Genres: Contemporary, Humorous, Romance
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. Complicting 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.
Well, that’s over. Rock Chick was…well, this book was disappointing. It’s been recommended to me so many times, by so many people who love all sorts of romances, so I thought I’d love this. I did not. I’m not the usual Kristen Ashley fan – I’ve been able to generally enjoy her books, but I’ve never felt an overwhelming love for anyone or any story, at least not yet. I did greatly enjoy Shy and Tabby’s story because it was such a great friends-enemies-lovers story, which was why I assumed I’d love this one, since it had a similar theme. To me, it didn’t compare.
At the beginning of this book, I was excited because I thought I’d be in for that tension, that push and pull, and the chemistry that can only exist between characters that have a history. I was engaged at the start, but then the story went somewhere else, and I’m still not sure exactly where it went. The plot just became a mess of outrageous situations and obnoxious characters, and midway through I was over it. There were moments when I was ambivalent to the characters and the story, but there were a lot of times when I just found them all annoying. I lost patience with the heroine numerous times because she kept doing the stupidest things, which she thought was cute, but I thought was annoying. Lee was the typical alpha male, and he was sexy enough, but since he didn’t have any scenes in his POV I couldn’t help but find him annoying as well, since I had to deal with Indy whenever he was around. Did I already say that she was annoying? Considering the history these two shared, and the shady life that Lee lives, I don’t feel like I got to know either of them below the surface, which was ridiculous for a book that’s a decent size. There could’ve been so much more built on their backstory, but that didn’t happen.
There were a lot of minor characters (a lot!), and they were all – you guessed it – annoying. They each played their own uniquely ridiculous role in the larger, and even more ridiculous story line, but instead of it being amusing in a silly, slapstick style, I just found it, *sigh*, you know…
I finished the story because I wanted to see if it would get better and if I’d be able to connect with the characters. Nope. In fact, I started disliking them because I just became grumpier the more I rolled my eyes. I’ve been told that the series gets better, but I’m not sure I’ll continue. I probably won’t recommend this to my friends, but don’t let that stop you from trying it. Read it and risk it, you might love it.