Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Blog Tour: Christie's review: Rock Hard by Nalini Singh

Meet Gabriel (sexy rugby player turned CEO) & Charlotte in this fantastic addition to the Rock Kiss Series! 

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In New York Times Bestselling author Nalini Singh’s newest contemporary romance, passion ignites between a gorgeous, sinfully sexy man who built himself up from nothing and a shy woman who has a terrible secret in her past…
Wealthy businessman Gabriel Bishop rules the boardroom with the same determination and ruthlessness that made him a rock star on the rugby field. He knows what he wants, and he’ll go after it no-holds-barred.
And what he wants is Charlotte Baird.
Charlotte knows she’s a mouse. Emotionally scarred and painfully shy, she just wants to do her job and remain as invisible as possible. But the new CEO—a brilliant, broad-shouldered T-Rex of a man who growls and storms through the office, leaving carnage in his wake—clearly has other plans. Plans that may be equal parts business and bedroom.

If Charlotte intends to survive this battle of wits and hearts, the mouse will have to learn to wrangle the T-Rex. 

Charlotte arrived at work at seven thirty the next morning to find Gabriel Bishop’s office door open, but no carnivorous predator inside. A fresh suit was hanging on the back of his door, however, which meant he’d been in already.
Deciding to catch up on e-mails that had come in overnight from international suppliers as well as stores involved in a stock take, she was typing a reply when a sweaty Gabriel arrived fifteen minutes later. He was dressed in black running shorts and a faded University of Auckland T-shirt that was currently sticking to his body.
She’d known he was in shape, but now she realized none of it was an illusion created by his well-cut suits. Okay, she’d already known that, but seeing his muscled body in the flesh was a whole different ball game. He was built like a tank, hard and powerful.
Each of his thighs was thicker than both of hers put together, his biceps toned, his shoulders appearing even wider than usual. Everything about him was big. Civilized clothing didn’t make him look better, she realized—it toned down his intense masculinity. Out of his suits, with the ink on the upper part of his left arm exposed, as well as that on his opposing thigh and…
Her skin hot and lower body clenching, she just nodded in response to his “Good morning.”
Disappearing into his office, he returned with his suit pants and a fresh shirt slung over his arm, along with a sports bag. “Push the meeting with Sales to nine, will you, Ms. Baird? I need to talk to HR about something before then.”
“Yes, sir,” Charlotte said almost soundlessly, but he was already gone, heading toward the employee shower one floor down.
The thigh tattoo went all the way around, the design intricate.
Heart rate a rapid stutter, Charlotte got up after he disappeared and decided to go grab him a coffee. He’d bought her one yesterday after all. She was just being nice. “Oh, shut up, Charlotte,” she muttered once she was in the elevator, and slumped her face into an upraised hand.
The truth was she was running away. Only for a few minutes, but that’s what this was: strategic retreat. Gabriel Bishop was overwhelming. Once, before she’d ever met him and under the influence of cocktails, she’d told Molly she wanted to rip off his shirt and sink her teeth into his pecs.
That desire hadn’t waned even now that she knew he was a T-Rex. Of course, the desire was all strictly in her imagination. The idea of actually handling him in real life? So impossible as to be laughable. Charlie-mouse was not about to play with a predator who could eat her alive and not even notice the bones. The good news was that she could admire him in relative safety—there was no chance in hell he’d ever notice her as a woman.
Getting the coffee from a nearby café, she took it back upstairs. He was in his office when she entered, the striped dark gray of his tie hanging around his neck and his damp hair roughly combed. The scent of clean, fresh soap over warm skin permeated the office. Shooting her a smile that turned him from gorgeous to flat-out devastating, he flipped up the collar of his white shirt to get the tie in place. “Thank you, Ms. Baird.”
Nodding, Charlotte escaped, though she really wanted to stay. She’d never realized how erotic it was to watch a man dress until this precise moment. And she shouldn’t be having these thoughts about her boss—especially since she couldn’t keep from quivering like a rabbit in his presence. Sometimes she just annoyed herself.
“Get to work,” she muttered and knuckled down.
Gabriel was fine for the first hour, but then he began barking orders even a six-armed woman with a split personality would have had trouble handling.
Finally, pushed to the edge, Charlotte snapped. “I’m going as fast as I can!” she yelled when he asked her for something a minute after he’d asked her to complete another task.
He scowled and held out a file. “This is a priority.”
Grabbing it from his hand, she said, “Fine,” and slapped it down on her desk.
It was over an hour later that he disappeared for ten minutes. When he returned, it was to put a small bakery box on her desk. “I think you need something to sweeten your mood today, Ms. Baird.”
What she needed was for the T-Rex who was her boss to stop snarling and growling, she thought as he returned to his office. Not opening the box until her curiosity had almost killed her, she found it held a slice of decadent chocolate cake with a white-chocolate ganache topped with curls of both white and milk chocolate. “I cannot be bribed with cake,” she muttered, eating a bite nonetheless.
Full two-chapter excerpt available on Nalini’s Website: http://nalinisingh.com/rockhard.php

The Rock Kiss Series

Rock Addiction (Book One) Rock Kiss Series
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Rock Courtship (bk 1.5) A Rock Kiss Novel: 
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  • Rock Hard (Book Two) Rock Kiss Series
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 Author Information

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 hot and wickedly tempting rock stars (and one gorgeous ex-rugby player). 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. Also, don't forget to swing by the site to check out the special behind-the-scenes page for the Rock Kiss series, complete with photos of many of the locations used in the books.

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Well, consider me shocked, and slap a happy reader label on me. This book was a gamble for me because while I ended up giving the first book in the series an average rating, it was a struggle to even finish for a good part of it. It was such a struggle for me, that I swore I wasn't going to try any more in the series. The major insta-love was hard to swallow. I passed on the novella before this one, but there was a little voice inside me that wouldn't let me pass this one up.

If you read Rock Addiction, you know that Charlotte (otherwise known as the mouse) is the best friend of Molly. And the hero here is none other than her frightening, dominant-type boss that scares the wits out of her. (Hence the nickname T-rex)

He really was a T-Rex, stomping through the company, chewing up people and spitting them out left, right and center.

The little snippets we got of her discussing her unreasonable, tyrannical boss were some of the funniest points in book one. So my willpower was low in resisting this one. And thank god, it payed off because I couldn't get enough of the naughty T-rex and his Ms. Baird.

Ms. Baird, no one is good or bad at sex by themselves," he drawled. "It's a team effort, and you know I'm a team player."

The author did a fantastic job making the predatory essence radiate right off of Gabriel. He was so exacting and merciless with anyone who crossed his path and his people skills were pretty much non-existant. But I loved his razor sharp intelligence. And his bullshit meter was working in prime form. Nobody could get a thing past him. Including Charlie's extreme shyness and fear around him. When others would blow her off as insignificant, he sees all her hidden strengths and promotes her to his assistant. And the clash of wills begins.

It's important to explain that another fear for me was the heroine's mousy attitude. A huge pet peeve of mine is a weak or annoying heroine. Knowing what her personality was, I was scared she would grate on me after a while.
Surprise of surprises, I didn't feel that way at all. Knowing what brought her to that place, and seeing her come out of her shell, I accepted her-flaws and all.

Charlie is a barely functioning survivor of a relationship gone very wrong culminating in one night of terror. This man destroyed her sense of safety and confidence and she became a minefield of triggers that would bring on a panic attack. Her history was heartbreaking. I didn't see her as weak, I saw her as a survivor just trying to learn how to deal. She made me laugh out loud at so many points in the book with her quick wit. So, while this was light and entertaining with a surprising dose of humor, it also dealt with her recovery from her trauma and Gabriel's patient hand in bringing that about.

Did it take a bit long to break through to her? Yeah, I could have handled it happening quicker. Normally I would be getting annoyed at how long it takes for them to get together. But realistically, I don't think that would have been plausible. And their long foreplay only made even hotter burn when it culminated.

"Men like you don't go for women like me."
"How many men like me do you know?" he asked with a lingering look at her mouth. God but he wanted to kiss Charlotte, wanted to feast on her. Every part of her.

Seeing her confidence grow in every facet of her life was lovely to see. Her sense of style from shapeless to sexy. Her evolution from terrified mouse to cheeky and smart mouthed. It made me love her all the more. It wasn't all one sided either. Charlie helps him make some tough realizations about himself and brings positive changes to him as well.

After dominating the rugby field, followed by the board room, his goal of a complete take over of his worthy opponent Ms. Baird is his current obsession. And what Gabriel wants, Gabriel gets. If you're looking for a book with humor, a sexy dominant boss, and a woman who learns how to take back the power that was stolen from her, this book could be for you. I was delightfully surprised, and I'm more than willing to see what's to offer from this series in the future.


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