Monday, September 26, 2016

Rock Chick Rescue by Kristen Ashley

Jet McAlister has a secret. Eddie Chavez has the hots for Jet (not to mention Eddie’s just plain hot). Jet’s got too many problems to cotton on that Eddie’s interested. Eddie loses patience when Jet ends her night 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. The problem is Jet’s ne’er-do-well father has got himself in a heap of trouble, and in trying to get him out Jet buys herself even more. So much — unless Eddie can rescue her – it might just get her dead.

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Reviews by the Wicked Reads Review Team

Eddie is a deliciously sexy hero with infinite patience. And he needs to be patient because Jet is doing everything she can to avoid him and to avoid being alone with him. Even when they are together she lies to avoid telling him the truth, constantly protecting her heart. Jet is strong and she has the weight of the world on her shoulders, and she isn't good at accepting help. She also thinks she is plain and boring, much to Eddie's amusement.

Rock Chick Rescue gives us a book full of fun, zany scenes, sexy romance, love, danger, and friendship. Interesting new characters are added into the mix, including Smithie, Jet's boss at a strip club, Daisy, a former stripper now wife of crime boss Marcus, Jet and Eddie's families, and more members of the Nightingale Investigations team.

This story is so much fun to read and I love the way they all look out or each other. I adored this book.

Eddie, Lee, and Indy all grew up together. They are a tight bunch. Eddie comes in to Fortnum's, the coffee/book store Indy owns, daily for coffee and he notices Jet. Jet is quiet and shy, clueless about her good looks. Jet tries to hide from Eddie, Lee, and anyone else coming in that intimidates her. Jet carries more than she should. She takes care of her mom who had a stroke months before, because of her stroke, her mom's bills are adding up. Jet has taken on two jobs to pay what she can. Jet doesn't have time for a relationship, let alone one with a man she thinks she isn't in the same league with.

I love the back and forth between Jet and Eddie. Jet is trying so hard to fight what she feels for Eddie and it's hilarious. The addition of Jet's mom's friends and Daisy's characters into the bunch was genius.

I can't wait to see where Hank's book takes this group!

This is the second book in the series – and we got a hint that Jet would be the lead in the next story at the end of Rock Chick. She is a fascinating character, and the story is told from her viewpoint – which works really well.

Jet, called Just Jet by her father until he upped and left, has been the stalwart member of her family, holding everything together for years. She is very hard on herself, and that naming of 'just' Jet has clearly had a very negative impact on her self-esteem, so rather than it meaning 'only' she views it as 'merely.'

Eddie Chavez finds that he needs her to understand that she is his 'only' even if she fights it as hard as she can... the interplay between them, and the interference run by their friends is epic! Such a sweet, sad, fun, and crazy relationship develops as Jet finds herself in significant danger, thanks to her disaster of a dad. All the old favourites from Rock Chick are there to support her, and a few new characters join the fray.

This is such a satisfying read, I can only recommend that you get a copy, find a quiet place and indulge. It will give your emotions and your laughter muscles a very effective workout – thank you Ms. Ashley!

Rock Chick Rescue is the first of the Rock Chick books I read, the third Kristen Ashley book I ever read, and the true catalyst for my Kristen Ashley obsession. As much as I enjoyed Knight and Creed, I’m not sure that I would have delved into the Rock Chick world had I not picked this book up on a Kindle Daily Deal three and a half years ago because, truth be told, I was quite the penny pincher back then and was hesitant to spend five bucks on a book that seemed so categorically different from those I’d read of the author – but I was willing to pay two bucks, and once I finished reading Rock Chick Rescue I had no choice but to start from the beginning and fall in love with the whole gang. Because of this, Jet will always have a special place in my heart as she was my Rock Chick Fairy Godmother.

As someone who spent a great deal of my life being shy and tongue-tied around hot guys, I felt Jet’s pain as she tried to avoid Eddie and then ended up making a comment that made her sound like a bigot. Yes, I may have been laughing at her misery, but I felt for her and that’s likely why I connected with Jet’s character from the very beginning. That and her obvious love for her family, even her deadbeat dad. Fortunately for Jet – even if she doesn’t think so – the misunderstanding regarding her comment is cleared up just in time for Eddie to insert himself into her life when she needs him most. Not because she needs Eddie the cop. Not because she needs Eddie the man. But because she needs Eddie the anchor – the person ready, willing, and able to be the stable force in her life, who’s ready to take care of her because she’s too busy taking care of those around her. Eddie’s connections as a cop, as Lee’s best friend, and as a close friend to Darius are merely icing on the cake that will be vital to rescuing Jet from the shitstorm that is her life when she becomes the target of retribution thanks to her father’s mistakes. Watching Jet try to avoid sexy fun times with Eddie while she tries to track down her father, avoid getting shot, avoid getting stabbed, avoid getting kidnapped, take care of her mother, work two jobs, and get into a catfight with her sister in the middle of Fortnum’s makes for one heck of wild ride and entertaining read.

Not only do I get to enjoy watching Jet fall in love with Eddie each time I reread Rock Chick Rescue, I get to marvel at the fact that Daisy wasn’t introduced to the series until book two. Just like Tex, Daisy is such a vital character to the series that it amazes me that she wasn’t there from the very beginning, especially when I witness how quickly and seamlessly she becomes one of the Rock Chicks. [On a side note, I am so excited that Daisy and Marcus’s story will be released in less than four months!!!] But Daisy isn’t the only new character that is brought into the fold in this installment, as Ashley introduces a whole host of new characters at the same time she develops previously introduced characters even more. As per usual for me, I found myself laughing and crying at the same parts that I did the first time I read Rock Chick Rescue, just as I found myself falling in love with Jet, Eddie, Nancy, Blanca, and those who came with them all over again. I absolutely adore Jet and Eddie’s story each and every time I read it. As sad as I am to say goodbye to them again (for now), I am really looking forward to reading Rock Chick Redemption for a little Hank and Roxie style fun and romance.

Also Available in the Rock Chick Series

Book 1
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For reviews & more info, check out our Rock Chick 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 Rescue (Rock Chick #2) by Kristen Ashley for this post.

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