Rock Chick

Rock Chick

Book - 2013
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Indy Savage, a rock chick and used bookstore owner, and Lee Nightingale, head of Nightingale Investigations, team to solve the mystery of missing diamonds belonging to her boss, and why bad guys are shooting at him. In the process a mutual attraction develops between them.
Publisher: [Place of publication not identified] : Kristen Ashley, [2013]
ISBN: 9780615770413
Branch Call Number: ASHLE
Characteristics: 390 pages ; 23 cm.

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bethwpr
May 08, 2017

I learned of this series through another author's fan Facebook group, of which many of the members who'd read it said it was hilarious. I borrowed the ebook and wasn't disappointed on that score. Although in the romance genre, and the backstory is indeed the relationship between the heroine and her childhood crush, the bulk of this book deals with the scrapes, misadventures and situations the heroine finds herself in due to some ill-advised and impulsive actions she takes as a result of some bad life decisions and actions one of her employees makes. Much of this book reads like a movie script: not just the snappy, witty dialogue, but also the plot actions themselves. I found myself putting the book down to laugh not only at what was said, but also visualizing scenes such as when the heroine peels out of her bookstore in her new friend/employee's 70s-era car, blaring Free's "All Right Now" on 8-track just as her boyfriend, who she's also mad at, pulls up to the store. I can even imagine the look on his face (assuming he sees her driving away, which isn't made clear in that scene, but makes me laugh anyway).

I've read in other reviews that some readers couldn't stand the heroine because of her immaturity and bad decisions. Well, 1) there wasn't any glamorizing of terrible behavior in this book 2) she does have redeeming qualities such as intelligence, street smarts and caring for others 3) her character is written in such a way as to blend in with the other characters and her actions aren't so heinous or unforgiving in that context that I can't suspend disbelief for entertainment. I don't want my characters to be perfect. This isn't one that made me get angry, but the book down/delete it (ebook) and DNF. Quite the opposite. I have the next two books in this series on request.

I've also read others compare this series to Janet Evanovich's Stephanie Plum series. Although on my TBR list, I haven't read Stephanie Plum yet. I will just say that the Rock Chick series is only 8 books, each with stand-alone stories (with recurring characters), whereas the SP series is at 24 books and counting as of this writing, and by many accounts I've read and heard through friends, jumped the shark. Series that have definite pre-planned endings after a shorter time span tend to fare much better because the story arc/how characters intermesh is isn't allowed to get stale.

So with all that said, Rock Chick is light, fun reading that would be good for recovery from a heavier read, when you need a pick-me-up from life, want a vacation read or just want a great laugh.

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