cover image Own the Wind

Own the Wind

Kristen Ashley. Grand Central/Forever, $6 mass market (448p) ISBN 978-1-4555-992

Self-published contemporary romance author Ashley (The Gamble) captivates in her first outing for Forever with this gritty novel about a band of bikers in Denver and the women who love them. Tabitha “Tabby” Allen is the daughter of the Chaos Motorcycle Club’s president, and she’s therefore off limits to its members. That doesn’t stop rough-and-tumble Parker “Shy” Cage from putting her on a pedestal. After Shy clumsily tries to tame Tabby’s teenage wildness, the two part company for years—until Tabby’s fiancé is killed in a car accident and Shy helps her rebuild her life. Sparks fly, and the two quickly fall in love. But there are plenty of social obstacles to the romance on both sides. While the book’s frequent jumps forward in time are irritating, Ashley more than makes up for it with a cast of characters who grab the heartstrings and never let go. This no-holds-barred, sensuous page-turner neatly sets the stage for a sequel. (July)