Thursday, 13 August 2015

Review: Ride Steady by Kristen Ashley

Genre: Contemporary Romance - MC

Series: Chaos MC (Book 3)

Publication Date: 30th June 2015

Format: ebook

Blurb:

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 Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

My Thoughts:

Kristen Ashley is one of those authors who is constantly in my sphere of attention but I haven’t had an urge to pick up one of her books for myself. I’ve heard how amazing they are, I get intrigued, I read the blurb, maybe a couple of reviews and just think “nah”, but this changed when I read the blurb for Ride Steady. 
Something about it just caught me and so I began my first ever Kristen Ashley novel.
And I liked it. 
I really really did. I enjoyed the story, liked/loved the characters (primary and secondary) and quite happily read the – rather long – book over a couple of evenings once I had my little man tucked up in bed.

However, the ‘amazing’ emotion that everybody speaks about in regards to Kristen Ashley novels was lacking. I mean, there was emotion. There was some nice feels generated, some anger, the occasional heart twinge but nothing that I’d call ‘amazing’ emotion. It wasn’t that emotive, just a nice story.

Another thing that I couldn’t get my head around was the writing style. It was wordy. Seriously wordy bordering on unwieldy. I found myself having to re-read passages to ensure I’d captured the point being made and it was jarring and completely interrupted the flow of the story.
The characters speech was also annoying as hell. I often felt like they’d stopped speaking a word or two short of a complete sentence… 

Ultimately, I’d say that Ride Steady was a good story with good characters and I was sufficiently hooked on the Chaos MC that I’ll play catch up with the others in the series* and probably read the others going forward; especially if they involve Snapper and Rush.  
I only hope that the writing style grows on me and I’m not faced with the annoying conundrum of loving the stories but not enjoying the author.

*Ride Steady is book 3 in the Chaos MC series. It can be read as a standalone but features characters and couples from other Chaos MC books as well as from the authors other series’. 


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