Saturday, September 1, 2018

Wild Like the Wind (Chaos #6) by Kristen Ashley ~ Review

Wild Like the Wind (Chaos, #5)Source: Purchased

Wild Like the Wind (Chaos #6) by Kristen Ashley

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.

This is officially the longest I've waited to read a new Kristen Ashley book since I first fell in love with her writing. Normally I'll jump right into her books pretty much right when they land on my kindle, but this time I waited--partly because I was busy and partly because I was nervous. I've been seriously looking forward to Hound and Keely's story, and I wanted so badly for Wild Like the Wind to deliver. And, you know, now that I've read the book I'm not surprised that it did.

The first chunk of the book is in Hound's POV, something for which I am grateful because seeing his absolute devotion to Keely and her boys (and his lost brother) was a big deal. From when Black died, to trick or treating, to helping raise the boys, Hound was there being supportive. That made for a solid foundation for his and Keely's relationship--a selfless love.

All that said, that first chunk of the book was a wee bit frustrating on the romance front. Because Hound was so oblivious. And since we were in Hound's POV, we could kind of see Keely's feelings had changed but not the full force of it. So Hound and Keely were making important strides, but those strides weren't meaning as much as they should have at the time which was frustrating.

After that first chunk of the book, we get Keely's POV and everything starts falling into place. From there, we get a clear view of the beauty that is Hound and Keely--and I ADORE them as a couple. The only thing that kind of irritated me about them together was how long they kept it a secret. This was an issue for me with Hop and Lanie, too. (And kind of Tabby and Shy, but that's a different discussion.)

I also loved Keely and Hound and Dutch and Jagger being a cute little family. The moments between Hound and those boys, and the sweetness between Keely and her boys, were perfect. Another plus about this book--Tad. I was so happy about the addition of Tad! I just wish we could have seen that couple get together because it sounds like it was lovely.

There's some progress in the overarching Chaos storyline, but we're still waiting for things to come to a head...which I'm sure will happen in the next book (which will be the final book), Free. Of all the things these books have to offer--romance, friendships, family, laughs, cuteness, sweetness, etc--the Club business isn't exactly number one on my radar so I wasn't too bothered by the fact that this novel only took a step forward in the conflict instead of starting to resolve things. In fact, I found it interesting how the present is tying to the past. We'll see where that goes from here.

Overall, Wild Like the Wind took a minute to win me over, but once Keely and Hound actually started sorting their selves out I was hooked--and darn happy about it. I loved them as a couple. I also loved Dutch and Jag and Bev and Tad and the rest of the Chaos crew we've grown to know throughout the series. This was a good, solid dose of Chaos and I can't wait for the next in January!

4 stars - A good, solid dose of Chaos--I loved Hound & Keely!

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