Office & Workplace

Book Review: Rock Hard by Nalini Singh

Rock Hard (Rock Kiss #2)

The game is on!

Book synopsis: 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.

My review: There will be no plot spoilers in this review.

Charlie-mouse and T-Rex *squee*

I waited – along with many other fans- with anticipation and bated breath for the long-awaited game of Charlie-Mouse and T-Rex and I was not disappointed in the slightest. I won’t deny it, I ‘squee’d like a fangirl on Tuesday when this was released and I had it finished that day, sneaking in a chapter here or there when I had a spare moment.

It was like my own little secret except I was sharing it with thousands of other people.

From Rock Kiss I wanted to read Charlie-mouse and T-Rex’s story possibly more than I wanted to read Fox and Molly, there was something about the brief snippets of T-Rex vs Charlie-mouse that just drew me in.  Charlotte Baird (Charlie-mouse or the ever sinful sounding Ms. Baird) has had her fair share of trauma in her life; we read some small pieces regarding that background in Rock Addiction and Rock Hard brought that background into full light after some hardcore cajoling from T-Rex.  What a background, poor Charlotte.

Let me just say that it is plenty of reason for Charlotte to be considered a mouse, for her to have her reservations about getting involved with T-Rex or with any man who is bigger than her in more ways than one and let’s face it T-Rex is huge!

Gabriel Bishop (T-Rex) is basically the epitome of manly goodness.  Built like a rugby player –as expected (oh thank you Nalini), witty, protective, little bit dirty-mouthed, patient, charming and much more, he would be, at first read, a little bit evil but it’s his attitude to work that gives off this harsh vibe but behind the scenes he is falling and doing it in such a way that even a mouse would be hard pressed to deny him.

The character dynamic between the two was outstanding and kept me enthralled throughout; Rock Kiss and Rock Addiction were both very well written with the right mix of drama and romance and of course the fantastic characters and their individual stories but Rock Hard was the one for me in this series so far.

The prose was well written and the dialogue flowed easily with the characters, I couldn’t find fault in this at all. I’m very much looking forward to the next installment but I’ll have to wait a year 😦

Series: Rock Kiss

The Verdict: 5 stars

For: Lovers of alpha men, CEOs with more bark than bite, a mousy woman who despite her terrible previous experiences fights and wins against a T-Rex and romance so sweet it’ll give you toothache.

Publication details:  March 10th, 2015

Format: Kindle, 351 pages

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