Title: Rock Wedding
Author: Nalini Singh
Series: Rock Kiss #4
Genre: Contemporary Romance
New York Times bestselling author Nalini Singh continues her Rock Kiss series with a hot, sweet, emotional contemporary romance about love and forgiveness…
After a lifetime of longing for a real family, Sarah Smith thought she’d finally found her home with rock star Abe Bellamy, even if she knew Abe didn’t love her the way she loved him. But their brief relationship, filled with tragedy and heartache, nearly destroyed her. Alone, emotions in turmoil, and already shaky self-esteem shattered, Sarah struggles to pick up the pieces in the wake of their divorce.
Abe knows he’s to blame for the end of his marriage. Caught in a web of painful memories, he pushed away the best thing in his life – the sexy, smart woman he adores – breaking them both in the process. Then fate throws him a second chance to get things right, to prove to Sarah that she means everything to him. Abe desperately wants that second chance at love…even if he knows he doesn’t deserve it.
But can he convince Sarah – now strong and independent without him – to risk her wounded heart one more time?
Source: ARC via NetGalley
This book was really satisfying. Not only because of the way Abe redeems himself and the way Sarah grows into her strength, but because of the amazing way it ties up the rest of the series without feeling like it’s taking away from the central romance between these two. Which is exactly what I would expect from Nalini Singh, who effortlessly juggles huge casts in all her series, without ever losing focus. This book does it beautifully, but I warn you, if you’re not a particular fan of reading about weddings, there are multiple weddings here. Likewise, if this is your first taste of the series, you might want to read the others first, so you can fully enjoy seeing everyone get their HEAs
I loved Sarah. She’s been a background character in the other books, a shadowy figure that seems to hold the key to mysterious Abe’s heart. In the other books she has often appeared as a victim, but in this book she’s anything but. I loved her strength. She has been through so much, has so many emotional scars, but I loved how she learned and grew from each of them, whether they were down to her mistakes or not. She’s incredibly grounded and I hated the way Abe treated her during their marriage – which we only get to see in patches.
Oh, Abe… I was prepared not to like him all that much, but he completely won me over. Yes, he behaved so horribly, and no, in the past he definitely was not always a good person. However, he does have reasons, but more importantly than any of that, he doesn’t use them to excuse his behaviour. He owns up to it and wants to do better this time. He really has changed and I couldn’t help falling for him and the way he loves Sarah and tries to win her back. He’s a man who earns his second chance, and I couldn’t help loving him for that.
This is an emotional book. Grief plays a strong role throughout, for both characters. There are plenty of places where it grabbed my by the heart, yet, overall, it never got too heavy, because of the great characters of both Sarah and Abe, and the interactions with other characters from the series. The weddings provide high points and moments of lightness that keep things moving forward and stop the difficult stuff from ever getting too heavy. That’s not to say the grief is brushed aside or ignored, more that everyone is given a chance to breathe occasionally. It’s also scorching hot on occasion, from pretty early on, which hasn’t always been the case in this series, though it is what I expect from this author.
In all, I thoroughly enjoyed this one. I loved the characters and the romance, as well as the way it tied everything together. I thought the whole Rock Kiss series was great and I’m a little sad to reach the end, however, the prospect of so much more to come from Gabriel’s rugby-playing brothers is more than enough to console me. Can’t wait!
Rock Wedding is Out Now!
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