Friday, March 20, 2015

REVIEW: "Rock Hard" by Nalini Singh


Rock Hard (Rock Kiss #2)

Rock Hard by Nalini Singh
For Ages 18+ (Language, Sensuality)
Contemporary Romance

TKA Distribution -- Published on March 10, 2015
eARC, 351 pages
Read in March 2015
Received from Netgalley

THEMES
Alpha Hero, Tormented Heroine, Sports

SUMMARY
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.



FIRST LINE
"Charlotte closed the final updated folder with a smile."

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

Charlotte Baird is the best friend of Molly Webster, the heroine from Rock Addiction.  This book takes place simultaneously and portrays Charlotte's relationship with her overbearing new boss who she refers to as T-Rex.  I was intrigued by this side plot in the first Rock Kiss book so I was super happy that it met all of my expectations.

I loved the portrayal of Charlotte and her journey to self-confidence after a horrific incident with an ex-boyfriend.  Readers get hints about what happened, but I was not prepared for the details which made me admire Charlotte even more.  She is intelligent and shy though she also has a spine of steel when pushed too far.  There are many moments where she could have retreated back into her enclosed world, but she kept going and showed how strong she really was.

The aforementioned T-Rex whose real name is Gabriel Bishop is a former professional rugby player who is now known for bring businesses back from the brink of disaster.  His first few days at his new company results in staff overhauls and plenty of tears, but he showed a keen sense of business smarts and a good heart.  I liked that, while most of this book focused on Charlotte's development, it also deals with Gabriel's own difficult childhood and how it effects his current outlook on life.

Rock Hard has many elements that I adore in Nalini Singh's paranormal books like fully developed characters, romance that sweeps the reader off their feet, and well-written worlds.  Even though this book is a contemporary romance, I can see Singh's skills at worldbuilding with her depiction of the company that Charlotte and Gabriel work for, the relationships between the workers, and especially the crazy Bishop family.  I am hoping Gabriel's brother, Danny, will get his own story someday.

All in all, a truly entertaining read that is both sweet and sexy.  This author is showing how skilled she is at writing romance whether it is contemporary or paranormal.  Rock Hard is my favorite of the series so far.

5 STARS

BOOKS IN THE SERIES
1. Rock Addiction
1.5. Rock Courtship
2. Rock Hard

3 comments:

  1. Great review. I felt the same way about this book. It is my favorite of the series, and I adored T Rex and Mouse together, this is a story I wouldn't mind reading again.

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  2. After reading the summary, I was hoping you gave this book a good review, but the summary makes this book sound like a book just right for me. I'm so going to read this!

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  3. One day I will get to these. I've liked her paras but thinking these might be a better fit for me :D

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