Monday, December 19, 2016

Rock Chick Regret by Kristen Ashley


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 Hector the Real Sadie and he knows he’ll stop at nothing to have her.

Hector Chavez 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.

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Reviews by the Wicked Reads Review Team

Ruthie☆☆☆☆☆
This is the seventh book in the series – and is much the richer for having read the previous installments. We are reading one every couple of weeks and that is about the perfect gap, as they are good long stories so you are not likely to forget much in that short a time! I am usually tempted to read the next one straightaway, but actually having a little bit of distance often enriches the experience.

Rock Chicks do not come by their men easily, or often believe that they are due the happiness that seems to be theirs for the taking – but never has that been more true than for Sadie. She has had a very dark life, as the daughter of a drug lord, with no mother in her life since she was 11. She has built up walls to try and keep herself protected – but in the process, has really lost who she is, and forgotten who she was.

The beginning of this book is so shocking and does an amazing job of piling guilt on the Nightingale men. Never could I have imagined them falling short, but... wow! Giving up any likelihood of sleep until things improved, I just read and read and read. All the lightness there is had to be brought in to make this story turn out for the better – and even the fact that previous Rock Chicks knew where Sadie's head might be, was not enough to enable her to move forward for real. Employing all the protective layers she can, for them to be torn down by Hector, and sadly rebuilt by him too is agonising.

The twist towards the end which finally opens the curtains and lets her live again is unexpected and a huge relief. I also think that Duke absolutely came into his own in this book. I love that I know them well enough to imagine their reactions and behaviours, that new people get added to the gang and make things ever better and more interesting. Such a big cast could get unwieldy, but we always get to understand their motives and realise how pivotal they are in the plot.

Brilliant writing as ever – combining drama, with fun, with lots of hotness and passion - thank you once again Ms. Ashley.


Angela☆☆☆☆☆
Every. Single. Time. Rock Chick Regret makes me cry every single time I read it. There is something soul deep about Sadie’s story that just hurts. Sadie is one of those individuals who is surrounded by people, never alone, but completely lonely. She’s not famous. She’s infamous in Denver circles and not because of who she is, but who her father is. Everyone around her makes assumptions based on the role she’s been forced to play. No one truly knows her because she doesn’t know herself. As traumatic and emotional as her second visit to Nightingale Investigations is on that fateful day, it is her statement to Hector – “It only matters if there’s someone to care if you don’t wake up. It’s okay if I don’t wake up because there’s no one to care.” – that breaks my heart every dang time. Heck, I’m actually tearing up as I write this – that’s how strong Sadie’s sense of isolation is and how much it hurts.

Rock Chick Regret is one of my favorite books of Ashley’s to read because Sadie’s story lends itself to the first person point of view so beautifully. As the reader, we are privy to Sadie’s thoughts and get to witness her silent bravery as she enters situations that scare her, donning her emotional armor to protect herself from the judgments of others who assume her to be spoiled, entitled, or unworthy of their time. Because so many people have either shunned her or attempted to use her to get close to her father, her aloofness towards the Rock Chicks and the Hot Bunch is understandable. It’s easy to see why Ralphie and Buddy are the only people she truly trusts in the beginning and why she’s so resistant to the attentions of the Rock Chicks and the Nightingale men. Although she doesn’t agree at the time, Sadie is lucky that the Rock Chicks are far more persistent than she is aloof because by the end of the book, Sadie has what she’s always wanted, yet neither expected nor hoped to wish for… family and friends, and so many of both that she’ll never feel lonely again. And the love of Agent Chavez, oo, Agent Chavez. LOL.

One of the many, many things I love about this novel is that we also get a closer look at Daisy and Marcus. Marcus has been an elusive presence since Daisy’s entrance on the scene in book two – there, but in the shadows where his business operates, providing various levels of assistance when needed, but not getting directly involved too often. Yet when Indy calls Daisy to inform her of Sadie’s rape, we get to see, first-hand, how much the man loves his wife and the lengths to which he has gone and will go to shield her from as much hurt as possible. That Marcus does not hesitate to tell Daisy of the actions he took in the past regarding Sadie, knowing that he will incur her ire and that it’s worth it to insure that Daisy is fully informed, ready and able to do what she does best – love those around her – makes Marcus a “real” character for me. It also makes me that much happier that in only a few weeks, Marcus and Daisy’s story will be released and I cannot wait. I absolutely adore Rock Chick Regret, even if it leaves me red-eyed and nursing a book hangover, and I’m so glad I got to reread it so close to the release of Rock Chick Reawakening. That said, I’m looking forward to rereading the only Rock Chick book I’ve read just once, which is insane as I love Ally, but Rock Chick Revolution, here I come.


Also Available in the Rock Chick Series

Book 1
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For reviews & more info, check out our Rock Chick post.


Book 2
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For reviews & more info, check out our Rock Chick Rescue post.


Book 3
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For reviews & more info, check out our Rock Chick Redemption post.


Book 4
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For reviews & more info, check out our Rock Chick Renegade post.


Book 5
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For reviews & more info, check out our Rock Chick Revenge post.


Book 6
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For reviews & more info, check out our Rock Chick Reckoning post.




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 accessorise 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.

Nothing's changed.

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.

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Reviewers on the Wicked Reads Review Team reviewed their personal copy of Rock Chick Regret (Rock Chick #7) by Kristen Ashley for this post.

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