Singh's Rock Kiss series has gotten better and better with each book. Rock Redemption in the story of Noah St. John and Kit Devigny. Kit is the daughter of a world-famous supermodel and champion tennis pro. Despite her star-studded childhood, she has been building a career as an actress under her own name for the last decade, slowly moving from Soaps, to small indie films and is finally on the verge of mega stardom. Along the way she has grown close to the "Schoolboy Choir" bandmates, through her friendship with Fox, the band's lead singer. They are her brothers in fame but one band member was once almost more than that.
Noah St.John broke Kit's heart when after months of building an increasingly intimate if platonic relationship he orchestrated it so that Kit would walk in on him and groupie. Kit received the message loud and clear,and walked out of the room and out of his life. Noah has resisted apologizing or contacting her for months, till the night he hit rock bottom and called her in drunk stupor from red-light district motel.
This is a second-chance at love story that truly acknowledges how hard it is to trust against after an intentional betrayal. Noah is exposed & vulnerable and Kit is angry and wary. Noah had been incredibly thorough in wrecking their relationship they start off very hesitantly and haltingly. The fractures, and absence of their former ease with each other is deeply felt. They are both hyper-aware of what has been broken. Kit knows Noah is refusing to tell her some very important details about his motivations and rightly holds back and resists reestablishing even a casual friendship. Noah is big bag of mixed signals, terrified of letting her close.
Their efforts at rebuilding are put to the test when paparazzi catch wind of their renewed friendship and spin it in the media budding romantic relationship. Caught in the swirl of media attention at a very sensitive time in her career, Noah volunteers to pose as her boyfriend till attention winds down, and they can exit the relationship gracefully partly as penance and partly out of selfish desire to keep her close to him.
I really loved that the demands of fame plays a very real toll on their lives and relationships. I also thought that Noah's secret pain that motivates his fucked up actions was really well done. Although I wanted to rail at him for making such poor choices, I understood the messed up way he got to them. Noah's messed up views of sex did really great things to the books dynamic. Sexual tension didn't naturally lead to sex. Sex is something the hero is actively trying to avoid moving towards. In Romance that is rare and it throws everyone off balance.
I was less thrilled with the stalker subplot. I intellectually understood the role it was playing, thought it was well developed and even clever, I just didn't like that two of the heroines have been stalked in the course of series.
I received advance review copy of Rock Redemption from Singh via NetGalley.
Rock Redemption is up for pre-order and is expected to be released on Oct. 6, 2015