Rock Kiss 2 (Novella)
by Nalini Singh
Audiobook Published by:
Narrated by Justine O. Keef
Publication date Jun 16, 2015
Running time 4 hrs 27 min
E-book published by TKA Dist. | 9/30/14 | 168 pages
Audio files provided by Tantor Audio for review. No remuneration was exchanged and all opinion presented herein is my own except as noted.
What happens when the Gentleman of Rock decides to play dirty?
A drummer for the hottest rock band on the planet, David has a single, powerful weakness: Thea, the band’s publicist and the woman who steals his breath away with her every move.
Only problem is, Thea doesn’t date clients—or musicians. Emotionally scarred by a cheating ex, she’s not about to risk her heart with a man who has groupies buzzing around him like flies. Even if his sexy smile ties her up in knots.
What she doesn’t know is that David is a one-woman man…and he’s madly in love with her. David’s determined to prove he’s worth the risk, and willing to court her, step by exquisite step. Thea’s about to discover just how long and hard this handsome drummer can play.
Don’t mistake sex for love.
I find I often want to scream that to women reading erotic romance, and to the writers writing it.
Here’s this super sweet guy trying to prove to this relationship shy woman that he is worthy; that she should change her policies, and get back on the horse.
David is a really nice guy: polite, well-grounded, hard-worker, family-oriented, and when he asks his crush’s sister about her she tells him to write the very business-minded woman a memo.
His memo though, and their converstaions don’t focus on values, why he is a good bet, etc. They focus on the fucking (with some licking and sucking).
Slowly, over time and a lot of phone sex, they decide to really make a go, but it all depends on, hinges on, sex.
Don’t get me wrong, sex is very important, and this steamy relationship has some great stuff, but Nalini decided to focus on the wrong thing to make this woman who has been stuck in the past of a bad relationship interested. If either or both characters just wanted sex, I suspect they would have scratched the itch elsewhere. But he’s looking to prove he is Prince Charming, Dudley Doright, the real deal, and the whole ball of wax, so he has to sell her more than a penis, he has to sell her on him, on the man behind the penis. A long-term, committed relationship has sex as a component but respect, love and the ability to get along with each other out of the bedroom is what makes love really last.
I wish Nalini had developed this story more than she did and focused on what really makes a relationship. What it comes down to is that I didn’t believe Thea would go for the reasons he gives her that they belong together. Yes, it is Erotic Romance, but, if you want to sell it as romantic love then you can’t make it all about the sex.