REVIEW: Rock Chick by Kristen Ashley
Rock Chick Genres: Chick Lit, Contemporary, Mystery, Romance, Thriller
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.
Indy Savage is a screw up, but I mean that in Lee Nightingale’s most “Isn’t-Indy-cute” sorta way. Oh. My. God. Why did I wait so long to read this book? I haven’t laughed so hard reading a book since Bridget Jones was locked in a Thai prison singing Like A Virgin in her Victoria’s Secret Wonderbra.
This book made me laugh out loud, like guffaw out loud, really – more times than I could count. Kristen Ashley is a brilliant writer because she paints a scene in a book like an artist paints a picture. It helps that I have lived in the Denver Metro area for fifteen years, but I’m pretty sure I’d feel this way even if I wasn’t familiar with the city she was writing about.
Indy is me. I’m a rock chick who never quite grew up even though all these grown up things sorta became part of my life. She inherited a duplex in a trendy (gay) neighborhood and a used bookstore from her grandmother. She takes her job only as seriously as is absolutely necessary. Yes, she has employees, but they don’t even have a schedule, they just show up.
She’s a cop’s daughter who lost her mother when she was five. And it was at her mother’s funeral that Liam Nightingale, her father’s partner’s son and her BFF’s older brother, took her hand and helped her through her little girl grief the only way he know how.
Indy fell in love that day and she spent the next fifteen years relentlessly throwing herself at Lee, and he rejected her each and every time. But the last time was the last straw for Indy. That was ten years ago and the words Lee muttered to her slashed her heart and dream of marrying him at the same time.
“You’re like a sister to me.”
Yup. He said that.
Indy was done. She gave up. She avoided him like the plague for ten years and then her barista Rosie, who is a man BTW, goes and gets himself in trouble and Indy finds herself neck deep in some outrageously dangerous, but undeniably and awesomely funny, stuff.
Liam, meanwhile, went and joined the arm and came out a very, very bad ass private detective. He runs things. He’s like, responsible, but in a dangerous sort of way. In fact, he’s pretty darn dangerous himself.
I’m still describing the first five pages of this book, BTW – LOL… it’s a CRAZY book filled with a mystery, a FUN and SEXY romance between Indy and Lee as they try to make something out of this ten year gap, and even a bit of a thriller. There is non-stop action and the whole thing just made me fall in love with Indy and Lee’s world.
I loved Lee so much. He was the perfect alpha male. Not too demanding, able to admit when he was wrong, he took Indy’s feeling into consideration (eventually, after his caveman shit was over and Indy rebelled) and he knew exactly what to do to pin Indy down and get her to admit things she never wanted to.
And Indy kept her heart to herself for a good long while. Much longer than most girls if they were faced with a super sexy naked Liam Nightingale in their bed. She made sure Lee understood her and accepted her the way she was. And that’s all he ever wanted, anyway. Just her. Just the way she was.
This is just the tippy-top of the iceberg that is Rock Chick. Add in the mob, a bunch of sexy PI’s, a bunch of sexy cops, Indy’s gay couple, a dog called Chowlina, an almost insane war vet names Tex, Indy’s partner in crime, Ally, and a whole neighborhood conspiring against her to make sure she hooks up with Lee – and this is almost what Rock Chick is about.
I loved this book so much I’m almost afraid to read the other ones because what if I’m disappointed? I will, I know I will, and I’m sure I’ll be blown away, but I’m gonna savor Rock Chick just a little bit longer.
If you’re looking for something FUN, SEXY, and UNFORGETTABLE – pick this one up.