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Tuesday, February 2, 2021

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

A Review by Wendy
 4 All For the Affection Stars
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 Spoiler Free

Because I have this KA Addiction, I will read almost everything she writes. Lately, I feel she has been on a positive roll, harking back to the feel of her Vintage Books in her new ones. This has been a good thing as some of her writing had not felt like the dynamic KA we know and love.

So with Still Standing, I got the KA Vibe immediately and was all in.

Now I want to write this review spoiler-free so anyone can read this review and not have the book ruined by learning about all of it before they start.

With that said I will share this, our main characters are complicated.

Clara was a child of the foster system. This colored her view of herself and what she thought life was. In many ways, she was smart, savvy, and able..but in other ways, she has this serious naivete where she needs to have things laid out for her. This will impact the story and can make the reader take a moment.

West "Buck" Hardy is a classical MC. He has a bit of the Tack flavor for me. He is the president and he comes from the MC life. He is affectionate, cares about his kids, and devoted to his brothers of Aces High. He is fully into Clara.

Lots happen, lots of sexy times, lots of Clara's inner dialogue, and not an excessive amount of description of places, clothes, or food. It wasn't overboard.

Overall, after I took a moment to allow miscommunication/mc behavior to happen, I did enjoy this book and the way Clara and Buck were. They were solid for each other and that was what mattered.
KA works into all of her tales, beautiful nuggets of life lessons. Things told or said that will hit you in your heart while reading. This is her gift and the reason I am addicted to her writing.

Mark my word, this is not the only Wild West MC book. There are many characters to care about, bad people who need to be taken out, and couples to share their love story with us. 

A gifted copy was provided by the author/publisher for an honest review.


Kristen Ashley was born in Gary, Indiana, USA. She nearly killed her mother and herself making it into the world, seeing as she had the umbilical cord wrapped around her neck (already attempting to accessorize and she hadn't taken her first breath!).

Kristen grew up in Brownsburg, Indiana but 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 multi-generational family. They lived on a very small farm in a small town in the heartland and existed amongst the strains of Glenn Miller, The Everly Brothers, REO Speedwagon and Whitesnake (and the wardrobes that matched).

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

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

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