wow, I’ve been recommended this author many times. However, in recent years I find that sometimes the hype is just hype. So I stick to book and authors I know, so my reading experience will be enjoyable. (Except review, beta, and Arc books I receive).
I’m glad I was granted this book. Now being that this is my first KA book, I haven’t read the other books in this series. I’ve been told by reading friends that it isn’t necessary. And it isn’t. However, I can see how having read the others books would have acclimated me to the cast/players a lot easier.
This book is fantastic from the start. I love a broken man and Carson surely had it rough from the start. I’ve been rooting for him and actually her.
And can I just say, it’s unlikely that Kristen Ashley has read my reviews seeing I’ve never written a review about her before. However, it’s like she saw into my brain. Her characters say weeks into the relationship, I’M FALLING IN LOVE. They don’t jump in and say I’m in love. BRAVO!
So why not five stars? Why the half? This is an ARC provided to me, so I’m not sure if this is fixed. However, there is a house and it’s described as having one bathroom. Then later, the woman says she’s in the master bathroom. Small plot hole and a few grammar errors which I didn’t take off for.
I think what bugged me most is in the prologue, Carissa makes it seem like she won’t fall into the trap of a relationship with someone because she doesn’t love that person. However, in the following chapter, we learn she is in love with that person and goes the next step with that person. I’m trying to be cryptic. But it bothered me. It’s almost like why say that in the prologue if it’s not true.
The other thing, Carson’s biker name is Joker and I don’t really get why. He’s not a joker (someone that goes around telling jokes or kidding around). And he’s not sadistic like the Joker in the more recent installments of Batman. So why the name and it’s never really explained to us? If it was in previous installments, seeing that this is his book, I would think it would be explained again.
Anyway, excellent book. I will read the first two books in the series. I think KA has found a new fan in me.
My book boyfriend Carson/Joker.
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