The Rocky Road to Romance

The Rocky Road to Romance

by Janet Evanovich

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ISBN-13: 9780060598891
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 11/29/2011
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 272
Sales rank: 268,557
Product dimensions: 4.19(w) x 6.75(h) x 0.68(d)

About the Author

Bestselling author Janet Evanovich is the winner of the New Jersey Romance Writers Golden Leaf Award and multiple Romantic Times awards, including Lifetime Achievement. She is also a long-standing member of RWA.


Hanover, New Hampshire

Date of Birth:

April 22, 1943

Place of Birth:

South River, New Jersey


B.A., Douglass College, 1965

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The Rocky Road to Romance

Chapter One

Daisy Adams was an enterprising twenty-six-year- old graduate student. She'd written a cookbook called Bones for Bowser, and somehow, through sheer tenacity, she'd managed to turn a gimmick into a five-minute slot on WZZZ every Monday morning. She filled her airtime with dog stories and gave detailed directions on how to make homemade dog biscuits, dog soup, and dog stew. She'd become the darling of the morning DJs on the FM stations, who made her the brunt of their jokes, referring to her as the "Dog Lady of Snore," hitting on a tender subject for Steve Crow and his unfortunate luck in call letters.

A few wisps of bangs straggled over her forehead, tortoiseshell combs held her blond hair swept back from her temples, and big, loose curls tumbled in a luxuriant mass down the back of her head and neck to an inch below her shoulders. Her eyes were big and blue, her nose small, her mouth wide. She had a gamine quality to her face that was completely misleading because there wasn't an ounce of gamine in her personality. Her ex-boyfriend had compared her to Attila the Hun, but most people thought she was more like the human version of the Little Engine That Could.

At ten-fifteen Daisy swung into the newsroom. She waved hello to the anchor in the glass booth and gave the Capitol Hill correspondent a bag of experimental snacks for his beagle. She adjusted the strap on her oversized shoulder bag and dropped into a seat beside the editor. "What happened to Frank? I heard him giving the traffic report while I was driving in. He said a rude word and that was the last of him."

"Rear-ended a garbage truck and got buried under half a ton of Dumpster droppings. He's okay except for a broken leg."

Daisy pulled a five-by-seven card from her pocketbook and glanced over a recipe for dog granola. "That's too bad. Who's doing traffic?"

"Nobody's doing traffic. Steve's offered double Frank's salary plus a year's supply of Girl Scout cookies, but nobody'll take it."

Daisy felt her heart jump. Double Frank's salary! "I could do it," she said. "I need the money."

"You need money that bad?"

She bit her lower lip to keep herself under control. This was the chance of a lifetime. She had enormous school expenses, a big rent payment due, a live-in little brother who was eating her out of house and home, and a car that drank a quart of motor oil a week. She was determined to make it on her own. Besides her dog lady job, she worked as a school crossing guard, a cab driver, a waitress on the dinner shift at Roger's Steak House, and delivered newspapers. She'd written Bones for Bowser to give herself additional income, but she wasn't due a royalty check for three more months. If she took the traffic job, she could drop waitressing. Maybe she could even give up the newspaper route. She was doing the dissertation for her doctorate, and she could work on it at night.

She swiveled in her seat and looked across the room at Steve Crow. She'd always been a little frightened of him. With his jet-black hair, dark, piercing eyes, and slightly aquiline nose, he was an intimidating figure. His complexion was dark, his shoulders broad, his hips narrow. The scuttlebut at the station said his father was pure-blood Native American; his mother was Hispanic.

Nervously, Daisy waved at him with just the tips of her fingers. He scowled back and immediately averted his eyes to some pressing piece of business on his desk. She sighed. Stubborn, she thought. She'd nagged him for a month before he gave her the five-minute Bowser spot. She wondered what she'd have to do to get the traffic job.

Nothing ventured nothing gained, she told herself, pushing the hair out of her eyes. She might as well give it a try. "Excuse me," she said, knocking on Crow's open door. "I'd like to talk to you about the job of traffic reporter. I'd like to apply for it ... just until Frank's leg is better. I wouldn't want to steal his job. Even if I was wonderful, which I'm sure I'll be, I still wouldn't expect you to keep me on. Actually, the timing is perfect because I'll get a royalty check in three months and then hopefully I won't need so many jobs."

Steve looked beyond her, to his secretary eavesdropping through the glass window. He watched Charlene mouth the word "perfect" to him, watched her eyes fill with suppressed laughter. He lifted an eyebrow, and she scuttled away.

Perfectly awful, he thought. Putting Daisy Adams in the WZZZ traffic car was like committing broadcasting suicide. The woman was cute, but her specialty was baking dog biscuits, for crying out loud. True, she received more fan mail than everyone else combined, but that was one of those freak things. She was entertaining. Kind of earnest and goofy all at the same time. Unfortunately, he had no other option. He'd gone through six traffic reporters in the past year trying to find a backup. At least she wouldn't be doing rush hour, he told himself. How bad could she be?

Without waiting for his reply, Daisy added, "And don't worry about my Bones for Bowser spot. I can do it on the road!"

He managed a small smile. "Terrific."

Ten minutes later they were in the Shulster Building parking garage.

"Wow!" Daisy said, looking at the station's auxiliary newscar. "It's got enough antennae to get Mars. This is going to be incredible. I think I'm going to like this." She cracked her knuckles, looked up into Steve Crow's face, and felt a shiver run along her spine. She wasn't a shy sort of person, and she wasn't usually uncomfortable with men ...

The Rocky Road to Romance. Copyright © by Janet Evanovich. Reprinted by permission of HarperCollins Publishers, Inc. All rights reserved. Available now wherever books are sold.


A Message from Janet Evanovich

Dear Readers,

Once Upon a Time there was a stay-at-home mom who thought she'd write a book in her spare time (every day between 2 a.m. and 4 a.m.), sell it to the movies, make a lot of money, and get famous. Turns out writing a book and selling it to the movies isn't all that easy, and it took the stay-at-home mom ten years to sell her first book (which the movies, by the way, couldn't care less about).

Okay, so I'm the stay-at-home mom and I'm multi-published now. I'm famous in a not-so-famous kind of way. And I'm having lots of fun writing full time since, in my opinion, writing beats the heck out of ironing.

I'm writing mis-adventure stories these days, filled with action, some sex, some cussing, and pizza. But prior to the adventure stories, I wrote romances, filled with action, sex, and pizza. Hold the cussing.

I'm excited to tell you HarperCollins is reprinting nine of those early romances. They've been out of print for years, and they're now being brought back intact -- with the exception of minor editing to get rid of some embarrassing bloopers.

The Rocky Road to Romance is the first of the nine books to be re-released. Rocky has been sitting neglected and unread on my bookshelf for over ten years. When I went back to reread and edit, I was relieved to find it's pretty good. Hey, I'm being modest. I actually loved it. And I hope you love it too. It's a romance. It needs love.

Janet Evanovich

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Rocky Road to Romance 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 65 reviews.
cloggiedownunder More than 1 year ago
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 after her younger brother, volunteering as a crossing guard and in a nursing home, doing a paper run, studying to defend her doctorate dissertation and doing a recipes-for-dogs spot on WZZZ. Soon after she starts the traffic reporting, she accidentally runs down a drug dealer. This seems to bring down quite a bit of misfortune onto her head. Steve Crow has already fallen for this quirky woman, and decides she needs protection: Elsie Hawkins signs on as a bodyguard for Daisy. This final Elsie Hawkins instalment features the prototypes for Grandma Mazur, Uncle Sandor’s powder-blue Buick, the gun in the handbag and Bob the dog. There’s a firebomb, a few car chases and plenty of sweet romance.
Lindsie More than 1 year ago
Evanovich's early works clearly don't stand up to her later pieces of writing; like the Stephanie Plum series and the wicked series, but they are still fun and quite funny. If you are looking for a quick beach read then I would suggest this novel or one of her other pieces of earlier writing. You can get through this book in one reading just as I did! C+
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
LOVED IT! not only is this classic, zany Evanovich, but the female character wasn't a total ditz that couldn't take care of herself, and it takes place in DC. Laughed outloud every time she did the WTOP traffic report, because I listen to those every day and they're never as entertaining as Evanovich's!
lovetoreadAR More than 1 year ago
I've not read a lot of Janet Evanovich's work, but I'm sure to try more after this one. Absolutely a laugh a minute and mystery abounding. Who's really out to get the girl? Our hero, an irate drug lord, a wronged assassin or another injured yet unknown party on the receiving end of her unwitting one woman citizen against crime movement? With Daisy being such a flighty handful, is it any wonder Steve is out of sorts? What can a man do to keep tabs on a girl and impress her at the same time? Why, get a dog of course and hire her a guard detail. Enter one of the most hilarious body guards of all time, a 60 yr old Dirty Harry in a Caddy. Well, her little brother the bottomless pit needed a buddy, right? Friendship, fun, humor, off the wall action, it's all here in one wild ride.
brn2run67 on LibraryThing 6 days ago
Quick,easy and fun read
tipsister on LibraryThing 6 days ago
Quick and cute story of romance.
ConnieJo on LibraryThing 6 days ago
In retrospect, I think I liked this one the best of all the Evanovich romance I've read so far. The relationship still gets off to too fast a start for my taste, but that just seems to be how these types of stories go.The "awesome old lady" character appears again, and I will never grow tired of this character as long as Evanovich writes her, because she is always hilarious.Daisy has a bit more development than any of the other characters in the Evanovich romances, too. She's got a lot going on in her life, and manages to balance it all out until she starts to think about what it is that she really wants. The plot of this one was slightly more palatable than the others too, where it had a slight mystery element to it that wasn't too over-the-top, but was more interesting than the slice-of-life drama situations that came up as the points of contention in the others.Also, the male love interest in this book (I think his name was Steve) was the best so far, too.
scoutlee on LibraryThing 6 days ago
An easy and fun mystery is a good description of this book. Being a Plum fan, I'm wondering if this is where Ms. Evanovich got the idea for her characters. Elsie reminded me of Stephanie's grandmother and Daisy had a little bit of Stephanie in her. I enjoyed reading it; a good escape from a stressful week.
irmgard06 on LibraryThing 6 days ago
This book was one of my favorites in Evanovich's romance book series. I loved the characters of Daisy and Steve. It is so great to read a story about a man falling in love with a women so quickly. Daisy is a harder sell, but she also falls in love with Steve, and if there was ever a women that needed taking care of it was Daisy.
onyx95 on LibraryThing 6 days ago
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 leading him to hire a bodyguard (Elsie Hawkins). Something about Daisy also prompted Steve to get a dog (Bob), buy an SUV and a house - good thing he¿s rich. Now if she would just slow down and stay out of trouble maybe he would be able to sleep nights.Another pre-Plum re-release. Got a kick out of the first Bob the dog. Also liked the character of Elsie Hawkins, you can really see the beginnings of the character of Grandma Mazur. Lots of thing happen to and around Daisy, I liked how Steve handled it all. As with most of Janet Evanovich books, there was laugh out loud moments as well as the action and the character interactions. Another example of why she is such a popular author.
FutureBestSeller on LibraryThing 6 days ago
I just love these re-released romance novels. They are pre-Plum and show the beginning of a Best Selling Author. All the characters are flawed and fabulous! They are quick, simple reads. If you need something light hearted and enjoyable pick it up!
hjjugovic on LibraryThing 3 months ago
Before she started writing the excellent Stephanie Plum mysteries, Evanovich wrote some simple, short romantic comedies that are now being reprinted. These are great if you want something funny and sweet to cheer you up. There's not much too them, but I've been enjoying them due mainly to Evanovich's great sense of humor. They're all really similar to each other. Plum fans will like them because they contain the seeds of many of her best characters. Rocky Road is the story of an overworked dog-lover who takes over the traffic report and falls for the owner of the station. So far, this is the best of the romances.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was an ok read, Not my favorite but an ok quick read, Her Stephanie Plum series are my favorites , I also liked many if her others but this one wasn't one if them,
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You can tell this is Evanovich's early work but it is still fun and humorous.
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