Rock Addiction Series: Rock Kiss #1
Published by TKA Distribution on September 9th 2014
Genres: Contemporary Romance
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New York Times bestselling author Nalini Singh stuns with a sizzling contemporary romance...
"A bad boy wrapped in a sexy, muscled, grown-up package might be worth a little risk..."
Molly Webster has always followed the rules. After an ugly scandal tore apart her childhood and made her the focus of the media's harsh spotlight, she vowed to live an ordinary life. No fame. No impropriety. No pain. Then she meets Zachary Fox, a tattooed bad boy rocker with a voice like whiskey and sin, and a touch that could become an addiction.
"A one-night stand with the hottest rock star on the planet, that's all it was meant to be..."
Fox promises scorching heat and dangerous pleasure, coaxing Molly to extend their one-night stand into a one-month fling. After that, he'll be gone forever, his life never again intersecting with her own. Sex and sin and sensual indulgence, all with an expiration date. No ties, no regrets. Too late, Molly realizes it isn't only her body that's become addicted to Fox, but her heart...
This one took me a little by surprise. What I experienced was more akin to a soft tune rather than a rock anthem. My expectations were for a bad boy rocker and Fox was no boy scout but his reputation was based more on his past rather than what happens after he meets Molly. Molly doesn’t want anything beyond a one night stand. He has other plans and what Fox wants, he usually gets. He plays by his own rules and sets out to play Molly. For the greater good of course!
“Molly thinks we had a one-night stand”
Molly works as a Librarian, keeps to herself and likes to maintain a simple life. Anything else is too risky. She’s experienced risky and the outfall from it. The Rockstar world that surrounds Fox and his band are the lifestyle that she has sworn to never go near. Her choices are challenged by her sister and friend without success.
Fox has a reputation that precedes him but we soon learn that all is not what it seems. It is obvious that he is genuinely out to take care of his close chosen family. Slowly, Molly sees the other side to Fox and the band and reconsiders letting go of the protection she surrounds herself with. The big question is how can she take the step to leave all that has kept her safe and still have the life she wants.
‘He wanted that right to that tenderness every day of his life and he’d fight dirty to get it.’
The slow build of the romance was more appealing than the underlying issues that were influencing Molly. To the point where the reason that Molly was so reluctant to enter a relationship wasn’t the focus by the time the truth had started to unfold to the other characters and the reader. By that stage, I was more invested in the romance than Molly’s past. I was getting to understand Molly’s character a lot earlier. Not sharing more of Molly’s history before the 30% mark didn’t add to the mystery for me, if anything I became a little ambivalent to the reasons why she was so reluctant to entertain the idea of a relationship with Fox by the time it was completely explained.
“I miss out on so much because I’m scared-and the thing is, I’m intelligent enough to know it. That just makes it worse.”
Molly’s revelation once out there, explained why she felt the way she did but it was repeated one too many times after it was revealed in my opinion. Her behaviour didn’t reflect the expected maturity you would anticipate a 24 year old would have nor were her actions that of a woman with a past that still haunted her.
Enjoyed the secondary characters, especially that of Max and Kit. They were both elusive to start off with but as you get to know them they became more and more endearing. Even though Rock Addiction wasn’t a 4 or 5 star read for me, I am still of the opinion that it’s the beginning of a good series.
What I did find was that it was more subdued than the last Nalini Singh book I’d read. Taking into consideration that this is a different genre, I think it was more a case of the type of character I was expecting and the pace of the book. Regardless of the genre, the characters of authors I enjoy reading tend to have similar characteristics. Whether that be the way they are written, or the way the story is told. That’s not a negative to experience something different from the same author – that can be half of the appeal. Knowing the author will more than likely take you on a journey that you had no idea you’d signed up for. What lures me to choose a book blindly is that it tends to mention it contains at least one character that is more troublesome, a bit of a player rather than a sweet and caring, more the anti-hero. The very aspect that I found missing I’m sure was the element that has appealed to other readers that have rated this book a lot higher than I have. I’m still keen to continue with the series but will be reading the next book with a clearer understanding of what to expect.
What I loved:
- The chemistry between Molly and Fox
- Maxwell – witty, entertaining with a solemn yet fun personality
- The clarification that Koalas aren’t bears!
- Kathleen / Kit – I have her pegged as a new best friend for Molly and loved the building mystery surrounding her
- The other guys in the band, this has been a good introduction to them and I’m keen for their stories!
What I struggled with:
- Charlotte – her romantic possibilities were a distraction rather than an endearing addition to the story for me
- The belief that a woman who leads such a controlled life decides so readily to cut loose with a one night stand?
Rating: 3.5 It’s All About The Slow Build Romance Stars
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