Series: Rock Kiss Book 3
Author: Nalini Singh
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*Synopsis*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.
Kit Devigny met Noah St. John when they were both starting out in Las Angeles, trying to make it big. She became friends with him and the rest of his band, but Noah was the one closest to Kit. They were inseparable but when they both got into the spotlight they kept the fact that they were really close a secret from the public. Neither wanted the paparazzi to label them as something more than friends and cause drama. But Kit did want them to be more than friends and always saw her relationship with Noah as something special. But all of that hope for something more came crashing to a halt the night Noah deliberately hurt her feelings to make it clear they could never be more.
Now, two years after Kit's heartbreak, Noah breaks down and calls her for help after a night of binge drinking and self-destruction. Kit, still in love with him, rushes to go to help Noah. She never expected to find a broken man when she got there, though, and knows that even if it will be hard for her, she has to be in Noah's life and continue to help him.
This is a really hard review to write because I just don't know how exactly I feel about Noah and Kit. I enjoyed their story but at the same time I was having a lot of issues with it. Noah and Kit struggled a bit to get back into their friendship and it was a long journey to becoming something more. And by long, I mean the whole book. I was getting really bored and disinterested when nothing was happening other than the two being friends. I enjoyed their friendship and I loved seeing how they built the trust back up, but I just needed more. The longer the book went on and they still weren't together, the more frustrated I became.
There was something more than romance missing from this story and I can't exactly figure out what. I just know that I kept wanting more from it and was disappointed at the meh way it left me feeling. Even with something missing, the overall story was good and I didn't have a problem with the characters; I actually really liked Noah. He was a little damaged and didn't know how to do intimacy but when he almost lost Kit he made an effort to try, and I really liked that.
Kit was a good heroine, which says a lot because usually I hate all heroines. It surprised me that I liked her, because of her behavior in previous books, where I wanted to bitch slap her. I loved that she tries to protect Noah and would do anything for him, even kill her own emotions. Being only friends with Noah while wanting him hurt her deeply, yet she wouldn't give up on him. I liked how strong she was about that situation and didn't just run away.
The stalker issue was a little confusing to me because I just didn't see the point. It would be mentioned randomly, but for the most part Kit's stalker got pushed into the background. Kit was being stalked for a really long time yet didn't seem too worried about it and I guess that just made it a little unrealistic to me. She hired security and moved but we never got to see any emotion over the fact her life was being violated. So, again, I just didn't see the point.
Bottom line, I didn't hate the story but I also didn't love it. I did have my issues, yet they didn't stop me from liking Noah and wanting to be the one protecting him. Not my favorite book in the series but still recommended.
P.S: Noah does not cheat on Kit and there is no descriptive sex with other women; it's only mentioned.
ARC kindly provided via TRSOR Promotions in exchange for an honest review.
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