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Review: Rock Wedding by Nalini Singh

Posted November 13, 2018 by Casee in Reviews | 1 Comment

Review: Rock Wedding by Nalini SinghReviewer: Casee
Rock Wedding (Rock Kiss, #4) by Nalini Singh
Series: Rock Kiss #4
Also in this series: Rock Addiciton, Rock Courtship, Rock Addiction, Rock Courtship, Rock Hard, Rock Hard, Rock Redemption, Rock Redemption, Rock Redemption, Rock Addiction, Rock Courtship, Rock Hard, Rock Wedding, Rock Wedding, Rock Wedding, Rock Addiction (Rock Kiss, #1), Rock Hard (Rock Kiss, #2), Rock Redemption (Rock Kiss, #3)
Publisher: Self-Published
Publication Date: July 19, 2016
Format: eARC
Source: Publisher
Point-of-View: Third
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Pages: 345
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three-half-stars

New York Times bestselling author Nalini Singh continues her Rock Kiss series with a hot, sweet, emotional contemporary romance about love and forgiveness…

After a lifetime of longing for a real family, Sarah Smith thought she’d finally found her home with rock star Abe Bellamy, even if she knew Abe didn’t love her the way she loved him. But their brief relationship, filled with tragedy and heartache, nearly destroyed her. Alone, emotions in turmoil, and already shaky self-esteem shattered, Sarah struggles to pick up the pieces in the wake of their divorce.

Abe knows he’s to blame for the end of his marriage. Caught in a web of painful memories, he pushed away the best thing in his life – the sexy, smart woman he adores – breaking them both in the process. Then fate throws him a second chance to get things right, to prove to Sarah that she means everything to him. Abe desperately wants that second chance at love...even if he knows he doesn’t deserve it.

But can he convince Sarah – now strong and independent without him – to risk her wounded heart one more time?

I think this book was my least favorite of the series. I can’t put my finger on why exactly. From the beginning, I was just like wtf?!?!?! Sarah married Abe the same night she met him (actually, I can’t remember if that is what happened). They met in a bar. Unfortunately, Abe has a huge drug problem and he likes taking it out on his wife. At the beginning of the book, this killed me.

Sara loved Abe with a devotion that terrified her.

She knew he didn’t love her back.

It was just so matter-of-fact. It was incredibly sad to think she thought that, especially when we later learn it wasn’t true at all. However, Abe did little to make her think otherwise. He was a real asshole to her at the beginning of the book. When he found her playing his dead sister’s piano, I was shocked at his reaction given what we’ve learned about Abe over the last three books.

Fast forward a couple of years. Abe and Sarah went through a bitter, bitter divorce. After Abe kicked Sarah out of their house, Sarah decided that she was going to use Abe’s money to better herself. That’s exactly what she did. She emerged from her marriage as someone stronger. Someone that could stand on her own two feet. So the only problem with this is this douchebag asswipe guy took advantage of her in the middle of her divorce and talked her into having a baby with him. That sounds like something out of left field, doesn’t it? It’s weird, but it worked. It seemed like real life, I guess. Anyhow, Sarah lost her baby boy. He was stillborn. It was heartbreaking.

Abe has decided that he wants Sarah back. The problem is that she doesn’t trust him at all. With good reason. Abe is determined to show her that he’s changed and that he’s loved her all along. He knows it’s just going to take time. Then Sarah gets pregnant. For goodness sake, does this woman believe in condoms???? So now Sarah is worried that Abe is only with her because she’s having his baby. She doesn’t seem to remember that he was with her before she got pregnant.

I just couldn’t get into Sarah. She was a sad, sad case. I understood all her reservations, don’t get me wrong. I just didn’t love her. I did like Abe a lot, but I didn’t love him either. I has a sad about that. I wanted to love this book.

Rating: 3.5 out of 5.

Rock Kiss

three-half-stars


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Review: Rock Redemption by Nalini Singh

Posted November 12, 2018 by Casee in Reviews | 0 Comments

Review: Rock Redemption by Nalini SinghReviewer: Casee
Rock Redemption (Rock Kiss, #3) by Nalini Singh
Series: Rock Kiss #3
Also in this series: Rock Addiciton, Rock Courtship, Rock Addiction, Rock Courtship, Rock Hard, Rock Hard, Rock Redemption, Rock Redemption, Rock Redemption, Rock Addiction, Rock Courtship, Rock Hard, Rock Wedding, Rock Wedding, Rock Wedding, Rock Addiction (Rock Kiss, #1), Rock Hard (Rock Kiss, #2), Rock Wedding (Rock Kiss, #4)
Publisher: Self-Published
Publication Date: September 18, 2015
Format: eARC
Source: Publisher
Point-of-View: Third
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Pages: 413
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four-stars

Kit Devigny could have loved rock guitarist Noah St. John. Their friendship burned with the promise of intense passion and searing tenderness…until the night Noah deliberately shattered her heart.

Noah knows he destroyed something precious the night he chose to betray Kit, but he’d rather she hate him than learn his darkest secret. All he has left is his music. It’s his saving grace, but it doesn’t silence the voices that keep him up at night. Chasing oblivion through endless one-night-stands, he earns a few hours’ sleep and his bad boy reputation.

When a media error sees Noah and Kit dubbed the new “it” couple, Kit discovers her chance at the role of a lifetime hinges on riding the media wave. Wanting—needing—to give Kit this, even if he can’t give her everything, Noah agrees to play the adoring boyfriend. Only the illusion is suddenly too real, too painful, too beautiful…and it may be too late for the redemption of Noah St. John.

This book made me extremely emotional. I can honestly say that I was not expecting that at all. Kit was fairly interesting from Rock Addiction, but I wasn’t really looking forward to her book. She did actually turn out to be my favorite heroine in the Rock Kiss series. I just adored her. I adored her devotion to Noah, how she was down-to-earth, and how loyal she was to her friends. She was well on her way to becoming an A-list actress, but she still stayed true to who she was at her core.

Kit had something special with Noah St. John. Or so she thought. Then she found him in bed with someone else. It devastates her. What she doesn’t know is that Noah planned the whole thing to push her away. Although she doesn’t know it, Noah was successful in his plan. He can’t be close to anyone, least of all someone as innocent and sweet as Kit. When Noah calls her one night from a cheap motel telling her that he loves her, but he can’t do it anymore, Kit races to his rescue. What she sees slays her. Noah is drunk and has a syringe ready to inject into his veins. Kit still hasn’t forgiven him for how he hurt her, but there is no way she is letting him die.

In the time that has gone by since Noah staged the scene for Kit to walk in on him and a random groupie, Noah has realized how vital Kit is to his life. He wants a second chance with her. What he doesn’t want from her is sex. Noah has a deep, dark secret in his past that he will never, ever tell Kit. All he can tell her is that he doesn’t want that with her. Kit doesn’t understand it and sees it as a rejection. Still, she can’t turn down Noah’s desperation to be a part of his life.

The title of this book is so spot on. This book is about Noah’s redemption and how Kit helps him forgive himself. She also makes him realize that there are certain things that don’t need forgiving. There are things in his past that are not his fault. It takes time, but Kit gets through to Noah as only she can. These two together were goals. They were just made for each other. But they had a long, rocky road to get to happiness. Seeing their happy ending made everything worth it. I loved these two.

Rating: 4.25 out of 5.

Rock Kiss

four-stars


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Review: Rock Hard by Nalini Singh

Posted November 9, 2018 by Casee in Reviews | 0 Comments

Review: Rock Hard by Nalini SinghReviewer: Casee
Rock Hard (Rock Kiss, #2) by Nalini Singh
Series: Rock Kiss #2
Also in this series: Rock Addiciton, Rock Courtship, Rock Addiction, Rock Courtship, Rock Hard, Rock Hard, Rock Redemption, Rock Redemption, Rock Redemption, Rock Addiction, Rock Courtship, Rock Hard, Rock Wedding, Rock Wedding, Rock Wedding, Rock Addiction (Rock Kiss, #1), Rock Redemption (Rock Kiss, #3), Rock Wedding (Rock Kiss, #4)
Publisher: Self-Published
Publication Date: March 10, 2015
Format: eARC
Source: Author
Point-of-View: Third
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Pages: 351
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three-stars

Wealthy businessman Gabriel Bishop rules the boardroom with the same determination and ruthlessness that made him a rock star on the rugby field. He knows what he wants, and he’ll go after it no-holds-barred.

And what he wants is Charlotte Baird.

Charlotte knows she’s a mouse. Emotionally scarred and painfully shy, she just wants to do her job and remain as invisible as possible. But the new CEO—a brilliant, broad-shouldered T-Rex of a man who growls and storms through the office, leaving carnage in his wake—clearly has other plans. Plans that may be equal parts business and bedroom.

If Charlotte intends to survive this battle of wits and hearts, the mouse will have to learn to wrangle the T-Rex. Game on.

I thought I would enjoy this book far more than I actually did. I really did enjoy Charlotte in Rock Addiction. There was obviously a backstory there and I was very interested in reading her book. Then I read it and I wasn’t interested anymore. I just didn’t care.

Charlotte has been hurt. Violently. Ever since her ex-boyfriend tried to kill her, Charlotte works to control the fear that rules her life. She’s gotten better than she was at first. She can now live by herself. She has a job. She has her best friend Molly. Still, nothing in her life prepares her for Gabriel Bishop. He’s a force of nature that she wants nothing to do with. She’s what she would call happy living in her safe little bubble. Gabriel changes all that.

Gabriel has a talent. He takes over failed companies and turns them around. He loves the thrill and the challenge. When he starts at a new company, he’s not much prepared for Charlotte. She’s nothing like the women he is used to. She’s mousy. She hides her body. She’s just the opposite of everything he’s ever thought he wanted. He was wrong, though. Charlie is everything he’s ever wanted. She’s one of the few people that can not only take his gruffness, but give it back to him.

Charlie is surprised by how comfortable she is with Gabriel. He’s everything she doesn’t want. He’s too big, too loud, can be too mean. Just too much everything. Still, she can’t help her attraction to the man although she has no intention of it going anywhere. Who cares if she gets jealous when Gabriel tells her to send roses to his conquests? She’s happy.

Gabriel slowly courted Charlie for months. He knew she had something happen in her past, so he waited. Their relationship moved very slowly, which is the only way it could have worked. Nalini wrote Charlie as a victim so well. She reacted much as I would have expected someone who went through what she did to act. She was beyond careful. She had panic attacks. All very believable.

I don’t know exactly what it was that I didn’t enjoy. I do think that Gabriel rushed her a bit, but I didn’t think it was a bad thing. The whole situation just didn’t rub me the right way. I did like them together, but there were too many problems.

Rating: 3 out of 5.

Rock Kiss

three-stars


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Review: Rock Addiction by Nalini Singh

Posted November 8, 2018 by Casee in Reviews | 0 Comments

Review: Rock Addiction by Nalini SinghReviewer: Casee
Rock Addiction (Rock Kiss, #1) by Nalini Singh
Series: Rock Kiss #1
Also in this series: Rock Addiciton, Rock Courtship, Rock Addiction, Rock Courtship, Rock Hard, Rock Hard, Rock Redemption, Rock Redemption, Rock Redemption, Rock Addiction, Rock Courtship, Rock Hard, Rock Wedding, Rock Wedding, Rock Wedding, Rock Hard (Rock Kiss, #2), Rock Redemption (Rock Kiss, #3), Rock Wedding (Rock Kiss, #4)
Publisher: Self-Published
Publication Date: September 9, 2014
Format: eARC
Source: Author
Point-of-View: Third
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Pages: 404
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four-half-stars

New York Times bestselling author Nalini Singh stuns with a sizzling contemporary romance... A bad boy wrapped in a sexy, muscled, grown-up package might be worth a little risk... Molly Webster has always followed the rules. After an ugly scandal tore apart her childhood and made her the focus of the media's harsh spotlight, she vowed to live an ordinary life. No fame. No impropriety. No pain. Then she meets Zachary Fox, a tattooed bad boy rocker with a voice like whiskey and sin, and a touch that could become an addiction.
A one-night stand with the hottest rock star on the planet, that's all it was meant to be...
Fox promises scorching heat and dangerous pleasure, coaxing Molly to extend their one-night stand into a one-month fling. After that, he'll be gone forever, his life never again intersecting with her own. Sex and sin and sensual indulgence, all with an expiration date. No ties, no regrets. Too late, Molly realizes it isn't only her body that's become addicted to Fox, but her heart...

This book and I have a love/hate relationship. I beta read this book way back when. I didn’t particularly care for it. I liked Molly, but I didn’t really like Fox. That all changed when I read it for the second time. I really liked Molly and I liked Fox. This time around, I liked Molly and adored Fox. Just adored him. Sigh. How can you not love Zachary Fox?

Both Molly and Fox are extremely damaged people. Their childhoods were horrendous. I mean like there is no therapy in the world that will make it seem right. Molly had to endure the shame of her father sleeping with an underage girl. A girl that was a friend of hers. As Molly’s father was heavy in New Zealand politics, the press would not go away. Although Molly was a teenager, they considered her fair game. It was enough for Molly to want a normal, quiet, and above all, safe adult life.

Fox has his own demons. He was abandoned by his mom when he was young. Sure, he was dropped off at one of the most prestigious boarding schools for boys, but he rarely saw her after that. She had moved onto a new life and a new family. One that he had no part in. It was years later that he learned that not only did she replace her family, but she actually replaced him with another son named Zachary. So if that doesn’t fuck a guy up, I don’t know what would.

Molly and Fox are instantly and insanely attracted to each other. Seriously, it was hot. They agree to a one month affair while Fox and his band are in the country. After that Fox has to return to Los Angeles and his life as the lead singer of one of the most famous bands in the world. The life Fox lives is so far from the life Molly has planned that she has no problem only committing to a month.

So the issue in this book is that Molly is extremely insecure and jealous. She also doesn’t want to be in the spotlight, but she eventually decides she doesn’t want to let Fox go. She also knows that it’s going to happen because Fox isn’t the type to settle down. She doesn’t know that it was only a few days after they started their affair that Fox decided he was going to keep her.

This book is about two people navigating a life together that neither of them were prepared for. Fox is determined to have Molly in his life, but is also determined to protect her at all costs, even from himself if necessary. Molly is determined to take care of Fox when he doesn’t take care of himself. She’s not going to let him disappear into his studio for days without eating because his demons are eating at him. This was a story about love and communicating. About compromise. I love it more each time I read it.

I should also mention that I tried to listen to this on audio, but it was terrible.

Rating: 4.5 out of 5.

Rock Kiss

four-half-stars


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Review: Rock Wedding by Nalini Singh

Posted September 20, 2016 by Holly in Reviews | 1 Comment

Review: Rock Wedding by Nalini SinghReviewer: Holly
Rock Wedding by Nalini Singh
Series: Rock Kiss #4
Also in this series: Rock Addiciton, Rock Courtship, Rock Addiction, Rock Courtship, Rock Hard, Rock Hard, Rock Redemption, Rock Redemption, Rock Redemption, Rock Addiction, Rock Courtship, Rock Hard, Rock Wedding, Rock Wedding, Rock Addiction (Rock Kiss, #1), Rock Hard (Rock Kiss, #2), Rock Redemption (Rock Kiss, #3), Rock Wedding (Rock Kiss, #4)
Publisher: TKA Distribution
Publication Date: July 19th 2016
Pages: 345
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four-stars

New York Times bestselling author Nalini Singh continues her Rock Kiss series with a hot, sweet, emotional contemporary romance about love and forgiveness…
After a lifetime of longing for a real family, Sarah Smith thought she’d finally found her home with rock star Abe Bellamy, even if she knew Abe didn’t love her the way she loved him. But their brief relationship, filled with tragedy and heartache, nearly destroyed her. Alone, emotions in turmoil, and already shaky self-esteem shattered, Sarah struggles to pick up the pieces in the wake of their divorce.
Abe knows he’s to blame for the end of his marriage. Caught in a web of painful memories, he pushed away the best thing in his life – the sexy, smart woman he adores – breaking them both in the process. Then fate throws him a second chance to get things right, to prove to Sarah that she means everything to him. Abe desperately wants that second chance at love...even if he knows he doesn’t deserve it.
But can he convince Sarah – now strong and independent without him – to risk her wounded heart one more time?

Heartbreak and forgiveness are at the center of this tale, the final(ish) installment in Singh’s contemporary Rock Kiss series. Abe and Sarah married quickly and loved deeply, but Abe’s addiction to drugs and alcohol caused him to treat Sarah poorly, eventually pushing her to the point she left him. Now Abe is clean and he wants his wife back. Sarah has had enough of heartbreak and insecurity and isn’t interested in falling into Abe again. Yet she can’t deny this Abe is the one she fell in love with all those years ago, and she finds him hard to resist. Abe is willing to do anything to get Sarah back, even take it slow and do things her way. While I enjoyed this, it wasn’t my favorite of the series.

I think part of my problem with this book was the way Sarah’s growth from young, fragile girl into strong, hear-me-roar woman was described. Although I admit she certainly seemed to come into her own, and had no trouble holding her own with Abe, I felt like it was incongruous with her situation in the previous book. Not only was she in an abusive relationship not weeks before she and Abe reconciled, but she made excuses for her ex and seemed to hold no ill will against him. Not that she was anxious to repair the relationship or anything, but she seemed to get over her trauma rather quickly.

That isn’t to imply I didn’t enjoy the story, or find it both heartwrenching and heartwarming. I truly fell into Abe and Sarah, and really pulled for them to come out in a strong, healthy marriage that was built to last. But the connection I felt to some of the previous characters was missing here.

3.75 out of 5

four-stars


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