After a lifetime of longing for a real family, Sarah Smith thought she’d finally found her home with rock star Abe Bellamy, even if she knew Abe didn’t love her the way she loved him. But their brief relationship, filled with tragedy and heartache, nearly destroyed her. Alone, emotions in turmoil, and already shaky self-esteem shattered, Sarah struggles to pick up the pieces in the wake of their divorce.
Abe knows he’s to blame for the end of his marriage. Caught in a web of painful memories, he pushed away the best thing in his life – the sexy, smart woman he adores – breaking them both in the process. Then fate throws him a second chance to get things right, to prove to Sarah that she means everything to him. Abe desperately wants that second chance at love…even if he knows he doesn’t deserve it.
But can he convince Sarah – now strong and independent without him – to risk her wounded heart one more time?
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by Nalini Singh
Rock Kiss #4
July 19, 2016
The Rock Kiss Series
Rock star series or standalones are a dime a dozen these days. Some, I really enjoy, others I start and then they just sit there unread on my e-reader. This author’s Rock Kiss series is immensely readable and entertaining, with back stories that are as interesting as what’s going on in the now of the books.The series kind of goes in order(one of them overlaps with another, at times), but are billed as standalone. Since I have read the first two, and also have the novella, Rock Courtship on my Kindle, I felt it was okay to request this from Net Galley in exchange for an honest review. And it was perfectly fine as a standalone. Not that the other characters from the previous books were not in evidence, they absolutely were, but nothing bothered me about not reading all of them prior to this last book in the series.
These rockers have been around awhile.They have had all the fame, fortune, and now just want to settle down with a good woman. All but one of them. Abe, the keyboard player for the group, has been a drug addict for awhile. While still doing drugs, he loses his beloved eight year old sister to a terminal illness. He has never gotten over it, and he just lost himself further into the drugs. He married Sarah after his sister died, but he never really let Sarah into his life. She adored him and knew that he didn’t really love her, but she was willing to settle because of how much she loved him. One night while under the influence of a drug cocktail, he kicks Sarah out of his life during a fight. And Sarah’s heart is broken. She has nowhere to go and nobody to really turn to, but eventually she is able to go on with her life-mostly. Two years later, and Sarah has grown into her new self, become an entrepreneur, and is proud of what she has become. Running into Abe wasn’t on the agenda, especially when she is with another man, one that isn’t exactly being nice to her. This is Abe’s chance to make it up to Sarah as he has never gotten over losing her-although he completely understands why she left. And I am not telling anything else about the actual story.
The characters of Abe and Sarah are both fully drawn by the author and since we get both of their perspectives, the reader is able to really appreciate each of their sides of the story. Even if you stay mad at Abe for how badly he treated Sarah, now you can see why he did what he did, so it made him more relatable, or maybe I should say palatable. As far as Sarah goes, she has been through a horrible life with Abe for the most part, and she came from an even worse life in her past. Maybe that is why she was able to put up with Abe and all his problems, way longer than most would. She is similar to the phoenix rising from the ashes in this read. So down and out that she allows another man to manipulate her, only to suffer another huge loss. But now she’s everything she never knew she wanted to be. So seeing Abe again, about kills her and she is adamant that he will never be in her life again. Ah, the best laid plans…
This was truly aptly named as we get to experience the weddings of most of the couples that have fallen for each other in these books. I always like seeing what characters from previous books are up to, and Ms.Singh didn’t disappoint, making all of them peripheral characters in this read. Although this is not my favorite of the series, I think book one, Rock Addiction, still is, but it certainly is an admirable addition, and well worth the read. I highly recommend this to contemporary romance readers, adult due to plenty of sensual scenes.
The review copy of this book was provided by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for a fair and honest review.
About Nalini Singh
Nalini Singh is the New York Times and USA Today Bestselling author of the Psy-Changeling, Guild Hunter, and Rock Kiss series. She lives in New Zealand but travels as much as possible (the travel bug bit hard from when she escaped working as a lawyer to run away and teach English in Japan). Nalini loves to write, loves to read, and thinks chocolate is a food group.
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