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- Listening Length: 19 hours and 3 minutes
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- Version: Unabridged
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- Audible.com Release Date: June 10, 2014
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- Language: English
- ASIN: B00JG1U1T4
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Every. Single. Time. Rock Chick Regret makes me cry every single time I read it. There is something soul deep about Sadie’s story that just hurts. Sadie is one of those individuals who is surrounded by people, never alone, but completely lonely. She’s not famous. She’s infamous in Denver circles and not because of who she is, but who her father is. Everyone around her makes assumptions based on the role she’s been forced to play. No one truly knows her because she doesn’t know herself. As traumatic and emotional as her second visit to Nightingale Investigations is on that fateful day, it is her statement to Hector – “It only matters if there’s someone to care if you don’t wake up. It’s okay if I don’t wake up because there’s no one to care.” – that breaks my heart every dang time. Heck, I’m actually tearing up as I write this – that’s how strong Sadie’s sense of isolation is and how much it hurts.
Rock Chick Regret is one of my favorite books of Ashley’s to read because Sadie’s story lends itself to the first person point of view so beautifully. As the reader, we are privy to Sadie’s thoughts and get to witness her silent bravery as she enters situations that scare her, donning her emotional armor to protect herself from the judgments of others who assume her to be spoiled, entitled, or unworthy of their time. Because so many people have either shunned her or attempted to use her to get close to her father, her aloofness towards the Rock Chicks and the Hot Bunch is understandable. It’s easy to see why Ralphie and Buddy are the only people she truly trusts in the beginning and why she’s so resistant to the attentions of the Rock Chicks and the Nightingale men. Although she doesn’t agree at the time, Sadie is lucky that the Rock Chicks are far more persistent than she is aloof because by the end of the book, Sadie has what she’s always wanted, yet neither expected nor hoped to wish for… family and friends, and so many of both that she’ll never feel lonely again. And the love of Agent Chavez, oo, Agent Chavez. LOL.
One of the many, many things I love about this novel is that we also get a closer look at Daisy and Marcus. Marcus has been an elusive presence since Daisy’s entrance on the scene in book two – there, but in the shadows where his business operates, providing various levels of assistance when needed, but not getting directly involved too often. Yet when Indy calls Daisy to inform her of Sadie’s rape, we get to see, first-hand, how much the man loves his wife and the lengths to which he has gone and will go to shield her from as much hurt as possible. That Marcus does not hesitate to tell Daisy of the actions he took in the past regarding Sadie, knowing that he will incur her ire and that it’s worth it to insure that Daisy is fully informed, ready and able to do what she does best – love those around her – makes Marcus a “real” character for me. It also makes me that much happier that in only a few weeks, Marcus and Daisy’s story will be released and I cannot wait. I absolutely adore Rock Chick Regret, even if it leaves me red-eyed and nursing a book hangover, and I’m so glad I got to reread it so close to the release of Rock Chick Reawakening. That said, I’m looking forward to rereading the only Rock Chick book I’ve read just once, which is insane as I love Ally, but Rock Chick Revolution, here I come.
Here's the part I dislike, and it is a trope I hate. Hence the one star off. If I have read this correctly, the H has a thing for the h. She is drunk one night and starts kissing the H. He then says something about her slumming with him, and she interprets that as him seeing her as a society sl*t. So she freezes up. After that is when her dad goes to prison, but H still supposedly has a thing for her. And of course, we then find out that the H has been smexing LOTS of women in the meantime. So many that when at a bar together, she actually meets one of those women who gives her a friendly warning about him, calling him a dawg. And that the other woman was with him 6 weeks ago, which coincides with the very bad thing that happened to the h.
My question is, and always has been, this - if the H is waiting for the h to make her move (which he said he was) then WHY do these guys nail as many women as they can in the meantime? They've known each other about 2 years or so. So OK, before they have even kissed I can understand it. But the H says he has been waiting for her for a long time. So again, my question is why can't they actually WAIT? The excuse given is that they weren't together then, so the h shouldn't feel bad. Right.
Other than this issue, the story was really good. I hope you'll like it if you give it a chance.
Hector and Sadie were such strong characters. Hector was so wonderful, sweet, sexy, caring, and so very understanding but also very alpha male but in a quieter way. I absolutely adored Sadie. She had such a tough exterior, and I loved every little step she took as she opened up. Sadie was a truly strong woman and I loved watching her break down and being built back up. I love them together. Things definitely got emotional between the two but they could also be super sweet, playful, and way sexy. I thought there was a great balance with everything.
There was a lot of drama happening, lots of layers, and a ton of characters at play. I love the intricacies of it all. I thought the pace was excellent, wonderful build, and really great writing. Kristen Ashley is an amazing story teller.
I just have to say, I love how the Rock Chicks were represented in this book. Sadie's story is different than any other and I loved that all the women where there for her but giving her space. Really reading what she needed and not going full on Rock Chick until she was ready. I love when things click for Sadie and she really lets her hair down and you can see those Rock Chick friendships in full effect. The Hot Bunch are awesome as always but I loved seeing their sweeter tender sides when dealing with Sadie. I loved the new characters that were introduced as well, Ralphie and Buddy were a great addition.
This was just an excellent, excellent read. I was so wrapped up in it all, hanging on every word, it was hard to out down. Great drama and turmoil, lots of tension but so full of love and heart. Loved the end with the recaps of who is doing what, everything made me so happy and I cannot wait for Aly and Ren’s story next.
Another must read story in the Rock Chick series!