Rock Chick #1
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.
For the most part I am not a fan of alpha male characters. They just aren’t my favorite type of hero. Give me a sarcastic asshole (especially one who uses his humor the cover up his traumatic childhood) any day of the week . I don’t like guys who use the ruse of “protection” when they really just want to control the female. I don’t like when they are constantly telling women what to do, what to wear and who they can and cannot interact with just because they love them so much.
But for some reason I was able to look past a lot of that in this book. Maybe because the general plot was just so ridiculous and fun but I was willing to let Lee slide on his jealous possessive bullshit. Is he my favorite male lead? No but I definitely didn’t hate him. I’m willing to let it slide with Joe Morelli in the Stephanie Plum books as well. I think it just takes a ridiculous plot and a crazy fun female lead to help get the douche male off the hook. It probably doesn’t hurt that older brother/sister’s best friend is one of my all time favorite tropes.
And I really liked Indy. Yeah she made a lot of stupid decisions and was constantly putting herself in danger but whatever. Who wants to read about a heroine who actually waits in the car while the men get to go around and do all the fun stuff? And for the most part she called Lee out on his controlling bullshit and I totally respected her for that.
The secondary characters were great as well and I think Tex may be one of my favorite of all time. I really hope he is in future books.
All in all this was just a really fun book. Totally out there and completely over the top but sometimes that’s just what you need. I kind of wish the rest of the series followed Indy and Lee but I’m looking forward to meeting some new characters! I’d say that my first Kristen Ashley book was a great success.