Audio Review: Rock Chick Renegade by Kristen Ashley

Rock Chick 4

Title: Rock Chick Renegade (Rock Chick #4)
Author: Kristen Ashley
Genre: Romance, Contemporary, Action & Adventure
Length: 15 hours and 42 mins

Synopsis
Jules has got a score to settle against the drug dealers of Denver. Vance has made it his mission that Jules won’t get dead while dishing out vigilante justice.  Jules doesn’t have time for romance, she’s too busy saving the world and she enlists Zip (the gunstore owner), Heavy (an ex-PI) and Frank (a mysterious recluse) to help.

The Rock Chicks of Fortnum’s Bookstore get involved to provide romantic advice and guidance, none of which Jules accepts at first.  The Hot Bunch of Nightingale Investigations adopt Jules as one of their own. Even though Jules tries to hang on to her inner Head Crackin’ Mamma Jamma, the Rock Chicks; Hot Bunch; Jules’s long-suffering Uncle Nick; Jules’s friend the rotund, African-American, Jackie-O wannabe, May; and especially Vance will stop at nothing to wear her down.

But Jules makes some bad guys pretty angry and one is dedicated to taking her out.  Vance and the Hot Bunch have to pull out all the stops to keep her alive.  At the same time, Jules and Vance learn the true meaning of home but once they find this precious entity they’ve been searching for all their lives, will Jules’s enemies tear it away?

My review
Story: 4.5 stars
If you’ve read other Kristen Ashley (KA) books, you already know that the KA Alpha is its own special breed.  I’ve mentioned their “special” qualities before, but let’s recap.

Aggressive
Bossy
Know-it-all

Aaaannnd, let’s just stop right there.  ALL of KA Alphas have these qualities.  Little did I know that someone like Vance Crowe could take these qualities to a whole new level.  Rating Vance like a tornado, he is a CATEGORY 5.  He comes into the heroine’s (Jules, in this case) life with little to no warning, and she doesn’t stand a chance.  The word “NO” is not in his vocabulary.  Want to break up with him?  HA!  Maybe tomorrow.  Not today.

And then there is Jules.  Sure, she had some frustrating moments like the previous Rock Chicks, but really, she was fucking awesome!  She is a HEAD CRACKIN’ MAMMA JAMMA after all.  She is trouble with a capital T, but that doesn’t mean she can’t handle herself.  She’s got attitude, sass, and curves, to catch Vance’s attention, but her skills on the street set her apart from most other women.  The player (Vance) has finally been played.

Aside from Jules’ badassness (is that a word, *shrugs*), she has a hilarious inner monologue, which included her emotional Rottweiler (or pug), Angel wings, and references to Vance’s super powers.  I’m sure none of the last sentence made sense, you’ll just have to read/listen to the book for yourself to understand.

Vance and Jules

In my opinion, as a couple, Jules and Vance were truly meant for each other.  I loved how the Rock Chicks and even more so, how the  Nightingale Investigation team welcomed Jules into their group.  While the Hot Bunch tried to keep her out of trouble, they also helped her with training and invited her to be part of the team.  Jules being Jules, she shot this down because she didn’t want to be told what to do. *facepalm*  But it’s nice knowing the guys aren’t chauvinistic pigs. Phew!

The reasons behind Jules’ battle with the drug dealers of Denver are heartbreaking, as are the stories of kids she tries to help.  I wanted to give both Rome and Sniff and big hug, after I hit them upside the head, of course.  While the dealers don’t take to kindly to Jules’ version of vengeance, her actions set into motion a HUGE change that will impact the Nightingale Investigation team.  Don’t worry, it’s in a REALLY good way.

Performance: 5 stars
Once again, the narrator, Susannah Jones, delivers an amazing performance.  She does a great job of giving each character their own voice.  While I still think Tex is my favorite, I really enjoyed the addition of Zip – “fucking loco”.  And who could forget Boo, the very vocal cat of the story.  Not many narrators could give emotion to a cat’s meows, but this narrator can, which is why she is perfect for this series.

Overall: 5 stars
KA is the Master of capturing all of your emotions in a story.  I don’t know many authors that can make me burst out laughing (care of Tex) and then have me wiping sad tears just minutes later.  All of the Rock Chicks have had their rough moments, but I was drawn closer to Jules because of her cause, helping troubled kids and cleaning up the streets.  I loved this story from beginning to end!

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