Release Date: July 19, 2016
Source of my copy: TRSOR/author
Series: Rock Kiss #4
After a lifetime of longing for a real family, Sarah Smith thought she’d finally found her home with rock star Abe Bellamy, even if she knew Abe didn’t love her the way she loved him. But their brief relationship, filled with tragedy and heartache, nearly destroyed her. Alone, emotions in turmoil, and already shaky self-esteem shattered, Sarah struggles to pick up the pieces in the wake of their divorce.
Abe knows he’s to blame for the end of his marriage. Caught in a web of painful memories, he pushed away the best thing in his life – the sexy, smart woman he adores – breaking them both in the process. Then fate throws him a second chance to get things right, to prove to Sarah that she means everything to him. Abe desperately wants that second chance at love...even if he knows he doesn’t deserve it.
But can he convince Sarah – now strong and independent without him – to risk her wounded heart one more time?
I couldn't wait to finally read about School Boy Choir pianist's Abe Bellamy and when I found out his heroine was his ex-wife Sarah, I got even more excited because it's going to be a second-chance romance and I'm a sucker for those, especially ones about a formerly married couple finding love again. Rock Wedding was such a sweet and, at times, heartbreaking read. It wasn't my favorite in the series (Rock Courtship and Rock Hard are) but I very much enjoyed it and rooted for Abe and Sarah to work things out.
Years later, they reconnect again. Abe knew he made a mistake pushing Sarah away. Although he pushed Sarah away while they were married, he loved her. When he saw her again he knew he needed to win her back into his life. However, Sarah wasn't the girl she was when she first married Abe. She still has feelings for Abe, but she didn't want him too close because she knew he could break her heart all over again and she didn't want to risk it. But, an accidental pregnancy pulls them closer together and Abe became more determined than ever to woo his ex-wife, prove to Sarah that he's going to stay and be there for her and the baby, and make them a family again. But is Sarah ready to risk her heart?
I really enjoyed Abe and Sarah's characters. Sarah was mentioned a few times in the previous books by the other members of School Boy Choir, not always positively so I didn't know what to expect. But finally "meeting" her and learning she suffered through so much heartbreak and terrible loss and somehow rose from it all to become strong and independent, she's become one of my favorite in the series.
Sarah didn't have a happy childhood and was basically living in the streets at fifteen. Then, when she married Abe, she didn't feel like she's good enough for him and his actions asserted her belief. But after her messy divorce, she rose from all that and started a successful business. As for Abe, he was addicted to drugs and alcohol, went to rehab, only to relapse again. He also experienced terrible loss after his beloved younger sister and then his father a short while later both passed away. I just felt for both of them, especially Sarah.
Abe alway had his School Boy Choir bandmates, of course, but seeing Sarah being embraced by the women and the band members was lovely to see. I love the strong friendships--more like family, really--among the men and the women in this series. Nalini Singh does a good job creating these friendship group that you wish you were a part of.
The previous couples from the other books were all secondary characters in Rock Wedding, even Charlotte and T-Rex who were in town for Molly and Fox's wedding--yup, Molly and Fox and the other couples have their weddings in this book!
Nalini Singh's books, whether contemporary or paranormal, are always gold star reads for me and it's no different with Rock Wedding. Like with the previous books in the series, Rock Wedding was quite an emotional read as Sarah and Abe struggle to overcome their issues as individuals and in their relationship. If you're a fan of the Rock Kiss series, Rock Wedding is a must-read for you. If you like rock star romances, consider picking up the Rock Kiss series. If you're a fan of Nalini Singh's paranormal series, then give the Rock Kiss series a try--the books packs the same emotional punch as her other novels in Nalini's signature writing style. Overall, Rock Wedding is a great conclusion to the Rock Kiss series.
Sarah sat on the floor of her living room, books spread out all around her.
Having worked nonstop for days, she’d given herself the afternoon off. First, she’d gone to see her son. The anniversary had rolled around again, and though she hurt, this month wasn’t one of the bad ones. She’d talked to him, told him about her day, left him with a kiss.
Her plan for the rest of the day had been to get into her pj’s and curl up on the couch with Flossie to binge-watch a favorite television series. Then had come the buzz at the gate that made her heart thunder and her skin flush… and the delivery of a most unexpected package.
I hope you’re doing okay today. Say hi to Aaron for me. I’m sorry I threw your books in the pool. I was a dick. – Abe
Sarah stared at the note card again, still not certain she was reading it right. The first two lines, they turned her throat thick, but the rest… He’d been so high that day that she’d have bet her business he had no memory of the ugly incident. Sarah had never forgotten it: she could still feel the wrenching ache of the sobs that had overwhelmed her as she tried futilely to fish out books that had been well and truly drenched.
Abe, meanwhile, had moved on to throwing the pool furniture into the shimmering blue water.
Her fingers trembled as she picked up a leather-bound copy of Jane Austen’s Persuasion. It matched the other Austen novels he’d sent her, the set a lovely reissue packaged for collectors. Beside the fancy collector’s editions lay cheerful paperbacks with laughing couples and/or dogs on the covers.
She stifled a wet laugh. He’d clearly chosen those at random, but it was cute that he’d remembered she liked romances with animals in them. Half the time when she’d read to him or talked to him about her favorites, she’d thought he was mostly asleep. It hadn’t mattered—she’d just liked being with him.
The most surprising book in the package was the one about the entrepreneur who’d gone from rags to riches on stubborn grit and sheer determination.
It gave her a funny, fluttery feeling in her tummy to realize Abe really did take her business endeavor seriously. It wasn’t mockery, not when he’d gone to the effort of choosing these other books with her likes specifically in mind. He’d thought she’d like the book because she was an entrepreneur too.
Her eyes burned.
Her hand went to her phone, but she hesitated, the memories of her awful loneliness while she’d been with Abe holding her in place. Curling her fingers into her palm, she picked up the television remote instead.
She had to keep her distance if she was to have any chance of protecting her battered heart. Because this Abe? The one who sent her flowers and books and who dropped by to make sure she was all right? He was more dangerous than the man who’d broken her to pieces.
© Copyright 2016 by Nalini Singh
Nalini Singh is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of the Psy-Changeling, Guild Hunter, and Rock Kiss series. She 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 and free short stories 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. The Rock Kiss books are all stand alone and can be read in any order.
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