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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Description: 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.
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.
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
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Rock Courtship (Book 1.5) A Rock Kiss Novel:
Rock Hard (Book Two) Rock Kiss Series
Rock Redemption (Book Three) Rock Kiss Series
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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Review: I actually read this book twice before writing this review. The first time I read it, I rushed through, so anxious to read Noah and Kit’s story. Then, when I finished the book, I reread Rock Addiction and Rock Courtship. I was going to read Charlotte’s book but Schoolboy Choir isn’t really in that book so I decided to skip it. Once I finished Rock Courtship, I was ready to read Rock Redemption again. While I was still reading for plot, I also read with an attention to how Kit and Noah’s relationship developed and strengthened throughout the book. I honestly think this is one of my new favorite books. The depth of emotion Nalini Singh evokes through her writing is stunning.
The overarching theme of this book is in the title: redemption. In addition to being the theme, it is also the name of the movie Kit is auditioning for throughout the book. Redemption is obvious for Noah. He is trying to redeem himself in Kit’s eyes, is trying to overcoming the hurt he caused her in the past. Through redeeming himself to Kit, he also comes to terms with the horrors and the hurt of his past. She helps show him that he was not to blame for the abuse he suffered. Kit is also trying to redeem herself. While her emotional pain isn’t nearly as deep or strong as Noah’s, she still has demons she has to face. Her childhood left her unwilling to deeply trust people and when she first lets Noah in, he betrays that trust. Both personally and as a couple, Kit and Noah seek to find their inner peace and overcome their demons.
I love the relationship between Kit and Noah. Nalini Singh is excellent at introducing couples and having there be an immediate spark that grows throughout books (I’m looking at you, Hawke and Sienna). From the first book, it was clear that Kit and Noah were meant to be together. In their case, their romantic relationship grew out of their friendship. The trials that they went through to remain a couple, both from outside forces and internal, convince the reader that they are a couple that will last. Kit had to make the choice to forgive Noah and risk her heart again. Noah knew he loved her but unable was to express it and let Kit see the wounded parts of him. However, their relationship became strong from the trials they faced.
The relationship between Kit and Noah was an emotional one. This book featured a slow build to an intimate relationship. This was in contrast to the first book in the series, Rock Addiction, whose couple started out with a one-night stand. Rock Addiction is steamy and highly sexual. However, the next books in the series, Rock Courtship in some part, and then Rock Hard and Rock Redemption, have a gradual move to sexual relationships. Main characters in both books, Charlotte and Noah, have hang-ups about sex. Rather, their relationships with their significant others grow before they are intimate. I do like the steaminess of Rock Addiction and how it works with Molly and Fox’s relationship. However, the plot for Rock Redemption definitely needs that slow build for Kit and Noah.
I wanted my final note to be about the relationship between the band members. Noah, Fox, David, and Abe are truly a family and it’s one of my favorite parts about this series. In this book, we got to see Fox support Noah and the entire band support Abe. This quote especially sums up the relationship between the band members. “Over a month they’d gone without playing a proper set, and now it felt like coming home. He caught Abe’s grin, heard the sheer joy in Fox’s voice, sensed it in the flourishes David threw into the beat, felt in the way his own fingers caressed the strings.”
I can’t wait to read the next book in the series but I’m a little sad it will be the last one for the band members. I do hold out hope for books about Gabriel Bishop’s brothers!
Kit was the only women who could make him bleed, make him beg.
“Just be my friend.” Laugh again with him, remind him that life wasn’t only nightmares and pain, make him feel as if he could be a better man if he tried hard enough.
There were some promises he simply couldn’t make, some promises he was too broken to keep.
Her tears were silent this time, the hot droplets erasing the last traces of the dream.
They’d never been meant to be just friends: they could be either passionate lovers or sworn enemies.
Careful, Kit. He’s not for you. She had to repeat that until it sank in, until she could look at Noah and not feel that hole inside her tear open all over again.
No tears this time, just a quiet and soul-deep grief.
The promises between them, it had been something most people never experienced. It was broken now, shattered so badly nothing could put it back together, but when it had been whole, it had been beyond beautiful, a priceless gift.
Noah could’ve been her heart.
And every beat of her heart, it whispered… be with me.
Complex, beautiful, talented man, she thought, her heart hurting. She loved him, but she knew he was broken. Perhaps permanently.
Rating: 5 out of 5!
Received a free copy from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.