Monday, March 16, 2015

{eARC Romance Review} Rock Hard (Rock Kiss #2) by Nalini Singh

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.
(Blurb via Goodreads)
{Details} eARC, 284 pages. Expected publication: March 10th 2015. Source: eARC provided via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

{Rating} 5/5 - I loved it!
 "Charlotte closed the final updated folder with a smile." (page 1, line 1)
I loved it. Charlie Mouse. T Rex. Roaring. Negotiations. Communication. Commitment. Love. There was so much to love about Rock Hard.

Charlotte is a fabulous heroine. Smart, kind, generous. I loved Charlotte's evolution throughout the story.  Getting to know her slowly, her quirks, and then to learn what happened to her, what she survived, how she survived, and how she reclaimed her life, I admired her.

Gabriel. Yum. A former rugby player, a roaring T Rex of a CEO, a man who knows what he wants and usually he gets it. Except for Charlotte. He's got a thing for smarts. He's a driven man but he soon realizes that approach won't get him Charlotte. And his dirty talk...

I adored Charlotte and Gabriel together. Sweet. Tender. Sassy. Growly. Things aren't perfect; they struggle, they mess up but they keep trying because they know what they have is special. I liked that the relationship was slow, that Gabriel respected her reservations and was able to move at her pace but never stopped showing her how much he wanted her.

I'm a big fan of supportive secondary characters and the Molly/Charlotte friendship was fabulous. They're close enough that they can tell each other the hard truths, to encourage them to take chances, to be brave. And then there is Gabriel's family, warm and welcoming; I wish there was even more of them.

I can't believe I waited so long to read something by Nalini Singh. I loved her writing style - her chapter titles too - I was completely engrossed in the storyline, the characters and didn't want to put the book down. Rock Hard may have been my first Nalini Singh book but it will definitely not be the last.

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