Review: Rock Addiction by Nalini Singh

Posted April 11, 2018 by Sophia Rose in Reviews / 26 Comments

Review: Rock Addiction by Nalini Singh
Rock Addiction

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Series: Rock Kiss #1
Genres: Contemporary Romance, Rock Band Romance
Published by TKA Distribution
Released on September 4, 2014
Pages: 406
Format: eBook
Source: Free Book

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The Delight

“Like almost everyone else, I came to the author’s books by way of her paranormal/urban fantasy stories which had me rather curious to see how she’d rock this new contemporary world she has created. I love rocker romances even the cliched ones like bad boy and buttoned up girl ones like this.”

So, I dove in with expectations and my discussion of those is what is going to pretty much lead this review. I tried to suppress them, but alas, they were there and I could tell because I had to adjust quickly.

My first adjustment came from the instalove that whacked me in the face in the first chapter. I ended up not minding it because it was more like lust and the pair had a lot to work through before they could be considered in a relationship. Ah yes, the work through stuff. Molly has rules and holds rigidly to them because of trouble from her teen years. But, though her stuff is the big focus for much of the book (for way too long, actually), Fox had issues of abandonment, too. For all that, he is the real deal and has a lot of work to do to get her past her hang-ups and believing in him. He’s the rocker with the heart of gold and I liked seeing this.

My second adjustment was the sex. Holy moly there was so much. It took over this book, it seemed, and bogged down the pace. I like a well-written sexy scene as much as the next gal/guy, but hey, yes, there can be too much.

And, speaking of pace, this book was slow out of the gate. I was surprised when I actually felt like I was slogging through in places. The last half picked things up, but it was touch and go there in the beginning and part of the middle third. It’s due to the things I mentioned earlier- Molly’s internal stuff and lots of bed play.

Now, for all that, and lots of following the tried and true rocker romance format, this book was really appealed. I haven’t read a rocker romance in a long time and I actually enjoyed the familiar feel of the story. I loved the band guys, Molly’s friend Charlotte and Molly’s sister Thea. I loved Molly and Fox once I got into the last half of the book. So sweet and sensual. The connection was finally there and I was happy.

So, in summary, I had to get used to this different writing style from a familiar author and getting past my expectations to enjoy what I was getting. The rest of the series holds good promise with all the appealing characters and their situations. Those who enjoy rocker romances are a definite fit.


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About Nalini Singh

I’ve been writing as long as I can remember and all of my stories always held a thread of romance (even when I was writing about a prince who could shoot lasers out of his eyes). I love creating unique characters, love giving them happy endings and I even love the voices in my head. There’s no other job I would rather be doing. In September 2002, when I got the call that Silhouette Desire wanted to buy my first book, Desert Warrior, it was a dream come true. I hope to continue living the dream until I keel over of old age on my keyboard.

I was born in Fiji and raised in New Zealand. I also spent three years living and working in Japan, during which time I took the chance to travel around Asia. I’m back in New Zealand now, but I’m always plotting new trips. If you’d like to see some of my travel snapshots, have a look at the Travel Diary page (updated every month).

So far, I’ve worked as a lawyer, a librarian, a candy factory general hand, a bank temp and an English teacher and not necessarily in that order. Some might call that inconsistency but I call it grist for the writer’s mill.

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I was born and raised near Sacramento, CA. I have read since I was four years old and developed tastes that run the gamut of literature. I went away to college and have a degree in education, a certificate in family history research, and a certificate in social work. I worked for a non-profit agency with low income families for 20 years which included being responsible for the children’s library and promoting/teaching adult literacy. I have lived in Southeast Michigan for the last 18 years and I am currently a book addicted homemaker with a cat and husband who keep me grounded. Recently, I made it a challenge to review each book that I have read as a favor to author friends who said reviews are important. I have done reviews for Good Reads, Amazon, eBay, and Smashwords, but mostly at Goodreads and Amazon.

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  • I haven’t readmany books by the author but a few and I know I have this one on my kindle so I know I need to try too. Now that I know your problems with this one I know what I can expect

    • Yes, I think knowing what to expect might have made this a better read for me. Fox was so wonderful. 🙂

  • I think I read one book by her and it was the PNR, so I can see how this would be an adjustment. Lots of mixed reactions from people about this series.

    Lovely new look, I was confused for a moment where I was.

    • Yes, it was very different. Her writing style even changes with this one from what I was used to with her other two PNR series. But, she writes a great rocker hero. 🙂

      Haha! Yes, new snazzy look. Shari has been thinking of something new for a while. She has a few more ideas that she’ll roll out when there is time. 🙂

  • Shari Delighted Read

    I read this one a while back along with two others in the series. I think I liked this one best, but I too had a problem with the first half. The second half was much better. Also I don’t think there was a service anywhere they didn’t have sex on. It was a little over the top.

    • Yes, it was touch and go for my attention span in the first half, but then it took off. I love Fox and loved seeing them work through stuff. Ha! Yes, I mean everywhere. 😉

  • I have this one! I’ve been meaning to read it, but then I grab something else. I’ll have to get to it soon.

    Yes, books can have too much sex, lol. There is definitely a time and a place for it, which I am all about, but I also want there to be a good story. I need that to make the steamy scenes more meaningful.

    I’m also not a huge fan of books that drag in the beginning. I want them to grab my attention and keep it! I haven’t read any of the author’s other books, so I don’t have expectations. Maybe that will help?

    Thanks for sharing this!
    Do You Dog-ear?

    • Yes, that will probably help going in with fewer expectations, Lindsi. Fox was a cutey and I ended up loving them together and wanting to spend more time with them and their friends. But yeah, I was skimming the sex after a while b/c I was becoming numb to it. 😉 Hope you enjoy it.

  • I read all of these several years ago. And you are right, they aren’t my favorite rocker series but still, I enjoyed them. Too many sex scenes does bog down a book. It’s just been long enough that I can’t remember details like that.

    • Yes, there is definitely a point when too much can be reached. 🙂 I really enjoyed the second half of the book and the rocker side with the hero. I think I’ll like the rest of the series better now that I know what to expect.

  • I’ve been wanting to try this one, not a fan of instalove though hmmm

    • Well… you might actually be okay with the instalove in this one since a lot goes on before they act on it. The heroine holds things off for quite some time even though he fell for her at first sight.

  • Yeah, I love well done sex scenes, but need it balanced with the story. I love her PNR, but don’t think is for me.

    • Yes, the balance is what this was lacking. By all means have at it, but keep the plot going, too. 😉

  • I really want to read Nalini Singh but I don’t think I am going to start with this book. Too much sex in a book kind of bores me. I do love a rocker romance though.

    • Probably not. I think you’d enjoy both her Guild Hunter UF and her Psy-Changeling pNR series. 🙂

      • And, then come back for Fox. He’s a cutie even if he can go all night and day. LOL

  • Glad to hear some of the bits eased up over time. I am curious about this one. I struggle with her other series so was thinking this would be more to my liking. When I’m looking for a super hot one next I’ll grab it up 😀 lol

    • Yeah, she had her rules and I get it sorta, but it took him a long time to work them past that point. Meanwhile, yep, you get some hot lovin’. 😉

  • Debbie Haupt

    Yeah I have wanted to try her paranormal books, but I’m not really big on rock band or biker romance, it’s all too drama, to NA and well too much unnecessary sex. Thanks Sophia Rose

    • There is a good deal of drama and back and forth stuff particularly in the beginning when she’s being stubborn about her rules. 🙂

  • I love rocker romance. This sounds hot. I have not read anything by this author. Love Kid Rock! Awesome pick for a song. Great review!


    • This is a classic rocker romance scenario and it really works without getting cliched. LOL, very hot.

      Yep, I’m a Kid Rock fan. Have to throw one of his songs in at least once a year for the Books N Tunes challenge. 😉

  • a little surprised that this isn’t her normal series! I love her writing though might go for this .. awesome review as usual

    • I think if I hadn’t read all her PNR/UF books that I wouldn’t have been startled. The writing is very good and she develops her characters and the plot well, but it just felt so different from her other stuff- and hotter. LOL

  • I know, say it isn’t so, right? But yes, these two did it so much I thought they were going to hurt themselves.

    Oh, you really must give Singh’s books a go. Love her worlds and her writing.