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The Rocky Road to Romance

(Elsie Hawkins #4)

3.67  ·  Rating details ·  10,041 ratings  ·  361 reviews
Her tall, dark, and deliciously dangerous boss . . .

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 char
Mass Market Paperback, 249 pages
Published November 29th 2011 by Harper (first published March 1st 1991)
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Jan 20, 2017 rated it liked it
Rocky Road To Romance is a pre-Plum novel by popular American author, Janet Evanovich. It is the fourth book in the Elsie Hawkins series, on whom, Evanovich says, Grandma Mazur was modelled. Fans of the Plum series will be interested to know that in this book, the prototype for Bob the Dog makes an appearance.

When the traffic reporter on station WZZZ breaks his leg, Daisy Adams asks her hunky boss, Steve Crow, if she can have the job. Daisy has quite a bit on her plate already: she’s looking aft
Feb 17, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance, audiobook
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
Feb 02, 2016 rated it did not like it
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
Aug 30, 2018 rated it really liked it
I’ve always loved Evanovich and will continue to do so. This wasn’t my favorite by her but I still enjoyed it very much! Even as book 4 in a series i haven’t read it stood alone perfectly. The character the series is about (Elsie) played just a supporting role which I appreciated.
Jan 19, 2009 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2009, chick-lit
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
Susan (susayq ~)
*whispers* This was my first audio book. I probably would have enjoyed it more if I had read it rather than listened to it LOL I was easily distracted while fault of the book content, it was all me and my noisy kids.
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
Aug 18, 2010 rated it liked it
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
Jun 13, 2011 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, audiobooks
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
Mar 28, 2012 rated it it was ok
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
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.
Feb 02, 2018 rated it it was ok
Romance isn't my cup of tea but this met some prompt for challenges I am doing, so I read it. An early on book, written in 1991. You can see how some early characters developed into Stephanie Plum characters. Elsie is just like Grandma Mazur and we meet the first "Bob", the dog.

Steve and Daisy meet at work, and between shoot outs with gangsters fall in love, she gets pregnant (big surprise there!) and they plan to get married and live happily ever after.

Typical romance book only funnier.
Jun 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
It has a little slow start but after like all her other books so good.
Kara Jorges
Aug 09, 2011 rated it liked it
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
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
Mar 22, 2010 rated it liked it
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Nov 18, 2009 rated it really liked it
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
Apr 23, 2011 rated it liked it
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
Aug 01, 2011 rated it it was ok
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
Mar 19, 2009 rated it really liked it
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
Apr 18, 2013 rated it it was ok
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
Nov 16, 2012 rated it it was ok
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
Feb 28, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Oh how I love Janet's stories! I have yet to find a book that doesn't capture my attention from page one, and has me laughing out loud! It's so refreshing to take a break and read her amazing stories!
Jun 06, 2013 rated it liked it
Adorable like all the rest in the series!
Jan 04, 2011 rated it liked it
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!
Jun 08, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: books-i-own
Loved this book! Want more Elsie Hawkins!
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Mar 31, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: reviewed
This is a review of the following:

1. Back to the Bedroom (1989) 4 stars
2. Smitten (1990) 4 stars
3. Wife for Hire (1990) 3 stars
4. The Rocky Road to Romance (1991) 4 stars

OK, so these are EARLY Evanovich, but they are particularly interesting because you can see her growth. Apparently, that woman could write even back when she first started and was writing romantic love-at-first-sight drivel for cheap-o publishing houses. But they raise above the level of drivel because they are funny, they are
L.R. Turner
Sep 04, 2017 rated it liked it
More like 3.5 stars. I liked it, but there were some things I couldn't ignore. For instance, it wasn't clear what kind of sports car the hero was driving. We just know it was black. Normally, this lack of description wouldn't be a big deal, but in this case it was the center of a lot of circumstances. It was like the characters shared a really funny joke and the reader was left out in the cold. This happened a few times in the book. I also felt cheated out of a pretty hot love scene. There is an ...more
Apr 30, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

Very fun, light-hearted, and playful. I found myself giggling at “Bob” the whole time. It was a quick read. This was only my second book from this author but I think I will be reading a lot more. The books are fast paced as far as the characters go but they are still a lot of fun.
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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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