Series: Chaos #3
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 . . .
Fell in love with this one from the beginning. I loved the prologue. Seeing Carson. Watching him struggle as a kid and seeing where he came from. That was real. Kristen Ashley could do great shit with YA. Definitely, she should do that. That was some 5 star shit. Made me feel everything for that man.
Ride Steady hit me. Her previous novels tapped me, but this one took my breath. Not monotonous. This whole series, babe. Shy and Tabby, Hop and Laney…yeah. Not so much Hope and Laney. Shy and Tabby, definitely. Loved Carson and Carissa almost as much as Shy and Tabby. Chaos is the shit.
The romance. Yeah, definitely swooned. Loved that Carson loved Carissa. Loved that he saw her before she saw herself. Loved that she loved him too. Didn’t let her past mess with how she felt for Carson. That I loved too. Carissa’s drama. That felt like real drama. Couldn’t stand her ex, but he needed to be in the story. Authentic. Ride Steady was realistic to me. Kristen Ashley realistic, true, but more than her others. More mellow, less ridiculous side characters. Definitely vibe better with Chaos.
Yeah, there’s an alpha male and a girly female going through shit… Felt they were more developed though. Carissa was who she was because of her life. Made mistakes – definitely, but she grew. Loved seeing her get happy. Ride Steady pulled some tears from me. Never happened before with this author, so I wasn’t ready. Still appreciated it.
Dialogue is my main gripe. The internal stuff was written well enough, but babe… Does biker equal caveman? They’re smart. They should know how to speak English. Still enjoyed the hell out of this story. Won’t be the last time I read it. Had fun with it. Can admit when I love something from Kristen Ashley. Ride on…
Ride Steady is another beautifully crafted Kristen Ashley masterpiece and the perfect addition to this already fantastic series! A sweet second chance romance that will totally sweep you off your feet.
I’m still swooning, y’all. This story was so incredibly sweet! I have such a soft spot for second chance romances, but a Kristen Ashley second chance romance is in a league all on it’s own.
This book was full of everything you’ve come to love and expect from a Kristen Ashley novel. While I have absolutely loved the Chaos series and I’ll admit to having a weakness for her bikers, RideSteady was a tad different. Don’t worry, only just slightly.
Carson “Joker” Steele is definitely very much the alpha biker, however, Carissa was slightly less sassy than your usual KA/Chaos biker babe. She is super sweet, kind to everyone, doesn’t like cursing, and though she has some attitude, it’s considerably less than what we’re used to. She’s no less independent and proud than her Chaos sisters but she comes across as more angelic which I have to admit I kind of liked. While I love a woman who isn’t afraid to stand up for herself and challenges the alpha attitude, I couldn’t help but fall in love with Carissa a little myself. She’s just so sweet and likeable. It’s no mystery why Joker has loved her since high school.
The other way it was a bit different was it had a bit less motorcycle club drama, though not zero. I get the vibe that it’s setting up for crap to hit the fan in a later book. The drama in this book is much more about Joker and Carissa’s personal lives and circumstances. I appreciate the fact that Kristen’s book always have a flare for the dramatic but they also deal with real everyday problems that regular people deal with, problems that aren’t always pretty and it makes it that much more relatable in my opinion.
The beautiful thing about Kristen Ashley books is that while they tend to have a similar feeling or vibe or theme, just that classic Kristen flare that you expect, they’re still individual and even when she strays from her ‘norm’ in certain ways, it’s still nothing short of spectacular. It’s still somehow unequivocally her. And what is she? Just flat out amazing. Hand to God, the woman can do no wrong by me. She’s romance royalty. The Queen of Alphas. And I bow down. Greatness. I loved this book so much, and you will too!