Rock Chick (Rock Chick #1) by Kristen Ashley
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.
Title: Rock Chick
Author: Kristen Ashley
Publication Date: December 1st, 2008
Shelves: Contemporary; Romance; Sports
Format: Kindle (412 pages)
To my shame, I avoided for a while the Rock Chick Series, because I really believed it was with rock stars. Every time I wanted to start it, I was not in the mood for them, so I postponed. I did not even check, because I knew all the books of Kristen Ashley’s were on my reading list. Well, I was wrong, and that I see now what I’ve missed. Along the years I have read some books here and there, but now I’m starting a thorough check on the journey of all her books. She advised us to read them in a proper order as she wrote them, because everything has a place. For a full journey I am going to do that and document it. I need to re-read most of them, but I will present that epic reading order with character details.
India Savage! Now this is a badass woman. She’s a cop daughter and all the Police Department knows her, either for only family ties, or for all the troubles she’s caused. Along with Ally Nightingale, they were the Bonnie & Clyde of trouble, without much illegal. She has been in love of Liam “Lee” Nightingale since she was 5 and he held her hand at her mother’s memorial service. At 20 she finally stopped thouing herself at him, because she told him he sees her as his little sister.
The story we see now is after 10 years of ignoring Lee and currently a bad situation on Indy’s doors. She runs for the help of Ally, because she cannot involve the police family, and needs a safe house until morning. But she finds herself in Lee’s condo where Lee finally lays down the cards and starts pursuing her.
“I haven’t been avoiding you,”
“You’re lying. The last time we were both at dinner, you got up in the middle of Mom’s fajita presentation and said you forgot to feed your cat.”
“You don’t have a cat.”
I feel like I’m reading a trilogy in one book. When you have a sense that the story might be over, everyone happy, it keeps on going strong.
So much funny things happened around Indy, that was hilarious. Everyone knows she’s a force to be reckoned with, and she delivers every single time. Let me tell you that if Lee says India is a lot to deal with, he is right. She’s stubborn, too vocal, ballsy and trouble follows her everywhere. And she never listens when somebody tells her something.
“Do you always wear underwear like this, or is it for me?”
I rolled to my back and pulled the sheet to my waist.
“It isn’t for you, I’ve been wearing underwear like this since Gram gave me my first Frederick’s of Hollywood box on my sixteenth birthday. Now, I owe Victoria’s Secret my first-born child.”
Before speaking again, Lee waited several seconds that can only be described as ‘loaded silence’. While this silence was going on, he pulled the sheet back down.
“You’re tellin’ me that since you were sixteen you’ve been sittin’ next to me every year at Christmas Dinner wearin’ underwear like this?”
I love the world of Kristen Ashley, even though I felt a little overwhelmed because there are too many characters, too many names. I had to pause a second now and then to remember who that was.