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The Rocky Road to Romance (Elsie Hawkins #4)

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“[Evanovich] is funny and ceaselessly inventive."
Los Angeles Times Book Review

“Do yourself a favor and read this one.”
Washington Post

The author of so many spectacularly successful mystery novels featuring the inimitable Stephanie Plum, #1 New York Times bestselling author Janet Evanovich displays a more playfully romantic side with The Rocky Road to Romance. Evanovich de
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Audio CD, 5 pages
Published August 31st 2004 by HarperAudio (first published March 1st 1991)
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Bark's Book Nonsense
Feb 20, 2014 Bark's Book Nonsense rated it liked it
Shelves: audiobook, romance
I picked this oldie out of the bag of audios rattling around in my hatch because I wanted something fluff filled for my latest car read and that’s exactly what I got. If you’ve read any of her romances you’ll know what I mean. They’re fun while you’re listening but pretty forgettable once finished.

This version is narrated by C.J. Critt who always does such a professional job with Evanovich’s quirky characters. She has a unique voice with a little grit and I always enjoy a book more when she narr
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Kirsti (Melbourne on my mind)
As always, I've been rereading these books because a very dear friend mailed them all to me from the US as birthday and Christmas presents way back when they were rereleased, and I feel I owe it to her to reread them and make a proper assessment before I weed them from my collection.

Some of the rereads have been fun and enjoyable. This one? I made it to page THIRTY NINE before I hurled the book at the wall as hard as I could. Because NO. NO NO NO NO NO.

Let's talk about those first 39 pages, sh
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sarafem
Jan 19, 2009 sarafem rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: chick-lit, 2009
As with most romance novels, I found it a little condescending and obnoxious that things moved so quickly and yet so perfectly. Suspension of belief is one thing, overdoing a fairy tale that makes me uncomfortable in the first place is a whole other. That said, the characters in this tale were as equally endearing as Evanovich's Plum series regulars. In reading the excerpt from another Evanovich love story I am not convinced that other sans-Plum books will be as delightful as this one, but I'm w ...more
Jintana
Oct 30, 2012 Jintana rated it it was amazing
อยากจะกรีด 8 ตลบ พระเอกอาไรนารักมากๆ

สตีฟเปนเจาของสถานีวิทยุทีนางเอกไปทำงานเปนผูจัดรายการเกียวกับอาหารสุนัขเพือหารายไดเสริมจากการทีเธอเรียนตอปริญญาเอกดานจิตวิทยา เธอทำงานตังแตเชาจรดเยน เริมดวยการสงหนังสือพิมพ เดกเสริฟรานอาหาร จัดรายการวิทยุ เขียนตำราอาหารสุนัข ฯลฯ เธอขอพระเอกควบตำแหนงนักขาวรายงานขาวจราจรเนืองจากนักขาวคนปัจจุบันประสบอุบัติเหตุตองพักรักษาตัว

พระเอกทีแสนจะหลอ รวย และเซกซีอยางรายกาจถูกมนตเสนหหลงรักเธอแบบไมรูเนือรูตัว (ไมรูแกไปชอบเอาตอนไหน)ถึงขนาดโกหกนางเอกวาตัวเองเลียงสุนัข จนตองเดือ
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Carrie
When I first stared reading romance novels several years ago, I happened to pick up a few of the newly rereleased early works of Janet Evanovich. I realized recently that I'd somehow missed this one. I now have a little more experience with romance novels, and while reading The Rocky Road to Romance it occurred to me that Evanovich's early books are more in the line of good natured self-mockery than a serious attempt at romance. The story contains many romance cliches which are stripped down to ...more
Karen
Jun 14, 2011 Karen rated it it was ok
Another book for the library's adult summer reading program -cd/romance. I've never read anything by Janet Evanovich before. We'll see...

Okay, so, this was a my first Janet Evanovich book... and likely my last if they're all like this one. I know her books are popular, but they've never enticed me enough to pick one up prior to this. There were some funny moments, but they didn't come even close to making up for the predictable drivel that posed as a story line. Was this supposed to be believabl
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Bekah
Mar 28, 2012 Bekah rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Evanovich is probably best known for her Stephanie Plum detective series. It's obvious this is one of her earlier works. Her characters are cute and charming, but the romance is ridiculously swift and the plot is a little jumpy.

Daisy is a sweet, overworked girl who falls into a job as a traffic reporter. Her boss, Steve, is gruff and handsome and protective. Even though they've worked together at the radio station for over a year, the minute Daisy gets the job, they fall in love. Riiiiiiiiiiight
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Amanda
Aug 18, 2010 Amanda rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance
One of my favorite series is the Stephanie Plum series by Janet Evanovich. Because I like her style of writing, I gave this one a try. The style remains the same, and there are some really funny moments and characters.

Daisy Adams has managed to fill her days completely with school, work, and volunteering. In order to make ends meet, she takes on the job as traffic reporter at the radio station where she works, even though she has no idea what to do. She becomes involved with the owner of the st
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Evanston Public  Library
Ah, February. Ah, romance. In celebration of Valentines Day and to stretch my reading horizons a bit, I ventured into the paperback romance stacks at EPL. A few pages into one depicting a lady in low-cut Regency gown swooning against a background of gothic architecture on its cover had me rolling my eyes and quickly replacing the book on the shelf. But then I spotted this one by Janet Evanovich, author of the hugely popular "numbered" mystery series featuring bounty hunter Stephanie Plum. Well, ...more
Kara Jorges
This was a lot of fun for a long-time Evanovich fan to read. One of her earlier novels just re-released, it bears some of her hallmarks with just enough restraint to show she wouldn’t be a mere romance novelist for long. This book was like a trial ground for Grandma Mazur and Bob the dog, as well as a couple rough hews into Morelli, from the Stephanie Plum novels. It begins when Daisy, our overworked heroine, talks her gorgeous boss, Steve Crow, into letting her do the traffic reports at his rad ...more
Debbie
Nov 18, 2009 Debbie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
After an unexpected accident with the traffic reporter on WZZZ, operations manager Steve Crow was desperate for a fill in reporter. Desperate enough to give the kooky dog lady Daisy Adams a try behind the wheel. Even after a terrible first broadcast, Daisy was sent o a breaking news story and ended up being the story. Having a hand, or more like a fender, involved in the capture of the bad guy, the threat to Daisy’s life seemed to hit Steve hard. His overwhelming feeling of protectiveness leadin ...more
Nadine
Jun 05, 2012 Nadine rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2012
Mein erstes Buch von Janet Evanovich und sicher auch mein letztes.

Zum Inhalt:
Überarbeitete, herzensgute Frau trifft charmanten, reichen Mann. Knistern, Sex, Liebe, ein auf Rache sinnender Verbrecher, Happy End.

Die Charaktere waren sehr eindimensional und langweilig. Der männliche Protagonist kauft mal eben einen Hund, weil er seiner Angebeteten gegenüber behauptet hat, er hätte einen Hund. Sofort stellt sich heraus, dass der Hund nicht ins Auto (Angeberkarre, die offenbar Frauen so toll finden,
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Danielle
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Tara
I bet that if you read this book as your first Janet Evanovich novel, you'd think it was pretty clever. However, this is one of the last books by her I'm reading and I found it to be repetitive. Some many elements from this book seemed to get put into the Stephanie Plum series that it felt like I didn't need to read this book. There is Elsie, the outspoken old lady with the gun in her purse, who we actually meet in another book, but is easily the predecessor to Grandma Mazzur. There is the indes ...more
Brittany
Aug 01, 2011 Brittany rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
A quick 2 hour read to break up the time from more serious things, Janet Evanovich can always be counted on for a cute story. "The Rocky Road to Romance" doesn't disappoint but is not something memorable either. If only soul mates were so readily available! (And rich enough to buy a new car, house and dog in the same afternoon just to please their new mate!)
The first appearance of a Bob dog is fun - though "him" being a gray and white sheep dog was unexpected. Bob always conjures up images of la
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Jeanne Penberthy
Classic Janet writing

This book is classic Janet Evanovich. It is cute and light and an all around feel good book.. I recommend it for all Janet fans.
Louise
Apr 10, 2009 Louise rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: women-s-fiction
This is the second novel I've read today. I've been on a reading frenzy!! I adored this novel by Evanovich and I gotta hand it to her, the woman knows how to write. A funny, endearing romantic story.

Rocky Road is the happy story of a guy who owns a radio station, a likeable overworked woman who does the traffic report, and a dog named Bob. They all fall in love, they outsmart some bad guys, and they eat a lot of dessert. The addition in this story of Elsie Hawkins is truly comical. For an elderl
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Lindsay
Nov 19, 2012 Lindsay rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2012
Ughhh, 1.5 is the closer score here.

Most of my enjoyment in this novel comes from me being able to see where some of the Stephanie Plum characters come from and developed from.

I know this is a romance novel and it's not supposed to have an earth shattering plot but I do ask for everything to have a plausible clear line connecting it. There was just too much jumping without logical detail.

My other problem was that I didn't connect with the characters at all. I really didn't care whether these two
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Andreasoldier
The bones of the Plum books are in this early romance from Evanovich. Over-scheduled woman takes job as fill-in radio reporter for one of her bosses because it pays well. He's in lust, and goes after her with a vengeance, which she notices in passing because she's so busy.
Then she foils a crime by mistake and the baddie comes after her. At his insistence, she hires a Caddy-driving grandma with a big gun.
By the way, he adopts a dog named Bob that eats everything.
Sounding familiar? A few funny m
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Maura
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Ferne
Mar 06, 2014 Ferne rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Read this novel during a manicure/pedicure appointment at the nail salon today. It was the perfect book for an interlude of light-hearted, fun reading. As Janet Evanovich shared in a note to the reader in the beginning of the book, "In a previous life, before the time of Plum, I wrote twelve (12) short romance novels, Red-hot screwball comedies, each and everyone of them. Nine (9) of these stories were originally published by the Loveswept line between the years 1988 and 1992. All immediately we ...more
Danielle Choffrey
Feb 11, 2015 Danielle Choffrey rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: love-stories
Normally when I want a good laugh or a slight snicker I turn to an Evanovich book. These aren't books that require deep thought which is sometimes just what I want. I a light, fluffy read.

I have to say I was disappointed with this particular book of hers. The storyline wasn't interesting. I felt like it was almost pieced together. The characters acted too childish for my liking. Even though I am looking for a light, fluffy read I want it to at least come across as semi believable.

The two adult
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C.j.
Jan 05, 2015 C.j. rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Boyfriend got me this book for Christmas. He knows I love Evanovich :)! This was one of her first novels. You can tell she is working out the recipe. It has almost all the makings of a Plum book, including:
Crazy, hilarious, old lady
Big, clumsy dog
Hopeless, yet endearing girl in her mid twenties
Dark handsome man
Criminals for no reason chasing down said 20 something year old girl

It was a quick cute read full of fluff. Who doesn't love fluff? It's probably not good for you, but you dont care.
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Rosa Cline
4 star

This is book 4 of this series but it can be read as an individual read. It does have the funny Elsie from book 1 in it; adding comedic relief. But she doesn't come in until about half way and she's not a main character.

This series is a good one for when you want something that isn't intense, or sappy, etc. But yet still nice. The story flows nice and you feel for the characters and find yourself laughing outloud from time to time

I listened to this on CD and the lady did a really great jo
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Rosa Cline
4 star

This is book 4 of this series but it can be read as an individual read. It does have the funny Elsie from book 1 in it; adding comedic relief. But she doesn't come in until about half way and she's not a main character.

This series is a good one for when you want something that isn't intense, or sappy, etc. But yet still nice. The story flows nice and you feel for the characters and find yourself laughing outloud from time to time

I listened to this on CD and the lady did a really great jo
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Molly Cline
Feb 07, 2016 Molly Cline rated it really liked it
This is book 4 of this series but it can be read as an individual read. It does have the funny Elsie from book 1 in it; adding comedic relief. But she doesn't come in until about half way and she's not a main character.

This series is a good one for when you want something that isn't intense, or sappy, etc. But yet still nice. The story flows nice and you feel for the characters and find yourself laughing outloud from time to time

I listened to this on CD and the lady did a really great job at ch
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Danielle
Jan 04, 2011 Danielle rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: chick-lit, 2011
OMG this is terrible. Clearly the idea of Stephanie Plum and her crazy sidekick and Bob the dog came from this piece of crap. Avoid at all costs!
Joyce
Apr 12, 2016 Joyce rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Daisy Adams is working on her doctoral dissertation. Actually Daisy is constantly working, she starts by delivery papers, the. She volunteers as a crossing guard and then goes to work for her 5 minute stint WZZZ radio station sharing excerpts from her book "Bones for Bowser." As much as she is overworked she is also barely able to pay her bills.
Steve Crow is the owner of WZZZ and heir to Crow oil. He has never had to worry about money and growing up he had access to a coo, butler and manservant
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Bobbie N
SUMMARY: Daisy Adams has a five minute slot on WZZZ radio telling dog stories and sharing recipes for dog biscuits, dog soup and dog stew. When the traffic reporter from WZZZ gets in an accident and is off of work for three months, Daisy talks Steve Crow, the station manager, into giving her the traffic job. Working together on this job is just the beginning of a budding romance between the two of them, in spite of Daisy’s little brother Kevin, Bob the dog and a gang of drug dealers. COMMENTS: F ...more
Cyndi
Aug 15, 2015 Cyndi rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: books-i-own
Loved this book! Want more Elsie Hawkins!
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Janet Evanovich is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Stephanie Plum series, the Lizzy and Diesel series, twelve romance novels, the Alexandra Barnaby novels and Trouble Maker graphic novel, and How I Write: Secrets of a Bestselling Author, as well as the Fox and O'Hare series with co-author Lee Goldberg.
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