Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Review: Rock Hard by Nalini Singh

Publication Date: 3/10/2015
Series: Rock Kiss #2
Rating: 4.5 Stars

Official Blurb:

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.

Rock Hard is the kind of book every romance writer strives to create. Singh has taken a timeless love story of finding hope and love in another after a horrible past. This book is an emotionally enriched story that will leave you a sobbing mess while you’re swooning in their passion for each other.  While some may compare this book’s office setting to the likes of Fifty Shades, Singh has turned this unlikely office romance into a story that could realistically be anyone’s life.

Gabriel, or has Charlotte refers to as T-Rex is a massive former rugby player who’s career ended earlier than anticipated. Yet, he’s found a passion for saving businesses that most would consider irreparably broken. This is just another company to save in his mind, but it’s not the just company he needs to bring back into the light. He’s the kind of guy whose heart knows better than his brain.  His interest in Charlotte or the mouse as he refers to her is apart to everyone, but Charlotte. She’s the kind of girl who could break hearts without really even trying. Yet, her past has left her a shell of herself. Singh’s writing style leaves you with healthy dose of empathy for Charlotte as a character. She’s been through so much and yet she’s still standing. She’s resilient yet fragile and to me that makes her quite the character combo.

As much as I loved the characters, it was the sheer fact that their story lacked outside drama that you see as a plot twist point in a novel. This book is about well in certain times emotionally and sensual healing.  So many romance authors through in wicked twists and turns that it makes me appreciate books such as Rock Hard who simply focus on the love that’s right in front the characters. Sometimes in a book, simple love is exactly what you need.

Rock Hard is a sweetly seductive read that will leave readers begging for more.  This contemporary romance novel is a perfect balance as sweet and sinful passion that every romance reader is bound to fall in love with T-Rex and The Mouse. 

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