Rock Hard

Rock Hard

In New York Times Bestselling author Nalini Singh’s newest contemporary romance, passion ignites between a gorgeous, sinfully sexy man who built himself up from nothing and a shy woman who has a terrible secret in her past…Wealthy businessman Gabriel Bishop rules the boardroom with the same determination and ruthlessness that made him a rock star on the rugby field. He kno...

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Rock Hard Reviews

  • ~ Becs ~

    I absolutely bloody loved this – it’s classic contemporary romance at it’s finest.  For me this series got off to a fairly average start with

    but improved a lot with

    and Rock Hard is, for me, the best yet.  It features a familiar plot for romance – the tough, protective alpha hero and the shy, retiring heroine with a traumatic past but it’s so beautifully written, the characters so vividly drawn that I was completely enthralled

    I absolutely bloody loved this – it’s classic contemporary romance at it’s finest.  For me this series got off to a fairly average start with

    but improved a lot with

    and Rock Hard is, for me, the best yet.  It features a familiar plot for romance – the tough, protective alpha hero and the shy, retiring heroine with a traumatic past but it’s so beautifully written, the characters so vividly drawn that I was completely enthralled from beginning to end.  Nalini Singh does a fantastic job of focussing the reader entirely on the journey being taken by the two central characters and she keeps it fresh all the way through.  My attention never wavered once – in fact, I found it hard to put down at all.

    Edited 2 days after reading to upgrade my rating to 5 stars as a I book that stays so strongly with me after finishing really does deserve that rating.

  • Corina

    REREAD September 2019

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    OMG Rock Hard was my favorite ROCK KISS book so far. ♡♡♡ It deserved ALL THE STARS!!!

    I loved it.

    If you love office romances as much as I do - this is the book for you!!!!

    If you love a snarly and bad tempered T-Rex of a man, being ensnared by a quiet but strong minded PA that wraps him around her little finger - you need to read this book!!! I was in love from the very first page. And I was so ecstatic to finally start Charlotte and Gabrie

    REREAD September 2019

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    OMG Rock Hard was my favorite ROCK KISS book so far. ♡♡♡ It deserved ALL THE STARS!!!

    I loved it.

    If you love office romances as much as I do - this is the book for you!!!!

    If you love a snarly and bad tempered T-Rex of a man, being ensnared by a quiet but strong minded PA that wraps him around her little finger - you need to read this book!!! I was in love from the very first page. And I was so ecstatic to finally start Charlotte and Gabriel's story.

    I had a feeling their story would be worth writing about and Nalini Singh definitely delivered.

    When Charlotte's company is taken over by a T-Rex kind of guy, a shark in the business world, and an all consuming personality that easily overpowered poor Charlotte, all bets were off. The interactions between Gabriel and Charlotte were beautifully written. Witty, funny and engaging. Charlotte's struggle was believable and the author took her time to solve her hangups in a timely manner-which gave it an authentic feel. I especially liked that they had a slow burn romance going. I adored the lengthy foreplay, and their interaction at work were a highlight. It was a true delight!!

    Gabriel was unexpectedly patient with Charlotte. I loved him so much more for that. He was endearing, understanding but when he became snarly all bets were off - SWOON.

    This book checked all of my boxes. The characters were fabulous, the story enchanting, captivating and romantic and the writing was off the charts awesome!! I already have the feeling that I'm going to read it again. Gabriel and Charlotte completely took me by surprise and I had the worst book hangover in a long time.

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  • Duchess Nicole

    I was glued to these pages...it was a perfect cocktail of personalities and circumstances that Singh gave these two. Gabriel is the quintessential man of power and Charlotte the shy, introverted pretty girl hidden by her own insecurities.

    So what made this so different t

    I was glued to these pages...it was a perfect cocktail of personalities and circumstances that Singh gave these two. Gabriel is the quintessential man of power and Charlotte the shy, introverted pretty girl hidden by her own insecurities.

    So what made this so different than other boss/secretary stories? Singh did, that's what. She gave Charlotte legitimate reason to be so mousy, but she also made her kick ass, too. Charlotte is so much more than what she shows the world, if only they would take the time to get to know her. Gabriel does, and for me, therein lies the allure of stories like this. Gabriel instinctively knows there are all these hidden layers and he expends the energy unwrapping this girl....all the while, loving every minute of it. And when he gets to the heart of her and realizes where her insecurities stem from...ahhhhh!!!! That protective alpha male comes roaring to the surface, and It. Is. Golden.

    Charlotte's timidity is understandably hard for her to get over, considering what caused it. Add that to the fact that Gabriel is the epitome of power and fame, and she's just Charlotte, and it was easy for me to relate to her. She's lived her life trying to fade into the background, to an extent. It's hard for her to turn it all around and accept this larger than life guy into her heart and her body.

    Let's not forget the sexy here...it takes awhile (which was another point in favor of five stars) but these two light it up, and it was that perfect pinnacle moment of emotional and passionate and intense as heck. Their chemistry was palpable, and I'm not so much a feminist that I don't LOVE the power of a man losing control.

    Which reminds me...every time Gabriel says "Ms. Baird", I swear I wanted to change my name just so I could pretend it was me :D

    Awesome, awesome book. All the issues I had with the first book in this series were not present here. The sex was timely and meaningful. The over the top drama was quenched to believable (and likeable) levels. The heroine was a true warrior, overcoming her past and living up to all she could be. The hero, a true hero, in more ways than one. In all ways that mattered. This, my friends, is what New Adult should be.

  • Sharon ∞❥ is an emotional book junkie ❥∞

    This book is about Charlotte, Molly's (from

    ) best friend and her boss, Gabriel or T Rex, as we've come to know him.

    I have to say I was a bit hesitant to read this book mainly because I never really had a connection with Charlotte and I actually pictured T Rex being an older creepy guy...I don't know why! Thank goodness I gave it a chance because I was so far off it wasn't even funny.

    Gabriel is really yummy and I have to say that as much as I came to like Charlotte, Gabriel stole

    This book is about Charlotte, Molly's (from

    ) best friend and her boss, Gabriel or T Rex, as we've come to know him.

    I have to say I was a bit hesitant to read this book mainly because I never really had a connection with Charlotte and I actually pictured T Rex being an older creepy guy...I don't know why! Thank goodness I gave it a chance because I was so far off it wasn't even funny.

    Gabriel is really yummy and I have to say that as much as I came to like Charlotte, Gabriel stole the show. Ex rugby player turned star CEO with a heart of gold (if you're on his good side)...what's not to like?

    Charlotte, aka Charlie or mouse, turned out to be a real sweetie that suffered a horrible event in her past. I really admired her strength and courage and while it seemed like things dragged out because of what happened, you couldn't help but feel for what she went through.

    And the steaminess...well, I saw this gif on NS blog and I couldn't resist posting it. It's just so apropos!

    Gabriel is a force to be reckoned with. Charlie has zero chance in resisting him...not that she wants to. I just loved how sweet and gentle Gabriel was with her! And it really helped to get his POV as well.

    I love how Molly was infused into the story and Gabriel's family was amazing and

    what Charlie needed!

    Of course, there's plenty of drama...not only with Charlie's past coming to haunt her but Gabriel's is messing with him too. I loved how they were there for each other and so supportive!

    I did think Gabriel did a few jerkish things (red roses) but it was so funny how Charlie was right up to the challenge! They really work well together and they both have great senses of humor! The offers and counteroffers were hilarious.

    I loved how it ended but I have no clue who the next book could be about! Maybe one of the other guys in the band?? One of Gabriel's brothers? Well, whoever it is, I know that NS will write another amazing story!

    ♥ "Looks like Egor is a quick draw, Ms. Baird. There are pills for that, you know."

    ♥ "Ms. Baird, no one is good or bad at sex by themselves," he drawled. "It's a team effort, and you know I'm a team player."

    ♥ "That's my Ms. Baird."

    ♥ "Weightlifting," he said as he passed the items over. "That's clearly your secret hobby."

    ♥ "Come on, let's reheat this and eat and you can tell me what some of those words mean. I grew up on a rugby field, but Jesus, baby, I have no idea where you learned all that."

    ♥ "You're mine now, Ms. Baird. And I'm yours. Always."

  • Val ⚓️ Shameless, Skanky & Bitchy  ⚓️

    I was unreasonably excited to read this book...

    ...which usually just leads to sadness, disappointment and unmet expectations.

    So I am

    excited that this thing stuck its landing.

    Another thing that excites me?

    The fact that reading this book - and the subsequent composition of this review (see how fancy I made that sound? #SelfAggrandizementAlert)- gives me a blatant

    justification to do some important research I like to call

    I was unreasonably excited to read this book...

    ...which usually just leads to sadness, disappointment and unmet expectations.

    So I am

    excited that this thing stuck its landing.

    Another thing that excites me?

    The fact that reading this book - and the subsequent composition of this review (see how fancy I made that sound? #SelfAggrandizementAlert)- gives me a blatant

    justification to do some important research I like to call

    Obviously, this is a very serious, intense process and takes a great deal of training, thought, and determination.

    Definitely not for the weak of heart.

    #WorthIt

    Case in point?

    This finding:

    So ri-god-damn-diculously hot. Can't take it.

    Even off the field.

    But I digress.

    I really enjoyed this story. As always, Singh's writing was tight and perfect. There were also some really cute, funny moments.

    There was also some slow, good old-fashioned gradual relationship building - a seemingly lost art these days - and I really enjoyed the fact that Singh stayed true to Charlotte's past.

    Many times, you will have a "damaged" character with longstanding issues that are suddenly and miraculously just "healed" overnight with the appearance of the H or h...And as much as I sometimes wanted to say "Oh lord, just get over it and bang him already," it was refreshing to see some issues handled with a little more reliability and realism.

    But my favorite thing about this book?

    Be still my cold dead heart, I

    him.

    He was the perfect mix of asshole alpha and sweet male man meat. Book boyfriend material for sure.

    I can't wait for the next one in this series.

    Until then, there is always more Rugby research.

  • Kristen

    I really enjoyed reading this book. It's a character driven story that's emotional and endearing and full of heart-and-soul. It features one of the most patient, protective, ambitious, charming, and SWOONWORTHY heroes I've read to date. To say I fell in love with Gabriel (T-Rex) would be an understatement. I liked Charlotte (The Mouse) and had immense empathy and respect for her

    I really enjoyed reading this book. It's a character driven story that's emotional and endearing and full of heart-and-soul. It features one of the most patient, protective, ambitious, charming, and SWOONWORTHY heroes I've read to date. To say I fell in love with Gabriel (T-Rex) would be an understatement. I liked Charlotte (The Mouse) and had immense empathy and respect for her character, but T-Rex is the reason why I fell in love with this book.

    What I enjoyed most about this story, though, was that it revolved solely around the hero and heroine's feelings and relationship. The issues and drama weren't contrived or manipulated, but were designed to fit the ongoing storyline. I also appreciated the slow paced romance. It fit the context of the story and Charlotte's history.

    is a sweet, emotional, and engrossing story with believable characters and plot. It has the perfect blend of real-life issues, heart-melting romance and heart-and-soul. If you're looking for a well written contemporary romance with a charming and swoon-worthy hero, a likable heroine, a believable romance and a couple you can root for, then I highly recommend this book.

  • Geri Reads

    I have been waiting to read the story between Gabriel aka T-Rex and Charlie aka Mouse since I've read about them in Rock Addiction. I'm quite certain I mentioned in my review for that book how these two stole the spotlight for me. To say that my expectations were quite high would be a major understatement. But Nalini Singh delivered and I couldn't be happier. Gabriel is the perfect T-Rex to Charlie's mouse and like what my friend Kristen said, this book is a reminder of

    I have been waiting to read the story between Gabriel aka T-Rex and Charlie aka Mouse since I've read about them in Rock Addiction. I'm quite certain I mentioned in my review for that book how these two stole the spotlight for me. To say that my expectations were quite high would be a major understatement. But Nalini Singh delivered and I couldn't be happier. Gabriel is the perfect T-Rex to Charlie's mouse and like what my friend Kristen said, this book is a reminder of why I love to read romance.

    Rock Hard runs parallel to the events of book one. Gabriel Bishop just got hired to help an ailing company where he met Charlie. Charlie-mouse is painfully shy while T-Rex is forceful and used to getting what he wants. But there was something about Charlie that drew Gabriel to her. He wanted her but because she was so shy and jumpy, he needed to draw her out without her getting suspicious. And thus, their delicious dance began. And this part of the book was...

    Gabriel is best example of what an alpha hero should be, in my opinion. He knows what he wants and he goes after it. Sure, he's possessive but he's also caring, sweet, loyal and very, very, patient. He's just perfect in every way.

    And Charlie is no slouch either. She's shy and scared because of what happened to her but despite that, she never lost her inner strength. She surprised me at every turn. And Gabe being the patient and caring alpha that he is just brought out the best in Charlie and vice versa. Their interaction throughout the book had me swooning.

    I am so glad that I stuck with this series because it definitely got better with each book. Nalini Singh's talent just shined through and her lush characterizations made Gabe and Charlie came alive for me. I felt every emotion conveyed by the author and I finished this book being reminded once again why I love this genre so much.

    For those asking, yes, this is part of her Rock Kiss series and yes, this can be read as a standalone. So for anyone who is looking a book that is heavy on the romance and low on the angst, then this book is definitely for you.

  • Blacky *Romance Addict*
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    Reading

    made me want to revisit Charlotte and her T-Rex

  • Sandy ღCoffee Addict Booksღ

    is timid, and intelligent simple woman hiding behind the hideous looking clothes and spectacles working as a records clerk and who happens to be intimidated by the smallest things. On sensing the presence of an intruder in the late hours of the office, she musters enough courage to confront the said intruder, suddenly startled by the presence of muscular male she throws a stapler on his way, (Yep! She actually used a stapler as weapon!) least did she know

    is timid, and intelligent simple woman hiding behind the hideous looking clothes and spectacles working as a records clerk and who happens to be intimidated by the smallest things. On sensing the presence of an intruder in the late hours of the office, she musters enough courage to confront the said intruder, suddenly startled by the presence of muscular male she throws a stapler on his way, (Yep! She actually used a stapler as weapon!) least did she know this stranger happens to be the new CEO

    , former star rugby player turned businessman famously known as T-Rex for his ruthless, temperamental and compelling nature.

    After an injury Gabriel had to retire from playing rugby, he now saves the companies which is in state of drowning. Most of the time he’s difficult on his employees, but he also respects the one's who works hard. It’s when he realizes Charlotte though being a clerk, knew more about their clients than anybody else, he soon promotes her to be his P.A and that’s when their lives changes forever.

    Gabriel is smitten by his smart yet shy assistant and is determined to bring this timid mouse out of its burrow. For weeks they avoid the growing attraction between them not only because it’s against the work ethics, but her tragic past left no room for love or trust. Nothing stood in his way when he set his mind on something and now all he wants is Ms Baird, will the scars of her tormented past keeps them for having a future together?

    This is my first book from Nalini Singh and I’m so impressed by her writing, and her characters easily lovable. While I loved both the MC’s I did not connect with Gabriel like I did with Charlotte, it seems like the entire story was focused on developing her character and his thoughts were mostly on how he felt about her which IMO was quite blunt. But his charming, sweet, protective Alpha personality made up for it, I loved that he was ever so patient with her, and the best part of the book was the banters and the dirty talking!

    This was more like

    situation since there was no much flaws in this story but it didn't amaze me or stick with me, so I had to knock couple of stars!

    Overall it was pretty decent story with great writing, set with a right pace and I liked it! Hoping to read more from this author.

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