Kristen Ashley brought back perfect to this installment of the Rock Chick Series. Rock Chick Regret (Rock Chick 7) had everything I love about the series: the feeling of hanging with old friends, tons of action and adventure, an awesome alpha guy, a likable heroine that you really get to know, humor, tears, and the perma-grin that was on my face for 3 days.
“I call them as I see ‘em. He’s Hispanic…” Ralphie lifted one hand and then continued, “And he’s hot.” He lifted his other hand and then shoved them together like he was squeezing an accordion. “Hence, Hispanic Hottie.”
Hector “Oh My God” Chavez met Sadie when he was working undercover to bust her father’s drug operation. Sadie’s mom disappeared 18 years earlier, and she was brought up alone by her very cold and hard drug dealer father, who is now in prison (from Hector). Hector and Sadie had had a heated moment when he was undercover…she even tried to feed him information, but Hector had inadvertently hurt her. Almost a year later, Sadie comes to Nightingale Investigations asking for protection. The 4 Balducci brothers all want to claim her as their ‘woman’ to grab hold of the drug trade. She is sneered at by the Rock Chicks (this made me sad) and blown off by Lee.
Sadie has been known as the “Ice Princess” but it’s all a suit of armor. She has never had real friends or even any affection since her mom left. She was so used to making up who she was, she didn’t know who she really was.
“I wanted him to know that who he saw was not ME. I wanted him to know that it was all show, all an act, all because I am scared of my own fucking father. All because I was scared of letting anyone close so they wouldn’t get the chance to hurt me. That I was really someone else. I didn’t know who, but I thought maybe she was nice. Maybe she could be funny if given a chance. Maybe she could be interesting. Maybe she could laugh once in a while. Maybe, if someone helped her be free, maybe she could be someone worth something.”
Sadie broke my heart. She grew up around so much bad she thought it made her bad. Her Ice Princess shield was so thick, but she was desperate for someone to penetrate it. She was used to people looking at her with disgust. When she went to Lee, she couldn’t break her own shield to explain why she needed them, then Lee blew her off, and she was brutally attacked. Broken and bloody, she shows back up at the Nightingale garage and is brought to the hospital by Hector.
“It’s okay if I don’t wake up.”
“Sadie, don’t say that.”
“No, really. 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.”
But someone was there. Hector Chavez. Hector always had feelings for Sadie, but after putting her father away, he waited for her to come to him. But after her attack, he fought tooth and nail to stay with her in the hospital. As soon as the Nightingale men saw that this fairy princess of a woman was so brutally attacked, and they noticed Hector’s attachment, they rallied the troops.
“Lee recruited men who, it turned out, had a strong ethic about women and how to treat them and an even stronger ethic about how they felt about men who didn’t treat them right. This wasn’t on the job application but, bottom line, it was the only kind of man Lee would have in his employ.”
Not only did all the Hot Bunch show up, the Rock Chicks did too. With all the care these people put out for her, the Ice Princess persona began to slip. When her 2 gay employees, Ralphie and Buddy showed up and ignored her usual coldness, she finally broke down, and ended up going home to live with the couple. (I LOVED RALPHIE!) After a month of living with the couple and having constant support and love from the boys, Sadie begins to lose the Ice Princess persona…but she doesn’t know who to be next.
Hector. Oh Hector…he was just perfect. He was a typical alpha Hot-Bunch hottie, and he knew he wanted Sadie. But after what she had been through, he was patient and gentle, not like the usual bulldoze-them-until-they-give-in alpha. He was gentle, slow and patient while still being alpha, protective, and totally hot.
“I think you’re even more beautiful and I think you’re totally lost”
“And you think you can help me find my way?”
He shook his head, his eyes went warm and I got another neck squeeze, coupled with a tightening of his arm around my waist. “Mamita, only you can find your way. I just wanna be along for the ride.”
He was patient and loving, but there was still some really hot scenes.
“Mamita,” his voice was rough with what sounded like laughter and something else altogether, “You think you could handle my mouth between your legs without you freaking out?”
And although this book was a bit darker and more heartbreaking than some of the others, there was still some really funny times, especially when the Rock Chicks get together.
“This is a Rock Chick Powow. The rules of a Rock Chick Powwow are, you gotta be a girl, a gay, Duke or Tex. No one else allowed.”
“Why are Duke and Tex allowed?”
“Who knows? Who cares? It just happened, It was organic. But now its Rock Chick Law.”
My favorite part of this book was watching Ice Princess Sadie change and grow so much throughout the book. She was so vulnerable inside, yet so strong. And when she started getting comfortable, her feisty side came out.
“Hector? You call him Hector?”
“Well, I can hardly call out ‘Agent Chavez, oo Agent Chavez,’ when he makes me climax now can I?”
This book was very focused on Sadie and her recovery and growth. I loved that this was a much more intimate story than some of the previous books. Though we got to spend time with all of the other Rock Chicks and Hot Bunch, the story was told from Sadie’s POV. And it was about Sadie healing and finding her true self.
“You okay?” he asked.
“No,” I answered.
Then his face lost some of it’s rage (though not all), and he promised, “You will be.”
Here is where I have to point out one of my favorite lines from Rock Chick Regret, from the always awesome Tex.
“You been through what you been through and you’re still standin’. Lotsa women wouldn’t only bend, they’d break but you didn’t do either and you’re still standin’. You were my daughter, I’d be so fuckin’ proud, I’d shout it from the rooftops. I figure, so would your Ma. And you can take that to the fuckin’ bank!”
- Watching Sadie grow and find herself throughout the book.
- That this was a more intimate book, focusing more on Sadie and her healing and her relationships with Hector and everyone else.
- Sadie’s child-like views of everything. She never had friends, never went to a concert…it was fun getting to experience it all with her for the first time
- Ralphie–LOVED him!
- Hector “Oh My God” Chavez was patient, tender, loving, protective, and never lost the alpha.
- We learned more about Daisy and Marcus (I really love them).
- Hector’s mom.
- Coming back to the crazy in Denver (If I ever go there I will be so disappointed!)
- The perma-grin I had on my face the whole time, despite the heartbreaking story.
- How Kit can take such an emotional and traumatic story, treat it kindly, and help the reader through it.
- How they all treated Sadie in the beginning.
- How surprised Sadie was by the truth about her mother.
- Sadie’s inner voice did not quite fit with the way she was brought up.
Rating: Very solid 5 Stars 3.75 Heat
Rock Chick Regret was one of my favorite Rock Chick books. More emotional than the rest, with lots of character growth, it had everything I love in a Kristen Ashley book without being overwhelming as it can sometimes be after 7 books and 2 dozen regular characters. Hector was one of my favorites, Sadie just broke my heart and I was so happy to see her finally have a beautiful life. I spent a few hours searching for the appropriate gif or image for this post. In the end, I realized that nothing could come close to expressing this book. You just have to read it yourself. Despite my wanting to spread out my Rock Chicks so I can actually have a life, I know I won’t be able to wait long to read Ally and Ren’s book.
“I want you in my bed, I want you in my house, I wanna come home to you.”
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Mary Jo Toth says
Not yet, several of her books are on my TBR list that grows daily. Hopefully soon!! I have read so many amazing reviews for her books so I have a feeling I need to get these higher on the list.
Melanie c says
Yes I have. I read Knight, Creed, and Raid. Great books
All KA’s books are my favorites 🙂 I cannot pick just one…But, I have to tell you that I adore those men…all of them, first I wanted to have an affair with Tate Jackson, and Tack…and, Cabe Delgado, and Mitch Lawson, and oh somebody stop me!!! I’m a book boyfriend slut 🙂
Yes and Motorcycle Man and Knight are my favorite KA books
Lisa B. says
I just started on this series and I love it! Thank you!
Diana Doan says
No, I haven’t read Kristen Ashley’s books yet, but I’m going to rectify that soon.
I have read the first in the Rock Chick Series and it was good!
Kelly Moody says
I love Kristen Ashley!! Her ‘Burg series is a favorite of mine but I will always love the Rock Chicks!!
Yes. But only the first rock chick and I loved it. Funny as hell and there is Lee.
Lynn C. says
I have read them all (except the witch series) and I can’t pick a favorite. They are all that good.
I haven’t read all her books, but I am working my way through them. At the moment, I can’t even pick a favourite Rock Chick book. Every time I think, I love this one, I read another and love it too. So my favourite are all the Rock Chick books
I haven’t read this series yet. It’s in my TBR list. Heard great things!.
Julie K says
I have read the Chaos books! Up next …..the Rock Chick series!!
I loved Own The Wind! 🙂
pam metz says
I haven’t read anything from this author yet but I plan to!
Amy Pollard Woolard says
I love KA’s books!! So far Knight is my favorite! !
Shelby Mead says
This is the first time I’m hearing about this author but this book looks really good so I fully intend to look up the rest of her books as well.
Marcy Meyer says
I have not yet read her books, but they are on my TBR list.
I haven’t read them yet but a friend did and she LOVED them!!
I have heard great things about this series!!
Laina G says
No, I haven’t … YET. Thanks for the giveaway!
Leslie Rodriguez says
No I have not. Sounds like a great book though.
I have heard SUCH great things about all of her books, but I have yet to read any of them yet.
Rachael Sauve says
I have not read any of the rock chick books yet, but would love too. Thanks for the giveaway!
I have read a lot of them. I love them all. I can’t get enough. My favorite would be Motorcycle Man.
Sue Pfannenstiel says
Haven’t read her yet.
Gail Campbell says
jodi marinich says
i have read the first rock chick book in the series
I love KA I love Rock Chick Revenge love Luke Stark!!
Julie Kerr says
She is my favorite author!
I haven’t read her books yet.
I haven’t yet, but I hope to soon!
Thanks for the chance to win!
Mick Murphy says
I haven’t read any of her books yet, but I have all of them on my TBR! Thanks for the giveaway!
I haven’t read any of her books yet – but want to 🙂
Jenn McElroy says
I’ve got several of her books on my TBR, but I don’t think I’ve read anything yet. Thanks for the giveaway! 🙂
Yes I have, Knight and Creed. I liked Creed better.
I’ve only read Own the Wind but I have all of her books on my TBR.
Creed will always be my very favorite KA book!!!
Meghan Stith says
I haven’t but I would like to!
Thanks for the giveaway!
Kyla Stein says
Not yet, but I would like to
I haven’t read a Kristen Ashley book yet but hope to soon! Keep hearing great things!
Sarah Brady says
I have not read her yet but I hope to! Thanks!
Brandy Myers says
Love everything Kristen Ashley! Read rock Chick and then her entire library in like two weeks!
Sabrina D. says
I love the Rock Chick series! Love all her books really! Thanks for the GA!
Denise F says
I have read a couple of Kirsten Ashley’s books…love her Alpha males!
Denise F says
opps Kristen Ashley
Karina G. says
She’s one of my all time favorite authors!! It’s hard to pick a favorite book, because I’ve read all her books, except the paranormal series. I have a favorite from each series:
Rock Chick series: Rock Chick Revenge.
Dream Man series: Tie between Mystery Man & Motorcycle Man
Colorado Mountain series: Lady Luck
Unfinished Hero: Knight
The Burg: At Peace
Chaos: Own the Wind.
She’s my go to author when I want to read a good book!
Wendy S says
Kristen Ashley is one of my all time favorite authors! I’ve read the Rock Chick series twice, Colorado Mountain series, Dream Man series, Unfinished Heroes series and Chaos series. My two favorite books are Knight and Motorcycle Man. I’ve read both books twice.
Laura Sullenger says
I LOVE KA!!! I’m not sure if I can pick only one for a favorite. I love Tate, Cal, Hawk. Shit, I love them all!
Samantha Kurtz says
I haven’t read any of hers yet, but have several moving on up on my TBR!! Can’t wait!! Thanks for the giveaway 🙂
I’m a big fan of Kristen Ashley’s book. I’ve read all the Rock Chick series (they are my favorites, specially Rock Chick Revolution!), the Colorado Mountain series, Dream Men, and Chaos. 😀
Joy S. says
I love KA but I have yet to read this series! Thanks for the opportunity!
Suzanne H. D. says
New to this author. Would love to read this book.
I love KA. I have most of her books and love each and every one. She is my go to author when I am struggling with what to read next. It’s really hard to pick a favorite. Rock Chick and Colorado Mountain series are my favs. Wait…I love Dream Men and Chaos too. 🙂
Laurna Hamilton says
I love all her books
Thanks for the giveaway 🙂
Jennifer Black says
Kristen Ashley totally ROCKS!
Jennifer Black says
Its a toss up…Sweet Dreams or At Peace. Tate and Joe…mmmmmmm
Jenn K. Smith says
Motorcycle Man! Love Tack!
kimberly sullivan says
Not yet but want to!
I havent yet but I really want to!
I just started the Rock Chick series, and I’m pretty sure I’m addicted!
I haven’t read any of Kristen’s books yet, but this looks like a fantastic opportunity to start!!
Love the Rock Chick series – steamy. thanks for the giveaway
Sara S. says
I haven’t! But I want to!
Ileana Agüero says
I haven`t read yet from this author!!