Friday, July 22, 2016

#ARCBookReview and #Giveaway: Rock Wedding (Rock Kiss #4) by Nalini Singh

Rock Wedding (Rock Kiss #4) by Nalini Singh

Blurb:

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

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?



ARC Book Review:

Rock Wedding by Nalini Singh is the fourth and final book in the Rock Kiss series. Having read all the previous books in this series, I feel like I personally know all the characters.

This is the story of Abe and Sarah. Abe has been a passive character who until now had only been mentioned as the junkie keyboard player fighting his own demons. But Nalini did give us an insight into his past compromising of a marriage that broke because of him and also leave a tantalizing preview into his changing feelings for his ex-wife who had once loved him but who now has moved on with her life in one of her previous books and ever since then I wanted to know if he would get his happily-ever-after but despite this, I have to confess that I wasn't as eager about Abe as I have been for the other Rock Kiss band members. The reason being that I didn't like Abe. He was a selfish, self destructive, drug addict who had hurt his sweet and loving wife so bad.

However, once I started this book, I soon had to change my opinion about Abe who has finally got the chance to tell his story. He has realized his mistake and wants to make amends. This is a toe curling and heart touching story of seeking redemption and taking a second chance at first love.

The plot is well conceived and expertly executed. The first half is a bit slow but the story picks up pace in the second half. I sat engrossed and excitedly turning the pages, eager to know what happened next!

I have been camp Sarah right from the start and felt angry with Abe on her behalf. I felt her pain, her helpless love for Abe, her insecurity, her scars from her brutal past and fear of giving Abe a second chance. Having experienced the joy of motherhood just recently, I cried and then laughed with Sarah and hoped for the very best for her. Nalini Singh is a pro at expressing emotions and getting her readers hooked to her books and she shows her prowess here too. I sat experiencing so many emotions and completely spell bound by this story. There were so many obstacles to Abe and Sarah's happily-ever-after but they proved that nothing stands in the way when the love is true!

I enjoyed and loved meeting all my favourite people from this series and each pair of love birds from the previous books gets married in this book. It was just lovely accompanying them in their happy moments and I feel like I have attended the weddings of my close friends. Everyone got their deserved endings and I adored each second of reading this lovely story. 

There are many explicit sex scenes in this book but for once I didn't connect with them and skipped majority of such scenes. Maybe because I was more interested reading about the emotional upheaval faced by these two characters. 

All in all, Rock Wedding by Nalini Singh is a honest story of redemption, taking chances, fighting for your love and about the joy of having good friends and family. 4 out of 5 stars to it and recommended to all lovers of romance above the age of eighteen. I look forward to reading lots more from Nalini in the future.



I received an ARC from the author, the publishers and the tour organizers and I am very thankful to them. The above is my honest and unbiased opinion and in no way influenced.

Excerpt:


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.





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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