RockChick KATitle:  Rock Chick
Series:  Rock Chick #1
Author:  Kristen Ashley
Genre:  Contemporary Romance
Published:  March 4, 2011
My Rating:  4.5 stars
Source:  Own, Kindle Edition
Cover Description:

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.

Read on for my thoughts on Rock Chick.

I first heard of Nightingale Investigations while reading The Dream Man series.  (and I’ll be honest, Tack from Motorcycle Man is my one true forever book boyfriend).. anyway.  From the in passing mentions of the Nightingale crew in that other series, it caught my attention as a series I’d want to read.  But, life ya know?  I had other review obligations and personal crap.  Until finally yesterday I just said – Enough already, what’s the point of having review blogs if I don’t get to read what I want for my own pleasure once in a while, ya know?  So I blocked out several hours, told the world to go take a hike and immersed myself in the Rock Chick world – okay, I’m five years late from the publication date, but a great book is awesome at any time.  And it’s brand new to me! *grin*

India and Liam were kinda destined from the start.  Their mothers were best friends, she’d been in love with him since she was five, he’d been getting her out of trouble for just about their entire lives.  A happy ever after no-brainer, right?  Well.  Not exactly.  These two wild children forged their own paths in life.  And as much and as often as Indy tried to get Lee to notice her, take her affection seriously was just as hard as he worked to avoid her entanglements.  Eventually Indy simply began to avoid situations where she’d be around Lee – and even if he was present, she’d find an excuse to leave… like forgetting to feed her cat – when she had no cat.  Hmm, obvious much?

Now, Indy finds herself in some serious trouble.  Being shot at does qualify as trouble, even in her opinion.  Her loyalty to her friends and employees will put her in a really bad position, one that the man she’s avoided for the last decade will step right into.  Chaos will result.

Lee has done a lot to put off his love for Indy, oh yeah, he’s loved her but he’s held back — and the reasons make perfect sense when we get to know them just a bit better.  But now, enough is enough and Indy is about to get what she’s wanted for so long – Lee in her life, full time with all the complications, surprises  and devotion she ever dreamed possible.  This man is about to rock her world, and life is going to get very interesting.

Indy is… unique.  Yeah, that’s a good word for her.  She is strong, independent, snarky, loyal, funny, a clothes junkie, a Rock Chick in all caps… and she fibs a lot.  Her lies are never to harm, more to get herself out of situations or misdirect consequences of her actions.  But lying about not wanting Lee now is beyond even Indy.  Oh sure, she’ll deny that she wants exactly what Lee’s offering but in her heart she knows that she will love this bad boy until her final breath.

I loved the world building in Rock Chick.  This is a world full of interesting, dangerous, crazy people that I had no trouble falling into and begging for more.  Secondary characters are vital to the believably of a story for me.  No one lives in a vacuum, and if those people who populate a fictional world aren’t fleshed out the story falls flat for me.  I’m actually surprised that this series wasn’t longer since I desperately want to now know every single one of Lee and Indy’s friends, co-workers and family’s story.  Please.  So yeah, this story is full of characters who make the whole experience worthwhile, entertaining and worth repeating.

Would I recommend this story, even now so long after it’s original publication?  Hell Yeah.  And now I need to block out some more hours to continue this series (and maybe re-read  the Dream Man and Chaos series – cos now I’ve been reminded of how much I love these characters who often show up in each other’s series.  *grin*

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