ARC Review – Ride Steady (Chaos #3) by Kristen Ashley (plus Q&A with Kristen)

Ride steady delivered everything and then some that I crave in a romance book. It’s packed with spicy direct dialogue, it’s crammed full of heartwarming caring characters, and it delivers a love story that every reader hopes to find between the pages. ~ Rhayne, Guilty Pleasures 

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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 . . .

Review copy provided for an honest review


I’m finding it harder and harder to review books by Kristen Ashley, simply because she nails every single one and I can’t come up with enough good things to say about her and her writings that do her justice.

Ride steady delivered everything and then some that I crave in a romance book. It’s packed with spicy direct dialogue, it’s crammed full of heartwarming caring characters, and it delivers a love story that every reader hopes to find between the pages.

Ms. Ashley shares with us a world inside the Chaos MC where characters can be lethal and scary, hot headed and physical, but at the end of the day they are the ones you know you can always, without fail, depend on and love unconditionally.

Carissa and Joker take us on an emotional ride through their lives. We begin with them in high school and end up skipping years ahead to follow them through a new and welcome chapter in their lives. Neither one are close to the people they once were and to watch them connect and fuse their new lives together is a pleasure to read.

I absolutely love the plot of this book. The characters are strong, their relationship is strong and they stay that way through the book. The conflict/resolve isn’t centered on their relationship; it’s centered on outside forces that try to shake them up. Through it all Joker and Carissa prove to be unbreakable and prove their commitment to one another is a force to be reckoned with. This was a welcome change over several books I’ve currently read recently.

Not only do we get a look inside the Chaos world and the characters that surround the MC, we get to touch base with other characters from other series of Kristen’s that blend into this story perfectly. We also get to witness how amazing these though guys can be around babies and children. Carissa has a baby with her ex-husband and to see the bond Joker forms with him absolutely melts my heart.

I would say you could read this as a standalone and have no problem following along with the story. However, I can’t imagine if you have read anything by Ms. Ashley you haven’t already read them. She has a way to capture her reader’s hearts and leaves them completely addicted to any world she decided to put on paper. Kudos to you, Kristen, for one more fabulous book that will have a permanent home on my re-read shelf.


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Q&A with Kristen Ashley

  1. A la Twitter style, can you describe your book (or series) in 140 characters or less.

The answer to this is no. I can barely form tweets not describing my books in 140 characters or less. But I shall try!

Joker and Carissa…

Okay, that’s sat there for three days. So I actually can’t do this!

  1. What do you love about writing stories that involve the characters getting a second chance at love?

No one is perfect. We all make mistakes. Even if we’re sure whatever we’re doing is right at the time, life has the power to make things go wrong. And if you feel you’ve failed, if you’ve been burned, if you’ve been in pain, it is very hard to pick yourself up and start again. Or pick yourself up and try again. It takes a great deal of courage to move on from whatever may have happened in life and still reach for happiness. So I like exploring that idea with love not just because I’m a romance novelist but also because I’m a to-the-bone romantic.

  1. Do you have a song or playlist that best fits Ride Steady?

Not really, though there’s a song that plays at the end of the epilogue that I think works for that moment for Chaos as a whole but particularly, and finally, after a very long row to hoe, it works for a lot longer than a moment for Carissa and Joker.

  1. What scene from Ride Steady was the most fun to write?

The scene nearer to the end when all the girls get together to take Carissa’s back when she makes a not-very-smart decision about exacting revenge. I love, love,love the sisterhood and showing how awesome it is in my books. How it can be hilarious and supportive and enlightening and thoughtful and rich and warm and meaningful all the same time. That scene is a perfect example of all that.

  1. Do you have a favorite quote/scene from the book?

Close to the end, Joker with Travis when they’re looking through the magazine. That gets me (happily) in the throat every time I read it.

Kristen Ashley

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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2 thoughts on “ARC Review – Ride Steady (Chaos #3) by Kristen Ashley (plus Q&A with Kristen)

  1. I’ve got the first two books on my tbr pile…thanks for the review Rhayne!

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