Hiee there and welcome to Rhea’s Neon Journal! I’m so excited to be participating on the tour for Rock Hard by Nalini Singh, featuring Gabriel Bishop (sexy rugby player turned CEO) & Charlotte Baird (his mousy secretory ) 😀 I have a giveaway for you and also my review! Follow the tour here. Onwards!
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. Game on.
Rock Hard follows Gabriel Bishop’s “professional” life.
No, really. Rock Hard follows his professional life because he is so professional and appropriate with his PA, Charlotte Baird.
Many may remember Charlotte Baird from Rock Addiction. Charlie was the one who encouraged Molly to go have fun with her rock star, when Molly was in doubt. And not once did I have an impression that Molly’s quiet, kind friend became Charlie-mouse around her new boss, Gabriel “T-Rex” Bishop. What starts out as a relationship full of growling orders and quietly taking them, slowly turns into one of the sweetest stories in the Rock Kiss series.
When Charlie learns about Gabriel Bishop aka “T-Rex,” the growling, roaring dino who helps rescue failing companies from the brink of downfall, she’s terrified. People at work are getting fired left and right and she’s very, very sure she’s next. Except…that doesn’t happen. She get’s promoted to be his PA. Promoted!
The joy is very, very short-lived, if any at all, and she soon discovers that working for Gabriel Bishop means no lunch breaks and working late nights and dealing with her boss’s growls all the damned time. But slowly and with patience (and wow, tolerance) she manages to break through his shell and loud growls notwithstanding, he begins to learn to growl less and talk more.
If only he could talk to his Miss Baird, in lieu of doing very dirty, naughty things to her. And with her. An injury on the rugby field left Gabriel Bishop unable to play but he’s not too bitter about it. Saving dying companies from incompetent CEOs and their lousy staff is how he’d like to live out his life. And if that means working with just four skilled people, then that’s how he’ll do it.
Charlotte, turns out, was my favorite girl in the series. She had a lot of demons in her past, but she had this genuine need to go past them and make a life for herself. Yes, she had her moments but she handled them with such grace and acceptance, that I was left in complete awe of her. And she did moved on, you guys. With Molly’s help, and eventually Gabriel’s, Charlie learned to move on. But that’s not all there is to her. She’s also brilliant in her work, smart at dealing with her stupid gorgeous boss and a complete horror to deal with of she’s mad at you. Like I said, she was my absolute favorite and I found myself rooting for her from page one 😀
In the beginning of Rock Hard, I hated Gabriel. I love asshole heroes but I hated, and I mean loathed Gabriel. There wasn’t one redeeming quality to him and he just overall seemed to piss me off every time he breathed. He was dominating and jealous and ugh. So not my thing. I found myself wondering how exactly he’d found his way among all the amazing, PERFECT men of the Rock Kiss series. And then I knew why he was the way that he was. And how he was with Charlie was perfect. I’m still not his greatest fan (David, you’ve ruined me for anyone else) but he was impeccable with Charlie and so, so good to her, I couldn’t hate him anymore.
Now, I know what you’re thinking. Here’s another NA romance, with a damaged heroine and a hard-ass hero. And that—for the most part—is true. But here’s the thing with Charlie and T-Rex. She’s a personification of the phrase ‘kitten’s got claws’ and he’s a Goddamn mush ball when it came down to it.
And surprisingly, there wasn’t a lot of sex in the book. Understandable, of course, considering Charlotte’s history but still. It was there, but hardly. In fact, if I’m not mistaken, their first time happens somewhere around the 70% mark. Just another way in which Rock Hard is a little different from others in its genre.
Gabriel wasn’t my type of hero at all—with his hard ass demeanor and his hitting on his secretary like a common pervert—but he really loved his family and it showed. Deep down, I know that he was perfect for Charlotte (BUT I’LL NEVER ADMIT IT).
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Up for Grabs!
- $50 Amazon Gift Card
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.
I was provided a free eARC of this book in exchange of an honest review. This did not in any way, however, influence the content of this review.