Kristen Ashley is on the blog today with the Chaos series, a contemporary new adult romance story that has ties to a motorcycle club, Far different from most of the high-octane drink and drug stories rife with violence and foul-mouthed dialogue, Ashley has chosen to focus on the romance and growth of the characters as their bond develops. Please read on for my review of
Own the Wind
Again, I start a series backwards, and having read Walk Through Fire first (book 4) and loving it, I just knew I had to start from the beginning. Not having read Motorcycle Man, where the heroine Tabby is introduced, Ashley presented enough information to present her background clearly as this book continued.
Tabby is the daughter of Tack, president of the Chaos MC club, and has enough experience in her exposure to the club to understand the curious bond of men, bikes and brotherhood. Smart, sassy, determined and not easily scared off, she hides similar insecurities and concerns that we all do, but she’ll be damned if she will let you see that. Having a crush on Shy since she was 16, she’s not lost any of that affection in the three years that have passed since.
Starting with their backstory in Shy’s POV, Ashley has set us up with the information that we needed to set the stage for the story – and if you don’t recognize the roller-coaster that is to come, you didn’t pay attention. Fortunately this information allows you to be prepared, almost, for the moments to come.
And then there’s Shy, certainly not that at all, with his own issues, the difficulties encountered when he acknowledges his own interest in Tabby, even though he feels she is out of his league. He’s got a TON of stuff going on, much of which isn’t as clearly flushed out as I would wish, but right now, he and the others are focused on corralling Tabby and saving her from herself and bad choices.
But, when he confronts her with her immature and often dangerous choices, something clicks and their friendship starts to develop. Moving slowly from friends to more, dealing with their own issues, and the interior voices from both characters all play into this story, giving a full picture of the development of the connection during the time that elapses. Told in a mixture of third person and first from both characters, the narration isn’t as jarring as one might expect: each voice is consistent and distinct, adding an intuitive knowledge of the two… even as Shy follows the all too tired outline of silent, cranky alpha.
Overall, I enjoyed the story, and the narration provided by Angela Starling worked well for each of the characters, giving them appropriate emotional intensity when needed, skipping lightly through the humorous moments. I didn’t lose track or sense of storyline in this, I just wanted a bit more depth in the struggles and resolutions for both Shy and Tabby.
Stars: Overall 4 Narration 4 Story 3.5
Title: Own the Wind
Author: Kristen Ashley
Series: Chaos #1
Also in this series: Walk Through Fire, Fire Inside, Ride Steady
Genre: Contemporary Motorcycle Romance - Adult, Contemporary New Adult Romance
Published by: Forever
Published on: 25 June, 2013
Source: Hachette Audio
Audio Length: 11 Hours: 31 minutes
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Too hot to handle...
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...
A copy of this title was provided via Hachette Audio for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.