Review: Rock Chick by Kristen Ashley

Rock Chick
(Rock Chick #1)
by Kristen Ashley
Publisher: Self-published
Publication date: Dec. 8, 2008
Genre: Romance

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. Complicting 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 started off as a fun, quirky read. Indy has been in love with her best friend’s brother since she was a kid. However, the feeling weren’t mutual and Indy has finally given up on her dream man. Although, one crazy night throws her into his life when she needs to hide out at his house for a little bit. Lee doesn’t seem so uninterested anymore, and Indy isn’t so sure if he’s serious or not.

Like I said, this started off good. Between Indy ending up on some mobster’s radar because her employee apparently has a butt load of diamonds stashed away somewhere, to Lee’s sudden new interest in Indy, there wasn’t really a dull moment. Not to mention all of the various characters who pop in throughout the story who could easily have a book of their own. I was highly entertained for the first half of this book. However, this story seemed to drag on forever. It seemed like this never ending cycle of Lee telling Indy to stay safe inside his fortress so the bad guys don’t get her, but Indy needs to go out for “x,y,z” reason (they were never very good reasons), only to be caught by the bad guy or have them terrorize her wherever she was. The first time I could understand because she thought her first run in was an isolated thing, but then she just kept putting herself in danger. I’m not just talking about going to the store, or a friend’s house. No, this girl decided to take it upon herself to find her missing employee and go around staking out houses and asking neighbors if they’d seen him. I mean, this chick literally went out looking for trouble and then got knocked around as a result because she refused to let a man tell her what to do. I just couldn’t understand her stupidity and it got old really fast for me.

I’d like to say that she grew out of this… but she didn’t. If I’m being honest, I feel kind of bad for Lee. I get that he thinks it’s funny and cute that Indy is a handful, but being stupid, ignorant, and stubborn is not a cute set of traits to have. Especially when you man is a P.I. who is on a lot of bad guys’ radar.I think Lee’s character was what kept me reading. He was just so patient with her, and yet so strong and Alpha. You didn’t question whether or not he could protect you. He just exuded masculinity. I honestly don’t know how he could put up with Indy. Between her continuously putting herself in danger, to flirting with his colleagues right in front of him, I don’t know why he didn’t just kick her to the curb.

If you can’t tell, Indy really got under my skin. I had started off really liking this story and was planning on immediately adding the following books to my kindle, but now I’m not so sure. If the others deal with idiotic female leads who don’t have a lick of common sense in them, then I most definitely don’t want to read about them for over 400 pages.




2 Thoughts on “Review: Rock Chick by Kristen Ashley

  1. I can understand why you ended up feeling that way.

  2. I can see why Indy wouldn’t work for you, she is the type of heroine that won’t work for everyone. I liked her but she could be frustrating at times. I love how this author writes her heroes, Lee is fantastic in this one.

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