Series: Rock Kiss #2
Published by TKA Distribution on 03/10/2015
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance
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.
If you caught my review for Hero a few weeks ago, you noticed how much I disliked that book, which is about a personal assistant and her boss getting together. Well, shortly after that I came across Rock Hard by Nalini Singh on Jennifer’s blog. Jennifer loves this author, and she really liked this book, so I decided to give it a go, even though it was another book about a personal assistant and her boss. And friends, I absolutely LOVED Rock Hard – it obliterated all my negative feelings for this trope from the bad experience of Hero.
I liked Charlotte from the very first page. It’s clear that she’s had something very traumatic happen to her in the past, and even now she’s still struggling with overcoming her fears. Her first meeting with Gabriel, the new CEO of the company Charlotte works for, is shocking for Charlotte, and a lot of her fears pop up. Gabriel’s huge size doesn’t help matters (he’s a former pro-Rugby player).
But, even though Charlotte is scared a lot of the time, she’s also so strong. Once she gets a little more used to Gabriel, she doesn’t let him walk all over her. I really loved that about Charlotte. She wants to not be afraid all the time, but knowing this and actually making it happen are not the same thing. She never gives up and I just love that about her.
And Gabriel – he’s a SWOONFEST, my friends. This is the type of hero I love. He’s really nice and supportive and understanding of Charlotte’s issues. He’s not afraid of commitment, and he really wants to be with Charlotte. But he knows that she’s scared of a lot of things, so he has to take things slowly. That’s not to say that Gabriel doesn’t get frustrated some times, but he calms himself down and he does understand that things are going to be slow. Their romance is just so sweet and wonderful.
And of my gosh, I adored the setting of Rock Hard. It’s set in New Zealand (where Nalini Singh lives) and oh my gosh I want to go there right this very minute! I absolutely, truly loved Rock Hard and it will not be my last Nalini Singh book. Rock Hard is perfect for fans of contemporary romance with some deeper issues.