Welcome to Rhea’s Neon Journal! I am SO EXCITED about Nalini Singh’s Rock Redemption, because just as I anticipated, this book is amazing. It’s angsty, and kind of romantic, and there’s a hint of thrills here! Have fun with today’s post 🙂
Kit Devigny could have loved rock guitarist Noah St. John. Their friendship burned with the promise of intense passion and searing tenderness…until the night Noah deliberately shattered her heart.
Noah knows he destroyed something precious the night he chose to betray Kit, but he’d rather she hate him than learn his darkest secret. All he has left is his music. It’s his saving grace, but it doesn’t silence the voices that keep him up at night. Chasing oblivion through endless one-night-stands, he earns a few hours’ sleep and his bad boy reputation.
When a media error sees Noah and Kit dubbed the new “it” couple, Kit discovers her chance at the role of a lifetime hinges on riding the media wave. Wanting—needing—to give Kit this, even if he can’t give her everything, Noah agrees to play the adoring boyfriend. Only the illusion is suddenly too real, too painful, too beautiful…and it may be too late for the redemption of Noah St. John.
This book is frustrating.
It’s chock-full of angst.
Rock Redemption is all of these things, most definitely. But one thing it isn’t? Your usual fluffy love story.
In fact, I’d go so far as to say that it isn’t what you’d expect from a book pitched as a romance at all. You see, the title for this book (like all other books in this series) has been chosen perfectly. Rock Redemption is about that precisely…about redemption. It’s about selling your soul out to keep the person you love happy, and it’s about believing that you are more than the sum of your past.
Noah and Kit’s story, I’m going to admit, was one of my most anticipated books in this series? Why? Purely and completely because of Kit. This is one Hollywood starlet whom I loved since book one. Here was one woman who was A) a fiercely protective friend to Fox—even going so far as to mistrust the complete sweetheart that is Molly—and B) not attracted to Fox, which is something I don’t get at all.
How one Earth can you not be sexually attracted to Fox? HOW HOW HOW
We only meet Kit in Rock Addiction, and I didn’t realise how much I’d missed her! She’s kind and generous, but not the type who would let anyone walk all over her. Coming from huge money had made her immune to its wiles, and helped her concentrate on the important things in her life—friends, family, love. And her relationship with all the members of Schoolboy Choir, her friends in the industry, her sweet friendship with Molly showed that. She valued friends above everything else and that won me over before anything else. Throughout the course of the book, it is also seen that Kit Devigny is talented, driven, and in demand. Loyalty and talent, my favourite ever combination!
Only in Rock Redemption did I fully realise the power of the love Kit had for star guitarist of Schoolboy Choir, Noah St. John. This kind of love helped her forgive and understand and listen to Noah. Of course, too many times in the book I considered how much better Kit’s life would be without the baggage and pain that seemed to be an undeniable part of Noah.
Noah, on the other hand, was a character that had me intrigued. I wasn’t too keen on him (especially since he fucked Kit over big time) but I was definitely curious as to what his story was. He was kind of a dick for most of the book but his POV was especially hard to read. It was filled with angst that I’d expected, but what I didn’t didn’t quite expect was the quiet, desperate way he loved Kit. And contrary to what I believed in Rock Addiction, this guy loved Kit with everything he had. Obviously, he’s a boy and boys are stupid so his way of doing certain stuff sucked but believe you me, by the end of this book, Noah will have won you over completely.
Like I mentioned in my mini-review on GR, I went into this book expecting something completely different. More romance, for one, but also more progress where it came to Noah opening up to the world. Unfortunately, that was not something that happened until around the 80% mark, where after, Noah was…he was gah, fucking fantastic. The last 20%, in my opinion, completely makes up for the angst in the rest of the book. Believe you me, Noah and Kit were a couple that was meant to be and although nothing and no one can beat Molly-Fox, Noah and Kit were a close second 🙂
The book is by Nalini Singh, of course, so you need not be concerned about the writing at all. She is an expert storyteller, weaving Kit’s anxiety and Noah’s agony together, in a way that leaves you thinking about these two long after the book is over. The book is brought to life in a way that is unrivalled and Nalini Singh’s unique writing style is, well, fucking amazing. Her words are dark where needed, and sinfully erotic everywhere else. DO NOT miss this particular installation of the series, dear readers, because you may be pleasantly surprised!
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SERIES READING ORDER AND LINKS
The Rock Kiss Series is well, a series, but each book can be read as a standalone. But believe you me, you won’t be able to stop at one 🙂 Click the cover to be directed to the book’s Amazon US page.
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.