Title: Rock Addiction
Author: Nalini Singh
My Rating: B-
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Series: Rock Kiss #1
Main Characters: Molly and Fox
Release Date: September 2014
Publisher: TKA Distribution
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Sexual Intensity: erotic
Molly Webster has always followed the rules. After an ugly scandal tore apart her childhood and made her the focus of the media’s harsh spotlight, she vowed to live an ordinary life. No fame. No impropriety. No pain. Then she meets Zachary Fox, a tattooed bad boy rocker with a voice like whiskey and sin, and a touch that could become an addiction.
A one-night stand with the hottest rock star on the planet, that’s all it was meant to be…
Fox promises scorching heat and dangerous pleasure, coaxing Molly to extend their one-night stand into a one-month fling. After that, he’ll be gone forever, his life never again intersecting with her own. Sex and sin and sensual indulgence, all with an expiration date. No ties, no regrets. Too late, Molly realizes it isn’t only her body that’s become addicted to Fox, but her heart…
This is a book that is tough for me to review. I determined at two different times early in the book that I would send the publicist a note saying "thank you, but I had to dnf it and can't do a review". Then I'd change my mind, give it another day, another chapter to get better and it would. That inconsistency in the story drove me nuts. There were times when I loved these two characters and their scarred souls, but then the way Singh wrote certain scenes, I was going "wtf?"
Molly had a traumatic event happen (which involved a huge media circus) during her adolescent years that left huge scars. (And I need to take just a moment to state that she tells you this over and over and over and over again throughout the first 25% of the book...OMG, that alone drove me batty.) But she's so drawn to Fox, rock star extraordinaire, that she decides that she can look past his fame and just have some rocking sex with him for a month. In her mental voice, we hear all the time about how she hates that he's a rock star and everything that symbolizes, but in the next breath she's calling him "her rock star" like an over-the-top fangirl...and I could almost forgive that at first, but it goes on way past the halfway mark when he should be a person in her mind, not the rock god. Ugh. And I'll admit that's just a couple of things that really bugged me about this book.
But there were other things that I truly loved. I loved the guys in the band and the family they have built for each other. Those guys are all equally complex and liked the glimpses of their story lines. I liked the way they all treated Molly with respect and helped to protect her. And overall, I enjoyed both of Molly and Fox's complex backstories. I think that their current story needed to be heavily worked on because it had promise but those little glimpses of what the story could be kept me reading. Eventually, I did enjoy the last 10% of the book and those final events. Finally, there was a heroine in Molly worth cheering for and Fox maintained the steadfast, caring guy he always was throughout the book. I loved him and no matter what their agreement, he always had bigger plans for him and Molly than he let on.
There was a minor section at the 85% mark where I wanted to beat Ms. Singh's editor for allowing it to remain...teasing of events happening off the page that were obviously going to be coming in another book, but if you aren't going to reveal, don't tease...especially in passive narration. UGH!
I'll be honest, if it wasn't for the author's name on this book, I would have dnf'ed it several times. Instead I stuck it out and in the end, I was happy that I did. But overall, it wasn't really a book that I'd recommend. Although it kicks off a promising series and I really did enjoy all the characters in this rock band, I probably won't be reading any of the other books.
I received a complimentary copy of this book in return for an honest review.