Nalini Singh's Rock Hard is on this week’s #ThowbackThrusday. This was my first book from the author and I was very much impressed by her writing, and her characters easily lovable. Overall, it was pretty decent story with great writing, set with a right pace and I thoroughly enjoyed it!
Title: Rock Hard
Author: Nalini Singh
Series: Rock Kiss #2
Genre: contemporary romance
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.
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***3.5 muffin stars***Charlotte Braid is timid, and intelligent simple woman hiding behind the hideous looking clothes and spectacles working as a records clerk and who happens to be intimidated by the smallest things. On sensing the presence of an intruder in the late hours of the office, she musters enough courage to confront the said intruder, suddenly startled by the presence of muscular male she throws a stapler on his way, (Yep! She actually used a stapler as weapon!) least did she know this stranger happens to be the new CEO Gabriel Bishop, former star rugby player turned businessman famously known as T-Rex for his ruthless, temperamental and compelling nature.
After an injury Gabriel had to retire from playing rugby, he now saves the companies which is in state of drowning. Most of the time he’s difficult on his employees, but he also respects the one's who works hard. It’s when he realizes Charlotte though being a clerk, knew more about their clients than anybody else, he soon promotes her to be his P.A and that’s when their lives changes forever.
Dear Ms. Baird,
As of today, you do have a slave clause in your contract. It means you do everything I say. Under no circumstances are you to eat, sleep, take breaks, or check in to hotel rooms with men named Eggplant.
Gabriel is smitten by his smart yet shy assistant and is determined to bring this timid mouse out of its burrow. For weeks they avoid the growing attraction between them not only because it’s against the work ethics, but her tragic past left no room for love or trust. Nothing stood in his way when he set his mind on something and now all he wants is Ms Baird, will the scars of her tormented past keeps them for having a future together?
This is my first book from Nalini Singh and I’m so impressed by her writing, and her characters easily lovable. While I loved both the MC’s I did not connect with Gabriel like I did with Charlotte, it seems like the entire story was focused on developing her character and his thoughts were mostly on how he felt about her which IMO was quite blunt. But his charming, sweet, protective Alpha personality made up for it, I loved that he was ever so patient with her, and the best part of the book was the banters and the dirty talking!
“I want to pin you under me and fuck you hard, then I want to slam you up against pretty much every wall in this place. After which I want to bend you over my desk, my bed, this table. For starters.”
Overall it was pretty decent story with great writing, set with a right pace and I liked it! Hoping to read more from this author.
*ARC kindly provided by TKA Distribution via Netgalley, for an honest review*