Rock Hard by Nalini Singh

Rock Hard

byNalini Singh

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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.

Title:Rock HardFormat:Kobo ebookPublished:March 10, 2015Publisher:TKA DistributionLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1942356056

ISBN - 13:9781942356059

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from 4.25 stars--my favourite Rock Kiss thus far : 4.25 stars--ROCK HARD is the second full length installment in Nalini Singh’s adult, contemporary Rock Kiss erotic romance series. This is wealthy businessman and former ruby player Gabriel Bishop and personal assistant Charlotte Baird’s storyline. Charlotte is Molly Webster’s best friend whom we met in the prequel novella Rock Addiction. ROCK HARD can be read as a stand alone without any difficulty. Told from third person point of view, the focus of the storyline is on the building relationship between Gabriel and Charlotte. Gabriel is the new owner and CEO of Saxon and Archer Corp, and is in the process of cleaning ‘house’ when he is introduced to the quiet, shy, mousy and intelligent Charlotte Baird. When Gabriel offers Charlotte the position as his new personal assistant, Charlotte begins to bloom in her role within the company but Gabriel begins to notice that everything is not right within Charlotte’s world. As Gabriel begins to fall for his new PA, his own past makes another attempt at forgiveness and hope. Part of the premise looks at a terrifying time in Charlotte’s past; a past that has shaped her present, forcing her to withdraw and hide behind drab colors, frumpy clothes and an unattractive hair style. Charlotte’s past is mired in betrayal and pain, and she has never quite learned to deal with the aftermath and recurring PTSD. The relationship between Gabriel and Charlotte begins as employee and employer, and slowly moves into something more. Gabriel is reluctant to make any advances towards his new PA although his attraction to her is complicated and immediate. For months Gabriel makes requests of Charlotte to purchase gifts and send flowers to an assortment of women in his life, while Charlotte slowly grows despondent in her attraction to her new boss. She isn’t the type of woman Gabriel is attracted to but that doesn’t stop Charlotte from fantasizing about the possibilities. There is plenty of sexual tension as our couple dance around one another for a good portion of the story. The sex scenes are intimate and personal, but are limited to the final few chapters in the story. The secondary and supporting characters include a few fellow employees; Charlotte’s former roommate and BFF Molly; Gabriel’s extended and close knit family; as well as Charlotte’s ex boyfriend whose hold and obsession over Charlotte controls everything that she does. The world building takes a departure from the previously music themed storylines and focuses on big business and millionaires with dark and tormented pasts. The only connection to the previous two storylines is the friendship between Charlotte and Molly Webster –first introduced in Rock Addiction. ROCK HARD is, thus far, my favorite Rock Kiss installment. Nalini has found her niche; her groove; her momentum within the contemporary romance genre with ROCK HARD. The flow of the storyline is smooth and evenly paced. Although the premise is a familiar one -wealthy CEO meets broken, virginal damsel in distress-the storyline works as it reads with more maturity than the previous two installments-a diversion from the New Adult feel and premise.
Date published: 2016-12-15
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good Read Had me in fits of giggles over Ernest.. Ermine.. Egor... LMAO... Different writing style for Nalini Singh but i enjoyed the story. Archangels and Psy-changling series will always be my favourite reads.
Date published: 2015-04-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Too amazing!!! This book was so amazing!!!!! I wish the author would write a second one to this book. Nothing in this book I would change. I just want a second book now. I'm addicted to Gabriel and Charlottes story. Encore!!!
Date published: 2015-04-23
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Right amount of sassy and serious Even though I didn't read the first book, I was still able to enjoy this story without feelig that I was missing too much. I liked that despite the darker issuse the author was able to balance it out with sassy, fun dialogue and having characters that were hard not to fall in love with.
Date published: 2015-04-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from humorous, sexy and outrageously fun I think that this has to be one of the most fun books I’ve read in a long time … and it takes on some pretty big issues. I loved Gabriel – he’s strong, smart, loyal and has a wicked sense of humor. He takes on Charlotte & all of her issues without even blinking and handles them like a champ. He’s so understanding and takes things at a pace that she’s comfortable with - patient when she needs it and pushes when she needs that too. Love doesn’t conquer all but he’s supportive and loving … when he’s not being a T-Rex. Charlotte had an amazingly horrible thing happen to her but she’s fought her way back. Unfortunately she’s not sure she’ll ever completely overcome it. Facing a fierce Gabriel though is the first step in getting over that last hump. He starts to bring out the fighter in her, the one that was beaten but not broken by things in her life. It’s a slow process but one that is beautiful to see happen. And even better he has some issues in his past that she helps address as well, so the relationship isn’t completely one sided. These two together have got to be one of my favorite couples. Once Charlotte gets over cowering in his presence she gives as good as she gets and it is humorous, sexy and outrageously fun. (complimentary copy provided in exchange for an honest review)
Date published: 2015-03-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Rock Hard Was absolutely amazing. I can as always, not wait for your next release. As sayd before best birthday present ever.
Date published: 2015-03-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from 5 stars for T-Rex and Mouse! Move over Fox and David. Gabriel's book has just become my favorite of this series! I never expected Gabriel and Charlotte to have such painful and horrific pasts. This book entranced me from the first page to the last. I couldn't put it down and read it late into the night. It made me laugh, made me cry, and made me fan myself from all the heat the two of them gave off! The story might at first glance seem cliched. We have an alpha hero who is very protective of our very shy heroine, who'd rather hide than be noticed. However, Gabriel "T-Rex" Bishop is no cliche. He's willing to wait on Charlotte "Charlie-Mouse" and he does it patiently, well as much as someone whose wanted someone for a very long time now. I loved how he went at Charlie's pace. Even when Charlie was raring to go, Gabriel made sure she was ready and then some. The two of them together were spectacular. I knew that from the very brief snippets seen in Rock Addiction. It helped that Charlie and Molly are best friends, so Molly was able to provide Charlie with support this time around. Knowing how shy and scared Charlie was of attracting attention to herself, I was a little worried she wouldn't be able to handle Gabe and the attention that came along with it. Instead Charlie showed a hidden fire, that I was very glad to see. As incidents from her past were revealed, it became clear why she'd adopted the persona she had. Let me tell you, finding out both broke my heart and made me furious. I had this dull ache in my chest as everything became clear. Charlie might be nicknamed "Mouse" but she had the heart of a lion. She had to in order to live and thrive again. I love how the central focus of the book was Gabe and Charlie and the way the two of them were resolving past hurts and moving forward. I loved seeing them interact daily in a professional capacity before slowly moving things into a personal one. Sometimes these relationships can border on creepy or even venture into the sexual harassment territory, but this book never crossed that line once. Instead, I think it dealt with an office romance very tastefully. I also loved the tone of the book. It could've very easily been angsty and dark, but instead focused on being positive and being in the moment. Nalini Singh has done an outstanding job at showcasing two characters whose traumas of the past have left indelible marks on them, but they've found a way to be stronger and better through the love they have for one another. T-Rex and Mouse have stolen my heart! I keep saying each book of the series is my new favorite and I'm expecting that trend to continue. I can't wait for Abe and Noah's books!
Date published: 2015-03-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Nalini Singh is my new author crush!! Nalini Singh is my new Author crush! I fell in LOVE with her writing this week! Where the heck have I been that I have never read her before? I am DEFINITELY going back to read the other 2 stories in this series and I can't wait for MORE from the Bishop clan (Sailor really needs a book). Nalini Singh's Rock Hard is everything I love about reading romance novels; there was romance, heat, heart, laughter, tension and fantastic characters that you don't want to let go of! (I miss my T-Rex!) While Rock Hard is book 2 in this Rock Kiss series, Nalini does an excellent job of keeping this book easy to pick up and read as a standalone, I can't wait to go back and read Molly's story though! Rock Hard, man, I loved this book! The way this story unfolds is unique for the "office trope" we are used to getting. Gabriel and Charlotte made this story wonderful, really putting the romance back into the genre. Reading their story is like watching your two favorite people fall in love, it is magical and heart tuggingly awesome at the same time. Nalini Singh has crafted two wonderful main characters, they are not cookie cutter characters, they are realistically flawed and gives us a refreshing change from Alpha Billionaire-meek secretary combos that (while I love) are getting tiresome as of late. Charlotte's character is amazing. She is a strong young woman that life has bruised, but not broken. She is self aware, able to talk about what is bothering her, stands up to a T-Rex and while scared out of her mind, refuses to let her past steal her future. Charlotte is a character that I will remember for a while, I loved watching her grow, accept and blossom during this book. Charlotte might be a mouse, but she isn't scared to take on a a T-Rex and I love that about her character! Gabriel (T-Rex) was a wonderful surprise! His character is so different than what I expected that I am still blushing over my assumptions. Gabriel is definitely the man you want to crush on! Nalini Singh created this character brillantly, he comes off at first as cut-throat, self-absorbed and ruthless, but as the story unfolds we realize that yes he is deteremined to get what he wants, however, he is a gentle giant. Gabriel's character was what I wish all these "alpha" males would be more like. He was strong, in control, but understood Charlotte and gave her what she needed (no crazy dramatic male tantrums or pouting). He was selfless with his needs and really awed me with how understanding, patiently romantic and tender he was with his Ms. Baird. Sigh. T-Rex is a keeper for sure! Nalini Singh's Rock Hard was a wonderful story that had great pacing, it never dragged and kept my attention from page one until the very end (where I kept hoping more story would just appear). The wit, the banter and the snark that comes out of Charlotte had me laughing and Gabriel's flirting and dirty talk definitely had me blushing a few times! Rock Hard takes two people that aren't looking for love and slowly shows them that just maybe a mouse and a T-Rex are the perfect match! I HIGHLY recommend this book! If you are looking for a romantic read to spice up your weekend I promise you will not be disappointed! I can't wait to go diving into Nalini Singh's backlist and discover all the wonderful stories I have missed. Enjoy meeting Ms. Baird and the Bishop this weekend and I hope this isn't the last we will see of these two!
Date published: 2015-03-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Rock Hard Nalini Singh writes awesome characters and stories. I loved the banter between the Charlotte and Gabriel.
Date published: 2015-03-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Rock Hard Excellent read, love Nalini Singh's books. My favourite book in this series so far, couldn't put it down.
Date published: 2015-03-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Phenomenal I love this series. It's brilliant. The characters are funny they have problems and are super relatable and you can't help but love them. I highly recommend all Nalini Singh's series. They're all absolutely brilliant and I recommend them to everyone.
Date published: 2015-03-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved it! I started reading this book the minute it was available to purchase and I read non-stop, absorbing the whole story! I couldn't put it down! I have been waiting to read Charlotte's story and I love how it unfolded...never mind that her T-Rex is sexier than sin :-) Another great book from Nalini Singh ♡
Date published: 2015-03-10
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Inspirational. Rock Hard by Nalini Singh is an inspirational read. Both of the main characters have obstacles they are trying to overcome. Gabriel is trying to escape being hurt by his childhood and Charlotte is trying to endure a traumatic event that has emotionally crippled her. Ms. Singh manages to take two strong characters and expose their flaws. By doing so she humanizes each character in such a way that you can't help but sympathize. You want them to find that happy ending--NO MATTER HOW OUT OF REACH IT MAY SEEM. Was gifted an ARC for an honest viewpoint.
Date published: 2015-03-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Top Notch Gorgeous Contemporary Romance I absolutely bloody loved this – it’s classic contemporary romance at it’s finest. For me this series got off to a fairly average start with Rock Addiction but improved a lot with Rock Courtship and Rock Hard is, for me, the best yet. It features a familiar plot for romance – the tough, protective alpha hero and the shy, retiring heroine with a traumatic past but it’s so beautifully written, the characters so vividly drawn that I was completely enthralled from beginning to end. Nalini Singh does a fantastic job of focussing the reader entirely on the journey being taken by the two central characters and she keeps it fresh all the way through. My attention never wavered once – in fact, I found it hard to put down at all. I’d actually been dying to read this story ever since we were treated to little snippets during Molly and Fox’s story in Rock Addiction. Charlotte (our Charlie Mouse) is Molly’s best friend and we heard through conversations and texts about her ferocious and very demanding new boss, Gabriel Bishop AKA T-Rex especially after she threw a stapler at his head when she thought he was an intruder! I’d been dying to hear their story – the tough alpha hero and the slightly nerdy heroine is pretty much my favourite romance scenario and I can hand on heart assure you that Rock Hard completely lived up to my expectations and then some. Quick synopsis – Gabriel Bishop, a former pro rugby player who’s career ended early and unexpectedly due to injury has turned all that incredible intensity and focus on saving failing businesses with great success and he’s been brought in to save the company that Charlotte works for and turns out to be an extremely exacting boss. He, of course, knows that he wants her for himself but he can see the terror hidden in her eyes, realises that she’s been hurt badly along the way and realises that he has to tread carefully and take things slowly. And it’s his slow pursuit of Charlotte, the beautiful journey they take that takes centre stage in this novel and, despite the slow pace, it kept me engrossed even though it takes forever for them to get together. I wasn’t once bored – I enjoyed all that consuming sexual chemistry that was building to a crescendo between them and loved every second of Charlotte finally letting go of her demons and allowing Gabriel in. I had a few worries before beginning this book that Charlotte would be too much of a mouse, that she would irritate me but my fears were ungrounded. Yes, she’s guarded and very skittish but you learn slowly why she is that way and, even though she appears to be a mouse, she’s actually a bit of a tigress beneath that facade and it’s the little glimpses of her true character that so enthral Gabriel. Charlotte is an easy character to identify with – she’s just a regular girl working in an office for a boss who’s never satisfied and always demanding more and living and getting by in a big city (this is set in Auckland, NZ). I actually really liked her right from the get go and was dying for her to let her ferocious T Rex of a boss get a little closer to her. And Gabriel Bishop – be still my beating heart. I think I fell deeply in love with him right along with Charlotte. I think he has to be my favourite book boyfriend of 2015 to date. He’s one of the guys that my teenage self would have sighed over in romance novels when I was just beginning to discover the genre. He’s in a position of power, he’s growly, demanding yet very protective and hot as hell and he’s decided that he wants Charlotte Baird pretty much from the first moment he sets eyes on her and plays a long game to get her. I smiled goofily and often at the things that he said and did, even when Charlotte didn’t realise what he was up to. With our reader’s birds eye view of the action, we knew exactly what his game is and I think I just swooned with happiness and got a really bad case of the warm and fuzzies. Even now, as I type, I’m grinning like a loon. The story focuses almost completely on the journey that Charlotte and her T-Rex take and the pacing was just pitch perfect. Despite very little else going on, the story never dragged or flagged and I was completely rapt and dying to carry on, to see the little victories that Gabriel claimed and the baby steps that they took together. Their growing feelings for one another are just blissful and sigh-worthy and, above all else, I loved the way that Gabriel loved Charlie – how he realised he had to go slow, how patient he was with her, so understanding and just so, SO wonderful Ok, so I know I’m gushing now but you get the picture right? I’ll take his memo any time he demands *snigger* So, this is a fantastic addition to the Rock Kiss series – it’s quite clear how experienced and accomplished Nalini Singh is as an author. This is virtually flawless romance, an absolute pleasure to just lose yourself in. It’s romantic, sweet, sexy and actually very funny. Highly recommended!
Date published: 2015-03-10