From New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Kristen Ashley comes a new story in her Chaos series…
About ROUGH RIDE
Rosalie Holloway put it all on the line for the Chaos Motorcycle Club.
Informing to Chaos on their rival club-her man’s club, Bounty-Rosalie knows the stakes. And she pays them when her man, who she was hoping to scare straight, finds out she’s betrayed him and he delivers her to his brothers to mete out their form of justice.
But really, Rosie has long been denying that, as she drifted away from her Bounty, she’s been falling in love with Everett “Snapper” Kavanagh, a Chaos brother. Snap is the biker-boy-next door with the snowy blue eyes, quiet confidence and sweet disposition who was supposed to keep her safe…and fell down on that job.
For Snapper, it’s always been Rosalie, from the first time he saw her at the Chaos Compound. He’s just been waiting for a clear shot. But he didn’t want to get it after his Rosie was left bleeding, beat down and broken by Bounty on a cement warehouse floor.
With Rosalie a casualty of an ongoing war, Snapper has to guide her to trust him, take a shot with him, build a them…
And fold his woman firmly in the family that is Chaos.
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‘For years you’ve had a rough ride, what happened recently, just the most recent – with me, that rough ride is gonna end, baby.’
This is only one of the many glorious declarations made by Snapper that illustrates exactly the kind of man Rosalie Holloway is failing for despite the hellish situation she’s gotten herself in and the repercussions of her betrayal to Bounty and the man she thought she’d spend her life with before she found proof that he’s not the one who’s ‘perfect’ for her.
In my opinion, Everett ‘Snapper’ Kavanaugh is not a typical Chaos Motorcycle Club brother, but it’s not because he’s not badass or doesn’t exude alpha maleness; it’s more because he has a sweet disposition. And, it’s not to say that Snapper is ‘soft.’ It’s just that he knows that Rosalie needs to be handled with care; he understands the hell she has endured and he refuses to do anything to force her to continue on the ‘rough ride’ she’s been on since her father’s death.
I have to admit that I didn’t know if I was going to be able to accept Rosalie as the heroine of a Chaos story, especially given the circumstances she meets Snapper under and the unease that surrounds her situation due to the fact she started with Shy then moved on to a Bounty Motorcycle Club Biker who proceeded to beat her and allow all of his brothers a go with her broken body then find her ‘perfect’ man while she’s attempting to help her current man get out from under the illegal dealings his club and he are entrenched in…but I do have to say that KA allows readers to understand the meaning and motive behind Rosalie’s actions and what it seems she’s been searching for ever since she lost the one man who protected and loved her unlike anyone she suspects every will again.
Motorcycle Man is one of my favorite books of ALL time; it’s what introduced me to a group of biker brothers who have been through hell and back and still find a way to protect what’s theirs and attempt to ride free and easy despite the maelstroms that look to wreak havoc on their lives and on their club.
Like all Chaos books, the brotherhood is showcased in Rough Ride – the fact that they take care of their own…they’re responsible for one another…they atone when they’re in the wrong and when a brother claims a woman, they are ‘owned’ by the club, which means that there’s a support system in place that will never waiver.
Rough Ride feels a little bit like a segue into the next Chaos book, Hound’s story…because as Snapper and Rosalie get things figured out between them, proving that Rosalie’s ‘rough ride,’ for the most part, is over, the club’s chaos is getting more dangerous and inevitable, forcing action to be taken that might just cost the club and those they love the roughest ride of them all.
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“We got it now. You’re good. Gonna take care of you.”
No they weren’t.
No one was going to take care of me.
They were supposed to do that before.
And now I was on a cement floor, beat to hell.
But I was going to be.
Good that was.
Yes, I was going to be.
And it was going to be me that made me that too.
I turned my face into Snap’s cut as an indication he shouldn’t stroke my hair anymore, as a way to tell him to get the heck away from me, to leave me to the ambulance, to leave me alone, to get out of my hair, out of there, out of my life.
But the fabric snagged my swollen nose and a whimper slid from me.
“Baby,” he whispered, feeling close, seemingly all around me, “just hang tight. Don’t move. Help will be here soon.”
Help would be there soon.
I’d be in an ambulance.
Then I’d be in a hospital.
While there, I’d talk to the police.
Eventually, I’d go home and live in fear of what my boyfriend’s motorcycle club would do to me after I pressed charges against them for beating the crap out of me.
What could be worse than this?
I didn’t know.
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About Kristen Ashley
Kristen Ashley was born in Gary, Indiana, USA and nearly killed her mother and herself making it into the world, seeing as she had the umbilical cord wrapped around her neck (already attempting to accessorize and she hadn’t taken her first breath!). Her mother said they took Kristen away, put her Mom back in her room, her mother looked out the window, and Gary was on fire (Dr. King had been assassinated four days before). Kristen’s Mom remembered thinking it was the end of the world. Quite the dramatic beginning.
Kristen grew up in Brownsburg, Indiana and has lived in Denver, Colorado and the West Country of England. Thus, she’s blessed to have friends and family around the globe. Her family was (is) loopy (to say the least) but loopy is good when you want to write. They all lived together on a very small farm in a small farm town in the heartland. She grew up with Glenn Miller, The Everly Brothers, REO Speedwagon and Whitesnake (and the wardrobes that matched).
Needless to say, growing up in a house full of music, clothes and love was a good way to grow up.
And as she keeps growing, it keeps getting better.
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