Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Release Day Blitz: Excerpt, Review, and Giveaway from Rock Courtship by Nalini Singh

Woot woot! This novella was everything I wanted and more!  I hope it'll be available in paperback for my shelves!  

Rock Courtship (bk 1.5) A Rock Kiss Novel:
David & Thea’s Story

Releasing September 30th           




            What happens when the Gentleman of Rock decides to play dirty?

A drummer for the hottest rock band on the planet, David has a single, powerful weakness: Thea, the band’s publicist and the woman who steals his breath away with her every move.

Only problem is, Thea doesn’t date clients—or musicians. Emotionally scarred by a cheating ex, she’s not about to risk her heart with a man who has groupies buzzing around him like flies. Even if his sexy smile ties her up in knots.

What she doesn’t know is that David is a one-woman man...and he’s madly in love with her. David’s determined to prove he’s worth the risk, and willing to court her, step by exquisite step. Thea’s about to discover just how long and hard this handsome drummer can play.

Excerpt: Rock Courtship (Book 1.5) A Rock Kiss Novel
“Beer—whatever you have on tap,” David said to the grizzled bartender and grabbed a stool, his eye on the rugby game in progress on the TV screen bolted above the bar.
He’d hardly taken a sip of his beer, the dark liquid bitingly cold, when he felt a presence at his back. Instincts honed by a childhood in one of the toughest areas of New York had him focusing on the mirror behind the bar to check out the situation before he turned. A big, bald, and heavily muscled male with a spiderweb tattoo on his neck was standing behind and just to the side of David, a smirk on his pockmarked face.
Belly heating, David turned with a slight smile. “Problem?”
The bald man bared his teeth and, laughing, looked to a table to his right. “Hear that, boys?” he called out to his friends. “The pussy rock star here wants to know if there’s a problem.”
Laughter and shouts from that particular table, while the rest of the men in the bar went quiet. David didn’t move, taking a measure of the players without letting it show. “Always know your opponent” had been one of the first things his father had taught him—Vicente Rivera didn’t believe in turning the other cheek; he believed in teaching his sons how to put bullies on the ground and keep them there.
“Yeah, there’s a problem,” the bald guy said, shoving at David’s shoulder. “This is a real bar for real men. Not pussies.”
Like that, then. Good. He was in the mood to do some violence. Lifting his beer, David took a long drink, then slammed it down… and punched Bald Head in the jaw at the same time that he kicked out with his foot to connect with the other man’s knee. The jackass went down like a ton of bricks.
Roaring in rage, the man’s friends came at David.
He grinned and started to show them what this “pussy rock star” could do.
It wasn’t until they’d broken a table and several chairs, and the bartender had called the cops that David realized Thea would have to deal with the fallout from this. Fuck, fuck, fuck, he thought as he was shoved into a cell alone, his erstwhile opponents in the cell opposite. Sliding down the graffiti-marked wall to the floor, he thought about the phone call the desk sergeant had said he could make and decided against it.
Fox had Molly with him—the band’s lead singer had been waiting for his girl to arrive since the instant Schoolboy Choir set foot in the city. As for Noah and Abe, they both had their own plans. He knew any one of the three men would drop those plans in an instant to come to his aid, but since the cops had made it clear he’d be spending the night in a cell no matter what, why mess up their plans?
“You do or say anything that’ll hit the media, you call me. Day or night. I hate surprises—so don’t you dare surprise me.”
Thea had given that order to all four of them when she’d agreed to act as their publicist. Her up-front nature and dedication to her job was part of the reason they’d hired her; Thea was the best and she didn’t take any shit from her clients. He wasn’t doing himself any favors by not calling her.
Right then, David couldn’t find it in himself to care. It wasn’t as if she could hurt him any more than she already had. And Jesus, how long was he going to carry this torch that was burning him alive? “Fuck, fuck, fuck,” he said aloud, banging the back of his head against the wall.

Additional Excerpt can be found on Nalini’s website HERE


★★★★★ stars

I've been eager for David and Thea's story ever since I first found out David's love for Thea was unrequited in Rock Addiction.  Knowing David had patience and stamina in spades, I knew he was going to find a way to breach Thea's defenses and bring her around.  I just had no idea how romantic, emotional, and satisfying it would be.

Thea is the consummate professional. She's worked with enough rock stars to know they don't have the best track records when it comes to fidelity and her heart is already fragile.  She likes David, is attracted to him, but doesn't want to cross boundaries that might ruin their friendship and make their professional relationship awkward.   David on the other hand is passionate about his music, his family, his band, and Thea.   He's truly "The Gentleman of Rock" and I can't begin to tell you how happy I am to have a rock star hero that isn't a d-bag or player, but a regular-ish guy who just happens to love deeply and strongly.  

I think the memos David and Thea send each other are my favorite part of their courtship. They really took me by surprise.  Some of them were so hot and others were so sweet, they kept both me and Thea on our toes.   I love that most of David's courting is done while the two are apart.  It's easier to have a relationship when you're close to each other, but harder when you're apart.  I love that David is considerate of Thea and her time and feelings and her family as well.  Another one of my favorite parts of this story has to do with family and the role it plays in the book.  Both David and Thea look to their parent's relationships as role models for what they'd like.  Then there's the family they've chosen to have, like David and his three other brothers in the band, who know not to mess with Thea or tease him about it because he's serious about her.  And finally, there's the familial bond between Thea and Molly, the sisters. I loved how they supported one another.

I thought Molly and Fox were hot and perfect for each other in Rock Addiction.  I didn't think Nalini was going to be able to write a story about the band or a couple I would like better, but I was wrong.  David and Thea have won me over.  I love their sweet story.  It's a novella, so it's not very long, but it's very well developed.  I couldn't put it down.  I experienced so many emotions as I read and they ran the gamut from happy to frustrated to rage and back again.  I think Rock Courtship is my favorite for now.  I can't wait to see how Nalini surprises me again with Abel and Noah's stories.  I do hope this will be available in print.  I 'd love to see it on my bookshelf.  It's truly a beautiful story.  

* A copy was provided by the author via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.  All opinions are my own and I was not compensated for them in any manner.*

Rock Addiction (Book 1) A Rock Kiss Novel

A bad boy wrapped in a sexy, muscled, grown-up package might be worth a little risk…

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…

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Meet the Author
NEW YORK TIMES AND USA Today bestselling author of the Psy-Changeling and Guild Hunter series Nalini Singh usually writes about hot shapeshifters and dangerous angels. This time around, she decided to write about hot and wickedly tempting rock stars. 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, whileAngels’ 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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