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Many readers of crime fiction, and fans of the Stephanie Plum series in particular, will be surprised to see Janet Evanovich's name associated with a romance novel but, like so many writers, she cut her writing teeth in the romance genre before moving into crime.
The Rocky Road to Romance was first published in 1991 and has since been republished, along with several other of Ms Evanovich's romance titles, I suspect largely because of her success with the Stephanie Plum novels.
This particular book shows where possibly the seeds for the Stephanie Plum novels were sown in that the main characters of the book are a quirky and independent woman, a long-suffering male, a large, slobbery dog and even an ancient gunslinging lady who must surely have been the role model for Grandma Mazur.
The male in question is Steve, the owner of a radio station who needs to replace his traffic reporter in a hurry but there aren't any takers until Daisy Adams, well known for her own broadcasts of a doggy nature, applies for the job. Daisy is desperate for money and is already working more than one job. With some trepidation Steve agrees for Daisy to take on the position but it very shortly becomes clear that someone out there is trying to kill her! When Steve arranges for Daisy to have 24 hour protection, he couldn't possibly have envisaged the mayhem that will ensue, all of which is further complicated by the fact that he is falling hook, line and sinker for Daisy.
This is a quick and easy read, very much in the Hollywood rom-com tradition involving frantic action and laugh-out-loud moments, all of which culminates in a very satisfactory and romantic ending. Although it most definitely is a romance albeit with slight crime overtones, it will appeal to a much wider audience than purely fans of romantic fiction.
If you are looking for a light, easy and funny read, you could do much worse than pick up a copy of The Rocky Road to Romance.