Own The Wind by Kristen Ashley (Chaos #1)

Own The Wind by Kristen AshleyAvailable: April 2, 2013 Amazon/B&N (Paperback in June 2013)

Type: Contemporary Romance/Erotic

Publisher: Grand Central

My Copy: Sent

Reviewer: Nikki

Tabitha Allen has a not-so-secret crush on Parker “Shy” Cage. Shy thinks he knows the path Tabby’s on and it isn’t a good one. So he decides to teach her a lesson to lead her to the right path. 

Unfortunately, he was wrong and his actions wound Tabby, breaking her heart. It’s Tabby who then teaches Shy a lesson about casting judgment and Shy Cage learns what it feels like to be invisible. But when tragedy strikes and Tabby’s heart is broken again, Shy does what he can in the background to help. Trying to forget her heartbreak, Tabby finds herself in danger. To keep it secret from her biker family, the Chaos Motorcycle Club, she calls Shy to rescue her. But when she lets him back in, she gets much more than she bargained for.

Kristen Ashley weaves a tale that is impossible to walk away from and Own The Wind, book 1 in her Chaos series (a spin off from her Dream Man series), is absolutely no different. I will admit that I was wondering how she’d start a new series with a character who is essentially a child in her last Dream Man book. Luckily a jump ahead in time and quite a lead up solved all my issues and suddenly Tabby is a woman on the brink of a budding relationship with motorcycle man, Shy.

Tabby has had quite a crush on Shy for years but after a very harsh lesson from him one night they parted ways and she’s done her best to stay out of his way and concentrate on growing up. A tragic event throws them back together years later and as Shy helps Tabby heal they become closer then they have ever been resulting in a searing attraction that is sure to rock the entire club.

I found the story of Shy and Tabby to be starkly realistic and incredibly well wrote. Shy, like all the men attached to the motorcycle club, is insanely alpha and yet he treats Tabby with such a gentle hand it’s hard to reconcile his high handed ways with that other part of him he really only shows to her. I found myself alternating between “OMG I’d KILL him” and “aww, ok I guess that makes sense”.  I mean let’s be real…if a man said to me some of the things these men say to these woman I’d knee him in the crotch and follow it with a pimp slap to the face. In a book though I want my men alpha, mouthy and over the top. Kristen Ashley gives me everything I want. What’s better though is that the females know exactly how to handle these men. Tabby doesn’t back down from Shy and she makes sure she is heard in every instance. Sure, she could be immature and sure, they fought over some stupid shit. But what couples don’t? Adding those things in just gave it another realistic layer that I appreciated in the story. Plus the fighting leads up to some sheet scorching sex that was awesomely explicit and full of “omg where is my mechanical boyfriend?”.

Shy was a complex character once you got past the alpha-ness. He is driven by the loss of his parents when he was a boy and has taken on the roll of protector in everything he has done. He’s fiercely loyal to the club but he’s more loyal to Tabby and her needs which was definitely sigh worthy. He often lays everything on the line where she is concerned and makes no excuses for his feelings or actions. He is what he is and though Tabby stumbles over that often she comes to understand that learning to love a motorcycle club member takes skill and management abilities.

Own The Wind brings back all the characters readers have come to love and nicely sets up future books and couples. The only thing I thought was odd was the lack of an action packed ending I’ve come to expect. There is a slight scuffle, though it’s glossed over but we don’t actually get to experience it first hand. It’s also left open so I expect the problems that Chaos is now facing to follow them into the next book, which will be Hop and Lanie’s, sometime this summer.

I give Own The Wind by Kristen Ashley 4.75 stars!

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