Wednesday, October 7, 2015

REVIEW + Excerpt + GIVEAWAY: Rock Redemption by Nalini Singh


Kit and Noah’s rock star romance is finally here in the newest addition to Nalini Singh’s Rock Kiss Series!!  


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Kit Devigny could have loved rock guitarist Noah St. John. Their friendship burned with the promise of intense passion and searing tenderness…until the night Noah deliberately shattered her heart.

Noah knows he destroyed something precious the night he chose to betray Kit, but he’d rather she hate him than learn his darkest secret. All he has left is his music. It’s his saving grace, but it doesn’t silence the voices that keep him up at night. Chasing oblivion through endless one-night-stands, he earns a few hours’ sleep and his bad boy reputation.

When a media error sees Noah and Kit dubbed the new “it” couple, Kit discovers her chance at the role of a lifetime hinges on riding the media wave. Wanting—needing—to give Kit this, even if he can’t give her everything, Noah agrees to play the adoring boyfriend. Only the illusion is suddenly too real, too painful, too beautiful…and it may be too late for the redemption of Noah St. John.


Shel: I've enjoyed this entire series but I think this one might be my new favorite. There were so many things I found enjoyable and I'm feeling like a top 7 list (so random I know!). So here are my top reasons for enjoying this book:

Shel: 1. We finally get answers about WTH is going on with Noah and Kit. There's been obvious tension between them for ages and now we know why. (and, GOD NOAH...way to be a douchecanoe). Court: I too knew that he would be one of the biggies. One of the ones that made me cry out in angst THE WHOLE TIME. AND I DID. You can imagine that I was a big stressed about Noah's thoughts on the matter of loving someone else. And to be honest I was getting tired of their slow progress in the middle, but when things shake makes sense, it fits the story perfectly, and I was "ready" if you will for what happens next. 

Shel: 2. I know this is fiction and many details are made up, but I love the whole 'behind the scenes' feel we get when we read about Kat and Noah. It was nice to escape my mundane world for a little while and to live in the world of the beautiful and talented. Court: I too love, love, love reading about the stars. They're normal humans and all, but even in fiction, their larger than life world fascinates me. 

Shel: 3. Kat has got to be one of the sweetest heroines with one of the most patient and determined outlooks.  She is so kind and thoughtful and yet she is not a doormat at all. I loved her mix of sweetness and spunkiness. She's fierce. Court: She is a a fun character for certain, but I liked how she is the one who stays true to herself in the land of acting. Refreshing. 

Shel: 4. Noah made me crazy but in a way that kept me reading and even though I abhorred the way he handled some things, I liked how much he cared for Kat--even if he could be a selfish prick about it. Don't get me wrong, I understood, to an extent, his rationale and he definitely redeems himself, but GAHHHHH he made me crazy sometimes. Court: By the time I was finished I was glad of his brutal honesty, his flawed outlook, and fierce protection of Kit even when it was not at all either of what they wanted. Kit's want of Noah was so palpable, and Noah's clear self hatred and love of music was real and full of emotion and I loved him so much. Even when he made me scream and want to hit him! 

Shel: 5. I loved that we get to see the characters from the other books; we get to peek into their lives and see how they're doing. Court: Thea is still the bomb, yo. 

Shel: 6. I liked how Singh didn't try to have some sort of magical fix that suddenly made everything perfect and all their problems solved. By the end, I could see that Kat and Noah were working as a team to continue to make things better. Not necessarily magically erased, but better. I think there's an aspect of that that feels realistic. Court: I liked this also. Because some things always get taped up perfect in a little bow, and that didn't feel realistic for Noah and this story. And that isn't at all what happened and thank you God Nalini Singh, for handling this delicate matter this way. Whew. Bravo. 

Shel: 7. I have always loved that Singh created a cast of diverse characters that come from different segments of society, different racial backgrounds, and different kinds of families. I think it's important that the book world tries to reflect the real world as much as possible and that Singh does it so seamlessly is not to be overlooked. Court: I think this is a beautiful thing also, which makes me ecstatic to look for Abe and Sarah's book! I LOVE THIS BAND. 

Shel: There were a few things that I'm still processing that I'm not sure about--things like when Noah and Kat made the crossover from friends to more and how it seemed so subtle and I guess I wanted it to be more of a deal, or how quickly the ending seemed to sneak up on us--just these little things that stuck with me when I was reading in a way that I'm still deciding what I think about it. At any rate, this series has been so much fun and tackled way more than I ever anticipated and I'm eager to see what she does with Abe's story. Court: I can see your thoughts on this, because of how long the slow burn was...then things changed. BUT, like you say...this series, and especially this content: we get way more than we ever bargained for. This series is special to me because the plot is serious, but funny; sexy, but gives even more than just that...and gives me my favorite trope with rockers, and the women who make them fall all over the place in love and lust. I'm so happy for this! 


Excerpt from ROCK REDEMPTION by
Nalini Singh

Kit groaned at the sound of her phone. Reaching out blindly toward the nightstand, she hurled mental curses upon herself for forgetting to turn it off so she could catch some uninterrupted sleep before her four-a.m. makeup call.
It’d be fun and great for her career, her agent had said when recommending Kit take the superhero flick. Coming off two serious and emotionally wrenching projects, Kit had taken Harper’s advice and jumped on board the high-budget, high-octane venture. Unfortunately, Harper had forgotten to mention the four hours it would take to put her into the head-to-toe makeup required for the role. Daily.
“What?” she snarled into the phone without checking to see who it was.
“Hey, Katie.”
Every cell in her body snapped wide awake. Lifting her eyelids, she just stared at the ceiling through gritty eyes. Her heart thumped, her throat moving convulsively as she swallowed. She hated that he could still do this to her, hated it, but her visceral response to Noah wasn’t something she could stop. She knew because she’d tried for the past two years and three months.
“Noah,” she said flatly. “Do you know what time it is?”
“Two fifteen,” he answered.
Kit should’ve hung up. God, he’d hurt her. So much. But there was something in his voice that had her sitting up. “Are you drunk?” One thing she knew about Noah: no matter his bad-boy rep, he was never wasted. He might give a good indication of it, but look closely and those dark gray eyes were always sober.
“Probably.” A silence, followed by, “I just wanted to hear your voice. Sorry for waking you.”
“Wait,” she said when he would’ve hung up. “Where are you?”
“Some dive.” He took a deep breath, released it in a harsh exhale. “I’m sorry for being an asshole. I wanted to tell you that. I don’t want to go without saying that.”
“Noah,” she said, a horrible feeling in her stomach. “Where exactly are you?”
“The Blue Flamingo Inn off Hollywood Boulevard. Far, far, far off.” He laughed, and it held no humor. “It has a neon sign of a blue—surprise!—flamingo that’s flashing right through my window. Looks like someone stole the curtains.”
Having already grabbed her laptop, which she’d left beside the bed after answering some e-mails before sleep claimed her, she found the Blue Flamingo Inn. But Noah was already gone, having said, “I love your voice, Kit,” in an oddly raw tone before hanging up.
He didn’t pick up when she called back.
“Damn it! Damn it!” She shoved aside the blanket under which she’d been buried, having turned the AC to ice-cold as she usually did at night. Shivering, she tugged on a pair of jeans and an old sweatshirt over the panties and tank top in which she’d gone to sleep.
Pulling her black hair into a rough ponytail to keep it out of her eyes, she ran through the house, phone in one pocket, credit card and driver’s license in the other. In the kitchen, she grabbed her keys off the counter and shoved her feet into the tennis shoes by the door that led to the garage.
She was in her car and on the way to the motel three minutes after Noah had hung up, mouth dry and an ugliness in her gut. “Please be okay, please be okay, please be okay,” she kept saying, the mantra doing nothing to calm her down, but at least it kept her mind focused.
She wanted to call Molly and Fox, or the others in the band, but no one was currently in the city. Schoolboy Choir had completed the final show in the band’s hugely successful tour just over two weeks earlier. Day after that, they’d all gone their separate ways to recharge and regroup.
“Much as I love these guys,” David had said with a grin that reached the dark gold of his eyes, “I’ve been looking at their ugly mugs daily for months. We need to go blow off some steam separately before we start snarling at each other.”
At the time, Kit had nodded in understanding, having had that same experience while working on location for long periods. Tonight, however, she wished the others were all here, not scattered across the country, because something was very wrong with Noah.
“Noah doesn’t do drugs,” she told herself as she drove as fast as she dared, not wanting to risk getting pulled over and further delayed. “He isn’t the kind to—” She couldn’t say it, couldn’t even think of Noah ending his life. “No,” she said firmly, her hands white-knuckled on the steering wheel. “Noah isn’t like that.”

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The Rock Kiss Reading Order

Rock Addiction (Book One) Rock Kiss Series

Rock Courtship (Book 1.5) A Rock Kiss Novel:

  • Rock Redemption (Book Three) Rock Kiss Series

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Author Information

New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of the Psy-Changeling, Guild Hunter, and Rock Kiss series Nalini Singh usually writes about hot shapeshifters and dangerous angels. This time around, she decided to write about a beautiful, charismatic guitarist with a dark past. If you’re seeing a theme here, you’re not wrong.

Nalini 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 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. Also, don't forget to swing by the site to check out the special behind-the-scenes page for the Rock Kiss series, complete with photos of many of the locations used in the books.

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