June 06, 2015

Review: Rock Chick (Rock Chick Series #1) by Kristen Ashley

Title: Rock Chick
Author: Kristen Ashley
Series: Rock Chick #1
Genre: contemporary romance, adult
Indy Savage, cop's daughter, rock chick and used bookstore owner, has been in love with Lee Nightingale, once bad boy, now the man behind Nightingale Investigations, since she was five years old. No matter what ingenious schemes Indy used to capture his attention, Lee never showed an interest and Indy finally gave up. Now Indy's employee, Rosie, has lost a bag of diamonds and bad guys are shooting at him. When Indy gets involved, Lee is forced to help. Complicating matters, Lee has decided he's interested, Indy's decided she's not. But she can't seem to keep Lee out of her life when she's repeatedly stun gunned, kidnapped and there are car bombs exploding (not to mention she's finding dead bodies).

Indy's best bet is to solve the mystery of the diamonds before Lee. Lee's challenge is to keep Indy alive and, at the same time, win back her heart.

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Rock Chick by Kristen Ashley
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

3.75 batshit crazy STARS

“Honey, it's good you're gorgeous or you'd be a pain in the ass.”

Finally. I've been meaning to get into KA's Rock Chick series for ages and suddenly the mood struck me. And here I am scrambling to write reviews, since I'm already on book three.

Rock Chick is book one in the series and is one of Kristen Ashley's older works (published in 2008) and I would say you can see the difference. We get the usual overly descriptive style, a world filled to the brink with detail, crazy stuff happening, slightly annoying heroines and bad-ass alpha males. But the writing is not as refined as it is in her older books. But to be honest I didn't care much. If there is one thing Ms. Ashley always accomplishes it is sucking me into her world and not letting me go until the end.

“Rule Number One in the India Savage Life Code: When in doubt or possible trouble, lie.”

The story!

India Savage also known as 'Indy' is a used book shop owner, tough girl, redhead and a rock chick. She has been in love with Lee Nightingale since she was five years old when he was holding her hand during her mother's funeral. For the better part of her teenage years, Indy tried to get together with Lee, who also happens to be her best friends brother. She was very obvious and forward about it. That is until she was 20 and Lee told her in no uncertain terms that he viewed her as his little sister and doesn't want to be with her. So for the last ten years she has kept her distance and even actively avoided the love of her life.

What the rock chick doesn't know is that Lee has always had a thing for her as well. But the circumstances were never right and he felt the need to stay away. That is until things changed and he found Indy sleeping in his bed after being in hiding from...bad people who are looking for some diamonds.

That's where the patented KA-CRAZY comes into play. One of Indy's employees, her coffee guru gets himself into a bind and being who she is Indy gets stuck in the middle. Luckily Lee is some sort of PI/fixer/badass/scary guy, who is feared by Denver's criminal underworld.

And Lee is quick enough to use the position to his advantage...if only Indy and his crazy sister Ally weren't prone to look for danger and trouble, his life would be a whole lot easier. All kinds of drama and over the top shenanigans ensue!

“Your grandmother used to say that you were two souls separated in heaven. She mainly meant you were both trouble and deserved each other.”

I have to say, I'm not 100% sold on Lee and Indy as a couple. They have this amazing and complicated history, but I didn't get that warm and fuzzy feeling KA couples usually evoke in me. I'm pretty sure it's because of all the drama. There rarely was a quiet and peaceful moment for them to really convince me.

But then again all the drama is what makes this book so unbelievably hilarious and addictive. It's filled with strange characters and lovable things, I just couldn't put it down.

Sometimes it takes me a week to finish one small novella, but a full length KA novel with 500 or 600 pages doesn't face me AT ALL. Read it within a day. That's how addicted I am and that's also the way these stories completely captivate my time and mind. It's easy content, fluidly written and magically predictable.

I'm thinking the Rock Chick series is a bit of an acquired taste. KA on steroids if you will. Everything you know from her other books (if you have read them) is double crazy. There are car bombs on every turn, people getting kidnapped, being shot at is a question of 'when' and not 'if' and the chicks have a knack for ignoring male advice. And let me tell you, it's good advice. But do they listen? Nope. Where would be the fun in that?

Crazy ride. Amazing reading times all around.

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