REVIEW: KRISTEN ASHLEY ✭ ROUGH RIDE

REVIEW: KRISTEN ASHLEY ✭ ROUGH RIDERough Ride by Kristen Ashley
Also by this author: The Gamble, Wildest Dreams
Also in this series: Wild Like the Wind, Free
Series: Chaos #5
Published by Evil Eye Concepts, Incorporate Genres: Contemporary Romance, MC/Biker
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four-half-stars

Rosalie Holloway put it all on the line for the Chaos Motorcycle Club.

Informing to Chaos on their rival club—her man’s club, Bounty—Rosalie knows the stakes. And she pays them when her man, who she was hoping to scare straight, finds out she’s betrayed him and he delivers her to his brothers to mete out their form of justice.

But really, Rosie has long been denying that, as she drifted away from her Bounty, she’s been falling in love with Everett “Snapper” Kavanagh, a Chaos brother. Snap is the biker-boy-next door with the snowy blue eyes, quiet confidence and sweet disposition who was supposed to keep her safe... and fell down on that job.

For Snapper, it’s always been Rosalie, from the first time he saw her at the Chaos Compound. He’s just been waiting for a clear shot. But he didn’t want to get it after his Rosie was left bleeding, beat down and broken by Bounty on a cement warehouse floor.

With Rosalie a casualty of an ongoing war, Snapper has to guide her to trust him, take a shot with him, build a them...

And fold his woman firmly in the family that is Chaos.

ROUGH RIDE

by Kristen Ashley

 

 

Who else felt wretched for Rosalie when Shy and Tabby ran into her at the mall in OWN THE WIND? When you experienced her pain for having lost her boyfriend to the daughter of Chaos’s president. I was so hoping to get a story for Rosalie, simply because she was was completely classy about it although you could feel how hard this was on her. Being dropped like a hot potato? Looking back, it was a shitty thing to do, Shy.

Unfortunately, suffering isn’t quite over yet for Rosie. She has been spying on her boyfriend’s motorcycle club for Chaos. She doesn’t do it because she wants to see Bounty go down, no, her motives are much more personal. She wants to save her boyfriend from the illegal transactions going on within the MC but the more she realizes that notion is futile the more she falls in love with Snapper, her handler at Chaos. These are pretty much the impressions we got over the last Chaos books.

The book starts with a harrowing scene for Rosalie that ends with her in hospital with broken ribs, a fractured nose, countless bruises and a broken heart. And she’s done. Done with her ex. Done with Bounty. And done with Chaos. She can’t do it anymore. Too many people have let her down. And who can blame her after her recent ordeal? But all those people aren’t done with her – especially Snapper, who has been in love with Rosalie for a long time. Plus, she still needs protection and Snapper is only all too happy to give it to her.

“Got you now, baby. I got you. Nothing will ever hurt you again. Nothing, Rosie. Won’t let it. Nothing, baby. Not a thing.”

You might have gotten the impression in the previous books that Rosalie lets people walk all over her. And that would be all wrong. She is the usual awesome, strong, lovable, sassy KA-heroine we love so much. I always root for Kristen Ashley’s couples but I really wanted to see Rosalie’s HEA after all she’d gone through.

Under Snapper’s usual alpha exterior hid a gentle and sweet man who had all the time in the world wooing his Rosie. He left her time but pushed her enough to see so that she could see that they both wanted the same. Once they were at the same page it was pure bliss.

He hadn’t lied. I was his world. It was just a quiet, unhurried world where a roof over our heads and closeness (and a cozy fire) were all that was needed.

Of course we catch up a little with the rest of the Chaos members, especially because, being the men they are, they all are affected by Rosalie’s rough time, they all feel guilty for not protecting her sufficiently.

This is a satisfying and lovely addition to the series. Again, KA gives us her usual brand of sweet romance and tension that I adore so much. I believe there are two more books left and I can’t wait to read them. Heads up: I wouldn’t recommend reading this as a standalone – there is too much background story in the previous books. But just as well, right? Because this series is awesome.

“You been my woman for months and I don’t give a shit that happened when you were with another man.”

About Kristen Ashley

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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four-half-stars

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