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Blog Tour: Rock Redemption by Nalini Singh

ROCK REDEMPTION BLOG TOUR

rock redemption coverKit Devigny could have loved rock guitarist Noah St. John. Their friendship burned with the promise of intense passion and searing tenderness…until the night Noah deliberately shattered her heart.

Noah knows he destroyed something precious the night he chose to betray Kit, but he’d rather she hate him than learn his darkest secret. All he has left is his music. It’s his saving grace, but it doesn’t silence the voices that keep him up at night. Chasing oblivion through endless one-night-stands, he earns a few hours’ sleep and his bad boy reputation.

When a media error sees Noah and Kit dubbed the new “it” couple, Kit discovers her chance at the role of a lifetime hinges on riding the media wave. Wanting—needing—to give Kit this, even if he can’t give her everything, Noah agrees to play the adoring boyfriend. Only the illusion is suddenly too real, too painful, too beautiful…and it may be too late for the redemption of Noah St. John.

Book Excerpt

Kit groaned at the sound of her phone. Reaching out blindly toward the nightstand, she hurled mental curses upon herself for forgetting to turn it off so she could catch some uninterrupted sleep before her four-a.m. makeup call.

It’d be fun and great for her career, her agent had said when recommending Kit take the superhero flick. Coming off two serious and emotionally wrenching projects, Kit had taken Harper’s advice and jumped on board the high-budget, high-octane venture. Unfortunately, Harper had forgotten to mention the four hours it would take to put her into the head-to-toe makeup required for the role. Daily.

“What?” she snarled into the phone without checking to see who it was.

“Hey, Katie.”

Every cell in her body snapped wide awake. Lifting her eyelids, she just stared at the ceiling through gritty eyes. Her heart thumped, her throat moving convulsively as she swallowed. She hated that he could still do this to her, hated it, but her visceral response to Noah wasn’t something she could stop. She knew because she’d tried for the past two years and three months.

“Noah,” she said flatly. “Do you know what time it is?”

“Two fifteen,” he answered.

Kit should’ve hung up. God, he’d hurt her. So much. But there was something in his voice that had her sitting up. “Are you drunk?” One thing she knew about Noah: no matter his bad-boy rep, he was never wasted. He might give a good indication of it, but look closely and those dark gray eyes were always sober.

“Probably.” A silence, followed by, “I just wanted to hear your voice. Sorry for waking you.”

“Wait,” she said when he would’ve hung up. “Where are you?”

“Some dive.” He took a deep breath, released it in a harsh exhale. “I’m sorry for being an asshole. I wanted to tell you that. I don’t want to go without saying that.”

“Noah,” she said, a horrible feeling in her stomach. “Where exactly are you?”

“The Blue Flamingo Inn off Hollywood Boulevard. Far, far, far off.” He laughed, and it held no humor. “It has a neon sign of a blue—surprise!—flamingo that’s flashing right through my window. Looks like someone stole the curtains.”

Having already grabbed her laptop, which she’d left beside the bed after answering some e-mails before sleep claimed her, she found the Blue Flamingo Inn. But Noah was already gone, having said, “I love your voice, Kit,” in an oddly raw tone before hanging up.

He didn’t pick up when she called back.

“Damn it! Damn it!” She shoved aside the blanket under which she’d been buried, having turned the AC to ice-cold as she usually did at night. Shivering, she tugged on a pair of jeans and an old sweatshirt over the panties and tank top in which she’d gone to sleep.

Pulling her black hair into a rough ponytail to keep it out of her eyes, she ran through the house, phone in one pocket, credit card and driver’s license in the other. In the kitchen, she grabbed her keys off the counter and shoved her feet into the tennis shoes by the door that led to the garage.

She was in her car and on the way to the motel three minutes after Noah had hung up, mouth dry and an ugliness in her gut. “Please be okay, please be okay, please be okay,” she kept saying, the mantra doing nothing to calm her down, but at least it kept her mind focused.

She wanted to call Molly and Fox, or the others in the band, but no one was currently in the city. Schoolboy Choir had completed the final show in the band’s hugely successful tour just over two weeks earlier. Day after that, they’d all gone their separate ways to recharge and regroup.

“Much as I love these guys,” David had said with a grin that reached the dark gold of his eyes, “I’ve been looking at their ugly mugs daily for months. We need to go blow off some steam separately before we start snarling at each other.”

At the time, Kit had nodded in understanding, having had that same experience while working on location for long periods. Tonight, however, she wished the others were all here, not scattered across the country, because something was very wrong with Noah.

“Noah doesn’t do drugs,” she told herself as she drove as fast as she dared, not wanting to risk getting pulled over and further delayed. “He isn’t the kind to—” She couldn’t say it, couldn’t even think of Noah ending his life. “No,” she said firmly, her hands white-knuckled on the steering wheel. “Noah isn’t like that.”

If you’d like to read the rest of this chapter, as well as the next, click here.

Review

You never quite know what you’re getting into when you open one of Nalini Singh’s books. Sometimes there’s a lot of laughter, sometimes a poignancy that catches you off guard. Often there’s a smoking hot romance, and sometimes, as with this book, there’s a totally different kind of romance that is just as compelling to read. Rock Redemption is probably my favourite of the series so far, and that’s saying something after book two in the series, Rock Hard claimed that title.

For me, the slow burn of the relationship between Kit and Noah was amazing to witness. They already had a friendship, but becoming more romantically requires opening up secret parts of yourself that you might not choose to share with your friends. I was happy that Noah had Fox, and that someone knew about his past. I was also really pleased to see it as a healthy friendship – they were honestly there for each other, and respected each other’s secrets enough not to share without permission.

Kit was a little difficult for me to figure out at first, especially since I couldn’t understand why she kept going back to Noah. Over time, however, you came to realize that Noah was it – her compass rose – and even if they weren’t together romantically, she still needed him in her life. I loved the slow unfurling nature of their relationship, and of how they desperately wanted what was best for each other, and literally moved heaven and earth to provide that. Kit’s reaction to Noah’s secret from his childhood was honest and wonderful, and fit perfectly with her personality.

The stalker storyline was interesting, and it provided an organic way for Noah and Kit to be together, but I’ll confess to being more interested in Sarah and Abe’s story (hopefully up next) and just what happened in their past to break them apart. I also thing that Singh’s ability to create friendships among her characters – like Noah and Fox – is exemplary. You felt that Molly and Kit had been friends for a while, just as you did with Molly and Charlotte. No one is perfect, and everyone has secrets, but everyone also has someone at their back to help them through. It’s a rare romance book that makes you pull for the friends as much as you do for the lovers!

This isn’t the hot and heavy romance you might expect from a rock star book. Instead, it’s a thoughtful book that considers the masks worn in public with those worn in private, and whether or not we need them at all. Kit and Noah aren’t perfect by the end of the book, but they have each other and their friends to keep them strong.

Author Bio

nalini singhNew York Times and USA Today bestselling author of the Psy-Changeling, Guild Hunter, and Rock Kiss series Nalini Singh usually writes about hot shapeshifters and dangerous angels. This time around, she decided to write about a beautiful, charismatic guitarist with a dark past. If you’re seeing a theme here, you’re not wrong.

Nalini lives and works in beautiful New Zealand, and is passionate about writing. If you’d like to explore her other books, you can find lots of excerpts on her website. Slave to Sensation is the first book in the Psy-Changeling series, while Angels’ Blood is the first book in the Guild Hunter series. Also, don’t forget to swing by the site to check out the special behind-the-scenes page for the Rock Kiss series, complete with photos of many of the locations used in the books.

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Purchase Info

Kit and Noah’s rock star romance is finally here in the newest addition to Nalini Singh’s Rock Kiss Series. You may purchase it from your favourite booksellers, including:

Amazon                          Nook                        iBooks                          Kobo

Looking to catch up on the series? Want to win your own copy? Click here to enter the giveaway, and check out the following links for previous books in the series.

Rock Addiction (Book One) Rock Kiss Series

Amazon                            Nook                        iBooks                          Kobo

Rock Courtship (Book 1.5) A Rock Kiss Novel:

Amazon                          Nook                         iBooks                          Kobo

Rock Hard (Book Two) Rock Kiss Series

Amazon                         Nook                          iBooks                          Kobo

Rock Redemption (Book Three) Rock Kiss Series

Amazon                        Nook                          iBooks                         Kobo

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