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Rock Hard (Rock Kiss #2) by Nalini Singh

Rock Hard Book Cover Rock Hard
Rock Kiss #2
Nalini Singh
Fiction, Contemporary Romance
March 10th 2015

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.

Val’s Review

4+ Stapler Stars

I was unreasonably excited to read this book…

…which usually just leads to sadness, disappointment and unmet expectations.


So I am seriously excited that this thing stuck its landing.



Another thing that excites me?

The fact that reading this book – and the subsequent composition of this review (see how fancy I made that sound? #SelfAggrandizementAlert)- gives me a blatant excuse justification to do some important research I like to call “Salivating Over Rugby Players.”

Possible risk factors of this research include:

1) The short-circuiting of one’s keyboard due to inadvertent spillage of drool from one’s mouth.

2) Cramping of one’s hand from all the required picture pinning.

3) Passive aggressive chastisement from one’s spouse when said spouse discovers a new folder entitled “Hot Rugby Studs” on the family desktop.

Obviously, this is a very serious, intense process and takes a great deal of training, thought, and determination.

Definitely not for the weak of heart.


Case in point?

This finding:



So ri-god-damn-diculously hot. Can’t take it.

Even off the field.




But I digress.

I really enjoyed this story. As always, Singh’s writing was tight and perfect. There were also some really cute, funny moments.

“‘I survived.’
No anger in his voice, though the eyes he turned on her were assessing.
‘The stapler was too heavy for you to throw with any accuracy. Next time, try a hole punch.'”

There was also some slow, good old-fashioned gradual relationship building – a seemingly lost art these days – and I really enjoyed the fact that Singh stayed true to Charlotte’s past.

Many times, you will have a “damaged” character with longstanding issues that are suddenly and miraculously just “healed” overnight with the appearance of the H or h…And as much as I sometimes wanted to say “Oh lord, just get over it and bang him already,” it was refreshing to see some issues handled with a little more reliability and realism.

But my favorite thing about this book?


Be still my cold dead heart, I loved him.

He was the perfect mix of asshole alpha and sweet male man meat. Book boyfriend material for sure.

I can’t wait for the next one in this series.

Until then, there is always more Rugby research.