Book 2 in the Rock Kiss series
by Nalini Singh
Narrated by Justine O. Keef | Release date May 26, 2015 | Duration 10:24 min
Print and E-Book from TKA Dist. 398 pages March 10, 2015
Audio provided by Tantor Media for review. No remuneration was exchanged and all opinion presented herein is my own except as noted.
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. http://nalinisingh.com/books/rock-kiss-series/rock-hard/
Is an ex-rugby player or business man a rock star? Gabriel Bishop is the ex-rugby-turned corporate star. Charlotte is the best friend of the main character in the first book in the series who ends up with a rock star. But there’s no rock and roll in Nalini Singh’s ROCK HARD. None. So, the connection to the series theme feels pretty thin.
I hate it when there are all these little things in a story that detract from my enjoyment of it.
Singh seems obsessed with the man being able to put his hand around the woman’s neck as a sign she has emotionally recovered from a terrifying ordeal. I couldn’t understand how she meant he should put his hand around her neck. To choke her, to give her a massage during sex? I wondered about it throughout the entire relationship portion of the story.
Charlotte did have a terrifying ordeal. And she talked to a counselor. One counselor. Then she determined that it didn’t help, so of course, this very bright woman didn’t find another. I thought that made her seem stupid, although trauma victims do things that make more sense to them than to people who don’t live through the trauma and she had her best friend who helped her. But along comes Gabriel who pushes her out of her shell and helps her a lot, and she accepts that help.
As in the first audio book in the series, ROCK ADDICTION, I didn’t understand the lack of accent for the characters as they were voiced. If it were taking place in England the characters would be voiced with English accents. It is an interesting choice in producing the recording. Otherwise, I though Justine O’Keef did a great job.
There is a thriller/suspense aspect to the story, although, unlike a thriller or suspense book you know there will still be an HEA. The genre requirements ordain it so. The bad guy is perfectly visible in my head, his good looks but slightly off smile popped right up in my mind. I didn’t get what Gabriel or Charlotte looked like in my head so much although I understood Charlotte’s baggy clothes.
Gabriel has his own issues within his family; and Charlotte is able to help him come to grips with it. In a way this gives the relationship parity and makes it more feasible; more possible.
If you can overlook the title having little to do with the book, and the series being thus far linked through two friends rather than through the theme implied in the series title, then this is interesting, sexy, dangerous and fun. It’s set in a beautiful and exotic (to me) location and full of hunky rugby players. And, Singh’s ability to weave a compelling narrative with sex and suspense make it a great beach read!