Sunday, November 15, 2015

Review: Rock Redemption by Nalini Singh

Publication Date: 10/6/2015
Series: Rock Kiss #3
Rating: 4.5 Stars

Official Blurb:

Kit Devigny could have loved rock guitarist Noah St. John. Their friendship burned with the promise of intense passion and searing tenderness…until the night Noah deliberately shattered her heart.

Noah knows he destroyed something precious the night he chose to betray Kit, but he’d rather she hate him than learn his darkest secret. All he has left is his music. It’s his saving grace, but it doesn’t silence the voices that keep him up at night. Chasing oblivion through endless one-night-stands, he earns a few hours’ sleep and his bad boy reputation.

When a media error sees Noah and Kit dubbed the new “it” couple, Kit discovers her chance at the role of a lifetime hinges on riding the media wave. Wanting—needing—to give Kit this, even if he can’t give her everything, Noah agrees to play the adoring boyfriend. Only the illusion is suddenly too real, too painful, too beautiful…and it may be too late for the redemption of Noah St. John.

Rock Redemption really hit in the middle of the road for me.  While I loved the other two books in this series like exponentially, I felt like Singh was struggling a bit with Noah’s story. 

I knew from the get go that Noah was going to be a complicated soul.  Sure, he’s a Rock God toeing the line of sex addict with his fan base, but deep down I always felt like there was something more to him as a character and holy shit, was there. His story is not an easy one and some reader may not be able to handle it very well.  His childhood was far from ideal and even though thinking about his struggles in life makes my skin crawl.  Noah is this bad boy rocker on the outside, but inside lies the darkness and bone crushing disgusting hate for not only what he did to Kit, but for his past as well. He’s the kind of character that you want to hate, but can’t find it in your heart to turn a cold shoulder on him. 

Now, we go to Kit.  Ahhh, the blossoming starlet.  Here’s where I had a few issues with the story. Kit had such potential as a character, but honestly, fell a little flat for me.  She was this booming Hollywood starlet that was rising in her fame and up the ladder in her career.  She’s dealt with stalkers and acting, but was still sorrowing over what happened or should I say what didn’t happened between her and Noah. She was this strong woman who was brought down with a single instance in her life. Sure, what happened would be painful for anyone in a semi-new relationship, but it shouldn’t affect her entire life.  I think to me that maybe Kit’s character didn’t have the bite to her I would have liked to see in a scorned woman. She gave in far too easily to the main plot idea of the story.

So all in all, it was a love-hate relationship kind of book for me.  The premise of rebuilding a broken friendship was honestly a genius plot idea by Singh, but it just wasn’t executed as well as it could have been. Kit really drowned out the good parts of this story with constant repetitions on how much he hurt her and that she was never letting him in that that again. In my opinion, Noah saved this story.  His past tragedies and current struggles in life were what kept me turning the pages.  The romance was there, but it just wasn’t what kept my attention.  

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