Wild Like The Wind by Kristen Ashley

August 22, 2018 Book Review 0 ★★★★

Wild Like The Wind by Kristen Ashley four-stars
Wild Like The Wind by Kristen Ashley
Series: Chaos #6
Also in this series: Ride Steady, , Rough Ride
Published by Self-published on July 31, 2018
Genres: Biker / MC
Pages: 438
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The brother known as Hound has a reputation. He’s all about cracking heads, having a good time, and when the Chaos Motorcycle Club needs someone to do the tough job, they call on him.

But Hound has a secret. He fell in love with a woman years ago. She’s untouchable. Unattainable. And even when her status changes, for Hound, it remains the same.

Keely Black had it all early and lost it all not long after. Thrown into an abyss of loss and grief, she’s faced a life of raising two sons alone and battling the rage at all that had been ripped from them.

And why.

Words spoken in anger open Hound’s and Keely’s eyes. For Hound, he sees he’s wasted his life loving the wrong woman. Keely sees she’s wasting her life not opening herself to the love of a good man.

This book may be unsuitable for people under 17 years of age due to its use of sexual content, drug and alcohol use, and/or violence.

 

By SpiceCircumstances dictated we do things a bit differently for our Buddy Read of Kristen Ashley’s Wild Like The Wind. Mainly, we didn’t read it at the same time. I was up first and it killed me to not be able to discuss things with my girls.

I can’t tell you how many places I had highlighted for when we finally got around to talking about things. There were parts of the book I absolutely loved, and others I freaking struggled with, and I knew they probably would too and I had to keep my mouth shut. Once I finished, the wait for Lily and Sparkles to finish was excruciating.

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Lily finished next and found herself in the same boat I was in as we waited for Sparkles. We are usually waiting on Lily, not the other way around, so this is when we discovered Lily has no patience. Next thing we know she is bombarding us with GIF”s illustrating her impatience to talk about it.

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This is when things got a tad…testy.

Sparkles: You do realize the more messages here in this chat, the slower I read, right?

Spice: So you’re saying you can’t multitask?

Sparkles: Well, multitasking meaning reading a message and the book at the same time, no.

Spice: Well, we all have our limitations….lol

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It’s good Lily brought us all back together for a group hug, even though she started it.

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Now, full disclosure. Even though we did not read this together, Wild Like The Wind generated one of the longest and most fascinating book discussions we have ever had. Unfortunately, 98% of it, I can’t disclose because it would be spoiler after spoiler after spoiler. So what exactly did we have to talk about that I can actually impart to you…

First up: the sex. We had lots and lots to say about the sex.

Lily: I thought the copious copulating was drawn out. I was waiting for them to get busted.

Sparkles: Yes, I think the sex was A LOT even for biker standards. I wished there was maybe more action instead. Or just an abridged version of the copious amounts of sex.

Sparkles:  I mean. It was hot. Just too much of it? 

Spice:  Some of the sex was hot, but some had me gagging a little. A milkshake? Yuck.

Sparkles: I thought this could be due to her being into the Honey series with Keely attitude towards sex in the beginning and then the amount of it. And the butt stuff. There didn’t use to be butt stuff in her books.

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Sparkles: For me some of it was great. Then some of it I could have done without. I’ll be truthful now and say some of it I just kinda skimmed over.

Lily: 

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Once we got past the sex (and believe me, I just hit the highlights here. We discussed that shiz in depth!), I needed the girls to help me get past Hound crossing one of my uncrossable lines.

Spice: Up until that point I had decided Hound was the absolute sweetest member. That ruined it.

Sparkles: Yes, that was so out of line. But I took it as the only way he could express his wretchedness about his loss and what Keely was doing. Still, he totally fucked up with that.

Lily: Hound being in his dark place was him losing it in an uncool and unjustified way.

Spice: It’s one of my do not cross lines and he crossed it. I had no idea how to process it.

Lily: I thought he was erratic which didn’t resonate with his personality.

Spice: KA has shown she can have a hero cut a woman to shreds with his words. She should have stuck with that.

After talking me down off my ledge, we tackled our feelings on the club deciding that Keely could never move on with another brother.

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Lily: I had trouble with the restriction on her finding love again within the MC.

Spice: They felt it was a betrayal to Black. But they couldn’t see the forest through the trees.

Lily: What if she hooked up with another MC, they would have lost her and the boys.

Spice:  Jinx…She wouldn’t be happy with a civilian, as she was the perfect Old Lady, but they would lose their minds if she went with another MC. They were so far into their macho bullshit about how it would be a betrayal, they didn’t realize they were leaving her hanging.

We also discussed the things all three of us loved. Like Jean. Not only did we all adore her we felt she was underutilized. The book could have been so much more if we’d have had more time with her. Plus, we all agreed that Chaos needs a proper biker Grandma. 

As for Keely’s boys, Dutch and Jagger, we all fell head over heels for them and hope that KA gives us their stories at some point.

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Spice: And Dutch and Jagger. They were by all rights adults and they acted it. The way they took care of their mom, they were awesome.

Lily: Those boys were so irreverent but entertaining.

Sparkles: Exactly! I totally loved them. And when they busted them (Hound and Keely) together, I loved that scene. They were like… “Finally! You two.”

And then we got the side story of Bev, Boz, and Tad. We aren’t going to give it away, but it was at times sad, maddening (Boz…God what an idiot) and also hilarious. All I’m going to say is we freaking ended up loving Tad.

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What disappointed us to no end was Valenzuela and that ongoing storyline. We are over it. Especially with not just the Chaos brothers involved, but the Dream Man heroes and Knight.

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Spice: Of course, I think they should have taken Valenzuela out a long time ago. Like when he effed with Millie.

Sparkles: Yeah, I don’t really get the working with DPD to take him down

Spice: In some ways I do, they are trying to stay clean and Mitch and Hawk are their brothers now. But, they are bikers. When they went after their women dude should have got a bullet in his brain.

Sparkles: Yep. Or at least on both knees, thighs arms and possibly shoulders so he’d confess.

Spice: And why was Knight being so…levelheaded?

Sparkles: Yeah, didn’t get that either… I guess he didn’t want to mess up their deal, but it was like everyone lost their badassness in this book.

Spice: Pretty much. She’s doing her best to stretch this plotline out and bring everyone in on it but it’s making everyone seem like pussies for not taking him out earlier. I think Rush’s book is going to be huge with everyone in all the Denver series coming together to take him out.

Finally, we came down to discussing our final thoughts and ratings of the book.

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Lily: A lot of what I loved in this story is marred with frustration. I enjoyed the story, loved being back with Chaos, excited to read it but at times it lost its gloss. I was hooked but not blown away.

Sparkles: I think that is the perfect summary for it!

Lily: And it sums up why i think my 4 stars are unwarranted, its close but not close enough. I don’t highly recommend it.

Spice: That’s why I went with 3.75. It’s better than a 3.5 but it’s not quite a highly recommended 4. More like a recommended but with reservations.

So there you have it. We recommend it but it’s not our favorite. And we can’t wait until we get to read Rush’s book.

Rating: 3.75 Recommended with Reservations Stars.

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four-stars

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