Monday, October 17, 2016

Rock Chick Redemption by Kristen Ashley

Roxie Logan is on the run from a bad boyfriend who just will not catch a hint that it is o-v-e-r. She’s not in the mood for love at first sight. Unfortunately, her eyes fall on Hank Nightingale and she knows it’s trouble from the get-go. Roxie tries to hold Hank at arm’s length, but Hank wants to be a lot closer (as in, a lot a lot). 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 type of guy. The problem is, no one agrees with her, especially her crazy, hippie best friend, Annette, or her parents, the even crazier small town Herb and Trish. Roxie’s got the odds stacked up against her and has no choice but to hold on and just ride it out through kidnappings, car chases, society parties and a wild night at the Haunted House.

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Reviews by the Wicked Reads Review Team

This is the third book in the series – and I am loving reading them about a week apart – so I can remember all the characters, but had time to calm down from their latest madcap adventure, before immersing myself in the next one.

Ms. Ashley just creates the most wonderful people who we cannot help but want to know. Little touches which go to give us big clues as to the goodness of a person's character (such as Roxie being a letter writer) make all the difference in the world to the effectiveness of a story. This one has all the hallmarks of crazy that we expect, but Indy and the gang very much play a supporting role to Roxie and Hank, who cannot help but steal the show, along with Shamus, Hank's chocolate lab. See what I mean, a girl who writes letters and a guy with a chocolate lab – they have to belong together, whatever is in their past.

Good long read, where not a word is unnecessary and you will be turning the pages until really your eyes can't stay open any longer – even after a couple of head shakes! Find a comfy spot, and indulge in a truly delicious story.

I am in love with this series. Ms. Ashley created a world I would love to be a part of. Every time I think oh so and so is my favorite character, I open the next installment and BOOM another favorite. Hank surprised me though. He seemed docile and quiet in the first two books (or maybe it felt that way because I was focusing on Lee and Eddie), but Hank is anything but. He's a take charge kind of man. He's takes care of what he thinks is his.

“Belonging to me doesn’t mean I’ll make you do anything, it just means I consider you mine for as long as this lasts. It means I protect you, it means I take care of you. For another man, it might mean something different. Don’t confuse me with another man.”

Roxie is on the run from her somewhat ex-boyfriend. She ends up finding her uncle Tex, who she's never met. Tex is an amazing character, he's so lovable. Getting mixed up in this crazy bunch is the best thing to happen to poor Roxie.

Hank can definitely make anyone swoon. He's tough, sexy, and has the coolest dog ever.

I can't wait to see what's next for this bunch.

Roxie and Hank. I really don’t know where to start my review for Rock Chick Redemption. There’s just so much I love about this installment in the Rock Chick series that I don’t know what to focus on. It’s utterly ridiculous how I am completely unable to nail down what I want to talk about. I mean, I love how Roxie nicknames Hank, Whisky for the color of his eyes before she knows his name and then continues to call him that. I love how high-maintenance Roxie is when I am anything but, yet she does it by hunting for bargains, online auctions, and second-hand sales for the labels she loves. I love how much she loves Hank’s dog, Shamus. I love Roxie’s odd outlook on the world with smiling alligators and her fear of corn fields. And speaking of corn fields, the haunted house scene is still quite possibly the funniest thing I’ve ever read. Even having read Rock Chick Redemption half a dozen times and knowing what happens, I still laugh so hard while reading that passage that my stomach aches.

I love how Roxie brings out the protective instincts of the men around her – not because she’s weak or fragile, but because she’s such a caring person that those around her can’t help but want to protect her. I love how Vance takes care of Roxie once he rescues her, giving us a glimpse into his character. I love how Todd loses it over Roxie’s meltdown, and in doing so, gives series fans a chance to know him even better. I love how Roxie learns that while he might not be as demonstrative as Annette in his displeasure over her situation, Jason loses his peaceful happiness when faced with the evidence of Roxie’s kidnapping – when he hugged her in the store, my eyes tear up. I love how Malcolm takes the time he does with her and how Lee steps in not only because of Hank, but because of Tex, too. Obviously, I love how Hank wants to protect her and keep her safe – even if I wanted to kick his patookiss when he kind of deserted her; seriously Hank, you of all people, should have known better to ask such a question after such an emotional ordeal and not get clarification. But what I really loved, was how Tex was so protective of her and did what was best for her, even if it wasn’t what she wanted.

As much as I loved watching Hank and Roxie do the Rock Chick dance of love, this book will always have a special place in my Rock Chick collection because of Tex. I’ve adored Tex since he became involved in Indy’s life in Rock Chick. Yes, I know that was only two books ago, but that’s how big of a character Tex is. So to discover just how much he had disconnected from the world, especially his family, after returning from Vietnam was upsetting. Then to learn that receiving a letter from Roxie as a child was the only form of communication Tex would have with his family broke my heart, but not nearly as much as learning that he wrote her back and continued to do so throughout her teens and adulthood, until she showed up at Fortnum’s. That was quite possibly one of the most heartfelt reunions I’ve ever read, likely because I love Tex and his brand of insanity. Then to get a second family reunion later in the book… perfection. As you can tell, there is a lot I love about Rock Chick Redemption and I’ll leave you with one more… The absolute best introduction/segue to the next installment with Jules’s kick-butt face-off in front of Fortnum’s. Bring on the Renegade!

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.

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 Redemption (Rock Chick #3) by Kristen Ashley for this post.

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