Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Ride Steady blog tour 5+ stars!

RIDE STEADY by Kristen Ashley (June 30, 2015; Forever Mass Market; 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 . . .

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Christy's 5+ star review! 


 photo 68de83e1-0d84-4255-af45-46ce08c87092_zpsych2rmwh.jpgThere is a reason Kristen Ashley is my #1 favorite author. And there is a reason I’ve read 40 of her books. It’s because this woman can write. She can tell a story. And she makes you fall in love with her stories and her characters. Every book I read of hers, I never fail to fall in love with it. Ride Steady is easily in my top 10 favorite KA books and it’s one I know I’ll re-read in the future. I loved Joker and Carissa’s story!

“One day, Carson Steele, you’re going to be a magnificent man. I don’t know how that will be… But whatever it is, it will happen. I believe it. And one day, you’ll see past what you’ve been taught and you’ll believe it too.”

Carson Steel is a teenage boy who has a difficult home life. But he has a plan. He’s going to get away from his father and change his life. He has a few people who believe in him. A teacher, a few neighbors etc. Something has him making that change a bit earlier than planned. He leaves town and when he comes back, he’s a different man.

 photo ebaf9381-e057-46a4-adba-f8edbecfe618_zpscqvqvnaq.jpgCarissa is a young single mother. Her ex-husband and high school sweetheart really did a number on her. Now she’s raising her son on what little money she makes and just barley making ends meet while her ex is living the good life. One flat tire changes everything for her. She has a flat and a biker pulls over to help her. Joker is that biker. He seems familiar to her, but she can’t put her finger on it. Either way, he helps Carissa and offers to have her stop by Ride (his MC’s garage) to get her car worked on. Once the club meets her and takes her in, they can’t help but want to help her.

Lets have a little background on Carissa and Joker… they went to high school together. They were different, and Joker had it bad for her. What he didn’t know is that she always had a crush on him as well. Carson was the bad boy, she was the homecoming queen/cheerleader. Now back to the present, Carissa is starting to fall for Joker. And even though it takes Joker some time to come out of his shell and come around, he does.


 photo 6ee707e4-6705-49b7-9e4b-6b62da1fe7d9_zpsyxbfvswt.jpgBoth of these main characters were nothing short of amazing. Carissa is a heroine you will adore. She’s a mother, a hard worker, a good friend and just an all around great person. She is tough, but soft at the same time. Then there is Joker. Joker was a fantastic hero. He’s a tough biker, yes, but he’s also an artist. A brother you can count on. He’s amazing with Carissa’s son and he has the best heart. I loved his character from the start, but when he laid it out for Carissa’s ex… just wow.

Not only do we have Joker and Carissa, but we have some of our old favorite characters (Tack, Tyra, Shy, Tabby, Rush, High, Elvira etc. plus some AMAZING cameos from some of our favorite KA guys) and also some new ones. I love all of Carson’s extended family. His friends that have made themselves his people. These people aren’t just friends to Carson, they are his family. His Chaos brothers are his family as well. And they become Carissa’s too. And she needs good people in her life just as much as Joker did.

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This story melted my heart. It made me so happy, I had a perma-grin on my face most of the time I read. It had me crying happy tears and I loved it from beginning to the very end. Honestly,  I can’t think of anything I didn’t like about this one. There is nothing better than picking up a book by your favorite author and loving every single word. It was a long book, but it didn’t feel long. When it was over, I wanted more. I loved seeing Joker and Carissa overcome all the obstacles of their lives. Ride Steady is a beautiful, heart warming romance. It’s not just a biker book and not just another Kristen Ashley book. This book is something special and something you won’t want to miss out on reading!

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About the author:

Kristen Ashley grew up in Brownsburg, Indiana, and 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 multigenerational family. They lived on a very small farm in a small town in the heartland, and Kristen grew up listening to the strains of Glenn Miller, The Everly Brothers, REO Speedwagon, and Whitesnake. Needless to say, growing up in a house full of music and love was a good way to grow up.  And as she keeps growing up, it keeps getting better.

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