The Rocky Road to Romance
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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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Kindle Edition, 272 pages
Published (first published March 1st 1991)
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Barks & Bites
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...more
sarafem
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
อยากจะกรี๊ด 8 ตลบ พระเอกอาไร๊น่ารักมากๆ

สตีฟเป็นเจ้าของสถานีวิทยุที่นางเอกไปทำงานเป็นผู้จัดรายการเกี่ยวกับอาหารสุนัขเพื่อหารายได้เสริมจากการที่เธอเรียนต่อปริญญาเอกด้านจิตวิทยา เธอทำงานตั้งแต่เช้าจรดเย็น เริ่มด้วยการส่งหนังสือพิมพ์ เด็กเสริฟร้านอาหาร จัดรายการวิทยุ เขียนตำราอาหารสุนัข ฯลฯ เธอขอพระเอกควบตำแหน่งนักข่าวรายงานข่าวจราจรเนื่องจากนักข่าวคนปัจจุบันประสบอุบัติเหตุต้องพักรักษาตัว

พระเอกที่แสนจะหล่อ รวย และเซ็กซี่อย่างร้ายกาจถูกมนต์เสน่ห์หลงรักเธอแบบไม่รู้เนื้อรู้ตัว (ไม่รู้แกไปชอบเอาตอนไหน)...more
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
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...more
Bekah
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...more
Amanda
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...more
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
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
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,...more
Erika
Dec 30, 2013 Erika marked it as tbr-standalones  ·  review of another edition
Radio operations manager Steve Crow needs a temporary traffic reporter. So he gives the job to kooky dog lady Daisy Adams. After a rough start, she's sent to cover a breaking news story and ends up helping capture the criminal. Now Daisy's life is threatened and Steve is determined to protect her. And to completely change his life to make room for her by getting a dog, an SUV, and a brand new home. If Daisy would just calm down maybe Steve could sleep at night and not just in his car.

This was a...more
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
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...more
Louise
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...more
Lindsay
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...more
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...more
Ferne
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
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!
Stephanie
Adorable like all the rest in the series!
Emily
I picked up this book looking for something fast and fun. And since I am a fan of the Stephanie Plum series I figured a stand alone Janet Evanovich book was right up my ally. What I wasn't expecting was to read a book that had a lot of the same element as the Stephanie Plum series--a dog named Bob that eats everything, a indestructible Cadillac, a gun toting elderly woman and a heroine who has a habit of running into trouble.

A lot of the dialogue and the thought processes of the main characters...more
Ashley
I have no idea what is with me and books on romance and dogs but oh well! I picked this one up on a whim. I love Evanovich and am never disappointing in any of her books even when I an skeptical about it.

In this book we meet Daisy, an over worked and underpaid and way to many jobs. I guess you could call her a workaholic. So right off the bat I am drawn to this gal, understanding the too many jobs and underpaid for all of them and not knowing how to say, "no!"

The story itself was fun and funny,...more
Jennifer
This early Janet Evanovich romance was really cute and enjoyable. Oil tycoon and AM radio station owner Steve Crow falls for overworked graduate student Daisy Adams, his employee and newly promoted traffic reporter. Though the book is set in Washington DC and its surrounding neighborhoods, Burg residents from Evanovich's Stephanie Plum series would feel right at home. Daisy has a penchant for clumsily and inadvertently getting into trouble and stopping criminals in their tracks. This causes Stev...more
Michele
I listened to this audio book becuase it sounded like a funny, easy book to listen to while I run, and becuase I like the Stephanie Plum series and figured I'd give one of Evanovich's other books a try.

As far as the audio-book itself goes, I wasn't a real fan of the narrator. She sounded like a 65 year old, pack-a-day smoker.

Regarding the story, it's obvious that this is one of Evanovich's earlier books, before I think she really hit her stride. It definately feels like a precursor to the Step...more
Jackie
I listened to this on audio. This is just plain brain candy….much like the Plum novels but without their full potential. It was cute and you could see many of the ideas Evanovich uses for her popular Plum series, like a dog named Bob and a gun-toting granny. However, I found both protagonists, Daisy Adams and Steve Crow, more annoying at times than endearing. Daisy also known as the Dog Lady is a graduate student balancing one too many jobs when she offers to take on yet another role as traffic...more
Sandra
Loving Stephanie Plum so much, I thought I'd try out Evanovich's earlier work. I'm grateful that I didn't judge Evanovich on this stuff and miss out on the Plum Series. Although good enough to get through in one day, it was a bit corny and cheesy for my taste.

Daisy Adams is trying desperately trying to maintain her life--and checking account balance above the negative--by juggling a few odd jobs while also simultaneouly working on her PhD thesis for geriatric counseling.

On a whim, she offers to...more
•Erin• (Paperback Stash)
Being a huge fan of the Stephanie Plum series, I thought giving Evanovichs' early, full-blown romance a try seemed to make sense. The typical style of Evanovich is easily recognizable with it's quirky cuteness, yet 'The Rocky Road to Romance' is a much lighter load than her later mystery fare. To the point and simple to read with adequately sized font, bulkyish paragraphs, and a mere 266 page length, it didn't take me long at all to zip through this one.

Her Plum books - the comparison is inevita...more
ZaBeth
"The Rocky Road to Romance" by Janet Evanovich is one of a set of nine standalone romantic comedies originally published by Loveswept in the late 80's to early 90's that her current publisher (HarperCollins) is republishing. Out of the ones I've read so far, this is the one I like the best. By Rocky Road Evanovich is finding her voice.

In this romp, Steve Crow is the handsome, rich hunk that would give Joe Morelli, the hero/love interest in Evanovich's Stephanie Plum series, a run for his money....more
Monkeyface
Listened to The Rocky Road to Romance by Janet Evanovich. When the delightful, daffy Dog Lady of station WZZZ offered to take on the temporary job of traffic reporter, Steve Crow tried to think of reasons to turn Daisy Adams down. Perhaps he knew that sharing the close quarters of a car with her for hours would give the handsome program director no room to resist her quirky charms. He'd always favored low-slung sports cars and high-heeled women, but that was before he fell for a free spirit who...more
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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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