Rock Hard by Nalini Singh

rock hardTitle: Rock Hard
Series: Rock Kiss bk 2
Author: Nalini Singh
Genre: Contemporary

In New York Times Bestselling author Nalini Singh’s newest contemporary romance, passion ignites between a gorgeous, sinfully sexy man who built himself up from nothing and a shy woman who has a terrible secret in her past…

Wealthy businessman Gabriel Bishop rules the boardroom with the same determination and ruthlessness that made him a rock star on the rugby field. He knows what he wants, and he’ll go after it no-holds-barred.

And what he wants is Charlotte Baird.

Charlotte knows she’s a mouse. Emotionally scarred and painfully shy, she just wants to do her job and remain as invisible as possible. But the new CEO—a brilliant, broad-shouldered T-Rex of a man who growls and storms through the office, leaving carnage in his wake—clearly has other plans. Plans that may be equal parts business and bedroom.

If Charlotte intends to survive this battle of wits and hearts, the mouse will have to learn to wrangle the T-Rex. Game on.


Okay so I have a little addiction to rugby players…I mean have you seen those guys? They are freaking hot.

Now on to my thoughts on this book.

When the blurb for this book came out it took me a minute to remember who Charlotte was then I remembered. She’s Molly from the first book’s best friend.

I loved Charlie. Every freaking thing about her. She had something horrific happen to her, and yet she refuses to let it consume her. When she first meets her new boss it’s not in a good light. At least she doesn’t think so. When he promotes her it doesn’t take long for her to stop being intimidated by him and to give him back as much as he dishes out.

I loved all of her comebacks and zingers to him. When she finally clues into the fact that he like, likes her, it throws her because of her past. Not enough to have her stepping back completely but enough to give her breathing room. To decide if she really wants him.

Gabriel aka T-Rex is excatly how I picture a native NZ rugby player. Right down to the tattoos. (I have to confess that my family are huge All Black fans so I know just a little bit about the tattoos and ruggers down there) Gabriel comes from a family of professional rugby players and had every intention of following his dad’s footsteps into the sport, which he does, until he has a career ending injury.

Gabriel uses the same intensity in business that he had on the rugby pitch. He also uses it in his relationships. The only problem…the woman he wants is so skittish he has to dial back his natural instincts. This causes him no small amount of frustration.

By the time these two come together it’s awesome and sweet, and everything we’ve come to love from Nalini in her couples. In fact I love these two so much they have joined Judd/Brenna, Dimitr/Hannah, Kaleb/Sahara and Vasic/Ivy a my favorite couples from her. In fact I can totally imagine Gabriel hanging with all those guys in a game of rugby.

Now for one of my favorite parts of this book. ALL THAT RUGBY! As expected Nalini brings to life what it’s like to watch and play rugby. When Charlie remembers an incident that happened to Gabriel when he played well that same thing happened in the 2011 world cup in NZ with Sunny B Williams (you should really go google him. You won’t regret it at all)

Once again Nalini has delivered a story that sucks us in and has us wanting more.

Grade A


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