Author: Nalini Singh
Series: Rock Kiss
Number in Series: 3
Release Date: October 6, 2015
Publisher: TKA Distribution
Genre: Contemporary Romance/Erotic Romance/Music/New Adult
Presented by: TRSOR Promotions
Synopsis from Goodreads
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.
Rock Redemption is the third book in Nalini Singh's Rock Kiss series. You can read this as a standalone, but I recommend reading the whole series anyway since it is amazing. Singh is one of my favorite authors. She is known for her UF/PNR series, Psy-Changeling series and Guild Hunter series. Both series I drool for, so I figured why not give her "real world" series a try. As expected, she didn't disappoint. Singh really knows how to draw in her audience because her characters are so compelling. I couldn't put this book down even if I wanted to.
Our story follows a woman named Kit Devigny. She is a former soap opera star, but is slowing making it big in Hollywood. Her parents are famous as well, but she refuses to be associated with them when it comes to her career. She is doing things on her own. One night after another stressful day of filming, she gets a call she never expected. This leads to our gorgeous bad boy rocker with a heart of gold, Noah. Noah can't sleep. Not in a regular way when someone can't sleep, he refuses to sleep. He has one nightmare that is too much for him so he tries anything to keep from sleeping. One night, he calls Kit. He knows he has no right to after he broke her heart in pieces, but he needed someone and didn't know where to go. Kit finds him about to do something monumentally stupid and it starts them off on a path neither of them thought they would go down again.
Kit and Noah were best friends, but clearly something was brewing between them. I love this revisiting of their friendship. They both lost a bit of each other when they weren't together and they won't admit it. What I loved about both of them is what they would do for their friends. If any of them needed help with anything, they always had their backs. As much as Kit couldn't stand to be around Noah after he broke her heart, she couldn't stand around while he dug a hole for himself. He really would have too. I was scared every time the book changed to his POV because he was in such a dark place and you never knew whether he would get out of it.
Noah needed Kit more than he knew. Something terrible happened to him when he was younger and it is still haunting him as a man. It still haunted him because the ones that should have supported him and protected him abandoned him without a second glance. I was furious when I heard about it. I couldn't believe it. It made me love him more because you want to be there for him too as much as Kit. He was on such a destructive path and no one knew why except his close friend and fellow bandmate, Fox. Fox is the only one that knows Noah's dark secret. Kit doesn't know and it kills her he doesn't trust her enough with it.
While Noah and Kit are trying to rekindle their friendship, Kit's Hollywood star is glowing a little brighter. After one night of joining Noah at a charity for his aunt, things get really crazy. Kit and Noah have become the "it" couple. The up-and-coming actress with the sexy bad boy rocker who has a reputation, the paparazzi was loving them. Kit really wants the lead role in a film, however, in order to get it, she has to put on a facade that her and Noah are dating so the buzz can keep her in the spotlight. She doesn't want to do it, but Noah wants to redeem himself. He wants to show that she can trust him again and will do anything for her because he knows she deserves it. I love how much he was willing to make her happy. He doesn't like having his photo taken, but is willing to bite the bullet for her.
On top of all the drama around Kit though, she is also dealing with some financial issues. She may be the next great actress in Hollywood, but she is dealing with these issues given she has a stalker. This stalker has forced her to spend way beyond her means for her protection. He has already broke into her old home and had done something truly disturbing and gross. After that, she had to do what she could to protect herself. Things get a bit more disturbing when Kit is seen with Noah and they have declared themselves a couple.
I really loved this story. I am a sucker for redemption stories and this is a favorite. Noah and Kit needed each other. They were best friends and you could feel how important that friendship was to them especially Noah. The characters were lovable and you could relate to them with or without the celebrity status. They really were just regular people trying to make it. I also really enjoyed the side characters in this book as well, mainly Kit and Noah's friends. Fox was that voice of reason for Noah. Fox's story is the first book in the Rock Kiss series (which I am going to start next). It is scary to think what would have happened to Noah if he had never met him. I loved all of Noah's bandmates specially Abe who I believe needs his own story. He has quite a few "oh s**t" moments in this book. I really wanted more of that story.
I definitely recommend this read to anyone looking for a beautiful love story that wasn't dragged through the mud, but dragged through hell and back again. Singh's knows how to pull the emotions out of you and I loved every minute of it. The story keep me intrigued and was at a great pace. You will laugh, cry, and definitely through around some curse words. These characters were so easy to love. They are going to stick with me for a while. If you haven't started reading anything from Singh yet, I urge you to start now.
About Nalini Singh
NEW YORK TIMES AND USA Today bestselling author of the Psy-Changeling and Guild Hunter series Nalini Singh usually writes about hot shapeshifters and dangerous angels. This time around, she decided to write about hot and wickedly tempting rock stars (and one gorgeous ex-rugby player). 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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