Tuesday, 9 September 2014
Review: Rock Addiction - Nalini Singh
Molly Webster has always followed the rules. After an ugly scandal tore apart her childhood and made her the focus of the media’s harsh spotlight, she vowed to live an ordinary life. No fame. No impropriety. No pain. Then she meets Zachary Fox, a tattooed bad boy rocker with a voice like whiskey and sin, and a touch that could become an addiction.
A one-night stand with the hottest rock star on the planet, that’s all it was meant to be...
Fox promises scorching heat and dangerous pleasure, coaxing Molly to extend their one-night stand into a one-month fling. After that, he’ll be gone forever, his life never again intersecting with her own. Sex and sin and sensual indulgence, all with an expiration date. No ties, no regrets. Too late, Molly realizes it isn’t only her body that’s become addicted to Fox, but her heart...
Rock Kiss Series:
Rock Courtship (Novella)
Rock Hard (Crossover with the Hard Play series)
Hard Play Series:
(Spin off from the Rock Kiss series featuring the Bishop brothers)
Rock Hard (Crossover with the Rock Kiss series)
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It's no secret that Nalini Singh is one of my favourite paranormal romance authors, I absolutely adore her Guild Hunter series and I'm currently working my way through her Psy-Changeling books which I already love just as much. So when I found out she was writing a new adult rock star romance I immediately wanted to read Rock Addiction and I couldn't wait to see what the queen of paranormal could do with a contemporary romance (this isn't her first contemp story, but it is the first one I've read). I went into this book with incredibly high expectations but for once I wasn't worried because I knew this author wouldn't let me down. She consistently writes fabulous stories with characters who I fall in love with every single time and that's exactly what happened here.
Fox is the lead singer of the rock band Schoolboy Choir, he has it all - money, fame, a bad boy image complete with tattoos, more sex appeal than any one man should possess and a voice made for seducing women. He has his sights set on Molly, a sweet and innocent librarian who has a deep seated fear of fame and the resulting paparazzi harassment thanks to her time spent in the spotlight as a teenager after a family scandal. The last thing Molly needs is to start a relationship with one of the most famous faces in rock but that doesn't mean she isn't willing to have a little fun - as long as it's kept private and is a short term thing. Fox is the one who is determined to push her for more, he knows something special when he sees it and he has no intention of letting Molly go.
Rock Addiction is an incredibly hot read, one that is packed with scorching hot sex scenes that will leave you in need of a cold shower. I already knew how good Nalini Singh is at writing chemistry between her main characters but I really think she has excelled herself in this instance and I loved everything about Fox and Molly's relationship. What I loved most was the way the author turns so many different romance tropes upside down, there were a few times when I almost started to worry about the direction things were going to take - I feared we might end up with another relationship crisis because the characters weren't sensible enough to talk things through like adults - but every time I got nervous something would happen that completely surprised me and made me fall in love with the characters even more.
Both Fox and Molly are flawed in different ways but they understand themselves well enough to see why they react in certain ways and they also make allowances for each other based on their pasts. I loved seeing them put each other first and working together to find solutions for their problems - it made it very easy for me to believe that they could make things work as a couple. The one thing I really didn't like was a certain part about Molly's trust fund, I just didn't agree with the way things were dealt with and it made me feel a bit uncomfortable. Apart from that I think their romance was done incredibly well and I thoroughly enjoyed watching them fall in love.
As if fantastic main characters weren't enough we also have a selection of brilliant side characters who I absolutely can't wait to spend more time with. I really hope we get a book for each of the remaining band members, David, Noah and Abe, because I have high expectations for all three of them. I also loved what we saw of Molly's best friend Charlie and desperately want to learn more about her and the boss she calls T-Rex. Rock Addiction has left me excited to continue the series and it has everything I look for in a rock star romance so I can't recommend it highly enough. Nalini Singh was already one of my auto-buy authors for paranormal romance but now I'm going to have to go and read through her contemporary romance backlog!
Source: Received from publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review
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