I ABSOLUTELY FREAKING LOVED THIS BOOK!!!!!!!!
No word of a lie: I have quotes highlighted on nearly EVERY page!!
Kristen Ashley is one of those incredibly talented authors who has my complete and utter trust. I don’t need to read the synopsis or blurbs for her books, I don’t need to see reviews or ratings… Quite simply, if she wrote it, I’ll read it.
And true to KA style, this book ROCKED. MY. WORLD.
First, I just want to say that although technically this book can be read as a standalone, if you haven’t yet read the Dream Man series, you are going to miss out on a good chunk of the emotional impact of it. And to clarify: you’ll definitely feel the romance between Shy and Tabby for sure either way, but in order to get the full EPICNESS that this book has to offer (and trust me, there’s bucket-loads of epic!), you really have to read them after the Dream Man books. There are cameos from Tack, Tyra, Hawk, Elvira, Brock and Mitch, as well as Lee Nightingale, Tex and Fortums (from Rock Chick) so if those names don’t mean anything to you, their scenes won’t send you into the same squee-ing frenzy that they sent me into. So yeah, I suggest reading the Dream Man books first (click here for the full reading order).
Now that that’s said, on to the review 🙂
Parker “Shy” Cage has a bit of a reputation. One involving copious piles of women. Ok, hang on, let’s just take a collective moment to SWOON over his name. I’m in love with it. I’m in love with him. *dreamy sigh*… Ok, moving on. Yeah, let’s just say he’s gotten around. A lot 😉 And to say that he and Tabby got off to a rocky start would be the understatement of the year.
As the daughter of the leader of the biker gang Chaos that Shy was a brother in, Tabby was off-limits to begin with. But when he sees her going down a path he thinks is bad for her, he decides to try and teach her a lesson. His intentions were good, but his delivery… not so much. His point goes through but he went too far and the hurt ran deep. And for the next few years, she can barely stand the sight of him.
But when a tragedy shatters Tabby’s world, Shy is there to help her put back the pieces and learn to be happy again. (And stop freaking out guys, Tack does NOT die!! Breathe. It’s okay!)
“You need a safe place to just forget shit and escape, I’ll give it to you. Tonight. Tomorrow. Next week. Next month. That safe place is me, Tabby.”
I totally loved both Shy and Tabby. Once they got past the initial misunderstandings and miss-communications and officially became a couple, my gosh were they ever functional!!! They were crazy in love and both valued what they had more than anything else in the world. It was precious to them and they weren’t about to let anything get in their way or come between them. They knew where their priorities lay and it was their relationship first. Above all else. I just absolutely freaking ADORED them as a couple!!
“Promise me right now, my dick still inside you, you naked on top of me in my bed, sharing what we just shared, us having a taste of what it’s like apart and knowin’ were better together, you won’t leave me…. You’ll stick with me until there’s nothing to stick to, if that ever happens.”
And as individual characters, they were both also amazing. Tabby was just incredible. She spoke her mind, stood up for herself and didn’t take shit from anyone (and considering that she was always surrounded by these badass biker dudes, that was quite a feat).
And Shy just stole my heart because despite royally fucking up in the beginning, he was the kind of guy who could own up to it, apologize, and move on. He was Alpha, protected and defended his woman, but at the same time wasn’t overbearing and loved her for who she was – the good and the bad.
I loved that despite the way the older bikers ran things, Shy, I guess being younger (27) and maybe more open to change was a biker through and through but at the same time, didn’t put up with a lot of the older ways of dealing with relationships. He had a lot of respect for Tabby in her own right and didn’t let anyone get in her way.
“Shy, she’s yours… Control your woman,” High demanded. “Get her ass out.”
My eyes went to Shy to see him looking at High, and he wasn’t looking pissed.
He was looking reflective.
Then he said, “Tab and I don’t play it that way. You wanna order your old lady around, do what you do, not for me to say. I asked her to go, she didn’t go. Not gonna make her. But you try, you’ll deal with me.”
This book was tight. The story flowed, it was engaging, something new was always happening and there were no dull moments. The imagery was vivid – I honestly feel like I saw the whole book play out in front of my eyes like a movie.
This story had a bit of everything. There were moments that warmed my heart right down to my toes, moments that had me fanning myself and moments that socked me in the gut so hard it took me breath away.
I really felt like the message that came through to me from this book was that the shit life sometimes puts you through can cut deep, right into your soul. But sometimes, if you push through it, you can find beauty you’d never have otherwise found.
I swear to God, KA’s writing has just SO much depth to it. She’s very much got her own style and let me tell you: that woman can WRITE. Brilliant dialogue. Scenes that make your heart squeeze and race. Scenes that make you sigh dreamily and just feel like you are right freaking THERE.
And seriously, this book has one of the most epic verbal smackdowns I have ever read. I was cheering and squeeing. It had some of the best lines from any KA book I’ve ever read (and I’ve nearly read them all). I swear I highlighted almost that whole chapter!!
And boy was this book HOT! When the main couple have a connection as strong as Shy and Tabby had, you can’t help but feel it. Again, EPIC.
“I knew this day would turn shit,” I whispered. “I knew with how great it started, there’d be farther to fall.”
His eyes flashed, his hand moved up to cup my jaw, he tilted my head way back, and brought his face to mine.
“May feel like you’re fallin’, Tabby, but remember, I’m at the bottom ready to catch you.”
It took all my will power not to just post updates every 2 minutes screaming “I FREAKING LOVE THIS BOOK!!!”
My only tiny complaint was that the epilogue was shorter than most and I do love me a big long gushy epilogue, but still… the book rocked!
Aaand also, on a bit more of a random note…. what’s better than a hot-as-fuck badass biker?? Well that would be a hot-as-fuck bad ass biker with a smokin’ hot soldier brother. I totally crushed on Shy’s brother, Landon, and really hope he gets his own book one day 🙂
The next installment in this series is well set up and I absolutely can’t wait for MORE!!!!
Ok, wondering which Kristen Ashley book to start with?
Ok, so for my Blog Tour stop,
Kristen Ashley WROTE ME INTO A FREAKING BONUS SCENE!!!
With a hot biker dude!!!!
I swear I almost died when I read it.
Coolest. Thing. EVER.
Naturally, I just have to share it with you, so… here it is 😉
(ok, I’m done. Read on!)
Aestas felt a tickle along the back of her neck, she stopped perusing the boxes on the shelf and looked left.
A rough-looking man with messy dark hair, wearing faded jeans and black leather jacket, was staring at her behind.
He must have felt her eyes because his lifted to catch her gaze. She held her breath when she saw his face, but mostly his small smile. Then he turned and walked away.
That was when she gasped.
On the back of his leather jacket was the Chaos Emblem.
The Chaos Emblem!
Whoever he was, he was Chaos.
She put her hands to her cart, double-timing it to follow him. Searching aisle for aisle in that grocery store, he was nowhere to be found.
Dejected, she finished her shopping and headed to the checkout counter.
As she was waiting in line, dreaming all things Chaos, she felt the tickle at the back of her neck again. She turned her head and there he was, all broad-shouldered, six foot-one of him. Standing behind her in line, carrying a six-pack of beer in one hand, a bottle of bourbon in the other.
“Yo,” his deep voice grunted.
“Are you Chaos?” Aestas peeped.
That got her another grin and a nod.
She struggled for breath and informed him, “I know you.”
“Lotsa bitches do,” he replied, still grinning.
“Uh… I mean, I know Chaos, but not sure I know you. Which one are you?” she asked.
“Hound,” he answered.
Oh. Wow. Hound.
In truth, she would have preferred Tack. Or Shy. Or Hop.
But she’d take Hound, especially seeing as he was pretty freaking hot. As in pretty danged freaking hot.
“You’re hot,” she blurted.
That got her a full-blown smile.
“Feelin’ the love for Kit, she hasn’t spread that around… yet” Hound said. “Tack, Shy, Hop, they’re screwed. Women the world over wanna be all in their business. You get what I’m sayin’?”
Aestas nodded. She got what he was sayin’.
“So, uh, being a woman around the world that knows Chaos and Kristen Ashley, I’ve got a blog. Can you give me a scoop?”
He shook his head, but he looked like he regretted doing it. “Kit gets kinda pissy when we do that shit.”
Aestas’ brows went up. She tilted her head and gave him an encouraging smile. “Nothing? Not even a little something for my readers?”
He took in her head tilt then his eyes dropped to her mouth.
She again quit breathing.
“All right,” he sighed. “Just that the guys dig it that you bitches are so into us. We think it’s a hoot.”
Well, at least that was good.
“If memory serves, you, particularly, are a little crazy,” Aestas noted.
“Babe, I’m in a motorcycle club. Some kind of crazy is a requirement,” Hound replied.
That was probably the truth.
“Do you have a woman?” Aestas asked.
“Not yet, but you talk to her, you tell Kit to get on that. Man like me… he needs it regular. You get me?”
She nodded. She got him. But she was stuck on him getting it regular and how that might be a fun thing to give.
His eyes went beyond her to the line. “You’re up, babe.”
Aestas jumped and moved forward in line, threw her stuff on the belt and turned back to Hound.
When she did, he was gone.
She craned her neck to look for, him but he was nowhere to be seen.
She paid and took her groceries out to her car, thinking maybe she was going a bit nuts. Seriously, she’d just had a conversation with a fictional character in a grocery store.
On this thought, her groceries stowed away, she heard the low growl of a Harley.
Whirling, she saw Hound stop his bike and put a motorcycle boot to the asphalt.
“Can’t give you a scoop,” he yelled over the rumble of the bike. “Can give you a ride. You wanna hop on?”
Aestas had ice cream in her groceries.
She didn’t care.
She hopped on.
She would have liked a scoop.
But wrapped around Hound on his Harley, her chin set to the leather of his cut, the wind in her hair, she didn’t mind the ride.
Dee McGee says
ZOMG Aestas! How freakin’ cool is this! You must be over the moon! I
Sandy Borrero says
Are you kidding me?! That was too freaking cute!!
Lauren Rosa says
So freaking cool! Congrats on this! tehee!
Shanean R says
That is just to awesome!! I think I enjoyed the bonus scene more than the review. 🙂 Just kidding they were both awesome!
Wow…that is the coolest, and in true biker form, you’re one lucky bitch!!! Lol!!!
Adrienne Scales says
You got your own scene!!! Wow I’m so jealous and that doesn’t happen often! Can’t wait to read this book! Love Kristen Ashley!
Tracy M says
Fab review thanks. Cannot wait to get started on OTW…
Love, love, love KA, she writes awesome books!!!
How cool was that Bonus Scene….You lucky girl!!!! 😀
teeheehee I’m totally freaking out over that scene… not even kidding about it being the coolest thing ever 😀
Valesska nikula says
Girl you have the best giveaways ever!!!! 😉
Kim U says
I just finished reading this one, and you were not wrong- OH MY GOD IT FREAKIN ROCKED!!! This is my 18th KA book that I have finished and this is my absolute favorite- Shy is awesome!! I can’t wait for Lanie/ Hop’s story now, it is already on my pre-order list
That was Freaking awesome!!!! Loved the scene, Congrats!!!!
Lilliana Anderson says
Love it! Love the bonus scene! Love KA!
Amber S. says
How great is that bonus scene?! Awesome! Lucky you! Looking forward to reading OtW soon. Next up for me and I can’t wait!!
OH MY FREAKING HELL!!! I LOVE it LOVE it LOVEit!!!! I giggled through out the whole bonus scene… how AWESOME was that!!!…
And, I loved your review!!!
Savannah Mae says
That is awesome!!!! You go girl!
Mily Jovic says
That was the SHIT!! I’m totally jealous & happy for you at the same time!!
Jen Berg says
Wow, that is the coolest thing ever Aestas!! You got your very own biker dude!! Woohoo! So, how was it!
*wiggling my eyebrows!!* LOL
Angela Love says
That is the coolest thing ever your so Lucky!!!!
Michele S. says
LOVED this book. So. Damn. Much. That bonus scene is awesome!!
dian aesha says
wow,,,iam really jealous with you,,damn…very lucky you,,,
Dee McGee says
I’m a winner! YAY! Thank you so much! I just sent you an email. 🙂
Best. Bonus. Scene. Ever! You and KA rock!! If you recommend it, I one click it! Before I start reading I always check your blog to see who you cast and it always helps me picture the characters better. Don’t ever stop blogging!!
Rose Holub says
Great review!!!! LOVED THIS BOOK!!!! And WOW, your very own bonus scene!!!! Very COOL!!!
Kym Young says
Omg, I loved this book, the whole series is fantastic
Seek g this for the first time!!! So freakin’ cool!
Diane Lohens says
In which book does tabby come home with her boyfriend from college? I read them in order many times and can’t remember which book in the series it was!