The Rocky Road to Romance Review
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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 than five minutes in a fridge-turned-sauna. I didn't think I would like anything outside of Stephanie Plum by Janet Evanovich. Boy was I wrong!

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 one 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 Ms. Evanovich, 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 mouth."

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.

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