Own the Wind (Chaos #1) by Kristen Ashley
This is a contemporary romance novel (Rated NC-17)
(Two and a half Shy Hearts)
Too hot to handle...
Tabitha Allen grew up in the thick of Chaos—the Chaos Motorcycle Club, that is. Her father is Chaos' leader, and the club has always had her back. But one rider was different from the start. When Tabby was running wild, Shy Cage was there. When tragedy tore her life apart, he helped her piece it back together. And now, Tabby's thinking about much more than friendship...
Tabby is everything Shy's ever wanted, but everything he thinks he can't have. She's beautiful, smart, and as his friend's daughter, untouchable. Shy never expected more than friendship, so when Tabby indicates she wants more—much more—he feels like the luckiest man alive. But even lucky men can crash and burn...
Can I say I thought I lost points from my IQ score while reading this book? If you’re old enough to remember the learn to read books with Dick and Jane and their dog Spot. That’s what I felt like while I was reading this book. I hate to say it, but it was like this book wasn’t smarter than a fifth grader.
I get the dialogue, but honestly every character spoke the same no matter who they were. Then add that same talk to inner dialogue. Words like “Wanting to give him what he wanted. I sat up and gave him what he wanted.” This alliteration wasn’t brilliant. It made the writing sound stupid.
Add that to choppy plot as we meaninglessly moved though time made the book disjointed. I think she should have approached from the present and reflected back to the past when she needed to make a point. Because honestly, I didn’t really connect with any of the characters until we moved into a stable present for a significant part of the book and not jumped in time.
The first 20% of the book could have been cut and it might have been better. Also, the book didn’t feel like it had any sort of ARC. I kept thinking the story should end and we’d end up with another mini-plot like a TV mini-series to keep things going.
It wasn’t until the last 10% or less where things got interesting. I must say this book didn’t feel like an MC book. It felt like a romance book where the guy was a biker. Much like a romance book where the guy is a billionaire or a professional athlete, the job hardly plays a role in the story. And that’s what we had here. I kept expecting for us to dig deeper into the MC and we got surface stuff. It’s not like another MC book series I read where I feel like I’m in the club.
The book did have its moments and Shy eventually tugged my heart some. I liked his no-nonsense straight forward approach.
Anyway, thank goodness the marketing people added the sample of book two at the end of this book. Otherwise, I might not have moved forward despite the fact that I’d read book 3 out of order and loved it.
Angela Starling does the best she could with the “script” she was given. The characters were distinguishable for the most part and I didn’t have problems following.
Overall, I can’t recommend even though I liked Shy and Tabby. The story was just too off the mark. But give it a go if you like K.A. and/or MC books. You might enjoy it more than me.
My book boyfriend Shy.
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