Title: Rebel Hard | Series: Hard Play #2 | Author: Nalini Singh | Publisher: TKA Publication | Publication date: September 18th 2018 | Num. Pages: 409| Genre: Contemporary Romance
5 stars –
I received an ARC copy of this book from the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.
New York Times bestselling author Nalini Singh continues her Hard Play series with a sweet, sexy romance featuring big, fat, OTT weddings, a meddling grandma, and a too-serious hero who needs to be unbuttoned…
Nayna Sharma agreed to an arranged marriage in the hope it would heal the fractures in her beloved family… only to realize too late that a traditional marriage is her personal nightmare. Panicked, she throws caution to the winds, puts on the tiniest dress she can find, and ends up in the arms of a tall, rough-edged hunk of a man who has abs of steel—and who she manages to mortally insult between one kiss and the next.
Abandoned as a child, then adopted into a loving family, Raj Sen believes in tradition, in continuity. Some might call him stiff and old-fashioned, but he knows what he wants—and it’s a life defined by rules… yet he can’t stop thinking about the infuriating and sexy woman who kissed him in the moonlight then disappeared. When his parents spring an introduction on him, the last woman he expects is her. Beautiful. Maddening. A rulebreaker in the making.
He’s all wrong for her. She’s all wrong for him. And love is about to make rebels of them both.
This book! Raj *heart eyes* I think I’m in love with Raj. We met Raj Sen and Nayna Sharma in Cherish Hard where they met at a party and shared a few rebellious touches and then Nayna bricked it – which is fine because this is where Rebel Hard kind of opens. It opens pretty much where Nayna and Raj’s original meeting ends in Cherish Hard which is something I love about Nalini’s books: they always follow on from the previous book so you never really miss anything.
Rebel Hard is a story of an arranged marriage that Nayna doesn’t really want to be a part of and Raj doesn’t want to force his future bride into something she doesn’t want to do – he wants her (eventually Nayna) to come willingly to him.
I really enjoyed the character dynamic between Nayna and Raj – both traditional but also modern in their own little ways and it brings a neat line to the story. They both have their own twists and turns to how they want to live their lives and it’s beautiful.
Nalini’s writing style is always on point and she doesn’t scrimp on the humour and the flirtations in this book. I can’t specify how many times I smiled and laughed throughout Rebel Hard and I could get the same smiles and laughs the next time I read it.
There were weddings aplenty in Rebel Hard and god some sounded so gorgeous it’s unreal. Humour, drama, romance and a bit of grandma wisdom and this book needs nothing to get any better. I can’t wait to read the next one.