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

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ridesteadyThe 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

“Because that was when that was the most beautiful thing he’d ever seen and he knew he’d get that again and again and again. Easy. Steady. Beauty. She gave him what she promised he’d have. A beautiful life. The best part? He got to give it back.”

Almost 2 years ago my friend, Diana Murphy introduced me to the world of Kristen Ashley. I didn’t know romance or alpha males, until I started reading her books. I clearly was missing out. Now, almost 2 years later, I’m blogging and got approved for my very first Kristen Ashley book. Lets just say, this was a dream come true for me…

Now, for Ride Steady….Ride Steady is the third book in the Chaos series and it follows the story of Joker and Carissa. During high-school, Carissa had the life that every girl dreamed about. She was beautiful, popular and dating the most popular boy. They were so in love. As she got older, she thought she had everything: money, a wonderful husband and was starting a family. Then one day, she saw the cold reality of what her life was. Her “wonderful” husband was cheating on her while she was pregnant. If that wasn’t bad enough, her husband kicked her out, and got engaged, all before her baby was even born . Carissa’s life just went bad from worse. With no help from her husband, her life became a struggle. She was just barley making ends meet, but did whatever she could to provide for her child. She just needed to catch a break….Carson “Joker” Steele had the opposite life growing up. He was a loner in school, with a bad boy reputation. He always had a thing for Carissa. She wasn’t like the people that she hung out with. However, life dealt Carson some pretty rough cards and he had to escape the life that he lived. Today Carson is known by the name of Joker. A member of the Chaos MC. He is nothing like Carissa remembers. But, now that fate has brought the two of them together, Joker knows that he can’t let Carissa out of his life again. Their road to HEA will be a challenging one, but you know what they say, anything worth having will be worth the ride you have to take.

I loved Ride Steady. I was completely consumed by Joker and Carissa. Life dealt the two of them such tough cards and they didn’t let it get them down. Sure, it would have been easy to just give up, take the easy way out. But, these two, they fought for what they wanted and they fought hard. And I loved every single minute of it. From the first encounter with Joker and Carissa, I knew their story was going to be a great one. Their relationship was just easy. Their connection unstoppable. Carissa was such a strong woman. Her life didn’t turn out how she thought it would, but she didn’t let it get her down. She worked hard to do everything on her own. She was tough, independent and when she loved, she loved with every part of her. And Joker…Carissa brought out so much in him. He was so hard, never let anyone in or really know who he was and then seeing Carissa again, changed everything. He found something worth fighting for and holding on to. Just the way that Joker was with Carissa made my heart melt.Their relationship was truly something beautiful to watch.

Ride Steady was a really captivating read for me. I didn’t want to put it down. This book made me feel so many things. I know when I’m picking up a Kristen Ashley book, that it’s going to be a good one and I wasn’t disappointed. I love the Chaos series and this was a great addition to it. It gave me everything that I was looking for and more, so much more. It had a great story-line and amazing characters. There was angst, romance, a great alpha male and a strong female lead. There is so much more that I could say about this book, but I’m not going to. No, you need to read and experience for yourself. I don’t know what else to say other than I really loved this story.

* I was provided an ARC copy of this book via NetGalley, in exchange for an honest review*

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