Review: Rock Courtship by Nalini Singh

Rock Courtship by Nalini Singh

Title: Rock Courtship (A Rock Kiss Novella, 1.5)
Author: Nalini Singh
Genre: Contemporary, Erotic Romance, New Adult
Publisher: TKA Distribution (30th September 2014)

New York Times bestselling author Nalini Singh’s new contemporary romance novella is pure hard rock and scorching heat…

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.

Rating: *** (3 stars)

ROCK COURTSHIP is the first novella in the ROCK KISS series by Nalini Singh. It is a companion story to the first book in the series ROCK ADDICTION (my 4 star review), and it tells the story of Thea and David. David has been interested in Thea for a while, but first she had a boyfriend and wasn’t interested in anyone else and then he broke her heart. David has been patient, but maybe now it’s time for him to make a move.

Having read ROCK ADDICTION I was really curious to see what a novella would add to the series, and it left me a little disappointed. Part of that was no doubt due to the fact that I knew how the novella would end pretty much – it’s very obvious from the glimpses of the two characters you get in ROCK ADDICTION – and I think part of it was down to the fact it felt to me like there was more of a story Singh could have told: I would have liked to have had Thea’s ex exist on the page for a while, I’d also have liked to see Thea and David interact with the band a bit more. The story felt a bit bare, and I’d have just liked a little more meat to it.

Having said that, ROCK COURTSHIP was an enjoyable read – and a quick one too. I really liked the fact that Singh gave voice to a relationship that is only hinted at in ROCK ADDICTION – I think it deserved to take central stage. Watching Thea and David dance around one another – with the memos especially – was brilliant, and quite funny too. They are both really strong characters, and quite similar – their relationship seems like a fairly equal one, even with their scars. I also really enjoyed the scenes where Thea talks to her mother, and the relationships both of the main characters have with their families.  If you enjoyed the first book in the ROCK KISS series, then you will enjoy this one too.

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