Review: Rock Chick Reawakening (1001 Dark Nights) by Kristen Ashley

Review

Rock Chick Awakening is like coming home to something wonderful and familiar, to people who you know and love.

Kristen Ashley’s ability to lure me in instantaneously never ceases to amaze me. I loved everything about Marcus and Daisy’s story. There’s so much beauty in it, so much goodness and rightness. It was everything I wanted this novella to be and more.

We learn about Daisy’s past and how it shaped who she was, what she wanted out of life. How the lives of Marcus and Daisy collided, how their love flourished despite difficult, deeply felt circumstances.

“You. You’re the dream a girl like me never thought she could dream.”

Avid readers of the series (like me) will love every page, gush at every scene and relish the times we see those we’ve loved appear on the page.

The novella packs some very poignant moments, blended brilliantly with KA’s signature humor, sexiness and style.

I don’t want to spoil a single thing, I’ll just say read this book the second it’s out! It’s my first favorite read of 2017!

“I’ve been waiting thirty-five years for you to come into my life, Daisy.”

About Rock Chick Reawakening

From New York Times bestselling author, Kristen Ashley, comes the long-awaited story of Daisy and Marcus, Rock Chick Reawakening.

A prequel to Kristen’s Rock Chick series, Rock Chick Reawakening shares the tale of the devastating event that nearly broke Daisy, an event that set Marcus Sloan—one of Denver’s most respected businessmen and one of the Denver underground’s most feared crime bosses—into finally making his move to win the heart of the woman who stole his.

 

 

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Exclusive Video Interview: Cocktails with Kristen Ashley – Talking Midnight Soul

Today, Midnight Soul is released into the world, the final book in the amazing Fantasyland series by one of my favorite people, Kristen Ashley. I’m a HUGE fan of all her books (check out the list here) and this series is particularly near and dear to my heart.

To celebrate its release, yesterday afternoon, Kristen and I planned to record a fun Q&A using Google Hangout. I wanted it to be informal and the result is well…. errrr…. INFORMAL. We had massive technical issues, huge fits of laughter, moments where I fell away and Kristen actually considered doing a jig for entertainment.

OH MY WORD.

So here it is… raw and funny, a little wonky, super informative, and yes, hella informal!

Happy release day Franka and Noc, and hope you enjoy my first (and maybe last) virtual cocktail hour with the Rock Chick Queen herself!

Synopsis

Noc & FrankaAgainst his will, Noctorno Hawthorne, an undercover vice cop, finds himself embroiled in magic, mayhem and parallel universes. Too late, he meets an amazing woman only to find she’s destined for his identical twin in another world.

And things aren’t going real great there.

Noc is recruited to help save that world.

What he doesn’t know is his destined love resides there.

Franka Drakkar wears a mask. A mask she never takes off to protect herself in a world of malice, intrigue and danger.

When Franka meets Noc and he discovers her secrets, convinced she carries a midnight soul, having shielded herself from forming bonds with anyone, she struggles with accepting his tenderness and care.

When Noc meets Franka, over wine and whiskey, her mask slips and Noc knows it’s her—only her—and he has to find a way to get her to come home with him.

And then make her want to stay.

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Review + Excerpt: Midnight Soul (Fantasyland) by Kristen Ashley

My Thoughts

The perfect curtain call for an unforgettable series.

4halfstars

Synopsis

Noc & FrankaAgainst his will, Noctorno Hawthorne, an undercover vice cop, finds himself embroiled in magic, mayhem and parallel universes. Too late, he meets an amazing woman only to find she’s destined for his identical twin in another world.

And things aren’t going real great there.

Noc is recruited to help save that world.

What he doesn’t know is his destined love resides there.

Franka Drakkar wears a mask. A mask she never takes off to protect herself in a world of malice, intrigue and danger.

When Franka meets Noc and he discovers her secrets, convinced she carries a midnight soul, having shielded herself from forming bonds with anyone, she struggles with accepting his tenderness and care.

When Noc meets Franka, over wine and whiskey, her mask slips and Noc knows it’s her—only her—and he has to find a way to get her to come home with him.

And then make her want to stay.

My Review

“I’d been born with the black soul of a Drakkar and no matter how hard Antoine had worked to cleanse it, it would forever remain midnight.”

Redemption, second chances, forgiveness and fate—Kristen Ashley explores these themes with Franka and Noc’s story. Rife with both beauty and pain, I relished every moment of their tangled, tumultuous journey.

We’d met Franka Drakkar before and it was clear she was not liked at all, not by anyone. She’d put people in danger, and as a result had become even more detested by those around her. She’d lost a lover too, and even though in the end she’d saved them all, Franka was not a woman anyone wanted around.

Then the darkness she’d been enduring, the truth she’d been hiding, it all came to light, revealing someone that no one knew existed. Noc Hawthorne had seen something more in her, but even he didn’t realize the depths, scars and pain with which she’d lived.

Franka’s world seemed to change in a moment. She’d been freed from her past, unmasked by circumstance, left to live a life where others who’d shunned her now wanted to know her, help her, love her. But throwing out the mask she’d always worn was not an easy thing.

“I might be a new Franka Drakkar, and she was a woman I didn’t yet understand.”

Franka had grieved for her former lover, but as time passed, Noc had seen her—truly seen her—in a way no other had. His words, his insistence, had cut through to the heart and soul of her. Together they embarked on an adventure that would unleash her magic, her true self, and open them both up to experience the kind of love fated between worlds.

“I was no one but his, he was no one but mine, destined to be together, connected, balancing… bloody… worlds.”

But just as we had learned with Franka, perception does not always equal truth, and Franka had much to learn about Noc.

In addition, we also see Circe (of the fantastical world) reach for her own happiness, unshackling herself from her own dark past.

I loved the message woven through Franka, Noc and Circe’s stories, that what we’ve endured, the mistakes we’ve made, the circumstances that surround us—don’t define us. There are second chances and people who are there to help us, guide us, love us. It’s a powerful message to feel and these pages radiated with the beauty of it.

“I have a golden soul… I know this because the gods in my world and the God in yours would never tether a soul that was anything less than golden to the perfection that is yours.”

The Fantasyland series has been one of my top favorites in Kristen Ashley’s repertoire. Every story touts an amazing mix of romance, fantasy and adventure with of course, themes of family and friendship that make it KA through and through. Midnight Soul was a deeply heartfelt finale, a perfect curtain call for an unforgettable series.

“Love is everything… Every way love can be.”

Excerpt

~Franka~

                  That day had been one I wished to quickly forget.

Indeed, the months since those witches took my Antoine had been time I wished I had the power to erase from my memory.

I had power.

I did not have that kind of power.

These thoughts on my mind, I moved down the hallway of the Winter Palace, seeking my room where I planned to pull the cord, ring a servant and request several bottles of Fleuridian wine.

Wine might not make me forget, but I’d found of late that it served well to dull the pain.

I turned the corner, my eyes to my slippers, but my senses made me lift my gaze to the passageway.

At what I saw, I halted and grew still, then slowly and quietly retraced my steps and ducked behind the corner, peering back around.

Oh my.

The Prince Noctorno of the other world was in the doorway to a bedchamber.

Although, he was not actually a prince. Not in this universe. Apparently they had very few princes in that other world. A world that existed on a parallel plane where all beings had twins to my own world.

This I thought was rather mad (everything about it, obviously), but with few princes, that meant there were few kings, so who ruled?

He reported that he was instead a member of the city guard, an occupation he referred to as being “a cop.” A rather surprising statement considering all that was him.

He was no member of a guard.

He was a prince.

And he called himself Noc, for some unknown reason, as Noctorno was a fine name, a strong name, a regal name (this last was true as his counterpart in this world was a prince).

And right now he had has back to me.

He was wearing a pair of trousers the like that couldn’t be found in my world. They were made of a rough, sturdy, faded-blue material. He also had a shirt that was not the fashion in this world. It was attractive and made of an equally attractive plaid. And it was a shirt that fit his broad shoulders magnificently.

His thick, black hair was untidy (this also attractive).

And I could see his light-blue eyes but only in my imagination as he had his back to me.

They were not eyes you were likely to forget. With his dark hair and skin browned in the sun, those eyes were deliciously striking.

There was a day, though now that day seemed lifetimes ago, when a sight such as Noctorno Hawthorne of another world (or indeed this one) would have caused me to have a much different reaction, not only to him, but to my plans for the imminent future.

That was before Antoine.

That was before I met the man who introduced me to, well…me.

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Cover Reveal: The Deep End (The Honey Series) by Kristen Ashley

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Let the countdown begin! Feast your eyes on the stunning and sensuous cover of The Deep End—the first book in Kristen Ashley’s new Honey series. This is a KA you haven’t seen before, edgier, sexier with a BDSM romance featuring an alpha-sub. I can’t wait to meet Amelie and Olivier!

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Synopsis

Enter a decadent sensual world where gorgeous alpha males are pleasure slaves committed to fulfilling a woman’s every desire. At the elite Honey club, no boundary will be left untested, and one’s darkest desires will become a sensual reality.

Olivier isn’t sure what he’s gotten himself into when he joins the Honey Club, only that a dark part of him craves the lifestyle offered by this secret, exclusive club.

When Amèlie invites Olivier to surrender, she pushes him to explore his deepest desires as a submissive. As they grow closer and find themselves falling harder than either of them anticipated, the truth about Olivier’s past could threaten the budding relationship they both long for.

Gripping and seductive, The Deep End is the first book in a sensational new series from bestselling author Kristen Ashley.

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