Author: Nalini Singh
Publisher: TKA Distribution
Rating: 4.5 stars
Buy Links: Amazon
Type: Novel in a Series
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Blurb: Kit Devigny could have loved rock guitarist Noah St. John. Their friendship burned with the promise of intense passion and searing tenderness…until the night Noah deliberately shattered her heart.
Noah knows he destroyed something precious the night he chose to betray Kit, but he’d rather she hate him than learn his darkest secret. All he has left is his music. It’s his saving grace, but it doesn’t silence the voices that keep him up at night. Chasing oblivion through endless one-night-stands, he earns a few hours’ sleep and his bad boy reputation.
When a media error sees Noah and Kit dubbed the new “it” couple, Kit discovers her chance at the role of a lifetime hinges on riding the media wave. Wanting—needing—to give Kit this, even if he can’t give her everything, Noah agrees to play the adoring boyfriend. Only the illusion is suddenly too real, too painful, too beautiful…and it may be too late for the redemption of Noah St. John.
Review: I really loved this book! It was hot and sexy while also being amazing and incredibly deep–without a lot of angsty bull$hit. The obvious issue is like the big elephant in the room, but when that card is finally played, the release and relief that comes for the characters and the readers is a happy calm. There was also a surprising suspense element that caught me totally off guard when the villain was revealed. Wow! Didn’t see that coming at all!
Kit’s an aspiring actress who met and fell in love with a musician named Noah. She’d met him when she was a waitress and his band had come into the restaurant she worked at. Unfortunately for her, Noah had a secret from the past that was keeping him from ever being able to have a meaningful sexual relationship. When their relationship went beyond what he was capable of–he pushed her back with a brutal act. Hurt and confused, Kit took off–and their friendship ended. Soon after, her career shot into orbit.
Noah truly cares for Kit, but he’s afraid of what will happen if they got together. He’s been psychologically damaged since he was a small boy, and he’s never been able to be physically close to a woman unless it’s nameless sex and the woman’s just an object. He doesn’t want to do that with Kit–he wants to always care for her. He’s afraid that trying to confuse the two–meaningless sex and his deep feelings for Kit–will only destroy their relationship and lose him the best friend he’s ever had. So he acts out, betraying her and devastating her feelings in an effort to “save” her. He wants her to always know he’s capable of destroying her life if she gets too close. With that safeguard in place, he feels like they can go back to being just friends–hopefully.
Two years later, Noah approaches Kit for a friendship reboot. She’s willing to try, but is very cautious. Unfortunately, they’re photographed together and suddenly they’re in the spotlight. It’s really helping her career trajectory to be linked to Noah since his band is so famous now. Can they pull it off for a couple of weeks until she finds out if she’s gotten the part she’s desperate for?
Can Noah find a way to be around Kit without acting on his attraction to her? Because if he does, it will surely destroy him and anything they can ever have between them. But he cares so much about her, and when she’s in his life he feels so much better…
I am a big fan of this series and read the first one a while back. This book was almost a standalone for me since I didn’t read the two in between, though I was roughly able to follow along. I think it would hold up well if you’re a first-time reader to the series. This is a great romance series and if you’re a fan of rocker romances, it’s the one for you!