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I made a huge mistake with this book..... I started to listen to it quite late in the evening and, because the well paced story was romantic, captivating and all its characters were so likeable, I just couldn't stop listening and kept fooling myself with thoughts of "oh, just one more chapter" until I finally thought "well there's only five chapters left I might as well finish it". I know I know I have no willpower and since joining Audible I've seen a lot of early dawns creeping in but, when the book's characters are so alluring and the storyline is funny, sad, tender, sexy, sweet, touching, romantic and there's witty banter too, then I'm a sucker for a love story with a HEA ending.
Gabriel, the very handsome workaholic playboy, has come in as CEO to rescue a failing Company but he's ruthless, focussed, driven and is very intelligent so it doesn't take him long to see that one of his employees, the shy, mousey little Charlotte with her baggy ill-fitting clothes, is actually highly intelligent and is in the wrong position in the Company so promotes her to be his P.A. But, as soon as he does, Gabriel realises that he's physically and mentally drawn to her and can see beyond her layers of protection to the little gem hidden beneath so he does what he does best.... makes careful plans to win the affections and trust of his timid little mouse. However, he soon discovers that his plans will have to be long-term plans as the more he sees Charlotte flinching and freezing up at his touch the more he painfully realises that she's been a victim of something terrible but it doesn't deter this now focussed and reformed playboy.
Yes, Charlotte has been a victim and her horrific ordeal is told in this listen but, with the help of her best friend Molly (from book 1) and over several months of working for sexy Alpha Gabriel (dubbed as T Rex by her), she slowly gains confidence, stands up for herself and snipes back.... which is just what Gabriel had planned. Then her fears turn into longings, she sees the caring family man behind Gabriel's ruthless facade, she also sees the deep attraction for her that he's not hiding any longer and the patience he's endured. But can she tell him her secret, will it scare him off, will she ever enjoy being touched again, is there any hope of a future for Gabriel and herself and will she survive when her abusive ex-boyfriend is released from prison???
Worth a credit? Dual POV's, a very good narrator who did a sexy Alpha male voice with ease, a patient, loyal, loving and swoon worthy Hero and an enjoyable well-written plot that had a lot of character growth and development as the Hero drew in his claws and the Heroine finally found hers. So YES worth a credit and I haven't yet come across a Nalini Singh book that wasn't worth a credit..... that's why her books are an auto buy for me.
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What did you love best about Rock Hard?
The story was well written, underlying issues being addressed not lost, and the chemistry sizzling.
Who was your favorite character and why?
Charlotte (Charlie) as she conquered so much during the length of the tale.
What does Justine O. Keef bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?
Justine O. Keef is an great narrator - period.
Any additional comments?
My only reason to not give this audible experience 5 stars all the way around is that this book is centered in New Zealand and I think the book deserves a narrator with experience in New Zealand (a Kiwi perhaps) or an English ex-pat who has spent time in New Zealand. Pronunciation, knowledge of the country, and tone, could really bring this book to another level of experience. I am not suggesting a deep kiwi accent in the book, but a recognizable softened accent would nevertheless add to the experience and help set the book apart perhaps from every other American-read narration. Certainly Charlotte would be a kiwi I would expect.
3 of 3 people found this review helpful
I love listening to this book and have done do 3 or 4 times since it was released. To see Charlie come out of herself after what she went through will Richard was inspiring. Roll on the next book.
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
In the past I would have said I didn't like audio books as I'm not keen on being read to but Justine O. Keef's narration of Rock Hard has definitely changed my mind. Her clear diction and clean accent meant I wasn't straining to make out what was being said and could enjoy the story of Charlotte and Gabriel without being distracted by the narrator.
I'd already read and loved this book (Nalini's books are an autobuy for me) but I hadn't thought about listening to it until I saw a tweet about it and thought I'd give it a go & I'm so glad I did.
I would love it if the Psy/ Changeling books were available as audio as I would get them to complement the print and eBook versions I've already got (as long as the narration's just as good). Can't recommend this highly enough.
loved it good romance and all round a gr8 story with interesting story lines that keep you hanging for the next page.
She make characters come to live and one is sad when done. More Nalini please!