I’m thrilled to be part of the blog tour for WILD LIKE THE WIND releasing July 31st! WILD LIKE THE WIND is the 6th book in the Chaos Series. It features the story of Keely Black and Shepard “Hound” Ironside as they find their way to true love, amongst the chaos of motorcycle clubs, crime lords and heartbreaking loss. I lOVED this book!! Scroll down for an exclusive excerpt plus an AMAZING Rafflecopter giveaway!!
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.
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.
She whirled on him, planted her hands on her slim hips and announced, “So you’re alive.”
He felt his mouth get tight and threw the door shut, but that was all he got in before she came at him, both hands up, and shoved him so hard at his chest, his entire torso rocked back.
That was when he felt his whole face get hard.
She didn’t hesitate to get up in that face and fuck him, fuck him, he felt her tits brush his chest, she was that close.
“You big jerk!” she shouted. “You scared the shit out of me.”
“Stand down, woman,” he growled.
“You haven’t dropped my check in two months, Hound.”
He couldn’t stop it.
He blinked at her and did it slow.
“You might miss a month but you never miss two,” she informed him of something he knew but thought she had not ever noticed.
“As you can see, I’m still standing,” he told her.
“I can see that. What I hear is that Chaos has got whatever trouble they’ve got with whoever took Millie and now they’re rubbing up against Bounty.”
Bounty was another MC in Denver.
They’d never had any problem with Bounty.
Now they did.
“Think you made it clear last time I saw you that you’re outta it with Chaos, so not sure how that’s your issue,” he stated.
“Uh, were you not there when the boys voted in Dutch as a recruit a month ago?”
Actually, he was on maneuvers so he had not been.
Though, since he sponsored Dutch, along with every man who’d had his patch when Black died, his official vote wasn’t really necessary.
He decided not to answer.
“I thought something had happened to you,” she said it like it was an accusation.
He put both arms up at his sides, which he thought pretty much said it all.
It did, but she was clearly not happy about the way he did it and he knew that with the way her face screwed up, all pissed.
“You drop my checks,” she declared heatedly.
“Gonna leave that duty to another man,” he told her.
“Why?” she rapped out.
“’Cause I got other shit I need to be doin’,” he replied, not the entire truth, not a full lie either.
“It’s because I was a bitch to you,” she said it, straight out.
“You didn’t say anything that wasn’t true,” he returned, and that wasn’t a lie at all.
What he left unsaid was that her saying what she’d said sucked dick.
“I was upset,” she explained herself.
“That didn’t go unnoticed,” he shared.
“Don’t be an asshole, Hound,” she snapped, and his brows went up as his temper caught.
“How’s that bein’ an asshole?” he asked.
“You’re bein’ flippant,” she told him.
He leaned toward her. “Woman, I don’t even know what ‘flippant’ means.”
“Then you need to spend more time reading books and less time doing Chaos’s wet work,” she shot back.
He leaned away and slowly drew a very long breath into his nose.
She glared at him.
When he had no verbal reaction to her remark, she looked around then back at him.
“For God’s sake, Hound, you live in a sty,” she declared.
“Got no woman to keep the place nice for, baby,” he drawled. “As you pointed out. And men don’t mind they live in a sty. It’s only women who give a fuck about that shit.”
Her eyes got squinty. “Why don’t you have a woman?”
He was not discussing this with her.
“That’s none of your fuckin’ business,” he returned.
She threw up an arm in front of her to indicate him. “You’re hot.”
He did another slow blink.
“It’s a waste,” she decreed.
She’d know about waste, all of what was her going without a man for seventeen years.
“You’re worried I don’t get my wick wet enough, Keely, you can mark that off your list of things you shouldn’t stick your nose into in the first place. I get what I need. I just don’t keep it.”
“Why not?” she asked.
“You obviously won’t feel this way, but you don’t know me so I’ll educate you that for a guy like me, you give it enough time to get time in, snatch becomes a drag and no man needs anything draggin’ on him.”
“You did not just say that to me,” she bit out.
“Jesus, woman,” he boomed, looked side to side and back to her. “You’re the one stormed in here, gettin’ up in my face and my space, puttin’ your hands on me, stickin’ your nose in shit that’s not yours to have. What’s your problem?”
“You bring me my checks,” she declared.
“Not anymore,” he fired back.
“You bring me my checks,” she demanded.
He leaned again toward her.
“Not anymore,” he snarled.
And then, Jesus, fuck…
She was on him.
She was all over him.
Plastered down his front, hands clenched hard in his hair yanking his head down to hers, she had her mouth to his and her tongue in his mouth.
He ripped his mouth from hers, planted a hand in her chest and shoved her back a lot harder than he’d ever touch any woman (or any woman who had not done Chaos wrong) so she reeled away five paces.
He couldn’t apologize.
He needed to draw a line.
For her boys.
“He was a badass biker who lived life wild, took it by the throat, and shoved aside anything he didn’t want in it.”
YES!!!! HOUND!!! ‘Wild Like the Wind’ is a gritty and VERY sexy trip back to the world of Chaos. Loved it!!!
The Chaos books do something for me and I can’t quite put my finger on it. The men and women of Chaos have all suffered, lived full lives and love with all their hearts. There are no false moments or easy paths here. In fact, Kelly and Hound take YEARS to get together and even when they do, they must pay dearly.
“It was great, babe. Fantastic. Fucking spectacular. But it’s a one-time thing. I’ll bring you your checks. You got me. You’ll never lose me. Your boys are so deep in my heart I’d take a bullet for them. But this, what we did, is done. You with me?”
Keely lost her husband years before and the Club has always taken care of her. But there is one cardinal rule of the brotherhood: never, ever be with another brother’s wife. Hound is a loyal member and he absolutely will not go against his brothers. This tension makes for lots of heartbreak and emotion and forms the backbone of this book.
“Fuck me, that was a huge fuckup,” he muttered into his palms. This was true. It was also the best four hours of his life. Bar none.
Nothing happens quickly in the world of Kristen Ashley which is one of the reasons why I love her writing so much. Each page, each chapter of her books is meant to be savored and enjoyed. And ‘Wild Like the Wind’ is a a satisfying, rich and very sexy story that encompasses tons of emotion and has tons of action.
This book is filled with some surprises which even for a seasoned Kristen Ashley reader will be totally enjoyable. All of the characters that I love from Chaos are here plus some new ones. And I loved the way Keely’s sons are also made a central part of the story. Hound’s relationship with them is just beautiful. I am not sure there is a more loyal or loving man than Hound. Does he screw up? Yes. But I cried when reading his scenes with Keely, Jean, Keely’s boys and even the Chaos brothers.
I did think the Valenzuela storyline could be wrapped up a little more quickly but that is just my opinion. This story captured my heart. Hound so deserved to be happy. And of course in true Kristen Ashley style, these characters are not 20-somethings. They are adults who have lived life, suffered, and love hard.
The scenes between Keely and Hound literally burn up the page and the brutal world of MC life is not glossed over here. Chaos remains one of my favorite series and I LOVED this story. Don’t miss it!!
“We’re gonna ride wild and burn bright, baby. We’re gonna tear this life up.”
1) Grand Prize winner will receive a $100 Gift Card to the winner’s favorite bookseller.
2) First prize winner will receive ALL the books in The Chaos Series signed by Kristen plus tons of KA swag.
3) Second prize winner will receive a signed copy of WILD LIKE THE WIND plus tons of KA swag.