Rough Ride (Chaos, #4.5) by Kristen Ashley
From New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Kristen Ashley comes a new story in her Chaos series…
Title: Rough Ride
Series: Chaos, #4.5
Author: Kristen Ashley
Genre: MC Romance
Release Date: June 6, 2017
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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An old-style flip phone.
We’d joked about it, Snap and me. He’d called me Scully. He had a burner too, so there’d be no caller ID when he phoned me. So I’d called him Mulder.
I was going to call him.
Not because I was working for Chaos anymore. I wasn’t. That officially ended on that cement. Definitely not because I was protecting Bounty. I’d tell the police. Absolutely, I’d tell the police my boyfriend’s motorcycle club beat the snot out of me. It didn’t matter that I broke the code, and knew it. It didn’t matter that I’d betrayed my man, and done it deliberately.
I was trying to save him. Save his brothers. Save his club. Save everyone.
I closed my eyes tight, my thumb moving over the phone from memory, knowing the way on its own, I called him so often. That was why I was calling him now rather than 911. I knew how to get to him. To Snapper. And the effort would be less. I could dial the digits to get him up on speed dial in my sleep, so I could do it lying on a cement floor, beat to hell and practically unable to move.
I couldn’t lift the phone to my ear so I just shoved it across the floor closer to my face, listening to it ring.
“Rosie?” Snap answered.
I closed my eyes tighter as understanding hit me with a blow almost as brutal as every strike I’d just taken.
I hadn’t done it to save Beck. To save his brothers, his club…everybody.
At first, I’d done it to make Beck into Shy.
And then I’d done it to make him be Snapper.
And last, I’d done it to make his club Chaos.
“Rosie?” Snap’s Eddie Vedder baritone got sharper.
The black was creeping in again.
“Sss…” was all I could get out.
“Rosalie,” he bit out, curt, alert, alarmed.
“Hurt,” I whispered.
And then, again, I blacked out.
Rough Ride (Chaos, #4.5) by Kristen Ashley
Rosa’s rating: 5 of 5 iScream Cones
“The road to our cloud of sweetness had been a pretty rough ride.”
I discovered MC Romance by reading my first Kristen Ashley book and I’ve never turned back. She opened my eyes, giving me a taste of dirty-talking bossy badass bikers with big hearts. Now I’m addicted, having read over 300 of them, and still loving the genre just as much if not more than when I started. Needless to say, when I saw that she was releasing Rough Ride through 1001 Dark Nights I was beyond excited to spend time with one of my favorite MC families, Chaos. I know that these 1001 Nights books are classified as novellas, but this story doesn’t skimp, it’s the full deal, giving me much more than I was expecting. It’s a standalone that introduces the characters and takes you all the way to the end, leaving you feeling fully satisfied.
Rosalie has been looking for love in all the wrong places. She was raised by loving parents so she knows what it’s supposed to be like, and that’s what she wants for herself. She thought she’d found it a few times, only to find out the hard way that she was wrong…again. She’s been disillusioned with her man for a long while, and in a last-ditch effort to save him, she decides to work with Chaos in an attempt to turn him around before it’s too late. Her plan backfires when he learns of her betrayal and her punishment is severe, leaving her broken and bloody on the floor.
Snapper knew he wanted Rosalie from the moment he saw her, but she wasn’t available. Their lives seemed to keep intersecting and every time he saw her he was more convinced that she was meant to be his. In his heart, she was his, she just didn’t know it yet. So, he waited for his chance, becoming a friend she could count on.
Rosalie tried not to be attracted to Snapper, but it was a lost cause. After she crashed and burned in such a major way with her ex, she was ready to give up on all men. Her resolution lasted as long as it took for her to notice it was #ManBunDay and being alone wasn’t all it was cracked up to be. As the Chaos family pushed themselves into her life, refusing to let her go, she realized she didn’t want them to. It felt good. But she was afraid to trust in anything good because then it could all be taken away again.”
What a sweetheart Snapper is when it comes to his Rosalie. I felt his heart with every word and action as he cradled her with care after she was released from the hospital. She might be in denial about the extent of his feelings, but I had no doubt that she was it for him. He inserted himself into her life and anticipated her every need. Wrapping her in patience and protection, holding her when she cried. Enveloping her in a #CloudOfSweetness that she had no hope of resisting. She mentally acknowledged that he was #PerfectForMe every time he did something to melt her into a puddle of goo, which was often. And I must concur, it happened to me too.
Don’t let all that sweetness fool you though, the brothers of Chaos won’t let what happened to Rosalie end there. The war with Bounty is only beginning and I wouldn’t want to be them. The ongoing club business continues as their enemies keep them busy, working to keep their club and families safe. Soon Rosalie will learn what the others already know. “Chaos men are unbreakable.”
I floved Rough Ride so hard that when I turned the last page I wanted to immediately start over and read it again. I don’t know the author’s plans for Chaos, but I really really hope that there is more of it in my future. If so, the line forms here…
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 accessorizeand 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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