Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Blog Tour: Ride Steady by Kristen Ashley with Excerpt, Review, and Giveaway

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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“Yo!” I heard Snapper call and I looked to him to see he was looking beyond me. I turned around and saw Tabby was heading toward me and Snapper. “I’m takin’ Carissa out on my bike. You wanna look after her purse or put it in Shy’s room or somethin’?”
At his request, Tabby’s gaze immediately cut to the pool tables. When she took them in, for some reason, her face got hard before she softened it and looked back toward us.
“Not a problem,” she said, stopping at us. “Go. Ride.”
“Never been on a bike,” I told her and her face split in a big smile.
“Then go. Ride.” She leaned in to me. “Beware, wind in your hair, moon on your skin, you’ll fall in love.”
I wasn’t sure that was a good thing. I’d fallen in love with something I couldn’t have, and if I fell in love with the wind in my hair and the moon on my skin, without someone to give that to me, I couldn’t have that either.
But to heck with it.
Maybe this would be the only bike ride I’d  I’d have in my life.
And maybe the kiss Joker gave me was the only fabulous kiss I’d ever get.
And maybe my dream of having a family or the other dream of getting behind the steel guarding Joker’s eyes was lost to me.
But I was still breathing.
So I’d take what I could get.
Tabby put her hand on my purse, which was lying on the bar. “Got this. Have fun.”
“Thanks,” I whispered.
She winked at me.
I looked to Snapper. “Let’s go.”
“Meet you at the end of the bar, babe.”
“Right!” I chirped, jumped off my stool, threw Tabby a smile, nabbed my jacket that I was sitting on and bounced to the end of the bar.
When I got there, Snapper had pulled on his leather jacket. He grabbed my hand and guided me out the door and to his bike. Then he got on his bike before instructing me on how to do the same.
The bike roared, he backed out on an angle, and we glided over the tarmac of Ride.
He pulled out onto Broadway and I got it.
The wind in my hair.
The moon on my skin.
The leather of his jacket in my nostrils.
The solidness of him under my hands at his waist.
We got close to the onramp of I25 and he shouted, “Hold on!”
“Sorry?” I shouted back.
“Hold on!” he yelled, taking one hand off the grip and using it to pull my hand from his waist and around to his stomach.
He put his hand back on the grip and we turned up the ramp, going faster, faster, faster, the wind whipping my hair and biting into my skin. I curved my other arm around him, put my chin to his shoulder, drew in air and leather, and I got it.
That it being why this was the life for a biker.
No encumbrances. You wanted to smoke pot, you smoked it. You wanted to wear a tube top, you wore it. You wanted to drink shots, you drank them. You wanted to make out hot and heavy on a couch in a room filled with people, you did it.
You wanted to live, you lived.
You wanted to be free, you got on your bike and rode in the moonlight.
You did not drink martinis you didn’t like. You did not take a job your motherinlaw thought you should have. You did not take guff from your ex, not ever.
You did what you wanted.
You were free.
In all that was happening to me, all that I was feeling, all the disappointment of that night and the bizarre devastation I felt that the first time this happened, me on the back of a bike, I would have preferred it be with Joker . . . right then, for that moment, I let it all go.
I let it go, held on to Snapper and I let myself feel it.
Feel something rare and beautiful and overwhelming.
Feel something I knew for certain I hadn’t felt in my whole life.

About the author:
Kristen Ashley grew up in Brownsburg, Indiana, and has lived in Denver, Colorado, and the West Country of 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.
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. 

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My Review:  If you love great contemporary romance, and you love  hot bad boys who are also badass bikers, you will definitely want to get to know the hotties from the Chaos Motorcycle Club, as well as their families.  Ride Steady is the third book in Kristen Ashley's Chaos series, which is a spin-off from her Dream Man series.  It was in the Dream Man series that we got to know Tack Allen, president of the Chaos Motorcycle Club, up close and personal.  He appears in all the books in the Dream Man series, but Motorcycle Man is his story, and it, along with Mystery Man are my favorites.  I absolutely loved him, as well as his boys.  They are a whole different breed of people who are fiercely loyal, on the alpha man scale from 1 to 10, they are about a 13.5, but are also guys who love and protect their women and their families with everything they have.  They don't take crap from anybody and while they might seem scary, they are good guys, super hot good guys I might add, but good guys nonetheless.

Ride Steady is Carson "Joker" Steele's story.   After having a childhood you wouldn't wish on anyone, Carson escaped as soon as he was able to do so.  Now, Carson Steele finds himself back in Denver Colorado and recruited by the Chaos Motorcycle Club, and christened with the name "Joker."  He is finally part of a family, but his past has left him hard and emotionally damaged.  Tack Allen sees something in him, as do his "brothers," and they not only have his back, but are determined to do what they can, to help him in any way they can.  Carissa Teodoro is the only girl in Joker's life that he has truly ever cared about.  She was beautiful, friendly, loyal and deserved the best that life could give her.  Joker thought she had that until he runs into her again, and soon learns that her life has been anything but beautiful.  Determined that he is to "damaged and tainted" to be any good for her, he tries to drive her away.  Circumstances in her life, however, cause Joker and Chaos to intervene on her behalf, and Joker soon finds himself unable to stay away from her.  Those feelings are mutual for Carissa, whose life has gone downhill at breakneck speeds since she last saw Carson all those years ago.  As things get tougher for them both, they find out just what they are really made of and how deep their feelings and their commitment to one another really is.

Ride Steady is a phenomenal addition to the Chaos series.  I absolutely love Joker and thoroughly enjoyed riding along with him and Carissa while watching their relationship develop.  Joker won me over with the way he was with Travis from the get-go. I also really loved getting to see the other characters from previous novels make appearances in Ride Steady as well.  Kristen Ashley has written, yet again, a romance that her fans, as well as contemporary romance fans in general will most certainly want to pick up and add to their to be read soon list.

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  1. Thanks for sharing that excerpt! It sounds like this was an amazing read and one I really need to try as well!

  2. Oh, I like the sound of this one. Nothing like your first ride on a bike to get you hooked! Thanks.

  3. This has been blowing up on Facebook lately! I really want to try it.


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