Series: Rock Kiss #1
Published by Tantor Audio Narrator: Justine O. Keef
Source: Tantor Audio
Author Nalini Singh
Narrated by Justine O. Keef
Publication date May 5, 2015
Running time 11 hrs 8 min
Also available as e-book or paperback of 404 pages from: TKA Distribution (September 9, 2014)
Audio provided by TANTOR MEDIA for review. No remuneration was exchanged and all opinion presented herein is my own except as noted.
New York Times bestselling author Nalini Singh stuns with a sizzling contemporary romance…
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…
I loved this book from Nalini Singh. I was so excited to get the audio download from Tantor, and I put it on my ipod as soon as it came. I listened to the entire book in one day while I worked in my yard!
Maybe it’s just this “thing” I have for rock star books. Rockers are like the untamed and unexplored planet. Almost anything goes, almost any behavior is excused for them; in the public eye they are made out to be the last frontier of artistic wildness and yet most are probably as normal as any other person would be with lots of money and a free pass on their behaviors (for the most part), and people whose job it is to keep them happy.
It was great that the book is partly set in New Zealand; it’s always like a little vacation to read a book where people are traveling to other places. I was a little confused as to why some of the characters in the New Zealand-based part the book, like Molly’s neighbor, had accents but the main character and her best friend did not. On the other hand, that was also a bit of a relief as it enabled me to focus on the characters and not the accent. But, if British characters get British accents, why wouldn’t characters from other English speaking countries get similarly accented voices?
I thought the interplay between the characters: Molly with her rigid control over her emotions and desires, and Fox with his quick temper, was explosive. I did find their initial contact hard to justify as she was so rigidly controlled, so buttoned up, that it’s hard to imagine her being quite so easy to get into bed. I also found Fox’s temper a little out of control and thought he could do some work on that. Or maybe it felt too out of proportion and the author could pare it down.
The characters worked worked through issues using the amazing tool called communication! Perhaps Singh’s characters could loan it to characters in other romance novels. Too often the characters in romance have a lack of communication as the biggest issue and don’t face the elephant in the room.
I liked that Molly had such a great best friend in the person of Charlotte, but there was a lot of back story to her character and unless there was a prequel I felt the lack annoying. The back story for Thea, Molly’s half sister, is also lacking but less of a mystery.
How Molly gets past her fear of being in the public eye, of being exposed — the risk inherent in being a rock star’s girlfriend, to be with Fox is a story of personal growth, of realizing that we shouldn’t let other people stand in the way of what we want, and that people are not necessarily defined by their parents’ stories.
Fox’s experience, his self-assuredness and his normal emotional composure were occasionally at odds with his temper. Molly’s personal experiences had made her timid but also very attuned to other people’s feelings and compassionate. They make a great tumbling composition of complex individuals rolling around in the sheets, against the wall, in the elevator,…
You get the idea.
This is one hot story with a lot of substance and very little substance abuse (none of which is tolerated). There’s a lot of hot, plastered against the wall stuff within the covers of ROCK ADDICTION from superstar story teller Nalini Singh!
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