Kristen Ashley’s books are amazingly hot. It’s all about need, passion, desire, living in the moment, and there’s never any doubt how the male feels about the woman.
Ride Steady is about a man named Joker, aka Carson Steele, that was abused as a child and fell in love with a girl named Carissa Teodoro when he was a teenager. Years later, he reconnects with Carissa when he finds her on the side of the road with a flat tire and an infant.
The dialog in the book is infectious. First, it is very funny how Carissa starts charging Joker for every time he curses. Second, while the language used by the Chaos crew may not be clean, the meaning is always clear. Joker is short on words but communicates with certainty. When he speaks I could hear the song “More Than Words” by Extreme in my head. An added bonus in the book, Tack is a substantial side character. He is crass but wise and it was great to see his character again.
I love how the Chaos family champions the relationship between Joker and Carissa. It takes a push from family to make a person find the happiness that they deserve.
This story does have drama caused by a pain-in-the-ass ex-husband of Carissa and there’s always drama with Chaos. But what struck me as unique was how their relationship grew not primarily out of the drama but on the day-to-day life.
Finally, the ending was perfect and Joker and Carissa find their Beautiful Life.
I think Joker should get this tattoo, as he refers to Carissa as Butterfly.
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