Title: Rock Addiction (A Rock Kiss Novel)
Author: Nalini Singh
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release date: September 9, 2014
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…
I was given a complimentary copy of Rock Addiction in exchange for an honest review.
Rock Addiction is my very first Nalini Singh book. Many of my book friends have tried to get me to read her books for a few years now. I’m just not a shifter/urban fantasy romance fan. However, I know that her writing is incredible from all the raves from my friends. So when I found out she was writing a rock star romance, I jumped all over the opportunity to read an early copy! Rock Addiction is packed full of all my favorite things I love about this genre: an engaging plot with all the rock star lifestyle angst, well written characters, and really hot sex!
The book begins with an introduction to mousy librarian Molly Webster. She is at a party for the ultra popular band Schoolboy Choir and finds herself drawn to the lead singer Zachary Fox. She know this hot tattooed rock god is completely out of her league, but that doesn’t keep her from lusting after him. After leaving the party with only her fantasies of Zachary, Molly’s world is changed forever when this man approaches her in the parking garage. Little does she know that Zachary noticed Molly during the party and couldn’t take his eyes off her.
Rock Addiction isn’t terribly original. Many of the scenes have been done in some of my favorite rock star reads. But that’s not to say Nalini doesn’t do them justice. One of the reasons I love the rock star romance genre is for the angst and drama of the rock lifestyle. The scenes she writes involving the groupies, paparazzi, and jealousy that comes with loving a man who is coveted all over the world is top notch. I found myself feeling all of Molly’s emotions when she had to deal with the nasty side effects of Zachary’s job. And call me a shameless whore, but I loved all the sex scenes in this book. Why else would I read this genre if not to live out my fantasies with a unobtainable hot rock star through a nerdy librarian who loves to read? That could totally be me! Well, minus the librarian job. I enjoyed the banter between the characters and the secondary story lines. Nalini effectively sets up plots for future books, which I really like.
I had a few issues with the book. I didn’t feel there was enough back story with Molly. You only get the scandalous part of Molly’s past and not much about her relationship with Thea. I found the idea that Molly is a virgin to be a little implausible. Typically this sort of thing doesn’t bother me and I can suspend disbelief a bit. But because Molly’s character seem much more mature, I had a hard time doing that this time.
Despite the missteps, I enjoyed Rock Addiction. I like that Nalini Singh stepped out of her shifter/fantasy realm to give contemporary romance a try. Her characters are engaging, the plot is fun, and the romance is super sexy. I cannot wait for the follow up novella with Thea and David’s character. I give Rock Addiction four out of five stars!
Rock Courtship (bk 1.5) A Rock Kiss Novel:
David & Thea’s Story
What happens when the Gentleman of Rock decides to play dirty?
A drummer for the hottest rock band on the planet, David has a single, powerful weakness: Thea, the band’s publicist and the woman who steals his breath away with her every move.
Only problem is, Thea doesn’t date clients—or musicians. Emotionally scarred by a cheating ex, she’s not about to risk her heart with a man who has groupies buzzing around him like flies. Even if his sexy smile ties her up in knots.
What she doesn’t know is that David is a one-woman man…and he’s madly in love with her. David’s determined to prove he’s worth the risk, and willing to court her, step by exquisite step. Thea’s about to discover just how long and hard this handsome drummer can play.
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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 a hot and wickedly tempting rock star. 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. Once Rock Addiction is out, swing by the site to check out the special behind-the-scenes page, complete with photos of many of the locations used in the book.