Ride Steady (Chaos #3)
release 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
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 . . .
Kristen Ashley was born in Gary, Indiana, USA. She nearly killed her mother and herself making it into the world, seeing as she had the umbilical cord wrapped around her neck (already attempting to accessorise and she hadn't taken her first breath!).
Kristen grew up in Brownsburg, Indiana but has lived in Denver, Colorado and the West Country of England. Thus she has been blessed to have friends and family around the globe. Her posse is loopy (to say the least) but loopy is good when you want to write.
Kristen was raised in a house with a large and multi-generational family. They lived on a very small farm in a small town in the heartland and existed amongst the strains of Glenn Miller, The Everly Brothers, REO Speedwagon and Whitesnake (and the wardrobes that matched).
Needless to say, growing up in a house full of music, clothes and love was a good way to grow up.
And as she keeps growing up, it keeps getting better.
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Carson/Joker and Carissa are a little different from some of my favorite KA's leads. He isn't a super huge alpha, and she isn't in denial over being claimed by him. He's really sweet. (Not to be confused with wimpy since he is an underground fighting champion, but he's more patient and less bossy.) She's willing to go after what she wants (read as, she pursues him).
As a child, Carson was abandoned by his mother and abused by his father. He dreams of working in car design and Carissa. Some around him see his potential for greatest, but he mostly sees himself as a looser. He moves on to a be a member of Chaos and does well working in their custom garage.
Although her parents loved her, Carissa didn't have the perfect home life and background either. It's been filled with hardships and deaths. She was one of the in/popular crowd in school, but now she finds herself divorced with a baby and barely scraping by.
When these two meet again years later, there's no denying the spark between them is still there. Both have many issues, yet so much to give. Parts of their lives were emotional for me. It may be because I am a single mother, but I shed a few tears while reading. Carissa's ex comes from a mega rich and powerful family so he calls most of the shots with their son. I felt so sad for her. Carson is exceptional with her baby which melted me into a pile of I-love-Carson-mush. It gave me heart pains and made me fall deeply for him.
Awesomely, a lot of KA's characters from other books make appearances. Such a total treat! Also, the war that has been brewing with Valenzuela continues. Chaos is growing and changing. Major story is packed into this book. It has several aspects including strength, redemption and family. I loved the entire novel, and I cannot wait for the next installment.