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Review: Cherish Hard by Nalini Singh

Posted February 27, 2018 by Holly in Reviews | 1 Comment

Review: Cherish Hard by Nalini SinghReviewer: Holly
Cherish Hard (Hard Play, #1) by Nalini Singh
Series: Hard Play #1
Also in this series: Cherish Hard, Cherish Hard (Hard Play, #1), Rebel Hard (Hard Play, #2)
Publisher: Self-Published
Publication Date: November 14th 2017
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Pages: 372
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three-half-stars

New York Times bestselling author Nalini Singh kicks off her new Hard Play contemporary romance series with a sizzling story that’ll leave you smiling…

Sailor Bishop has only one goal for his future – to create a successful landscaping business. No distractions allowed. Then he comes face-to-face and lips-to-lips with a woman who blushes like an innocent… and kisses like pure sin.

Ísa Rain craves a man who will cherish her, aches to create a loving family of her own. Trading steamy kisses with a hot gardener in a parking lot? Not the way to true love. Then a deal with the devil (aka her CEO-mother) makes Ísa a corporate VP for the summer. Her main task? Working closely with a certain hot gardener.

And Sailor Bishop has wickedness on his mind.

As Ísa starts to fall for a man who makes her want to throttle and pounce on him at the same time, she knows she has to choose – play it safe and steady, or risk all her dreams and hope Sailor doesn’t destroy her heart.

We were first introduced to Sailor Bishop in Rock Hard, which was released first but comes later in the timeline. Sailor is determined to make his own way in the world and prove that he isn’t like his deadbeat father. He’s been working hard to build his landscaping business and he knows what he needs to give him his next big push is a contract with a big corporation. Years ago he had a crush on Isa, but he lost track of her. When she turns up and unexpectedly starts making out with him at the school where he does landscaping, he’s shocked..and thrilled. She tries to disappear again, but Sailor isn’t letting her go. The timing couldn’t be worse since he needs to focus on his business, but he knows Isa is worth fighting for.

Isa spent her childhood being neglected by her parents while they spent their time building corporate empires. She has no interest in the corporate life, nor does she want to date someone who is married to his job. In a moment of sheer insanity after running into her ex-fiance and his new love, she jumps on Sailor. She can’t deny he’s smoking hot, but she won’t come second to a career again.

When Isa is blackmailed by her mother into acting as the company VP for the summer, she ends up working directly with Sailor as he’s just been hired to kickstart the landscaping on a new project. They have chemistry in spades and Isa really likes Sailor as a person. He wants more than a fling, but Isa isn’t sure she can take a chance on a guy who can’t commit to putting her first.

This book wasn’t as successful for me as others Singh has written. While I didn’t dislike it, necessarily, I didn’t love it. I wasn’t swept up in the story, nor did I connect with either of the main characters. I didn’t really understand Isa’s drive to keep her mother in the lives of her younger siblings. If her mother was that distant, why push to keep her involved? Her hot-and-cold attitude toward Sailor made sense based on her past, but I felt like she used it as a roadblock long after she should have let it go.

I liked Sailor’s ambition and his determination to explore things with Isa. I also liked seeing him with his family, and the way Isa was with her siblings. The friendships they had outside each other were great as well.

While this isn’t my favorite of Singh’s novels, it was well written and I enjoyed parts of it.

Grade: 3 out of 5

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Guest Review: Cherish Hard by Nalini Singh

Posted November 16, 2017 by Tracy in Reviews | 3 Comments

Guest Review: Cherish Hard by Nalini SinghReviewer: Tracy
Cherish Hard by Nalini Singh
Series: Hard Play #1
Also in this series: Cherish Hard (Hard Play, #1), Cherish Hard (Hard Play, #1), Rebel Hard (Hard Play, #2)
Publisher: TKA Distribution
Publication Date: November 14th 2017
Format: eARC
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Pages: 372
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four-stars

Sailor Bishop has only one goal for his future – to create a successful landscaping business. No distractions allowed. Then he comes face-to-face and lips-to-lips with a woman who blushes like an innocent… and kisses like pure sin.

Ísa Rain craves a man who will cherish her, aches to create a loving family of her own. Trading steamy kisses with a hot gardener in a parking lot? Not the way to true love. Then a deal with the devil (aka her CEO-mother) makes Ísa a corporate VP for the summer. Her main task? Working closely with a certain hot gardener.

And Sailor Bishop has wickedness on his mind.

As Ísa starts to fall for a man who makes her want to throttle and pounce on him at the same time, she knows she has to choose – play it safe and steady, or risk all her dreams and hope Sailor doesn’t destroy her heart.

Isa Rain is a school teacher who was raised by parents who had no time for her.  Each of her parents (now divorced) run successful businesses and her mother, especially, would love to see her working in the corporate world.  Isa wants nothing to do with it.  She was neglected as a child and doesn’t want that for her children.  When she gets married she wants her husband to cherish her as much as she cherishes him.  She gets a wild hair one day and on her way out of the school decides to kiss the hot gardener she’d been ogling all afternoon.  She loves it, but she knows immediately that it’s a mistake.

Sailor Bishop is a man on a mission. He wants nothing more than to be a good person and have an incredibly successful landscaping business.  His family backs him in everything he does but he wants to do this himself without leaning on anyone.  When a hot redhead kisses him outside of  a job site he’s thrilled, but she soon disappears on him.  He can’t get her out of his mind after that.  When he finds out that she’s his contact for the corporate job he managed to secure he knows it’s fate – he just needs to talk Isa into believing it’s fate as well.  Isa, however, is not sure that with Sailor’s work hours they can make a lasting relationship, well, work.

This is a bit of a prequel to the Bishop family series.  This is book one in the Hard Play series about the Bishop brothers but we got Sailor’s brother Gabe’s book, Rock Hard, in the Rock Kiss series.  I loved Gabe and the Bishop family in that book so happy to read about them again in Cherish Hard.  The family is loving and wonderful and raised incredible men. Of course in this book Sailor’s brothers are in their teens but still good guys.

The relationship between Isa and Sailor was an odd one but it grew on me as the book went on.  Singh had me rooting for the pair and I was extremely satisfied with the end of the book.  This ended up being a great first book in a what seems like it will be a wonderful series.

Rating: 4 out of 5

four-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
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

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Guest Review: Rock Wedding by Nalini Singh

Posted July 20, 2016 by Tracy in Reviews | 0 Comments

Guest Review: Rock Wedding by Nalini SinghReviewer: Tracy
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
Publisher: Self-Published
Publication Date: July 19th 2016
Format: eARC
Genres: Contemporary Romance
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four-half-stars

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?

Sarah was married to Abe of the band Schoolboy Choir but they ended up divorced.  She didn’t want to divorce Abe as he’s the only man she’s ever loved but with his drug addictions it made him a man that was impossible to live with.

After she left him she was helped by a man by the name of Jeremy Vance.  It seemed that he was a nice man and they eventually got together.  Jeremy wanted a child and asked Sarah to be the mother while she was in a low place.  She agreed and while she loved being pregnant the baby was stillborn.  Her grief over the death of her child broke up the relationship with Jeremy and she’s finally left all alone. She hates being alone but is learning to deal with it.  She’s now a business owner and doesn’t want to rely on anyone else for anything.

It’s been two years since her divorce from Abe when he comes back into her life with a vengeance.  He’s clean now and determined to make Sarah his wife again.  Even though Sarah never thought that Abe loved her he did – so much.  He was just afraid to show that love as he was afraid to lose her as he lost his little sister to cancer.  He now understands his demons and works through his issues rather than turning to drugs or alcohol.

Sarah is leery to let her heart be hurt again so she holds part of herself back from him.  When she finds herself pregnant again she is scared of what will happen with the baby but she’s also afraid that Abe will once again turn to the hurtful man he became when he was using.  Abe must show Sarah that she’s his drug of choice and he’s not going anywhere before she’ll let him completely back into her heart.

This was such a good story.  I loved seeing the different parts of Sarah and Abe’s relationship and how it grew after they had crashed and burned so badly.

At first I didn’t care for Sarah.  She seemed a bit whiney after she left Abe but I began to understand her better as the book went on.  Once I heard her back story I was a fan and ended up really liking her.

Abe was incredible.  He was such a good person but had left addiction cloud his mind and his judgment.  I loved that he got help and now wasn’t afraid to ask his bandmates or even Sarah for help when he needed it most.  He was not going back to using as he didn’t want to lose Sarah and he especially didn’t want to lose spending time with the baby when it came.  It took a strong man to admit his weaknesses and work through them.  After having seen his slow spiral downward in the previous books it was really nice to see the other side of the coin with him.

The story was so good.  It was heartbreaking for both Sarah and Abe, in different ways, and Singh wrote it so well.  I truly felt their anguish as well as their eventual happiness and felt like I was right there with the characters.  This second chance at love story is one you won’t want to miss.  If you haven’t read any of the other stories in the Rock Kiss series then get on that!  This is a wonderful series and can’t wait to read a few novellas of the band in the future.

Rating: 4.5 out of 5

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Review: Rock Redemption by Nalini Singh

Posted October 19, 2015 by Holly in Reviews | 3 Comments

Review: Rock Redemption by Nalini SinghReviewer: Holly
Rock Redemption 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 Wedding, Rock Wedding, Rock Wedding
Publisher: TKA Distribution
Publication Date: October 6, 2015
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four-half-stars

From New York Times bestselling author Nalini Singh comes the next contemporary romance in the Rock Kiss series…

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.

Noah and Kit became good friends with the potential for more. After months of sharing jokes, their trials and tribulations and building a strong friendship, Kit thought they were ready to take things to the next level..until she walked in on him with another woman. Something he purposely set up. Devastated, she cut him out of her life and avoided him as much as possible for months. But when he calls her in the middle of the night and she realizes he’s in trouble, she can’t abandon him.

Noah often has bad nights, but he finally hits rock bottom and takes things a step too far..then makes it worse by calling Kit and confessing how much he cares for her. When he wakes up in her spare room the next morning, he finally admits – to himself at least – that he can’t stay away from her. He needs Kit in his life. To fix what he’s broken, he’s going to have to work harder than he ever has, but Kit is worth it. And the alternative – not having Kit in his life – isn’t worth it.

Kit knows she can’t walk away from Noah when he needs her, but she also can’t open her heart to him again. When they’re forced to act like a couple for publicity, she has to work double-time to guard her heart. Because though she was devastated the first time he hurt her, she knows she won’t survive another cut, especially now that she knows his secrets.

I wasn’t sure what to expect from Noah and Kit. We learned in Rock Addiction, book 1, how Noah betrayed Kit. What we didn’t learn – and I was dying to find out – is why Noah betrayed her. I expected this to be a dark and rather angsty book, based on the hints that were dropped in the earlier books about the situation and the way both Noah and Kit acted around each other and the other characters, and it was. While it could have become too heavy, I felt there was a good balance of humor to lighten it. This isn’t a fun, peppy book, but it didn’t drag or leave me feeling depressed.

I loved how Kit stood up for herself with Noah. She warned him early on she refused to be an emotional punching bag for him. Though she couldn’t walk away when they needed each other, she also wasn’t going to let him go hot and cold on her. My heart broke for Noah and the trauma he dealt with in his past, it was Kit’s refusal to be used by him that really stayed with me.

“I fucked up.” Raising his hands, he cupped her face, his smile fading as his throat moved. “It had nothing to do with you. I just took it out on you because… Because I knew you’d forgive me.”
Her eyes burned. “I love you,” she whispered and pressed her fingers to his lips when he would’ve spoken again. “I love you, but I won’t be an emotional punching bag.”

Noah’s issues were deep and heavy, and at times hard to read. Though Singh doesn’t get into the specifics very much, it’s still easy to see why he’s so messed up and how he keeps falling down. I loved his dedication and devotion to his music, the other band members and Kit. Especially Kit. His strength and determination to make changes in his life for here was commendable and lovely. Of course, there was no magic fix here. The trauma and fear he experienced was too ingrained in him to have it magically disappear. At the end I still thought he was beautifully broken…but he was healing. That was enough for me.

One of my favorite aspects of this series is the friendship between the bandmates. Yes, they make music together. But more, they’re a family. Like all families they have dramas, but also a lot of love.

This book is at times emotionally wrenching, sweet and hilarious. All in all, a very satisfying entry in the series. I can’t wait to see what Singh brings us next.

4.25 out of 5

 

 

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