Monday, March 9, 2015

Reveiw: Rock Hard (Rock Kiss #2) by Nalini Singh

Book coverRock Hard (Rock Kiss #2) by Nalini Singh
Purchase link: Amazon

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

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In New York Times Bestselling author Nalini Singh’s newest contemporary romance, passion ignites between a gorgeous, sinfully sexy man who built himself up from nothing and a shy woman who has a terrible secret in her past…

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.

When I started reading this book and I found out who Charlotte was and what her issues were, I thought, not another battered woman story. I just seemed to be getting sent a lot of those lately, but Charlotte was different. Charlotte was brave and even when she was weak, she worked at overcoming her fears with a strength and determination that I admired. She made me want to cheer for her, where others in the past haven't before. She did falter, and falter she did, many, many times, but Nalini Singh did it with such skill that I did not feel as though I was being bashed in the head with a heroine who had issues constantly. I was able to immerse myself into the story and the courtship between her and Gabriel.

Gabriel is wonderful. He's insightful and he's patient. He knew what he wanted from the start, and he planned and plotted his way towards it. His insights into Charlotte's character made me really like him as a person. And he was relentless in his pursuit. He broke down her walls and gave her strength to be the person she wanted to be.

This story is very unlike the previous Rock Kiss stories. While the previous books were highly emotional, sexual and fast paced, this one was flirtatious and measured, mostly because of who Charlotte is. It shows the skill of writing that Nalini Singh is known for that she is able to change the pace of the book with this story and still create and beautiful love story that keeps you reading to the finish to see how Charlotte and Gabriel get to their happy ending.

Here are some of my favorite quotes from the book, funnily both of them are said by Molly, from Rock Addiction (Rock Kiss Book 1):

"You were my oak tree," Molly had said once. "Enduring and protective and with a loyalty so deeply rooted, I knew no storm would wash you away. I would've drowned without you."

"That's a choice too, you know." A smile in Molly's voice. "And it's one I understand - I like making fox happy too. Same way I like doing things to make you happy. There's nothing wrong with caring for people we love; the only problem comes when it's one person giving all the time. When it goes both ways, you have love."

* I received this book as an ARC for an honest review. All opinions in this review are my own. I received no compensation for reading and reviewing this story.

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About the author

authorNalini Singh is the New York Times and USA Today Bestselling author of the Psy-Changeling, Guild Hunter, and Rock Kiss series. She lives in New Zealand but travels as much as possible (the travel bug bit hard from when she escaped working as a lawyer to run away and teach English in Japan). Nalini loves to write, loves to read, and thinks chocolate is a food group.

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