Rock Hard by Nalini Singh

Posted March 12, 2015 by Karen in Book Reviews / 0 Comments

Rock Hard by Nalini SinghRock Hard by Nalini Singh
Also by this author: Slave to Sensation, Shards of Hope, Archangel's Enigma, Allegiance of Honor, Archangel's Heart, Silver Silence, Archangel's Prophecy
Series: Rock Kiss #2
Published by Independently Published on March 10, 2015
Genres: Contemporary Adult Romance 18+, Fiction
Pages: 398
Format: eARC
ISBN: 1942356161

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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.

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Karen two Cents

Last year one of my favorite authors Nalini Singh dove into the huge ocean that is contemporary romance with Rock Addiction, and frankly the book wasn’t for me. The plot seemed rushed and there was instalove that centered around sweaty monkey sex. (Note this reviewer likes Sweaty Monkey Sex, but not when it is the main focus of the book) I was actually saddened because Ms. Singh is a wonderful urban fantasy author, but her contemporary freshman book fell flat. I actually cringe now just writing this, as I thoroughly adore her writing.  In case you didn’t get my point, I worship at the alter of Singh urban fantasy books.

During Rock Addiction, I kept getting sidetracked by the main characters best friend Charlotte, and her new boss Gabriel Bishop. He was only fleetingly mentioned in the book, but even the hint of his presence sparked my interest. So Rock Hard the eArc appeared unsolicited on our Netgalley dashboard, with an Archive date of five days. I asked all my blog mates who requested it and no one did. I honestly don’t normally respond to unsolicited eARCs as my review schedule is always pretty full, and real life has a way of rearing it’s ugly head.  I also pride our blog on our clear rate for Netgalley, so this is how I ended up reading Rock Hard.

I do love Singh and yes, her first contemporary romance was not for me. But it could have been a one off, and I will never know unless I read a second of her books in this genre.   So, guess what? I am happy that I did read the book.  Where Rock Addiction failed me, Rock Hard speared my heart. Singh dove into the contemporary romance ocean, and she preforms a delicate swan dive with Rock Hard.   The dynamics were great between Gabriel Bishop ex Rugby star turned corporate phenomena, and Charlotte Baird a woman who has been seriously wounded by life is spectacular. I adored the transformation of Charlotte and the strength that she showed coming to terms with the ghost of her past. She let her inner goddess take hold and she is both smart and fierce!  Singh, wrote Gabriel as a strong, determined, caring and perfect man. He is now one of my top book boyfriends. The book is about change, redemption and living in the moment.   This is a book I recommend that you purchase. If you didn’t find Rock Addiction to your liking don’t discount Singh or this book as they are both worth your money.


About Nalini Singh

I’ve been writing as long as I can remember and all of my stories always held a thread of romance (even when I was writing about a prince who could shoot lasers out of his eyes). I love creating unique characters, love giving them happy endings and I even love the voices in my head. There’s no other job I would rather be doing. In September 2002, when I got the call that Silhouette Desire wanted to buy my first book, Desert Warrior, it was a dream come true. I hope to continue living the dream until I keel over of old age on my keyboard.

I was born in Fiji and raised in New Zealand. I also spent three years living and working in Japan, during which time I took the chance to travel around Asia. I’m back in New Zealand now, but I’m always plotting new trips. If you’d like to see some of my travel snapshots, have a look at the Travel Diary page (updated every month).

So far, I’ve worked as a lawyer, a librarian, a candy factory general hand, a bank temp and an English teacher and not necessarily in that order. Some might call that inconsistency but I call it grist for the writer’s mill.

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