Rebel Hard
Rebel Hard

Rebel Hard

by Nalini Singh

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New York Times bestselling author Nalini Singh continues her Hard Play series with a sweet, sexy romance featuring big, fat, OTT weddings, a meddling grandma, and a too-serious hero who needs to be unbuttoned...

Nayna Sharma agreed to an arranged marriage in the hope it would heal the fractures in her beloved family... only to realize too late that a traditional marriage is her personal nightmare. Panicked, she throws caution to the winds, puts on the tiniest dress she can find, and ends up in the arms of a tall, rough-edged hunk of a man who has abs of steel-and who she manages to mortally insult between one kiss and the next.

Abandoned as a child, then adopted into a loving family, Raj Sen believes in tradition, in continuity. Some might call him stiff and old-fashioned, but he knows what he wants-and it's a life defined by rules... yet he can't stop thinking about the infuriating and sexy woman who kissed him in the moonlight then disappeared. When his parents spring an introduction on him, the last woman he expects is her. Beautiful. Maddening. A rule breaker in the making.

He's all wrong for her. She's all wrong for him. And love is about to make rebels of them both.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781942356677
Publisher: TKA Distribution
Publication date: 08/30/2018
Series: Hard Play Series , #2
Pages: 398
Sales rank: 248,430
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.89(d)

About the Author

New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of the Psy-Changeling, Guild Hunter, and Rock Kiss series, Nalini Singh usually writes about hot shapeshifters, dangerous angels, and sexy rock stars. With the Hard Play series, she decided to write about a sinfully gorgeous set of brothers and their friends, all of whom will make your blood pump and your heart melt.

Nalini lives and works in beautiful New Zealand, and is passionate about writing. If you'd like to learn more about the Hard Play series or her other books, you can find excerpts, behind-the-scenes materials, and more information on her website:

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Rebel Hard 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 30 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Complex characters, funny moments, and beautiful descriptions of customs, traditions, and food bring this story alive.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved this book! It was awesome for so many reasons. The chemistry between the characters and the peak into a different culture. Definitely a good read with characters that you get attached too. I love how the time table for this book and Cherish Hard work.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved every page.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Ms Singh never disappoints. Started this on the eve of my birthday and finished after midnight. Totally worth It! Raj and his Nanna were great characters. Their love was wonderful.
LynnLTX More than 1 year ago
Nayna Sharma has always been the good girl in her large, extended Indian family putting her own plans and desires on hold. Her older sister, Madhuri, caused the family much hurt and anguish with rash and selfish behavior. Just once, Nayna wants to break out to do something bold and exciting which is how she ends up meeting Raj at a party dressed to be bad and way out of her normal comfort zone. Nayna loves her traditional family, but finds them stifling because in order to fulfill their dreams, she might have to give up her own to see the world and have adventures. Raj Sen comes from an equally old-style family with the added issues from his early life before being adopted. Raj is the rock of the family, now running their business and taking care of everyone except perhaps himself. After Nayna pulls her Cinderella act at the party, they find themselves right in the midst of an Indian arranged-marriage mart tableau their parents have cooked up. Nayna is very much attracted to Raj as he is to her; however, after feeling trapped for so many years, Nayna craves the chance to decide what she really wants. Raj has been set on all things traditional including the wife at home taking care of the family. Nayna does not necessarily eschew those things though she has her own well established career. She just wants the chance to make choices and live out some dreams. Rebelling against her family and tradition puts Nayna in a difficult positon as well as Raj. Because he feels Nayna is the woman for him, Raj is willing to put aside preconceived ideas and give her the choice to choose him on her own. Ms. Singh takes the reader on a journey with two people who are very good together, but have much to overcome including continual “help” and interference from their large extended relations and community. The love and support of big families while wonderful, can also be sometimes stifling and often madding. This love story is a good blend of heart and humor, with an interesting look at a particular pacific island Indian culture described in rich and evocative language. In combining a strong cultural heritage with modern sensibilities, this tale blends old and new to the betterment of both proving that being a rebel can be a very good thing in life and love.
Anonymous 4 months ago
300 pages. I really enjoyed the book. It is a stand alone romance and I know I will enjoy the other books in the series. What I liked best is this is a real world, normal family issues romance. A true world and totally believable romance. Although the families were a different culture than my family, the people and the conflicts transcend any cultural differences.. It is a compelling romance where traditional values and love win in the modern world we all live in. The heroine finds her true self and the hero supports her and they make their romance a success. A great book!
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KivicCT140 More than 1 year ago
Rebel Hard by Nalini Singh ranks up there with some of the best contemporary romance books today. Wonderful characters, easy to read, at times hilariously funny and yet touching.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Funny, exiting, but above all so full of love and passion. Well tradition meet sexiness it makes this book. ?
tradermare More than 1 year ago
Nayna is in the process of interviewing prospected grooms for an arranged marriage when she decides to go out and get a little wild. At the party she meets a gorgeous man who sets everything about her on fire. He's exactly what she's looking for as a fling before she's put in the marriage cage. The heat level between them is enormous but things don't exactly work out quite the way Nayna wants them to. Enter Raj. Raj is an amazing man. He's traditional, alpha as heck and he cares about Nayna enough to listen to her. He also has a sensitive side he only shows to Nayna. I really liked him. He too straddles between tradition and love. His heart is delicate, and he has reason to guard it, yet he knows he wants Nayna and is willing to risk his heart for her. It doesn't get more swoony than that. I really loved getting both perspectives in this story. Nayna challenges the notion that she's only valuable as a wife and wants to develop her own self before she makes the decision to marry. Some of it is caused by fear of being caught in a loveless relationship. She's seen people change and fall out of love. She wants to be something herself, before she commits to another and she needs a man who understands that. Felt like I was transported to a world I knew nothing about, and yet everything seemed so familiar. Aukland is not a setting I see often in my reading, nor is arranged marriage. It was all so very interesting and I adored how tradition was explored in this story. I loved everything thing about Rebel Hard. There is so much more to this story than just a set of abs on the cover. I don't think the cover does this book justice. My favorite character, besides Nayna and Raj is most definitely Nayna's wise and wonderful grandmother who manages to sum up life in one meaningful sentence... "Love grows when it's tended." There are so many jewels in this story, and Aji is one of them. Definitely on my favorites of 2018 list...
Zsofia_T More than 1 year ago
I mentioned many times now things that I love generally in Nalini Singh's writing style, for example the detailed descriptions about the scenery, the environment, and also the characters, which brings them closer to us. How every book has its unique qualities, and even if it seems like one will be very similar to another one, Nalini finds a way to prove that assumption wrong. So henceforth I would like to highlight the things that made Rebel Hard its own original story for me, the thing that stood out maybe more in this book than other ones. Firstly, I cannot not mention the characters complexity. It usually shows in every Nalini book, but not more than here. What I am talking about is that these players aren't wholly good or wholly evil beings like in the books from romanticism. Nalini Singh masterfully makes it possible to love to hate or hate to love someone. For example, there is heroine, Nayna. Though she is a generally likeable character, who everyone can simpathize with if they have ever been in a situation where they felt like they didn't have control over their own life. But that didn't stop me from feeling like shaking her or even shouting at her to stop hurting Raj, even if inadvertently. Or there is Komal, who really is a cruel b***h slash soon to be sister-in-law, like in the soap operas. But there are reasons why she is that way, which makes us understand. So all in all. this book is the typical instance of complex characters, and it shows that you don't have to be an archangel or a cardinal spy to have the power to cause grand change, be it good or bad, in others. Simple human psyche can be as complicated as any other. This brings me to the next thing, the development of the characters. I liked how Nayna and Raj were willing to compromise and fight for each other. Though at first glance it seemed like their relationship was doomed with Nayna's newly found rebel streak and Raj's traditionality, they understood in time that they could have everything they wanted with a little change or expansion of views, and compromise. As for Raj, I think he is gong to be a next all-time favorite book boyfriend for me and for a lot of other readers. Enough said. It is known that Nalini Singh has characters from different cultures, but this was one that described in detail one, namely the Indian culture. We could see some components that got modernized somewhat, and some that stayed the same, very likely for centuries. At times it really got like we read a Bollywood story, but as this was a contemporary romance book mainly with characters of Indian anchestry, it was fine by me. Of course, I'd like to add that I do think that if Nalini could write a whole series with just these people, their problems wouldn't be concentrated in just so many pages, and that would make it seem less like a drama movie where every kind of trouble can happen in a short time. But I also think that that is what brought the plotline and the story forward at times. The only negative for me was the little repetitive, but maybe it is just me, and overall it was a small thing in comparison to the general easy flow. It was a sweet, sexy read with enough drama for it to make us sit up on that certain roller coaster at times. Full review here: Copy provided by the publisher through NetGalley.
AngelaJM More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this. It's very sweet and romantic, but has a satisfying amount of emotion, steam and drama too. I loved the characters, and the New Zealand setting and Indian cultural aspects made for a refreshing change from most romances. This is contemporary romance at its finest with a decided taste of rom-com and Bollywood. I received my copy through NetGalley. My review is my honest opinion.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
She is still my favorite author
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Can't go wrong, you'll enjoy this book!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Love everything Nalini writes, her books are all great.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a wonderful love story.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved this book.
UpAllNightBB More than 1 year ago
4.5 Outstanding Stars! Review by Nancy Late Night Reviewer Up All Night w/ Books Blog Rebel Hard was a breath of fresh air. It is the second book in the Hard Play series by Nalini Singh. A clash where modern day traditions meet old traditions. An engaging story about an arranged marriage and two people finding love. Nayna Sharma always knew that an arranged marriage was part of the plan. She did everything to please her parents and do right by them. If that meant marrying a man her family found for her, then so be it. Deep down she needed to let loose, be a little rebellious. One night, that is all she needed. She found herself in the arms of one the most handsome men she had ever met. Nayna gave herself this one moment, little did she know her frenzied moment would turn into her forever. Raj Sen was a man of tradition, he found himself wanting the arranged marriage and all that it entailed. He needed to feel connected, he longed for a traditional relationship. Although he knew love might not be part of the equation, he was a romantic at heart and was looking for more than a good pairing. He was looking for chemistry. He did not expect to find her, only to have her walk away. To his surprise, she turned out to be a candidate his parents had already arranged a meeting with. Nayna and Raj were absolutely dynamite! The chemistry was undeniable. A slow burn that will have you wanting more. Nayna and Raj navigate cultural expectations, family traditions, and individual differences to make their relationship blossom and watch it slowly develop into an everlasting love. Nalini brought me into a world I was not familiar with. She did an amazing job giving us a glimpse of Indian traditions and culture. An absolutely wonderful take on a contemporary romance!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved this book - Ms. Singh has an amazing ability to tell a story through both the male and female perspective. I had to finish it in one sitting (even though that meant a really late night/early morning...)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have no words! I simply loved Raj and Nayna. It was like reading the best Bollywood script anyone ever considered filming. I couldn't stop smiling and I couldn't put it down.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Such a cute book! Nalini Singh is an amazing author, and raj and nayna's book was an absolute joy to read!
EverAfterBookReviews More than 1 year ago
Nalini Singh has gifted us an incredibly beautiful story full of culture, tradition and strength. REBEL HARD is one of the best romances I’ve ever read. I love how this is not just a book about two people falling for one another. It’s about families and tradition. It’s about finding one’s path and having the freedom to make your own choices without having to sacrifice your needs for someone else’s expectations. It’s about finding the strength not to strangle your relatives! And it’s about love. Lots and lots of love! Nayna and Raj are exquisitely beautiful together. They have terrific chemistry, their page time sizzles with heat! Raj is just about the best hero ever created. He’s quiet, reserved and loyal. He says it like it is and doesn’t play games. He’s strong, dedicated and when he loves, he loves true. He’s romantic, not in a traditional sense but with a genuine uniqueness. Raj’s quiet strength, patience and unwavering devotion for his Nayna will have you swooning one minute and reaching for a tissue the next! Nayna is a strong heroine and I found her easily relatable. She loves and cherishes her family and wants to honor her parents but has dreams of her own and doesn’t want to be forced into a life that’s not of her choosing. It takes courage to forge your own path and Raj and Nayna have it in abundance. Their relationship is one of beauty, their love for one another is beyond compare. To be perfectly frank, I loved the HELL out of this book! Raj and Nayna’s families are fun, funny, exasperating and fiercely loyal. I loved all the secondary characters. They enhanced Raj and Nayna’s lives and elevated their story to a whole new level! I love, love, LOVE Raj! He absolutely IS the best hero I’ve ever read, and I wanted him for myself! I love how exciting the storyline is. Even the most mundane of tasks are filled with laughter, anger, passion, tears and sometimes a mixture of all four! Nalini Singh writes her ass off giving us her blood, sweat, tears, sadness, heartache, love, humor and everything else she poured into these pages. If you’re looking for a read that makes you laugh, cry and cuss up a story, I absolutely encourage you to read REBEL HARD. Well, maybe that’s just me If you want a romance with strong characters, families and emotions then this one is also for you. I voluntarily read a copy of the book in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and feelings are my own.
Kindle_Loving_Mom More than 1 year ago
I loved everything about this story. It was so fun, and sweet, and sexy, and it was full of family and love. I adored it. This is book 2 in the series, and I'm so looking forward to more. Nayna Sharma agreed to an arranged marriage, to try and fix, once and for all, the fractures caused by her beautiful older sister's scandalous young elopement. Even though her sister is now divorced, and back in the family's good graces, Nayna has always stayed the good girl, and tried to maintain the status quo. She's an accountant, and she's great at her job, but it bores her. She is feeling the bars closing in with each horrible meeting she has, with each potential husband. She goes out one night to a client's party, with her best friend Isa (the heroine from book 1), and meets a sexy guy she decides to make out with. She's a 28-year-old virgin, and she just wants to have some fun before she's trapped in a marriage she doesn't want. She says something stupid when she discovers he's more than just a pretty face, and she feels terrible and runs off. She thinks she'll never see him again... Raj Sen was abandoned as a child and adopted by his fantastic family at age 6. Because of that, he has strong feelings about family ties, obligations, and traditions. So, he agreed to allow his parents to arrange his marriage. After Nayna runs away from him at that party, he can't get her out of his mind. Imagine his surprise when the next meeting he has with a potential bride is with Nayna and her family. Raj runs his family's very successful construction business, but he's still a blue collar guy at heart. He loves working with his hands more than anything. He's surprised at the match, due to Nayna's family's white collar background. But, he's thrilled to see her again, and determined for her to give him a chance. Nayna and Raj had such a strong connection from the first second they laid eyes on each other, and I loved watching that tie between them grow and strengthen. Nayna was at panic attack levels of anxiety regarding impending marriage, and Raj just wanted her to accept him as he was, and allow them time to really get to know each other. They broke ALL the rules of traditional arranged marriage, and they had a great time doing it, but they both really tried to make a go of their relationship. I loved that both their families allowed them a little space to do things their own way, without weighing too heavily on them. The side characters here were great, as they always are in this author's stories, and each of the families were amazing in their own ways. I felt all the love, sadness, pain, frustration, and happiness of both Nayna and Raj, and many of their family members as well. I went right along on their journey with them, and I loved every moment of it. Some of the characters made you HATE them, which is also a sign of a great book, in my opinion. My only real complaint at all is a small thing toward the end, involving a secret, and how the reader doesn't get to know the secret! I really wanted to know and I was completely bummed out to not have that fleshed out. It has no real bearing on the rest of the story, it just irked me a bit. I really loved this story of two people, and two families, coming together into one. In all their vibrant, difficult, loving, glory. I highly recommend this story to everyone. The hero was swoontastic, and very Mr. Darcy-esque. The heroine was strong and smart, and I wanted to be her friend. It doesn't get any better