Review: Own The Wind by Kristen Ashley

Title: Own the Wind: A Chaos Novel
Author: Kristen Ashley
Series:  A Chaos Novel
Source: Purchased
Where to buy:  Amazon

Description: 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 morehe feels like the luckiest man alive. But even lucky men can crash and burn . . .

REVIEW: When I started reading this book I wasn’t sure what to expect. If you are like me, you see a book, like the cover, let yourself fall under the rave of fans saying amazing things about it, the “YOU MUST READ” this book rants and if like me you can’t control yourself you end up buying it and reading it.

What I found after I started reading it was strange, funny and flat out difficult to understand. Perhaps it was my fault for going at it with such high hopes but I couldn’t help myself but build the anticipation and of course I was left mighty disappointed. Own The Wind tells the story of Shy a wounded soul, a man who suffered great lost at an early age, and who hasn’t been able to let go the pain of his parents death. As he become of age, he turns into the one place he feels like he belongs, a gang of bikers call Chaos. Shy is a very strong male character, he didn’t let his painful past defined his future but he allowed it to define him as a man. They accept him and make him part of the family. While there he meets Tabby the daughter of the boss.

Tabby has grown in that life, bikers, bikers and more bikers. Drama, fights and drinking, however after getting in trouble one night she calls the one person who she knew would not turn his back on her, Shy. Tabby always had a crush on Shy and he had a crush on her in return, however he always kept his distance. After they had an altercation because he doesn’t agree with how she was handling her life, and Shy pretty much tells her to get her shit together, the consequences of their fight make their fragile friendship fall apart and each of them sets boundaries and distance from one another. Then the story goes slowly and uneventful for a while, Tabby has a boyfriend and shy keeps sleeping around. Then something life changing happens, Tabby’s fiance dies in an accident and Shy helps her heal. Tabby is sweet and has learned about pain young, her mother a drinker and a junkie has never care much for her other than use her to get on her father’s nerves. The death of her fiance hits her hard but his death is overshadowed by her feelings for Shy, making me wonder how much she loved her fiance. I think she would’ve been a better character if perhaps she wouldn’t have fall under the stereotype of being a biker babe as she calls it. I did like her, I just don’t think she was strong enough or knew how and when to choose her battles.

I am not saying the story didn’t have its merits, it does. What I am trying to express here is the difficulties I had with the style and language. I am not referring to the cursing, or the sex because I honestly loved that part. It was perhaps the one thing I enjoyed about the story, the sexual tension and final culmination of these two characters finally going at it. My disappointment is all about the way the story was written, it lacked the WOW factor and the slang just killed it for me. It was the first book I read by Kristen Ashley and though I want to read the 2nd book in the series I am still struggling with the words and terminology used.  I am not familiar with many of the terms used which I can only assume are the norm for bikers and it may be also a regional thing (Southern idioms that I am not familiar with). The Chaos series is a spin off of Motorcycle Man, and there are plenty reference to what happened before between characters (Tack & Tyra mostly)  that will pretty much leave you  with a HUH sort of feeling if you haven’t read it before jumping into Chaos.

Overall, I am sure a lot of people would be able to identified with the characters, that was not the case for me. Both Tabby & Shy can be likeable if only certain things would played out differently. Shy tries to be dominant but he comes across as just a stubborn macho man. Tabby though tries to maintain her individualism still falls under the “biker old lady”, image that she must support her man at all time and cost. I wanted to read Fire Inside but I am not sure I will be able to do for a while.

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Reader, book reviewer & blogger, love books and most genre: contemporary romance, fantasy, paranormal, mystery & thrillers, new adult & historical romance. When not working, I like spending my time reading, watching tv with my husband and socializing with my friends.

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