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I Belong

Review: Rock Redemption by Nalini Singh

rock redemption coverTitle: Rock Redemption

Author: Nalini Singh

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Series: Rock Kiss (Book #3)

Publication Date: October 6, 2015

Format: Paperback, 422 Pages

ISBN-10: 1942356358 (TKA Distribution)

ISBN-13: 978-1942356356 (TKA Distribution)

Reviewed by: Kristie


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.

Quick & Dirty: Emotionally driven story about two characters with dark pasts that must be overcome and come up with a creative method in order to be lovers.

Opening Sentence: Kit smiled when the elevator doors opened as soon as she pressed the button.

Excerpt: Yes

The Review:

It is no secret that I am a huge fan of Nalini Singh so when I got the opportunity to review Rock Redemption I was ecstatic. Nalini writes characters with such depth and emotion. Rock Redemption is certainly no exception to the drama and emotion, although I did have some issues with the subject matter. This novel deals with some really dark issues and a character who doesn’t want to work through them. He’d rather hurt others than fix himself. Noah is the epitome of the man so deeply hurt and broken that the girl (aka Kit) thinks she can fix. If this hadn’t been a Nalini Singh book I would have had no hope for Noah or Kit.

Rock Redemption opens up with Kit walking in on Noah and another woman, just when Kit thought that she and Noah were going to take the next step in their relationship. Deep hurt and resentment follow for the next couple years while Kit establishes herself as the next “it” Hollywood actress and Noah keeps on touring with his band and banging the groupies. Noah is not in a good place, he goes over the deep end and gets terribly drunk and almost does drugs, but he can’t do it because he knows what Kit’s thoughts are on drug users. In his sad state, Noah reaches out to Kit. And Kit can’t let Noah destroy himself completely, she has to come to his rescue no matter how badly he hurt her.

Noah is constantly sending mixed signals to Kit. He keeps telling how deeply he cares for her but only as a friend. He can’t have a relationship with her. Sex is for one thing and he can’t touch Kit in that way no matter how badly he wants too. Kit spends most of the novel upset, frustrated and in tears over the way that Noah treats her.

All the while that Kit and Noah are exploring their futures with each other. Kit is dealing with a stalker, whom has been getting more creepy and demented with their “presents”. This allows Noah to stay with Kit to help protect her from her stalker but it also allows Kit to keep an eye on Noah to make sure he doesn’t spiral back into a deep depression again.

The dark subject matter isn’t making this sound like a very good book but I don’t want to go into too much detail and give things away. The emotions as a reader range almost as much as the characters. I was frustrated for Kit and annoyed with Noah. Kit fights for Noah even when she is about to give up. Noah tries to change himself for Kit, if only just to keep her friendship.

Kit has always fought for what she wanted in life even though she grew up privileged. She changed her name to get away from her family. She wanted to be her own person and not elevated because of who her parents are. She works hard for everything that she has. There were a few times that I really thought she just needed to give up on Noah because there was no way they were going to have a conventional relationship.

I am not a huge fan of characters like Noah who can only see women as good enough for one thing. Noah realized this and didn’t want Kit to be another notch but he’d rather hurt her than talk about it. Noah was also quite selfish, he knew he couldn’t give Kit the love and relationship she needs but he couldn’t stand to see her happy with someone else either.

Overall, this novel really is worth it in the end. As much as I was frustrated for the characters at times, Nalini is a master storyteller and I couldn’t put this story down. Kit comes up with a really unconventional way to get Noah to overcome some of his anger issues. I had to know how this couple was going to get their HEA. If you have a penchant for the darker contemporary stories, then I really recommend Rock Redemption to you.

Notable Scene:

She barely bit back the angry words. They’d been through that, and if she kept dwelling on it, it would only make her bitter and broken, and poison whatever relationship remained between them. “What are we doing, Noah?” she said quietly. “You know this won’t work.” They’d never been meant to be just friends: they could be either passionate lovers or sworn enemies.

There was no middle ground.

“It can work,” Noah said, as if he could will a simple, uncomplicated friendship into being. “But only if you give it a shot.” He stepped closer, close enough that she could feel the heat of his body. “Don’t throw in the towel on me, on us.” A pause that held like a dewdrop on a spider web, caught between sparkle and shatter. “I need you.”

Her chest ached.

She apparently still had a mile-wide weak spot when it came to Noah exposing his need. He showed it so rarely, asked for something even less. And she had promised to be his friend. She owed it to who they’d once been to give the attempt this one chance at least. “Let’s go watch the sunrise.”

That sunrise was spectacular, coming over the San Gabriel Mountains and bathing the world in a deep gold kissed with pink, but it didn’t hold her attention, not with Noah beside her. He was competent and efficient at the controls, a haunting lightness to him.

“You really love this,” she said, her voice soft with realization.

“Up here, it doesn’t matter who you are, what your sins.” His gorgeous voice poured into her ears through the headphones, made her stomach flutter, her thighs clench. “It’s total freedom. No expectations. No judgements. Just endless sky.”

Kit had never understood why Noah was so deeply unhappy.

Rock Kiss Series:

1. Rock Addiction

1.5 Rock Courtship

2. Rock Hard

3. Rock Redemption


FTC Advisory: TKA Distribution provided me with a copy of Rock Redemption. No goody bags, sponsorships, “material connections,” or bribes were exchanged for my review.


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