Minute Reviews [5]

Posted August 29, 2015 by Kim in 4 Stars, 5 Stars, In Review, Minute Reviews / 0 Comments

Minute Reviews

It’s time for another installment of Minute Reviews! This time it’s all motorcycle club books, all the time. This is what happens when you binge the hell out of Kristen Ashley books.

And if you want to do reviews like this REALLY easily, check out the Ultimate Book Blogger plugin! It’s amazing. Seriously.

divider_bluegold

Minute Reviews [5]Motorcycle Man by Kristen Ashley
Series: Dream Man #4
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Publication date: December 11, 2012
Publisher: Forever
Format: eBook, 522 pages
How I got it: I bought it!
Add it: Goodreads
Buy it: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | iTunes
My rating:

Tyra Masters has had enough drama to last a lifetime. Now, she's back on track and looking forward to her new, quiet life. Until she meets the man of her dreams. The tattooed, muscled biker plies her with tequila-and the best sex of her life. She knows it isn't the tequila and hot sex talking. He's the kind of man she's always wanted. Unfortunately, he's also her new boss...

Kane "Tack" Allen has a rule. He doesn't employ someone he's slept with. So when he learns he spent last night in bed with his new office manager, he quickly fires Tyra. Yet when Tyra stands up to him and fights for her job, Tack is intrigued. He tells her she can keep her job on one condition: no more sex. Ever. But as things heat up between them, Tack finds that he'll be the one breaking all the rules...

In Review: My Thoughts

My bookish bestie has been after me to read a Kristen Ashley book FOREVER. I’m not entirely sure why I put it off as long as I did, but I’m happy I finally broke down a few days ago and decided to pick one of her books up. Motorcycle Man was a great pick for me because it also marked my first true motorcycle club book. And also, it was entirely brilliant. It captivated me from start to finish.

I love a good alpha male, but it definitely did take some time for Tack to grow on me. He wasn’t like the swoony book boys I’ve been reading recently. After I adjusted my expectations, vented a bit to my friend and gave him a chance, I began seeing what an amazing guy he really was. I grew to love him just as he was. Tyra, on the other hand, I connected with right from the start. It was easy to see a lot of myself in her. Despite a bumpy start – and more than a few fights as the book went on – I absolutely loved the romance between Tack and Tyra. There was something special about the two of them together. They had tons of passion and the sexy times were hot. But it was the relationship, the push and pull as they grew together, that kept me sticking around. To say I was invested in these characters and their story is a HUGE understatement. Through it all there were even a fair few feels, too. Books like this are why I read.

So yes, I’m officially a KA addict. I read three of her books in three days. I can’t get enough. And I really can’t wait to meet her in Pittsburgh in a few weeks.

divider_bluegold

Minute Reviews [5]Own the Wind by Kristen Ashley
Series: Chaos #1
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Publication date: April 2, 2013
Publisher: Grand Central
Format: eBook, 406 pages
How I got it: I bought it!
Add it: Goodreads
Buy it: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | iTunes
My rating:

Tabitha Allen grew up in the thick of Chaos—the Chaos Motorcycle Club, that is. Her father is Chaos' leader, and the club has always had her back. But one rider was different from the start. When Tabby was running wild, Shy Cage was there. When tragedy tore her life apart, he helped her piece it back together. And now, Tabby's thinking about much more than friendship...

Tabby is everything Shy's ever wanted, but everything he thinks he can't have. She's beautiful, smart, and as his friend's daughter, untouchable. Shy never expected more than friendship, so when Tabby indicates she wants more—much more—he feels like the luckiest man alive. But even lucky men can crash and burn...

In Review: My Thoughts

After finishing my first ever KA book, I decided to take a look at her backlist and see what else I might find interesting. Since I was in a bit of a motorcycle club mood, I looked up the Chaos series. As soon as I realized the first book was about Tack’s daughter, Tab, and club manwhore extraordinaire, Shy, I knew I had to read it immediately. I adored Tab in Motorcycle Man and the part at the end where it was obvious she had a crush on Shy intrigued me. I wanted to see how it would work, if it could work, between them.

If I’m honest, this wasn’t the easiest book for me. I have a tough time with manwhores sometimes. It was a little bumpy in the beginning with Shy. I mean, I already liked his character, I just disapproved of his choices. Ha! I loved Tab and hoped they could work towards something, but I soon realized my gratification would be delayed with this book. Neither of them was really in a place where they were ready to be together. They each had to grow some first. So, as much as I didn’t like the thought of EITHER of them with someone else, I set those feelings aside and kept going. And man, am I glad I did.

The payoff for my frustration at the beginning was huge. Tab and Shy were wonderful together, once they finally got there. Of course, their pairing isn’t without some serious obstacles. His domineering nature, her need to retreat when things were too much and the motorcycle club all posed a threat to this couple. There were definite feels and tears. There were also some seriously steamy times. All in all, this was a beautiful story of redemption and second chances. I loved it hard.divider_bluegold

Minute Reviews [5]Fire Inside by Kristen Ashley
Series: Chaos #2
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Publication date: June 4, 2013
Publisher: Forever
Format: eBook, 421 pages
How I got it: I bought it!
Add it: Goodreads
Buy it: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | iTunes
My rating:

Lanie Heron isn't looking for love-no surprise, considering her last serious relationship nearly got her killed. So when Lanie propositions Hop Kincaid, all she wants is one wild night with the hot-as-hell biker who patrols with the Chaos Motorcycle Club...

For Hop, Lanie has always been untouchable. She's too polished and too classy for his taste. But when she gives Hop the once-over with her bedroom eyes and offers him a night in paradise, he can't say no. And he doesn't regret it when he finds that Lanie is the best thing that's ever happened to him-in or out of bed. Now the trick will be to convince her of that.

In Review: My Thoughts

After finishing Own the Wind, I decided I needed to keep bingeing the hell out of the Chaos series. I was in Kristen Ashley’s world and had no desire to leave. I wasn’t 100% sold on the idea of Lanie and Hop, knowing them separately from the previous books, but of course I was willing to give them a shot. KA isn’t going to steer me wrong, right? Right! I didn’t love this one as much as I did Own the Wind or Motorcycle Man, but it was still a really good book.

The pace of Fire Inside is quite a bit slower than the other two KA books I’ve read. I think that’s part of the reason I struggled with it at times. Instead of there being a big outside conflict between Hop and Lanie, it was as though the biggest problem was in Lanie’s head as she tried to work through her past. Which, is totally understandable. She had a rocky past for sure. But, I think part of that past – and the time spent in her own head during this book – made it a little tough for me to connect with her. Hop seemed like a good guy who made some questionable choices in the past, but there was more to his story. Some parts were more difficult to deal with than others. But they all helped me better understand the man as he was today.

When all was said and done, I was an unapologetic Hop and Lanie fangirl. I loved how each character grew over the course of this book. Opposites really do attract… and when they do, the fire burns bright. And hot. Oh, and it’s worth mentioning, the ending of this one?! It hit me right in the feels. More than you can possibly know.

divider_bluegold

Minute Reviews [5]Ride Steady by Kristen Ashley
Series: Chaos #3
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Publication date: June 30, 2015
Publisher: Forever
Format: eBook, 628 pages
How I got it: I bought it!
Add it: Goodreads
Buy it: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | iTunes
My rating:

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.

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...

In Review: My Thoughts

You guys. This book. I don’t even know if I can form coherent thoughts about it. As I was reading the first two books in this series and swooning all over the guys, my KA-loving blogging bestie kept saying “Wait until you get to Joker’s book. You’re going to love him.” Boy, did I ever. I think the best way

Ride Steady was a fantastic second chance romance. I adored Carissa from the beginning and hated the things she was dealing with because of her scumbag ex. She was a good mom, a great person and really easy to like. Joker? There are no words. He was a complicated guy, but a really good one, too. It was obvious he was over the moon for Carissa too. I love when guys become totally devoted (and non-creepy) protective over a woman. He did just that. He stepped up to be the man she needed in all parts of her life. He and the club gave her the family she was missing. And he was good with her son. My ovaries were exploding all over the place.

I loved this book. Everything about this book. Kristen’s writing makes it feel as though I’m living it instead of reading it. It took me four days to read this book, which is kinda insane for me. It wasn’t because I wasn’t into it or because I was TOO busy, but because I wanted to savor all the words. I loved the romance, obviously. It was sweet and sexy. I loved how all the characters – old and new – interacted. The secondary story with Valenzuela is building to what I’m sure is going to be a huge explosion sometime very soon, and the action in this book was a good addition to the whole story. Though I can’t confirm because I’ve not read her other books, there seemed to be cameos from characters from her previous books. Which, you know, only served to make me want to read those all RIGHT THIS MINUTE. But, alas, I have to wait because of other commitments.

Joe-Joe-Kah. He just might’ve ruined me for all book men (and probably even the real ones) forever. Oh, and the epilogue? So much freaking perfection in so many wonderful, tiny ways.

divider_bluegold

About Kristen Ashley

Kristen Ashley was born in Gary, Indiana, USA and 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!). Her mother said they took Kristen away, put her Mom back in her room, her mother looked out the window, and Gary was on fire (Dr. King had been assassinated four days before). Kristen's Mom remembered thinking it was the end of the world. Quite the dramatic beginning.

Nothing's changed.

Kristen grew up in Brownsburg, Indiana and has lived in Denver, Colorado and the West Country of England. Thus, she's blessed to have friends and family around the globe. Her family was (is) loopy (to say the least) but loopy is good when you want to write. They all lived together on a very small farm in a small farm town in the heartland. She grew up with Glenn Miller, The Everly Brothers, REO Speedwagon and Whitesnake (and the wardrobes that matched).

smaller spacer

divider_bluegold

Kim Sig

Tags: , , , ,

Divider

Leave a Reply