- Mass Market Paperback
- Publisher: JAILU (2017)
- Language: French
- ISBN-10: 2290125172
- ISBN-13: 978-2290125175
- Product Dimensions: 19 x 3.1 x 13 cm
- Shipping Weight: 381 g
- Average Customer Review: 8 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,267,114 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
ROCK HARD (French) Mass Market Paperback – Apr 4 2017
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About the Author
Auteure de romance contemporaine et paranormale, Nalini Singh est toujours présente sur la liste des best-sellers du New York Times. On lui doit également la série à succès Chasseuse de vampires, disponible aux Editions J'ai lu.
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When Charlotte was first introduced in Rock Addiction and I got to read some of her accounts of her boss, T-Rex, I just felt that there’s a good story right there. And sooooo glad that Nalini gave readers like me their story.
I totally heart Gabriel/T-Rex, and Charlotte!!!
I think what sold me, for starter, is how Charlotte has dubbed Gabriel T-Rex. It’s irreverent, and gave me a glimpse of how she saw him initially. And for her to see him like that in the beginning, then for her to get to know him better and the whole thing evolving to a beautiful relationship, there was such a nice flow to their story. I love how it evolved from a challenged work relationship to a personal one, without falling into sexual harassment territory. And when you factor in the issues that Charlotte is dealing with, it could’ve easily gone to angst-land but it didn’t. I thought that was well dealt with, smartly, emotionally and sensitively. And I totally loved their interactions!
I also appreciate how the city was like another character, making me want to visit it. And just like in the other Nalini books, the secondary characters truly supported the H&h.
Charlotte will not be the first heroine that I can identify with, not just with her past, but also her personality. However, I thought Nalini was fair in painting her and gave her enough ammunition to be a worthy h. Even with her niggling thoughts sometimes, her strength made up for it.
Now, Gabriel… I think Nalini knocked it off the park with him. *swooooon* Despite his flaws, to me, he was just perfect! He said the perfect things, he did the perfect actions, he was perfect for Charlotte, he was the perfect hero, period! Le sigh…
Strangely enough, as good a hero Zachary from RockAddiction and David from Rock Courtship were, they just felt too good to be true in my mind, but no, not Gabriel. There was something that felt tangible about him that just made him more delish. I realize I’m talking fictionalized character and a romance story, to boot. I guess that’s the only way I can describe it. Or maybe rock stars don’t really float my boat?…
Regardless, all I’m saying is if the first 2 books in the series didn’t quite make it for you as far Nalini going into contemporary romance is concerned, I think this one will. I know it did for me ^.^
Told from third person point of view, the focus of the storyline is on the building relationship between Gabriel and Charlotte. Gabriel is the new owner and CEO of Saxon and Archer Corp, and is in the process of cleaning ‘house’ when he is introduced to the quiet, shy, mousy and intelligent Charlotte Baird. When Gabriel offers Charlotte the position as his new personal assistant, Charlotte begins to bloom in her role within the company but Gabriel begins to notice that everything is not right within Charlotte’s world. As Gabriel begins to fall for his new PA, his own past makes another attempt at forgiveness and hope.
Part of the premise looks at a terrifying time in Charlotte’s past; a past that has shaped her present, forcing her to withdraw and hide behind drab colors, frumpy clothes and an unattractive hair style. Charlotte’s past is mired in betrayal and pain, and she has never quite learned to deal with the aftermath and recurring PTSD.
The relationship between Gabriel and Charlotte begins as employee and employer, and slowly moves into something more. Gabriel is reluctant to make any advances towards his new PA although his attraction to her is complicated and immediate. For months Gabriel makes requests of Charlotte to purchase gifts and send flowers to an assortment of women in his life, while Charlotte slowly grows despondent in her attraction to her new boss. She isn’t the type of woman Gabriel is attracted to but that doesn’t stop Charlotte from fantasizing about the possibilities. There is plenty of sexual tension as our couple dance around one another for a good portion of the story. The sex scenes are intimate and personal, but are limited to the final few chapters in the story.
The secondary and supporting characters include a few fellow employees; Charlotte’s former roommate and BFF Molly; Gabriel’s extended and close knit family; as well as Charlotte’s ex boyfriend whose hold and obsession over Charlotte controls everything that she does.
The world building takes a departure from the previously music themed storylines and focuses on big business and millionaires with dark and tormented pasts. The only connection to the previous two storylines is the friendship between Charlotte and Molly Webster –first introduced in Rock Addiction.
ROCK HARD is, thus far, my favorite Rock Kiss installment. Nalini has found her niche; her groove; her momentum within the contemporary romance genre with ROCK HARD. The flow of the storyline is smooth and evenly paced. Although the premise is a familiar one -wealthy CEO meets broken, virginal damsel in distress-the storyline works as it reads with more maturity than the previous two installments-a diversion from the New Adult feel and premise.
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