Saturday, March 9, 2019

Free (Chaos #6) by Kristen Ashley ~ Review

Free (Chaos, #6)Source: Purchased.

Free (Chaos #6) by Kristen Ashley

Through good times, bad times and times of war, Cole “Rush” Allen grew up in the Chaos Motorcycle Club. Along this journey, he watched his father, Tack, and his MC brothers fight, sweat, bleed and die to steer the Club to legitimacy.

And they’ve got one more battle on their hands.

A battle they have to win.

But when Rush meets the woman who put herself right in the thick of it, he knows he has to stop at nothing to get her out.

Rebel Stapleton has lost someone she loves to murder and she’s the kind of woman who’s going to do something about it. She puts her career on the line, and her life, to bring the man who did it to justice.

That is, she does this until Rush Allen intervenes.

Chaos is at war and they’re about to face the ultimate showdown. They’ll have to negotiate skeletons from the past, enemies becoming allies, and loved ones in the line of fire on their ride to be…


Whenever I pick up a Kristen Ashley book, it's with a mix of anticipation, fear, and excitement. I mean, mostly excitement. But it's also intimidating. Because I love her books so much and I really don't want to be let down. So automatically, there's pressure on the book. Then with Free, in particular--it's the finale for Chaos. I had many *feelings* going into this book. And, ahahah I have even more feelings coming out of it. But to begin, I'll say that Free was one of the best series enders I've read.

I'll be honest: I wasn't in serious need of Rush's story. As far as the Chaos members go, Rush wasn't exactly around the top of my list of guys I was hoping for a story from. I was still excited for this book, because it's KA so it's literally impossible for me to not be bouncing off the walls with anticipation, but as far as what I was hoping to get out of this story, a serious love for Rush was not expected. But MAN. Rush was never front and center before, so I never paid him much attention. But we got up close in this one and we know him so much better...and I adore him. ADORE. 

As for Rebel, I've been excited to get her story since meeting her in More Than Everything (Molly, D, and Mad's story in the Loose Ends anthology). And she ended up being all I expected her to be and more. She was so cool. And she fit into the Chaos crew like she was meant to be there. 

Rebel and Rush together was basically the definition of swoon-worthy. They were sweet. And cute. And they had their great steamy moments (like, I must say that these were particularly well-written in this one). But really, they were everything I gear up for when I get into a KA couple--they fit together perfectly, had exactly the right chemistry, and were devoted and stable in all the ways that count. 

The overall Chaos plot was handled well in this one, too. And I say this as a person who honestly wasn't super into the ins and outs of what was going down. I was mostly here for the romance and only kept half an eye to what was happening with the Club so I wouldn't end up totally lost. But in this one, I was actually pulled in by the Chaos situation. 

As a finally, there's obviously a lot going on: the romance, the Club drama, and tying up storylines that need closing. We know the obvious ones going in: Rush and Rebel and Chaos vs. Valenzuela. But there were also two added aspects to the book that I was not expecting...but really ended up enjoying. I'm not going to outline what these were exactly, so as to avoid spoilers, but I will vaguely say that one had to do with Rush and while I didn't and still don't care about this particular character, I was quite entertained by how things ended up with them (and Rebel, heh). The other surprise aspect, however, I LOVED. Like, I never would have expected to care so much but I was 1000% here for it and I'm so glad it was included. 

Overall, Free was the best series ender I could have hoped for. It left my heart so full. I'm going to miss Chaos, but I'm glad this was the way they went out. It was SO. GOOD. And I may have shed a tear or three. <3

5 stars - My heart is so full--one of the best series enders I've read!

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