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Feature book: Rock Addiction

5 November 2014

Rock AddictionRock Addiction by Nalini Singh

If the name of the author isn’t enough to make you pick up this book and give it a try, then let me tell you a little about the story. I won’t be giving it all away though—read the book. A contemporary love story—set in the here and now—and it’s a departure from the two series that have made Nalini a NY Times and USA Today bestseller for a number of years. The writing is still tight and slick, though, with Nalini’s natural warmth coming through. It’s hot as, and romantic.

I love a bad boy/good girl story. I especially love it when you know the guy is in it for the long haul and the girl is clueless as to his true (honourable) intentions. Fox’s bad boy image was built years ago; it’s no longer who he is. Molly’s view of herself was also formed years ago and keeping herself hemmed in has been easy until she meets Fox one night.

These two slightly damaged, definitely scarred, people find each other during a party and hook up for one night. Yeah, right. Where’s the fun in that?

While Molly’s internal dialogue is about having a single wild night with this bad boy rocker with a lip ring she wants to kiss and kiss and (well) kiss, it would also mean letting the ‘other’ Molly who lives inside her out.

Fox on the other hand is thinking about how to build something lasting (but not love) with the woman whose smile knocked him into the next galaxy the moment he laid eyes on her.

Their pasts sometimes get in the way of who they are today and where they are going. They don’t always deal with issues well (thank God) and they don’t always come out smelling like roses. In other words this is a wonderful story about people who have histories that make them skittish like a high-strung racehorse, but who push through those backgrounds to connect.

Both main characters are well drawn and human. They could be people we already know so we want them to fall in love and be rescued … only they don’t need it.

They both have deep and abiding friendships, which prove they are capable of long-term relationships and love; they just don’t see it as it is revealed to the reader. We fall in love with them both as each page turns.

The fact that they fall in love—though it’s hard to articulate that’s what ails them given their backgrounds—because of who they are, not in spite of it, is just wonderful and the stuff happily ever after is made of. He didn’t need redeeming and she didn’t need rescuing; they both just needed someone they could give themselves—the whole person—to and know they were in safekeeping.

There is a lot of hot sex and a bit of the F-bomb but the swearing is in context and well, when you’re young and fit, and in the first throes of a relationship, there’s usually a lot of sex.

As these two people grow to trust each other with their pasts and their secrets (and, on occasion, that of their friends) we see them fall in love and start to build a life. The book ends with the definite hint that other stories are in the wings, just waiting to be told. I for one can’t wait to see whose book Ms Singh writes next in between delivering her Guild Hunter and Psy-Changeling series books.

Reviewed by Sharon S

A review copy of this book was provided by the publisher.

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