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    Rock Hard

    Excellent read, love Nalini Singh's books. My favourite book in this series so far, couldn't put it down.

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    Good Read

    Had me in fits of giggles over Ernest.. Ermine.. Egor... LMAO... Different writing style for Nalini Singh but i enjoyed the story. Archangels and Psy-changling series will always be my favourite reads.

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    5 stars for T-Rex and Mouse!

    Move over Fox and David. Gabriel's book has just become my favorite of this series! I never expected Gabriel and Charlotte to have such painful and horrific pasts. This book entranced me from the first page to the last. I couldn't put it down and read it late into the night. It made me laugh, made me cry, and made me fan myself from all the heat the two of them gave off! The story might at first glance seem cliched. We have an alpha hero who is very protective of our very shy heroine, who'd rather hide than be noticed. However, Gabriel "T-Rex" Bishop is no cliche. He's willing to wait on Charlotte "Charlie/Mouse" and he does it patiently, well as much as someone whose wanted someone for a very long time now. I loved how he went at Charlie's pace. Even when Charlie was raring to go, Gabriel made sure she was ready and then some. The two of them together were spectacular. I knew that from the very brief snippets seen in Rock Addiction. It helped that Charlie and Molly are best friends, so Molly was able to provide Charlie with support this time around. Knowing how shy and scared Charlie was of attracting attention to herself, I was a little worried she wouldn't be able to handle Gabe and the attention that came along with it. Instead Charlie showed a hidden fire, that I was very glad to see. As incidents from her past were revealed, it became clear why she'd adopted the persona she had. Let me tell you, finding out both broke my heart and made me furious. I had this dull ache in my chest as everything became clear. Charlie might be nicknamed "Mouse" but she had the heart of a lion. She had to in order to live and thrive again. I love how the central focus of the book was Gabe and Charlie and the way the two of them were resolving past hurts and moving forward. I loved seeing them interact daily in a professional capacity before slowly moving things into a personal one. Sometimes these relationships can border on creepy or even venture into the sexual harassment territory, but this book never crossed that line once. Instead, I think it dealt with an office romance very tastefully. I also loved the tone of the book. It could've very easily been angsty and dark, but instead focused on being positive and being in the moment. Nalini Singh has done an outstanding job at showcasing two characters whose traumas of the past have left indelible marks on them, but they've found a way to be stronger and better through the love they have for one another. T-Rex and Mouse have stolen my heart! I keep saying each book of the series is my new favorite and I'm expecting that trend to continue. I can't wait for Abe and Noah's books!

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    humorous, sexy and outrageously fun

    I think that this has to be one of the most fun books I’ve read in a long time … and it takes on some pretty big issues. I loved Gabriel – he’s strong, smart, loyal and has a wicked sense of humor. He takes on Charlotte & all of her issues without even blinking and handles them like a champ. He’s so understanding and takes things at a pace that she’s comfortable with - patient when she needs it and pushes when she needs that too. Love doesn’t conquer all but he’s supportive and loving … when he’s not being a T-Rex. Charlotte had an amazingly horrible thing happen to her but she’s fought her way back. Unfortunately she’s not sure she’ll ever completely overcome it. Facing a fierce Gabriel though is the first step in getting over that last hump. He starts to bring out the fighter in her, the one that was beaten but not broken by things in her life. It’s a slow process but one that is beautiful to see happen. And even better he has some issues in his past that she helps address as well, so the relationship isn’t completely one sided. These two together have got to be one of my favorite couples. Once Charlotte gets over cowering in his presence she gives as good as she gets and it is humorous, sexy and outrageously fun. (complimentary copy provided in exchange for an honest review)

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    Top Notch Gorgeous Contemporary Romance

    I absolutely bloody loved this – it’s classic contemporary romance at it’s finest. For me this series got off to a fairly average start with Rock Addiction but improved a lot with Rock Courtship and Rock Hard is, for me, the best yet. It features a familiar plot for romance – the tough, protective alpha hero and the shy, retiring heroine with a traumatic past but it’s so beautifully written, the characters so vividly drawn that I was completely enthralled from beginning to end. Nalini Singh does a fantastic job of focussing the reader entirely on the journey being taken by the two central characters and she keeps it fresh all the way through. My attention never wavered once – in fact, I found it hard to put down at all. I’d actually been dying to read this story ever since we were treated to little snippets during Molly and Fox’s story in Rock Addiction. Charlotte (our Charlie Mouse) is Molly’s best friend and we heard through conversations and texts about her ferocious and very demanding new boss, Gabriel Bishop AKA T-Rex especially after she threw a stapler at his head when she thought he was an intruder! I’d been dying to hear their story – the tough alpha hero and the slightly nerdy heroine is pretty much my favourite romance scenario and I can hand on heart assure you that Rock Hard completely lived up to my expectations and then some. Quick synopsis – Gabriel Bishop, a former pro rugby player who’s career ended early and unexpectedly due to injury has turned all that incredible intensity and focus on saving failing businesses with great success and he’s been brought in to save the company that Charlotte works for and turns out to be an extremely exacting boss. He, of course, knows that he wants her for himself but he can see the terror hidden in her eyes, realises that she’s been hurt badly along the way and realises that he has to tread carefully and take things slowly. And it’s his slow pursuit of Charlotte, the beautiful journey they take that takes centre stage in this novel and, despite the slow pace, it kept me engrossed even though it takes forever for them to get together. I wasn’t once bored – I enjoyed all that consuming sexual chemistry that was building to a crescendo between them and loved every second of Charlotte finally letting go of her demons and allowing Gabriel in. I had a few worries before beginning this book that Charlotte would be too much of a mouse, that she would irritate me but my fears were ungrounded. Yes, she’s guarded and very skittish but you learn slowly why she is that way and, even though she appears to be a mouse, she’s actually a bit of a tigress beneath that facade and it’s the little glimpses of her true character that so enthral Gabriel. Charlotte is an easy character to identify with – she’s just a regular girl working in an office for a boss who’s never satisfied and always demanding more and living and getting by in a big city (this is set in Auckland, NZ). I actually really liked her right from the get go and was dying for her to let her ferocious T Rex of a boss get a little closer to her. And Gabriel Bishop – be still my beating heart. I think I fell deeply in love with him right along with Charlotte. I think he has to be my favourite book boyfriend of 2015 to date. He’s one of the guys that my teenage self would have sighed over in romance novels when I was just beginning to discover the genre. He’s in a position of power, he’s growly, demanding yet very protective and hot as hell and he’s decided that he wants Charlotte Baird pretty much from the first moment he sets eyes on her and plays a long game to get her. I smiled goofily and often at the things that he said and did, even when Charlotte didn’t realise what he was up to. With our reader’s birds eye view of the action, we knew exactly what his game is and I think I just swooned with happiness and got a really bad case of the warm and fuzzies. Even now, as I type, I’m grinning like a loon. The story focuses almost completely on the journey that Charlotte and her T-Rex take and the pacing was just pitch perfect. Despite very little else going on, the story never dragged or flagged and I was completely rapt and dying to carry on, to see the little victories that Gabriel claimed and the baby steps that they took together. Their growing feelings for one another are just blissful and sigh-worthy and, above all else, I loved the way that Gabriel loved Charlie – how he realised he had to go slow, how patient he was with her, so understanding and just so, SO wonderful Ok, so I know I’m gushing now but you get the picture right? I’ll take his memo any time he demands *snigger* So, this is a fantastic addition to the Rock Kiss series – it’s quite clear how experienced and accomplished Nalini Singh is as an author. This is virtually flawless romance, an absolute pleasure to just lose yourself in. It’s romantic, sweet, sexy and actually very funny. Highly recommended!

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