3.5 muffin stars Charlotte Braid is timid, and intelligent simple woman hiding behind the hideous looking clothes and spectacles working as a records clerk and who happens to be intimidated by the smallest things On sensing the presence of an intruder in the late hours of the office, she musters enough courage to confront the said intruder, suddenly startled by the presence of muscular male she throws a stapler on his way, Yep She actually used a stapler as weapon least did she kno 3.5 muffin stars Charlotte Braid is timid, and intelligent simple woman hiding behind the hideous looking clothes and spectacles working as a records clerk and who happens to be intimidated by the smallest things On sensing the presence of an intruder in the late hours of the office, she musters enough courage to confront the said intruder, suddenly startled by the presence of muscular male she throws a stapler on his way, Yep She actually used a stapler as weapon least did she know this stranger happens to be the new CEO Gabriel Bishop, former star rugby player turned businessman famously known as T Rex for his ruthless, temperamental and compelling nature.After an injury Gabriel had to retire from playing rugby, he now saves the companies which is in state of drowning Most of the time he s difficult on his employees, but he also respects the one s who works hard It s when he realizes Charlotte though being a clerk, knewabout their clients than anybody else, he soon promotes her to be his P.A and that s when their lives changes foreverDear Ms Baird,As of today, you do have a slave clause in your contract It means you do everything I say Under no circumstances are you to eat, sleep, take breaks, or check in to hotel rooms with men named Eggplant.Sincerely,Gabriel BishopGabriel is smitten by his smart yet shy assistant and is determined to bring this timid mouse out of its burrow For weeks they avoid the growing attraction between them not only because it s against the work ethics, but her tragic past left no room for love or trust Nothing stood in his way when he set his mind on something and now all he wants is Ms Baird, will the scars of her tormented past keeps them for having a future together This is my first book from Nalini Singh and I m so impressed by her writing, and her characters easily lovable While I loved both the MC s I did not connect with Gabriel like I did with Charlotte, it seems like the entire story was focused on developing her character and his thoughts were mostly on how he felt about her which IMO was quite blunt But his charming, sweet, protective Alpha personality made up for it, I loved that he was ever so patient with her, and the best part of the book was the banters and the dirty talkingI want to pin you under me and fuck you hard, then I want to slam you up against pretty much every wall in this place After which I want to bend you over my desk, my bed, this table For starters This waslikeit s mesituation since there was no much flaws in this story but it didn t amaze me or stick with me, so I had to knock couple of stars Overall it was pretty decent story with great writing, set with a right pace and I liked it Hoping to readfrom this authorARC kindly provided by TKA Distribution via Netgalley, for an honest review Get it hereUSUKListened to the audio for another re read 12 4 2017 Is it weird that I liked this narrators voicewhen she was speaking in the guys voice First re read 8 22 16Reading Rock Wedding made me want to revisit Charlotte and her T Rex Get it hereUSUKListened to the audio for another re read 12 4 2017 Is it weird that I liked this narrators voicewhen she was speaking in the guys voice First re read 8 22 16Reading Rock Wedding made me want to revisit Charlotte and her T Rex In New York Times Bestselling author Nalini Singh s newest contemporary romance, passion ignites between a gorgeous, sinfully sexy man who built himself up from nothing and a shy woman who has a terrible secret in her past Wealthy businessman Gabriel Bishop rules the boardroom with the same determination and ruthlessness that made him a rock star on the rugby field He knows what he wants, and he ll go after it no holds barredAnd what he wants is Charlotte BairdCharlotte knows she s a mouse Emotionally scarred and painfully shy, she just wants to do her job and remain as invisible as possible But the new CEO a brilliant, broad shouldered T Rex of a man who growls and storms through the office, leaving carnage in his wake clearly has other plans Plans that may be equal parts business and bedroomIf Charlotte intends to survive this battle of wits and hearts, the mouse will have to learn to wrangle the T Rex Game on 4.5 T Rex Wrangler Stars I have been waiting to read the story between Gabriel aka T Rex and Charlie aka Mouse since I ve read about them in Rock Addiction I m quite certain I mentioned in my review for that book how these two stole the spotlight for me To say that my expectations were quite high would be a major understatement But Nalini Singh delivered and I couldn t be happier Gabriel is the perfect T Rex to Charlie s mouse and like what my friend Kristen said, this book is a reminder of 4.5 T Rex Wrangler Stars I have been waiting to read the story between Gabriel aka T Rex and Charlie aka Mouse since I ve read about them in Rock Addiction I m quite certain I mentioned in my review for that book how these two stole the spotlight for me To say that my expectations were quite high would be a major understatement But Nalini Singh delivered and I couldn t be happier Gabriel is the perfect T Rex to Charlie s mouse and like what my friend Kristen said, this book is a reminder of why I love to read romance Rock Hard runs parallel to the events of book one Gabriel Bishop just got hired to help an ailing company where he met Charlie Charlie mouse is painfully shy while T Rex is forceful and used to getting what he wants But there was something about Charlie that drew Gabriel to her He wanted her but because she was so shy and jumpy, he needed to draw her out without her getting suspicious And thus, their delicious dance began And this part of the book was Gabriel is best example of what an alpha hero should be, in my opinion He knows what he wants and he goes after it Sure, he s possessive but he s also caring, sweet, loyal and very, very, patient He s just perfect in every way And Charlie is no slouch either She s shy and scared because of what happened to her but despite that, she never lost her inner strength She surprised me at every turn And Gabe being the patient and caring alpha that he is just brought out the best in Charlie and vice versa Their interaction throughout the book had me swooning I am so glad that I stuck with this series because it definitely got better with each book Nalini Singh s talent just shined through and her lush characterizations made Gabe and Charlie came alive for me I felt every emotion conveyed by the author and I finished this book being reminded once again why I love this genre so much For those asking, yes, this is part of her Rock Kiss series and yes, this can be read as a standalone So for anyone who is looking a book that is heavy on the romance and low on the angst, then this book is definitely for you ARC courtesy of the publisher in exchange for an honest review. Dear Gabrielandand you make meandBoy, am I glad I didn t give up on this series after the first book This one was great Gabriel was sheer perfection Dear Gabrielandand you make meandBoy, am I glad I didn t give up on this series after the first book This one was great Gabriel was sheer perfection 5 HUGE Stars Nalini Singh flat out nails it with her second book in the Rock Kiss series No one can say she can t write New Adult now I was glued to these pagesit was a perfect cocktail of personalities and circumstances that Singh gave these two Gabriel is the quintessential man of power and Charlotte the shy, introverted pretty girl hidden by her own insecurities Gabriel found himself interested, and he d never before found a mouse interesting So what made this so differe 5 HUGE Stars Nalini Singh flat out nails it with her second book in the Rock Kiss series No one can say she can t write New Adult now I was glued to these pagesit was a perfect cocktail of personalities and circumstances that Singh gave these two Gabriel is the quintessential man of power and Charlotte the shy, introverted pretty girl hidden by her own insecurities Gabriel found himself interested, and he d never before found a mouse interesting So what made this so different than other boss secretary stories Singh did, that s what She gave Charlotte legitimate reason to be so mousy, but she also made her kick ass, too Charlotte is so muchthan what she shows the world, if only they would take the time to get to know her Gabriel does, and for me, therein lies the allure of stories like this Gabriel instinctively knows there are all these hidden layers and he expends the energy unwrapping this girl.all the while, loving every minute of it And when he gets to the heart of her and realizes where her insecurities stem fromahhhhh That protective alpha male comes roaring to the surface, and It Is Golden He had decided on Charlotte The first time he d decided on something, he d been eight and it had been rugby A seven year international pro career later, he d suffered the injury that took him out of play So he d decided on kicking ass and taking names as a man who specialized in rescuing drowning companies.Now he d decided on Charlotte Charlotte s timidity is understandably hard for her to get over, considering what caused it Add that to the fact that Gabriel is the epitome of power and fame, and she s just Charlotte, and it was easy for me to relate to her She s lived her life trying to fade into the background, to an extent It s hard for her to turn it all around and accept this larger than life guy into her heart and her body Enough She might be shy and tongue tied when it came to any kind of flirtation but this wasn t flirtation on Gabriel s part It was a moment s amusement Because T Rexes didn t date mice They stomped on them on their way to other, sexier pastures Let s not forget the sexy hereit takes awhile which was another point in favor of five stars but these two light it up, and it was that perfect pinnacle moment of emotional and passionate and intense as heck Their chemistry was palpable, and I m not so much a feminist that I don t LOVE the power of a man losing control Gabriel was hottest when on the edge of Mine and I m YoursIf you tell me you don t want me, I m going to demand you give me your panties to prove they re not damp Cheeks going bright red, she stamped on dainty foot That s totally inappropriate No rules outside the office, Ms Baird Which reminds meevery time Gabriel says Ms Baird , I swear I wanted to change my name just so I could pretend it was me DAwesome, awesome book All the issues I had with the first book in this series were not present here The sex was timely and meaningful The over the top drama was quenched to believable and likeable levels The heroine was a true warrior, overcoming her past and living up to all she could be The hero, a true hero, inways than one In all ways that mattered This, my friends, is what New Adult should beAdvance copy provided for review REREAD September 2019OMG Rock Hard was my favorite ROCK KISS book so far It deserved ALL THE STARS I loved it If you love office romances as much as I do this is the book for you If you love a snarly and bad tempered T Rex of a man, being ensnared by a quiet but strong minded PA that wraps him around her little finger you need to read this book I was in love from the very first page And I was so ecstatic to finally start Charlotte and Gabrie REREAD September 2019OMG Rock Hard was my favorite ROCK KISS book so far It deserved ALL THE STARS I loved it If you love office romances as much as I do this is the book for you If you love a snarly and bad tempered T Rex of a man, being ensnared by a quiet but strong minded PA that wraps him around her little finger you need to read this book I was in love from the very first page And I was so ecstatic to finally start Charlotte and Gabriel s story I had a feeling their story would be worth writing about and Nalini Singh definitely delivered When Charlotte s company is taken over by a T Rex kind of guy, a shark in the business world, and an all consuming personality that easily overpowered poor Charlotte, all bets were off The interactions between Gabriel and Charlotte were beautifully written Witty, funny and engaging Charlotte s struggle was believable and the author took her time to solve her hangups in a timely manner which gave it an authentic feel I especially liked that they had a slow burn romance going I adored the lengthy foreplay, and their interaction at work were a highlight It was a true delight Gabriel was unexpectedly patient with Charlotte I loved him so muchfor that He was endearing, understanding but when he became snarly all bets were off SWOON This book checked all of my boxes The characters were fabulous, the story enchanting, captivating and romantic and the writing was off the charts awesome I already have the feeling that I m going to read it again Gabriel and Charlotte completely took me by surprise and I had the worst book hangover in a long time Forbook recommendations, follow me on InstagramForreviews check out the blog This book is about Charlotte, Molly s from Rock Addiction best friend and her boss, Gabriel or T Rex, as we ve come to know him I have to say I was a bit hesitant to read this book mainly because I never really had a connection with Charlotte and I actually pictured T Rex being an older creepy guyI don t know why Thank goodness I gave it a chance because I was so far off it wasn t even funny Gabriel is really yummy and I have to say that as much as I came to like Charlotte, Gabriel stole This book is about Charlotte, Molly s from Rock Addiction best friend and her boss, Gabriel or T Rex, as we ve come to know him I have to say I was a bit hesitant to read this book mainly because I never really had a connection with Charlotte and I actually pictured T Rex being an older creepy guyI don t know why Thank goodness I gave it a chance because I was so far off it wasn t even funny Gabriel is really yummy and I have to say that as much as I came to like Charlotte, Gabriel stole the show Ex rugby player turned star CEO with a heart of gold if you re on his good side what s not to like Charlotte, aka Charlie or mouse, turned out to be a real sweetie that suffered a horrible event in her past I really admired her strength and courage and while it seemed like things dragged out because of what happened, you couldn t help but feel for what she went through And the steaminesswell, I saw this gif on NS blog and I couldn t resist posting it It s just so apropos Gabriel is a force to be reckoned with Charlie has zero chance in resisting himnot that she wants to I just loved how sweet and gentle Gabriel was with her And it really helped to get his POV as well I love how Molly was infused into the story and Gabriel s family was amazing and exactly what Charlie needed Of course, there s plenty of dramanot only with Charlie s past coming to haunt her but Gabriel s is messing with him too I loved how they were there for each other and so supportive I did think Gabriel did a few jerkish things red roses but it was so funny how Charlie was right up to the challenge They really work well together and they both have great senses of humor The offers and counteroffers were hilarious I loved how it ended but I have no clue who the next book could be about Maybe one of the other guys in the band One of Gabriel s brothers Well, whoever it is, I know that NS will write another amazing story Favorite quotes Looks like Egor is a quick draw, Ms Baird There are pills for that, you know Ms Baird, no one is good or bad at sex by themselves, he drawled It s a team effort, and you know I m a team player That s my Ms Baird Weightlifting, he said as he passed the items over That s clearly your secret hobby Come on, let s reheat this and eat and you can tell me what some of those words mean I grew up on a rugby field, but Jesus, baby, I have no idea where you learned all that You re mine now, Ms Baird And I m yours AlwaysARC provided by author 4 Stapler StarsI was unreasonably excited to read this book which usually just leads to sadness, disappointment and unmet expectations So I am seriously excited that this thing stuck its landing BAM.Another thing that excites me The fact that reading this book and the subsequent composition of this review see how fancy I made that sound SelfAggrandizementAlert gives me a blatant excuse justification to do some important research I like to callSalivating Over Rugby PlayersPoss 4 Stapler StarsI was unreasonably excited to read this book which usually just leads to sadness, disappointment and unmet expectations So I am seriously excited that this thing stuck its landing BAM.Another thing that excites me The fact that reading this book and the subsequent composition of this review see how fancy I made that sound SelfAggrandizementAlert gives me a blatant excuse justification to do some important research I like to callSalivating Over Rugby PlayersPossible risk factors of this research include 1 The short circuiting of one s keyboard due to inadvertent spillage of drool from one s mouth 2 Cramping of one s hand from all the required picture pinning 3 Passive aggressive chastisement from one s spouse when said spouse discovers a new folder entitled Hot Rugby Studs on the family desktop Obviously, this is a very serious, intense process and takes a great deal of training, thought, and determination Definitely not for the weak of heart WorthItCase in point This finding So ri god damn diculously hot Can t take it Even off the field.But I digress.I really enjoyed this story As always, Singh s writing was tight and perfect There were also some really cute, funny moments I survived No anger in his voice, though the eyes he turned on her were assessing The stapler was too heavy for you to throw with any accuracy Next time, try a hole punch There was also some slow, good old fashioned gradual relationship building a seemingly lost art these days and I really enjoyed the fact that Singh stayed true to Charlotte s past Many times, you will have a damaged character with longstanding issues that are suddenly and miraculously just healed overnight with the appearance of the H or hAnd as much as I sometimes wanted to say Oh lord, just get over it and bang him already, it was refreshing to see some issues handled with a littlereliability and realism.But my favorite thing about this book Gabriel.Be still my cold dead heart, I loved him He was the perfect mix of asshole alpha and sweet male man meat Book boyfriend material for sure I can t wait for the next one in this series Until then, there is alwaysRugby research It s Game On for Charlie and T RexI absolutely bloody loved this it s classic contemporary romance at it s finest For me this series got off to a fairly average start with Rock Addiction but improved a lot with Rock Courtship and Rock Hard is, for me, the best yet It features a familiar plot for romance the tough, protective alpha hero and the shy, retiring heroine with a traumatic past but it s so beautifully written, the characters so vividly drawn that I was completely enthralleIt s Game On for Charlie and T RexI absolutely bloody loved this it s classic contemporary romance at it s finest For me this series got off to a fairly average start with Rock Addiction but improved a lot with Rock Courtship and Rock Hard is, for me, the best yet It features a familiar plot for romance the tough, protective alpha hero and the shy, retiring heroine with a traumatic past but it s so beautifully written, the characters so vividly drawn that I was completely enthralled from beginning to end Nalini Singh does a fantastic job of focussing the reader entirely on the journey being taken by the two central characters and she keeps it fresh all the way through My attention never wavered once in fact, I found it hard to put down at all I d actually been dying to read this story ever since we were treated to little snippets during Molly and Fox s story in Rock Addiction Charlotte our Charlie Mouse is Molly s best friend and we heard through conversations and texts about her ferocious and very demanding new boss, Gabriel Bishop AKA T Rex especially after she threw a stapler at his head when she thought he was an intruder I d been dying to hear their story the tough alpha hero and the slightly nerdy heroine is pretty much my favourite romance scenario and I can hand on heart assure you that Rock Hard completely lived up to my expectations and then some.Quick synopsis Gabriel Bishop, a former pro rugby player who s career ended early and unexpectedly due to injury has turned all that incredible intensity and focus on saving failing businesses with great success and he s been brought in to save the company that Charlotte works for and turns out to be an extremely exacting boss He, of course, knows that he wants her for himself but he can see the terror hidden in her eyes, realises that she s been hurt badly along the way and realises that he has to tread carefully and take things slowly And it s his slow pursuit of Charlotte, the beautiful journey they take that takes centre stage in this novel and, despite the slow pace, it kept me engrossed even though it takes forever for them to get together I wasn t once bored I enjoyed all that consuming sexual chemistry that was building to a crescendo between them and loved every second of Charlotte finally letting go of her demons and allowing Gabriel in She swallowed and lifted trembling fingers to his hair, tears rolling down her face Why are you doing this You need to ask me that A growl of sound You haven t figured out by now that I think you re fucking amazing You have a brain that won t quit, a smile that lights up my soul, and a body I want to do dirty things to and with three ways to SundayI had a few worries before beginning this book that Charlotte would be too much of a mouse, that she would irritate me but my fears were ungrounded Yes, she s guarded and very skittish but you learn slowly why she is that way and, even though she appears to be a mouse, she s actually a bit of a tigress beneath that facade and it s the little glimpses of her true character that so enthral Gabriel Charlotte is an easy character to identify with she s just a regular girl working in an office for a boss who s never satisfied and always demandingand living and getting by in a big city this is set in Auckland, NZ I actually really liked her right from the get go and was dying for her to let her ferocious T Rex of a boss get a little closer to her.And Gabriel Bishop oh, be still my beating heart I think I fell deeply in love with him right along with Charlotte I think he has to be my favourite book boyfriend of 2015 to date He s one of the guys that my teenage self would have sighed over in romance novels when I was just beginning to discover the genre He s in a position of power, he s growly, demanding yet very protective and hot as hell and he s decided that he wants Charlotte Baird pretty much from the first moment he sets eyes on her and plays a long game to get her I smiled goofily and often at the things that he said and did, even when Charlotte didn t realise what he was up to With our reader s birds eye view of the action, we knew exactly what his game is and I think I just swooned with happiness and got a really bad case of the warm and fuzzies Even now, as I type, I m grinning like a loon The story focuses almost completely on the journey that Charlotte and her T Rex take and the pacing was just pitch perfect Despite very little else going on, the story never dragged or flagged and I was completely rapt and dying to carry on, to see the little victories that Gabriel claimed and the baby steps that they took together Their growing feelings for one another are just blissful and sigh worthy and, above all else, I loved the way that Gabriel loved Charlie how he realised he had to go slow, how patient he was with her, so understanding and just so, SO wonderful Ok, so I know I m gushing now but you get the picture right I ll take his memo any time he demands snigger What are you talking about he said as things went all melty and hot low in her body You wrangle T Rexes, don t youScrunching up her nose at him, she fought a smile Only one Good, because this T Rex is possessive as hell and does not share wellSo, this is a fantastic addition to the Rock Kiss series it s quite clear how experienced and accomplished Nalini Singh is as an author This is virtually flawless romance, an absolute pleasure to just lose yourself in It s romantic, sweet, sexy and actually very funny Highly recommended 5 die hard romantic starsARC courtesy of INscribe Digital via NetGalley.Edited 2 days after reading to upgrade my rating to 5 stars as a I book that stays so strongly with me after finishing really does deserve that rating