Friday, September 5, 2014

REVIEW: "Rock Addiction" by Nalini Singh

Rock Addiction (Rock Kiss #1)
Rock Addiction by Nalini Singh
For Ages 18+ (Language, Sensuality)
Contemporary Romance

TKA Distribution -- Expected Publication: September 9, 2014
Ebook, 312 pages
Read in August 2014
Received from Netgalley

THEMES
Alpha Hero

SUMMARY
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…


FIRST LINE
"Her smile smashed into him with stunning force."

MY THOUGHTS
Rock star romances definitely aren't my cup of tea, but I love Nalini Singh's paranormal romances so I had to give this one a chance.  Ms. Singh has never let me down with her Psy-Changeling books and I'm happy to say that this first book in the Rock Kiss series was much better than I expected.

Molly Webster is the daughter of a disgraced (and deceased) politician who is determined to avoid scandal at all costs.  She has developed a comfortable life as a librarian and is willing to continue with that lifestyle.  But, things begin to change when she meets rock star Zachary Fox (known as Fox) at a party and the chemistry between them erupts without warning.  Fox, for his part, is attracted to Molly from the moment he saw her and is willing to do anything to keep her in his life.  Readers are then sent on a fast-paced ride through the fragile beginnings of their relationship to their adjustments to living as a couple in the spotlight.

I absolutely loved Molly's character.  She is very hesitant with hooking up with Fox because of her bad experience with the tabloids after her father's scandal.  But, she quickly shows that she is a strong-willed woman who is intrigued by Fox and wants to see how things go.  Fox is an amazing hero.  I am always excited to read a romance where the hero falls first and is actively pursuing the more reluctant heroine.  The rock star element really worked for him though I'm not sure if I would classify him as a bad boy.  He's too much of a gentleman for that.

The first half of Rock Addiction deals with Molly and Fox's early days as a couple while the latter half deals with the drama associated with being in the media while falling in love.  The second part was easily my favorite because it showed that there is always more to the story after the cliched HEA.   I also liked the development of the rest of the band members and their relationship with each other.  They are obviously going to be the backbone of this series and I look forward to learning more about them in the future installments.

Though I was hesitant about this book at first, I'm glad I gave it a chance.  Nalini Singh showed me that she can do more than just impeccable paranormal romance.  The characters are well-written and the romance was super steamy.  I can't wait to read more of this series!

I received a free copy of this book from TKA Distribution via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

4 STARS


STEAM LEVEL
Fever -- Definitely graphic, but still emotional descriptions.


FAVORITE QUOTE
"I discovered I'm stronger than I thought.  You know what else I realized?"
A shake of his head, his expression, unreadable.
"That we don't blame and fracture when the going gets tough.  We don't abandon each other.  We stand together, and, Fox, if we can do that now," she whispered, "can you imagine how strong we'll be in the years to come?"

BOOKS IN THE SERIES
1. Rock Addiction
1.5. Rock Courtship (Coming October 2014)

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3 comments:

  1. Yay glad it turned into a nice surprise! I've enjoyed a number of rockstar romances so will probably give this a try once I get a little free time :)

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  2. Great review!! I just read this one as well and loved it!! Probably one of the best rock band romances I have read. I do agree with you on the second half of the book, definitely really adored the section of the story and seeing their relationship really blossom into something deeper. Hope you are well and HAPPY READING!!

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  3. I'm glad you liked this one too, Jennifer! That quote was awesome. It was great watching them work through everything together and not brood about it alone like "noble idiots". It really shows how strong they are as persons and as a couple. I can't wait for the novella to come out. Great review! Btw, I've tagged you in The Chocolate Book Tag. My post is HERE. :)

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