Review: Rock Chick Reawakening (Rock Chick #0.5) by Kristen Ashley

Posted January 5, 2017 by bookstobreathe in Book Review, New Release / 1 Comment

Review: Rock Chick Reawakening (Rock Chick #0.5) by Kristen AshleyTitle: Rock Chick Reawakening
Author: Kristen Ashley
Series: Rock Chick #0.5
Published by Evil Eye Concepts Inc
Release Date January 3, 2017
Genres: Contemporary Romance, Erotic Romance
More Info: Goodreads
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From New York Times bestselling author, Kristen Ashley, comes the long-awaited story of Daisy and Marcus, Rock Chick Reawakening.

A prequel to Kristen’s Rock Chick series, Rock Chick Reawakening shares the tale of the devastating event that nearly broke Daisy, an event that set Marcus Sloane—one of Denver’s most respected businessmen and one of the Denver underground’s most feared crime bosses—into finally making his move to win the heart of the woman who stole his.

Title: Rock Chick Reawakening

Series: Rock Chick #0.5

Genre: Contemporary Erotic Romance

Author: Kristen Ashley

Release Date: January 3, 2017

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From New York Times Bestselling author Kristen Ashley, comes Rock Chick Reawakening, the long awaited story of Daisy and Marcus, brought to you by 1,001 Dark Nights! Be sure you grab your copy today!

A Message from Kristen 

Dear Reader,

I’m beside myself with glee that this prequel to my Rock Chick series has been unleashed! There was some time when I never thought I’d write it. When I couldn’t be in that terrible place with Daisy. But I’m oh-so glad that she called to me, demanding her story be told so she could give it to me and now I can give it to you! I loved every moment spent with Daisy and Marcus. And I hope you do too!

~ Kristen Ashley

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Excerpt

“You, thinkin’ I’d have a problem with you bein’ Marcus Sloan,” I expanded.

“Do you know who I am?”

“Nope.” I shrugged. “Don’t care either. Though, that’s to say ‘nope’ don’t mean that I don’t know. I just don’t really know. I still don’t care. And that’s not why I don’t wanna have dinner with you.”

“I’m still not understanding.”

“Honey bunch, I’m a stripper.”

“Yes. And?”

I shut up.

Dear God, he thought I thought I was better than him.

No.

He thought I thought I had reason to think I was better than him.

“I don’t judge,” I said quietly. “Life’s life and a person’s gotta do what they feel they gotta do to get along in it.”

“This is correct.”

“So I don’t care what you do or who you are.”

“And this delights me.”

My heart started racing because it did. It delighted him.

And I knew this because his eyes were again twinkling.

“Men are a**holes,” I shared.

“Some of them are, yes,” he somewhat agreed.

“Not met many who aren’t. My count, all my life, that number equals two.”

Those twinkling eyes stopped twinkling in order to flash.

“Just two?”

“Yup. Two,” I confirmed.

“Although I find that knowledge upsetting, I’ll share I’d like to make that three,” he told me something I already (mostly) got.

Praise for Rock Chick Reawakening

“OMG! I freaking loved it! Love love loved it! This was pure Old School Vintage KA gold!”

Aestas Book Blog

“This novella is like the key to all the locked doors in this series.”

Angie’s Dreamy Reads

“We inhaled Marcus and Daisy’s story, how could we not. It was everything to us and we cannot thank Kristen Ashley enough for writing it, in her much loved unique manner. The queen of epilogues struck once more and we smiled through copious tears of happiness, our hearts feeling full and complete. Whilst sad that it’s over we just can’t feel anything but happiness and love right now. It was Aces! Rock on… and be prepared to be swept of off your feet.”

Totally Booked Blog

“[Kristen] Ashley captivates.”

Publisher’s Weekly 

“There is something about them [Ashley’s books] that I find crackalicious.”

DearAuthor.com,Kati Brown

“I felt all of the rushes, the adrenaline surges, the anger spikes… my heart pumping in fury. My eyes tearing up when my heart (I mean… her heart) would break.”

Maryse’s Book Blog

My Review

I can say with certainty that throughout the 3-4 times I’ve read each of Kristen Ashley’s books, Daisy and Marcus are the one couple that I hoped and dreamed we would one day get the story of. There simply aren’t enough stars in the sky for it to be possible for me to rate this book properly. It was profoundly beautiful in a way that I know it will be hard for any other book to top. Add in the fact that this was only a novella and you’d think it would be utterly impossible to do.  But folks, it’s Kristen Ashley and as I’ve come to learn from her, the impossible can almost always become possible.

My body bucked.

The sob sounded painful.

But it was the most beautiful pain I’d ever experienced.

And it was the pain of knowing I’d never really needed a castle.

I just needed my prince charming,

And I’d found him.

Though these two characters play a part in almost all of Ashley’s books, save the paranormal ones, we know the most about them from her Rock Chick series. It seems like each book in that series, Daisy played a bigger and bigger part. Though many may have believed it was Indy, I feel like Daisy was the glue that held them all together. She was such an integral part to them realizing their true selves and true loves, and even in some instances, events could have been vastly different were it not from her. So having read all these books multiple times, I thought I knew all there was to know about Daisy. Having now read her story, I’ve come to realize I’d only scratched the surface of what was beneath the exterior. I didn’t think I could love her more than I already did, and once again, I was so so wrong. To read her back story and see how she came to be in Denver truly shined a light on her character that I never knew was missing. I loved how real and honest and free of judgement she was. None of it was an act; to her core that was just who she was and it was beautiful to be witness to it all. I always knew there was a strength in her, but something inside me I didn’t know was broken has now healed knowing where it came from.

“I love you so much, I don’t even know what to do with all of it,” I whispered.

“I’m thrilled someone else understands the feeling.”

I’ve always loved the stoic support and loyalty that Marcus has shown, but he was always just sort of in the background. Now that I know his story and what he did in order to win over Daisy, he has solidified his place among my favorite KA men. The patience and determination he exhibited, well, I didn’t know the man had it in him. He comes off to strangers as so rough and polished, but all it took was the right woman to get under his skin. As he told Daisy, he waited 35 years for his perfect woman, and she was worth the wait. I love how he put her on a pedestal and always made sure she knew he was her everything. Their love is truly the thing of fairy tales even though they both had to face a few nightmares to get there. This story was gorgeously painful in the most thrilling of ways. In a way that the love fills  you up to a point you know you’ll never feel empty again. And that epilogue… That’s all I’m going to say. That epilogue should win awards. It’s the kind that takes a broken heart and shows it how to love again.


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Rock Chick

(Rock Chick #1)

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Indy Savage, cop’s daughter, rock chick and used bookstore owner, has been in love with Lee Nightingale, once bad boy, now the man behind Nightingale Investigations, since she was five years old. No matter what ingenious schemes Indy used to capture his attention, Lee never showed an interest and Indy finally gave up. Now Indy’s employee, Rosie, has lost a bag of diamonds and bad guys are shooting at him. When Indy gets involved, Lee is forced to help. Complicating matters, Lee has decided he’s interested, Indy’s decided she’s not. But she can’t seem to keep Lee out of her life when she’s repeatedly stun gunned, kidnapped and there are car bombs exploding (not to mention she’s finding dead bodies).

Indy’s best bet is to solve the mystery of the diamonds before Lee. Lee’s challenge is to keep Indy alive and, at the same time, win back her heart.


Rock Chick Rescue

(Rock Chick #2)

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Jet McAlister has a secret. Eddie Chavez has the hots for Jet (not to mention Eddie’s just plain hot). Jet has too many problems to realize that Eddie’s interested. Eddie loses patience when Jet ends her waitressing shift at a strip club with a knife at her throat. Since Eddie’s a cop, he figures he can help. Since Jet’s used to solving everyone’s problems she doesn’t want Eddie’s help.

Throw in a Dolly Parton look-alike, a gruff but lovable strip club owner, Jet’s ne’er do well father, his ne’er do well friend, Bear, Bear’s long-suffering, chain-smoking wife Lavonne and the crew from Rock Chick and you’ve got Rock Chick Rescue.

Rock Chick Rescue takes you on a wild ride with Jet, Eddie and the gang as they wrestle bad guys in a bagel shop, hit Denver’s backstreet poker tables (with big hair), and help the strippers at Smithie’s take down a would-be murderer.

Through this, Jet’s got to learn that even when life made you give up your dreams, you can still end up with the (hot) guy. Eddie’s got to rescue Jet from a bad man (so he can do better things with her) and teach her that some dreams can come true.


Rock Chick Redemption

(Rock Chick #3)

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Roxie’s on the run from a bad boyfriend who will not catch the hint that it is o-v-e-r. She’s in no mood for love at first sight, but when her eyes fall on Hank, it’s trouble from the get-go. Roxie tries to hold Hank at arms length but Hank wants to be a closer (as in, a lot closer). Roxie’s trouble catches up with her and Hank wants to help but Roxie knows in her heart that she’s no good for a white hat guy. The problem is no one agrees with her, especially her crazy hippie best friend Annette or her parents; the even crazier small-Indiana-town Herb and Trish. Toss into the mix the gang from Rock Chick and Rock Chick Rescue and Roxie finds herself totally outnumbered.

Climb in for another Rock Chick wild ride through Rock Chick Redemption. As the odds stack up against Roxie, she has no choice but to hold on and just ride it out through the kidnappings, car chases, society parties, a riot at the strip club, Hank getting “Mom Bombed” and one crazy night at the Haunted House.

During all this Hank works at convincing her she really wants to stay and he, along with the Hot Bunch, go all out to make her safe. Hank also needs to work on showing Roxie that her past decisions don’t mean her future can’t include something as downright delicious as… normal.


Rock Chick Renegade

(Rock Chick #4)

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Jules has got a score to settle against the drug dealers of Denver. Vance has made it his mission that Jules won’t get dead while dishing out vigilante justice. Jules doesn’t have time for romance, she’s too busy saving the world and she enlists Zip (the gunstore owner), Heavy (an ex-PI) and Frank (a mysterious recluse) to help.

The Rock Chicks of Fortnum’s Bookstore get involved to provide romantic advice and guidance, none of which Jules accepts at first. The Hot Bunch of Nightingale Investigations adopt Jules as one of their own. Even though Jules tries to hang on to her inner Head Crackin’ Mamma Jamma, the Rock Chicks; Hot Bunch; Jules’s long-suffering Uncle Nick; Jules’s friend the rotund, African-American, Jackie-O wannabe, May; and especially Vance will stop at nothing to wear her down.

But Jules makes some bad guys pretty angry and one is dedicated to taking her out. Vance and the Hot Bunch have to pull out all the stops to keep her alive. At the same time, Jules and Vance learn the true meaning of home but once they find this precious entity they’ve been searching for all their lives, will Jules’s enemies tear it away?


Rock Chick Revenge

(Rock Chick #5)

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Ava hates men, she has reason and she’s vowed not only never to get involved with another one again but also to exact vengeance on her best friend’s, lying, cheating husband. Since Luke, Ava’s childhood crush, is now a private investigator, she thinks to enlist him but changes her mind at the last second.

Too late, Luke knows she’s up to something and he’s already seen many a Rock Chick try to fight her own battles without the Hot Bunch stepping in. He’s having none of it. She’s having none of him. The clash of the Rock Chick and Hot Guy begins but Luke’s got the advantage. He has handcuffs and he’s not afraid to use them.


Rock Chick Reckoning

(Rock Chick #6)

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Stella’s the lead singer and lead guitarist of The Blue Moon Gypsies and Stella used to be Mace’s girl. Mace broke up with her, though, and the loss of him rocked her world. But Stella gets a call, late at night (again) from one of the members of her crazy band. She has to go play clean up (again) and runs into Mace and a shed load of police, and ends up getting shot.

Mace finds he doesn’t like it much that his ex-girlfriend got shot right in front of him but it’s worse. A very bad man has thrown down the gauntlet and all the Rock Chicks are in the firing line. Stella doesn’t want Mace to be the one to keep her alive, but she has no choice. Mainly because Mace isn’t giving her one.


Rock Chick Regret

(Rock Chick #7)

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Sadie Townsend is known by all as The Ice Princess and she’s worked hard to earn her reputation. Her father, a now-incarcerated Drug Lord, has kept her under his thumb her whole life and she’s learned enough from living in his world to give everyone the cold shoulder. But one inebriated night, she shows the Real Sadie to the undercover agent she knows is investigating her father, the handsome Hector Chavez, and he knows he’ll stop at nothing to have her.

Hector makes one (huge) mistake; he waits for Sadie to come to him. Tragedy strikes and Sadie’s got a choice, she can retreat behind her Ice Fortress or she can embrace the Rock Chick/Hot Bunch World. Guided by Hector, the Rock Chicks, the Hot Bunch and her new gay roommates, Buddy and Ralphie, Sadie negotiates a life out from under her father’s thumb, a life that includes poison, arson and learning how to make s’mores.


Rock Chick Revolution

(Rock Chick #8)

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Ally Nightingale has secrets. Secrets she doesn’t even share with the Rock Chicks. But two men know what she’s up to. One has her back. The other has her heart, but he doesn’t know it.

As Ally rewinds the last year of her life, she knows two things. One, she’s never going to get what every Rock Chick should have—her own Hot Bunch guy. And two, she’s a Nightingale through and through. She just isn’t sure what to do about that.

But as her secrets are revealed, the men in her life react. Darius Tucker, a lifelong friend, as usual takes her back. Ren Zano, the man she loves, isn’t quite so sure. The Rock Chicks, Hot Bunch and the entire gang at Fortnum’s weigh in, and a Rock Chick Revolution starts brewing.

It’s up to Ally to control it and prove what she knows down to her bones.

She’s a Rock Chick, she deserves her hot guy and she’s going to keep the one she wants…

Because she’s a Nightingale.

About Kristen Ashley

I was born a middle class white child in Gary, Indiana, USA. One of the last of a dying breed. I nearly killed my mother and myself making it into the world, seeing as I had the umbilical cord wrapped around my neck (already attempting to accessorize and I hadn’t taken my first breath!). Mom says they took me away, put her back in her room, she looked out the window and Gary was on fire (Dr. King had been assassinated four days before). She remembered thinking it was the end of the world. Quite the dramatic beginning.

Nothing’s changed.

All I’ve ever wanted to do was write (well, and be the Queen of the World, but you gotta start small) and I’ve published a gazillion books and counting (and a gazillion is a lot! shoo!). You can learn about my titles that have been released or that are soon to be released in the Titles section of the website.

Even though I jump genres, there is always a theme to my books… humor (hopefully), engaging characters (again, hopefully) and romance (definitely).

My loves are movies, music, food and fashion and I partake of all of them as often as I can (the middle two more than the others, the former, which takes time I don’t often have and the latter, which takes money and I have to be careful to have enough to feed my cats). In fact, I love food so much, I like to share my good fortune so I put my recipes on offer for you on this page (see my Recipes section and don’t miss them, they’re awesome!).

I grew up in Brownsburg, Indiana and have lived in Denver, Colorado and the West Country of England. Thus I’m blessed to have friends and family around the globe. My family was (is) loopy (to say the least) but loopy is good when you want to write and growing up it was large and multi-generational. We all lived together on a very small farm in a small farm town in the heartland. I grew up with 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 I keep growing up, it keeps getting better.

So here I am, thank goodness.

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