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Book Review: Rock Hard by Nalini Singh

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Genre: Adult Contemporary Romance, Sports Romance
Series: Rock Kiss #2
Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
Recommend to Others?: Yes

ABOUT: 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.


Content Warning: Abusive relationships and PTSD (⇐ 24/7 Support & Resources below). Explicit sexual language and content.

My Review: Rock Hard is the first book I’ve read by Nalini Singh. I had a good feeling I was going to like this book and it did not disappoint. I loved this story for its sweet but steamy, slow burn romance, realism, and lovable main characters. Gabriel and Charlotte are such a wonderful pair and their journey together warmed my heart.

It’s been about 5 years since Charlotte escaped an abusive relationship but her life is still dictated by the trauma she experienced (ptsd and anxiety). Timid and purposefully unnoticeable on the outside, on the inside she is a hard-working spit-fire. She is luminescent when she interacts with her best friend, Molly. Her true personal shining clearly through. They have a great close friendship: they’ve been each other’s rock/sister/lifeline through the darkest moments of their lives.

I also admire the strength Charlotte has to summon every day as she works towards reclaiming her independence and control over her life. It’s a turbulent road fraught with panic attacks, flashbacks, and OCD. But Charlotte is strong and always gets back up again despite the struggles.

Gabriel is a rugby star turned businessman who is very much an alpha male. He’s a workaholic, confident, demanding, and a no-nonsense kind of guy. He’s tough but fair towards Charlotte and the other employees, utilizing their strengths and ideas to better the company, which was good to see. He has a close-knit family who were nice to get to know, albeit brief. But he isn’t without flaws and also has a past that he needs to come to terms with.

What I love most about this story is Gabriel’s patience and understanding with Charlotte. I liked that his desire for her isn’t just physical. He genuinely likes and respects her and the skills she has to offer. That she’s not entirely a pushover (mousy) and will stand up to him even though he doesn’t know why she’s hurting, which is why I love his character so much.

Charlotte and Gabriel quickly became one of my favorite couples. Their relationship is full of sparks and longing. This loving, tender romance wasn’t without its fair share of setbacks that tugged painfully at the heart-strings. But how the two worked together and separately to overcome obstacles was amazing to see and made me fall more in love with this story. They have hilarious banter going on from time to time. And Gabriel certainly isn’t shy about saying what he likes about Charlotte.

Rock Hard definitely earns five stars from me. It’s such a cute, steamy, and delightful read. The author wrote a worthwhile story with conflicts that were believable. As the reader, I felt like I had time to get to truly know the characters and savor their budding romance. I couldn’t put this story down and devoured it in two days. I look forward to reading more by this author.

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