Also in this series: Rock Chick, Rock Chick Rescue, Rock Chick Reawakening, Rock Chick Redemption, Zack, Rock Chick Renegade, Rock Chick Reckoning , Rock Chick Regret
Series: Rock Chick #5
Published by CreateSpace on April 24, 2011
Genres: Contemporary Romance, Romantic Suspense
Ava hates men, she has reason and she’s vowed not only never to get involved with another one again but also to exact vengeance on her best friend’s, lying, cheating husband. Since Luke, Ava’s childhood crush, is now a private investigator, she thinks to enlist him but changes her mind at the last second.
Too late, Luke knows she’s up to something and he’s already seen many a Rock Chick try to fight her own battles without the Hot Bunch stepping in. He’s having none of it. She’s having none of him. The clash of the Rock Chick and Hot Guy begins but Luke’s got the advantage. He has handcuffs and he’s not afraid to use them.
*May Contain Spoilers*
Rock Chick Revenge is the fifth book in this wonderful series and I had a blast with this book. I swear that Kristen Ashley will never write a bad book EVER….every book that I read from her is simply amazing. And Rock Chick Revenge is no exception. Now I thought about giving this book a higher rating but my one complaint about this book is the handcuffing to the BED…..and leaving the heroine there, that just rubs me the wrong way. But honestly, I still LOVED this book quite a bit, despite what the hero does. Now this book I was nervous about and waiting until the end of three weeks of my loan to read it and boy it got close to losing it hehe but I read it just in time with a few hours to spare. 🙂 This story does have a revenge plot with the heroine hating men…now she has had some bad experiences granted but I don’t really like these type of gals most of the time but typical KA she won me OVER. She does no wrong in her writing style that is for sure.
Our story sets off with our heroine, Ava, who hates men and she is trying to help a friend Sissy out of trouble with her husband. Sissy is trying to divorce her husband who tried to come onto Ava in a very obvious and not so cool way. And Dom “Sissy’s husband” is part of a crime family and divorcing him will NOT be easy. So Ava has one person she knows and probably the one man she doesn’t fully hate, to help her out. Who could find some dirt on Dom to free Sissy from him who is currently in hiding from him. But when she arrives at his place of work, she realizes she has made a mistake, she hasn’t seen Luke in years and she still loves him. Luke and Ava were childhood friends and both really cared for each other. Ava had abusive sisters and a mother who always saw her as fat and plain but Ava has worked her tail off to shave off the weight, changed her hair to prove to herself that she is worthy of Luke. And boy Luke is mad when he sees her (since he was more than fine with how she was before). But when Luke senses that Ava is in trouble he knows that he has to help her and now that she is back in his life he won’t let her go. He isn’t a badass alpha for nothing. But there is more danger to Ava than Luke or Lee and his team realizes and with lots of kidnappings, shootings and rock chick club shenanigans….Rock Chick Revenge is a story guaranteed to keep you on the edge of your seat.
I’m not stupid, I know your heart’s involved in this and I’ve never, not once in all the time you’ve known me, given you the idea that I won’t handle it with care
Rock Chick Revenge is a book that I got so many kicks and giggles out of. Its such a well-written story for sure. Now Kristen Ashley’s style of writing is definitely NOT for everyone, so I know that there are some romance readers out there that will not enjoy Kristen Ashley and most especially in her way of writing alpha males. But I adore me some alpha lovin’ and the way that Kristen Ashley writes her heroes are so wonderful and work for me in every way. Now I do want to mention that this hero is like all the others…they love handcuffing their women to their beds. But in this book the issue I really had, was Luke leaves for a while when he gets called away on a job and just leaves her handcuffed for hours and I just wasn’t okay with that situation. Luke is a great hero though in many other ways, I love the way that he accepts Ava for who she is and has always loved her. He is a bad boy at times, and very caveman in some ways but I got a kick out of him. He wants Ava back in his life both the old Ava that was sweet and funny and the new Ava who is kick ass and keeps him entertained. I did like quite a bit their fun bantering and seeing who would win the argument. Which in hindsight, neither of them really do. It’s more of a mutual compromise which is very relatable for real life.
Daisy said to me that I was trying to find ways to protect my heart but I was doing it wrong. She told me the best way to protect my heart was to trust it to someone who will protect it for me.
More silence but his body went completely still.
“That’s you. It’s always been you.
Now Ava is very BITTER against men and so I was worried if I would like her character much because I don’t care for men haters at all. But Ava has had many bad experiences with men screwing with her in different ways so I can see why she could become bitter but when Luke comes back in her life, she starts to see that not all men are the same. Some are bad apples and others aren’t so rotten. We see her emotional growth though in this one, in learning the difference and accepting the good and bad parts of herself. I did relate with her in some other ways especially in body image and all, since I think many women can relate to that. And even though she started her changes for a man, it ends up being more for herself in the end and I loved that.
Another fun aspect of the story that I always love is the SUSPENSE. I love a good action set up with lots of intrigue and suspense and boy Kristen Ashley can write suspenseful elements so well. In this book, we have different factors but I enjoyed seeing the story develop and see the pieces of the puzzle really come together in this book. And yes we get so much fun times with the Rock Chick Gang. I love all the members of this gang so far and how they support each other even if that means going against their men at times. (Although there are some men in the group too:) But they really have a strong bond and have each other’s backs one hundred percent.
What I did know was that I was someone special to Luke and I always had been, just like he was and always had been to me. And that knowledge made my world tilt so much, I was certain I was going to fall off.
The romance between Luke and Ava is full of a battle of wills, lots of tension and witty bantering and hot sex of course in the only way that KA writes her love scenes. But we also see Luke and Ava come to terms with the past and build something together. They have some issues to be resolved of course, but they also both have loved each other for many years and this is their “second chance” to have something precious together. I adored the way they come together and despite the other conflicts to their story, its very well written!!
Overall I found Rock Chick Revenge to be a powerhouse of a romance….its packed with plenty of emotional punches, rock chick dramatics and tension-filled action to keep you on the EDGE all the way through!!!