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Rough Ride: A Chaos Novella Paperback – February 13, 2018
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This is only one of the many glorious declarations made by Snapper that illustrates exactly the kind of man Rosalie Holloway is failing for despite the hellish situation she’s gotten herself in and the repercussions of her betrayal to Bounty and the man she thought she’d spend her life with before she found proof that he’s not the one who’s ‘perfect’ for her.
In my opinion, Everett ‘Snapper’ Kavanaugh is not a typical Chaos Motorcycle Club brother, but it’s not because he’s not bada** or doesn’t exude alpha maleness; it’s more because he has a sweet disposition. And, it’s not to say that Snapper is ‘soft.’ It’s just that he knows that Rosalie needs to be handled with care; he understands the hell she has endured and he refuses to do anything to force her to continue on the ‘rough ride’ she’s been on since her father’s death.
I have to admit that I didn’t know if I was going to be able to accept Rosalie as the heroine of a Chaos story, especially given the circumstances she meets Snapper under and the unease that surrounds her situation due to the fact she started with Shy then moved on to a Bounty Motorcycle Club Biker who proceeded to beat her and allow all of his brothers a go with her broken body then find her ‘perfect’ man while she’s attempting to help her current man get out from under the illegal dealings his club and he are entrenched in…but I do have to say that KA allows readers to understand the meaning and motive behind Rosalie’s actions and what it seems she’s been searching for ever since she lost the one man who protected and loved her unlike anyone she suspects every will again.
Motorcycle Man is one of my favorite books of ALL time; it’s what introduced me to a group of biker brothers who have been through hell and back and still find a way to protect what’s theirs and attempt to ride free and easy despite the maelstroms that look to wreak havoc on their lives and on their club.
Like all Chaos books, the brotherhood is showcased in Rough Ride - the fact that they take care of their own…they’re responsible for one another…they atone when they’re in the wrong and when a brother claims a woman, they are ‘owned’ by the club, which means that there’s a support system in place that will never waiver.
Rough Ride feels a little bit like a segue into the next Chaos book, Hound’s story…because as Snapper and Rosalie get things figured out between them, proving that Rosalie’s ‘rough ride,’ for the most part, is over, the club’s chaos is getting more dangerous and inevitable, forcing action to be taken that might just cost the club and those they love the roughest ride of them all.
4.5 Poison Apples
I am going to see if there is a way to get a refund for this. Meanwhile, unless you buy this knowing it leaves you hanging till some future purchase, I do not recommend this.
Amazon and KA - if you want to be integral with your readers, I recommend you create a special designation for cliff-hanger partial stories, and make that designation super clear pre-purchase, so you don’t disappoint your readers. Daisy and Marcus’s story in 1001 nights was complete (and excellent!) ... I expected the same with this book.
Rough Ride is a 1001 Dark Nights novella set in Kristen Ashley’s Chaos world and tells the story of Rosalie and Snapper. KA readers met Rosalie in Own the Wind, as she was the very sweet but unfortunate woman Shy Cage scraped off unceremoniously to get together with Tabby Allen. Snapper, a prospect at that time, has since become a full patched member of the Chaos MC.
Rosalie was no stranger to the biker lifestyle having been born to a biker and his old lady. Her father, though, was that rare breed of biker who loved his wife and daughter above all else. When he died suddenly, Rosalie unwittingly began searching for her happy, and in the process of doing so, she made a couple of wrong choices—one seriously so—before she was finally presented with the right one. But this was a woman who had been jerked around and hurt, though, so no matter how right this right choice seemed to be, no matter how sweet and kind and patient Snapper was, she was having a hard time accepting that this was right. Therein lies the crux of this gorgeous story, the healing power of love and family. It may have taken her a bit of time to come around, but in the end what she found was well worth the rough ride she took to get there.
Rough Ride was a fantastic addition to the Chaos series, and it lays some seriously exciting and intriguing groundwork for the stories to come. I devoured Snapper and Rosalie’s beautiful love story in a single sitting. Sexy, sweet and so swoon-worthy, my heart raced and soared from cover-to-cover, and I finished this book physically aching for more. Five smooches from me for Rough Ride by Kristen Ashley!
You remember Rosalie as the girl Shy cast aside for Tabitha. She was sweet and heartbroken but she was not the girl for him. After Shy, Rosalie got close to a member of Bounty MC. She fell in love but she was also doing a job for Chaos. Bounty found out and did not react well. Chaos dropped the ball and Rosalie got hurt.
But...Snapper was Rosalie's liason to Chaos and she fell in love with him as well. It sounds complicated but in this book, which could be considered a novella by Ashley's standards, she made it easy. I liked it well enough but the pacing was rushed and that ending was nonsense. Sneak peek into Hound's book looks promising though. I'll keep reading.