Rock Kiss, Book #4
By Nalini Singh
Author’s Website: http://nalinisingh.com/
Brought to you by OBS reviewer Heidi
Fame and fortune can bring about some major falls from grace, and nobody knows that better than Schoolboy Choir’s keyboardist, Abe Bellamy. The pain of losing his baby sister to cancer at only eight years old has filled him with such pain and grief that he never learned how to deal with it properly. Instead, he sought out anything that could numb the pain, mostly drugs and alcohol. But one night, the anniversary of Tessie’s death no less, he went too far. The things he did and said to his wife, Sarah, where so mean and hurtful that she had no choice but to leave him, shattering them both in the process.
Abe’s band got him into rehab and he’s clean now, but the pain of losing Sarah still haunts him. But she moved on so he’s tried to live his life to the best of his ability. That is until they were at the Zenith musical festival and he saw Sarah’s boyfriend hit her. Sarah left Jeremy after that night, and Abe would do anything for just one more chance to have her back in his life. But can Abe ever undo the pain and hurt he caused her?
This was another good emotional read (God, I love those) in the Rock Kiss series! But I knew it would be! And, I could completely empathize with Abe’s addiction … since you know …. second chance romances are my crack, especially emotional ones like this one. I couldn’t tell you how many times I cried during this read … especially with the scenes about Aaron. Heartbreaking doesn’t even begin to cover it.
I’m glad to see that Sarah just didn’t give in to to what Abe wanted and took him back without any thought like so many women do in the romance genre. She made him work for it! And, I have no doubt he will keep working at it for the rest of his fictional life!
Despite the horrors of Abe’s past and the horrible way he treated Sarah during that time, I did really enjoy Abe. It was great to see how he has turned his life around and finally became the man that Sarah deserved.
My heart broke for Sarah after having a miscarriage and then a stillborn. You can’t blame her for never wanting to get pregnant again. But it seemed kind of obvious, even from early on, the path this book was going to take. But I loved seeing the protective side it brought out in Abe.
I was expecting another confrontation with Jeremy in this one, but sadly it wasn’t to be.
We did, however, get to see all the other couples in the series as they all got to take their vows finally.
“Abe grinned as Noah went in for the kiss. He’d expected laughing passion or maybe a raw lip-lock, but his hands cradling Kit’s face, the guitarist kissed his new wife with a tenderness that had every single woman in the room sighing and all but melting into the floor.
“Abe shook his head. “He really doesn’t give a flying you-know-what about his bad-boy image does he?” he said to David.
David shot him a laughing look, his golden-brown eyes shining. with happiness for a friend who’d found his way out of the darkness that had haunted him for so long.”
Although we didn’t see Charlotte and T-Rex’s wedding, Singh did mention in her note at the end of the book that we’d get to see that in an upcoming book focusing on one of Gabriel’s brothers. But sadly in that note, Singh confirmed this is the last of the Rock Kiss series. I expected it as all the weddings seemed to tie everything up so nicely, but this is one series I will really miss.
And with Abe’s past addiction I though Your Love is My Drug by Ke$ha to be a perfect song to go with this book 🙂