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Book Review: Rock Courtship by Nalini Singh

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Genre: Adult Contemporary Romance, Novella
Series: Rock Kiss #1.5
Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐☆
Recommend to Others?: Yes

ABOUT: What happens when the Gentleman of Rock decides to play dirty?

A drummer for the hottest rock band on the planet, David has a single, powerful weakness: Thea, the band’s publicist and the woman who steals his breath away with her every move.

Only problem is, Thea doesn’t date clients–or musicians. Emotionally scarred by a cheating ex, she’s not about to risk her heart with a man who has groupies buzzing around him like flies. Even if his sexy smile ties her up in knots.

What she doesn’t know is that David is a one-woman man…and he’s madly in love with her. David’s determined to prove he’s worth the risk, and willing to court her, step by exquisite step. Thea’s about to discover just how long and hard this handsome drummer can play.

 

My Review: Rock Courtship was a quick friends to lovers novella that I enjoyed reading. Thea and David are well-rounded, likable characters with great backstories and a red-hot chemistry.

Thea is a boss publicist and co-business owner. She’s tough as nails, kind-hearted, and loyal, which is why her ex cheating on her was such a devastating blow. I can understand why she was very reluctant to be with David who is her client first and foremost.

David, rightly dubbed the “Gentleman of Rock,” is so cute and such a sweet guy. He has never cared for fame; he lives and breathes music. He’s more subdued than the rest of his bandmates in Schoolboy Choir (btw, great band name!) and “too boring” for paparazzi.

David has loved Thea for years but has respected that he’s technically her boss and was loyal to her prior relationship. It’s that respect and other endearing qualities that makes me love his character so much.

I wanted more from the plot. The parts where Thea and David are apart were somewhat slow going. But I loved their banter in the form of formal memos that they sent each other.

I liked how concurrent this story is with other books in the Rock Kiss series. I love the close familial relationships between characters related to each other or not. And I love the backstory of how the band came together.

I don’t often read novellas but I’m glad I read this one. Rock Courtship is a short but sweet addition to the Rock Kiss series that is worth the read.


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Rock Hard (#2)

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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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Book Review: Oddly Normal by Otis Frampton (Volume 1)

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Genre: Middle Grade, Fantasy, Graphic Novel
Series: Oddly Normal
Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐☆
Recommend to Others?: Yes

ABOUT: Meet Oddly Normal, a ten-year-old girl with pointed ears and green hair—a half-witch who will be the first to tell you that having a mother from a magical land called Fignation and a father from Earth doesn’t make it easy to make friends at school! On her tenth birthday, she blows out her cake’s candles and makes a disastrous wish. Now, Oddly must travel to Fignation to uncover the mystery of her parents’ disappearance.

 

My Review: Oddly Normal surprisingly absorbed all my attention; I read it in one sitting. I really like this first volume.

Yes, the main character’s name is Oddly Normal. Her parents named her that. They love her – they really do it seems – but this just sets her up for failure socially. Her green hair and pointy ears don’t help her to fit in either. Nevermind the fact that she’s secretly a half witch. So when she’s whisked off to Fignation, a place of fantasy and oddities by human standards – you’d think she’d be able to fit in for once. But no.

Readers will instantly relate to Oddly, the often all-consuming desire to fit in, pre-teen angst, and the frustration due to parents who don’t get you.

I wasn’t a big fan of the art style at first but I quickly grew to love it. The full pages of artwork absent of text were really beautiful. The illustrations of Fignation gave off edgy, somewhat gothic, fantastical vibes that I liked as well.

Oddly is a great character, the world of Fignation is fascinating, and the plot intrigues me. I’m really interested in finding out what happens next – how Oddly will find her missing parents and survive Menagerie Middle School.