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.

Titles in the Rock Chick series include — Rock Chick – Rock Chick Rescue – Rock Chick Redemption – Rock Chick Renegade – Rock Chick Revenge – Rock Chick Reckoning – Rock Chick Regret – Rock Chick Revolution – Rock Chick Reawakening (1001 Dark Nights) – Rock Chick Reborn –

All of Ms. Ashley’s titles can be found on the Kristen Ashley page.

Title:  Rock Chick
Series:  Rock Chick #1
Author:  Kristen Ashley
Published:  Original 2008 (several reissues)
My Rating:  5 stars

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 from Kristen Ashley’s world — he’s tied equally with Roarke from J.D. Robb’s In Death series).. 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? So recently I blocked out several hours, told the world to go take a hike and immersed myself in the Rock Chick world – okay, I’m late from the publication date, but a great book is awesome at any time. *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. So yeah, this story is full of characters who make the whole experience worthwhile, entertaining and worth repeating.

Would I recommend this story and/or series, 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 – actually, there is no “maybe” about it *another grin*

I own a Kindle edition of this story.

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