Anytime that Nalini Singh has a new book coming out, things get exciting. Her next release is from her Rock Kiss series, and it is the story of Noah and Kit, Rock Redemption. While we have to wait until October 6th for the official release, Monica kindly sent over her early review.
This is the 4th installment in Nalini Singh’s Rock Kiss series. It’s Noah and Kit’s story. Although some readers have claimed that Charlotte and T-Rex’s story is their favorite, I have to say that I might have liked Rock Redemption even more than Rock Addiction (Molly and Fox’s story).
Throughout the previous books there have been hints of painful past between Noah St. John, the rock group’s guitarist and Kathleen „Kit“ Devigny (is it only me or does Kit make you think of Cara Delevingne?). Ever since she started out as a struggling actress in Hollywood Kit has been friends with the members of Rock Kiss, though she has been particularly close to Noah, with whom she has been secretly in love. In the prologue we learn what happened to cause the rift between the two of them and it is bad and all Noah’s fault. He behaved like a complete heel, but this wouldn’t be a novel by Nalini Singh if she did not manage to make us understand Noah’s actions and make us fall in love with him a iittle by revealing the secret of his childhood trauma (be warned: it is bad).
Kit is still deeply hurt by Noah’s betrayal, but when he needs her she doesn’t hesitate and rushes to help him. While they try to repair their relationship and become friends again the press makes them out to be the hot new it couple. In order not to jeopardize a potential movie-deal for Kit Thea advises them to keep up the charade. Noah will do everything to help Kit and to redeem himself in her eyes, even though being so close to her again is pure torture for him. Things are further complicated by a stalker that has been bothering Kit for some time by sending her psychotic messages and leaving creepy presents. Kit is still deeply in love with Noah, but she is also afraid that he will betray her again. Their love will only have chance when Noah is ready to trust her completely.
What I didn’t like: in my opinion the subplot with the stalker was kind of unnecessary. In the end it helped to bring about the conclusion but the story would have worked just fine without it. Although a red herring was thrown in, the true culprit was a bit predictable.
What I loved: once again Nalini Singh delivers a highly emotional love story with lovable characters, full of flaws and insecurties that make them believable. Their journey together is at times heartwrenching, but also sweet and sometimes even funny. I also liked that in this novel the two protagonists are on a more equal footing: Kit is an actress who has gained recognition in Hollywood, thus putting her famewise on the same level as Noah. My feminist sensibilities were a bit bothered by Molly, the librarian, who falls for the famour rock star and gives up her life to be with him and also by Charlotte, the administrative assistant falling for her new boss.
Rock Redemption is a wonderful addition to the Rock Kiss saga and an intense reading experience, so I give it 5 stars. As a bonus we also get glimpses of Abe and Sarah who still have feelings for each other after a messy divorce and whose story is going to come next.