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:
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!
About ROCK CHICK REAWAKENING:
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 Sloan—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.
I’m mixed on review. There was so much to love and a few things to be annoyed by.
Let’s start with the not so great.
- There was very little set up between Daisy and Marcus before Daisy’s attack – like none. Marcus decided Daisy was going to be his, but had other things to do at the time. I get it, he’s basically the original Hot Guy, but it kind of annoyed me he didn’t have any time for her until he absolutely had to have time for her.
- The near misses with the Rock Chicks – at first I thought, “Aww…Rock Chicks!” but it also felt a little gimmicky, as if it was a bone we got tossed. Especially when it was thrown in with Daisy’s lamentations about the state of her life.
- Daisy got down on herself a little too much. In all the other Rock Chick books Daisy is larger than life & a force to be reckoned with, but (even with what happened to her) she didn’t really own who she is in this book. Maybe it’s because she needed Marcus’s strength and love to become the crazy Daisy we met before.
- The word ‘coochie’ is used 22 times. In the grand scheme of 50K+ words, it’s not a lot, but I did worry she might have needed to go see her gyno.
- Her lapses in grammar. She supposedly landed on the honor roll in high school, so she’s not uneducated, so why on god’s green earth would she say ‘I don’t got it in me.’? WHY???
So that’s what annoyed me. Here’s what I loved:
- Seeing the Rock Chicks and Hot Guys before the were Rock Chicks and Hot Guys. Yeah, yeah, I know what I just said up above. I still got all nostalgic and misty eyed when they popped up in the story.
- Finally, finally getting Daisy and Marcus’s story. Even knowing the backstory from reading all the series, it was so nice to get it from their perspective.
- The epilogue did it for me. Seriously, bawling my eyes out, did it for me.
I still loved it. I had to put it down at one point because I was tearing up and the movers who were packing up my house were looking at me like I was deranged. It’s classic KA. Maybe not as exciting and funny as the other Rock Chick books, but Daisy didn’t start getting mixed up in all those shenanigans until later in the series. I still want more Rock Chick. If we aren’t going to get the Stella/Mace L.A. series soon, maybe a “where are they now?” novella? A Christmas caper perhaps?
Her face was stunning. Wide smile. White teeth and a good deal of them. Big eyes. Elegant nose. Soft cheekbones. All of this she highlighted with the expert use of makeup from what was clearly a gift of superior genes into something that shone like a Hollywood starlet.
A starlet of a stripper who looked a good deal like Dolly Parton, who also likely got home the night before, earliest, three in the morning, and was right then, only hours later, back on the stage helping another girl by teaching her some moves.
“Marcus, brother,” Smithie’s voice came at him. “You got a problem with the way I do business, and I give you reason to have that problem, then we have a talk. I don’t give you that reason, we don’t have conversations like this one. That’s our deal.”
Marcus listened to him while he watched Daisy talking to the other girl and then she ran across the stage, doing it gracefully in platform sandals, her stone-washed jeans tight on her ass and hips and all the way down her legs. Still, after she ran the four steps, she launched herself high, grabbing on to the pole at least three feet higher than she was, her body swinging around by just her hands.
When the swing ended, she climbed up the pole, hand over hand. Doing this quickly, taking herself up another four feet, she flipped her bottom half over, wrapping her skinny legs around the pole. She dropped back, her hair flowing down, and with her only hold on the pole being her legs, she arched her back and slid down slowly, somehow circling the pole as she did it.
She ended this doing a layout with her hands on the floor, her legs in slow and controlled movements coming over her head one after the other. Her hands pushing off, she was up.
Standing straight with perfect posture.
Praise for Kristen Ashley and ROCK CHICK REAWAKENING:
“OMG!!!!!!!!!!!!! I FREAKING LOVED IT!!!!!!!! LOVE LOVE LOVED IT!!! This was pure Old School Vintage KA GOLD!!!”
“This novella is like the key to all the locked doors in this series.”
“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.”
“[Kristen] Ashley captivates.”
“There is something about them [Ashley’s books] that I find crackalicious.”
“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.”
About Kristen Ashley:
Kristen Ashley was born in Gary, Indiana, USA and 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!). Her mother said they took Kristen away, put her Mom back in her room, her mother looked out the window, and Gary was on fire (Dr. King had been assassinated four days before). Kristen’s Mom remembered thinking it was the end of the world. Quite the dramatic beginning.
Kristen grew up in Brownsburg, Indiana and has lived in Denver, Colorado and the West Country of England. Thus, she’s blessed to have friends and family around the globe. Her family was (is) loopy (to say the least) but loopy is good when you want to write. They all lived together on a very small farm in a small farm town in the heartland. She 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 she keeps growing, it keeps getting better.