Rock Chick Rematch by Kristen Ashley
Book 9.5 in The Rock Chick Series, can stand alone.
“It was me for him.
And it was him for me.
I knew then, just like me, there was no one else.”
OH.MY.GOD. I did not think I would love this as much as I did, but Rock Chick Rematch by Kristen Ashley is everything I could have asked for and more. Though the 1001 Dark Nights books can stand alone, Rock Chick Rematch is also book 9.5 in the Rock Chick Series, and it’s a story I have been wanting for TEN YEARS!
It’s been years since I did a Rock Chick reread. I didn’t have time to do the whole series again but I re-read Rock Chick Revolution (Ally and Ren’s book) first and I am so glad I did! I even went back again and reread a couple of parts while reading Rematch. Throughout the whole series we have seen glimpses of Darius and Malia’s story, but now we are finally treated to the whole epic story.
Darius and Malia’s story started before the Rock Chick series when they fell in love in high school. They were IT for each other until everything changed when tragedy hit his family and he felt he had to stay away from Malia for her own good. She left town to secretly have his child, and upon her return years later she got secret envelopes of cash that she knew were from Darius, but he stayed away to keep them safe.
“I was around during the great love affair of Malia Clark and Darius Tucker. I know it was high school, but some things transcend high school, and you two were one of those things. Everyone knew you were the real deal. Everyone knew you two were going to make it. Thick and thin. Life smacked you both in the face way before it ever should have.”
These two were so meant to be together, it didn’t matter how many years passed (16+!!!) they only had eyes for each other. There were lots of secrets and surprises that were revealed in this book, and of course, we got to visit with all of the Rock Chicks and Hot Bunch guys. Liam, their son, was wonderful, I love how KA writes teen kids the most. We also met some new side characters — Malia’s sister and her best friend, who are amazing additions to the group, as well as Darius’s mother and sisters (who I still don’t know how I feel about).
“It’s me for you, it’s you for me. You were right all those years ago, Malia. We were meant to be.”
Kristen did a fantastic job of going back and telling this story in the Rock Chick style, and even the sex scenes, while still totally hot, were still a little lighter, like the Rock Chick Series itself. I can see why Kristen was a little reluctant to tell Darius’s story—I think he held a special place in all of our hearts, and it would have been hard to do him justice. But she did. She absolutely did.
I have to talk about how much I LOVE Malia! Like all the Rock Chicks, she is a kick-ass, strong, smart woman who is loyal to the core. She had every right to be mad, and while I think maybe she forgave too easily, how could she not?
I was worried that this was a “novella” and we wouldn’t get the whole story, but leave it to Kristen to write a 300+ page novella! Spanning 16 years, It was a very full and complete character-driven story that set off the next spin-off series perfectly. We also got to catch up with every Rock Chick character, including Tex 😍.
I loved every minute of Rock Chick Rematch, so I’m not going to do likes and dislikes here, but I can tell you that long-time KA fans will love this, and I think this story stands alone well enough that anyone would be enticed to read the whole series after reading this. Now I want to go back and start over again with Rock Chick! There couldn’t be a more perfect end to one of the best series out there.
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Rating: 5 Stars, 2.5 heat
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