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
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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.
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.
Circumstances 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.
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.
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
It’s good Lily brought us all back together for a group hug, even though she started it.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Spice’s Review: View Spoiler »
I’ve said more than once that even Kristen Ashley books that don’t quite work as well for me as others are still dang good books and this still applies. I didn’t love Wild Like The Wind as much as I thought I would, but I still couldn’t put it down. In fact, I ended up reading until the wee hours of the morning to finish and then woke up with the book hangover from hell.
Hound stole my heart in a huge way during most of this book. Because of who he is to the club, he had some serious secrets including lots of dark and twisty ones. But he had a huge one that absolutely floored me and then made me want to reach into the pages and hug up on him. Add in the role he took on for Keely and Black’s boys as they were growing up and I was gone for him. So for most of the book, I had a hot, sexy biker with a heart of gold as my book boyfriend. That is, until he crossed a line that I consider uncrossable and I didn’t know what to do with it. There were extenuating circumstances that most would understand and then forgive him, but I’m not most people when it comes to that kind of situation. Sigh.
At first, I had a tough time with Keely but mainly it was because the first half of the book was in Hound’s POV. Once we got into her head, I liked what I saw. Black wasn’t just her soul mate, he was her everything and losing him broke her. For me, it was a testament to her inner strength and love for her sons that she didn’t die from a broken heart. For eighteen years she existed as a Mom and did a bang up job at it. It took her that long to heal enough to go after the gift she’d been handed in Hound.
Now, I know there are some that have an issue with a dead spouse, especially one as larger than life as Black was but I’m not one. I think the world would be a sad place if we could only have one true love and if that one was lost to us we were just shit out of luck for the rest of our lives. That is not romance for me. Not one bit. Here it was even sweeter that Keely found her second chance with a man who loved Black too. That was beautiful to me.
Now about the sex…Holy cow! The first half of this book felt like it was jam-packed with some seriously raunchy, at times hot but at others times not, sex. I like a good sexy scene or three (okay, or more), but this was too much. There was a lather, rinse, repeat feel to it that frustrated me to no end. I wanted action of the non-sexy kind too. This blew past erotic romancelandia and headed for the Erotica Straits. Thank goodness it changed course for the last half.
Once we got Hound and Keely out of the bedroom things started happening. We really got to know Dutch and Jagger, Keely’s boys, and I fell in complete love with them. Jean, Hound’s proper adopted Jewish biker Grandma came out of the shadows just a bit, and we got more page time with the members of the MC. There was finally some movement on the whole Valenzuela thing, although it’s still, sadly in my opinion, ongoing since I was over this plotline three books ago.I did have a tough time with Chaos’ reaction to Hound and Keely’s relationship. It’s good I love Tack and Company or this could have broken us.
This wasn’t my favorite, but I did like it. It was hot, sexy, emotional, and enlightening. Ms. Ashley took the scariest Chaos boy of them all and showed us the loving, caring man underneath it all. If he hadn’t crossed the one line my heroes should never cross, this would have been a solid four-star read. Regardless of that, now I’ve got to figure out how to make it through the long, hard months ahead as I wait for Rush.
Rating: 3.75 Tough To Rate But Good Stars « Hide Spoiler
Sparkles’ Review: View Spoiler »
It is no secret that Kristen Ashley is the one who brought us, Edgy girls, together. Not only for her fabulous storytelling, she’s earned a special place in my heart due to what I got through her: the best two friends a girl could want.
Chaos is a series we’ve all loved, and Wild Like the Wind was much awaited by us. My high expectations played a bit to the feeling of disappointment when it was not everything I was hoping it would be. That said, the fact that we get to visit with the Chaos’ Brothers and their old ladies went a long way towards soothing my feelings.
Keely being the old lady of a brother lost in the worst way, she’s always been off-limits to Hound. 18 years is a long time to pine after someone. When Hound finally decides to move on, Keely realizes she’s wasted almost two decades ignoring her feelings towards him. So she decides to do something about it and seduces Hound (not that he put too much of a fight).
I can’t believe I’m saying this but, I felt there was waaaaaay too much sex. After finishing, I wish there had been less sex and more time focusing on the action aspect of the story. Also, the way their hook-up/fuck-buddy/affair pseudo-relationship progresses wasn’t my favorite part. Sadly, to me, the whole relationship angst felt forced and it could have been dealt with in a whole different way.
The strong focus in their boudoir shenanigans meant that the bad guy’s screen time was minimal… and again, not up to our expected KA standards.
Another let down was that it seemed all the badasses of the Denver metro area seemed to have lost their badassness. At one point I was hoping to get to see Sylvie in action which would have made up for the lackluster action.
Even when, in my personal opinion, a book isn’t her best, Ms. Ashley’s writing maintains its quality of keeping you glued to the pages.
I loved Jean, the loveliest of lovely old ladies, and her relationship with Hound. I totally got that he needed someone to be the recipient of the immense amount of love he had to give, and I wish she’d have gotten to stick around to lord over the rest of the badass bikers. That would have been a blast, and I felt that using her as the catalyst for Hound and Keely’s first drama was a total waste of an amazing character.
Dutch and Jagger, Keely’s sons, were another fabulous addition to the Chaos world and I loved them to pieces. Their love, their honor, their loyalty all blew me away. I’m hoping really, really hard we get to see their stories. Bev and her sporty-biker Tad were another bright light in the story. In fact, the boys and Tad, especially the hilariousness surrounding Bev and Tad’s relationship, ended up being my favorite part of the book.
Visiting Chaos, getting to witness Keely, Hound, Dutch and Jagger actually becoming the family in truth that they had mostly been already was wonderful. And although I can’t say Wild Like the Wind is my favorite in the series I still had a great time reading it and being back in its world.
Rating: “Rounding it up to” 4 Stars « Hide Spoiler
Lily’s Review View Spoiler »
I started off loving this book. It had a 5 star happy feel to it. BUT…Then I struggled with the concept of the entrapment of an old lady never being able to remarry within the club while still ‘under their care’. This was a suffocating scenario I couldn’t wrap my head around. So when Keeley and Hound hooked up, I was happy for them.
With their get togethers being limited to Hound’s eloquently referred to shitter, the gloss quickly wore off the initial joy I felt for the happy couple. My interest spiked up again when Jean entered the story. Her character had such potential that I believed was underutilised, especially as a conduit to filter wisdom through to Hound.
I thought Keeley calling herself mama in a seductive tone, was a dig at being absorbed into her role of raising her children. Circumstances and personal choice had her pegged as solely the loyal widow and good mother. Hound saw her as a woman while respecting her as the mother of his ‘brother’s’ children.
The suspense of the story was mostly absent but I was so caught up in the forbidden nature of their relationship the absence of drama didn’t bother me. Their eventual ‘coming out’ was disappointing but saved with the comedic antics that came about because it was finally out in the open. Well mostly, not everyone was on board with Keeley finding happiness with Hound.
What I struggled with:
I jumped to conclusions where Tad was concerned. He was a pleasant surprise! The sisterhood demonstration was weird.
The gauntlet business was wrong, hotly debated and I am lost as to what I now think of it.
The whole Valenzuela threat was a disappointment. I get it is an overarching plot between books, but I needed more.
Overall I didn’t expect a story with anything other than a trip into KA world and that’s what I got. When it came to the ending though, it felt rushed. I had visions of KA being told she had 5 mins before it was ‘pens down’ and she better finish her story.
So my rating reflects the escapism I experienced, an easy read where I smiled, smirked, and rolled my eyes a bit.
3.75 sentimental stars « Hide Spoiler
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