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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…
I am absolutely obsessed with Nalini Singh’s Psy-Changeling series so I was excited to learn that she’s venturing to contemporary NA romance. And I happy to share that this new book of hers still carries that trademark Nalini Singh writing when it comes to characterizations and romance development.
What worked for me?
Fox is one fourth of the mega stardom that is his band, School Boys Choir. During a small party in New Zealand, he sees Molly, sister to School Boys Choir’s PR consultant and a local librarian, and finds himself instantly attracted to her. But what really floored him was her smile. Molly, on the other hand, also finds herself being pulled into Fox’s strong sensual orbit. When an elevator ride finds them alone with each other for the first time, to say that there were fireworks would have been an understatement. What Molly thought would be a one-night stand with one of the world’s famous rockers, which she has convinced herself is the perfect formula of acceding to her desires and staying away from heartbreak at the same time, transforms into an affair with a one-month deadline, and then to full-blown love story for the ages.
I did still see Nalini Singh’s amazing writing style even though this book is in a completely different genre. No need for complex world-building and a myriad of paranormal skills but the characterizations are still solid and the build-up of the love story still feels organic.
Fox is such a big character, not only in the sense that he’s a big man physically but that his actions and emotions lean towards the bigger scales. He doesn’t do things by halves. If he wants something, he goes for it, all-in, be it his music, his affection towards his friends, and the powerful emotions building inside of him when it comes to Molly. This threw me off a couple of times but I can accept that that’s how he is as a person and that’s how passionate he is when it comes to things and people that he truly care about.
Molly, in the beginning, does everything to maintain a low profile in life. Because of a scandal during her childhood involving her politician father, she fears the effects of media exposure and the quickness in which people who thought you knew could turn against you. She thought she can have this one great experience with Fox and acquiesced into giving a one-month deadline to their affair so she will have no regrets and what-ifs but then she realizes she can’t stop what her heart is feeling just as she can’t stop what Fox’s heart is feeling too.
What I love about their relationship is that they talk. Yes, at times they keep their feelings to themselves but only for a short while and then they always decide to talk to each other and discuss whatever issues they are facing at the moment. I’m always a little disappointed in books where a problem could have easily been solved if only the characters spoke with each other, cleared the air, so to speak but then the author uses it as a plot device to drag on the conflict. But Nalini Singh does the complete opposite. Fox and Molly aren’t the perfect couple and they did have a lot of problems to overcome in their relationship but their lines of communication with each other were always open so the honesty is there, the sincerity of their feelings is there, the openness with each other’s lives is there.
I’m not a fan of insta-love stories and I saw earlier reviews that pegged this book as such. But for me this was a story about how instant attraction developed into love and I think Nalini Singh did this transition well.
What did not work for me?
I’m just a little bit overwhelmed with all the love scenes in the book. I am all for great love scenes in books, most especially those that are really crucial to plot and character developments, but this book may have had too many of the good thing that it became a little exhausting to read towards the end.
My over-all take on it?
I think this was a solid start for Nalini in the NA genre. Just a little less is more philosophy when it comes to the love scenes and future books will be amazing. Fox and Molly are definitely a couple you can’t help but root. This book was raw, intense, and completely real. It will leave you breathless… and maybe wanting to get to the other books in the series soon.
Disclaimer: I received an eARC of this book from the author/publisher in exchange for an honest review. Yes, these are my honest and personal thoughts on this book.
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.
About the Author:
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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