Rock Chick Renegade by Kristen Ashley
Series: Rock Chick #4
Published by Kristen Ashley on March 14, 2011
Genres: Contemporary, Romance
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Jules has got a score to settle against the drug dealers of Denver. Vance has made it his mission that Jules won’t get dead while dishing out vigilante justice. Jules doesn’t have time for romance, she’s too busy saving the world and she enlists Zip (the gunstore owner), Heavy (an ex-PI) and Frank (a mysterious recluse) to help.
The Rock Chicks of Fortnum’s Bookstore get involved to provide romantic advice and guidance, none of which Jules accepts at first. The Hot Bunch of Nightingale Investigations adopt Jules as one of their own. Even though Jules tries to hang on to her inner Head Crackin’ Mamma Jamma, the Rock Chicks; Hot Bunch; Jules’s long-suffering Uncle Nick; Jules’s friend the rotund, African-American, Jackie-O wannabe, May; and especially Vance will stop at nothing to wear her down.
But Jules makes some bad guys pretty angry and one is dedicated to taking her out. Vance and the Hot Bunch have to pull out all the stops to keep her alive. At the same time, Jules and Vance learn the true meaning of home but once they find this precious entity they’ve been searching for all their lives, will Jules’s enemies tear it away?
NOTE: I read about 70% of this book before the RAGE took over and I had to quit. Then (crack being what it is) I skimmed the rest of the book. I would still consider this a DNF.
I can’t say I haven’t been entertained by reading Kristin Ashley books. I’ve had the shit entertained out of me…but this is NOT a writer that I would let a young girl read. Kristen Ashley books seems to glorify having a strange man walk into a woman’s life and tell her what to do. In a very stalker-like abuser-like way.
I mean – in this series…Jules (heroine) has known the hero for all of a week (if that). In that time he has taken her virginity, basically moved into her home, broken into her home several times, had her home bugged with mics and video and stalks her. Cause I don’t know what else to call it when someone watches and follows you 24/7 without your knowledge.
Oh! I forgot. He also has tracking bugs on her car and in her purses.
Yeah. Sexy? I think not. ARE YOU FUCKING KIDDING ME???!! How is it a guy you’ve know for 3 Days is sleeping with you and BUGGING YOUR HOME???! WTF?! How are the police not being called?? I would NOT be ok with this!
Jules tells him to remove the audio/video feed that he has (LIVE) in her home (he told her to shut up) but he didn’t. He says, “no one will watch while I’m here” but in the previous book you know that the guys in the room always watch.
What’s really making me mad is that – so far – she’s been the most kick ass heroine. But she was a virgin…and he’s not using protection. And he thinks its funny. WTF!
So I can only think that the author plans to get the heroine preggers by the end of the book. *poof* there goes her badassery and she’ll be dunked head first into domestication. 🙁
I think I’m getting to my saturation level with KA. I’m just disgusted by what this girl (Jules) is turning into. She starts off with authority of her own…and it seems that it has all been removed and now she’s just another booty buddy to be protected. If she wants it or not.
The bugging of her home (audio and video) – without her permission – to be monitored 24/7 by her stalker bf and other stranger men in an office that she’s been to (maybe once)… killed it for me. Can not cosign on this at all.
None of these books would be considered a 5 star read to me but (until now) I could get down with the Jerry Springer-ness of it all. But this one? This one ran me over and then tossed a bus on top of me. “Not really” break ups, making out with his co-worker (while on camera cause her house is bugged and Vance is watching), unprotected sex with basically a stranger, no birth control…
This is just a hot mess.
ETA: I stopped reading this book at 70%. I just couldn’t take it anymore. I didn’t want to read more and I found myself irritated every time I thought about finishing it. I skipped ahead to the end. It seems that Jules was pregnant but lost the baby because of trauma when she gets shot. Jules stops being a vigilante and a new girl shows up for book 5. Jules and the hero end up together. The end.
It’s at this point that I need to take a KA break. She has beaten me into submission. 🙁
Rating Caveat: The rating is based on a how I feel about this book in comparison to all of the other KA books I have read. Also, I have never rated any of the KA books I’ve read on grammar, sentence structure, editing or formatting. I knew what I was getting myself into before I started reading.