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giovedì 27 novembre 2014

“Rock Chick” - Rock Chick Series #1 - Kristen Ashley

Based in Denver, the Rock Chick Series is eight books that take you on the wild ride of the courtships of the Rock Chicks and the Hot Bunch

“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.”

Rock Chick tells the story of Indy and Lee. And let me tell you; you are in for the ride of your life. I don’t normally like the best friend’s brother/unrequited love scenario, but the way this author writes is absolutely freaking amazing. Everything you could want in a novel, this book’s got it in spades. Humor, romance, just the right dose of angst, action and adventure. From bullets flying, being cuffed to a bed, car explosions, food fights, kidnappings and drag queen dramas.
I want to be Indy when I grow up. I was in love with her midway through the first chapter. And then I fell in love with Lee. And Ally. And Eddie. And Darius. And Hank. And Todd & Stevie. And Vance. The good news for me was the fact that each of the characters in this book that I loved, got their own book.
The banter between Indy and Lee throughout this book was brilliant.

“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 loved Indy’s spirit. I can honestly say that there was not one moment in this book that I rolled my eyes. She was passionate about everything. Her friendships are the kind of friendship that you know will last a lifetime. The strays she picks up along the way and immediately tucked into her fold, like Tex and Mr Kumar.

“If it’s just you sharing your feelings, perhaps you can voice it less like an order,” I suggested.“I’m used to giving orders and if it sounds like one then there’s always a chance you’ll obey.” 

The build up before Indy and Lee get to the business is done exactly right. Not too long, not too quickly.
“Jeez, we haven’t even slept together and already you don’t trust me.”“I’ve known you all your life not to mention the fact that my idiot sister is in the next room and when you two get together it’s like Laurel and Hardy do Denver.” 

I absolutely loved the fact that everyone in Indy’s circle was extremely happy for her finally hooking up with Lee. Especially her friends who helped her with “Lee Maneuvers” since school.
 “They’re on Lee and Indy Sex Watch.”
“Come again?”
“They want to know when we’ve done it.”
Silence. I went on.
“If we don’t do it soon, they might force us to at gunpoint.”
“I know. No pressure though. I told them we’re taking is slow.”
“You have to report in?”
“I kind of feel obliged.”
“How’s that?”
I didn’t want to tell him I’d recruited them both for Lee Maneuvres in the past, so I said, “Never mind.”
“If something doesn’t happen soon, it’s gonna be bad. I can’t keep focussed, all I can think of is what’s on your Victoria’s Secret credit statement.
“You need to keep focused,” I told him, “bad guys are after me.”
“Tell me about it.” 

I cannot express enough how much I loved this book. From beginning to end it had me turning the pages like a woman possessed. As soon as I finished this book I immediately turned back to the beginning and started it again. The Rock Chick Series has eight books this being the first. I really recommend reading the entire series.
PLUS! PLUS! PLUS! It is on sale right now.

I was born a middle class white child in Gary, Indiana, USA. One of the last of a dying breed. I nearly killed my mother and myself making it into the world, seeing as I had the umbilical cord wrapped around my neck (already attempting to accessorize and I hadn’t taken my first breath!). Mom says they took me away, put her back in her room, she looked out the window, and Gary was on fire (Dr. King had been assassinated four days before). She remembered thinking it was the end of the world. Quite the dramatic beginning.
Nothing’s changed.
All I’ve ever wanted to do was write (well, and be the Queen of the World, but you gotta start small) and I’ve published a gazillion books and counting (and a gazillion is a lot! shoo!).You can learn about my titles that have been released or that are soon to be released in the Titles section of the website.
Even though I jump genres, there is always a theme to my books…humor (hopefully), engaging characters (again, hopefully) and romance (definitely).
My loves are movies, music, food and fashion and I partake of all of them as often as I can (the middle two more than the others, the former, which takes time I don’t often have and the latter, which takes money I rarely have). In fact, I love food so much, I like to share my good fortune so I put my recipes on offer for you on this page (see top menu and don’t miss them, they’re awesome!).
I grew up in Brownsburg, Indiana and have lived in Denver, Colorado and the West Country of England. Thus I’m blessed to have friends and family around the globe. My family was (is) loopy (to say the least) but loopy is good when you want to write and growing up it was large and multi-generational. We all lived together on a very small farm in a small farm town in the heartland. I grew up with Glenn Miller, The Everly Brothers, REO Speedwagon and Whitesnake (and the wardrobes that matched). Needless to say, growing up in a house full of music, clothes and love was a good way to grow up.
And as I keep growing up, it keeps getting better.
So here I am, thank goodness.

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