Friday, May 20, 2016

Reading Assignment Challenge: Rock Redemption by Nalini Singh

Reading Assignment Challenge: Rock Redemption by Nalini Singh

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 deepest 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.

Whew--this book is one emotional ride.  The heartache that both Kit and Noah feel at different times throughout the book (and the reasons behind the brutal emotions) felt like a fist in my gut and after the second or third literary punch, I felt myself tensing any time it seemed like Kit and Noah were approaching anything even resembling a hitch in their complicated relationship.  And even then, I knew, through and through, that I was only feeling a tenth of what Kit and Noah were actually experiencing.  And yet, like both of them, I couldn't just walk away--I had to stick it out because if these two could figure out how to do it, how to make their relationship solid enough to weather the very real storms that came from Noah's past.  Because if they could do that, it would be an HEA for the ages.  And oh, when things finally came around and Kit and Noah were able to not only experience, but believe in and trust their future together, to enjoy what they had both worked so hard for, it was beautiful.  I had the sappiest grin on my face when I finished the book.  But the road to that HEA...oh lordy, was it a rough one! 

Kit has worked hard to get where she is, on the cusp of making it as one of Hollywood's A-list actresses.  She is up for a meaty part with a multi-Oscar winning director when she and Noah are mistakenly reported as a couple do to a friendly "date" which in reality is Kit going with Noah to a charity do his Aunt is hosting.  When photos imply something more personal than friendship is between them, the media coverage threatens to undo Kit's progress.  If it comes out that the relationship isn't real, the fallout could harm Kit's standing with fans which in turn could cause the director to steer clear of any negativity from the media touching his film.  Noah is pleased that he has a chance to redeem himself after hurting Kit multiple times, both purposefully and accidentally.  Being around Kit is as wonderful as he always knew it would be but his past makes it almost impossible for him to believe in any kind of future.  However, he never realized how determined Kit would be or how their friendship would come to mean so much to him that he would take chances that would have seemed impossible before he met her.

Kit and Noah's story was by far the toughest one for me to read but it was also, in the end, the most rewarding.  While I personally still found myself enjoying Rock Hard the most of the four stories I have read so far, this one made me feel the strongest.  And it wasn't always because of the angst or the drama.  There were many times that both Kit and Noah made me laugh, smile, wince, giggle, just plain feel a wide range of emotions and I truly believe that they will make it long term but I know that there are still going to be landmines that they will have to work over, under, or around.  The fact that they will turn to each other when these unpleasant blasts from the past arise is a very hard-earned but very much deserved victory for both Kit and Noah. 

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