Stella Gunn is the lead singer and lead guitarist of the Blue Moon Gypsies, and Stella used to be Mace's girl. But Kai "Mace" Mason broke up with her and the loss of him rocked her world. One night, Stella gets a call, late (again), from one of the members of her crazy band. She has to go play clean up (again) and runs into Mace (and a shed load of police) and ends up getting shot. Mace finds he doesn't like it much that his ex-girlfriend got shot right in front of him, but it's worse. A very bad man has thrown down the gauntlet, and all the Rock Chicks are in the firing line. Stella doesn't want Mace to be the one to keep her alive, but she has no choice. Mainly because Mace isn't giving her one.
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Obsessive reader of at least 5 kindle books a week. Only use audiobooks to survive my daily 90 minute walk to work.
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!
Wow. Action, romance, family and kick-ass friends. What more could a girl ask for .
"I found myself muttering to/at Stella"
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.
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"
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.
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.
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*
"I really enjoyed this one"
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!
"sensational book, love the characters and the dram"
loved it, can't wait to hear the next book in this series, kind of sad it is almost over only two books left. the drama intertwined with the romance is fabulous
The characters in this story are wonderful, you fall in love with them. Susannah Jones does a wonderful job on the narration and brought the characters to life. The whole story is woven together perfectly and even the dog has a personality that I liked. This was my favorite of the Rock Chick books and I have read all of them now.
"Rock chick love"
This is similar to the other books in the Rock Chick series. A solid installment for sure.
Easy on ears
This is a very good book in the Rock Chick series. I think the only complaint i had was what most people complained about and that was the epilogue that gave away snippets of details for the following books. Again, Susannah is not my favorite narrator. Nor is she in my top 5. She does a decent job but I think I was spoiled previously so I wasn't as impressed as most people are with her.
Loved this story so much so much interaction with all of the Chicks and the Hot Bunch.Epilogue has some spoilers for future books.
"The best one!"
This is my favorite book in the series!
If you liked the other ones you will love this one!
Totally worth the credit!
"I'm in love with the HOT BUNCH!!"
This was such a fun boo to listen to! I have all but devoured this entire series. As I was listening to this story i was captivated by how the hot bunch did not give up on the women they considered to be theirs.
Of course if I was one of those women I don't think that i would be as understanding and let them get away with bossing me around as much as the Rock Chicks do. And Mace is no different. He even (spoiler) had Stella handcuffed! But I still love him and the hot bunch!!!
The only downside was the epilogue.If you have read the premise for Ally's story then you know that she has to choose between Darius and Ren. In the epilogue of Rock Chick Reckoning you will find out which one she chooses, so if you want to be surprised then don't listen to the end of the book.
I would 100% recommend this series to anyone of my friend who are into women with attitude, hot men, steamy sex scenes, and some good old fashion butt kicking! this book as well as this series gets a 5 out of 5 across the boards!!!
"She is...The Rock Chick"
I’m feeling a little guilty. I doubted my faith, walked away and left someone alone too long. Yes, I’m sure Stella knew I’d come back for her eventually, but the time it took me was longer than it ever should have been. It’s OK now, the friendship has been re-established and I’m sure Mace will forgive me… one day. I only left because her connection to the band and Mace’s hurtful words upset me the first time I read them, but, this time, I listened to them and with Susannah Jones’ help I saw things a lot clearer. Deep down I know I should have just trusted KA, but the consequences of my actions are my own burden to carry. Now, I will move on and Jett and Eddie will hopefully forgive me too.
This is my first re-read/listen of Rock Chick Reckoning. Now that I’ve done it, I can’t believe I held off for so long. I mean Stella is The Rock Chick. She’s the lead singer of the Blue Moon Gypsies and really cool. There were a couple of reason why I originally thought I didn’t want to re-read it, but once I was into it, I could have slapped myself for holding off for so long.
Stella is the lead singer of the Blue Moon Gypsies, but she also fills the role of carer, guidance officer and hall monitor. The men in her band (besides Floyd) are a bunch of silly blokes who never grew up. They’re good looking, pull in the groupies and get into way too much trouble. This was one of the main reasons why it didn’t take priority in my KA re-read list. These guys drove me up the wall…and Stella put up with them. They play a vital role in Stella’s life and are pretty much her family, so I kind of understood why she did. Rock Chick Reckoning sees the band go through heartache and loss, but they do love and care for each other.
Mace, Kai Mason, Hot Bunch member and Hawaiian Hottie. This guy wears a few hats, but he’s also taken a few off as well. He’s an ex-surfing and snowboarding champion. He left both professions when he has to deal with a consequence of his father’s bad decision and became…someone who Lee would want to recruit. We don’t get all the details, but let's just say that he’s on par with Luke for a scary tough guy who could kill you in the blink of an eye.
So…Stella and Mace have a history. They had been going out until Mace broke up with her because of the band and Stella keeping a part of herself closed off from him. Stella was devastated and never fully recovered. A bad guy, Sid, is looking for revenge against Lee Nightingale and the Hot Bunch. His way of hurting the men the most is by targeting the Rock Chicks. Even though Stella and Mace haven’t been together for awhile, he knows that she is Mace’s weakness. The usual action packed madness follows and we are taken on the ride to see the bad guy come to justice and the good guy gets the girl.
Both Stella and Mace have family members that suck. Mace’s dad was a horrid man. His decisions led to death and devastation. Mace turned his back on his family and moved on the only way he knew how. Stella’s family were in blood only and I was glad to see that when she had to deal with them, Mace was there to hold her hand.
We get a glimpse into the Rock Chick’s lives and catch up with the couples that were already living their happy ever afters. Shirleen, Daisy, Todd and Stevie also make guest appearances. We also meet a certain federal officer who may or may not be someone we get to know a wee bit more in another series…it’s in the future, so I won’t say any more than that.
Rock Chick Reckoning audio was another awesome story narrated by Susannah Jones. I started this one as my companion for a New Year’s exercise challenge. Some days I didn’t want to exercise, but I did want to listen to more of my story, so I was motivated to do it. I’ve sat on my exercise bike laughing, crying and grimacing. My boys walked in on one of the days I was crying and that was a bit embarrassing. I somehow managed to time it that I listened to the sexy times while I was in recovery, I’m not sure squirming would have been good on a bike. Today’s bike ride was INTENSE. My reps were high and I can tell you in that last showdown at Stella’s house with guns blazing and mad dashes to safety had my heart PUMPING. Maybe I need to read/listen to a few more intense books while I exercise.
So to finish off…Mace and Stella are now in with the other Rock Chicks as one of my favourite audios. I think we’ll categorise Rock Chick Reckoning as the Rock Chick to listen to when I need someone who understands what it’s like dealing with a family that drives you up the wall.
Another great installment to one of my favorite series. Keeps getting better with each reread.
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