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 barred. And what he wants is Charlotte Baird.
Charlotte 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. And these plans may be equal parts business and bedroom.
If Charlotte intends to survive this battle of wits and hearts, the mouse will have to learn to wrangle the T. rex. Game on.
©2015 Nalini Singh (P)2015 Tantor
"Gabriel Bishop reminds me why I fell in love with romance." (Angela, Fiction Vixen)
I love being swept away by a new romance and thankfully Audible's ever growing Library means I get to indulge myself over and over again
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.
The story was well written, underlying issues being addressed not lost, and the chemistry sizzling.
Charlotte (Charlie) as she conquered so much during the length of the tale.
Justine O. Keef is an great narrator - period.
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.
I only listened so I have no idea but I enjoyed the narrator and felt they added to the story.
Okay so this was really good. The story layers intersected beautifully. There were reasons for the character motivations. The male lead worked hard to give space and time to the female lead whoneeded it. It took time for them to actually get to the physical part and there was follow up for why. I did not review the first book in this series because I did not feel the same way but this book exceeded my expectations and I applaude Ms. Singh for truly hitting the mark.
Her performance was impassioned and well done. I am always astounded when I forget a female is reading a male role. Bravo!
Holding back from passion takes strength but the bond it forms is Rock Hard.
This novel in the series has the most depth of character. It's not heart wrenching deep but the author's character development keeps improving with each installment. No rockers in this book, however.
-V from Kansas
I dislike this story it's so...predictable just like other contemporaries where the women are soft and supposed to be smart and yet make herself vulnerable, why is it that she knows theres a threat to herself and make no move to take self-defense classes etc to keep herself safe? Why did Nalini Singh make her female character so blah..I'm not liking her other contemporary either why did she make the leading ladies so lame..?BLAH..
I am not spoiling. just a good book good pace. good mix if content. well-written.
The story and performance was as good as I expected from this author and narrator. They make a good pair.
Story wise: even though it focuses on a minor character and not on one of the four rockers that the series is centered on, it is perhaps my favorite of the series.
Narrator wise: Justine O'keefe, who I am assuming is also Justine Eyre, does a great job as always. She does not become too overwrought like some narrators, but neither is she emotionless.
Yes! It's well done, an interesting story, great characters and covers all the emotions from sadness to complete joy.
There are so many wonderful characters, all well performed by Justine O. Keef. She does a great job with both Charlie and Gabriel. She conveyed Charlie's shyness as she grows into a confident & competent woman. In addition, Gabriel's take no prisoners workaholic start, to his patience in helping Charlie learn to be confident. But she also puts a lot of heart into the supporting characters also, such as Gabriel's family especially his nieces, mom & dad.
The mouse tames the T-Rex
It is a great performance of an interesting book. This was a slow burn romance and the performance keeps you involved in every aspect of the story as characters grow and the romance takes shape. I loved this performance even though I knew the story from the reading the book, this made the book come alive again.
I love Nalini Singh's Psy/Changling books and now I know her Contemporary Romances are just as enjoyable.
"Yah Charlie mouse"
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.
"Excellent first audio book experience!"
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.
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