Free by Kristen Ashley

February 10, 2019 Book Review, WTF Did I Just Read 2 ½

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Free by Kristen Ashley
Series: Chaos #6
Also in this series: Ride Steady, , Rough Ride
Published by Self-published on January 29, 2019
Genres: Biker / MC
Pages: 570
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Through good times, bad times and times of war, Cole “Rush” Allen grew up in the Chaos Motorcycle Club. Along this journey, he watched his father, Tack, and his MC brothers fight, sweat, bleed and die to steer the Club to legitimacy.

And they’ve got one more battle on their hands.

A battle they have to win.

But when Rush meets the woman who put herself right in the thick of it, he knows he has to stop at nothing to get her out.

Rebel Stapleton has lost someone she loves to murder and she’s the kind of woman who’s going to do something about it. She puts her career on the line, and her life, to bring the man who did it to justice.

That is, she does this until Rush Allen intervenes.

Chaos is at war and they’re about to face the ultimate showdown. They’ll have to negotiate skeletons from the past, enemies becoming allies, and loved ones in the line of fire on their ride to be…


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.

Foreword by Lily

We have followed the Chaos series since Motorcycle Man and have been waiting for Rush’s story for what feels like forever. So, of course we would have a buddy read which tells you how major a call it was for me to abandon our BR. By the 25% point, I raised my hand up that I was struggling so Spice offered to let me off the hook. We warned Sparkles’ off before she even started. Even after I quit, I ended up in a book funk which took a week to shake. Read on for Spice’s candid rant from someone who took one for the team and read it from cover to cover. Enjoy the gifs as she goes into the many reasons Free got her head spinning. My full review can be found in the spoiler brackets: View Spoiler »

By Spice

Warning: Spoiler-ish Rant ahead.

I wish we had a rating for “I wish I could go back in time and not only not read this book but forget it ever existed.” To give you a warning how bad this book is, this started out as a buddy read, but I got way ahead and warned Sparkles and Lily off. Boy, do they owe me!


KA used to be one of my favorite writers. I’m one of those always giving her the benefit of the doubt and championing her books everywhere. From now on, though, I’ll be checking out the reviews before buying any more of her books as I feel like they are going in a direction that’s not for me.

Rush and Rebel barely had any page time to the point I think you could erase their characters and no one would notice. Their story was hijacked by Beck and Janna’s. Yes, Beck, the man who gave his woman over to his club to be savagely beaten. The same man who kicked her, spit on her and put her in the hospital for days. I love redemption stories but there are some who shouldn’t get one (especially in another couple’s book). 


Speaking of redemption stories…Naomi. What the ever loving f*ck? I feel bad about what happened to her, but we all know she will get her feet back under her and then spew her acid everywhere she can. Poor Tabby.


Every character we’ve ever met in one of her Denver based books was thrown in here and we got umpteen confusing POV’s. There was so much time jumping and head hopping, I got dizzy, and not the fun kind of dizzy.


To make matters worse, every badass from every KA Denver series was pussified here, to the point the book could have been named The Pussification of the Denver Badasses.  Women were dropping like flies but Lee and the hot bunch were worried about their own women so they refused to put boots on the ground and only offered office support. Hawk’s group went MIA after telling Chaos to get Rebel out when we all know he would have just pulled her ass out himself. Hank, Eddie and Brock became the Keystone cops who couldn’t investigate their way out of a paper bag.


And Chaos… they spun their wheels the entire book. Even worse, View Spoiler » 


The actual heroes of this story were Sixx from the honey series View Spoiler » and Beck and his band of women-beating asshats. I hope the focus on Beck and company doesn’t mean there will be a spinoff based on abusing assholes who have redeemed themselves. That would not be my cup of tea at freaking all.


As for Benito, the ultimate bad guy who has been beating and murdering women and causing mayhem for almost the entire series, he didn’t go out in a hail of gunfire or get sent to jail for life. View Spoiler » It was so totally believable.


And let’s talk about the sex. Not only did Rush and Rebel get shortchanged in the romance department, they got the least amount of sex scenes in the story. Unless you count them listening to Rebel’s brother and his boyfriend get it on multiple times. So wrong. The person who got laid the most was Benito, and it wasn’t sexy, it was vomit inducing. Not because it was kinky, but because it was effing Benito.


This was disjointed, choppy, made no sense half the time, and was full of editing issues. There were passages I reread multiple times and still couldn’t figure out what was being said.


I feel like the book boyfriends from these series I’ve loved for years were betrayed. And yes, I realize they aren’t real, but these are characters whose books have been with me through multiple surgeries, heartbreak, and hard times. To see them reduced to this is demoralizing in a way. I said it already, but I wish I’d never read this book and could forget it existed.



Rating: Is There Such Thing As Negative Stars?


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2 Responses to “Free by Kristen Ashley”

  1. Marua

    Thank you for your honesty.

    I know some of her hard core “Rock Chicks” are oohing and ahhing over this book but….yea, we were robbed. Or f*cked over without a kiss or lube.

    Ever since we first met Rush I couldn’t wait because hello this is Tack’s son you know his story had to be epic. This was not even close to what his story should have been. There are those that say Rush and Rebel could handle a “rushed” storyline because he’s Tack’s son, knows what he wants and following his father’s example is not going to hesitate to go there.

    But the ride there sucked. And what’s sad is you are so on the money. You could take out the bits with R & R and you wouldn’t miss them.

    Essence, why did we need her? Comic relief? Nope that wasn’t it. Taking up space? Maybe.

    Benito going out like he did….oh hell no! After how many years of the Hot Bunch, Hawk’s Commandos and the DPD trying to build a case against him and he’s going to go down like that? Not even High is going to get in on the take down after what he did to Millie?!?!?!

    Okay I have to stop or else I am going to get my blood pressure and blood sugar all out of control. Disappointed doesn’t even cover the loss over what should have been an awesome send off to the guys and their old ladies. Rush taking over should have been a celebration not a whimper in the night.

    Thanks for sticking to your guns and wanting more for this series finale. And next time….hire a skywriter to warn us off books like this.

    • Spice

      It took me almost a week to calm my ass down. You should have seen the first draft, LOL. And if I could, I would’ve had nationwide skywriter’s, but you’re are just going to have to keep any eye on the blog for any more duds we come across.

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