I'm wondering why I felt like Daisy and Marcus didn't need their story to be told. After all, they had their story, in its own way, through out the Rock Chick series. So I thought- no way would I read this. Then, our blog was offer a chance to read it before it came out. I thought- sure why not? Never say never!!
Daisy totally needed her time in the spotlight. And I now have answers to a few things I never thought I needed.
Daisy- she had a crummy upbringing, so much so, that she dreamed up a castle to safeguard herself. (Now I get the whole castle thing in the series.) She has a traumatic experience, which pulled at my heart strings, before she fully meets her man, Marcus.
Can I say how much I loved Marcus!? Such a great guy when it came to Daisy. He was alpha without having to be an idiot. Ha ha! Never was he crude- which I was so grateful for. He had class, and he was a gentleman. He wanted Daisy, and he set out to make his life right to do so.
I felt like KA did a great job with this Novella. No jerkface alpha, no run around sentences, and no over load in detailed information. I loved that I felt like she was back to her original style- but with a new kick. (That probably only makes sense to me.)
And can we say how much I loved that epilogue??? It made me teary, it made me smile, and it made me laugh. I loved how it all played out. I was so happy for the Sloan's. Truly one of KA's best epilogues!
I loved all of the series characters short moments- even before Daisy new them. I even loved the short clip about Dawn! Hahaha!
I'm also liked how the smexy scenes were not overly done - no over kill.
I'll say one negative thing: Coochie. If my eyes never see that word again- or have it filtered through my mind, I'll be one happy woman. Ugh.
ARC generously provided for an honest review- and I can whole heartily say that this is one of her better stories in a long while. It's all about that epilogue.
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!
Direct Link: https://video214.com/play/WNx2mKBbgjZWmY0hWUnX0g/s/dark
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
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.
All. The. Feels! Ok, I have read every Rock Chick book, most more than once. I have loved them all, some more than others lol. Throughout the entire series, I have grown more and more fond of Daisy and Marcus but I was on the fence on whether I wanted and actual book for them. See, as an already established couple, them getting a book could have gone horribly wrong. Nothing against Ms. Ashley (I love her!) but sometimes when a situation like this comes up, in order to have a full story, drama and unnecessary events could be put together to for the sake of having a book. I would have been devastated had this happened for Daisy! We've learned a lot about her through the other stories, so we already knew she'd been raped and couldn't have kids. That's heartbreaking enough without having other crap happen. FORTUNATELY, all those worries were for naught, as Kristen Ashley knew what the hell she was doing and did it RIGHT! RC Reckoning goes to the beginning. We start out with a young Daisy and skip ahead little by little until she finally meets Marcus. I liked this because first, we got to see the crap mom she had and how she was raised. We also got to learn where Daisy got her Southern charm from, and can I just say that brought on ALL THE FEELS! ❤ We also learn how Daisy became one of Smithy's girls. She was so awesome, so in control of her life and didn't give that first shit what anyone thought of her. Yet, she kept that bit of vulnerability, which just made me love her more. Marcus was smitten with her from his first sighting, and seeing as we'd never gotten his pov before, I was ecstatic to see through his eyes and learn the depth of his feelings for her. I have chills just typing this and thinking back on it! I loved Marcus soooo much by the time this book was finished. Not that I didn't before, but he most definitely got bumped up on my favorites list! ❤ His devotion and love for Daisy was something beautiful. His determination to get vengeance for her rape had me swooning! I don't even care what that says about me.
"In terms I hope you'll understand, darling, in fairytales, the prince vanquishes the wicked queen. The evil stepmother, the malicious goblin. In real life, Daisy, to avenge a wrong done to his princess, if the need arises, the prince puts a bullet in somebody's brain."
~Marcus to Daisy ❤
Oh. Emm. Gee! Do you see! ❤ SWOON ❤ So yeah, I loved me some Marcus Sloan. Their relationship was quick, but never lacking. I loved how there wasn't anything added for the sake of drama. It was simply a retelling of how they came to be together. I loved it. I loved the ending the most. As I got closer and closer, I was hoping beyond all hope that Ms. Ashley was going to give Daisy and Marcus the one thing they wanted above all else. I was seriously gonna be pissed if it didn't end this way too. Boy was I close to tears at the absolute Happily Ever After they got. Also, I need to mention that I freaking LOVED how and WHY Marcus built Daisy her castle. I remember when Jet was taken to The Castle in the second book and every subsequent visit it was always described and a sort of silly thing that they had an actual castle built in Denver. But once we learned the why's and that he did that to make Daisy safe, oh my gawwwwd I was in the throes of a serious book crush! Ok I gotta stop. If I keep going I'll end up just telling more and more spoilers. I've said enough as it is, and this was a fabulous addition to the already awesome Rock chick series. I can't recommend it enough!
One last thing, I know this is more like a prequel of the series, and yes you can technically read it first as a stand alone, but I feel like you can also read it last as the ending to the series. I think either first or last, it'll be enjoyed either way and should just be READ! ❤
Thank you to Kristen Ashley for supplying this ARC in exchange for an honest review!
"That ship has sailed, sugar. And i'm on it.
It's called... The Love Boat."
~Daisy to Marcus
“You, thinkin’ I’d have a problem with you bein’ Marcus Sloan,” I expanded.
“Do you know who I am?”
“Nope.” I shrugged. “Don’t care either. Though, that’s to say ‘nope’ don’t mean that I don’t know. I just don’t really know. I still don’t care. And that’s not why I don’t wanna have dinner with you.”
“I’m still not understanding.”
“Honey bunch, I’m a stripper.”
I shut up.
Dear God, he thought I thought I was better than him.
He thought I thought I had reason to think I was better than him.
“I don’t judge,” I said quietly. “Life’s life and a person’s gotta do what they feel they gotta do to get along in it.”
“This is correct.”
“So I don’t care what you do or who you are.”
“And this delights me.”
My heart started racing because it did. It delighted him.
And I knew this because his eyes were again twinkling.
“Men are a**holes,” I shared.
“Some of them are, yes,” he somewhat agreed.
“Not met many who aren’t. My count, all my life, that number equals two.”
Those twinkling eyes stopped twinkling in order to flash.
“Yup. Two,” I confirmed.
“Although I find that knowledge upsetting, I’ll share I’d like to make that three,” he told me something I already (mostly) got.
Kristen 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.
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.
Natalie Banks is exactly where she wants to be. She has a dream job in the city she loves. Her boyfriend is a sports god who worships the ground she walks on, and makes a mean plate of spaghetti. And her and her best friend have come up with something no one ever imagined they would. What more can a girl ask for?
Sami Ford is living the dream. She’s satisfied her parents as far as school is concerned. She has reinvented herself from a spoiled princess to a successful saleswoman making her own money for the first time. And she has a thing with the hottest Ranger in New York. How much more does a girl need?
But like they always say, when one aspect of your life is perfect, expect something else to fall apart. When death, a baby, and a proposal hit them all in the same week, fall apart becomes an understatement.
These best friends find themselves leaning on each other more than they ever have.
Ok. I have major mixed feelings on this book. First, I'd like to say that I read Roommates in 2015 and freaking LOVED it. I fell for Natalie and Brady so hard. ❤ them. I didn't even realize there were two more books to this series until late at night while scrolling on amazon. Here's the thing. I didn't really remember Sami and Matt too much from Roommates, so when I saw that the next book out, which is now the "first" book in the series is for them. I was confused but interested. Until I stumbled upon a slight SPOILER which happens to be a big trigger, no-go for me. Cheating. **Matt gets a bj from a puck bunny while he and Sami are together, but not together. There's some major grey area going on but I still didn't like it.** So here's where I gotta be honest, I skimmed Puck Buddies. I needed to see for myself but I also wasn't fully committed. Because of this, I won't be rating or reviewing that book as I don't think it would be fair of me since I didn't actually read the whole thing. I will say that what I did get from it was a better understanding of the dynamic between Sami and Matt and, for now, it was enough for me. I will most likely go back and reread all three books in their 'new' order at a later date though. Ok, back to Bed Buddies. This book is told from Nat's and Sami's pov's in alternating chapters until the very end, where we get two amazing epilogues from Matt and Brady's pov. ❤ I still freaking LOVE Brady and Natalie. Every chapter from Nat's pov was my absolute favorite! I loved seeing how they were doing a while after the ending from their book. It was awesome, even though the drama that was going on in this book was serious stuff. It was nice to see a couple dealing with issues that are real life and realistic and still come out on top in the end. It made their hea that much sweeter. Plus the steamy scenes were on point ;) For Sami's pov, I had mixed feelings. Her's starts out a year in the past and each chapter works its way to the present, while Natalie's is constant present. It got a little confusing at times, but not too bad. I have to say that while I felt for Sami and the things her and Matt went through, I wasn't as big a fan of their part of the story. Sami was definitely a snob, but in the nicest way. I wasn't sure how to really feel about her. Matt was a big jerk for a lot of the book and it was hard to see him as redeemable. They seriously lacked communication in a bad way, and a lot of their problems could have been worked out sooner, or even avoided altogether, had they talked to each other, and let the other in. I know they were both scarred inside and had trouble lowering their walls, but at some point you have to either give in or walk away. I was very pleased by the end though with how things were mended and concluded. There were a lot of funny parts in this book, as well as heartwrenching moments and times I was pissed at one or more of the characters. There were steamy parts and swoony parts. I have to admit I swooned most with Brady, but I might be biased since I ❤ him ;) Overall, I think this was like the best extended epilogue ever lol. I liked seeing where they all were in the present and the best part by far were the two epilogues in the guys pov's. Those just made the whole book for me. And if I hadn't already come around to liking Matt, his pov would have sealed the deal. As for Brady's... ❤❤❤❤❤
Welcome to our end of the year post! We hope you've had a great 2016 and read some awesome books. As usual, we tried to put together our top reads of 2016, and we were horribly unsuccessful. Don't get us wrong, we were able to come up with lists, but we were unsuccessful at narrowing down our favorite reads of the year to just 16 books each. We always have our cheats by doing an "Honorable Mentions list" but that didn't even help this year. So, without further ado, here are our lists!
It is with GREAT difficulty that I narrowed down my Top 16
Books of 2016... to ONLY 16 freaking books! In order to include the many
authors that I love, I have decided to choose only one book from each author
for this year. HOWEVER! That does NOT mean I have only read one amazing book
from that author this year! I need that to be clear people! 😉 Also, the order
in which they are listed will reflect those read starting from January and
ending in December. Damn this was hard...
1. Sebring by Kristen Ashley *
2. The Baller by Vi Keeland
3. Up In Smoke by Tessa Bailey *
4. Sweet Filthy Boy by Christina Lauren
5. Wallflowers by CP Smith *
6. Dirty by Kylie Scott
7. Built by Jay Crownover
8. Screwed by Kendall Ryan
9. Mercy F*ck by K.S. Adkins *
10. The Perfect Stroke by Jordan Marie *
11. Divine Ecstacy by Setta Jay *
12. Bad Judgment by Meghan March
13. Hetch by River Savage
14. Revealed to Him by Jen Frederick
15. Read My Lips by Daryl Banner *
16. Cocky Roomie by Faleen Hopkins *
Ok EFF it, I can't leave some of these books of the list!
Fyi, the * just means there were other books by this author that were amazing
and I loved them! Ok so here are some extras I just couldn't leave off.
17. So. Long by Kelley Harvey
18. The Regent Vampire Lords series by K.L Kreig
19. The Code 11-KPD SWAT series by Lani Lynn Vale
20. Badd Motherf*cker by Jasinda Wilder
21. Incredible You by Lili Valente
22. The Sexy One & Mister O by Lauren Blakely
23. Shielding Lily by Alexa Riley (as well as all the other
books she's published)
24. Penny Wylder - yes ALL her books too. (I know I'm
cheating at this point. Shaddup)
25. Porn Star by Zara Cox
26. Sassy and a little Bad-Assy by Jessie Lane
27. The Real Man series by Jenika Snow
28. Bed Wrecker by Kim Karr 29. Saturday Night Special by Mari Carr
30. Seven Years Dannika Dark
31. Devil's Bride by Stephanie Laurens
32. Love Potions by Michelle M. Pillow
33. First Down by Rae Lynn Blaise
34. Smolder by Melinda Minx
Can someone please tell me how I'm supposed to pick just 16 books out of 160 read this year!? It's just impossible! I started my list early and was able to narrow my list down to 68 of my favorites for the year. But then it got complicated. I started color coating things and making multiple lists and it was just to difficult to pick between them! That was just my very long way of saying that I cheated...big time. I know, I know...bad Lindsay. But there were so many great books this year and they were really hard to choose from. So sue me. 😜 My list is also in chronological order with some slight variations if there were multiple books by the same author.
1. Stage Dive series by Kylie Scott
2. Jax by Vivian Lux
3. The Baller by Vi Keeland
4. Tackled by Sabrina Paige
5. RoomHate by Penelope Ward
6. Stepbrother Dearest by Penelope Ward
7. HardBall by C.D. Reiss
8. Chloe by Sarah Brianne
9. Wicked Heart by Leisa Rayven
10. Walk the Edge by Katie McGarry
11. Wrong by Jana Aston
12. Trust by Jana Aston
13. Moonshot by Alessandra Torre
14. Hollywood Dirty by Alessandra Torre
15. The Problem with Forever by Jennifer L. Armentrout
16. Roommates by Hazel Kelly
17. Wrong by Stella Rhys
18. Ex Games by Stella Rhys
19. So. Long. by Kelley Harvey
20. Shielding Lily by Alexa Riley
21. Wanting My Stepsister by Alexa Riley
22. Read My Lips by Daryl Banner
23. The Perfect Stroke by Jordan Marie
24. Styx by Victoria Ashley
25. Vodka on the Rocks by Lani Lynn Vale
26. Center Mass by Lani Lynn Vale
27. Smokey by L. Wilder
28. Naughty Boss by Whitney G.
29. Ares: Bringer of War by George O’Connor
Unlike Nikki, I didn't even try to be good. Once I narrowed it down to those 29, I just left it. To remove any of them would be too hard. So, here are my Honorable Mentions: 1. The Forbidden Beat by Jillian Sterling
2. Booty Call by Ainsley Booth
3. Screwed by Kendall Ryan
4. One to Hold by Tia Louise
5. Right by Jana Aston
6. Fling by Jana Aston
7. ICE by Hilary Storm and Cathy Coopmans
8. Lady and the Champ by Katherine Lace
9. His Fantasy Girl by Nina Croft
10. Cocky Roomie by Faleena Hopkins
11. Pucking Beast by Colleen Masters
12. Sex Machine by Marie Force
13. Being Brooke by Emma Hart
14. Mayhem by Jamie Shaw
15. Sweet Evil by Wendy Higgins
16. Accidentally in Love with the Biker by Teri Anne Stanley
17. The Wall of Winnipeg and Me by Mariana Zapata
18. A Reason to live by CP Smith
19. One Lucky Hero by Codi Gary
20. Moore to Love by Faith Andrews
21. Dirty Work by Chelle Bliss and Brenda Rothert
22. Double Tap by Lani Lynn Vale
23. Prince Charming by Mia Carson 24. Sassy and a little Bad-Assy by Jessie Lane
*Jenn's list will be coming soon! She's been out of town visiting family for the holidays so her list will be updated once she gets home 😊
Tally is a twenty-year-old single mother struggling to finish nursing school. Has she made mistakes in life? Sure, but her daughter isn’t one of them. She works hard, she studies even harder, and she’s only a few weeks away from graduating.
She’s living her life the best she knows how when she witnesses a near miss motorcycle accident between a car and a biker. A biker that happens to be the most talked about teacher at her college.
The moment she meets those startling blue, narrowly-escaped-death eyes, she realizes quickly that life as she knows it has changed. No longer will she be content to let life pass her by, even if it puts everything she’s worked so hard for in jeopardy.
Tommy is a highly skilled doctor. A teacher. A veteran. A fully-patched member of The Dixie Wardens MC. He’s lonely, but also set in his ways. What will it take for this man to accept that he needs to make some changes in his life? Apparently, it’ll take a guy in a truck, who’s preoccupied with his phone rather than focused on the road, nearly plowing into him on his bike at seventy miles per hour. Oh, and a twenty-something year old nursing student witnessing the entire thing from only a few feet away.
It only takes a second, a single heartbeat in time, as he looks into her worry-filled eyes to realize that he’d give anything for a single night with her. He may lose his job in the process, but after that one incredible night turns into an amazing weekend, he knows it’s worth the risk for the promise of her forever.
“As I was saying before I was so rudely interrupted, your first clinical in the ER might be somewhat overwhelming. That’s to be expected. However, over time you will learn the ropes, find your stride, and realize that it isn’t some big scary place that will swallow you alive.” Dr. Tommy—I refused to call him Dr. Bones anymore—continued.
I started doodling on my paper, drawing curls and swirls around mine and Tallulah’s names.
I’d just made a fourth star when a large tanned hand came and snatched the pen out of my hand.
“I can see now why your pen ran out of ink.” Dr. Tommy stared down at me with barely restrained impatience.
My face flushed.
If it were possible to sink into the floor in completely embarrassment, I would’ve done it. Right then and there.
“I think you should see me after class.” He murmured.
My brows furrowed.
I hadn’t done anything wrong.
Looking over to Hadley, she returned a sympathetic smile before turning her head down to her own work.
“Okay.” I finally said. “I’ll see you after class.”
He nodded once, but kept his pen.
Irrational anger followed me throughout the rest of class, and by the time that it ended, I was beside myself.
“Do you want me to wait?” Hadley asked.
I shook my head.
“No.” I snapped. “I have to go to work after this anyway. I just hope he doesn’t make me late.”
Hadley packed her book into her bag, gave me a worried look, and then left without another word.
I stayed in my seat once my bag was packed, waiting to see what Dr. McAsshole had to say.
Once the last person escaped, he stopped erasing the board, (and yes, I was admiring his ass if you were wondering) he turned and crossed his thick, muscular arms over his chest.
“The other teachers give you glowing recommendations.” He started saying.
I licked my lips.
“Uh, thank you?”
I didn’t know what to say, nor where he was going with this.
“I wanted you to understand that I won’t tolerate this kind of behavior when I have you in my ER.”
Then blinked again.
“Uhhhh,” I started to say, but he interrupted me.
“You’ll be starting on your nurse internship next week. You’ll be there two days out of the week, twelve hour shifts, and always under me or Dr. Wild.”
I blinked some more.
“I…I got it?” I finally was able to get out.
He nodded his head.
“Though I expect that has more to do with who your mother is than whether you are actually qualified or skilled enough to be there.”
My mouth dropped open in affront.
“Oh, I assure you that I am skilled and qualified enough to be there.” My back straightened. “Is that all?”
I could’ve sworn I saw his lips twitch at my show of anger, but no other signs were apparent.
“Yes, that’ll be all.”
I nodded and stood, throwing my bag on my shoulder and practically stomping toward the door.
He stopped me, though, the moment I was about to exit fully.
I froze, and turned.
“For what?” I asked stiffly.
“For not running over me this morning. Thank you for paying attention.”
I didn’t bother to answer him.
Otherwise I might’ve said that I now wished that I hadn’t been paying attention.
Who did he think he was?
My mother wouldn’t stoop so low as to get her daughter a job…would she?
Aaron don’t ever call me Fatbaby’ Sims is lucky to be alive. Or at least that is what everyone keeps telling him. He doesn’t feel lucky, though.
He’s scarred, has more than a little bit of a bad attitude, and there isn’t a single day that goes by that he doesn’t wish his wife would’ve just finished off the job.
After being denied his old position at the fire department, he leaves, and doesn’t look back. He heads straight to Alabama and into the semi-welcoming arms of The Dixie Wardens MC. There he becomes a part of a brotherhood that forces him to get back in the land of the living.
Imogen is a smart girl. A girl who doesn’t always make the best decisions.
Her heart is in the right place when she walks into that prison, but it doesn’t take long for her to realize that her heart shouldn’t have had any say so in the matter. Especially when one wrong move lands her in the arms of a scarred man that looks frightening enough to scare any sane woman away.
Immediately enthralled by the angry man, she tries to get closer to him. But the harder she tries to get to know him, the further he pushes her away.
The only thing Aaron wanted to do after his now ex-wife was sent to jail was escape. Escape the awful memories. The pity-filled eyes. The curious glances.
He does a damn fine job at ensuring he draws as little as attention as possible, but then that annoying woman with her startling blue eyes starts hammering away at his resolve. Makes him feel when he doesn’t want to feel.
Imogen comes into his life and carves out a place for herself, obliterating his defenses one heated kiss at a time.
It doesn’t take long, and he realizes he’s in deep. Too deep to ever want to come out.
Imogen will know what it’s like to be loved by a reject.
I’m a married mother of three. My kids are all under 5, so I can assure you that they are a handful. I’ve been with my paramedic husband now for ten years, and we’ve produced three offspring that are nothing like us. I live in the greatest state in the world, Texas.