Month: February 2016

Rock Chick Renegade by Kristen Ashley

Posted February 26, 2016 by Leona Woolfolk in Books / 1 Comment

Rock Chick Renegade by Kristen AshleyRock Chick Renegade by Kristen Ashley
three-half-stars
on April 15, 2013
Genres: Romantic Suspense
Source: Purchased
Format: Paperback
Series: Rock Chick #4
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Jules has got a score to settle against the drug dealers of Denver. Vance has made it his mission that Jules won’t get dead while dishing out vigilante justice. Jules doesn’t have time for romance, she’s too busy saving the world and she enlists Zip (the gunstore owner), Heavy (an ex-PI) and Frank (a mysterious recluse) to help.
The Rock Chicks of Fortnum’s Bookstore get involved to provide romantic advice and guidance, none of which Jules accepts at first. The Hot Bunch of Nightingale Investigations adopt Jules as one of their own. Even though Jules tries to hang on to her inner Head Crackin’ Mamma Jamma, the Rock Chicks; Hot Bunch; Jules’s long-suffering Uncle Nick; Jules’s friend the rotund, African-American, Jackie-O wannabe, May; and especially Vance will stop at nothing to wear her down.
But Jules makes some bad guys pretty angry and one is dedicated to taking her out. Vance and the Hot Bunch have to pull out all the stops to keep her alive. At the same time, Jules and Vance learn the true meaning of home but once they find this precious entity they’ve been searching for all their lives, will Jules’s enemies tear it away?

Color me shocked! I did not expect to love this story as much as I did. With all but one scene – one moment – Rock Chick Renegade was an absolute pleasure to read!

The ending scene in Rock Chick Redemption left much to be desired, but also feared. In my mind when I would think of the woman who would be the woman to give Vance a run for his money I could have never came up with Jules “The Law” Lawler. What shocked me even more was how she pulled both Luke, Mac, and Ike out of their shells so that we can see a little more of their personalities.

Except for this one moment, this one scene, Rock Chick Renegade was awesome, as I said before. This one thing was so huge that it knocked a whole star of this book’s rating…whoa.

This one thing happens in a lot of Kristen Ashley’s books, and in some of the books it’s justifiable, but it’s in books like Rock Chick Rescue, Rock Chick Redemption, and Rock Chick Renegade, where this is more a nuisance than something that the story naturally progresses to. What I’m talking about is when the heroine has been dealt enough bad crap in her life and then gets a dose of good – usually it’s in the form of men like Hank, Eddie, Vance, and Luke – they then decide it’s time to pack up and leave. When these crazy chicks get this crap in their minds I seriously hold out hope that they’ll see reason and stop telling their men that they’re breaking up with them, but then once it’s been said in every chapter after the very first time until the man shuts the mess down, I’m like “seriously just go already!” It gets so bad that I’m ready to jump in the pages and help them pack and maybe buy them a plane ticket.

Whew! Glad I got that off my mind.

So yeah, once I found out why Jules was doing what she was doing I was all for it. Her little posse of badasses were freaking hilarious but I would’ve liked to have known more about them since they were also pulled into the Rock Chick fold; mainly talking about May, Zip, Heavy, and Frank.

Other than Jules breaking up with Vane and him taking her up on it (later to be found out that it was all a misunderstanding), and she becomes miserable – naturally since she didn’t really want to be separated from him – I wouldn’t change a thing about this story. This book went everywhere with me, bathroom, kitchen, and front room, everywhere. Can’t wait to read Luke’s story, I just hope Ava isn’t stuck up because the way she walked into Nightingale HQ (not really the name) I kind of sensed she had her head stuck up her but.

About Kristen Ashley

Kristen Ashley was born in Gary, Indiana, USA. She 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 accessorise and she hadn’t taken her first breath!).

Kristen grew up in Brownsburg, Indiana but has lived in Denver, Colorado and the West Country of England. Thus she has been blessed to have friends and family around the globe. Her posse is loopy (to say the least) but loopy is good when you want to write.

Kristen was raised in a house with a large and multi-generational family. They lived on a very small farm in a small town in the heartland and existed amongst the strains of 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 up, it keeps getting better.