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Aug 05

Wild Like The Wind by Kristen Ashley Review

5 SMOOCHES!

SYNOPSIS:

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.

REVIEW:

This book, this series, this author—to me, they’re everything. They’re not merely on my list of all-time favorite books, they are the ones at the top. There are very few days that go by where I don’t read at least some of Kristen Ashley’s words—it may just be a favorite scene or perhaps a chapter or two, and when I can, it’s a whole book or sometimes an entire series. But like a junkie needing her fix, I sneak in a bit of the awesomeness that is Kristen Ashley’s words, worlds and wisdom nearly every day.

I’ve seen a few reviews of this book where readers have said they wanted to reread Wild Like The Wind immediately upon finishing it, and I totally get that because that is exactly where I am right now. I’m just not ready to go. This book, in true Kristen Ashley and Chaos fashion, was brutal in its honesty, sugar coating not a single word. At times gut wrenchingly painful, at others heart achingly gorgeous, this book explores true, soul-deep love, love after loss, selfless and giving love, and it does it in the way that only Kristen Ashley through the bikers of Chaos can.

Hound and Keely’s story moved me, it wrecked me, and it put me solidly back together within the span of its 400 or so pages. Hound took me by surprise, though in all honesty, I shouldn’t have been the least bit surprised. Considering his position within Chaos, though, his sweet and gentle side was far more than I had been anticipating it would be. Plain and simple, he was a good man, despite his transgressions on behalf of his club, or maybe even because of them. I challenge any reader to read his story, experience the beauty of his actions and not melt into a puddle right there in their chairs. Keely lost it all, and stayed lost for a long time, a crying shame for a woman who had at one time burned so brightly. But Hound woke her up, and for her part, she gave to him as good as she got. Their story was gritty and raw, but it was real. While it wasn’t always easy to take, the two of them together were KA biker magic, tearing it up and wild like the wind.

If you haven’t read the Chaos series, stop what you’re doing and do it now. Start where it all began with Tack and Tyra’s story as told in Motorcycle Man, which is the final book in Kristen Ashley’s Dream Man series. It lays important groundwork for the whole Chaos series, and the history and backstory gleaned there will help connect some of the plot related dots throughout all the books of the Chaos series. I find myself in a very odd position right now. I’m excited and anticipating the next book in this series while trying to accept that it will also be the last one. I want that story more than anything, yet I also do not want to let go of this series, these characters and their stories. I am such an enormous fan of Kristen Ashley, and I’m grateful that through copious re-readings, I won’t have to do that, because my thirst for this world, these bikers and their babes will never be quenched. Five smooches for Wild Like The Wind by Kristen Ashley from me!

~ Danielle Palumbo

 

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