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By Susan on 21-12-15
Disappointing addition to a great series
I am an avid Kristen Ashley fan and even a bad KA book is still a lot better than many other books out there in this genre. But I struggled with this book because I did not like the heroine, who had big “issues” about her parents, but never really dealt with them. She happily let the H take care of her problems and then wondered why he dumped her saying she was too “needy”. She creates major problems by insisting that her band continue to perform and selfishly ignores the great risk to everyone around her. She doesn’t even notice that her boyfriend has major “demons” of his own. She dated the guy for months and never even did a simple google search to find about him – she was just so wrapped up in herself.
The romance in this book was unconvincing. This couple had a past which did not seem to involve any real talking, and I could not understand the reasons for the H wanting her back. She put up a bit of resistance under the usual “I don’t want to be with him because it will hurt too much when he leaves” plot device, but pretty soon was letting him take care of all her problems again. And what’s with her inner brain monologues? I felt like I had switched over to FSOG and that “inner goddess” This was not good! The H, who had spent the first half of the book declaring he was back in her life, then dumps her again for no decent reason! Up until this point I quite liked him. Following their inevitable reconciliation we get a cringe-worthy Disney-like chapter were she reunites him with his mother (who adores him, but in seven years had apparently made no attempt to contact him), and we meet the cartoon villain father who does something so out of character at the end of the book it was impossible to believe it was the same person.
Everybody from the past Rock Chick books were featured in this book and it just felt confusing. I have read the series, in order, but the constant barrage of names at every event and every chapter was annoying and distracting. Many chapters were written from the perspective of other Rock Chicks which was disconcerting. The obligatory fabulous sex got boring and those fabulous KA heroines have morphed into clones who no longer seem to exist in a real world where people have jobs and other obligations. Their only occupation is to troop around as a group interfering in each other’s lives and getting way too personally involved with each other’s problems.
KA is known for her epilogues but this one was disappointing. Crammed full of names, along with future spouses and children of pretty much everyone in Denver (or that’s what it felt like), it was just confusing and carried no deep emotion.
I love KA books but her latest ones have been very hit and miss. Give this one a miss and read, “At Peace” or “Sweet Dreams” and you will understand why KA fans are so loyal!
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By Judith on 09-07-14
I found myself muttering to/at Stella
What did you like best about Rock Chick Reckoning? What did you like least?
I liked the closeness of all the people in the story. The most-of-the-time cool head of "Mace"The bulldozer effect could make me laugh. What I liked least ? Stella. Okay she has issues. Okay she's mostly keeping it together some of the time BUT after a while I found myself muttering to her ... " Oh good Lord I can't believe you said that!" "Can she really be that stupid?" *Eye roll* When she should have been getting 'it' she sticks her head in the sand. Not seeing things as they are but in her own screwed up perception. Yikes. Of all the Rock Chicks I liked Stella the least.
If you’ve listened to books by Kristen Ashley before, how does this one compare?
I'm kinda new to Kristen Ashley's books. Although I started with Law Man and Motorcycle Man and now have a number of the Rock Chicks series ... This has all the drama, roller coaster ups and downs and passion of the other books. That part is solid. The story was good. I've liked others better, like the first Rock Chick and Rock Chick Rescue. I gave it a three overall and a five for the performance. I should/could bump up the 'story' to a four but *shakes head* the "Stella thing"
Have you listened to any of Susannah Jones’s other performances before? How does this one compare?
This one is right in line with her other performances. I'm satisfied with how she read the parts of the different characters. Some people's reading is like nails on chalkboard. Not Susannah. She is good.
Do you think Rock Chick Reckoning needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?
There already is a follow up kinda with at least another book in the series after this one. If you mean continue on with Mace and Stella, their life together? No. Oh good Lord no. More stories in which Mace and Stella are a part of sure.
Any additional comments?
I am never moving to Colorado. Never. And Denver? I think I'd feel safer in L.A. Listening/reading these books is as close as I'd ever want to be even if it means I don't get my own Hot Bunch guy *sigh*
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By Lori Hanson on 26-07-16
I really enjoyed this one
Any additional comments?
Great story with twists that I didn't see coming. We get to hear about all the usual characters in the series, but the main focus is on Stella and Mace.I had a little trouble keeping the band members straight, but that's because I listened without using my Kindle. Sometimes I just need to see something in print to be able to completely comprehend it. That said, well done!
7 of 7 people found this review helpful