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REVIEW: Rock Chick Revolution by Kristen Ashley

Dear Ms. Ashley:

When I think of your books, the Rock Chick series is the one that I think most clearly demonstrates your authorial voice. It’s loopy, good hearted and funny. I re-read this series often because I get a kick out of the adventures of this group of close female friends and their hot alpha guys. So of course, I was all over Rock Chick Revolution, the culmination of the series and Allyson Nightengale’s story.

RCRIf Indy is the glue that holds the Rock Chicks together, Ally is the spine. She’s tough, no nonsense, adventurous and would do literally anything for her friends. She’s always been a bit of a free spirit, bartending, working at Indy’s book store, and lately, getting herself entangled in scrapes because of her generous but nosy nature. This nosy nature most recently had her involved in saving Faye Goodknight’s life in Breathe. Her involvement in various adventures has had her brushing up against Ren Zano, a “Hot Italian American”, and possible goodfella. His family, the Zano’s, are part of a crime syndicate, and while Ren has been mostly involved in the family’s legit businesses, he’s not above getting his hands dirty. He and Ally have been “fuck buddies” for more than a year now, but Ally’s involvement in Faye’s near death has made Ren realize it’s time to get serious. Ally wants no part of it. She’s perfectly happy with her hot booty call and really sees no reason to allow Ren any further into her life. Of course, what she doesn’t realize is that Ren is already there. They spend every night together, he’s always there to provide back-up when she’s in a scrape, and she depends on him in a lot of aspects of her life. But him informing her that they are taking it to the next level does not sit well with Ally, and she fights him tooth and nail. That is, until her apartment is bombed due to her involvement with two low level pot sellers who dropped her name (and thus, her brother Lee’s, who is a total badass) as protection.

Ally ends up moving in with Ren and in short order, they are agreeing to “come out of the closet” as a couple and are declaring their love for each other. In the mean time, Ally has decided to fully go into the Private Investigator business, which makes none of the men in her life happy, brothers and father included. She takes a job from Smithie, who owns the local strip joint where the Rock Chicks hang out, and Ally starts stripping (not fully naked, of course) to help him discover what is going on with his girls, who are scared of something. Also, the first in a series of books, Rock Chick, has been published by a mysterious person who seems to know all the details of each of the Rock Chick’s romances. But who is it who is writing these books?

Well, I’ll tell you. It’s Jane, the quiet bookish girl who works at Fortnums. She’s been on the sideline of each of the romances in the series, apparently documenting them so she can publish them. Under the pseudonym…Kristen Ashley.

And HERE’s where my disappointment starts. I hate, loathe, despise when authors insert themselves into their books. In this case, you *literally* inserted yourself. By then end, Jane/Kristen Ashley is a New York Times best selling author, I’m assuming based on the success of the series. It was wrenching in the worst possible way. And in my opinion, wholly unnecessary. I get that you love this series and even that it might be the closest to your heart. But inserting yourself into the book was, in my mind, the worst possible choice. It literally taints my perception of the entire series.

On top of that, Ally and Ren’s romance is barely incidental to the story. Given that a year of their romance seems to happen off screen, we never really get to see them fall in love, which was really disappointing. Plus, Ren was such an interesting character in the series, and we barely get to spend any time with him because Ally seems to be constantly off gallivanting elsewhere.

The book is also in desperate need of editing. Perhaps it’s because this is the first self-pub I’ve read of yours since your Grand Central Publishing books (edited by a professional editor) came out, but the rambling descriptions, the meandering asides about clothes, background story randomly inserted into the action, and even the flashbacks all felt like stream of consciousness, rather than cohesive parts of the story. It seemed like every writing tick you had was on full display throughout the reading of this book. It took me more than five days to slog through it. I nearly DNF’d it about three times. It’s easily my least favorite in what I’ve always considered to be a guilty pleasure series. I so wish I could give Rock Chick Revolution even a marginal recommendation, but the truth is, unless you’re an avid fan of the series, you’re most likely going to be disappointed. I know I was. Final grade: D-.

Kind regards,
Kati

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Kati Brown

I've been reading romance for more than 30 years and reviewing regularly for the last five. My first romance was Irish Thoroughbred by Nora Roberts, and once I read it, I was a goner. I read most subgenres of romance (except inspirational and steampunk) but focus mostly on contemporary and paranormal, with a sprinkling of historical thrown in for flavor. I am an avid sports fan, so I have a special place in my heart for sports themed romances. I'm a sucker for old skool romance, which is probably most evident in the fact that The Windflower is my favorite romance of all time.

45 Comments

  1. Jane
    Aug 13, 2013 @ 12:05:57

    Yup I ended up DNFing the book and felt terrible about it. I was really looking forward to Allie and Ren’s story and for the first third was hopeful because the romance was deliciously angsty but then the conflict is resolved and it all became about who is Kristen Ashley along with Allie exploring her abilities as a PI and it fell apart.

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  2. LeeF
    Aug 13, 2013 @ 12:37:08

    I really, really wish I hadn’t read this review ’cause I know I am going to read this book anyway. Then I will hear y’all’s comments in my head saying “I told you so” Ah, well- here goes!

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  3. Lou
    Aug 13, 2013 @ 12:58:45

    I had to stop reading when KA inserted herself into the story. I literally cringed. I’m quite annoyed I paid for a romance book that doesn’t deliver on a romance. It hardly touches upon it.

    I was also disappointed by the lack of chemistry between Ren and Ally, probably because it was resolved before the book hit its midway point.

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  4. Ana
    Aug 13, 2013 @ 13:06:05

    Thanks for the heads up! I inhaled the Rock Chick books, although the got harder and harder to finish as the series went on. So much so that I forgot I was waiting for this book. I too wanted to see Ally’s story but I think I will pass.

    I think we found out Jane was writing the books a few books back (not that Rock Chick knew). It certainly was not a plot point we need to explore.

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  5. Stephanie Doyle
    Aug 13, 2013 @ 13:25:02

    “…the rambling descriptions, the meandering asides about clothes, background story randomly inserted into the action, and even the flashbacks….”

    I just finished my third self-pub Ashley (Motorcycle Man, Sweet Dreams and Lucky Lady)

    It’s such a struggle. Because while there are so many aspects about the books I love – I’ve had to train myself to skip through the clothes, the house descriptions, the home good store trips, and the heroine in peril right at the end of the book but gets saved by not the hero…. I mean really? Every time?

    Definitely enjoy her edited books better – and I’m really on the fence about giving the Rock Chick series a chance.

    For Ashley fans out there is there any of her other “self pubs” that are really really worth it?

    Otherwise I think I’ll stick to her Grand Central books.

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  6. Kati
    Aug 13, 2013 @ 13:29:44

    @Ana: I knew Jane was the author. I did NOT know that Jane’s pen name was Kristen Ashley. SIGH.

    @Stephanie Doyle: I really love her Dream Man series: Mystery Man, Wild Man, Law Man, Motorcycle Man. They are self-pub and all of her writing ticks are on full display, but Tack (Motorcycle Man) is a feast for an alpha-male lover’s senses. He’s awesome.

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  7. Kini
    Aug 13, 2013 @ 14:55:18

    Oh no! Now I’m worried. I enjoyed Rock Chick 1&2. By RC 3 I was on the fence. I moved on to other KA books and really enjoyed them. I broke down and read all other RC books except Jules and Vance, no interest thete. I read RC Regret and Reckoning within the last few weeks. And felt really good about them both. Reckoning had a really nice epilogue. Maybe I should just end with that. I’m not a fan of author inserting ones self in the book. That’s just weird. And I think it was established that Jane was the author of the books in Reckoning. I think I am going to hold off on RC Revenge for now. As much as that pains me.

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  8. Kini
    Aug 13, 2013 @ 15:00:56

    @stephaniedoyle, Heaven and Hell is self pubbed, and my absolute favorite KA book. It has all the usual KA ticks, but the heroine is more in line with Tyra from MM. Heaven and Hell is a stand alone.
    Lady Luck is another KA great. For me anyway. I highly recommend both.

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  9. Liz Mc2
    Aug 13, 2013 @ 15:17:17

    Even if it were not self-insertion on this level (Jane writing under the name KA), the whole idea of having a character in a romance series be writing that romance series is deeply creepy to me, because that means a neighbor is imagining some of the most intimate aspects of the characters’ lives, including their sex lives, which, you know, ewwww.

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  10. Ducky
    Aug 13, 2013 @ 17:22:18

    I won’t be reading this one then. I can’t stand self-insertion in genre fiction. It kills the fantasy and the magic for me and takes me completely out of the story.

    Thankfully I had barely started with the first of the Rock Chick books, so I just stop now and skip them altogether.

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  11. Jo
    Aug 13, 2013 @ 17:40:32

    @Lou. Me too, took me right out of the story, not even sure I will finish it at this point.

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  12. Christine R
    Aug 13, 2013 @ 18:37:15

    I hung in there until the Rock Chick Tours entered the bookstore- I’m out

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  13. Robin/Janet
    Aug 13, 2013 @ 18:37:32

    I rolled my eyes at the reveal that Jane was “writing” the books. And Gwen’s lament in Mystery Man that she wished she edited the series was cringe-inducing. But this level of authorial self-insertion pretty much enrages me. I’m so scared to read this book now.

    To me, it’s not cute, it’s not clever, and it’s not a self-conscious reflection on the authorial process. It comes across minimally as narcissistic and in the extreme as downright creepy and entitled. Especially in a genre where there are already way to many methods by which readers are encouraged to identify books with their authors. If anything, we need more separation.

    @Stephanie Doyle: I actually really like some of her self-published books, and despite the need for editing, I think it’s really tough to edit Ashley in a way that preserves the freshness of her voice and vision while still taming the writing. The Gamble, At Peace, Sweet Dreams, and Motorcycle Man are probably my favorites.

    However, Ashley admitted that the Rock Chicks series is kind of an homage to the Stephanie Plum series (and one of the heroines periodically refers to her “doodah,” which, if you didn’t get the connection before that, makes it pretty overt, IMO). I’d call the series fan fiction of sorts, with lots of versions of Morelli and Ranger. A friend of mine complained that almost all of the heroines are blondes, and at first that just seemed like kind of lazy characterization. But now that this whole authorial insertion has occurred, I’m really sorry I’ve seen Ashley’s (blonde) author pic.

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  14. Stephanie
    Aug 13, 2013 @ 19:05:31

    Rock Chick Series does sound like Plum fanfic. I’m surprised so many readers haven’t seen the similarities.

    I wish though, the review had a disclaimer about a huge spoiler, since I think the whole Jane/Kristen thing is a spoiler? Or is there a bigger secret like the blurb of the book indicates.

    If you follow Kristen in Facebook you will read that her real life adventures are very similar to the Rock Chicks except for the bombs, kidnapping and violent stuff. So I don’t know why anyone should be surprised that she put herself in the book. Her clothes, jewelry, belts etc that she shares with her fans are exactly like her heroines.

    I love her books. They are fun and escapism at its best and her fans will keep her in top.

    This is the first negative review I have read. All the KA groups and reviews coming in say this is her best work.

    I guess I will see when I read it. I just hope there is some mystery left as I feel this review may have given out a bit too much information. I shall see.

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  15. Stephanie
    Aug 13, 2013 @ 19:10:41

    Also want to say I really like Kristen Ashley, she interacts with her readers and has even motivated some to travel to where her books take place.

    Her stand alones are her best for me and the unfinished hero series.

    Didn’t like the GC books, the editing made a difference but not in a good way. For me anyway.

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  16. Katie
    Aug 13, 2013 @ 19:55:12

    I disliked Stella & Mace’s book from the first chapter…I still don’t like Stella but I like the book as a whole a bit better on the second read. I honestly don’t know if Ally & Ren will get a second read. I just hit the “OMG Rock Chick books” freak out,and I just don’t know what to do with it. I’m with everyone else and am not on board with the author self name dropping; if it was just in passing I could go with it, but as a major plot element it disappoints. Especially when we already knew that Jane was writing them from one of the other books.

    Even before that,I wasn’t hooked. Its just too choppy with the constant time jumps back and forth. This one will be like Stella and not be a paperback purchase along with the ebook (easier to lend in pb).

    Generally, I love KA’s books. They aren’t literary masterpieces, but they don’t need to be. This one just disappoints.

    On the Plum fanfic, I’ve only ever really related the men in the two series, but with Ally taking the PI route combined with the series as a whole, it does seem more evident.

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  17. Nikki
    Aug 13, 2013 @ 20:01:39

    I got the book this morning and read it on the elliptical, during my lunch hour, and just finished. I really wish someone would edit KA on grammar and having her characters just sound different. There is something in me that cringes at the concept that a man she describes as classy and so on says wanna, or appears to have lost the ability to use a g. That of course could just be a KA issue.

    I agree that inserting her name in there was just weird. It definitely took me out of the story, and honestly, did we all need to overtly know that Jane aka Kristen Ashley wrote the stories? Wouldn’t you, if say you were friends with these people, not put their actual names out, perhaps change names of places and locations to protect people? Like really?

    Overall I thought it was okay, probably a C+ overall. I liked the fact that except for a few things they responded in an intelligent and adult fashion to various issues. I keep thinking thought that she needs some diversity in her cast, even if the hair color alone not to mention ethnic diversity because a lot of them read the same from book to book.

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  18. Lori
    Aug 13, 2013 @ 20:33:21

    The very first Rock Chick book was a DNF for me, the heroine was so annoying and TSTL that I couldn’t bear it. But I’ve loved so many of KA’s other books/series that I always wondered if I should give Rock Chicks another try.

    Now I’m sure not to question myself anymore. Thanks for the review.

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  19. mads
    Aug 13, 2013 @ 20:46:42

    Oh God. I love Kristen Ashley but I’m about 30% through and the Rock Chick Kristen Ashley thing just happened and I’m not sure I can read this book.

    WHY would you do that? It’s just cringe worthy and awful and has ruined the book for me :(

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  20. mads
    Aug 13, 2013 @ 20:50:37

    Oh yes and all of the Ashley heroines are blondes who are 5’9” and have fantastic hair and eyes.

    Which is pretty obviously how she sees herself. It’s … yeah, I love her books but they are ridiculous.

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  21. Mary
    Aug 13, 2013 @ 21:44:24

    About the self-insertion thing (as I have not read any KA books and therefore don’t have anything to say about this book specifically), I remember it happening at least two other times in romance novels. One was in a book series that got guest reviewed on DA, almost all of them got Ds or Fs and they were about hot Texan brothers living on a ranch and finding perfect women in increasingly strange ways. Anyway, I seem to recall that at some point in the series the author herself showed up in some way? I might be wrong about this. But I’m pretty sure that happened and everyone got mad.
    The other time I remember is in a Sandra Hill book. One of her Cajun ones had a moment where the crazy grandmother (why is this a trope, as a side note?) spills her purse and a romance novel falls out and IT WAS THE BOOK I WAS READING. By Sandra Hill and everything. I remember thinking it was weird but it was just a brief moment, I think the hero makes fun of the book and the grandma defends it and then that moment is over. I remember thinking it was weird but not necessarily annoying to me.
    I think that a book like this one, where its a major(?) plot point or at least a larger part of the book, it’s a lot more irritating and comes off as self-absorbed almost. The Sandra Hill part didn’t bother me, partly because her books are so wacky anyway and I don’t think she takes herself seriously. Obviously, I can’t say anything about KA because I don’t read her books but from the review/comments it seems like this was out of place?

    Also I agree with whoever said that writing romance novels about people you know without changing the names or anything is just creepy, especially writing ones with sex scenes. Yikes.

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  22. Kaetrin
    Aug 13, 2013 @ 22:17:08

    I’m not a big fan of authors inserting themselves in books either and this example is so very overt, I don’t think I could roll past it. I have the first 2 Rock Chick books on my TBR but haven’t read any in the series. I think I’ll give this one a miss.

    Also, what Liz said upthread. Ew.

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  23. Jillian
    Aug 14, 2013 @ 02:47:43

    DNF. Not good. I haven’t even reached the Jane part. I reread Wild Man instead since I was in a KA mood and Rock Chick is too much of a KA book. Anyway Rock Chicks just doesn’t do it for me.

    What I would like to know though is, (and somebody please answer-spoiler tag it if needed), if Ren will be taking the the position of mob boss from his uncle or is he legitimizing their business. Because I’m not sure how Ally is fine with that, his father and brother being cops and all.

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  24. Laura
    Aug 14, 2013 @ 03:17:49

    I’m probably going to read this next week once I get my current thesis chapter out of the way (fingers crossed). But, yeah. This isn’t encouraging. The author-self-insertion-Mary-Sue thing is a huge turn-off to me. I completely agree that there’s an enormous “ew” factor in a character (who, to be honest, gave me the creeps anyway, the way she randomly turned up the coffee house “observing” people) writing books that are supposed to be detailed sex scenes of people she “knows”. And she somehow knows all their thoughts as well? It creates this whole bizarre meta cycle where – are we supposed to be reading *her* books and her accounts of the relationships, so not the *actual* stories of the characters at all? Argh. It’s messing with my head. And not in a good way.

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  25. ClaireRose
    Aug 14, 2013 @ 04:09:49

    I haven’t been able to finish it. The KA/Jane bit was just so jarring I couldn’t get past it.

    Re the other issues with the book, from what I remember, she seemed to have some difficulty in writing/finishing this one. I have a feeling it was supposed to come out last year, but kept getting pushed back. Perhaps, given her fan base, which seems fairly, err, intense, she felt pushed to finish it? Particularly as it’s the last in a series. That might account for some of the issues.

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  26. Rei
    Aug 14, 2013 @ 06:39:35

    Regarding the self-insert stuff – I haven’t read the Rock Chick series (my patience with KA ran out approximately three books into the Dream Man series, I’m sorry, I really did try to like them!) but I seem to remember something similar cropping up in, I think it was A Fire Inside? There’s this really amazing author who writes this series of books called the Rock Chick series, and a friend of a friend of the heroine’s knows her or something and it’s a really big deal because she loves them so…I dunno. It bugged me then, and to hear that it’s happening in other of her books as well just strikes me as sloppy. This isn’t just a KA thing, either – I distinctly remember one of Haruki Murakami’s books (which I am a fan of) pissing me off when he introduced an oddball author character named Hikaru Makimura. Subtle, guys. Real subtle.

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  27. Tina
    Aug 14, 2013 @ 07:28:47

    Add me to the people who HATE author self insertion. It breaks the wall between the text and the creator in a way I don’t want it to be broken. Claire Kent did this in Escorted, which tainted a book, that had up to that point, been really great for me. I even tend to shy away from books where the heroine is a romance author because I can’t help but distracted with feeling that any philosophy on books or writing that the character may espouse is just a soapbox for the author.

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  28. Lori
    Aug 14, 2013 @ 08:54:22

    I will say that author Louis Sachter does it in the Wayside School series and my daughter thinks it’s awesome. Of course she’s 12.

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  29. Amanda
    Aug 14, 2013 @ 09:07:58

    I’m relieved that I’m not the only one who fell off the KA bandwagon in a rather jarring way. I was becoming less and less able to overlook the intensely long speeches made by the badass female characters (how realistic is it that everyone will sit silently by for a five page, rambling declaration followed by another one every other chapter?) because the rest of the story was delicious. This time, I lost the plot. Or maybe KA lost the plot.

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  30. Christine
    Aug 14, 2013 @ 10:56:23

    I haven’t read the Rock Chick series, I’m partway through RC#1 but the idea of “author insertion” doesn’t really seem to enrage me the way it does most of the commenters here. I’ve read a few Ashley books and enjoyed them, some more than others. I agree with others who think Motorcycle Man is probably her best work. The idea of the RC series and its author being some inside joke kind of fits in with the whole over the top style of her books, but as I haven’t made it any where near the point of reading this latest RC book I will just have to wait and see how it strikes me.
    Regarding the idea of the author writing a version of herself (5’9″ and blonde) almost every author I’ve read has done it. I’m sure Jayne Ann Krentz was the model for a number of her heroines and even the amazing (and recently passed) Barbara Michaels wrote “herself” into a couple of the characters (not the heroines but the older quirky female friends) so it’s something that just doesn’t push my buttons if it works in the context of the story. The part of the review that covers the lackluster relationship of the protagonists after such a long build up concerns me more.

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  31. Mary
    Aug 14, 2013 @ 13:09:11

    “I will say that author Louis Sachter does it in the Wayside School series and my daughter thinks it’s awesome. Of course she’s 12.”

    (Sorry I only have my phone and the reply feature doesn’t work!!)

    I loved those books as a kid. And for some reason the self insertion there doesn’t bother me? I don’t think the Louis character was supposed to be writing the book so maybe that’s why?

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  32. LauraB
    Aug 14, 2013 @ 19:05:10

    So the Jane/KA thing is a major eye-roller, but “Revolution” is an evolution of her female characterizations. Ally has FAR more self-agency than any of the other rock chicks. She can take care of herself, and ultimately Ren finds this a major turn on. Not once does Ren ever rescue her or save her bacon. Actually, Ally does this on her own and exercises good judgment. She is probably the least TSTL rock chick in the series. The stuff about her opening her agency and the push back she got from Ren and her family was probably my favorite part. Ren’s response to her decision and his grovel afterwards are among my favorite KA moments. He’s an alpha w/o the “hole.”

    The book was about wrapping up loose ends and book-ending with “Rock Chick.” There are nods to every single secondary character in the Rock Chick canon: Rosie, Dawn, the Kevster, Roxie’s parents, etc. It is really about the entire series, and so the authorial insertion while not deftly done and more than a bit twee did not grate as much for me. Also, the whole Jane thing is about why KA writes her stories and the pleasure she has gotten from their success. She really loves her fans (best as I can infer from the book at least). I actually found the aside about the Rock Chick books in “Mystery Man” far more irritating than the Jane reveal.

    I think the asides and meanders are deliberate in this book as they are part and parcel of the rock chick style. What I did notice was that her grammar and spelling were not nearly as rough.

    Was this book an exercise of authorial self-indulgence? Heck ya! Was it a problem for me as a reader? Not so much. :)

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  33. frye boot sale
    Aug 15, 2013 @ 01:54:18

    I agree with others who think Motorcycle Man is probably her best work. The idea of the RC series and its author being some inside joke kind of fits in with the whole over the top style of her books, but as I haven’t made it any where near the point of reading this latest RC book I will just have to wait and see how it strikes me.

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  34. Zoe York
    Aug 15, 2013 @ 12:28:26

    @Tina:

    The difference for me with Escorted is that (at that point), Claire Kent was a pen name used just for that book by Noelle Adams. She’s since used Claire Kent again, which muddies that argument. But I didn’t mind it because I had no preconceived notions about who Claire Kent was – she was brand new to me right along with the book.

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  35. Clare Francis
    Aug 18, 2013 @ 22:50:14

    I’ve read a lot of K A’s books and liked alot of the rc series but I was so looking forward to alley and tens story. All angst in their relationship was gone early on in the book. So disappointing. I was done and like many others cringed when Jane was K A. Why even refer to the book series on the story totally ruined it hit me though I finished reading it and it took me alot longer to finish this book though I felt the same way with fire inside. I’m really disappointed as I’m a K A fan and expected much more.

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  36. Shelagh
    Aug 19, 2013 @ 12:02:40

    The Rock Chick series is my least favourite of KA’s books, however I enjoyed this one more than the others. Mainly, I think, because I agree with Laura B’s remarks about Ally, and because I really liked Ren – he’s a macho badass, but he’s quite prepared to give ground and find a way around their conflicts. Yes, this has the usual KA tics, but I’ve learned to skim over them. I was also uncomfortable with the self-insertion, but it was a very small part of quite a long story.

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  37. Suzanne
    Aug 25, 2013 @ 16:49:11

    I have tried to read Wild Man because of my friends that like KA, but seriously, this is poor writing. She TELLS and doesn’t show way too often. I can’t fall for dumb heros, either. Her scenes go on without tension, with little direction and it seems when writing, she stumbles upon a fun character (Elvira), and gives them free rein because she wants to, but this focus is misleading . An editor, a writing group…might her her develop as a writer? Has KA made a lot of money? WHY do people like her?

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    Aug 26, 2013 @ 12:25:10

    THANK YOU – I felt like I was a lone voice in the wilderness about the “author insertion” storyline. While I didn’t have as many issues about Ally and Ren (I think we’ve witnessed part of their falling in love process via the other stories), I did a hard eye roll at the Jane-as-KA storyline, and even ended up fast-forwarding through those sections on my e-reader. Loved Ally as a character, and loved that she is very different from the other Rock Chicks – and that she stood her ground in order to be taken seriously at her job. I like the crossover (Sylvie! Creed!) aspects, but between the author in the story and the obligatory “everyone has sex in the same two places at a wedding” (ew! Makes me not want to use either the bathroom or the cloakroom, frankly), I was pulled out of the story more times than I should have been. Here’s hoping for a clearer delineation between fact and fiction in the next book….
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  42. Shauntelle
    Aug 28, 2013 @ 19:17:29

    I read the Rock Chick series and I don’t think that I have ever laughed so much in my life. That being said I did not like Ally and Ren’s story at all. I only finished reading the book so that I could finish up the series. I enjoyed when the Rock Chicks got themselves in trouble, and when they would get together and talk about their men. I did not like the fact that Ally kept her relationship with Ren a secret for a whole year from the Rock Chicks. Especially since in every other book she is so quick to get involved in every other Rock Chick relationship. I hope that the spin off series is just as fun, and funny as Rock Chick books 1-7.

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