Wednesday, 21 February 2018

Blog Tour: Kristen Ashley's "Rough Ride (Chaos # 5)."

The Hopeless Romantics Book Blog are pleased to be a part of the Blog Tour for Kristen Ashley's "Rough Ride (Chaos # 5)."
Amazon UK:


From New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Kristen Ashley comes a new story in her Chaos series...

Rosalie Holloway put it all on the line for the Chaos Motorcycle Club.

Informing to Chaos on their rival club—her man’s club, Bounty—Rosalie knows the stakes. And she pays them when her man, who she was hoping to scare straight, finds out she’s betrayed him and he delivers her to his brothers to mete out their form of justice.

But really, Rosie has long been denying that, as she drifted away from her Bounty, she’s been falling in love with Everett “Snapper” Kavanagh, a Chaos brother. Snap is the biker-boy-next door with the snowy blue eyes, quiet confidence and sweet disposition who was supposed to keep her safe... and fell down on that job.

For Snapper, it’s always been Rosalie, from the first time he saw her at the Chaos Compound. He’s just been waiting for a clear shot. But he didn’t want to get it after his Rosie was left bleeding, beat down and broken by Bounty on a cement warehouse floor. 

With Rosalie a casualty of an ongoing war, Snapper has to guide her to trust him, take a shot with him, build a them...

And fold his woman firmly in the family that is Chaos.

Joint Review: Surj & Derna: 

Surj : Oh Derna, how wonderful was it being back in the comforting arms of a KA book, and a Chaos book no less. God how i'd missed those biker boys, their leading ladies and of course the wonderful yet crazy world they live in. Although it had been awhile since I’d picked up a book from this series, the minute I turned the first page, a warm feeling washed over me, a sense of familiarity consuming me and very quickly, the smile spread across my face because knew what that meant. I was home. 

“If you care about someone, it’s not about going that extra mile. 
It’s about giving everything.” 

Derna: Aww totally agree Surj. I always love starting a new KA book and having started this series only a few months back I was excited to return. What made this book extra special and made me smile huge was the cameos from characters from her other series. All I can say is if you’re a fan of the rock chick series you’re gonna love this one because KA has added a few little titbits that will guarantee to make you smile. 

Surj: “Rough Ride” was classic KA in so many ways and was just full to the brim with so much sugary goodness. We had a strong hero in Snapper who was alpha through and through but was equally unassumingly quiet which really made him stand out for me. It was this and that calm that surrounded him that melted me and I absolutely loved that he was a reader. woo hoo!!!! Trust me, there was nothing sexier than reading those scenes where he had his head stuck in a book!!!! Then there was Rosalie, beautiful, strong Rosalie who would do anything to protect the ones she loved even if it meant putting herself in harms way. 

"She yours?" Zip asked. 
"Yes," Snapper said. 
"No," I said at the same time. 
Zip looked between Snapper and me, an expression of resignation 
slid over his features & he mumbled "Christ, not another one of these." 

Derna: Haha, that’s so true. There’s nothing sexier than a hot man reading quietly on the sofa, completely engrossed in a good book (fans self). Snapper and Rosalie were such a great couple. Despite their rocky start, they shared plenty of heartwarming moments that left me feeling so contented with what this couple were building together. Equally there were those hot moments that this author writes so so well!!!! I absolutely loved them.

Surj: We had some fabulous secondary characters too that added an additional sprinkling of sparkle, some of them familiar and others strangers but by the end of the book, let’s just say, the family had grown!!!! 

Along with the characters, there was an excellent plot that gave us the mystery, suspense, action and drama this author writes so well that kept us on the edge of our seats, a pulse rates going crazy. However there is one BUT…only a little one but seasoned KA fans will understand. 

“If you care about someone, it’s not about going that extra mile. 
It’s about giving everything.”

Derna: "Rough Ride” was a 1001 Dark Nights novella so a great way to be introduced into the magical words of Kristen Ashley if you haven’t read her books before. For those of us who have been long standing fans of this author, we absolutely loved this book BUT we were left wanting more. We missed some of that detail we are used to getting from this author but we understand that this was a novella and you can’t possibly fit everything into a book of this size. Although this can be read as a standalone, we would highly recommend.reading the rest of the series. Trust us, once you have met one member of Chaos, you’re going to want to meet them all. 

"You’ve been jacked around since your daddy died and I don’t think either man 
meant to do you wrong but in the end they did. And I’m the man who’s gonna do you right, Rosalie. With me, that rough ride is gonna end, baby."

Surj: So all in all, a fab addition to the “Chaos” series that ended with Roseline and Snapper getting perfect HEA. However there was a cliffy of sorts that has us itching at the bits to get the next book. “Chaos” is about to go crazy and we cannot wait. 

“Rough Rise” gets ❤️❤️❤️❤️


An old-style flip phone. 

A burner. 

We’d joked about it, Snap and me. He’d called me Scully. He had a burner too, so there’d be no caller ID when he phoned me. So I’d called him Mulder. 

I was going to call him. 

Not because I was working for Chaos anymore. I wasn’t. That officially ended on that cement. Definitely not because I was protecting Bounty. I’d tell the police. Absolutely, I’d tell the police my boyfriend’s motorcycle club beat the snot out of me. It didn’t matter that I broke the code, and knew it. It didn’t matter that I’d betrayed my man, and done it deliberately. 

I was trying to save him. Save his brothers. Save his club. Save everyone. 

I closed my eyes tight, my thumb moving over the phone from memory, knowing the way on its own, I called him so often. That was why I was calling him now rather than 911. I knew how to get to him. To Snapper. And the effort would be less. I could dial the digits to get him up on speed dial in my sleep, so I could do it lying on a cement floor, beat to hell and practically unable to move. 

I couldn’t lift the phone to my ear so I just shoved it across the floor closer to my face, listening to it ring. 

“Rosie?” Snap answered. 

I closed my eyes tighter as understanding hit me with a blow almost as brutal as every strike I’d just taken. 


I hadn’t done it to save Beck. To save his brothers, his club…everybody. 

At first, I’d done it to make Beck into Shy. 

And then I’d done it to make him be Snapper. 

And last, I’d done it to make his club Chaos. 

“Rosie?” Snap’s Eddie Vedder baritone got sharper. 

Oh no. 


The black was creeping in again. 

“Sss…” was all I could get out. 

“Rosalie,” he bit out, curt, alert, alarmed. 

“Hurt,” I whispered. 

And then, again, I blacked out.

Author Bio:

Kristen Ashley was born in Gary, Indiana, USA and nearly killed her mother and herself making it into the world, seeing as she had the umbilical cord wrapped around her neck (already attempting to accessorize and she hadn't taken her first breath!). Her mother said they took Kristen away, put her Mom back in her room, her mother looked out the window, and Gary was on fire (Dr. King had been assassinated four days before). Kristen's Mom remembered thinking it was the end of the world. Quite the dramatic beginning.

Nothing's changed.

Kristen grew up in Brownsburg, Indiana and has lived in Denver, Colorado and the West Country of England. Thus, she's blessed to have friends and family around the globe. Her family was (is) loopy (to say the least) but loopy is good when you want to write. They all lived together on a very small farm in a small farm town in the heartland. She grew up with Glenn Miller, The Everly Brothers, REO Speedwagon and Whitesnake (and the wardrobes that matched).

Needless to say, growing up in a house full of music, clothes and love was a good way to grow up.

And as she keeps growing, it keeps getting better.

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