Monday, September 15, 2014

Christie's Blog Tour review and Giveaway: Rock Addiction by Nalini Singh


RELEASE DATE: September 9th, 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…
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My first reaction to seeing that Nalini Singh, superstar author of PNR, had made a debut book in the rockstar/contemporary romance sub genre....I was thrilled. I love rock star books and this one seemed like a sure bet. Then I started seeing reviews trickling in marked DNF left and right and I got a whole lot of nervous. I have a huge amount of respect for this author. Her talents as a writer cannot be denied once you read the amazing, intricate worlds she creates in her Guild Hunter or Psy-Changeling series. Unfortunately, I didn't get that same thrilling buzz as when I read her angel series.

I got a jumbled up mix of almost all the things that I don't care to read or I've just plain read them before a thousand times. But the MAJOR insta-love is what bothered me the most. It threw off the entire balance of the book. Literally from the second he clapped eyes on her (Page 1, sentence 1), he was hit with cupid's "I must possess you" arrow. This seemed so outrageous that everything afterwards until about halfway in just wasn't working for me.

Nalini's talent did shine through, however through all the supporting characters and her ability to draw me into their lives and their intertwining stories. Her best friend and T-Rex's introduction was really great as well as her sister and David the drummer's. The second half of the book picked up tremendously and finally made me accept the main characters a bit more. I think because the sex and their emotions were so rushed in the beginning, I didn't have time to get introduced to them and feel anything for them. Once they started getting to know one another, I fell in sync with the story and things went a lot more smoothly.

The basic premise of the story is this: they meet, fall in lust, she wants one night, he wants a whole lot more. He convinces her to give him a full month during which time he puts all his effort into making their one month stand turn into forever.

Sex is easy. He didn't want easy. He wanted Molly.

And if he has to use the extreme attraction that they have to make it even harder on her to resist-he's got no problem with that.

The problem is, he really has no idea what he's up against. Molly's past is holding her back from taking risks and especially taking a chance on love. The scandal, the bullying, the hurt she endured makes her the least compatible person with a rockstar that lives his life in the public eye.

Molly's given up on dreaming and sticks to safe and boring. That is, of course, until she meets Fox.

As she travels with him and sees him onstage, doing what he was born to do, it becomes harder and harder to keep her distance from him. But one fact still remained and that was what was holding her back no matter how much she wanted to surrender to him. He'd be leaving in a month to go back home and where would that leave her? If she let her heart get involved, it would just be left bruised and battered in the long run. How could she give up her nice, quiet, safe world for Fox's one that would leave her shameful past exposed with all those buried hurts?

Well, while I didn't love this book, in the end, I did come to care for the MCs and all the supporting characters. The surrounding stories of all the friends were well done I thought and I would actually be willing to give those stories a try when they're released. It's your basic rockstar book-groupies, sex, drugs, and rock and roll. I wish there had been some more elements to the plot that were less overused, but while I was disappointed with the beginning, in the end, it all came together and Ms. Singh made it work.


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by Nalini Singh

Fox hadn’t become the lead singer of one of the best-selling rock bands in history by being a shrinking violet. No, he went after what he wanted, no holds barred. And the raw promise he could feel between him and Molly? He had to know where it would lead, the need so strong he hadn’t felt anything like it since the day he’d figured out that music was his escape, the air in his lungs.
Which was why he was leaning against the wall beside Molly’s apartment at five that afternoon, a guitar by his side.
The elevator doors opened at a quarter after the hour, Molly going motionless two steps outside of it, the doors closing silently at her back. Yeah, she hadn’t expected him, but Fox was ready to work with that. Waiting patiently as she took a deep breath and completed the trek down the corridor, he drew in the scent of her, his gaze lingering on the fluttering pulse in her neck.
“How did you get past security?”
Fox smiled slowly at the blurted-out question, wondering if Molly knew how bad she was at hiding her emotions. He liked it, liked that he saw the real Molly, not an illusion she’d created to tempt him—not that she had to do anything but smile to tempt him. “I told you the security sucks.”
Unable to resist, he reached out to run his finger down one creamy cheek flushed with a mix of surprise, passion, and, he was certain, sweet, hot feminine anger. His guess was borne out when Molly unlocked her door with jittery hands and put down her handbag on one corner of the bench, her fingers trembling before she curled them into her palms. “You’re breaking the rules.”
“What rules?” Closing the door, he leaned back on it and willed her to face him. Much as he loved the shape of her from the back, he liked watching those expressive eyes whisper her mood to him.
Shoulders tight, she turned. “This was supposed to be a one-night stand.”
“Ah.” Folding his arms over the plain black of his T-shirt, he said, “How about a one-month stand instead?” He knew he had to play this exactly right. Molly was wary of him, and yeah, he could understand why. To have her in his life beyond a fleeting instant, he’d have to win her trust.
She jerked up her head. “What?”
“Why not? I like you. You like me.” He smiled—because the reason Molly had needed to jerk up her head was that she’d been staring at his chest. “Admit it.”
Sitting down on the bench, she began to unzip her boots, very obviously not looking at him. “You’re okay for a rock star.”
He wanted to bite her, then pet her until she was limp and languid in his arms. “We burn up together.” Deliberately modulating his voice—his instrument—for maximum effect, low and bedroom rough, he saw her fingers stutter on the zipper. “I’m here for a month. It’s an easy equation.”
When the words “Let me think about it” fell from her mouth, he thought she might’ve been as startled as he was, her lips parting on a slight gasp—as if to call back the declaration.
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Rock Courtship (bk 1.5) A Rock Kiss Novel:
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  • 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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Meet the Author
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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.

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