Genres: Contemporary Romance
Published by Evil Eye Concepts
Released on December 1, 2016
Funny thing… I saw the title and the series title and thought I was getting a rock star romance when I picked this up. But, no… joke is on me. However, it is by an author who has written some of my favorite books so who cares if there are rockers. This turned out to be one of the most moving and emotional reads as a woman is left broken on the ground and, with the help of a man who saw her beauty outside and in long before, she finds that she may not be broken after all. Two people dreaming of castles and fairytales when people like them rarely even bother to dream gave a powerful story that I’m glad I didn’t miss it.
Rock Chick Reawakening is technically the prequel story to the Rock Chick series. I say technically because the events might place it before the others chronologically, but I think it would have been even better if I had read it after the rest of the series when I would have been one of the adoring fans yearning for this story after being vested in all the other people mentioned in it. Those of us who have read other series based in Ashley’s contemporary Denver world won’t be completely lost and can definitely pick it up and read it as the first book in a series, but, like I said, the emotional impact would have been better reading it in release order rather than chronological order.
The story begins with Daisy’s early years and what formed her to being who she was. Then Marcus is briefly introduced when his early feelings for her make him start to formulate plans for making her his. Then she is attacked and raped outside the strip club where she dances- the club part-owned by Marcus. Daisy has fought the darkness of being seen as nothing, but trash all her life. This incident threatens to smash her belief that she is someone worthy of a good life and her castles in the sky dreams for the future. Marcus moves up his timeline of courting Daisy and in the process his strength and drive force her back to life even at first when its just to push him away and then to take a chance on getting her dream come true if she’s not too afraid to accept what she wants. Of course, there are complications, but Marcus and Daisy don’t have to face the trouble alone. She has her Rock Chicks.
Now, at the risk of sounding odd, I have to say that I have to read this author’s books very differently than I do most others. I have read several of her books over the years and that would probably make me a fan- which I consider myself to be. But, I struggle reading her books each and every time.
See, I love her plots, her romances, and generally the characters. What I can’t do are a few things. I need the girl posse in moderation. I’m all for friendships, but when the friends take a bit of drama and whip that into a F-5 twister just because they are female and must have their drama? No thanks. I’m not a fan of lavish descriptions of shopping, spa time, clothes, make-up, and hair so I have to breeze over those sections. I also don’t last long when the heroine gets caught on the hamster wheel in her mind and overthinks just about everything- more skimming.
Some might wonder why I bother when I have obvious struggles, well because I am totally on board with everything else in the story- so much so that I devour them and come out satisfied and with a huge smile on my face. I am good for little as the haze of being smitten once again keeps me distracted for a time I after I finish one of her books. So see, these are not deal-breaker things and I can easily get past this for the rest which blows my mind in a good way.
I love her characters who frequently get a tough start or bad stuff that makes them face it and grow strong from it. Her people are flawed, but they are doing the best they can. Marcus and Daisy were amazing together. I didn’t get the build of need for their story since I haven’t read the other books, but I didn’t need it to fall in love with them just from the story I got here in this novella. The attraction and heat were there, but it was so much more. Two lost souls who recognized a kindred spirit and had to be willing to fight for what they wanted. Marcus was all in before Daisy, but she was feeling it and I loved seeing the way he went about it with knightly gestures while still every inch the powerful alpha he was.
So, this was fabulous and I will be back for me. Fans of the series have a huge gift with this one and newcomers can see how it all got started with the characters of the series. There are crossovers from a few other series so the cast is large. Those who enjoy flawed people getting a slow-burn happily ever after that they had to work to have, give this one a try.
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