Ride Steady (Chaos #3) by Kristen Ashley
Ride Steady is the story of Joker and Carissa. When the two were in high school she was the cheerleader and he was the loner outcast. Little did they know that they both wanted the other one. With his dad haunting him and a past he can’t escape, Joker leaves high school behind and they do not see each other again until seven years later.
Seven years later and Carissa is divorced and has a baby to raise. Her ex-husband is an asshole and making her life hell. When a biker changes her tire on the side of the road, Carissa is beyond grateful for his help. But she doesn’t recognize the biker as the boy she knew in high school. Over time the two become connected as the club brings her into its life and Carissa begins to fall for Joker. But will both of their pasts destroy their future?
I really enjoyed Joker and Carissa stories. I am the same age as the main characters so it was nice to read a Kristen Ashley novel in a different age group (I love all her age groups just saying I could connect more with the character when they’re in their twenties). I loved Carissa as a heroine, how she worked hard to support herself and her baby, how she ate generic brand foods but bought the best brand foods for her child. A lot of shit was thrown her way but she waded through it and came out strong and happy.
Joker took a little bit for me to like him. I felt sorry for his past but didn’t like how he tried pushing Carissa away at the beginning. But I’ll give it to him, once he committed he was all in and that was admirable. I like how his past with his father didn’t make him a bad man but a good one, he didn’t let that crap come through and he didn’t take it out on Carissa or the club members. And he was amazing with baby Travis.
Overall an enjoyable KA novel, not my favorite one but still a good one. I did notice there weren’t too many descriptions on clothing or furniture which was much appreciated. And the excerpt at the end had me excited for the next book in the series!
ARC kindly provided via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review