Published by Self Published on 1/3/17
Genres: Contemporary Romance
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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 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.
Rock Chick Reawakening, from start to finish, is the complete package. It took me back to the beginning, before the Rock Chicks were even the Rock Chicks. It reconnected me with characters that I’ve loved for so long. And it brings this sense of completion to this series that never even felt incomplete until now, until all the missing pieces were filled in.
5 “This was Everything” Stars.
This might be the latest addition to the Rock Chick series, but it’s really the beginning. And the end. And a whole lot of honey bunches of love in between. With Rock Chick Reawakening, Kristen Ashley takes us back to where it all started for Daisy. Before she was the flamboyant bedazzled mother hen to Indy, Jet, Roxie, Jules, Ava, Stella, Sadie, and Ally, and before she was Mrs Marcus Sloan, Daisy was a fiercely independent loner without a posse, a southern girl with dreams of building a castle she knew, realistically, a girl the likes of her would never see. The road was long and hard for Daisy, and Kristen Ashley illustrates her story beautifully. She does us Rock Chicks proud with this one, giving our Daisy the story she so deserves, holding strong to all those things that have made Daisy a character unlike any other while offering new insight into the girl we’ve always loved but haven’t completely known.
What a heartbreaking, heartwarming feel good addition to this kick ass series this is. It’s so rare that a novella can feel so perfectly complete, so deliciously satisfying, so perfectly packed with so much unexpected goodness… but unsurprisingly, Kristen Ashley does it. The queen delivers an all consuming, never-before-told story about characters we’ve known forever but never truly knew before now. Kristen Ashley takes us from Daisy’s childhood to her introduction to Marcus Sloan, through her antics with the Rock Chicks, and into an epilogue in a future we never could’ve expected. This story reunites us with characters we haven’t seen in a while but can never truly forget, while fully immersing the reader into the journey of Daisy and Marcus as they build their castle firmly rooted amidst the Rock Chick posse. It’s beautiful. It’s tragic. It’s hopeful and joyful and funny. I found myself wholly in love with characters that always felt a bit removed from the Hot Bunch in the past, characters that typically remained in the shadows of the Rock Chicks. Marcus and Daisy were pivotal to so much of what’s transpired with the Rock Chicks through eight solid books but their relationship, their history, where they came from and how they came to be THE Daisy and Marcus always remained somewhat of a mystery. Until now.
This story washed over my soul like tiny tinkling bells, filling it with something I never knew I was even missing from this series. Rock Chick Reawakening, from start to finish, is the complete package. It took me back to the beginning, before the Rock Chicks were even the Rock Chicks. It reconnected me with characters that I’ve loved for so long. And it brings this sense of completion to this series that never even felt incomplete until now, until all the missing pieces were filled in. This novella is the key to all the locked doors of this series and now that I have it, I want to re-read every book AGAIN just to see Marcus and Daisy with my new sense of clarity and understanding. Rock Chick Reawakening feels like much more than a bonus, more than a novella. It feels like everything.
“Who’s that tall, dark drink of handsome water?” I asked Ashlynn, my eyes on the tall man with broad shoulders and fabulous suit who was sauntering out of the club in the manner of a man who owned it.
In the manner of a man who owned anything he wanted.
“Don’t go there,” Ashlynn answered.
I looked to Ashlynn.
She shook her head. “He’s hot. Knew a girl who’s had him and I’ll repeat, he’s hot. Took her out four times. All to fancy restaurants where she had to buy fancy dresses and shoes. And he gave it to her good at the end of the night, and I mean real good, the way she described it. He also, like, opened the car door for her and everything.”
Opened the car door for her.
“Ended it with her giving her a gold bracelet,” Ashlynn carried on, recapturing my attention. “Pure class.” Her look got intense as she stared into my eyes. “And he’s trouble.”
I glanced to the door that he’d obviously gone through because he’d disappeared, then back to Ashlynn.
Ashlynn didn’t answer that question.
She just shook her head again and declared, “He wouldn’t date a stripper anyway. Like I said. He’s class.”
I felt my mouth get tight.
About the Author
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.
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PS: This is a series of interconnnected standalones that you read in order.