6/30/15

DOUBLE REVIEW: RIDE STEADY BY KRISTEN ASHLEY!!!

Title: Ride Steady
Author: Kristen Ashley
Release Date: AVAILABLE NOW!!

SYNOPSIS:
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 . . .
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 LORDDDD HAVE MERCY!

Ride Steady made me feel so good!
So, so, so, incredibly, amazingly, brilliantly good! I'm practically glowing with bookish pleasure! And I swear there's a halo of KA kickassery surrounding me. I LOVE the crap out of it. 

AHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!

I'll tell ya, there's just nothing like a Kristen Ashley book! I don't know how she does it, but it's another animal all together. Her novels come to LIFE. You could live inside them. She creates worlds so detailed, characters so real and tangible, you literally find yourself transplanted inside the pages. It's unreal. 

I'll guarantee you, when you start Ride Steady all you'll do is read and breathe, read and breathe, until you're finished. You'll inhale it while it simultaneously inhales you. 

It's MAGICAL

Sigh... Well, actually, you might eat too! I mean, I ate and read, ate and read, because I was so entrenched in the tale, I needed something while I was smiling, laughing, swooning, angstying, and crying. And trust, you'll feel all those delicious feels while reading this equally delicious novel.

KA flat out brought her A game. I was hooked. From the first page I felt a deep and solid connection to these characters. Their lives, their problems, and their happiness was all I cared about and I could not stop until I was sure everything was going to be okay. This author casts her line with the first word and draws you into the story in such a way it feels electric. 

Ride Steady is a mountain of a book, over 600 pages (has to be) of pure Googly (you'll get that when you read) goodness.

I started reading in the morning and read until I couldn't keep my eyes open. Then I proceeded to dreamed about it, woke up, and immediately continued my quest. 

It's addictive.
It's gripping.
And it takes you with seamless ease.

I can safely say that out of all the KA books I have read to date this tops as the BEST. A slow building, realistic, and sexy romance with details that felt visceral. And never once does it get tedious. The inner monologue never bores and not a single aspect drags which is a feat in and of itself. 

Carson and Carissa are beautiful characters with two hearts that shine like diamonds. They're drawn to each other from the time they are young. And when I say it's a slow building romance that's because it is. You start from high school, all the way into adulthood. 

There's just so much I could say but I loathe giving a plot breakdown of the book. I feel as if it steals the joy of just going in and finding the little pleasures yourself. You need to feel each step the characters take without knowing what's coming. 

Just take this from my review...

✦ The writing is phenomenal. 
✦ The characters are to die for. 
✦ You might **wink wink** see some surprise guest appearances from other books that will make your belly hop, skip and jump with delighted joy.
✦ The sex is ON FIRE steamy. It's lip lickingly tasty.
✦ The romance is realistic and sinfully sweet. It will give you shivers.
✦ Carson is the perfect KA alpha who will steal your heart right away.
✦ Carissa has a back bone but is also that quintessential KA heroine who knows when to submit and when to fight. Perfect.
✦ The Chaos gang make you feel superb. The comradery, the friendship, the loyalty, the family, it all shines with a brightness that's heart warming. 

Overall, it's just a FANTASTIC READ that will make you feel even more FANTASTIC.

5 thrilling stars and a great way to spend a day. I WANT more. God, do I want more so bad it hurts. 

Ahhhhhhhhh! Just fanfriggintastic! 

Angie's Rating:

The story that evolves between Carissa Teodoro and Carson "Joker" Steele has just officially made Ride Steady one of my all-time favorite KA books. I loved everything about this story, from the prologue that introduced Carissa and Carson as high school students quietly crushing on each other without the other ever knowing, to the sad goodbye they exchanged that ultimately changed the trajectory of both their lives, again without the other ever knowing, to the completely unexpected way they came to reconnect years later, their lives unrecognizable from what they once were. The build between these characters, the course of events this story took, every single moment from the second they laid eyes on each other on the side of I-25 completely consumed me. Fiercely palpable emotion, sexual tension and sweet romance oozed from these pages. Ride Steady, from the very first page to the very last, is wholly addictive and completely unforgettable.

Ride Steady had possibly the best prologue I've read in a Kristen Ashley book to date. Carson Steele's childhood was heartbreaking, but through it all, he displayed such resilience and strength and kindness. Even as an abused, neglected, abandoned young man, he was just magnetic, always doing right by people, showing gratitude and respect to the people that looked out for him. It only took those few pages of the prologue to give me such an extraordinary impression of this guy, this guy that I felt instantly drawn to. I knew this story would be something fantastic from those first few pages and I instantly wanted to devour this book. What I couldn't know from so early on was what would become of that bright, determined, damaged young man; how he went from that quiet loner to a member of the Chaos MC. And what became of the pretty blonde cheerleader he watched from afar in high school, never knowing that she did the same to him.

I love that Kristen Ashley writes lengthy novels that take me several days to get through. I love getting lost in her books and savoring them. But I did not, could not, savor Ride Steady because I wanted to devour it without coming up for air. I could not put this book down. Carson Steele is one of the most magnetic leading men Kristen Ashley has ever penned... and that's a seriously heavy statement right there because I've loved all of her alpha males loads. His goodness, his light, his intelligence, his determination, his stepping in to care for a child that isn't his with a woman he never thought he'd have, his love for his club brothers, his respect for the people that looked after him when his own family didn't, EVERY SINGLE THING that makes Carson Steele who he is is absolute perfection. He's up there with Ty Walker and Luke Stark in my top KA guys as of NOW.

I'm in awe of the way Kristen Ashley seamlessly introduces brand new characters, while weaving in old characters from previous books. The Dream Men, the Hot Bunch from the Rock Chick series, the ever growing and evolving Chaos crew, the Unfinished Heroes, a photographer from the Magdalene series, all play small but pivotal parts in this multifaceted plot. I've heard readers say they don't like the way KA introduces so many secondary characters, that it becomes too much, too crazy. WRONG. It's mastery what she does with her characters. It's flawless and fluid and freaking fantastic and she does it in a way that makes me remember every detail of every book she's ever written. She continually reminds me of why I loved these characters in the first place, what they brought to the table and how much I love to see their individual stories all continue to converge in new books. I can not possibly say enough about the genius that is Kristen Ashley. She's such a phenomenal story teller, but she's so smart about it. She creates these stories that are never just a linear A to B journey. There's no end in sight for these characters so you know you'll see them again in other books, because there's always a need for Lee Nightingale's intel, or Hawk Delgado's badass commando assistance or Elvira's shopping expertise or Tack Allen's biker connections or Knight Sebring's stable handling. There's always room for a bounty hunter or a cop or a pie baked by a women we met 15 books ago. Not many authors can do that, give life to every character they've ever dreamed up and do it in such a way that it always feels exciting and fresh and new and nostalgic to see them again and again. It's clear that Kristen Ashley loves these characters so deeply in the way she insists they keep returning and bringing all that is them to new stories, even if it's just for a moment. She doesn't just write books. She's created a world of characters that love and fight and hurt and hope and come together at pivotal moments, but do so fluidly, like it's the most natural, authentic, believable, real thing in the universe.

Kristen Ashley upped her game with Ride Steady. I didn't think that was possible because she's on the top of her game every time. But something about this book just felt like... more. Her writing. The character development. The story itself, the way she broke her own rules, doing the exact opposite with these characters than I expected based on what she typically does. The dialogue. The romance. The seamless way she weaves in droves of other characters and their own stories and families and lives. Something intangible about this book set it apart in my eyes and that is a feat because this author is my all-time favorite and I hold so many of her books in the highest regard. Ride Steady is full of humor, witty one-liners, sarcasm, every single word placed perfectly. It's also fraught with raw emotion, both heartbreak and joy, loss and hope. The romance felt sweeter in this story, the Chaos brotherhood felt stronger and more profound, the drama driving the plot felt clean and tight. This book is just the packaged perfection. I felt so much in these pages, I laughed, I cried, I loved. Kristen Ashley nailed it. This book is just phenomenal.

Jessica's Rating:

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.

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