Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Book Review: Rock Redemption by Nalini Singh

Book Description

From New York Times bestselling author Nalini Singh comes the next contemporary romance in the Rock Kiss series…

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.

AVAILABLE: October 6, 2015

**I received an ARC from Netgalley in exchange for a honest review.**

Rock Kiss Series
Rock Addiction (Book 1) - Fox and Molly
Rock Courtship (Book 1.5) - David and Thea
Rock Hard (Book 2) - Gabriel and Charlotte
Rock Redemption (Book 3) - Noah and Kit

Noah St. John broke his best friend's Kit's heart two years ago.  Their friendship had began to feel like more (even though they never "officially" took any steps to make it so), and Noah destroyed any chance by orchestrating Kit walking in on him having sex with a groupie.  Kit kept her head up and continued on with her life, but she missed Noah and their friendship (wishing she could of meant more).  And a late night call from Noah brings him back into her life.

Noah couldn't "use" Kit the way he uses those groupies: as a way to MAYBE get a couple hours of sleep.  He can't take sleeping pills, they lock him in his nightmares, so he uses woman to chase the demons away (in ways he doesn't even like).  He didn't want that for Kit, she meant to much to him, but he hasn't felt whole since he was six years old.  All that being said... he NEEDS Kit in his life.  Even at the expense of Kit's feelings.  Noah is selfish, self-destructive, and sometimes (when he feels cornered/stressed) cruel.  But I couldn't hate him... He was a tortured soul.  An unimaginable cruel act holds control of his life and when ALL he wants is to be normal, he doesn't know how to get there without his secret getting out.  

Kit is the light to Noah's darkness.  She is a caring, friendly, and open person.  She didn't have the greatest of childhoods either (NOTHING compared to Noah's experience), but she refused to let it shape who she was as an adult.  She sticks up for herself and while she might "take" Noah's ever-changing moods, Kit does have standards and holds Noah to them.  

This book is about building a foundation for friendship before any romantic commitment happen.  To trust and be trusted with your feelings and past.  To overcome those overwhelming feelings of darkness and despair and have faith that the people closest to you won't judge or pity you.  That it is okay to have bad days, but not okay to shove away those who care and are there for you to share your nightmares with. 

Rating: 4.5 out of 5