ARC Review: Ride Steady (Chaos #3) by Kristen Ashley

» 23 June, 2015 » B-minus Reviews, Kristen Ashley » 1 comment


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 . . .

♥ my review ♥

KA has always excelled in writing about characters going through their redemption. She did it wonderfully with Soaring, RC Regret among others and she did it again here. While her previous books were usually focused on her heroines, Ride Steady was both Carissa’s and Joker’s equally.

Carissa was down but not out. She’s young but she’s already been through through a lot already. At her worst time, she reconnected with Carson Steele AKA Joker. Joker has also been through a lot in his relatively young life. He’s battled adversity to find family and belonging among his Chaos brothers. Their connection was beautiful and poignant. It’s one of those things that reminded me why I love to read romance in the first place.

I found that refreshing. Also, no crazy exes here. Even Carissa’s ex was humanized and layered. The only character who fits the evil mold was Carson’s father, and I found great satisfaction in hating him. Carissa and Joker’s relationship was relatively smooth-sailing. Don’t get me wrong. There were outside influences who tried to keep them apart but they were small bumps. They were resolved easily and quickly. I liked that it was easily resolved but at the same time, because of the length, I couldn’t help but skim through some parts.

As much I really liked this book, I couldn’t help but feel disconnected by how similar these two 25-year old characters to the rest of the characters who are in their 40s, late 30s and maybe even 50s. I’m not saying that Carissa or Joker should act like immature hacks because I’d hate that but there’s nothing in their speech, their action or their thought processes that would indicate their ages. AT ALL. Jokers sounds like a 45 year old man and Carissa sounds like she’s in her late 30s. And I kept thinking, “They’re 25!” And I have to admit that it took me out of the story a little bit.

Other than that, I really liked this one. It’s vintage KA minus the caricature evil characters. Loved Carson Steele. He’s one of the sweetest KA alpha I’ve ever read. He was loyal and steady throughout the book. Overall, it’s great to be back in this world of Chaos again, and I reckon, I’ll keep coming back for more because…why not?



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