The Rocky Road to Romance
Janet Evanovich
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The Rocky Road to Romance
Janet Evanovich
266 pages
September 2004
rated 3 1/2 of 5 possible stars

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Daisy Adams has stretched herself thin working too many jobs and attempting to finish her doctorate at the same time. Her most well-known position is that of the Dog Lady of WZZZ radio, providing dog stories, recipes, and tips each morning. When the midday traffic reporter is injured in an accident, Daisy jumps at the chance to make a little more money by taking over his job. Steve Crow, the radio operations manager, is a bit leery about letting the amiable (but cute) woman take over the hectic job.

Steve decides to allow her a chance and rides along the first day to help with orientation. To Steve's dismay, he falls head-over-heels for the lovely Daisy. Then Daisy runs over a drug dealer and soon after begins to get threats on her life. Steve has no choice but to figure out a way to protect Daisy. With a ragtag group that includes Daisy's teenage brother, an old-lady bodyguard with a big gun, and a lovable dog named Bob, Daisy is sure to be in entertaining, if not quite safe, company.

The Rocky Road to Romance is a re-release of one of Evanovich's Loveswept romances from the early '90s. It's hilarious and charming, a refreshing weekend read. Daisy is clumsily endearing. Her many jobs are a huge exaggeration of what any normal person could manage to do while researching and preparing a doctorate, but that doesn't really detract from the fun of the love story. All of the characters and qualities you have come to expect and love from Evanovich are present--the big dog named Bob, the pistol-packing granny, a really big car and especially the slapstick humor.

The Rocky Road to Romance is a fun, short novel. Nothing earth-shattering in the way of literature, but then I don't think anyone is expecting that. If you're ready to take a break from real life and deeper reading, The Rocky Road to Romance will fit the bill perfectly.

Originally published on Curled Up With A Good Book at Melissa Parcel, 2005

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