Series : Chaos #3
Author : Kristen Ashley
ISBN : 1455533238 (ISBN13: 9781455533237)
Edition : Ebook
Publisher : Grand Central Publishing (June 2015)
Page counts : 656 pages
Language : English
Genre : Adult, Contemporary Romance
Average Rating : 4.48 (per November 29, 2015)
Hotness Scale : 3/5
Also Check : Walk Through Fire (Chaos #4)
After a debate with myself, and because I am a hopeless curious, I picked up Ride Steady. Even after I jumped to the fourth book without reading the first three. I guess I'll just read this series backward. Though, I admit, not many biker books make me fawn all over them. Walk Through Fire is one. I didn't expect to love this series, though.
Going back a bit, before all the drama of High and Millie. Few years back, in high school, Carson Steele was this broody but popular kid, seeing as his alcoholic father often hit him. Carissa Teodoro was the cheerleader, girlfriend of the most popular guy in school, though one of the kindest girls he ever knew. Long story short, Carson decided to run away from home and not too long later, he joined Chaos MC.
Fast forward now, Carson a.k.a Joker is a master in building custom rides. He doesn't look back to his past. He loves his job, he loves his club. And then he finds Carissa on the side of the road, with a flat tire, and a baby on tow. He helps her, of course, though Carissa doesn't seem to recognize him.
Carissa is having the most difficult time of her life. With her asshole ex-husband making her life hell, the last thing she needs is another complication. But when this unknown biker comes to her rescue, she finds herself not wanting to let this man go. Slowly, she gets to know Joker, and their relationship builds fast.
I started crushing on the man you became even bigger than I'd crushed on you back then.
Joker is intense, though less than his brethren, like say, Tack. He's somehow calmer even when he's being bossy. Yes, at first, he doesn't want to tangle with Carissa again. But the temptation is pretty strong. Carissa herself is somewhat a damsel in distress, but the way she cares and loves her son, Travis, is endearing. Her circumstances are depressing, with an asshole ex. But she's pretty brave and tough in my eyes, acting as a single parent to Travis.
On the other hand, I absolutely hate Aaron, her ex. I wanna strangle him. And kick his nuts. He was an asshole at high school, a bigger selfish asshole in his adult life. The way he makes Carissa's life, aaargh. Cheating is one thing, but treating his ex like he does Carissa? Ugh.
The story is also not as heartbreaking as High and Millie's. Well, seing as they didn't have much history before, it feels like the other romance books I've read so far. It was sweet, with only the right amount of drama. I felt all mushy seeing how Joker acts around Travis. He's just so natural! I love his dynamic with Carissa, the way he treats her.
And man, I see Lee Nightingale again! And Knight! And of course Elvira. I love how Kristen involved her other characters, and how they don't change even after years. Yeah, I admit I'm a bit confused to the overall timeline. But I was consoled with the overall good story. With a simple plot yet still complicated in the end, and the characters are pretty lovable. Not too much erotica, and I like that. I like the book, and though it only gets four stars, it's still a favorite.