“I’ve been waiting thirty-five years for you to come into my life.”
WOW!!! Kristen Ashley outdid herself with this gorgeous story! I was an honest blubbering mess and crying happy tears when I finished reading it because it had ALL THE FEEEEELS!! This was one of my most highly anticipated releases of the year and it was everything I’d hoped for and more! Pure Old School Vintage KA GOLD!
From New York Times bestselling author, Kristen Ashley, comes the long-awaited story of Daisy and Marcus. 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.
Now, you can read this as a standalone if you wanted to, or you could read it before reading the Rock Chick Series, or (like me) you could read it after the Rock Chick series. Honestly, either way, you’ll enjoy it! The story is primarily focused of course on Daisy and Marcus, but there are cameos from the Hot Bunch and the final epilogue takes place faaaaaaar into the future, so really, no matter how you slice it, this is a story that everyone can enjoy!
As many of you know, Kristen Ashley is one of my all-time favorite authors (click here for a list of all her books). I simply adore her writing style, characters, and stories. They’re heartfelt, powerful, sexy, and addictive. And within the first few pages of this book, she’d built up such a solid history behind Daisy that you completely understood the events that had shaped her from childhood into the woman she was today. It was such strong and solid writing. Truly a joy to read!
And seriously, the FEEEEEEEEEEELS!!! KA writes the best heroes of all time. Her men are Alpha in every way they should be — they’re protective, possessive, respectful, bossy but devoted, sweet and strong, and utterly badass.
Daisy is going to pull all your heart-strings. But Marcus will make you swoon with the way he was always there for her. His patience, devotion, and more importantly the absolutely heart-wrenchingly GORGEOUS reason behind it is utterly heart-melting! This was exactly the kind of story I most love to read.
Technically, this is a novella, but it’s a KA-style novella which means that compared to most books, this is practically a full-length book. I don’t have the exact page number but it’s 3000 Kindle Locations long. Most KA books are about 8-9000, but the average book is usually around 3900-4200 so you can see that this is definitely a full story.
I’ve purposefully not mentioned the plot because I don’t want to spoil any parts. I didn’t know anything other than the blurb (which I’ve posted above) before I started reading and I would encourage you to just dive right into this book because there are a lot of surprises along the way that I feel would be better to just enjoy as they’re revealed.
Oh and this story BUILDS!! I’ll admit there was a moment in the middle where I found it a bit slow, but seriously, just trust KA because OH MY GOD, the way she brings the layers of this story together is absolutely stunning!!! There are these little clues and moments from the beginning of the story that come back in such a deep, impactful way by the end that, in one scene for example, I read a NAME — just a name — and literally burst into tears.
SO SO SO SO BEAUTIFUL!!
Last but not least, HOLY GORGEOUS EPILOGUE!!! KA is the queen of epilogues but this one had me almost happy sobbing!! She really rocked it with this one. Such beautiful love and healing! I couldn’t have hoped for anything better. This is an absolute must read for fans of Alpha male romance and a stellar addition to the Rock Chick series!! I love love LOVED IT!!!
“I handle you with care. I’ll always handle you with care. I will never, not ever, Daisy, give you reason to leave me. I won’t cheat on you. I won’t beat you. The gambles I take will be in business only, but you’ll always be covered financially regardless. I like to drink but I never drink too much. I’ve never taken drugs in my life. I like control and you can’t be in control inebriated or stoned. To end, you’re safe with me. You’ll get from me only what you deserve, which is everything I can give you doing it handling you with care.”
“Okay, sugar.” She was still whispering.
“Is that completely understood?”
Regardless, he kept going.
“If I break any of those promises, you’re free to leave me. If I don’t, you’re not. Not ever. If something isn’t working, we’ll talk it out and make it work. Which means we’ll always make it work so there will be no reason to leave.”
Rating: 5 STARS! Contemporary Adult Romance. Can standalone. Part of the Rock Chick series — chronologically, it takes place before the series, but it can be read either alone, before, or after it.