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Fast Lane

4.03  ·  Rating details ·  2,128 ratings  ·  433 reviews
“Once he met her, it was and always would be Lyla.”

They were the gentlemen bad boys of rock. Forming in a garage in a small town in Indiana. Taking their licks on the road. Going balls to the wall until they made their big break.

And then Preacher McCade and the Roadmasters redefined rock and roll.

Guided by their tortured lead singer and songwriter, the Roadmasters changed
Published October 15th 2019 by Rock Chick Press
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Val ⚓️ Shameless Non-Snowflake ⚓️
I was intrigued by this when I saw it...but as I have been less than enthused with KA's latest books, I was hesitant. However, as my friend Reading wrote in her amazing review: "I wanted to see what one author copying another's storytelling style and slapping a 'passion project' label on it looks like...It ain't pretty, my friends."

In other words, much like KA watched Games of Thrones and decided to rip it off write The Golden Dynasty (which I do love), she apparently read Daisy Jones and the
"Once he met her, it was and always would be Lyla.”

False advertising!!!!!
He had sex
Lots and lots of sex
With many OW
That line implies celibacy......stop using it if the mcs weren't celibate damn it!!!!!

Kudos to the author for trying something new, it was an interesting concept but not my cuppa unfortunately I pre-ordered and went in without reading a single review #lessonlearned

Ok y'all I'm editing this to add some details because I've gotten a few messages asking me
First things first:
I didn't read Fast Lane with the intention of hating it and while I didn't hate it I find I'm struggling to find things I actually liked.
I've read Daisy Jones and the Six. I thought it was quite unusual and a little brilliant. I was curious when KA announced her inspiration and intention to write her own "passion project". In spite of serious disappointment in KA's more recent work, I wanted to see what one author copying another's storytelling style and slapping a "passion
Jessica  (Angie & Jessica's Dreamy Reads)
While I wholeheartedly adorethe familiar style of writing and storytelling that Kristen Ashley so notoriously delivers from her "happy place," I am both overwhelmed by and overjoyed with herconsciousdelve into such a daringly new way of illustrating a rock and roll romance. Daisy Jones and the Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid was one of the most gripping, soul searing, wholly original stories I'd read in the last year and the knowledge that that book inspired this shift into what would become Fast ...more
Pavlina Read more sleep less blog❤❤

I loved it so much, it was refreshing and different from Kristen Ashley's previous books!I loved this story a lot and I loved the world!Kristen Ashley delivers a beautiful and poignant story!


I have so many feelings, and Preacher is fantastic, my heart *sigh* one of my favorite heroes.This is one of Kristen Ashley's best books!It's not your usual book from Kristen so get prepared to be blown away with this amazing world and Kristen's writing!

Ⓐlleskelle - teamSøren♗ ⊲I like big b00ks⊳
It’s hard to review a book from a favorite author when you feel like there is no real draw to the characters on the page. It’s hard to review a book you didn’t truly care for but that kept you reading through the night. It’s wishful reading. You keep hoping something will make you love the story but it sadly never happens.

If you follow the author on social media, it was impossible to miss the fact she tremendously enjoyed Daisy Jones and the Six by Tailor Jenkins Reid and that it inspired her
Oct 15, 2019 rated it liked it
First and foremost, I’m impressed that the author decided to write in a different format. That she followed her passion, and inspiration, and that she stepped outside her comfort zone to write this book. And I must admit she did a great job.

Fast Lane, as Daisy Jones & The Six, was written for most of the book in interview format. But whereas Taylor Jenkins Reid jumped between many different interviewee POVs, KA focused on two main characters to tell the story about Lyla and Preacher.

And the
2.5 ... maybe 3 ... I don't know. We need those half stars!

I had sort of given up on reading KA. Not sure why, as she was one of my favourite authors. I devoured most of her books when I started "reading" again ... I mean reading books for myself as opposed to Nursery Rhyme books, Barney books, essays that the boys wrote at school. I loved her books... Sweet Dreams was one of my all time favourites. Me and Tate 4ever!!

I tried one or two of the last few books she wrote and I just didn't enjoy
Sep 06, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Kristen Ashley Fans, Romance
3 Eh... Stars
* * * Spoiler Free
Ok, I have mentioned before, Kristen Ashley was why I got the Kindle App on my PC in 2013. I had been reading romance and just came to Goodreads. I made a few friends and they all told me I needed to read Kristen Ashley. I think the first one I read was At Peace and promptly fell seriously in love with the woman. Binged read about everything she wrote. You could say I am a true KA fan.

So it pains me to admit this is the first KA book I did not read from cover to
Ang (Sizzling Pages)
Oct 14, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arc
With Fast Lane, Kristen Ashley stepped out of her norm to compose a compelling Rock n' Roll romance with such incredible passion, I was captivated from the heartfelt dedication to the very last word. This was not your typical KA novel, but a gripping love story nonetheless. It was a profound experience journeying through the years with Preacher McCade, his Roadmasters, and the muse who centered them all ~ Lyla.

This was a departure from the way Ashley writes and differs from anything I've read
Oct 27, 2019 rated it it was ok
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Spoiler Whore-Momoa
Aug 28, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2019
Kristen to Me:"I have the book ready, you wanna read it?"
Me to Kristen:"You bet your ass I want to read it?"

This must be said. Coming off the incredible high I had for Taylor Jenkins Reid's Daisy Jones and the Six, I knew I was gonna click with this book. Kristen has stated that DJ&6 was the inspiration for this book. I'll just state that the ONLY similarity between DJ&6 and Fast Lane is the interview style in which it's written. Otherwise, the stories are in no way similar to each
Geri Reads
DNF @33%

This wasn't for me. I was bored to tears with the whole thing.
Robin (Bridge Four)
I’ve read so many Kristen Ashley (KA) books that it is a blur sometimes all the characters and plots. There is always music mentioned in her books, I can tell KA is a big music fan and this project was years brewing in her mind. Fast Lane was both very familiar and different all at the same time. Told in interview style, Fast Lane covers decades and the rise and fall of a rock band that made it in the 80s.

I could tell this was a book close to the authors heart and I applaud her attempt to try
Ellen ✦ Book Bellas ✦
"There are women who just have… [Pause] Something. Lyla had that."

Well I am sure that this story was a long time coming, knowing what a huge fan Kristen Ashley is of rock & roll! And 'Fast Lane' is certainly a bit outside her normal comfort zone, much like a passion project or a story that she absolutely HAD to tell.

This book tells the story of a famous band's path to stardom and the often-rocky road to the top. Told in an interview style much like Taylor Jenkins-Reid's 'Daisy Jones &
Guilty Pleasures Book Reviews
My head is exploding but in a good way, Kristen Ashley put the pedal to the metal in Fast Lane to tell the fictional story of a band that goes from garage, to sh*t hole bars, to clubs, to stadiums over the course of many, many years and all that entails, from the hard life on the road, to sex, drugs, and so much more. Woven throughout this book was an unconventional love story that had ups and downs and went a bit sideways. I really don’t want to give anything away about this book; it is an ...more
Dora Koutsoukou
Oct 15, 2019 added it
Shelves: dnf
I wanted so much to read this book!!! Unfortunately I dnf it at 25%.
I didn’t enjoy that the story was being narrated, despite Jesse’s captivating intense talk.
We Review Books
Sep 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
it’s 248 AM and I just finished Fast Lane by Kristen Ashley. I received the ARC last week, but as I started reading it, I realized what I was reading was magnificent (I know that is saying a lot, but there is not an adequate word to describe it). I wanted to stop. I wanted to savor it. I needed to stop and acknowledge THIS MOMENT. I know that what I was reading could only be experienced ONCE. I would only have the heart-racing, heart breaking, fall in love feeling ONCE. After each re-read (I ...more
Jemima jamir aka Sentranced Jem
I want..I want!
4.5 stars!

This was very, very good. The writing style is a departure from the norm, and was done entirely in an interview fashion. I thought that might take away from really feeling the story, but I needn't have worried.

All the feelz were there, and I teared up twice.

KA fans will love this!

Shout out to so many fantastic musical references from the rock gods from the 70s, 80s, and 90s! That added so much to the story for me.
Oct 15, 2019 marked it as dnf
dnf 10%

ahh i can’t believe im dnf’ing a KA book after reading a few pages.

the format is in “interview” style and im just not used to it at the moment.

i’ll probably continue this when i’m in the mood.
Oct 17, 2019 rated it liked it

3 "We were the band." Stars

This was interesting, something completely fresh from Kristen Ashley and I really enjoyed that part of it. There were some loose ends for me though, specifically Lyla. There's such build up to her character and I didn't really get the whole "muse" connection at all or what it was so significant. The hype was much more than the execution provided. The style of KA's writing here worked well for me, I enjoyed the air of mystery surrounding the band from this format of
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Izzie d
Oct 15, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: music-band
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Julia's Book Haven
Kind of on the fence with my rating, not sure how I’m feeling about this book, but it might have more to do with life stuff right now then the book itself. So I’ll just say this, Kristen Ashley never fails to tell an epic story from start to finish and she could write a fast food menu and I’d enjoy every second of reading it. Also I read this in one sitting so maybe once I’ve had more time to absorb the book I’ll have a clearer picture of my feelings about it.
I hope you enjoyed this super
Sorry but it was too narrative for me right now! Although it's a book written by Kristen Ashley ( a top author for me) I couldn't continue reading it!! ...more
Samantha K
Oct 20, 2019 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Not for me....

I love KA. She’s written some of my favorite books. Unfortunately, I could not get into this. The interview style was beyond boring and I dnf.
Beanbag Love
Oct 22, 2019 rated it really liked it
I'm going to give this one 4 stars. Earlier in the book I was not so sure, but by midway through I was fully engaged.

I know some are disgruntled that KA aped another author's device in telling this story. She does, however, give full credit and props to Taylor Jenkins Reid for her story "Daisy Jones and the Six" Daisy Jones & The Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid and the inspiration it provided. At first I'll admit I was a little bothered by it as well, this being a pretty specific storytelling choice. But then I learned that DJ&tS is not
julia ☆ [owls reads]
3 stars.


Follow your star.

Fast Lane is obviously a passion project from KA, but I’m not really sure how I feel about it? She credits Daisy Jones & The Six as inspiration, which is cool, and then goes on to basically write her own Alternate Universe for the novel with her own characters. The format is basically the same, the drug use is the same, band falling apart is the same. The points that do deviate from Daisy — Lyla’s involvement with the band and the big romance story — are what
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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 accessorise 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
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“But you want respect,” he says, “you gotta be good at what you do, and to be good at what you do, you gotta practice, you gotta go at it hard, and gotta do it a lot. No one who’s got talent, money and respect gets it pissin’ about and givin’ thirty percent. They earn it because they give it their all.” 0 likes
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