Rough Ride by Kristen Ashley

Title: Rough Ride: A Chaos Novella

Series: Chaos

Author: Kristen Ashley

Publication Date: February 13, 2018


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.

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“You scared of bein’ alone, honey?” he asked.

Man, it was crazy how well he knew me.

“A little,” I whispered.

He gently rolled me toward him so I was more full-frontal against his side, murmuring, “I got you.”

Love and protection …  this is what I love about Kristen Ashley books. Love for your family and brothers, love so solid and deep that you will do and give anything to protect it.

Rosalie doesn’t think she will ever find that kind of love. Not after her short relationship with Shy in Own the Wind ended and not after her dangerous and emotionally scarring time working as an informant for Chaos against their rival MC, Bounty.  

If you know anything about the men of Chaos though it’s that they don’t ever leave family hanging. After Rosalie helped them, they will do anything to help her through this rough patch and Snapper is right at front leading the charge.

Snapper has had feelings for Rosalie for some time now and after working so closely together he has developed even deeper feelings that he wants to explore and he doesn’t want to waste any time doing it but Rosalie is hesitant to start anything new. She yearns for a relationship like that of her parents but struggles with self-doubt and fear.

I felt for Rosalie. Her emotions were so raw and her pain so powerful. She was hurting and I couldn’t have asked for a better person then Snapper to help her through.  I adored Snapper. He was not your typical KA alpha, he still had those strong protective instincts but he was also extremely sweet and mellow. I really liked him and I really like him for Rosalie. They had great chemistry and his support and caring nature toward her was heartwarming.

I am however torn over the ending of the book. I love KA’s epilogues, they are often my favorite parts of her books. I always look forward to them and seeing where the characters are in the future but, in Rough Ride the epilogue felt a bit incomplete and to be honest it had me confused. Kristen Ashley is obviously setting up the next book in the series by leaving us in the dark about certain incidents that are alluded to but not yet explained. Even thought I would have liked this novella to be a complete story I still enjoyed it very much. And finally any book where Indy and Tex from the Rock Chick series make a cameo appearance is well worth the read!


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.

About the Author

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Kristen Ashley was born in Gary, Indiana, USA. She 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 accessorise and she hadn’t taken her first breath!). 

Kristen grew up in Brownsburg, Indiana but has lived in Denver, Colorado and the West Country of England. Thus she has been blessed to have friends and family around the globe. Her posse is loopy (to say the least) but loopy is good when you want to write.

Kristen was raised in a house with a large and multi-generational family. They lived on a very small farm in a small town in the heartland and existed amongst the strains of 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 up, it keeps getting better.

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