Having become a rather large fan of the TV series Sons of Anarchy, when I saw the Own the Wind was a biker romance, I quite simply couldn’t resist. I’ve never read anything by Kristen Ashley before, and my oh my have I missed out! Her writing is completely and utterly addictive, the type of writing bookaholics dream of, when you need more hours in the day just to fit in more reading in, because you just can’t get enough of it.
Own the Wind is the first book in a series following the members of the Chaos motorcycle club. While it is the first book in a series, it is actually a spin off from Motorcycle Man a book in Ashley’s Dream Man series, I would highly recommend you read Motorcycle Man first. I went on to read afterwards, but wish I had read it first, as Motorcycle Man is the story of club president and father to Tabby the heroine of Own the Wind, Tack.
When she young, Tabby, the daughter of Chaos club president had a wild side and she got in trouble. Because she was family the members of the Chaos club took care of her, including Shy. But Shy wasn’t afraid to give her a few harsh home truths, even if they cut deep. Then she grew up, she trained as a nurse and she found her feet. That is until tragedy struck, shattering her entire world, but once again Chaos and Shy are there for her as she struggles to recover.
This is such a sexy, addictive novel. I loved Tabby, she was feisty and had serious biker girl cool. This book spans an array of emotions, from the depths of grief, to lust and then ultimately love. You watch Tabby grow and grieve and completely admire her strength.
Shy completely has the alpha hero thing down. Totally bossy, I think he would drive me mad. I loved the fact they had a 3 day argument over whether their freezer should have an ice-maker! Although while he was totally sexy (I mean seriously), and I thoroughly enjoyed reading about him, I think if I was with him I might want to lock him in the aforementioned freezer on a regular basis. The thing about Ashley’s biker heroes is that they seemed to cross over that mega control freak line. However, combined with the complete and focused love they offer, it’s a seriously heady combination.
Interestingly, this story spans quite a large period of time. Jumping forward weeks, months and sometimes years at a time. It added realism to the story, it allowed Tabby to grow up from the young, wild girl, to become the woman she needed to be. But it also added credit to her grief, it wouldn’t have felt right for her to jump right into another relationship. Additionally, I love the snatches of Shy’s feelings towards her when she was younger in the prologue, it made their love story so much more intense. Actually, the prologue really set this book up, it was quite long, when I got to chapter one I was surprised that I hadn’t read past it already. But it really added to the overall story.
As a Sons of Anarchy fan, I really felt its influence in this book, it was even referred to a couple of times in the book. Also with the regular reference to brothers and old ladies, I also liked the fact that Ashley made it clear that while this was biker group, it was a clean biker group, unlike SOA. Well, with the exception of their habit of threatening people who don’t behave!
There was a side story in Own the Wind around Tabby’s best friend Natalie who is a drug addict and gets herself into serious trouble. I’m not totally sure how I felt about how this part turned out. I felt said for both Tabby and Natalie. I’m not sure if Ashley is setting Natalie up as a future heroine in the series or a future bad apple, it could go either way at this stage. But there was a part of me that wasn’t totally happy with how this part of the storyline fully concluded. But I shall hold my reservations and see how or if this develops later in the series.
On top of all the seductive sexiness this book also has some great relationships. There’s Shy and his soldier brother, the biker brothers and sense of family between them all. I loved Tack and Ty-Ty (Tabby’s father and stepfather) and the love they all shared. It made me want to join a biker group just to be part of it!
I am most definitely a Kristen Ashley convert, I went on to read two more of her books directly after this one. This book was so good I even forgave it the occasional use of the dreaded ‘c’ word, thankfully it was only occasional. I loved Own the Wind and could barely put it down, I would highly recommend Ashley to romance fans.
Rating: 4 Stars
Own the Wind by Kristen Ashley
Contemporary Erotic Romance
Grand Central Publishing (June 2013)
Kindle Edition: 448 pages