Donna Reads: Rock Chick by Kristen Ashley


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This was my first Kristen Ashley read. I enjoyed her writing style, her humor, the character development and the twists and turns that kept the story moving along. I normally don’t read anything with crime or suspense in it, but this was written as more of a romantic comedy. 

I absolutely hated the main character, our heroine, India (Indy) Savage. But then I’ve never cared for stupid female characters. (Think I Love Lucy/Lucille Ball stupid). I have always hated Lucy; she got on my nerves and so did Indy. Indy spoiled the book for me. By the time she’d been kidnapped for the third time, I was rooting for the bad guy to have his evil way with her. By that point, she would’ve deserved it. Why the hero, Liam (Lee) Nightingale would’ve loved her or even put up with her was incomprehensible to me. 

She did the exact opposite of everything he told her to do. He had her best interests at heart 100% of the time, and he was trying to protect her. She flirted openly and obnoxiously with other men in front of him, even after he told her he loved her, her flirting bothered him, and he asked her not to do it. She really was TSTL. 

I will read the next book in the series, hoping the heroine in book two isn’t as over the top obnoxious. It would be hard to beat Lucy/Indy. 

Oh, No!


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I was first called for County court jury duty thirty-two years ago when I was 26. I served as a juror on a criminal trial for a week. It was a kidnapping, assault, attempted rape, attempted murder case. The guy that we convicted was a repeat offender. The judge kept the jury after it was all over to tell us we’d done the right thing. The creep had just gotten out of prison, having served time for doing the exact same crime. 

Seven years later at age 33 I was called for County court again. I made it as far as a courtroom and then we were told the parties had settled so we were thanked for our service and sent home. 

Seven years later at age 40 my old friend County court called me again. This time I phoned in for almost a week, and they didn’t need me to come in. 

I went eighteen years without hearing a peep. I got home tonight and found a jury duty summons waiting for me. Not County court this time. Oh, no, that would be too easy. This time it was US District Court, and it’s not a week worth of commitment. Oh, no, this time my commitment is for ninety days. Ninety. Days. I’m on the hook from July 12th until October 11th. 

If I don’t get on a trial, I remain on call for ninety days. I’m not sure what happens if I do serve on a trial. Am I done, or do I stay on call?  Like any jury duty summons, there’s no way out of it. I’m stuck. 

If only they’d waited another twelve years. If I were 70, I could get excused. If I were caring for babies or the elderly, I could get excused. If I was considered essential to my job, I could get excused. While I’d like to think I’m pretty important, I don’t think the court would agree. 

So I’ll have a new experience whether I want one or not. Maybe I should add blue and purple highlights to the pink in my hair if I have to report. I’d make a statement anyway. 

Donna Reads: Protecting Kiera by Susan Stoker


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Susan Stoker

Protecting Kiera

Elle James Kindle Worlds

June 8, 2017



Kiera Hamilton is friends with the SEAL Commander’s wife and a teacher at the Riverton School for the Deaf. Cooper “Coop” Nelson is a medically retired SEAL who has lost most of his hearing. He is urged to volunteer at Kiera’s school by Commander Hurt. He connects with a little deaf boy in her class named Frankie.

When danger comes for a student, Coop proves that one a SEAL, always a SEAL…hearing loss be damned.


** I received an advanced reading copy from the author in exchange for an honest review.**

Cooper Nelson is a retired SEAL, who was forced to walk away from his career when an explosion left him deaf in his right ear and with only 30% hearing in his left ear. When he is asked to volunteer at a school for deaf children, he meets teacher, Kiera Hamilton. Kiera is ten years older than Coop, and although she is attracted to him, she can’t understand why he would be interested in anything long-term with her. Watching Coop work with the young students in her class, Kiera begins to fall for him. When an attempted abduction at the school threatens to take away everything that matters to Coop, he must act quickly.

This was my first read by Susan Stoker, and I didn’t realize this book was part of a series. I was attracted to the story of a deaf former-SEAL who works to reach a troubled, young deaf boy as he learns how to live with his own disability. As I got into the story, not having read any of the other books in the series wasn’t a problem at all. I was able to connect with the story and the characters. I really liked Kiera and the fact that she was older (37). She knew what she wanted and was able to speak her mind and be upfront about what she was feeling. I also liked Coop a lot. He was sweet and great with the children. Once he realized Kiera liked him, too, he took charge of their relationship. He was definitely a bit of an alpha male.

This book was very enjoyable, and I read it in one day. I will definitely read the rest of this series.


New York Times, USA Today, and Wall Street Journal Bestselling Author, Susan Stoker has a heart as big as the state of Texas where she lives, but this all-American girl has also spent the last fourteen years living in Missouri, California, Colorado, and Indiana. She’s married to a retired Army man who now gets to follow her around the country.

She debuted her first series in 2014 and quickly followed that up with the SEAL of Protection Series, which solidified her love of writing and creating stories readers can get lost in.

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