Book Tour + REVIEW: Rock Wedding by Nalini Singh

rock-wedding-by-nalini-singhAuthor: Nalini Singh
Series: Rock Kiss #4
Release Date: July 19, 2016
Rating: 3/5
ARC was graciously given. This doesn’t affect my opinion of the book in any way.
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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’ve never read a Nalini Singh book before but I was so glad to have sampled her writing through this one. The blurb got me so interested that I knew it would be emotional and I had to read it.

Rock Wedding was so written beautifully that I was so certain now that I’m going to read more from her romance series.

Abe Bellamy and Sarah Smith had a rough start in marriage that forced Sarah to get them a divorce. After Abe Bellamy and Sarah Smith’s rough start in marriage that ended up in a divorce, Sarah started a life anew. And so did Abe, only now he’s fully determined to win back his wife and make things right with her. He just hopes he’s not too late yet.

Second chance romance is my thing. At least, one of them. And this book has ticked the first box of things I look for in a book for me to go on reading—flawless writing. And while I instantly fell in love with Nalini’s words and narration, the story, however, didn’t do justice to it. At least for me. There’s just too many triggers in the first part of the book that I almost ended up DNF-ing but went forward still because I was waiting for that grand grovelling that’s supposed to happen—but didn’t, on the way to redemption.

Nalini made sure Abe Bellamy wouldn’t be in my list of potential book boyfriends because of his Class A-holery behaviour in the story. He’s a drug addict (Trigger 1), verbally abusive of his wife (Trigger 2), and he treated Sarah with so much disgust (Trigger 3) I ached for the woman who wanted nothing but to be loved by her husband. Even when as the story progressed, and Abe got cleaned, changed, yada-yada, I couldn’t just find it in my heart to forgive every little bad thing he put Sarah through because of his addiction and despair that went with it. I guess that’s the thing about putting the hero under a different light. You have to have one grand gesture to erase all the bad memories from the past to make it up in the present and I’m very sorry to say it felt short in that department.

I’m not really sure what I’d do to Sarah either. She started to be a strong female character especially after the divorce when she wanted to have her own individuality which I really admired but then all of a sudden she wanted to bang her ex-husband? When she was mourning? Because she got carried away? I’m sorry but I don’t think I get that. For the record, I was very relieved that she didn’t accept Abe’s apologies right away. However, I think that was still fast. I was hoping she would make him sweat even further and for longer but I didn’t get that, too.

I wouldn’t say I was turned off but I was a bit disappointed with the character development considering it should make a huge impact on the story. There were also a lot of random moments of Abe and Sarah together (attending weddings of Abe’s bandmates, events, social functions here and there) and very little of them dealing with their issues at hand when they were still married. Also, being this a rockstar romance as well, there wasn’t much of anything that’s concert-related or music composition given the raw and deep emotions the story’s going for. Just the usual paparazzi and fandom.

It wasn’t that bad, it wasn’t that good either. There are moments that I liked personally, the weddings, especially, the almost-plot that could be a potential springboard to another thing and don’t get me started on the way it was written (it was perfect in the dual third person POV), but I couldn’t get past the way Abe behaved in the beginning? Perhaps, if he suffered a little bit more? Something like that? However, this won’t stop me from picking up a romance book of Nalini Singh. In fact, I’m planning on reading the first books in the series because the secondary characters were all interesting! Overall, the book perfectly exhibited that love always wins and the forgiveness that comes with it.

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