Book 5 in the Rock Kiss series
Author Nalini Singh
Narrated by Justine O. Keef
Publication date Oct 11, 2016
Published by Tantor Media
Running time 10 hrs 3 min
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After a lifetime of longing for a real family, Sarah Smith thought she’d finally found her home with rock star Abe Bellamy, even if she knew Abe didn’t love her the way she loved him. But their brief relationship, filled with tragedy and heartache, nearly destroyed her. Alone, emotions in turmoil, and already shaky self-esteem shattered, Sarah struggles to pick up the pieces in the wake of their divorce.
Abe knows he’s to blame for the end of his marriage. Caught in a web of painful memories, he pushed away the best thing in his life—the sexy, smart woman he adores—breaking them both in the process. Then fate throws him a second chance to get things right, to prove to Sarah that she means everything to him. Abe desperately wants that second chance at love . . . even if he knows he doesn’t deserve it.
But can he convince Sarah—now strong and independent without him—to risk her wounded heart one more time? https://tantor.com/rock-wedding-nalini-singh.html
This series got its start when sexy rocker, Zachary Fox of School Boy Choir, meets the meek Molly Webster while touring in New Zealand. Now, finally, they are getting married and it brings the whole gang to town.
Abe has been the band’s bad boy drowning his sadness with substance abuse that destroyed his marriage. Now he wants back in. Sarah never revealed her past to Abe when they were married.
I liked this book the most since the first one. Singh brings a raw depiction of the pain of losing a child, and of being a survivor of abuse.
Keef has a gentle, cultured voice suited to portraying the range of emotions needed for this book. Her voice when reading Sarah’s dialogue is particularly sensitive.
The time the couple having split up, known throughout the whole series, is probably the only thing that allows them to even possibly get back together:
For Sarah it gives her time to mature in ways her difficult youth did not allow. She was strong, but she becomes self-confident and successful. Abe was an addict , and a mean one at that. He needed the time to get sober, really sober. She is no longer a doormat in love with the foot that stomps all over her with muddy boots. He has learned how to handle his sadness without substances. If they had somehow managed to stay together with her supporting him through his binges, and him stepping all over her, they would have had a very unhappy marriage.
This is not the place to start the series and I think it is best read in order. I enjoyed the series.