When the bad weather of Hurricane Ivan tore through western North
Carolina, leaving us without power for three days in a row, I picked up a copy of The
Rocky Road to Romance in between shopping for eatable things that would last longer
minutes in a fridge-turned-sauna. I didn't think I would like anything
outside of Stephanie Plum by Janet Evanovich. Boy was I
Daisy Adams has a five-minute slot on WZZZ every Monday morning
where she tells dog stories and gives directions on how to make homemade dog biscuits and
other canine treats. When she's not doing that, she's giving colorful traffic reports
and bouncing drug dealers off the fender of the WZZZ traffic car.
Wickedly handsome Steve Crow had reservations about hiring Daisy as the
temporary traffic reporter. She bakes dog biscuits for a living, for goodness sake! But
until the original guy recuperates from a broken leg, he's stuck with her because no
else will take the job. It's not long until he finds himself sleeping outside her
house at two in the morning, getting a dog, and buying a big house complete with a
backyard bar-b-que. Now all he has to do is keep her safe from nutty drug dealers long
enough to convince her to marry him.
The Rocky Road to Romance is
filled with all the quirky characters you've come to expect from
including a gun-toting granny, a slobbering dog, and a
teenage boy with a bottomless
pit for a stomach. Daisy Adams is an adorable, feisty heroine that I truly liked and
rooted for. Steve Crow is the perfect hero...macho protective, realistic, and comfortable
to be with. This reader fell in love with him.
Ms. Evanovich was right
when she said, "Romance novels are birthday cake and life is often peanut butter and
jelly. I think everyone should have lots of delicious romance novels lying around for
those times when the peanut butter of life gets stuck to the roof of your
So the next time your life resembles a giant peanut butter and
jelly sandwich, pick up a copy of The Rocky Road to Romance and see if it doesn't
make you laugh out loud
and feel tons better.