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 that 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.
When a media error sees Noah and Kit dubbed the new "it" couple, Kit discovers that her chance at the role of a lifetime hinges on riding the media wave. Wanting - needing - to give Kit this, 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.
©2015 Nalini Singh (P)2015 Tantor
"OH HOW I LOVED THIS HAUNTING LOVE STORY"
Noah, Noah, Noah my heart bled for you and my eyes wept for you. In this heartbreaking story we finally find out what the tragic and terrible demons are that's haunting Noah and driving him to be such a self-loathing man-whore. And, because of those demons, he purposely shattered and destroyed the close bond and friendship he had with Kit - the only woman he ever truly cared for. Now, a few years later, he has finally hit rock bottom, and the self destruct button, but before he takes that poisonous road he drunkenly reaches out to Kit...... maybe to hear her voice again, maybe for forgiveness, maybe it's his cry for help.... or just maybe subconsciously it's his soul reaching for it's mate.
Kit, who's now a successful actress, had been heartbroken, devastated and shocked by Noah and what he'd done to her and she's never gotten over him or moved on... instead she's living in a world of emotional self denial when it comes to Noah. But when she casually answers her phone at 2.30 one night everything changes because on the other end is a broken man crying out to be saved and she knows she doesn't want a world without Noah in it no matter what he has done. And that starts them both on the very emotional roller-coaster ride to forgiveness, trust, understanding, redemption, passion..... and love.
This was such a pain-filled yet beautiful listen where I cried for both Kit and Noah as their war torn relationship was strewn with hurtful memories amongst the wreckage of their past. But it was slowly pieced back together again with tears, tenderness, understanding, hope and mental peace as the past was finally faced and forgiven and Noah's childhood secrets were revealed. There is also drama because Kit has a Stalker who is becoming more and more unstable and, despite her Bodyguards, the Stalker manages to come face to face with Kit and the outcome could be deadly. All the other well loved secondary characters from the previous books are present and step in and out of scenes.
An emotionally draining but truly wonderful bitter-sweet love story of a Rocker's self disgust and self destruction but, through a lot of character growth.... and an enduring love, he is redeemed, saved and finds his HEA. I love Nalini Singh's books, I'm in awe of her writing skills, I hungered for every word and she's one of my auto download Authors but what really brought this to life was Justine O. Keef's perfect narration. Woman you nailed it and you added the magic that transformed a great book into a wonderful listen - thank you.
Worth a credit? I savoured and devoured every Chapter virtually in one sitting.... so that's a YES from me.
"Best one yet!!!!"
LOVED IT!!! Very emotional and heart pulling!! Romance, drama, deep love and a emotionally broken rocker - what's not to love ? Well worth the credit!!! Can't wait for the next one and Justin O Keef done an EXCEPTIONAL JOB!!
"Love these book"
Another great book with an amazing and surprising storyline. I love this series of books.
"a solid romance"
Great story. Made your heart hurt a little! A solid book. kept me reading, dangit. I really needed to sleep...but it was a STAY UP AND FINISH book!
"Second chance romance"
Justine O. Keef is a wonderful narrator. She keeps the story flowing using multiple believable voices. Her pacing matches that of the author. Even though I have read this story before, I still really enjoyed listening to it.
Noah was a real jerk for the first third of the book. We know he has a deep, dark secret that prevents him from feeling that he can love and be loved. But he was really nasty to Kit and damn lucky that she eventually gave him a second, third & fourth chance. This is really a story of love triumphs all!
The story is a little slow at the beginning and I got a little tired of Noah's antics, that's the only reason for 4 stars instead of 5. However, once we get past that and he & Kit try to work things out, it turns into a wonderful story. It was also nice to see all the guys in the band helping each other so much just like in the other books in this series.
Stay tuned for a really sweet ending.
Favorite one yet in this series. Can't wait for the next book to be available. You will not be disappointed using a credit for any of the books in this series!
"Mixed Feelings about this novel"
I have mixed feelings about this novel. There are some things I liked a lot and other things that were a disappointment.
First, I admit that I am from the Midwest and have never had anything to do with the movie business but, just using common sense, I found the reasoning behind the two main characters' "pretend " relationship, totally unbelievable.
Second, many of the aspects of this novel were Very predictable.
Third, I thought the basic idea behind The character's sexual disorder had the potential to be very powerful. However, the way it was presented and developed , missed the mark.
Fourth, the novel did make you want to pull for the couple to have a happy ending.
Fifth, in many ways, this chapter of the series, was the most emotionally powerful chapter so far. However, the story feels incomplete, especially since there wasn't any resolution with the parents, involved.
Finally, the resolution to the "stocker" situation, was a let down. Again, it did not come across as "believable " or likely.
Overall, it was an enjoyable listen, as long as you take certain aspects, in stride.
- V from Kansas
"It's in my top 5!"
Wonderful book! I lost sleep with it and then didn't listen to another book for a week. This love story will suck you in and keep you until the last sentence. I can't wait for the next in the series! Side note-Justine O. Keef + rockstar romance = excellence!
"My favourite of a brilliant series"
Noah & Kit's story is heartbreaking, inspiring and worth waiting for. The bad boy has a heart and a beautiful damaged soul but Kit is the only women who can heal him! Outstanding and powerful writing.
I can't say I was looking forward to this book, in fact I left it a couple of days before starting it. Boy was I wrong, this story was fabulous and to finally find out about Noah's issues as he told Kit and she came out of his corner fighting for him it brought tears to my eyes. Why did I not believe in Nalini Singh you would think I would know better.
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