Sunday, April 27, 2014

BOOK REVIEW - ROCK CHICK by KRISTEN ASHLEY - ROCK CHICK # 1 - ADULT HUMOROUS ACTION CONTEMPORARY ROMANCE

By: Kristen Ashley
Published By: Kristen Ashley
Released : Available Now
Details : Paperback from library, 390 Pages

RATING: 5 DY-NO-MITE STARS!

Blurb: Goodreads

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.




BOOK REVIEW by Michelle:

I’ve got to start first by saying that if you have not picked up this series by Kristen ...then you are sorely missing out.

I kid you not.

TRUST ME!!!

This is the freakin’ bomb.

Funny, witty, awesome dialogue, smexi alpha lads, a female lead who is just drop dead funny. She has verbal diarrea and I say that in a positive way.

Indy and Ally are bottom line Rock Chicks. I love all the references to *coughmyeracough*. It didn't subtract from the story, it made it cool. I had quite a blast with Tex's eight track play list. Indy had hit the mother load.

Indy is just a cool chick. She dresses in big buckled belts and has her favorite T-shirts and doesn't mind adding Lee's into the mix.

I have never, in my life, been hit by a man. 

I got in a bitch slapping catfight at a Public Image Limited/Big Audio Dynamite double bill, but we were in a mosh pit gone bad. It was punk, it was expected.








She is thirty years old and lives her life, her way.


Rule Number One in the India Savage Life Code: When In doubt or possible trouble, lie.

She also has a kind heart and cares about her friends and along the way she makes more friends to bring into her fold.

I couldn’t help myself. He immediately made me sad.

“Yes, mints,” I grabbed a pack of mints and put it on the counter.

He stared at the mints.

I stared at the mints.

The mints seemed lonely and the purchase of the mints was not going to do anything to help feed this man’s family.


Mr Kumar’s eyes filled with tears as I brought all my stuff to the counter.

“You are an angel from heaven,” he breathed. 


India Savage, aka Indy Savage is such a fun character to read. She gets herself into all sorts of pickles and she has the lad she has been crushing on, her best friends brother, Liam Nightingale, aka Lee, trying to keep up with her and keep her from harm.

Lee and Indy have some sorting out to do. Watching Lee make the decisions for Indy and watching her sweat it out, was very entertaining, at the same time as watching her get into all sorts of pickles.

It was bad luck, considering Lee’s moral code was a bit sketchy, that I fell into Liam Nightingale’s Ethical Rule Book at Rule Number Two ( with Rule Number One being “Thou shalt not nail your brother’s girlfriend”). I was “Thou shalt not nail your little sister’s best friend.”

“Honey, it occurs to me from what you asked me earlier that you have the wrong impression about me. Today, I’m gonna show you who I am. Tonight, I’m gonna tell you what you want. Tomorrow, you can make up your mind.”

She has a fondness for stun guns.


I discovered I loved stun guns. Stun guns were righteous when they weren’t used on you.

The Nightingale boys and Ally their sister are quite a trio.


Henry “Hank” Nightingale was captain of the football team, prom king. He was voted Best Athlete, Most Popular, one half of Best Couple and Best Smile. He’s six foot one, has thighs that could crack walnuts and just the right assets to fill both the seat and crotch of his jeans, a killer smile, thick, dark brown hair with just enough wave and whisky-colored eyes. In high school, Hank was good-natured, chivalrous and had a steady girl. Not much has changed ( except there was no longer a girl).



Liam “Lee” Nightingale could hotwire any car going. He had both a Mustang and a motorcycle, started smoking when he was thirteen, was rumored to be able to get a girl pregnant by just looking at her and was also voted Best Smile. He’s six foot two and gives the impression that faded jeans had been divinely created just for him. Lee also has thick, dark brown hair with just enough wave and chocolate-colored eyes with a heavy rim of long lashes. Lee was good-natured as well, but in an entirely different way. Without any effort at all, ( mostly by crooking his finger, casting a glance, or if a girl was playing hard to get, he’d pull out The Smile), Lee nailed everything that was female, had long hair, big boobs, a fine ass and was breathing.

Every female, that is, but me, no matter how hard I tried. And let’s just say I tried real hard.

I, too have big boobs, a helluvan ass, long, russet hair ( with just enough wave ) and was, as far as I could tell, not the walking dead.




This left time with Ally.

Allyson Nightingale is always up for an adventure.

Allyson Nightingale can keep her mouth shut.

And Ally is not a cop.



And Eddie Chavez

He had on a white thermal, short-sleeved tee, a pair of worn out Levi’s, black cowboy boots and a black belt with a big buckle pressed against his flat abs. He had dark skin, black hair and he was wearing a pair of kickass mirrored shades. Shades I knew hid eyes so dark brown, they were black. He was flashing a grin at us, so ultra-white against his skin.

Lee and Eddie had moved naturally from good-looking boys that caused girls to have sweetheart crushes to handsome men that caused women’s vaginas to quiver at the sight of them.




Indy has inherited Fortnum’s Bookstore in the Baker Historical District from her grandmother. She has colorful employees.

Duke’s a Harley man, all leather and denim with a big ole gray beard and loads of long, steel gray hair with a bandana tied around his forehead. He talks rough, lives rough and is tough as nails, but can be soft as a marshmallow if he likes you ( luckily he likes me).



Jane’s my romance (our biggest seller) expert. She’s six foot and weighs in at about one-twenty, painfully thin, painfully shy. She keeps her nose in a novel nearly every minute of the day, when she isn’t buying them off people hawking their books for our shelves or selling them to people with mumbled recommendations. She’s told me she’d written over forty novels herself but never had the gumption to try to get them published.


Indy doesn’t like being told what she can and can’t do. This can make Lee’s life difficult.

“Honey, it’s good you’re gorgeous or you’d be a pain in the ass.”


“Fuck, Indy, you turn me inside out.”



But he has ways around it.

This makes for some great reading.

The more you read Lee, the more you will be squirming in your seat. He is just ...rawrrrr.


Not to mention, Lee went from Bad Boy to Badass in half a decade. By the end of that decade he was Baddass Extraordinaire. You didn’t mess with Lee. I may have been a bit of a wild child, but I knew enough about playing with fire and getting burned, and Lee Nightingale had gone from a bonfire to a towering fucking inferno in ten years.

Lee would be a good bet. Lee had gone into the Army after high school. Lee had gone on to be Special Operations Force. Lee had done some serious shit while in the armed services. Shit that took the good ole boy look right out of his dark brown eyes and put something else, something colder, more serious and far scarier, Lee had come out and gotten himself a private investigator’s license and opened an office in LoDo ( or Lower Downtown Denver). Lee was supposed to be a PI, but no one really knows what Lee does.


All the lads that work for Lee are rawrrr.


Vance was younger than Lee, but I was guessing not by much. He had shiny, straight black hair pulled into a ponytail, a lean body, and the fabulous bone structure and colouring of a Native American.

Oh, he was seriously hot.



It was like Chippendales, but better.


He had a blond military cut, a well maintained body with a laid back posture, and I was guessing he was about ten years older than Lee.


Kristen has a very special gift with this series. I could just see her fingers flying across the keyboard as the words, a lot is dialogue, spills forth.

The conversations are hilarious and it kept me turning pages.

All the sub characters are extremely busy and well written.

Mr Kumar is just gorgeous.

Tod and Stevie are Indy's next door neighbors and the gay flight attendants are hilarious, especially Tod, he is a drag queen, too.


“Girlie, you fuck this up and I’m calling the boys in the white jackets. You let something that fine slip through your fingers, you deserve a padded room.”


“I’m going next door to get my gun.”

“Your gun?”

“Hunk of Burning Love is out there fighting a war for you so someone has to protect you. I’ll be right back.”


He stared between Lee and Eddie. Back and forth. Back again and forth.

Then his eyes swung to me.

“What’re you doing? Collecting the straight, super macho Village People?”


This book was busy. No time to sit about and get bored.

You gotta keep up with Indy, she is da bomb!

Grizzly Adams aka Tex is such a fun character. There is enough humor in this book without needing the sidekick character, but Tex just takes the cake .

I adore his character.


It was Grizzly Adams, but the serial killer version. He was enormous, had lots of wild, blond hair, a thick, seriously overlong ( we’re talking ZZ Top here) russet beard and was wearing a flannel shirt even though it had to be nearly ninety degrees.


“Holy fuck, pandemonium at the gay bar!” he yelled.


Tex has spent too much time being a warrior hermit. Indy has brought a breath of fresh air his way , which kind of means, ACTION. He isn't letting himself miss out on the good times, anymore. Which translates to Indy getting in a pickle and he getting to be a part of it.

Tex is truly a brilliant character.

“I’ll take some of that action,” Tex put in.

We all looked at him.

“It’s Girl’s Night Out, Tex,” I explained.

“So? What? Are there rules?” Tex asked.

“Yes. The rule is it’s a night out for girls,” I answered.

“Woman, you think I’m missin’ another bar fight or quick draw, you’re crazy. I’m comin’ out with you tonight.”



“Oh...my...gawd,” Tod said.

“You fucking bitch,” Ally said.

“This is more like it,” Tex said.


So many people have read and reviewed this series, approximately 111,000 ratings , just on Goodreads alone, for this series. 

Everybody loves it.

In the words of J.J. from Good Times, it was Dy-no-mite!

If you love Charley Davidson series and the wit and energy Darynda Jones puts into her characters, then you are gonna want to pick up this series.

It is by all accounts. 

Hell. Good.

This book is one big quote.


Michelle

4 comments:

  1. YAY! I just loved this book. My friend who loved all the books by the author bought it to me for Christmas and it was a really great read. I bought book 2 but I still need to read it. I'm glad it was a great surprise for you as well.

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    1. Hi Melliane,

      I loved it! It's a great book to give as a gift to your friends. I have opened # 2 and really loving Eddie and Jet :D Crack it open and read it too!

      Mich

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  2. Gah!!!! Omigod! Omigod! I'm so ecstatic that you LOVED Rock Chick, Michelle!! I just read it last month and loved every freaking minute of it! I finished Rock Chick Rescue last week (my review posts this week) and I loved it even more!! I'll be starting Rock Chick Redemption the first of May! Seriously, this series is so fabulous! And I LIVE IN EVERGREEN!!! So it being set in Denver (and here) is pretty cool, too!. Your review ROCKED!! I can't wait to see what you think of RCR!

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    1. Hey Brandee,

      Thanks :D

      I am almost finished RCR and I am loving all the Alpha lads and I am giggling at Tex and MACE!!! What did you do!! And then I am giggling at Ada. Love her spunk!

      It's another review that is going to take me hours to write and type out the quotes :D

      Well there you go! You live in Evergreen. So it is a real place too. This is a rather fun series I am finding. I'll look out for your RCR review. I do have book 4 and 5 here from library, but I am still waiting on # 3. So I can't read anymore until it lands in my lap :D

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