Title: Rock Addiction (Rock Kiss, #1)
Author: Nalini Singh
Genre: Rockstar Romance
Release Date: September 9 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
Rock Addiction is the first book in Nalini Singh’s exciting new Rock Kiss series and I couldn’t wait to get my hands on this one. I’ve not read Nalini Singh before although I know her by reputation, of course, as the author of the highly popular Psy-Changeling and Guild-Hunters paranormal series. The thought of such an established author branching out into a contemporary rock romance series was beyond irresistible to me. So, I had no expectations of the writing style, characters or plotlines other than the promise of a hot rocker romance.
I really did enjoy this. After a bit of a ropey beginning, Fox is incredibly cocky and sure of himself and I wasn’t sure I liked him in the first chapter or so and he falls in instalove with Molly the minute he sees her across a crowded room and I’m not really a huge fan of instalove, but putting these behind me very early on, I soon settled into the swing of it and very much enjoyed this.
So Fox falls in love with Molly at a crowded party, knows he has to have her but Molly is very wary of the media circus that surrounds him due to past trauma’s and is not keen on a public high profile relationship and so they agree to enjoy a passionate affair while he and his band are in Australia and then will go their separate ways. Or so Molly thinks. Fox, of course, has absolutely no intention of letting her go and sets about charming and seducing the pants off of Molly and works on getting her to fall in love with him.
The book is told in two halves, almost like two separate stories. This could definitely have ended after the first half and the entire second half could have made another novel. The end of the first half, really did feel like a happy ending but the course of true love never did run smooth and prepare for a rockier, angstier ride in the second part of the book.
You really can tell that you’re in the hands of an established, well experienced author – the writing is seamless and the character development is stellar. It’s an incredibly sexy, compelling and pretty addictive story as we follow Fox and Molly on their rocky road to love. both in Australia and Los Angeles. Fox is a gorgeous and sexy rock star who is used to a continuous stream of dispensable groupies who are prepared to do just about anything for him and he seemed to change instantly the minute he met Molly. I’d love to believe in the whole bad boy rocker changing his ways for the love of his life however unlikely it seems but I’m too much of a cynic at heart I think.
Molly comes across as a bit of an innocent caught up in a whirlwind with no escape in sight – she’s kind of wide-eyed innocent and lost most of the time. She does eventually get a bit stronger but there were times when she grated on me a little. Fox is very charming and I really thought she was a bit mean to him and I actually started to feel a little sorry for him.
What I think Nalini did really very well in this was develop fantastic secondary characters to the central couple who I really wanted to know more about and this is always very important in the first book in a new series and it worked beautifully – I now desperately want to read everyone else’s stories as they are released. In particular, I am dying of anticipation at the thought of Molly’s best friend, Charlotte, hooking up with her boss who she calls T-Rex. Their story is told in tiny little titbits throughout Rock Addiction, as is David’s and I can’t wait to read those. I developed an immense fondness for the other bandmates and I think this is a fantastic start to an exciting new series.
3.5 stars and not 4 just because sometimes I badly wanted to slap Molly but, other than that, I really enjoyed this one!
Excerpt from ROCK ADDICTION
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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David & Thea’s Story
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.
Meet 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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