My rating: 5 of 5 stars
“She didn’t need to be saved. She needed to be found and appreciated for exactly who she was.” ~J. Iron Word
Since I was a little girl, I’ve always loved a good fairytale where I could pretend to be a princess and marvel in magic. Today, my favorite fairytales are romance books, love stories with a hard-fought happily ever after where the prince and princess may not be perfect but are perfect for each other. I live and feel fantasies through love stories like Rock Chick Reawakening by Kristen Ashley. Spellbinding, sexy, and sweet, Rock Chick Reawakening is a fiery fairytale of strength that sweeps up your heart in one magical and moving love story.
From the start, I was swept up in this romance like Cinderella getting ready for the ball. I WAS ALL IN THIS FAIRY TALE…hook…line…sinker. The synthesis of sweetness, sorrow, and strength that streamed from the pages both mesmerized and moved me.
It didn’t take me long to realize a few things: First, I was a fool for waiting so long to meet a Kristen Ashley book. Second, this story only scratched at the surface as I’m still aching for more. Third and finally, I need to go meet the rest of this amazing author’s brilliant books since Kristen Ashley definitely lives up to and exceeds the hype.
One of the strongest heroines I’ve ever met is Daisy, and oh did I love her so! With the looks of Marilyn Monroe meets Dolly Parton, this blonde, blue-eyed, and busty beauty has sass and strength in SPADES! Daisy is a stripper, yes, but also a Southern lady with a huge heart.
“I’ve been knocked down. Again and again. I just kept getting up. And I was still standing, in platforms, with great hair.”
Daisy has had a life of hell and battled back like a warrior woman. Tragedy after tragedy has only made Daisy stronger. Her most recent tragedy has a dark hero, Marcus Sloan, surfacing to protect her and her fragile heart.
“In terms I hope you understand, darling, in fairytales, the prince vanquishes the wicked queen. The evil stepmother. The malicious goblin. In real life, Daisy, to avenge wrong done to his princess, if the need arises, the prince puts a bullet in somebody’s brain.”
Dark hair, blue eyes, tall, handsome, a bit dangerous, intense, commanding, and caring, the story’s hero, Marcus, and his many layers were PURE PERFECTION. This hardened man had a soft heart, which made my heart go pitter patter a lot.
“I’ve been waiting thirty-five years for you to come into my life, Daisy.”
It was love at first sight, for the romantic Marcos. THIS MAN…JUST SWOON!!! I soared to the clouds every time this man uttered a word to Daisy. SIGH!!!
“He kissed me. It was soft and it was sweet. But it was more.”
Marcus has to convince Daisy to be his princess. More importantly, he has to convince her that he she is as beautiful inside as out.
“You’re the woman for me, which means, darling, I’m the man for you.”
I could not stop swooning at this amazing man’s sweet yet sincere words to Daisy. Marcus sees Daisy as so much more than a stripper. Daisy is sass, strength, and sparkle.
“Nothing a little sparkle won’t fix.”
Daisy is heart and her own hero. This super woman didn’t need a superman to rescue her; she needed a hero who understood and loved all the parts of Daisy. Oh was Marcus that hero! I LOVED my dark prince, Marcus, from the very start. Like Daisy, Marcus is a man of many layers and roles: strip club silent partner and one of Daisy’s bosses, multi-business owner, modern day vigilante, and protector of his princess, Daisy.
“Marcus Sloan wasn’t like a dream. He was just a dream.”
Rock Chick Reawakening was a dream…MY DREAM. This story is the best potion of SWOON, SEXYINESS, SWEETNESS, AND STRENGTH IN SPADES. Rock Chick Reawakening is Cinderella but better. This book is PURE BLISS. Kristen Ashley transported me to a feel-worthy fantasy world and I loved getting lost in her wondrous words.
I felt my Southern roots from head to toe, I felt that badass sass, I felt butterflies fluttering in my tummy from the swoon and sweetness that oozed off the pages, and I felt strength from these characters of steel. This story is a fairytale of feels, and oh did I feel everything! I FELT ALL THE FEELS. I FELT ALL THE LOVE. Rock Chick Reawakening ROCKED MY WORLD! Kristen Ashley is a rock star writer and new favorite author of mine; I’m her new biggest fan.
Rock Chick Reawakening doesn’t just sparkle; it’s PURE GOLD! Oh did this sweet, sexy, sassy and strong story shine! I’m still swimming in glitter.
“I would rather have 30 minutes of wonderful, than a lifetime of nothing special.” ~Steel Magnolias
★★★★★ sparkling stars
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 Sloane—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.
“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.
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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.