Rock Chick Regret (Rock Chick,#7) by Kristen Ashley

Tuesday, July 19
My rating: 1 of 5 stars

Sadie Townsend is known by all as The Ice Princess and she’s worked hard to earn her reputation. Her father, a now-incarcerated Drug Lord, has kept her under his thumb her whole life and she’s learned enough from living in his world to give everyone the cold shoulder. But one inebriated night, she shows the Real Sadie to the undercover agent she knows is investigating her father, the handsome Hector Chavez, and he knows he’ll stop at nothing to have her.

Hector makes one (huge) mistake; he waits for Sadie to come to him. Tragedy strikes and Sadie’s got a choice, she can retreat behind her Ice Fortress or she can embrace the Rock Chick/Hot Bunch World. Guided by Hector, the Rock Chicks, the Hot Bunch and her new gay roommates, Buddy and Ralphie, Sadie negotiates a life out from under her father’s thumb, a life that includes poison, arson and learning how to make s’mores.

First 30%: 4 Stars. 30-60%: 1 star. 60-100%: minus 4 stars. Total rating: 1 star.

In the beginning I loved this story. It was all the things I loved about my favourite KA novels. And then. Then. It became a car crash that I couldn't look away from. Once I managed to drag my eyes away from the car crash, it just became incredibly stupid, childish, and borderline mentally deficient. I read this one all the way through because I enjoyed the beginning and kept hoping it would come back to that.

It didn't.

What I loved:

This is all based on the first 30% of the book. After that, there was nothing I loved.
- Sadie was strong, independent, and didn't allow herself to be intimidated by anyone. She played the Ice Princess role hard. And she was confident.
I figured, given some practice, I could be plucky and cute and have a smart mouth.
In life, I learned, given enough practice, I could do anything.

- Hector sounded super hot.
- Ralphie and Buddy were such good, loyal, loving people. Actually, they were this through the whole book - the one constant in what was otherwise a hot mess.
"We've decided to do nachos." Ralphie's gaze moved to Hector and he informed him, "it's the food of your people."
I closed my eyes.
Someone, please tell me that Ralphie did not just tell Hector that nachos were the food of his people.

What I didn’t love:

- So. Much. Filler. This book, like some other KA books I've read, could have been condensed to a third of it's length just by taking out the constant drivel of uneccesary words. Words for words sake. Like the author gets paid for the sheer length of a novel. At one point in Regret, KA uses 165 words to describe Hector programming his number into Sadie's phone. I read this book on my iPhone and the description of him step by step programming the number took up 1.5 pages. It's ridiculous.
- Sadie went to finishing school, and has an art degree. She was raised around kingpins of the criminal underworld. So you can understand my frustration with the fact that she talks like a demented 9 year old. Some of the choice phrases that come to mind are:
'How bizarre was that?'
'Blooming heck'
'Ice Princess Sadie / New Sadie / Attitude Sadie / Pretend Sadie.'
- That good old Golden Vagina situation reared it's ugly head. Sadie didn't actually have anything to offer Hector except sex. He says it himself - if he didn't know she was worth it, if she didn't bite his neck and claw him when she got excited, and he didn't like the sounds she made when he's balls deep inside her, he would walk away. Her personality past the 30% mark was vapid, weak, and generally shit.
- The use of the terms 'Rock Chicks' and 'Hot Bunch' just make me cringe. I'm not 12, these terms do not inspire squad envy in me. They make me feel like I'm reading Sweet Valley High.
- Rape as a plot device.
- Rape as gossip fodder. The 'Rock Chicks,' who by the way are not friends with Sadie at that point, tell everyone they talk to that she's been raped. Even in a bar, before introducing someone to her, they tell the guy about it. And the H's mother. They tell literally everyone the character meets.
- Sadie turns into a liar. She lies about everything - her feelings, what she's doing, what she wants... I can't stand liars so I was totally turned off by that.


If I'd stopped at 30%, this would have been a 4 star read for me. The strong, independent heroine became a whiny, empty, boring, dishonest, doormat shell by the 45% mark. The strong, protective hero and his friends dictate her life, her behaviour, her comings and goings and being the doormat she is, she lets them - even though they all made it clear they hated her prior to her getting raped. The rape which wouldn't have happened if they'd agreed to help her when she asked. In real life, the reason these people are all suddenly her BFFs is because they're scared she's going to sue them.


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