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 . . .
Carson “Joker” Steele is known as the most secretive member of the Chaos MC. He doesn’t share and his brothers don’t ask. What they do know is that he’s the most talented they have ever seen when it comes to custom builds and he seems to have a weakness for one innocent looking beauty and her son.
Carissa is the only one who has ever managed to melt his ice and calm his inner demons. With all the baggage of the past and the secrets that he holds, he may not be worthy of her love. But he’s damn sure going to try.
Carissa Teodoro could never forget Carson Steele. He was the mysterious loner that all of the girls secretly had a crush on in high school – including her.
Their lives seemed so different. She was the popular cheerleader dating the football star and he was the beautiful boy from the wrong side of the tracks. But underneath the surface, they both experienced pain in ways that no one else would understand. So when Carson disappeared, so did her dreams.
Now years later, she’s a struggling single mother stranded on the side of the road with her infant son when she’s rescued by a biker that reminds her so much of a boy she once knew. She could never have imagined just in how many ways he was about to save her.
“I don’t know where this will lead,” he stated. “You and me and your boy. I know what we got. I know I like what we got. I know I wanna keep that strong and make it stronger. Shit happens. I hope like fuck it happens to us, we’ll fight through to the other side. But I know this and you gotta know it too. No matter what happens, I will never, not ever, not fuckin’ ever, Carissa, regret ridin’ down that shoulder to help you and your boy. It’s the best decision I ever made in my life, and I know that in a way I know I’ll feel that until the day I fuckin’ die.”
In Ride Steady, Kristen introduces us to one of her most broken heroes yet. He’s also one of the most caring.
Joker endures years of abuse at the hands of his father and comes out into the light with help of his “Butterfly” girl. They are both so real and the emotions are so raw that I found myself daring to believe that Happily Ever Afters are truly possible.
Their story is pure Kristen Ashley magic and I fell utterly and completely under her spell…
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“What now?” he clipped, planting his hands on his hips.
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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