Rock Redemption by Nalini Singh #Review

Posted May 5, 2016 by Shari in Reviews / 17 Comments

Rock Redemption by Nalini Singh #Review
Rock Redemption

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Series: Rock Kiss #3
Genres: Contemporary Romance, Rock Band Romance
Published by TKA Distribution
Released on October 6, 2015
Pages: 424
Format: eBook
Source: Purchased

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I want to start off by saying I love this series, but not this book so much. See I didn’t like the hero. I found him to be selfish and and egotistical. Now there is a secret he is hiding. One that made his parents send him off to boarding school at a young age to hide, but still at some point he needed to get therapy or something.

The story opens up with Kit Devigny, an actress and friend of the band, running to Noah St. John’s room. Kit and Noah have an connection and friendship like no other, but Kit is falling in love and Noah doesn’t know how to love. So Noah does an unthinkable action that pushes Kit away. While she stays friendly with the band, her relationship with Noah is on a bad level. No one really knows why and only one person in the band knows the secret that is killing Noah slowly.

Now someone is stalking Kit, but the media has tagged Kit and Noah as the perfect couple. Kit with the halo and Noah the bad boy image. The stalker is getting closer and more daring with each pass. With a ill placed public meeting, the two become a couple in the eyes of the world, but Kit can’t open up her heart to Noah again and Noah isn’t about to reveal his secret.

And in  the end that is what ticked me off. Noah spends so much energy and time hiding his secret, but never recovering from it. Your mind races to terrible things an I am not discounting what his secret is because it was bad. Just not in a way that blames him, but in a way that he uses it as a crutch and nightmare to keep the one thing he wants more than anything away from him.

Kit is a strong woman and when he breaks her heart the first time, she knows she can’t be with him. She struggles internally a lot and at times I just wanted her to walk away. I couldn’t find anything in Noah I wanted enough for the pain Kit endured. Kit guards her heart, tries to remain cold, but she loves this man and wants only to help him.

That’s where I just got tired of it for a while. It felt like the story went in circles. Yes, I love him. No, I can’t love him. I can’t tell her. I must protect her. I will leave her. I can’t leave her. Yes, I love him….and on and on it felt like it went.

There wasn’t much sexy about the story. It was more drama and tear jerking than a love story. Yes, what was done to Noah is horrible and his family is horrible, but at some point he needed to find a solution to work for him besides never sleeping and drinking too much. It just got old fast.

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Literary Pickers: Evening Gown/Dress

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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Shari is the Delighted Reader. Married to her Prince Charming and mother to two Princesses and one Prince. When she is not slaving away as Cinderella she loves to get lost in the pages of a good book. Never without a reading device and a few good paperback books, because she never knows when she might get 5 minutes to read!

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  • I can understand your utter frustration with this. I’ve read a few where I just wanted to break up the cycle so they would advance past the problem.

    • Shari Delighted Read

      The frustration really came from the hero keeping the secret for at least 75-80% of the story. No sex was ok in this situation, but it takes just as long for them to get there. I am ok with no sex that long, but the secret was the show stopper for most of the book and I got fustrated that it kept them from moving on and then it seemed to just fix itself in some ways that 20+ years hadn’t. No his secret was never going to go away or be healed, but deal with it before the end of the book.

  • I can understand your utter frustration with this. I’ve read a few where I just wanted to break up the cycle so they would advance past the problem.

  • I love Nalini Singh’s paranormal series. I haven’t tried this series yet. I probably will one day. You do have me curious about this secret. I can see the frustration you were having though.

    Melanie @ Hot Listens & Rabid Reads

    • Shari Delighted Read

      You can guess some of the secret by reading, but not the details until he gives them up. The problem was that the secret remained a secret for way to long and impeded the part of them dealing with it an moving forward.

      I also love her paranormal series. I have the last book in the Psy-Changling series on my Kindle and I keep putting off reading it because I don’t want the series to end.

  • I loved Rack Hard, and I really liked the novella Rock Courtship, but I haven’t read the other two books in this series. I am definitely nervous that Noah would annoy the hell right out of me.

    • Shari Delighted Read

      I loved Rock Addiction and Rock Hard. I still have to write up Rock Courtship’s review, but I loved it as well. Noah just has all kinds of issues and I don’t think the story dealt with it in the correct way. I was so fustrated in the end thinking they needed another story to deal with it all. I will continue reading the series….but she has to write more books!

  • oh I really liked this one, not as much as Rock Hard but it really tore through my emotions.

    • Shari Delighted Read

      I loved Rock Addiction and Rock Hard so much better. This one was gut wrenching, but I wanted it to move a little faster on the secret reveal so we could deal with the aftermath better.

  • I do like Singh, but I have not tried anything contemporary by her

    • Shari Delighted Read

      I love her Psy-Changling series. This is my first time branching away to her other books.

  • I like that this is more emotions than bed action, this genre is infamous for that and it’s getting old. That said, it can be frustrating, the push and pull.

    • Shari Delighted Read

      I don’t mind that there was very little bed action. I can deal with that just fine lately since I have complained about skipping sex scenes because they are getting repetitive. I just wanted the secret to come out earlier so we could deal with it. Holding on so long made me get fustrated. What happened to him was wrong and horrible, but we couldn’t deal with it because no one knew what was wrong besides one other band member. Kit wasn’t forcing him or even trying to hard to get him in bed. He wouldn’t even love her in the right way so I just wanted to Gibbs smack him after a while.

  • I sooo need to read this author, all of her books. I do love musicians in books too. Sucks about the whole secret keeping thing, that does get old after awhile.

    • Shari Delighted Read

      This series is very good. It deals with a lot of different issues and the other books dealt with it head on. This one just dragged it out longer than I could deal with. I love this series and want more.

  • I love this author, but haven’t tried this series yet. Adding it!!

    • Shari Delighted Read

      I love her too and I was looking for something different and decided to try this one from her.