Rock Chick by Kristen Ashley
1st in a series of standalones that build on each other.
If you’ve read my blog for any length of time, you know that Kristen Ashley is my favorite author. With over 40 amazing books filled with delicious alpha men, I have loved each of them. Rock Chick is the book that started it all, and a MUST READ for any KA fan. I read most of her other series before the Rock Chick series because I heard they were more chick-lit than romance. I don’t agree, these books are the perfect blend of fun. zany, sexy, exciting and thrilling.
I usually don’t re-read, but I had heard the narrator was so good for the Rock Chick books that I HAD to listen, and I agree! I really enjoyed her!
REPRINTED FROM KINDLE REVIEW:
Indy Savage is a Rock Chick. She loves her classic rock (she has great taste in music), she dresses in Denver rock-and-roll style (which includes cowboy boots, great belts, and band shirts pretty often) and her father is a cop. She lost her mom when she was five years old, and spent most of her time growing up with her mom’s best friend’s family, the Nightingales. Ally Nightingale is Indy’s best friend, and her brother Liam (Lee) owns his own badass security company. Ally’s other brother is a cop, so lets just say, the cops all know these two girls, and look out for them. Indy fell in love with Lee when she was 5 years old and threw herself at him in every way possible until she was 17, when he told her he only liked her as a sister. For the next 10 years, she avoided being alone with him.
Indy inherited her Gram’s used bookstore. Her crazy pothead Barista, Rosie, got in a load of trouble with stolen diamonds, and Indy became the target of a crazy bad-guy’s obsession. Rosie disappears and Indy needs Lee’s help.
“I do this thing for Rosie, you sleep with me”
I stared at him, open-mouthed and in stunned silence.
I did, of course, understand what he meant but he explained further.
“Not like last night, we’ll both be naked and sexual acts will be performed.”
My expression didn’t change except maybe my mouth opened wider.
“I’ll expect your participation.”
“Your avid participation.”
Dear Lord in Heaven.
Eventually, I whispered, “You must be joking.”
He shook his head and watched me.
I dropped my eyes, unable to hold his stare.
“I think I need more coffee,” I told his throat.”
Immediately Lee lets everyone know they are together, before Indy even has a chance to breathe. So much was going on with the diamonds and missing people, that whenever Lee and Indy try to go at it, they are interrupted (this got a little frustrating for the characters, and for me). All of her friends want to know what the gorgeous badass Lee is like in bed, but Indy says they’re taking it slow.
“That isn’t possible. Slow isn’t possible. Lee Nightingale doesn’t move slow. One second he’s looking at you. the next second he’s walking away and he has the little satin bow from your panties as a souvenir”
Not only was this a romance, but it was a completely zany romp with a few kidnappings and a cast of crazy characters, the craziest of which was Indy and Ally! Best friends since birth, even their moms were best friends. They always wanted their kids to get together and get married so they would be related for real, so everyone knew it was inevitable, and everyone was thrilled. I loved the fact that they had known each other all of their lives. It made their getting together so quickly work really well.
“Your grandmother used to say that you were two souls separated in heaven. She mainly meant you were both trouble and deserved each other.”
Indy is independent, feisty, totally nuts, and a flirt. Lee is a perfect Kristen Ashley alpha. Gorgeous, scary, possessive, jealous and protective. Put that combination together, and it’s bound to get a little nuts.
“Maybe we should have this conversation in an alternate universe where Alternate Indy gives a shit what Alternate Lee wants her to wear.”
“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.”
“Lee, you’re gonna have to get over this jealous-possessiveness thing.”
“Indy, you’re gonna have to get used to the fact that I’m the jealous-possessive type.”
When they finally do the deed though, they do it right:
“Jesus,” he buried his face in my neck. “There’s nothin’ better in the world than hearing you say my name when I’m inside you.” He slid in deeper, filling me. “I’ve been waiting years to be right here.”
There were a ton of really funny lines in this book, and so much I can relate to. Retail therapy with Auntie Annes pretzels, using the word ‘boobage’ to describe someone else’s chest, a big food fight against the bitch named Candie and more. I had a lot of fun reading this book. It reminded me a lot of Janet Evanovich’s Stephanie Plum series, if she finally picked Ranger.
- All the pop-culture and rock chick references
- Indy and Ally were totally fun
- The entire crazy cast of characters
- A bunch of LOL moments
- Great narrator
- I really would have liked to see a LOT more of the romance.
- Some of Indie’s more annoying qualities were magnified, almost to the point of being cartoonish in the audio version. Her little repetitive phrases were a bit more obvious.