Review – Still Standing (Wild West MC #1) by Kristen Ashley

Still Standing (Wild West MC, #1)Still Standing by Kristen Ashley
My rating: 1 of 5 stars




★Book Basics★

Genre: – Cont. Romance
Series: – 1st in the series
Love triangle? – No
Cheating? – No
HEA? – Yes, Unfortunately
Would I read more by this author/or in this series? – Yes
Rating – 1


I finished this and originally was thinking between an 2.5 and a 3 but after a couple of days have settled on a 1 star.

For starters – this just felt like a poor copy or Motorcycle Man!

The similarities were eerie!

The night they meet involves Tequila. ✔
The Hero has a teen Son and Daughter with his ex wife. ✔
The ex wife is of course a bitch and overly fond of knives. ✔
The hero has a tattoo of an animal that his wife used to call him and is described as that animal whenever he loses his temper. ✔
The Heroine is overly fond of a pencil skirt and heels and gets a job in the office of the hero’s business in which she has not a clue about what they actually do. ✔
Heroine has a best friend with an ex who gets them into trouble. ✔
Heroine gets to prove how much of a better mother figure she is to the teen daughter of hero when the teen gets herself into trouble. ✔
Hero and Heroine neatly split up after the night heroine had been epic mother figure as the hero had been a dickhead. ✔

There were too many similarities for it not to be a distraction and for me to actually be able to get into the book.

And where is the connection – they meet, get drunk have sex and that is it – into a relationship with the heroine being claimed by the hero.

Never mind the whole issue when the “Hero” physically hurts the heroine – So he didn’t “mean” to but not sure what he thought would happen when he picked her up and threw her aside. Somehow this managed to be the heroine’s fault for not reading him and getting out of his way.

I have long thought that unless you are a specific type of woman – (The hair out to there type/Sex kitten librarian type/Faye “quiet” type) then you are bitch ex wife/slut type/drunk/Hanger on who deserves no respect type – yet we have male characters who get redeemed – case in point being the husband of Ava’s friend in Rock Chick who attempted to sexually assault/rape her – (lets face it that was that it was) and she was saved by the shop keeper guy – this being the only reason he stopped – yet her friend takes him back, and he is in the “fold” albeit on the outskirts and suffers no consequences. That fella in the Chaos books that beat the shit out of Rosalie is redeemed. Carissa’s ex in Ride Steady is redeemed. The MC members in this very book – wh0 are portrayed as good guys, the heroine likes them – they have girlfriends – but they are big cheaters – yet portrayed as decent men other than that – because what? they don’t want to live by the rules and if they want a blow job they should be able to get one?

You know – I did finish this going “aw….he redeemed himself” but then I was thinking on it, and actually, I feel manipulated into that. The hero is not a hero – he is a manipulative, gaslighting autocratic knob. The heroine is weak and will take anything as she thinks that is all she is good enough for – and I am not convinced she will not spend the rest of her relationship making sure she gets out of his way when he is mad!

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