Thursday, March 5, 2015

ARC Review: Rock Hard by Nalini Singh

Rock Hard

Author: Nalini Singh
Publisher: TKA Distribution
Series: Rock Kiss #2
Pages: New Adult
Release Date: March 10th 2015


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.


Just one minute, I just wanna try and loose that silly grin reading this gave me....
Ok. Not gonna happen, this just left me gooey fluffy grinny (yes grinny is a word, well now it is- so shush)... let's just ignore it and pretend I am not in cutesy heaven right now.

{Ok, let me warn you.. this is a long winded intro into my relation with Singh books....*skip if you couldnt give a toot*}

Singh Books and I have a bit of a delicate relationship. I read my first Singh book due to a recommendation by Lu. She suggested I'd read her books, thinking that I would love them.
I tried the Guild Hunter Series- and though I loved Singh's prose, it wasn't really for me. (Angel books and I, just a never gonna happen I'm afraid)
Then I gave the Psy-Changeling Series a try. My love for Singh's prose got totally cemented then. Her writing style is moving, beautiful and captivating. And though I did like the world building of Psy-Changeling, the series was good but well, just ok to good for me. To be fair, I am still not sure if I actually like changeling books.... So it could just be that.
So when I heard that Singh is publishing a New Adult Contemporary series I knew I needed to get my hands on it.
And well, I adore her writing. But while I loved the first part of Rock Addiction, I was not a fan of the second part- AT ALL. I was rather disappointed actually, since I had sky high hopes for it. This led me to believe though, I love Singhs prose and enjoy most of the time the the character building and world building, I have a problem with her plots. To be exact, the romance of part of the books..... And I was nearly gonna just give up on my really fragile Singh books relationship. But I thankfully did read Rock Courtship. AND I liked it. It kinda redeemed quite a bit. Though I felt it had a wee bit too much smut for my taste. Hence I was back on trying to resolve my Singh Books relation ship issues.
But despite my initial enthusiasm, I kept postponing reading the ARC of Rock Hard, simply because I knew that this would make or break my relationship with Singh's books. And there was the lingering worry that this might be another Rock Addiction experience...which would mark an end to our relationship for sure.

{ok done with my relationship babble}

Obviously the ridiculous grin and the rating give away the fact, that I loved this.
This is without a doubt my favorite Singh book so far.
All my issues I've had with Rock Addiction- void and null here. Everything I was worried about, never featured in Rock Hard.

This is a fabulous cute & fluffy that made me giggle and left said grin plastered to my face even a day after reading it.

It's superb Singh prose with great character building- and a plot that I thoroughly enjoyed.
This is is the story of Charlotte, aka Charlie-Mouse and Gabriel, aka T-Rex. Charlie being the best friend of Molly, from Rock Addiction and Gabriel, Charlie's new boss. So not really a rock novel- another thing I was kinda surprised about, since I expected the series to be set in the music world.
Instead this is set in the business world of New Zealand. And just like in Rock Addiction, I totally adore Singh descriptions of New Zealand. I think her love for her home country really comes through when she writes about it.

A tid bit on the side: I really loved the titles of the chapters. They were a source of great amusement to me! They are really worth paying attention too.Some of my favorites:
The Mouse Growls
In News That Surprises No One, Anya Is A Bitch
Half- Naked T-Rex and Ice Cream ( Sadly Not At The Same Time)
Charlie-Mouse vs T-Rex: Round 7489

This sets the tone of the narration as well. The entire book, even when the topic at times is rather heavy, has a humorous side. The two MC's don't take themselves overly serious, they not melodramatic or self-involved. In fact I totally adore them both.
This being a character driven novel make that fact incredibly important for ones enjoyment of it. But as you know I am happy to read character driven stories, if the characters building is done well. And the character building is done outstandingly here. And this goes of each and every single one of them. Literally. Even the villains are outstandingly written. The support cast is so well written, I feel like I know all of them, and the two MCs- well, as I said; I adore them. The character growth is well and realistic. The character building; A job absolutely well done.

The constant battles between Charlie and Bishop are a delight. The slow development of their relationship a pleasure to read. Oh, let me warn the smut-lovers of you, there is extremely little smut until about 65%  or 70% in. This is a slow-mo when it comes to that. But I found that I so enjoyed seeing the two of them fall for each other, continuously redefining their relationship - right till the end, the smut was just an added bonus for me.
While I consider this a cute & fluffy- it does have some serious elements to it. Charlie and T-Rex both have their share of baggage from the past, and they learn to deal with it together, slowly. I love that Singh, though adding a very tragic element to the story, offered a realistic solution to the problems the two MCs encounter. It's a wee bit happy-clappy sure, but then, let's be honest, that's why we read them cute & fluffies, isn't it?
The end, btw, was a summary of everything I loved about the book!

A beautifully told sweet and amusing love story with great characters.
A must read for lovers of the genre!


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After all that fangirling... Find out what Lu thought: Her Review of Rock Hard

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