Release Day Launch (Book Review & Excerpt): Rock Chick Reawakening by Kristen Ashley

Title: Rock Chick Reawakening (Rock Chick #0.5)
Author: Kristen Ashley @kristenashley68
Reviewer: Grace
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Rating: 5 stars


From New York Times Bestselling author Kristen Ashley, comes ROCK CHICK REAWAKENING, the long awaited story of Daisy and Marcus, brought to you by 1,001 Dark Nights! Be sure you grab your copy today!

From New York Times bestselling author, Kristen Ashley, comes the long-awaited story of Daisy and Marcus, Rock Chick Reawakening. A prequel to Kristen’s Rock Chick series, Rock Chick Reawakening shares the tale of the devastating event that nearly broke Daisy, an event that set Marcus Sloan—one of Denver’s most respected businessmen and one of the Denver underground’s most feared crime bosses—into finally making his move to win the heart of the woman who stole his.


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Several years ago, I had the opportunity to interview Kristen Ashley, and one of my questions was, “when are you going to write Daisy and Marcus’ story?”  As any Rock Chick fan, I’ve come to know the Dolly Parton-esque woman with the laugh that sounds like tinkling bells, and her tough significant other.  But she was always a side character.  A woman who put her life on the line at times for the friends she’s made over the years.  And this book showed you the softer, more vulnerable side of the woman behind the glitter and rhinestones.

Daisy’s journey to the castle wasn’t a pretty one, but since childhood, she made the best of what she could.
She befriended her Mommy’s boss, who taught her manners.
She didn’t let her poor upbringing and no good home life destroy her dream.
And when the time was right, she found a way to maximize her assets.  *ahem*

One thing I have always loved about Daisy is she is who she is.  She doesn’t conform.  She has her own sense of style and she owns it, down to the very first rhinestone.  She even has her own Southern charm, “comprende”.

Due to a horrific incident that Rock Chick readers should already know about, it takes a while for Marcus to break down the walls around her heart.  Everything she has succeeded in, was due to her own determination and will, which loses steam after the incident.  Marcus doesn’t rush her.  He knows patience is key and uses that, almost to the extreme.

Yes, I may have yelled, “get it on, already!”  LOL

When those walls come down, get ready for a whole lot of sweet.

The biggest question this story answers, is why do they have a castle?  I had a feeling, but when it is revealed, total waterworks.  The happy kind.

This book being a prequel, there are no Rock Chicks featured within the main part of the story, although one gets a mention.  However, there are a couple of the Hot Bunch *squeeeeeeee* in the story.  I’ll keep the “who” out of my review so you can discover it on your own, but it did make me very happy, just to see their names again.

But have no fear Rock Chicks, there is also a doozy of an epilogue, which started up my waterworks again.  I was a hot mess after finishing.  A happy hot mess.  This book was everything I wanted from Daisy and Marcus.  Thank you to Kristen for giving us this perfect ending!

“Now, this . . .” I breathed. “This is where I was always meant to be.”

“Take what’s yours, baby.”

– Grace

*An ARC was received for an honest review.

Her face was stunning. Wide smile. White teeth and a good deal of them. Big eyes. Elegant nose. Soft cheekbones. All of this she highlighted with the expert use of makeup from what was clearly a gift of superior genes into something that shone like a Hollywood starlet.

A starlet of a stripper who looked a good deal like Dolly Parton, who also likely got home the night before, earliest, three in the morning, and was right then, only hours later, back on the stage helping another girl by teaching her some moves.

“Marcus, brother,” Smithie’s voice came at him. “You got a problem with the way I do business, and I give you reason to have that problem, then we have a talk. I don’t give you that reason, we don’t have conversations like this one. That’s our deal.”

Marcus listened to him while he watched Daisy talking to the other girl and then she ran across the stage, doing it gracefully in platform sandals, her stone-washed jeans tight on her ass and hips and all the way down her legs. Still, after she ran the four steps, she launched herself high, grabbing on to the pole at least three feet higher than she was, her body swinging around by just her hands.

When the swing ended, she climbed up the pole, hand over hand. Doing this quickly, taking herself up another four feet, she flipped her bottom half over, wrapping her skinny legs around the pole. She dropped back, her hair flowing down, and with her only hold on the pole being her legs, she arched her back and slid down slowly, somehow circling the pole as she did it.

She ended this doing a layout with her hands on the floor, her legs in slow and controlled movements coming over her head one after the other. Her hands pushing off, she was up.

Standing straight with perfect posture.






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A Message from Kristen:

Dear Reader,

I’m beside myself with glee that this prequel to my Rock Chick series has been unleashed! There was some time when I never thought I’d write it. When I couldn’t be in that terrible place with Daisy. But I’m oh-so glad that she called to me, demanding her story be told so she could give it to me and now I can give it to you! I loved every moment spent with Daisy and Marcus. And I hope you do too!

~Kristen Ashley





Praise for Kristen Ashley and ROCK CHICK REAWAKENING:

“OMG!!!!!!!!!!!!! I FREAKING LOVED IT!!!!!!!! LOVE LOVE LOVED IT!!! This was pure Old School Vintage KA GOLD!!!”

~Aestas Book Blog

“This novella is like the key to all the locked doors in this series.”

~Angie’s Dreamy Reads

“We inhaled Marcus and Daisy’s story, how could we not. It was everything to us and we cannot thank Kristen Ashley enough for writing it, in her much loved unique manner. The queen of epilogues struck once more and we smiled through copious tears of happiness, our hearts feeling full and complete. Whilst sad that it’s over we just can’t feel anything but happiness and love right now. It was Aces! Rock on…and be prepared to be swept of off your feet.”

~Totally Booked Blog

“[Kristen] Ashley captivates.”

~Publisher’s Weekly

“There is something about them [Ashley’s books] that I find crackalicious.”,Kati Brown

“I felt all of the rushes, the adrenaline surges, the anger spikes… my heart pumping in fury. My eyes tearing up when my heart (I mean… her heart) would break.”

~Maryse’s Book Blog


kristen-ashley-headshotKristen Ashley was born in Gary, Indiana, USA and nearly killed her mother and herself making it into the world, seeing as she had the umbilical cord wrapped around her neck (already attempting to accessorize and she hadn’t taken her first breath!). Her mother said they took Kristen away, put her Mom back in her room, her mother looked out the window, and Gary was on fire (Dr. King had been assassinated four days before). Kristen’s Mom remembered thinking it was the end of the world. Quite the dramatic beginning.

Nothing’s changed.

Kristen grew up in Brownsburg, Indiana and has lived in Denver, Colorado and the West Country of England. Thus, she’s blessed to have friends and family around the globe. Her family was (is) loopy (to say the least) but loopy is good when you want to write. They all lived together on a very small farm in a small farm town in the heartland. She grew up with Glenn Miller, The Everly Brothers, REO Speedwagon and Whitesnake (and the wardrobes that matched).

Needless to say, growing up in a house full of music, clothes and love was a good way to grow up.

And as she keeps growing, it keeps getting better.






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