Review: Rock Chick Reawakening by Kristen Ashley

Posted February 9, 2019 by Sophia Rose in Reviews / 18 Comments

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Review: Rock Chick Reawakening by Kristen Ashley
Rock Chick Reawakening

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Series: Rock Chick #.5
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Published by Evil Eye Concepts
Released on December 1, 2016
Pages: 207
Format: Paperback
Source: Giveaway
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The Delight

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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I was born and raised near Sacramento, CA. I have read since I was four years old and developed tastes that run the gamut of literature. I went away to college and have a degree in education, a certificate in family history research, and a certificate in social work. I worked for a non-profit agency with low income families for 20 years which included being responsible for the children’s library and promoting/teaching adult literacy. I have lived in Southeast Michigan for the last 18 years and I am currently a book addicted homemaker with a cat and husband who keep me grounded. Recently, I made it a challenge to review each book that I have read as a favor to author friends who said reviews are important. I have done reviews for Good Reads, Amazon, eBay, and Smashwords, but mostly at Goodreads and Amazon.

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Romance Reader
2 years ago

I like the sound of this book! Thanks for your review. Have a great weekend!

Sophia Rose
2 years ago
Reply to  Romance Reader

Yay! Glad I could put one in your path that you might love. 🙂

Melanie Simmons
2 years ago

I thought the Rock Chicks series was about rockers too (though I’ve not read any of the books). I do like Kristen Ashley, but only read her Fantasyland series (which I still need to finish). Great review.

Sophia Rose
2 years ago

Ha! Glad I’m not the only one. One of the Rock Chicks is a rocker so we weren’t totally off base, but its about a wonderful group of women who are each other’s rocks through various hard times.
Oh yes, I’ve listened to a few of the Fantasyland and loved them. I need to finish, too. I think I’ve read over twenty of her books and still haven’t finished a series. LOL

2 years ago

oh! I like this. It’s good that you were still have to connect to the series even though this one was a bit different.

Sophia Rose
2 years ago
Reply to  sharonda

Yeah, it was definitely not what I was expecting, but it turned out to be pretty good.

Lover Of Romance
2 years ago

Lovely review darling. I had read the first couple of books before reading this one though. I fell in love with Daisy and Marcus so I really wanted their story. I will admit that these books have some CRAZY stunts by this group of friends although some of them are male too but yeah they get pretty fired up at times, but I love the love stories that Ashley writes and these are really well done. And I do love the friendships we see even if they are a bit more intense than I like seeing. But i loved seeing… Read more »

Sophia Rose
2 years ago

Her characters are so real and engaging and the romances so swoony. Totally worth some of the antics. 🙂 I love reading your reviews for some of those.

2 years ago

I’ve had this book since I read Bookworm Brandee’s review when it first came out. I’ve read two of the Rock Chick books and loved Daisy. For some reason I just haven’t read it yet. I need to! Thanks

Sophia Rose
2 years ago
Reply to  Lorna

Its a very moving story, Lorna. 🙂 You’ll love it since you’ve read those other ones.

2 years ago

glad you enjoyed this and got to see some of the old characters from the book series. I always find when authors enlightens us about what happens next or extra as fun

Sophia Rose
2 years ago
Reply to  Lily

Yes! I’m pretty sure every series fan wanted to hug KA for putting out this story. 🙂

Bookworm Brandee
2 years ago

I was really happy to get Daisy’s story too, Sophia. And I absolutely found it to be a more emotional read than some of the others in the series. But that was kinda expected after everything I knew of her from meeting her in the Rock Chick series. 🙂 I’m glad you enjoyed it even if you have issues with KA’s style. As you are probably aware, she’s one of my all-time favorite authors so I’m always happy to find another fan. 🙂

Sophia Rose
2 years ago

I would imagine that this was like a gift to a big fan like you, Brandee. I definitely loved it. 🙂

Kimberly @ Caffeinated Reviewer

Haha..these books confuses me to begin with and yes I would have assumed Rockstar romance too. Glad you had fun with it.

Sophia Rose
2 years ago

Yeah, go figure. No rockstars in sight, but it was still a great story.

2 years ago

That does sound difficult when you love most of it, but some parts don’t quite work for you. But luckily you can skim through those parts. I like prequel novella’s although sometimes they are even more fun if you already have read the whole series.

Sophia Rose
2 years ago
Reply to  Lola

Yes, I wish I could like everything about her books. It feels odd to read them and love them, but honestly admit that I skim about a quarter of them.

Prequels are a tricky thing to know when to read them at times. I’m always glad when someone else has read and can give guidance when they think it most fits to read it.