Sep 19, 2014

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Review: Rock Addiction by Nalini Singh (Rock Kiss #1)

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Contemporary Romance
September 9 2014
356 pages
Received from NetGalley

Yummy Man – Zachary Fox
Kick Ass Chick – Molly Webster

From Goodreads –
A bad boy wrapped in a sexy, muscled, grown-up package might be worth a little risk…

Molly Webster has always followed the rules. After an ugly scandal tore apart her childhood and made her the focus of the media’s harsh spotlight, she vowed to live an ordinary life. No fame. No impropriety. No pain. Then she meets Zachary Fox, a tattooed bad boy rocker with a voice like whiskey and sin, and a touch that could become an addiction.

A one-night stand with the hottest rock star on the planet, that’s all it was meant to be…

Fox promises scorching heat and dangerous pleasure, coaxing Molly to extend their one-night stand into a one-month fling. After that, he’ll be gone forever, his life never again intersecting with her own. Sex and sin and sensual indulgence, all with an expiration date. No ties, no regrets. Too late, Molly realizes it isn’t only her body that’s become addicted to Fox, but her heart…


Rock Addiction is the first book in a new contemporary romance rock star series by Nalini Singh. First off, I have to say that this series was introduced as a new adult series but there is no way that is NA. The heroine is 24. The hero is 29. There is sex in this book. Lots of it. It’s good and hot and well written, but there is a lot. I once read that romance books have about 3 sex scenes in them and erotica books have at least 5. Well this book has 5…and then some. So really, to me, this is an adult erotica title.

Molly is the heroine and Fox the hero. Molly is a librarian and it attending her publicist-sister’s party where she sees Fox. He is the lead singer for the biggest rock band on the planet…and she finds him yummy. But she feels there is no way he would ever be interested in her. Little does she know, Fox noticed Molly the moment she arrived at the party and has vowed to make her his…and not just as a one night thing. So he follows Molly into the elevator when she leaves and tells her he’s going back to her place with her. And she says yes.

He’s a total stranger and she says yes. They didn’t even talk to each other before that moment in the elevator! Ok, not the worst thing to happen in a book. The kicker for me was that Molly, wait for it, is a virgin. And she agrees to sleep with Fox as a one night stand (her idea, not his) because he’s hot. She waited 24 years to lose her virginity and she’s going to do it, no second guesses, with this guy. Yes, Fox is yummy and great, but still. This particular event happened not very far into the book…and it’s what told me how this book would go.

For me, there were many things about this book that didn’t quite work. The biggest thing, unfortunately, was the chemistry. Molly and Fox were hot between the sheets but I didn’t quite feel them otherwise. I believe it’s because all of the moments you usually need to completely feel connected to a character or a couple, those candid sweet moments you witness or the dialogue that gets you knowing a character’s personality beyond their demons, was missing. Obviously these things happened because Fox and Molly fell hard and fast for each other but as readers, we didn’t witness any of it. Almost all of their time together on the page, they were spending it fooling around. We got to watch loads of that, but I personally need more than that to click with characters – especially in a contemporary romance setting.

Molly, I didn’t really get. Her father is a disgraced politician. She was hurt by the fiasco and media circus that was her life when her father’s transgressions came to light (she was quite young when it all went down) and is not wanting to be thrown into the media’s spotlight once again, even though this time it would be for a favorable reason. She mentions this…a lot. On top of her father being a piece of work, her mother was a severe alcoholic. Because of this, Molly is afraid of becoming an addict herself. This makes sense. Worrying about being addicted to alcohol like your mother, makes sense. Worried about being addicted to everything and anything, odd. To me anyways. Because of this, Molly and I didn’t connect. She was sweet and all, but no spark between her and I.

Fox was yummy but, as I mentioned before, I didn’t get much from him other than his demons. I am almost hoping that we see more of Molly and Fox later in the series because I feel we missed out in this book. I would really like to see them in another light, because the bones were there. You could tell they cared for each other but you didn’t see why really. And that is something we might get to see from them as secondary characters.

You might be surprised to read the words “I am hoping to see” coming from my…keyboard. Yes, even after giving this book a low rating, I feel I want to continue with the series. Maybe not right away, but someday. Nalini introduced the other members of the band as well as Molly’s best friend Charlotte and one of Fox’s friend Kit and left us with just information to leave me wanting more. In fact, I was more interested in Charlotte and T-Rex’s story than Molly and Fox’s – yet another example of how this particular book didn’t work for me. Their story is going to be told in the third book released in this series.

Next up is Rock Courtship, a novella about David and Thea, Molly’s sister. We see glimpses of their story in this installment and it should be fun to see the whole thing play out in their own book.  One thing worries me a bit though.  We learn in this book that Thea and David have to deal with a difficult ‘thing’.  Even though we don’t find out exactly what that ‘thing’ is, I worry it’s going to go the stereotypical route.  I really hope that is not the case and that the author surprises me.

Overall, Rock Addiction was not quite what I hoped it would be. I found it too sappy, a bit too long, filled with too many clichés and lacking in some important component for me to enjoy a contemporary romance story. Hopefully the rest of the books in the series will not lack like this one and I can just file this as a first book in a new series that hadn’t just found it’s groove yet.

2.5 stars

Books in the Rock Kiss series –
Rock Addiction
Rock Courtship (September 30 2014)


  1. I do want to try this book soon. I love Singh’s work. Great review.

  2. Yes, yes, yes, and yes! I couldn’t agree more with your review. Sadly this book was a sex marathon of cliches. 🙁

  3. I couldn’t agree more! Too much sex. Too much repetitive wringing about stuff that seemed not worth the hype. Plus the sequel bait foreshadowing really bothered me. Still, the book had some charm and I’m a sucker for rock star romances. I’ll read the next one.
    Have you checked out Kylie Scott’s Stage Dive series?

  4. A misconception about NA is there is no sex. Wrong. I’ve read a few now that was labeled NA and they had sex. A lot.

    I had no interest in this book until I saw that you gave it 2 stars and Jen (Twimom) gave it 5 stars. Now I’m curious as to which way I would rate it. I’ve put it on my wish list. LOL

  5. Melanie – I am very curious to see if you will be on the ‘love it’ side or the ‘not so much love it’ side.

    Bookaholic Cat – 🙂

    pamelia – I have not checked out the Stage Dive series. Going to have to do that soon 🙂

    Jennifer – It’s not the sex that made this NOT a NA book for me, it’s the age of the characters. And I would LOVE to know what you think of this book lol.

  6. Totally agree with you. This book was one of my biggest disappointments of the year. NS’s Guild Hunters series is one of my all-time favorites, so I was beyond excited when I heard about this book. I pre-ordered it and set aside what I was reading the day it was released to begin it immediately….and very promptly put it back down again. Couldn’t even finish it.

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