To say I'm a huge Kristen Ashley fan is an understatement, but I still wasn't sure what to expect out of Rock Chick. Rock Chick is the first book in t...moreTo say I'm a huge Kristen Ashley fan is an understatement, but I still wasn't sure what to expect out of Rock Chick. Rock Chick is the first book in the Rock Chick series and it is a hit. So many first in series books struggle trying to establish the background, setting up the characters for future books, etc. But, not this book.
Indy Savage is a self proclaimed rock chick, always getting herself in one predicament or another. Thank goodness she has always had Ally Nightengale as her partner in crime. From the time they were small children they could find trouble just about anywhere. The Nightengale's were like a second family, but the feelings she had for Lee were nowhere near sisterly. After a blunt rebuff years before she has given up on her many schemes to get Lee to notice her and she's moved on with her life.
Liam "Lee" Nightengale has spent his life trying to keep his attraction to Indy at bay. Knowing his life often operated in the gray areas he felt it was safer for all involved. Now, that he's settled back at home and is running a successful private investigating service he's ready to make Indy his.
Ack! I can not say enough about this book! Indy and Ally's antics will have you in stitches. I swear they are the Lucy and Ethel of Rock Chicks. Lee is hot, hot, hot and so badass. The supporting characters are just as amusing and wonderful. Read this book!!! You'll thank me.
That's what friends do. They don't drink so they can drive you home when you're drunk. They like your boyfriends when you're with them and then trash them after you've broken up. And they find you a safe house when people are shooting at you.
That’s it! I’ve got to quit doing this. I found a new favorite couple. I swear these books just keep getting better...moreHoly hell. This book was amazing!
That’s it! I’ve got to quit doing this. I found a new favorite couple. I swear these books just keep getting better and better. Rock Chick Regret is the 7th book in the Rock Chick series by Kristen Ashley and I loved everything about this book! Everything!
Sadie Townsend aka the Ice Princess is living a very lonely life. Her father, a well known, mostly feared and despised, drug lord, is in prison. It would come as a surprise to him and everyone else that he is there with her help. She’s never approved of his life and didn’t enjoy the fruits of his labor, as so many assumed. Now, that he is safely out of her life she can keep a low profile and just enjoy her quiet, albeit lonely life running her gallery. It would be nice to have friends, but how could anyone ever like her once they found out who her father is? Unfortunately, rivals of her fathers are making a play for his business now that he is out of the picture. Taking Sadie is part of that plan. She fears for her life and safety, for good reason and has no choice but to go to Nightingale Investigations for protection. This takes her right to Hector Chavez, the undercover ex-cop that infiltrated her father’s business and took him down.
Hector Chavez gave up his undercover DEA job after taking down Seth Townsend taking a job with Nightingale Investigations. He had his reasons and no one would doubt they were good ones. Enter Sadie Townsend, the daughter of the man he put away and the woman he’s never been able to get out of his head. Sadie is in danger and he wasn’t there to help her when she needed him the most and it won’t happen, again. Guarding her body and saving her life is the least of his jobs. Somehow, he has to convince her that she is worthy of love and friendships no matter who her father is. More importantly, he has to convince her that she is the woman for him, not because of revenge or a sense of duty.
I’m gonna say this once so pay attention. I’m not passin’ the time here, enjoyin’ a sweet, hot piece for the fuck of it. If you don’t get it yet, I’ll give it to you. What we got, it means somethin’. Do you understand?
In this book we don’t get just the wonderfully, entertaining Rock Chicks/Hot Bunch gang. We, also, get the wonderful Buddy and Ralphie. I loved how they all dealt with Sadie’s insecurities when it came to having friends and deserving them. They gave her just the right amount of patience and attitude. Everyone should be blessed with friends like these.
What happens to you happens to you but, in a way, it also happens to the people around you that care about you.
This is the best series! As in all series, some books are better than others. This was my absolute favorite, yet. I have said that before, so you know this one had to be great to top my past favorites. I absolutely can’t wait for the next book to come out. Thank goodness, it should be soon.
That's it! Stop the presses (I've always wanted to say that) I have found my favorite Rock Chick book. Of course, this could change by the time I read...moreThat's it! Stop the presses (I've always wanted to say that) I have found my favorite Rock Chick book. Of course, this could change by the time I read the next one and I am sure I will declare my love in a similarly dramatic way, but Luke and Ava have my loyalty thus far.
Ava Barlow has sworn off men. I mean let's face it, if there is a lying, cheating, no good man in the vicinity she'll find him. Even her own father left and he was the one ally she had in her home. There is only one man that has ever been perfect in her eyes and she just doesn't fit with him. She's even lost 75 pounds and completely reinvented herself to feel worthy of him. However, in her mind this still isn't enough. Unfortunately, she has to face him and ask for his help. Her best friend is married to a cheating, slimeball and she needs to find proof.
Luke Stark was the boy next door to Ava Barlow. He was the one person she could lean on and she was that one person for him. It never got any further than friendship because he left home and left her all alone with her judgmental mother and sisters. Now he is an esteemed member of the Savage hot bunch and can help her when no one else can. He always liked that Ava was different than the rest of the women in her life. She was witty and funny and sweet. He liked her no matter her weight. Now, he just has to convince her that there is no such thing as her being good enough for him. He loves and wants her for who she is.
"I'm not lettin' you go. I'm not lettin' you push me away and I'm not giving up. I'm gonna keep working until I piece together what your Dad and those assholes tore from you. I'm gonna keep at you until you let me in. I'm not gonna stop until you tell me you're mine, until it comes straight from your mouth, preferably when I'm deep inside you and you're lookin' at me like you look at me when I'm close to makin' you come."
Rock Chick Revenge is the 5th book in the Rock Chick and series and it has it all. Luke Stark is one sexy, alpha male. His patience and undeniable love for Ava is impossible to resist. There were times when Ava got to me a bit, because she refused to believe she was worthy of Luke. I get body issues and I understood her insecurities, but I felt she held on to them a bit too long. About halfway through I totally got over it. She redeemed herself in every way. Read this book! You won't be disappointed.
Rock Chick Renegade is the 4th book of the Rock Chick series by Kristen Ashley. I admit this was not my favorite book of the series, but I still loved...moreRock Chick Renegade is the 4th book of the Rock Chick series by Kristen Ashley. I admit this was not my favorite book of the series, but I still loved it. Keep in mind, it's all in comparison. Kristen Ashley is the master and nothing can top her. Had this been the only book of hers that I've ever read I would be screaming from the rooftops how great this book is. In comparison to her other books I can say it was very good, just not my favorite.
Vance Crowe is Lee Nightingale's top tracker and one hot, sexy, badass dude. He can be alone for hours following a lead or catching a skip. Put out of his home, at the age of 10 by an abusive father, he's learned early on that life will beat you down if you let it. Solitary life works for him just fine. He knows he can count on the Nightingale boys to have his back and that's the most he's ever counted on anyone. Enter a beautiful, little vigilante that has more skill and courage than brains and fear and his world is forever changed. Lucky for both of them that Vance is strong enough to know what they need even before she does.
Julie "The Law" Lawler is a social worker by day and a pain in the ass of the drug world by night. Befriending a group of 3 boys at the shelter she works for has defined her life. When she loses one of the boys to the drug world her life has changed. Deciding to buy a gun and become a thorn in the side of the local drug dealers Jules begins a campaign to annoy the heck out of them. Adopted by a pack of misfits she is taught self defense and how to shoot and take care of herself. However, she is doing more than just annoying the local small time crime guys, she is now on the radar of some heavy hitters. Enter the Nightingale boys and Vance Crowe. Vance steps in to save Jules from herself and the big guys. Julie does ride alongs with Luke and finds herself fighting alongside the boys on a couple different occasions. This earns her their respect and protection. Vance wants to give her more than just his protection, but she hides so much of herself. Finally there is something that scares The Law. It comes in the form of a very sexy Native American by the name of Vance Crowe.
"Yeah. Me fucking you. In your bed, on your couch, in my bed and anywhere else I can think of. I'm gonna do you on your back, on your knees and you're gonna ride me. And when I've exhausted you and you don't have those fucking shields up, I'm gonna make you talk to me and tell me what this shit is about and then, maybe, I can help you with it.
I really, really can not say enough about Kristen Ashley and her band of characters. So many books suffer when there are lulls in the action, but not this series. The supporting characters are just as entertaining and lovable as the main characters. Read this series!
Rock Chick Redemption is the 3rd book in the Rock Chick series by Kristen Ashley. In true Kristen Ashley fashion this book is a wild ride. I absolutel...moreRock Chick Redemption is the 3rd book in the Rock Chick series by Kristen Ashley. In true Kristen Ashley fashion this book is a wild ride. I absolutely love how Ms. Ashley writes her characters. The men are everything a dream man should be..hot, sexy, badass, protective and loving and not afraid to show it. The girls are strong, loyal and a bit crazy. The support characters are a lot crazy and so much fun!
Hank Nightingale is one of the good guys. He's a cop and takes his job of protecting the world very seriously. His life has always been disciplined. The women he's dated have always been nice, calm, no drama, low maintenance kind of girls. Maybe that's why none of them have actually stuck. Things are about to change. Roxie comes into his life and he knows one thing for sure..he wants this one to stick.
Roxie Logan is on the run from her wild life with her ex boyfriend. He wasn't always the best boyfriend, but she loved him and stuck by him. That was until it's been brought to her attention that his extracurricular activities are less than legal. She's on the run and wants as much distance from him as possible. Stopping in Denver for a temporary layover to see her Uncle Tex seems to be a great idea. You know what they say about well laid plans. In true Rock Chick fashion her plans fall apart. Billy, her ex, and all his problems catch up with her. Not to mention, she meets Hank and the things he makes her feel are feelings she doesn't think she deserves. If only she could have met Hank one year later after she has her life sorted.
"Sweetheart, I'm thirty-five years old and I've had a fuck of a lot more lovers than you counted on your fingers last night. I've come to the point, with women, that I know what I want when I see it and I haven't seen anything in a long time that interests me as much as you."
This is such a great story. Roxie feels because of the mistakes she has made in her past she doesn't deserve a great, honorable, upstanding guy like Hank. Hank does everything he can to show Roxie that people aren't a product of bad decisions as long as they are making the right ones now. We not only have this great couple, but we get the sexy Nightingale guys, the always awesome Rock Chicks (including Stevie and Tod), the crazy Fortnum's crowd. You can't go wrong!
Rock Chick Rescue is the 2nd book of the Rock Chick series by Kristen Ashley. I can not say enough about this series. Kristen Ashley is the master.
Je...moreRock Chick Rescue is the 2nd book of the Rock Chick series by Kristen Ashley. I can not say enough about this series. Kristen Ashley is the master.
Jet McAlister is the self proclaimed boring girl never living up to her interesting name. She's always been the one to step and take care of the family when her less than savory father popped in and out of their life. She's the one who took care of their mother when she had a stroke. Doing all of this, so that her sister can have the fun life that she feels she will never lead.
Eddie Chavez is one of the good guys. He's a cop, but the kind of cop that does what needs to be done when it needs to be done. When Jet started working at Fortnum's she caught his eye, but avoided him at all costs. When her good for nothing father shows up bringing a boatload of trouble with him Eddie steps up to be the protector that Jet needs. This is his perfect chance to show win Jet over and show her how great they can be together.
You get a chance to do a good deed, you do it. That way, when you need a good deed done, it'll come back to you. Karma.
I can not say enough about Kristen Ashley and her characters. The men are hot, hot, hot. The women are tough (even when they don't realize it) and the cast of misfits that accompany the Rock Chicks are laugh out loud funny. You will thank me, read this series.
ADDENDUM: This series is narrated by Susannah Jones and she does an absolute great job with this wild and crazy bunch. (less)
This was my first foray into a book by Rachel Caine. Urban Fantasy isn't always my thing and I have't had much luck in the past with the audiobook ver...moreThis was my first foray into a book by Rachel Caine. Urban Fantasy isn't always my thing and I have't had much luck in the past with the audiobook versions of this genre. I have to say I was not disappointed.
First off, I will say that the narrator Cynthia Holloway did a great job. She did really well dealing with the different characters and making them come alive.
Claire Danvers is a genius. Genius enough to be in college at the age of 16. For her safety, her parents insist that she starts at a smaller, college closer to home until she is 18. She finds herself in Morgaville, Tx where the town and college is in the hands of some very powerful vampires, unbeknownst to Claire or her family. After being bullied by mean girls in the dorm she finds herself checking out off campus living arrangements. This is where she meets Eve, Michael and Shane. All misfits of their own and for different reasons. Together they learn more than they should about the vampires and get caught up in a power struggle between the leaders.
This is a great young adult book in any form. I can't imagine "reading" it would change my rating. It's one of the better Urban Fantasy series out there, in my humble opinion. Will definitely be reading/listening to the next books in this series.(less)
This was just okay for me. I like the characters, but the story just didn't flow for me. I am looking forward to giving the next one a chance and see...moreThis was just okay for me. I like the characters, but the story just didn't flow for me. I am looking forward to giving the next one a chance and see what happens. (less)