Audio Review: Rock Chick Reckoning by Kristen Ashley

Rock Chick 6

Title: Rock Chick Reckoning (Rock Chick #6)
Author: Kristen Ashley
Genre: Romance, Contemporary, Action & Adventure
Length: 16 hours and 52 mins

Synopsis
Stella’s the lead singer and lead guitarist of The Blue Moon Gypsies and Stella used to be Mace’s girl. Mace broke up with her, though, and the loss of him rocked her world. But Stella gets a call, late at night (again) from one of the members of her crazy band. She has to go play clean up (again) and runs into Mace and a shed load of police, and ends up getting shot.

Mace finds he doesn’t like it much that his ex-girlfriend got shot right in front of him but it’s worse. A very bad man has thrown down the gauntlet and all the Rock Chicks are in the firing line. Stella doesn’t want Mace to be the one to keep her alive, but she has no choice. Mainly because Mace isn’t giving her one.

Grace’s review
Story: 5 stars
I went into this book with no expectations. I didn’t feel like I knew much about Mace.  He has been a quietly active presence (if that makes sense) in the previous books.  His story, was unknown until now.  And his story broke my heart.  But before I get ahead of myself, let me backtrack.

Unlike the other books, Stella is not a new character in Mace’s life. How she came to be in his life and then leave it, was a bit confusing. They broke up for what?!?  A tragedy brings them back together, physically.  Emotionally, took a bit more time.  One day, while confessing her thoughts to the Rock Chicks, unaware of Mace’s presence in the room, seems to changes everything.

What I loved about this story was how Stella interacted with Mace. The Rock Chicks, as we all know, are some looney stubborn women. Stella had her moments too, but nowhere near as many as the previous ladies.  One brief hiccup in their second chance at love, was all Stella needed as a wake-up call.  She readjusts her attitude and is solely focused on battling Mace’s demons.

There were so many beautiful moments between these two, when Stella sings to Mace or when she surprises him with some visitors. But the moments that had me the most emotional, involved a ring. You’ll have to read it to understand it, because I don’t want to give it away, but its not what you might be thinking.  As this ring passed between several people, I was unable to control the tears.

While Mace has never taken center stage among the Hot Bunch crew, he won me over, and is now my favorite Alpha of the series.  He is a BADASS with a beautiful heart.  Of course, with 2 books left, this could change again.  KA always seems to deliver one fresh new Alpha to replace the previous one.

Side note: I wish I could capture some of the awesome quotes in this book – that’s the downfall of listening to audio while you commute. But I am absolutely trying to work in “shitsofuckit” into my everyday vocabulary.  Loved it!

Performance: 5 stars
I’m guessing this book was one of the harder ones for this amazing narrator, Susannah Jones.  But once again, she did not disappoint. While the other books feature a range of voices, this one has multiple POVs.  While Stella and Mace share the bulk of the POVs, the other Rock Chicks have reoccurring POVs, and this narrator still makes each voice distinctive.  She truly captures each Rock Chick, with all of their attitude and sass.  I’d personally like to know how she captured Stella’s raspy sexy rocker voice.  Really well done!

Overall: 5+ stars
For the first five books of this series, my ratings have ranged from 4 stars to 5 stars.  So after I finished this book, I was wondering, can I do more than 5 stars?  Because this was easily my favorite book in the series.  I loved Stella!  I loved Mace!  I loved Stella and Mace together! Unlike the previous Rock Chick books, the fighting between them was minimal and it was more about the two of them healing each other.  Since I’m playing catch up on the series, I don’t know what KA intended, but this seemed like the last book in the series.  The epilogue would make any Rock Chick fan smile.  Just EPIC!

Parting thoughts: Since this is the “Rock Chick” series, music is obviously a part of the stories, but not more so than in this book. Stella and her band entertain the reader and her groupies, the Rock Chicks, with some awesome Rock classics.  And while the singer (of the video below) doesn’t fit the description of Stella, the overall sound of this band is how I imagine The Blue Moon Gypsies.  Rock on!

– Grace

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