REVIEW: KRISTEN ASHLEY ✭ FREE

REVIEW: KRISTEN ASHLEY ✭ FREEFree by Kristen Ashley
Also by this author: Rough Ride, The Gamble
Also in this series: Rough Ride, Wild Like the Wind
Series: Chaos #6
on January 29th 2019
Genres: Contemporary Romance, MC/Biker
Format: eARC
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Through good times, bad times and times of war, Cole “Rush” Allen grew up in the Chaos Motorcycle Club. Along this journey, he watched his father, Tack, and his MC brothers fight, sweat, bleed and die to steer the Club to legitimacy.

And they’ve got one more battle on their hands.

A battle they have to win.

But when Rush meets the woman who put herself right in the thick of it, he knows he has to stop at nothing to get her out.

Rebel Stapleton has lost someone she loves to murder and she’s the kind of woman who’s going to do something about it. She puts her career on the line, and her life, to bring the man who did it to justice.

That is, she does this until Rush Allen intervenes.

Chaos is at war and they’re about to face the ultimate showdown. They’ll have to negotiate skeletons from the past, enemies becoming allies, and loved ones in the line of fire on their ride to be…

FREE

by KRISTEN ASHLEY

You know, when you read the last The End of a beloved series it’s always with both sadness and joy.

Free is the phenomenal conclusion to the Chaos series by Kristen Ashley and has pretty much an all-cast from Dream Man, Chaos, a little Honey and Unfinished Heroes. Heads up: this book can’t be read as a standalone. The sheer amount of POVs will leave anyone, who hasn’t read the previous books in this series, completely lost. While I usually don’t like jumping between so many multiple viewpoints, it didn’t bother me in this story because I knew all the characters.

Cole “Rush” Allen is a chip off the old block. He is in most ways a carbon copy of his dad, maybe a little more easy-going. But everything I loved about Tack I also love about Rush – his protective nature, his open adoration for his woman, how he looks out for her, his bossiness, his integrity, his humor…I could go on for a while.

“You’re lucky you’re a great fuck.” I grinned.
“And got great hair,” he went on. I grinned bigger.
“And fantastic legs.” My grin got seriously toothy.
“And beautiful cheekbones.” That surprised me.
“Beautiful cheekbones?” Another sigh.
“Baby, you pretty much got beautiful everything, which means I’m fucked.”

So it’s probably no surprise when I say he has joined the ranks of Tate, Tack and Luke, who are my top favorite Kristen Ashley male characters. He falls for Rebel fast and when he loves, he loves hard. Tack and Rush’s relationship was one of my favorite things. His dad gave him advice in typical Tack manner. Straight, to the point but not unkind and with so much wisdom – Tack has come a long way. Father and son had an unbreakable bond.

“You’re a good son. You’re a good man,” his dad whispered. “I have no idea how, through all the shit you had to wade through that was not in my power to protect you from, you turned into the man you are.
But you did and I’m damned proud, Rush. You’re the man I wanted to be. You’ll have the Club I wanted to make. And I did more. I made Tabby. I had a hand in makin’ Ride and Cut. I earned the love of your stepmother. I debate it every day, what makes me the proudest. And I gotta tell you, son, havin’ that to debate is the best place a man can be.”

Rebel was da bomb. I adored her. She has a bit of a superwoman complex, a need to always take care of others and make things right for them. She just can’t help herself. If someone needs a leg up, a shoulder, she’s there. I think she may be one of my most favorite heroines. I adored her for Rush. She was perfect for him in every way. She had sass, courage, smarts, compassion and a tender heart. There were so many sweet moments between them, moments that left me without a doubt that these two were a once-in-a-lifetime, meant-to-be love. And I didn’t care that they it was pretty much love at first sight.

“I’m keeping you,” he said against my lips. He was keeping me. I was going to belong to somebody. And that somebody was Rush Allen.

There were also many laugh-out-loud moments,  and I was again floored how kind and sweet and funny the Chaos men could be when they didn’t need to be tough. I *need* to paste this interaction between them when they meet Essence, Rebel’s hippie neighbor (who reminds me a little of Tex in a more feminine, sweeter way), for the first time.

Another side character who stood out was Beck, the Bounty MC member who treated Rosalie horribly in Rough Ride. I loved what Ms. Ashley did with him. He was definitely one of my favorite POVs in FREE. The villains’ POVs  (yes, plural) raise the tension and the stand-off left me a little breathless and tense.

Leaving Chaos isn’t as easy as I thought it would be, even though I knew Kristen Ashley would leave them in a happy place. These characters have stolen a piece of my heart and run away with it. FREE is the perfect conclusion to the series and will remain with me for a long while. It is about amends and tying up loose ends, solving the remaining mysteries, catching up with beloved characters and finally bidding them goodbye. I hope we get to see the Chaos cast in other books and can catch up with them. Until then, I’ll listen to the audiobooks and relive vicariously through these awesome characters and hope that maybe, someday, there will be another MC series in the future.

Tacked grinned at the open stretch of tarmac in front of him, glinting in the sun. And Chaos rode.

“My name is Rush Allen,” the leader of the pack said.

“Well, you already know my name, so consider us introduced,” I returned.

He nodded once. “We need to talk about what you’re doing with Benito Valenzuela.”

“This is where we disagree, Mr. Allen.”

He leaned forward, his leather creaking, putting his elbows to his knees, and he tipped his dark head back.

This was a bad position. His legs were spread, his faded jeans tight on his knees, I could see their formation, and like everything about him, it was sexy. Especially them leading into thick thighs. More on the especially with his long-fingered, rough, veined hands. And adding to all that, with the arch of his neck, the column of his muscled throat was exposed above the collar of his cream thermal, and if his hair demanded your fingers buried in it, his throat demanded your lips trailing down it.

I wouldn’t allow myself to let my eyes roam to his package. If it was as good as the rest, shit might go south for me…fast.

Man, I was in trouble.

“I know about Diane,” he said softly.

My gaze shot from his throat to those crystal eyes, and my breath lodged in my chest because of his tone.

It was beautiful, full of warmth and sadness and understanding.

So much of all that, if he’d been there when Diane had died, and he’d cooed to me in that voice (perhaps while he held me in his arms and I smelled leather and tang), maybe things would have been different. Maybe I wouldn’t have let that fire ignite in my belly. Maybe I wouldn’t have fanned those flames until it was an inferno that had built out of even my control.

I straightened my spine.

“You need to pull back so you don’t become Diane, Rebel,” he advised.

“Benito Valenzuela didn’t kill my friend,” I informed him.

“You don’t know who did that,” he informed me.

“I do know. And it was not Benito Valenzuela.”

“You think it was Arthur Lannigan.”

I leaned toward him. “No. I know it was Arthur Lannigan.”

“Let Hank and Eddie prove that,” he urged.

Oh yeah.

He knew Hank and Eddie.

Shit.

“They have.” (Uh, mostly.) “They just can’t find him.”

“And you think you can.”

“I know I can.”

“By playing Valenzuela and Harrietta Turnbull to get to him?”

“By doing whatever I have to do.”

“So you get dead, your neck snapped like Diane’s, what’s Diesel gonna do?”

I abruptly leaned back in my chair.

Damn Eddie Chavez.

 

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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I’m sad to see this series coming to an end.

Have you read other MC books/series? Any recs for picky moi?

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9 Comments

  • I’m not ready! I almost cried just reading your review! How can I let them go?! Chaos is one of my all time favourites and I just… Can’t. I can’t. Yet, I want to read the final two books so bad. (Yep, I haven’t even brought myself to read Hound’s yet! I’m too anxious, lol)

    • OMG. Get on it, woman! Rush is EVERYTHING.

      (Also, sorry for not having been to your blog in while…life has been super crazy and I am also a bit of an idiot and overbooked myself again).

    • It really depends which one you’ve read.
      KA has a very distinct writing style…a lot of descriptions about clothes and interiors, very alpha male main dudes and very sassy main dudettes. They all do chin lifts instead of saying hi or say “babe” to express various moods. I love her hard. But I can understand why she may not be for everyone.

  • I just adore everything that KA writes, and I can’t wait for Free. I have heard mixed reviews about this one, however, I am going to use my last credit of the month and listen to this book. It sounds amazing darling and thanks for the wonderful review. I am glad to hear that we see characters from other series. I haven’t read the honey series, do I need to before reading this book?

    • I saw those reviews too. I’m not sorry to have given it a 5 star review. I loved every second of it and it’s freaking long book. I get what people are saying it just didn’t apply to me. I hope you’ll love it. <3

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