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Rock Addiction, by Nalini Singh

As a participant in the release tour, I was lucky enough to receive an ARC of Nalini Singh’s new contemporary romance, Rock Addiction, the first in a five-title series called Rock Kiss, that she’s self publishing. As most of you know, part of the deal, when participating in an author’s release tour, is to write and publish a review of the book in a timely manner. Please note that neither the author nor TRSOR Promotions, who organized all the blogger events related to the release, have asked for anything but a review, period.

However, and in the interest of full disclosure, I am a fan of Ms Singh’s Psy/Changeling series. I am not a fan of her Guild Hunter series, and up to now I have only read one of her previously released category contemporary titles, Desert Warrior–and I confess that I wasn’t terribly impressed with it.

With that in mind, this is my (quite long) review:

Rock Addiction, by Nalini Singh

A few years ago, Sarah of the ever Smart Bitches and Jane of the wonderful Dear Author created a campaign to Save the Contemporary! Why, you may ask. Well, because for a while there it seemed that single title contemporary romance had disappeared off the face of the earth. We had–and still have–plenty of contemporary category length romances, but they are problematic in their own way, as they must conform to stringent requirements specific to their publishing line. And most single title, full length contemporaries for a good long while seemed to be required to include a thread of suspense–there was a stalker, an unsolved murder, a conspiracy, a ghost, vengeance…you name it. It seemed that there could be no romance without external conflict.

(Feel free to tell me my reading is limited and list all your recommendations for good, straight up contemporary romances in the comments.)

And so, imagine my utter delight in reading a contemporary romance about two adults, with nary an external conflict or contrived plot point! Yes, reader heaven indeed.

Mind you, there is conflict, and these two people have plenty of baggage, but they deal with it, both their own and each other’s, by talking–whodathunkit, right?–and by valuing and respecting the other’s feelings as much as their own.

Here’s the blurb provided by the author:

Angel’s Blood, by Nalini Singhangels-blood

I have read and enjoyed Ms Singh’s Psy/Changeling novels (listed below, with links to my reviews) very much indeed, because of her careful world building and characterization, as well as her writing voice. I was, however, a tad leery about her moving into urban fantasy—even knowing that she’ll continue writing Psy/Changeling novels—mostly because there was sooooo much buzz about Angel’s Blood. As Christine so aptly said, sometimes there is so much positive buzz about a book or a series, that I hesitate to actually read it, for fear of having build it up so much in my mind that the reality can’t possibly live up to the expectations.

I am quite happy to be proven wrong 😀

First novel in Ms Singh’s Guild Hunter series, Angel’s Blood introduces a wonderfully complicated world where vampires are made by angels, archangels rule, and gods don’t exist.

Or do they? (more…)

Parting of the ways

Parting of the ways

Wednesday, May 9, 2012
Posted in: Azteclady Speaks

A few weeks ago, Maya Banks posted about what happens when authors’ and readers’ points of view diverge—also known as, when readers break up with authors.

This is by no means a novel topic. Readers have complained about authors changing the rules of the worlds they build *coughJRWardcough* or how every successive book is the same story and the same characters as the previous dozen *coughChristine Feehancough* or feeling betrayed when the author kills a main character, well into the series *coughKarinSlaughtercough* (more…)

KKB’s Reviews

Monday, January 7, 2008
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A Bravo’s Honor, by Christine Rimmer

“A Familiar Kind of Magic”, by Sylvia Day

“A Gypsy’s Vow”, by Bonnie Dee

“A Handful of Gold” by Mary Balogh (The Heart of Christmas anhology)

A Hearing Heart, by Bonnie Dee

“A Hell of a Time”, by Jackie Kessler (part of the Hell on Earth series)

A Man of His Word, by Sarah M. Anderson

A Hunger Like No Other, by Kresley Cole

A Not-So-Perfect Past, by Beth Andrews (Book 2, Serenity Springs novels)

A Rake’s Guide to Seduction, by Caroline Linden (Book 3, Exeters)

A Soldier Comes Home, by Cindi Myers

A Soldier’s Return, by Judy Christenberry

About Last Night, by Ruthie Knox

Again, by Sharon Cullars

All of Me, by Patricia Ryan

All U Can Eat, by Emma Holly

Almost a Gentleman, by Pamela Rosenthal

Amorous Liaisons, by Sarah Malberry

Angel’s Blood, by Nalini Singh (Book 1, Hunters Guild)

Annie’s Song, by Catherine Anderson

As Darkness Falls, by Bronwyn Parry (Book 1, Dungirri)

At the Midnight Hour, by Alicia Scott (Book 1, Guiness Gang)

Atlantis Awakening, by Alyssa Day (Book 3, Warriors of Poseidon)

Atlantis Rising, by Alyssa Day (Book 1, Warriors of Poseidon)

Atlantis Unleashed, by Alyssa Day (Book 5, Warriors of Poseidon)

Atlantis Unmasked, by Alyssa Day (Book 6, Warriors of Poseidon)

Baby, I’m Yours, by Karen Templeton (Book 3, Guys and Daughters)

Bad Girl by Night, by Lacy Alexander

Be With Me, by Maya Banks

Beautiful Girl, by Shiloh Walker

Beautiful Girl, by Shiloh Walker

Because Your Vampire Said So, by Michele Bardsley (Book 3, Broken Heart, Oklahoma)

Ben’s Wildflower, by Carol Lynne

Betting Hearts, by Dee Tenorio

Betting on Santa, by Debra Salonen (Texas Hold ‘Em continuity)

Between The Sheets, by Mardi Balou

Bewitched, by Sandra Schwab

Beyond Heaving Bosoms: The Smart Bitches’ Guide to Romance Novels, by Sarah Wendell and Candy Tan

Beyond His Control, by Stephanie Tyler

Beyond Innocence, by Emma Holly

Beyond the Rain, by Jess Granger

Big Bad Wolf, by Christine Warren (Book 1, The Others [revised and rewritten version of Fur Factor])

Black Dagger Brotherhood: An Insider’s Guide, by J. R. Ward

Black Hills, by Nora Roberts

“Black Leather Rose”, by Jules Jones

Blaze of Memory, by Nalini Singh (Book 7, Psy/Changeling)

Bodyguard, by Beverly Havlir

Bone Deep, by Bonnie Dee

Bound by Honor, by Colette Gale

Branded by Fire, by Nalini Singh (Book 6, Psy/Changeling)

Broken Wing, by Judith James

Broken Wing, by Judith James

Busman’s Honeymoon, by Dorothy L. Sayers (Book 11, Lord Peter Wimsey)

But that Was Yesterday, by Kathleen Eagle

Caine’s Reckoning, by Sarah McCarty (Book 1, Hell’s Eight)

Caine’s Reckoning, by Sarah McCarthy (Book 1, Hell’s Eight)

Captain Jack’s Woman, by Stephanie Laurens (Prequel to the Bastion Club)

Caressed by Ice, by Nalini Singh (Book 3, Psy/Changeling)

“Carolina Wolf”, by Sela Carsen

Castle of the Wolf, by Sandra Schwab

Child of her Heart, by Cheryl St. John

Christmas Eve at Friday Harbor, by Lisa Kleypas

Claiming the Courtesan, by Anna Campbell

“Claiming Their Mate”, by Paige McKellan

Cold As Ice, by Anne Stuart

Confessions of a Jane Austen Addict, by Laurie Viera Rigler

Confessions of a Millionaire’s Mistress, by Robyn Grady

Coyote’s Mate, by Lora Leigh (Book 18, The Breeds)

Cry No More, by Linda Howard

Dark Hunger, by Sara Reinke (Book 2, Brethren)

Dark of Night, by Suzanne Brockmann (Book 14, Troubleshooters)

Dark Thirst, by Sara Reinke (Book 1, Brethren)

Death Angel, by Linda Howard

Dirty, by Megan Hart

Dreaming of You, by Lisa Kleypas

Embraced by Love, by Suzanne Brockmann

“Empath”, by Bonnie Dee

Entangled, by Eileen Wilks

Fade to Midnight, by Shannon McKenna

Fading Illusions, by Kimberly Holt-Whitlock

Fallen From Grace, by Laura Leone

Felicity Stripped Bare, by Vanessa Jaye

Fifty Shades of Grey, by E. L. James

Finders Keepers, by Sharon Sala

Flirting in Traffic, by Beth Kery

For Colored Girls (film)

Forbidden Pleasures, by Lora Leigh

Forgotten Marriage, by Paula Roe

Fragile, by Shiloh Walker

Future Perfect, by Suzanne Brockmann

Gaudy Night, by Dorothy L. Sayers (Book 10, Lord Peter Wimsey)

Get a Clue, by Jill Shalvis

Getting Gabriel, by Cathy Quinn

“Gobsmacked”, by L.B. Gregg (Book 1, Men of Smithfield)

Grimspace, by Ann Aguirre (Book 1, Sirantha Jax)

Guilty Needs, by Shiloh Walker

“Happy Ending”, by L.B. Gregg (Book 2, Men of Smithfield)

Have His Carcase, by Dorothy L. Sayers (Book 7, Lord Peter Wimsey)

Hell’s Belles, by Jackie Kessler (Book 1, Hell on Earth)

Heart Mate, by Robin D. Owens (book 1, Heart novels)

Heaven Can Wait, by Cheryl St. John

Her Best Friend, by Sarah Mayberry

Her Montana Man, by Cheryl St. John

Her Secret Fling, by Sarah Mayberry

Hostage to Pleasure, by Nalini Singh (Book 5, Psy/Changeling)

Hot as Hell, by HelenKay Dimon

Hotter Than Hell, by Jackie Kessler (Book 3, Heall on Earth)

If Tomorrow Never Comes, by Emjai Colbert

In The Garden trilogy, by Nora Roberts

Instant Attraction, by Jill Shalvis (Book 1, Wilder Adventures)

Into the Fire, by Suzanne Brockmann (Book 13, Troubleshooters)

Irresistible, by Beverly Havlir

It Had To Be You, by Susan E Phillips (Book 1, Chicago Stars)

Jamie, by Lori Foster

Jane’s Warlord, by Angela Knight

Just a Taste, by Bronwyn Jameson

Just Like A Dame, by Daisy Dexter Dobbs

Just Like Heaven, by Julia Quinn

Kiss and Hell, by Dakota Cassidy (Book 1, Demonic romances)

Last Wolf Standing, by Rhyannon Byrd (Book 1, Blood Runners trilogy)

Left at the Altar, by Justine Davis (Book 2, Cameron/Holt trilogy)

Lethal Rider, by Larissa Ione (Book 3, Lords of Deliverance)

Long-lost Mom, by Jill Shalvis

Lord and Master, by Jules Jones

Lord of Scoundrels, by Loretta Chase

“Love Me Still”, by Maya Banks

Lover Enshrined, by J.R. Ward (Book 6, Black Dagger Brotherhood)

Lover Enshrined, by J.R. Ward (Book 6, Black Dagger Brotherhood)

Lover Unbound, by J.R. Ward (Book 5, Black Dagger Brotherhood)

Loving Scarlett, by Lola Newman

Mr Imperfect, by Karina Bliss

Mr Right Now, by Monica Jackson

“Mad Dog Love”, by Angela Knight

Magic Burns, by Ilona Andrews (Book 2, Kate Daniels)

Manhunter, by Loreth Anne White

Match Me If You Can, by Susan E Phillips (Book 6, Chicago Stars)

Memory in Death, by J.D. Robb (Book 22, … In Death)

Midnight Temptation, by Dee Tenorio

Millers Kill series by Julia Spencer-Fleming

Mine to Possess, by Nalini Singh (Book 4, Psy/Changeling)

Morning Glory, by LaVyrle Spencer

Moving in Rhythm, by Dev Bentham

My Best Friend’s Girl, by Dorothy Koomson

Nighthawk, by Rachel Lee (Book 8, Conard County)

No Control, by Shannon K. Butcher (Book 2, Delta Force)

Northern Lights, by Nora Roberts

Notorious Pleasures, by Elizabeth Hoyt

Out of The Dark, by Sharon Sala

Over My Dead Body, by Michele Barsdley (Book 5, Broken Heart, Oklahoma)

Over the Edge, by Suzanne Brockmann (Book 3, Troubleshooters)

“Paradise”, by Meljean Brook (Book 3, Guardians)

Parallel Attraction, by Deidre Knight (Book 1, Parallel series)

Parker’s Price, by Ann Bruce

Passion, by Lisa Valdez

Pirate Queen, by Susanna Valent

Polly’s Perilous Pleasures, by Daisy Dexter Dobbs

Premeditated Murder, by Ed Gaffney

Prince Joe, by Suzanne Brockmann (Book 1, Tall, Dark and Dangerous)

Promises in Death, by J. D. Robb

Promises Prevail, by Sarah McCarty

Proof by Seduction, by Courtney Milan

“Rachel’s Totem”, by Marie Harte

Red-Headed Stepchild, by Jaye Wells

Relentless, by Lauren Dane (Book 2, Federation)

“Renegade”, by Ann Aguirre (prequel to Sirantha Jax novels)

Rescue Me, by Christy Reece (Book 1, Last Change Rescue)

Ride the Fire, by Pamela Clare (Book 3, Blakewell/Kenleigh novels)

Riding on Instinct, by Jaci Burton (Book 3, Wild Riders)

Riding Tempation, by Jaci Burton (Book 2, Wild Riders)

Risk, by Ann Christopher

Risk, by Ann Christopher

Ritual Sins, by Anne Stuart

“Rules of Engagement”, by Ann Bruce

“Runespell”, by Sela Carsen

Salvation in Death, by J.D. Robb (Book 30, … In Death)

Sam’s Creed, by Sarah McCarty

Scandalous Love, by Brenda Joyce

Scion: Insurrection, by Patrice Michelle (Book 2, Scions trilogy)

Scions: Resurrection, by Patrice Michelle (Book 1, Scions trilogy)

Scions: Revelation, by Patrice Michelle (Book 3, Scions trilogy)

“Sea Crossing”, by Virginia Kantra (Prequel, Children of the Sea)

Sea Witch, by Virginia Kantra (Book 1, Children of the Sea)

Seasons of Love, by Bonnie Dee

Second-Chance Family, by Karina Bliss

Sensation, by Thea Devine

Seraphim, by Shelby Reed

Serious Play, by Bonnie Dee and Summer Devon

Shifter (anthology)

“Shifter’s Lady”, by Alyssa Day

Shorts (various authors)

Shotgun Wedding, by Maggie Osborne

“Show Me”, by Jaci Burton

Silk if for Seduction, by Loretta Chase

Silver Lining, by Maggie Osborne

Simon Says, by Lori Foster

Simply Perfect, by Mary Balogh (Book 4, Simply)

Sins of the Night, by Devyn Quinn (Book 2, Kyth and Kynn)

“Skin To Skin”, by Dionne Galace

Slave To Sensation, by Nalini Singh (Book 1, Psy/Changeling)

Slave to Sensation, by Nalini Singh (Book 1, Psy/Changeling)

Slightly Married, by Mary Balogh (Book 1, Slightly)

Slightly Dangerous, by Mary Balogh (Book 6, Slightly)

So Close and No Closer, by Penny Jordan

Somebody to Love, by Kristan Higgins

Somebody To Love, by Kate Rothwell

Son of The Morning, by Linda Howard

Standoff, by Lauren Dane

Strangers in Death, by J.D. Robb (Book 29, … In Death)

Strong Poison, by Dorothy L. Sayers (Book 5, Lord Peter Wimsey)

Sweet Surrender, by Maya Banks (Book 1, Sweet novels)

“Talking with the Dead”, by Shiloh Walker

Tall Dark Defender, by Beth Cornelison

The Billionaire’s Bidding, by Barbara Dunlop

The Bravo Bachelor, by Christine Rimmer (Book 24, Bravo Family)

The Broken H, by J.L. Langley

The Conquest, by Julia Templeton

The Countess Lends a Hand, by Bonnie Dee

The Countess Takes a Lover, by Bonnie Dee

The Dark Gate, by Pamela Palmer (Book 1, Esri)

The Darkest Hour, by Maya Banks (Book 1, KGI)

The Desert King, by Olivia Gates (Book 3, Throne of Judar trilogy)

The Desert King’s Pregnant Bride, by Annie West

The Desert Lord’s Baby, by Olivia Gates (Book 1, Throne of Judar trilogy)

The Desert Lord’s Bride, by Olivia Gates (Book 2, Throne of Judar trilogy)

“The Gingerbread Tryst”, by Nichelle Gregory

The Halo Effect, by M.J. Rose

The Heart of Christmas anthology

“The Hottest One-Night Stand“, by Lisa Renee Jones

The Ideal Wife, by Mary Balogh

The Last Good Man, by Kathleen Eagle

The Madness of Lord Iam Mackenzie, by Jennifer Ashley

The Malorie Phoenix, by Janet Mullany

The Man with a Load of Mischief, by Martha Grimes (Book 1, Richard Jury)

The Missing, by Shiloh Walker

The Nine Lives of Christmas, by Sheila Roberts

The Once and Future Prince, by Olivia Gates (Book 1, The Castaldini Crown)

The Pillars of the Earth, by Ken Follett

The Return of Luke McGuire, by Justine Davis

The Road to Hell, by Jackie Kessler (Book 2, Hell on Earth)

The Search, by Nora Roberts

“The Season for Suitors” by Nicola Cornick (The Heart of Christmas anthology)

The Secondhand Wife, by Cheryl St. John

The Slightest Provocation, by Pam Rosenthal

The Sweet Gum Tree, by Katherine Allred

The Smoke Thief, by Shana Abé (Book 1, Drakon)

The Society Catch, by Louise Allen

The Thorn Birds (tv miniseries based on the novel by Colleen McCullough)

The Time Traveler’s Wife, by Audrey Niffenegger

The Tycoon’s Pregnant Mistress, by Maya Banks (Book 1, The Anetakis Tycoons trilogy)

The Tycoon’s Rebel Bride, by Maya Banks (Book 2, The Anetakis Tycoons trilogy)

The Woman He Loved Before, by Dorothy Koomson

“This Wicked Gift” by Courtney Milan (The Heart of Christmas anthology)

The Witness, by Nora Roberts

Through The Veil, by Shiloh Walker

“Treasure Hunting“, J.B. McDonald

Tribute, by Nora Roberts

Triple Play, by Rhyannon Byrd

Trouble at the Wedding, by Laure Lee Guhrke

Tycoon’s One-Night Revenge, by Bronwyn Jameson

Unlawful Contact, by Pamela Clare (not exactly a review)

Unbound, by Lori Devoti (Book 1, Unbound)

Undercover, by Lauren Dane (Book 1, Federation)

Undressing Mercy, by Deanna Lee

“Unlocked” by Courtney Milan

Unnatural Death, by Dorothy L. Sayers (Book 3, Lord Peter Wimsey)

“Vicious Vixen”, by Shiloh Walker

Virgin Slave, Barbarian King, by Louise Allen

Visions of Heat, by Nalini Singh (Book 2, Psy/Changeling)

Wait ‘Till Your Vampire Gets Home, by Michele Bardsley (Book 4, Broken Heart, Oklahoma)

Wall-E (film)

Wanderlust, by Ann Aguirre (Book 2, Sirantha Jax)

Wanted by Her Lost Love, by Maya Banks (Book 2, Pregnancy and Passion)

Warprize, by Elizabeth Vaughan (Book 1, Warland Chronicles)

We Need to Talk About Kevin, by Lionel Shriver

Welcome to Harmony, by Jodi Thomas

What a Scoundrel Wants, by Carrie Lofty

What Happens in Vegas… anthology

What the Librarian Did, by Carina Bliss

Whose Body? by Dorothy L. Sayers (Book 1, Lord Peter Wimsey)

“Wild Hearts in Atlantis”, by Alyssa Day (Book 2, Warriors of Poseidon)

Wild Hunt, by Lori Devoti (Book 3, Unbound)

Wild Thing anthology (1)

“Wolf Moon”, by Nora Roberts

Z, by Lauren Baratz-Logstead