Rating: 3 stars (2.5 stars rounded up because I enjoyed the sex scenes so much!)
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing (April 2nd 2013)
Synopsis: 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…(
Review: This is my first Kristen Ashley book, which I decided to request because of all the great reviews her books have been having. It wasn’t a disappointment per se, since I didn’t have a lot of expectations, but it still left me conflicted about how to go about my review.
There were many things I liked about it.
- The motorcycle club world was interesting to get to know. There was a lot of it explained throughout the book, which helped me understand Shy a little better.
- The main characters showed some development as the story progressed, which encouraged me to keep on going.
- There were some touching moments with great emotions that helped me get through the story.
- The sex scenes were hot and the chemistry between the characters jumped through the page.
- The secondary characters added to the story and made it more entertaining to read. I liked most of the characters that were introduced. I was especially intrigued with Hop and looking forward to reading more about him.
But there were a lot more things that didn’t work for me.
- Shy was arrogant. Yes, he was hot and sexy as hell, but most of the time he opened his mouth his sexiness went out the window. I didn’t like the way he treated women and although there came a point where he kind of redeemed himself in my eyes, it did come a little to late to make up for all the times he disrespected Tabby.
- Tabby was immature and completely let Shy walk all over her. To me, she didn’t know what she wanted.
- Although there was chemistry between Shy and Tabby, I still found it hard to believe that they could make their relationship work.
- I admit that in this ‘motorcycle world’ the men are domineering, possessive and brusque, but c’mon, the things Shy said and some of his actions were over the top and completely unnecessary for the story to be told.
- Too many of what I call “my Calgon moments”. It was good that the doctor’s harassment, the earrings fiasco, the laundry/vacuum debacle and the fridge argument all took place in different parts of the story because if they taken place sooner it would have been a different rating all together.
Having said this, Own the Wind, the first book in the Chaos series, did a great job of establishing the motorcycle world these characters live in. I do want to read the next book in the Chaos series, Fire Inside. I am hoping that the story is more enjoyable since the main characters are older. Here’s hoping it is!