Thursday, July 21, 2016

New York Times bestselling author Nalini Singh continues her Rock Kiss series with a hot, sweet, emotional contemporary romance about love and forgiveness…


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Title:  Rock Wedding

Series:  Rock Kiss, Book 4
Author:  Nalini Singh
Genre:  Contemporary Romance
Rating: 5 Sweltering Keys

**Disclaimer:  A copy of this book was provided to me by the author in exchange for an honest review.

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?

Nalini Singh is a Goddess among writers in my opinion because I haven't picked up a book by her yet that I didn't just love to pieces.  I admit, I love some more than others **cough cough** Kiss of Snow....but Rock Wedding is rating right up there as one of my all time favorite books she has written.  Who knew she could top herself after Rock Redemption.

Rock Kiss gives readers the backstory with a true love old fashion twist for Abe and Sarah.  Both characters have appeared in previous books but readers never really knew the whole story as to why they were no longer together, and why Sarah didn't really have a connection with the band.  Abe, dealing with unresolved issues surrounding a family tragedy meets Sarah at a time in his life where he was not quite mature enough to deal with his demons.  As a result, he treats her horrible during their 2 year marriage turning to drugs and alcohol to deal rather than trusting Sarah to help him heal.   After a horrible fight where Abe says some things that he can't take back, Sarah walks away from there marriage and from Abe.

Sarah grew up in a broken loveless home where she encountered all kinds of mental abuse.  When she meets Abe, it's love at first sight.  She had no idea the depth of the demons he carried but she was certain that she loved him enough for the both of them.  When nothing she does seems to work and Abe refuses to share his troubles with her, Sarah is at a loss.  When the horrible argument happens, Abe says things to her that reminds her of her childhood and she flees.  Loving Abe was the center of her world and she has to figure out how to establish a future without him in it.  Just as she has grown and gained the confidence of a woman who has healed, Sarah encounters her own that leaves her broken.

I loved everything about Rock Wedding, especially the way Singh allowed Abe to grow by acknowledging his mistakes.  Abe doesn't just apologize to Sarah and she instantly takes him back, he has to really work for it by proving he is a changed man.  There are so many scenes in this book that I will cherish, most notable are the scenes where Abe's mother fully accepts Sarah as her daughter and embraces her in a way that completely calms all of Sarah's fears.

I'm dying to know what will happen next and if other books will be added to the series.  Either way, if Singh writes it, I'm buying it.  I give Rock Wedding 5 Sweltering Keys!



Sarah sat on the floor of her living room, books spread out all around her.
Having worked nonstop for days, she’d given herself the afternoon off. First, she’d gone to see her son. The anniversary had rolled around again, and though she hurt, this month wasn’t one of the bad ones. She’d talked to him, told him about her day, left him with a kiss.
Her plan for the rest of the day had been to get into her pj’s and curl up on the couch with Flossie to binge-watch a favorite television series. Then had come the buzz at the gate that made her heart thunder and her skin flush… and the delivery of a most unexpected package.
I hope you’re doing okay today. Say hi to Aaron for me. I’m sorry I threw your books in the pool. I was a dick. – Abe
Sarah stared at the note card again, still not certain she was reading it right. The first two lines, they turned her throat thick, but the rest… He’d been so high that day that she’d have bet her business he had no memory of the ugly incident. Sarah had never forgotten it: she could still feel the wrenching ache of the sobs that had overwhelmed her as she tried futilely to fish out books that had been well and truly drenched.
Abe, meanwhile, had moved on to throwing the pool furniture into the shimmering blue water.
Her fingers trembled as she picked up a leather-bound copy of Jane Austen’s Persuasion. It matched the other Austen novels he’d sent her, the set a lovely reissue packaged for collectors. Beside the fancy collector’s editions lay cheerful paperbacks with laughing couples and/or dogs on the covers.
She stifled a wet laugh. He’d clearly chosen those at random, but it was cute that he’d remembered she liked romances with animals in them. Half the time when she’d read to him or talked to him about her favorites, she’d thought he was mostly asleep. It hadn’t mattered—she’d just liked being with him.
The most surprising book in the package was the one about the entrepreneur who’d gone from rags to riches on stubborn grit and sheer determination.
It gave her a funny, fluttery feeling in her tummy to realize Abe really did take her business endeavor seriously. It wasn’t mockery, not when he’d gone to the effort of choosing these other books with her likes specifically in mind. He’d thought she’d like the book because she was an entrepreneur too.
Her eyes burned.
Her hand went to her phone, but she hesitated, the memories of her awful loneliness while she’d been with Abe holding her in place. Curling her fingers into her palm, she picked up the television remote instead.
She had to keep her distance if she was to have any chance of protecting her battered heart. Because this Abe? The one who sent her flowers and books and who dropped by to make sure she was all right? He was more dangerous than the man who’d broken her to pieces.

© Copyright 2016 by Nalini Singh

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About the Author: 

Nalini Singh is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of the Psy-Changeling, Guild Hunter, and Rock Kiss series. She lives and works in beautiful New Zealand, and is passionate about writing.

If you’d like to explore her other books, you can find lots of excerpts and free short stories on her website. Slave to Sensation is the first book in the Psy-Changeling series, while Angels’ Blood is the first book in the Guild Hunter series. The Rock Kiss books are all stand alone and can be read in any order.

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