REVIEW | Nalini SINGH: Rock Wedding (Rock Kiss #4)

 Rock Wedding by Nalini Singh
Rating: ★★★½☆
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Editore TKA Distribution
Pagine 248
Prezzo $ 5.99 ebook
Uscita 19 july 2016
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Rock Wedding
Nalini Singh

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New York Times bestselling author Nalini Singh continues her Rock Kiss series with a hot, sweet, emotional contemporary romance about love and forgiveness…fast-review-up

After a lifetime of longing for a real family, Sarah Smith thought she’d finally found her home with rock star Abe Bellamy, even if she knew Abe didn’t love her the way she loved him. But their brief relationship, filled with tragedy and heartache, nearly destroyed her. Alone, emotions in turmoil, and already shaky self-esteem shattered, Sarah struggles to pick up the pieces in the wake of their divorce.

Abe knows he’s to blame for the end of his marriage. Caught in a web of painful memories, he pushed away the best thing in his life – the sexy, smart woman he adores – breaking them both in the process. Then fate throws him a second chance to get things right, to prove to Sarah that she means everything to him. Abe desperately wants that second chance at love…even if he knows he doesn’t deserve it.

But can he convince Sarah – now strong and independent without him – to risk her wounded heart one more time?


…angry. Always so angry. At fate. At God. At Sarah.
She’d left him, wanted to divorce him. Even then, he han’t realized he should be begging and crawling on his knees to make up for what he’d done, how he’d abandoned her.

Rock Wedding, like the books that came before (Noah’s most of all), is deeply emotional. The story tugged at my heartstrings, made me soo mad at Abe and terribly sad for Sarah. We already knew that these two had history. A past that ended very badly because of Abe’s anger issues and drug/alchool abuse. I don’t usually like to read second-chance romances, they’re not my cup of tea. I am more of a successful-at-first-try romance reader. However, Sarah and Abe’s story has grown into me since the first time Nalini wrote about them. Finally, here, I had the satisfaction to read the happy ending I was waiting for. *sighing-happily*
As usual, with Nalini’s novels, the reader can’t keep the distance from the story and its characters. They are always soo good! Creating whole, relatable, accaptivating characters is this author’s strenght, for sure. They draw you in, keeping you under, breathless. And you despar fot them, hope for them. Even if in this book some of the author’s choices are quite “simple”, in the end they are what I wanted to read to have the perfect ending (I can’t say more if I want to keep a spoiler-free review 😉 ).
Another plus is that this is not only Sarah and Abe’s story. The beautiful thing about this series is that we can also follow the other MCs because Nalini creates that feeling of a family that grows from book to book (very much like the Psy/Changeling series).
Unfortunately, this is the last novel in the Rock Kiss series and I am feeling sad and happy at the same time. Sad that this has ended, but happy for the new stories to come (Nalini has promised new contemporary romances…she has much to write with Gabriel’s brothers. Yay!). So, thanks Nalini for another beatiful read and… to new adventures!

The loneliness was orribile, but I guess I’d been burned so badly that I thought it was safer to keep my distance from people in general. Until you.

Rock Addiction Rock Courtship Rock Hard Rock Hard

ELIZABETH BRIGGS: More Than Music (Chasing the Dream, 1)

Ultima lettura, fresca fresca di questi giorni, è questo carinissimo romanzo -More Than Music– dell’autrice americana esordiente Elizabeth Briggs. More Than Music è un romanzo New Adult il cui elemento distintivo è la musica. E’ il primo di una tetralogia (o almeno l’autrice ne ha indicati quattro) chiamata Chasing the Dream che fa chiaramente capire che ogni romanzo è incentrato sull’idea del “rincorrere i propri sogni” e, infine, realizzarli. fast-review-upComethe-sound nel passato abbiamo visto NA ambientati in college vari, con protagonisti tattoo artist o fighters in incontri clandestini, MTM ha quindi come personaggi dei musicisti. Fortunatamente non è ambientato in un college (idea che ha un po stufato, non so voi) bensì segue questo gruppo di ragazzi durante il music reality show The Sound (praticamente The Voice, ma con alcune varianti). Quindi More Tha Music è il romanzo adatto a chi ama storie romantiche, leggere, con tanta musica, riferimenti geek.. ma sopratutto per tutti coloro che amano reality come The Voice o X-Factor
La storia non ha grossi sbalzi umorali da melodramma (e questo può essere sia una nota positiva che negativa), viaggia infatti su una nota piuttosto lineare e piacevole…questo non vuol dire comunque che non ci sono conflitti, incomprensioni e rappacificamenti. Perché ci sono eccome. Sia Maddy che Jared sono, famiglia(rmente) parlando, abbastanza comuni del genere NA…ma riescono in media a tenere il passo. Sono poi molto interessanti anche i personaggi secondari, che hanno e avranno tutti un posto nella serie Chasing the Dream, ognuno con la propria storia. Se foste curiosi di leggere un estratto del romanzo, potete trovarne un pezzetto sul sito dell’autrice.

Below, review in english.

More Than Music (Chasing the Dream #1) by Elizabeth Briggs
Rating: ★★★★☆
Editore Elizabeth Briggs
ISBN 9781499607994
Prezzo $ 10.70 paperback
$ 2.95 ebook kindle
Pagine 311
Uscita 10 giugno 2014
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Music major Maddie Taylor just finished her junior year of college and has a summer internship lined up with the LA Philharmonic, yet every night she practices guitar and secretly dreams of a louder life. But geeky girls like her don’t get to be rock stars. That is, until tattooed singer Jared Cross catches her playing guitar and invites her to join his band on The Sound, a reality TV show competition.

Once on the show, Maddie discovers there’s more to Jared than his flirty smile and bad boy reputation – and that he’s just as big a geek as she is. With each performance their attraction becomes impossible to ignore, but when the show pressures them to stay single they’re forced to keep their relationship secret.

As the competition heats up, Jared will do whatever it takes for his band to win, and Maddie must decide if following her dream is worth losing her heart.


villain-complex-logoMaddie Taylor, specializzanda in musica, ha appena finito il suo primo anno di college e sta per partecipare ad uno stage estivo alla Filarmonica di Los Angeles. Ma ogni notte si esercita con la sua chitarra e segretamente sogna una vita più…intensa. Ma le ragazze geek come lei non diventano rock star. O almeno… non fino a quando il cantante dei Villain Complex, Jared Cross, la sorprende a suonare la chitarra e la invita a unirsi alla sua band in The Sound, un reality show televisivo.
Una volta nello show, Maddie scopre che c’è molto più in Jared del sorriso accattivante e la reputazione da bad boy – e che è un altrettanto grande geek quanto lei. Con ogni esibizione la loro attrazione diventa impossibile da ignorare, ma quando quelli dello show fanno loro pressioni per rimanere single, sono costretti a tenere segreta la loro relazione.
Man mano che la competizione si fa intensa, Jared farà di tutto perché la sua band vinca… e Maddie dovrà decidere se per inseguire il suo sogno vale la pena perdere il proprio cuore.




More Than Music is the last New Adult romance novel I’ve discovered…a book that I decided to read straight away after netgalley and the publisher gave it to me (and I can assure you it’s not a common occurrence for me). Hovewer that cover was calling me and who am I to not answer it?
Written by Elizabeth Briggs, it is the first book in a tetralogy (or at the moment goodreads is showing four books…plus some short novellas) called Chasing the Dream.
In the past we have seen NA set in colleges, starring tattoo artist or fighters. MTM is nothing of the sort. It is not set in a college (fortunately, I’m just a bit sick of reading constantly the same things) and, even though some of the characters have tattoos (you know, a tattoo is always cool so a character without one is not…I don’t know…right XD), they are …drumroll…. part of a rock band! And what with their name, Villain Complex? Chapeau to Elizabeth for this. 😉
Anyway, music was the reason that drew me to read this book in the first place and I was hoping for a good change for once. The author didn’t make me regret my choice. In fact, what I didn’t expect was to be so intrigued by the setting, the music reality competition The Sound (practically The Voice, but with some variations).
However the book is not about The Sound but it’s about the birth of a new love, the discovery of yourself and fighting for your dreams.
Jared is the lead singer of Villain Complex and brother of Kyle (keyboardist for the group and main character in More Than Exes, short novella that is set just before MTM) who is also friend to Maddie, a classic musician who, at night, dreams of becoming a rock guitarist.
When Jared and Maddie finally meet in a sort of embarassing Maddie-guitar-revelation/obsession-to-Jared-music something intriguing sparks between the two. Moreover, when the bassist of the group leave the Villain Complex, Jared decides that Maddie can definitely take her place…and join the band in The Sound competition.
But the real show has just begun because when dreams are becoming true you’ll do anything to reach them even if doing so will destroy something more precious.