Book Review + Giveaway: Own the Wind by Kristen Ashley

Posted by Ing on 3 April, 2013 // ★★ 13 Comments ★★

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Book Review + Giveaway: Own the Wind by Kristen AshleyTitle: Own the Wind by Kristen Ashley
Also by this author: Walk Through Fire
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
Release Date: April 2, 2013
Genres: Contemporary, Fiction, Romance
Pages: 448
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Rating: 5 Stars

Too hot to handle . . .

Tabitha Allen grew up in the thick of Chaos-the Chaos Motorcycle Club, that is. Her father is Chaos' leader, and the club has always had her back. But one rider was different from the start. When Tabby was running wild, Shy Cage was there. When tragedy tore her life apart, he helped her piece it back together. And now, Tabby's thinking about much more than friendship . . .

Tabby is everything Shy's ever wanted, but everything he thinks he can't have. She's beautiful, smart, and as his friend's daughter, untouchable. Shy never expected more than friendship, so when Tabby indicates she wants more-much more-he feels like the luckiest man alive. But even lucky men can crash and burn . . .

★★ I received this book for free from either the author, publisher or tour coordinator in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review. ★★


I discovered Kristen Ashley’s (KA) books around the end of 2012. A bunch of blogs that I errr ummm..stalk, kept mentioning how much they loved the hero Tack Allen from Motorcycle Man. So I picked up Motorcycle Man and gave it a gander. Let me tell you, boy I absolutely fell and I mean fell hard for the hero Tack Allen, of Motorcycle Man and KA’s writing style. KA hit all the right buttons for me with this hero. It was like she was in my head and knew all the things that would make me swoon. Anyway I went on a reading frenzy of her books. I spent two weeks floating on KA euphoria and on an alpha man high. The Point to all this, is to mention that Motorcycle Man is part of KA’s Dream Man series and it was the last book of that series. Own the Wind is a spin-off from Motorcycle man and is the start of KA’s new Chaos series. I’ve been impatiently waiting for this book since I read the last pages of Motorcycle Man. Now I shall commence gushing about Own the Wind. 🙂

My Synopsis:
Tabitha “Tabby” Allen has had a crush on Parker “Shy” Gage since she was sixteen yrs. old. Tabby is the daughter of Tack Allen, who is the Chaos Motorcycle Club (MC) president. Parker nicknamed Shy by his MC brothers is the resident man-whore. Shy, being the resident man-whore really says something, since I think most of the guys in the club are pretty free with their peener lovin’! 🙂 Shy and the other boys from the MC had to step in and rescue Tabby, when she was sixteen from a bad situation. This incident has stayed with Shy and it’s his basis for deciding to dish out a cruel lesson towards Tabby three years later. This lesson changes the course of things for both Shy and Tabby. Tabby spends the next years avoiding Shy, and Shy spends the next year unable to forget the taste of “the kiss” Tabby gives him at the end of that lesson. Fast forward three years later and a heartbreaking tragedy strikes for Tabby. Tabby never imagines that she’d be able to dream again after this tragedy and then Shy re-enters back into her life. Shy has his own tragedies that has shaped him. Will these two be able help one another live and dream again?

My Review:
A lot of KA fans were worried about how this book would differ from her self published books. Own the Wind is her first non-self published book. KA’s writing style is magic and her books are addictive. She sucks me into each world she writes about every time with her special magic writing powers. In my humble opinion I think KA’s writing style, still rock balls and kick ninja butts. Was it perfect? No! But it was darn near perfect for me. Yea, I miss the epically long books and I miss some of the girlfriend chatting moments but none of these for me, took away from how awesome this book still was. She still delivered on all the things that I needed, to love her books.

She gave me the alpha hero, Shy. Shy, oh shy…how I love thee! You are so a mini Tack. We didn’t know much about his character going into this book, except that he was a major man-whore to the 10th power. I wasn’t sure how KA was going to make me believe that Shy would drop his man whore ways, to just give his magic stick loving to just one special gal. I had nothing to worry about because again, KA made a believer out of me. I love the way Shy loved Tabby. The things that came out of that boys mouth had me in a puddle. His bossy alpha side had me wanting to drop down and give it to him! And Tabby..yea love that girl. She so sweet but at the same time holds her own and will go toe to toe with Shy when it’s needed. I loved watching her come into her own. Favorite scene in the book was her going toe to toe with her step-mom, Tyra and the Chaos boys. Made me tear up for Tabby and Shy, during that scene.

One of the things that I love about KA’s writing is I feel like she allows us to watch the couple grow together. You are on that journey with them. She delivers this in Own the Wind again. I adored watching the two, fall in love. KA still manages to throw in the little things that make you swoon over the story of the couple. The foil wrapper ball…so love that. I really enjoyed the fact that these two were friends and each others support system before they became lovers. It was the foundation and what made me believe that Shy in all is whore ways could give it all up for that one girl. And once these two love…there is no holding back for either. They are the rock for each other. They have each others back and it was a beautiful thing to read about. And the sexing was yummy. It was filled with hot smoking and sweet poignant moments that makes a girl sigh.

Fans will be happy to hear that we get, lots of yummy Tack in this book. Tack and Shy’s “come to Jesus” moment was great. Love how Shy gave it to Tack on how it is with his and Tabby’s relationship. I was in Chaos heaven when we got glimpses of one new recruit (Joker) and getting page time with some of the other Chaos members. One new character also stole the show for me. Can we say Landon? I hope KA finds a way to somehow fit this boy somewhere in this world and give us his story.

To wrap this up…I freaking loved this book. I cannot wait for the next book in the series. If you haven’t discovered this author yet…now you’ve been ed-u-macated. This book stands alone very well without reading Motorcycle Man, but I would still recommend you read that book first. I say this only because I think you’ll get more enjoyment. You’ll get the full affect of the motorcycle club.

Note: Own the Wind picks up about three years later from Motorcycle Man. Tabby is nineteen and Shy is twenty-four at the start of Own the Wind. Also on a side note..seriously this title cracks me the fudge up. Makes me think of breaking wind…anywhoo…anyone else think that?

★★ Book was read in April 2013. I own my own personal paperback and eBook copy. ★★

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★ About Kristen Ashley ★

Kristen AshleyKristen Ashley grew up in Brownsburg, Indiana, and 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 multigenerational family. They lived on a very small farm in a small town in the heartland, and Kristen grew up listening to the strains of Glenn Miller, The Everly Brothers, REO Speedwagon, and Whitesnake.

Needless to say, growing up in a house full of music and love was a good way to grow up.

And as she keeps growing up, it keeps getting better.

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13 Responses to “Book Review + Giveaway: Own the Wind by Kristen Ashley”

  1. You are a new to me author, love finding them!! You had me when I saw the motorcycle on the cover!! I cant wait to read this one. Thanks for the chance.

    mlawson17 at hotmail dot com

  2. I have heard great things about MOTORCYCLE MAN and this book sounds great too. I am very interested in reading both of these books 🙂
    manning_J2004 at yahoo dot com

    *Welcome back*

  3. A new author for me to add to my list, thanks!
    Sounds like a book I can curl up with while I sit in my favorite reading chair.
    Also keeping me company is my ‘special’ ice tea. 😉
    Have a nice day!

  4. This book sounds fantastic. Can’t wait to read it. Thanks for the great review and giveaway.
    Welcome back! Missed you.

    e.balinski(at)att(dot)net

  5. Awesome review! I haven’t read any of KA’s books, but I sure want to now. I won’t enter the contest, though, because I prefer paperbacks. I just have ebooks on my phone.

  6. Thanks for the great giveaway! I’ve been hearing a lot of good things about this author…very excited to try her work!

    taccb(underscore)1981(at)yahoo(dot)com

  7. This is a new author for me. This book and series look good. Definitely adding to my must read. Thanks for the giveaway.
    christinebails at yahoo dot com

  8. I just finished Mystery Man and I liked her writing style so I’m glad to see that she’ll keep going after Tack’s book.

    Thanks for the giveaway opportunity.
    sophiarose1816 at gmail dot com

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