Rock Chick Regret by Kristen Ashley

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Sadie Townsend is known by all as The Ice Princess and she’s worked hard to earn her reputation. Her father, a now-incarcerated Drug Lord, has kept her under his thumb her whole life and she’s learned enough from living in his world to give everyone the cold shoulder. But one inebriated night, she shows the Real Sadie to the undercover agent she knows is investigating her father, the handsome Hector Chavez, and he knows he’ll stop at nothing to have her.

Hector makes one (huge) mistake; he waits for Sadie to come to him. Tragedy strikes and Sadie’s got a choice, she can retreat behind her Ice Fortress or she can embrace the Rock Chick/Hot Bunch World. Guided by Hector, the Rock Chicks, the Hot Bunch and her new gay roommates, Buddy and Ralphie, Sadie negotiates a life out from under her father’s thumb, a life that includes poison, arson and learning how to make s’ mores.

Titles in the Rock Chick series include — Rock Chick – Rock Chick Rescue – Rock Chick Redemption – Rock Chick Renegade – Rock Chick Revenge – Rock Chick Reckoning – Rock Chick Regret – Rock Chick Revolution – Rock Chick Reawakening (1001 Dark Nights) – Rock Chick Reborn –

Series, connections, and review links for Ms. Ashley’s many addicting series can be found on the Kristen Ashley page.

Title:  Rock Chick Regret
Series:  Rock Chick #7
Author:  Kristen Ashley
Genre:  Contemporary Romance
Published:  2011 (original) reissue 2018
Publisher:
My Rating:  4.5 stars

If this is your first venture into the Rock Chick world, then I’d gently suggest you back out and start at the beginning.  Do you “have” to?  Of course not, yet this series builds on each previous story in many ways, on the relationships that have happened and the ones yet to come.  Yes, the series has been around for several years now, but there is always someone coming to this world fresh – and to them, I’d say go back to Rock Chick and begin this adventure from there.

Even though I’ve re-read this series several times now, for me, Rock Chick Reget is the most emotional, hard-hitting to the heart story of them all.  I’m not afraid to say I cried, several times, throughout Sadie and Hector’s story.  I don’t expect that to stop happening at any time in the future.  Sadie has been through much in her life already, and she’s about to go through even more.  Always hidden behind her Ice Princess persona, Sadie rarely lets anyone in. allows no one to see the true Sadie.  She might have with Hector, one impulsive night but then he went and said something stupid and the ice shields came up and stayed up.  Now Sadie needs the help of the man who put her father in prison, the men he works with and for… and she’s certain this is not going to go well.  She was right.

For some readers, there may be triggers in this one as Sadie is raped.  I don’t like to give spoilers but even though this book has been around for a very long time, it still needs to be said.  Through the majority of Hector’s and Sadie’s story, I moved between complete emotional involvement and intense anger at several people, Rock Chicks and Hot Bunch included.  In the end, yes, things evened out, explanations were given and accepted but that didn’t (and still doesn’t) stop the anger I felt toward several favorite characters for not listening, not seeing through the mask Sadie wore so often.

Watching walls crumble, hearts mend, friendships form and trust begin makes Rock Chick Regret well worth all the emotions I felt throughout.  Mainly because it’s so real – we don’t see behind someone’s mask, we make assumptions that are often wrong, and we don’t always give the breaks to people that we should.  So, yes, in so many ways this story is realistic in the emotional response it will bring out in the reader.  It’s an emotional roller coaster of a romance – but in my opinion, well worth every minute, every tear, every smile that this group of people provided for me.

I would highly recommend Rock Chick Regret without hesitation – simply be prepared for an emotional story that will leave its mark on you.

I own a Kindle edition of Rock Chick Regret

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