Review: Rock Chick by Kristen Ashley
Author: Kristen Ashley
Title: Rock Chick
Release: December 2008
Series: Rock Chick #1
Source: personal library
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.
I decided to read Rock Chick after hearing every single one of my bookie friends gush about this series. To tell you the truth, the premise is not one I would usually go for but hey, with all those recommendations, I had to!
And that’s why I love my bookie friends. They share the wealth and introduce me to awesome fun series like the independently published Rock Chick.
Now, if you are looking for a staid, serious mystery or deep philosophical fiction – go away ;) This series is the opposite of that. But if you’re looking for a fantabulous, fun, exciting fast paced romance with a double serving of humor and laugh-out-loud scenes – you’ve come to the right place.
Meet Indy – she grew up with cops all around her – her dad is one, his best friend, her best friend’s brother is one…well, everybody she knows is one except for Lee – he also grew up with all those cops; but he decided to go a more dangerous route… and Indy has been in love with him since, well, for as long as she can remember.
Still, now she’s put it behind her, she has a great rock chick life – owns her own bookstore with coffee corner, has her own duplex with awesome drag queen-flight attendant neighbors and still has the same best friend – who happens to be Lee’s sister.
Then, one morning Indy’s life takes a turn for the crazy when her coffee guy ends up getting her shot at, all because of some missing diamonds she’s never heard about. So who does she turn to? Not her police buddies that’s for sure! Enter Lee – and his investigation firm Nightingale Investigations.
Lee has always been the bad boy of the Nightingale family, and he has always kept a close eye on Indy…now he’s tired of just looking. And when Lee wants something, well, he gets it. That how men are in Denver…at least in the Rock Chick world.
From that moment on, Kirsten Ashley takes her readers on one roller coaster after another, with awesome fun characters like Tex the vietnam veteran who has a secret stash of weapons and enjoys babysitting the neighborhood cats, the crazy crew of Nightingale investigations and even Ally – Indy’s best friend.
And Lee and Indy’s reunion is boiling hot and filled with awesomeness.
I love how Ashley introduces each of the characters – they usually explode into the scene. The writing style is fun and addictive and I feel like Denver needs to be my next vacation spot after reading about all the awesome food and people. Rock Chick is like a box of chocolates – you keep telling yourself this is the last one and then you just eat one more. Well, I kept reading each chapter saying – this would be it and then I’d go to sleep…never got to sleep that night.
Now there were quite a few points throughout the book where I thought – ok, this would be a good place to end it and yet the book kept on for a few more chapters. But agin, like chocolate, even though you know you don’t need to, you keep eating because its fun and yummy. Rock Chick is fun, addictive and a big ole’ box of chocolates I just kept wanting more of.