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Rock Wedding
     

Rock Wedding

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by Nalini Singh
 

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New York Times bestselling author Nalini Singh continues her Rock Kiss series with a hot, sweet, emotional contemporary romance about love and forgiveness...

After a lifetime of longing for a real family, Sarah Smith thought she'd finally found her home with rock star Abe Bellamy, even if she knew Abe didn't love her the way she loved him. But their brief

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New York Times bestselling author Nalini Singh continues her Rock Kiss series with a hot, sweet, emotional contemporary romance about love and forgiveness...

After a lifetime of longing for a real family, Sarah Smith thought she'd finally found her home with rock star Abe Bellamy, even if she knew Abe didn't love her the way she loved him. But their brief relationship, filled with tragedy and heartache, nearly destroyed her. Alone, emotions in turmoil, and already shaky self-esteem shattered, Sarah struggles to pick up the pieces in the wake of their divorce.

Abe knows he's to blame for the end of his marriage. Caught in a web of painful memories, he pushed away the best thing in his life – the sexy, smart woman he adores – breaking them both in the process. Then fate throws him a second chance to get things right, to prove to Sarah that she means everything to him. Abe desperately wants that second chance at love...even if he knows he doesn't deserve it.

But can he convince Sarah – now strong and independent without him – to risk her wounded heart one more time?

Product Details

BN ID:
2940158177545
Publisher:
TKA Distribution
Publication date:
07/19/2016
Series:
Rock Kiss Series , #4
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
382
Sales rank:
32,155
File size:
1 MB

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Meet 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 and dangerous angels. This time around, she decided to write about a gorgeous, talented keyboard player and the woman he’s never forgotten. If you’re seeing a theme here, you’re not wrong.

Nalini lives and works in beautiful New Zealand, and is passionate about writing. If you’d like to explore the Rock Kiss series further, or if you’d like to try out her other books, you can find lots of excerpts on her website: www.nalinisingh.com. Slave to Sensation is the first book in the Psy-Changeling series, while Angels’ Blood is the first book in the Guild Hunter series. The website also features special behind-the-scenes material from all her series.

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Rock Wedding 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 28 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have devoured this entire series in just a few days! it was great to read this story of Abe and Sarah. This book was such a tear jerker for me and the emotions will hit you right in the heart. Not only that but so HOT too...whew. Seeing the rebirth,growth, heartbreak and determination of Abe and Sarah will undoubtedly hook you. Awesome conclusion to this series. I definitely recommended you all to read the rest of the series if you have not already.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was the sweetest story. I wasn't sure if I was going to like Abe after reading the first three books. Ms. Singh message of happen though. A reminder that none of us are perfect and that love is really not a fairy tale, it's a hell of alot of work. I enjoyed getting to know these characters better. Overall, while my favorites are the Psy-Changeling and Angel novels, this series has been a good one and a nice change for Ms. Singh and her fans. I will buy anything she writes; she never disappoints.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Enjoyed the start to finish but felt some things were not addressed.
LynnLTX More than 1 year ago
The fourth in the Rock Kiss series, Rock Wedding, features Abe and Sarah who were married, and because of Abe’s substance abuse, their relationship was shattered and torn asunder. Abe and Sarah both went into their relationship and marriage with deep emotional scars the first time around. Abe knows that he was the one responsible for breaking Sarah’s heart and doing possibly irreparable damage to their relationship. Abe is determined to be a different man this time around and love Sarah in the way she deserves. After another heartbreaking loss in her life, Sarah is not sure she could ever survive loving and losing Abe again. Abe and Sarah’s story is set with the backdrop of several weddings between the Schoolboy Choir members and their beloveds. Abe coaxes Sarah to gradually rejoin his rock “family” especially after an event that links them inextricably. Abe has one last chance to set things right and win back the only women he has ever loved. Sarah has survived so much heartache, more than even Abe knows; she finally finds herself on solid ground after another bad relationship so it will take much to make her risk all again. Not surprisingly, this book has quite a few emotional lows and highs. Besides being Abe and Sarah’s story, Rock Wedding functions as the denouement of the other main characters of the series. The weddings are a happy time for those who found each other after their own journeys and struggles, but they are also bittersweet for Sarah, especially after she had found her dream man only to have lost him to the devastating effects of addiction. The fun of seeing the previous couples’ unique and individual weddings helps lighten the mood and add joy to the story amidst Abe and Sarah’s pain filled backstory and their tenuous new relationship. The challenge of living it all in the public eye with the stalking paparazzi on the prowl always adds to the mix. Abe is determined to make up for his cruelties of the past and to do whatever it takes to win Sarah back with the help of his band family. Readers who enjoy the Rock Kiss series will be well pleased with this wedding gift.
MyndiL 6 days ago
I like the way this book, while telling the story of Abe and Sarah, also neatly wrapped up things with the other characters so we're not left wondering about their happy endings and how they went after their book was over. I'm a huge fan of second chance romance, so I probably was waiting for this story the most. I can't imagine going through some of the things Sarah had to go through and it makes the reader empathize with her immensely. I wanted things to work out for her. You also have to give it to Abe though, for being a character who realized his flaws and attempted to fix them for the woman he loves. If you liked the rest of the series, you'll like this too!
Anonymous 25 days ago
I loved Abe and Sarah's story ... by far the best in the rock kiss series.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I didn't even finish the book yet but had to stop and review it. I'm pretty sure it's a HEA cause it's a romance novel, but the characters are WORKING to reach this HEA. This book is not cheesy, where everything just falls in place like dominoes, but feels like your hearing a story of your best friends journey. Goodness I would love an Abe, the now-Abe. Beautiful heartwarming story. Teared up several times and cheered for the couple all the time. GO SARAH!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Sweet and enduring.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
So glad Abe found his happy place. Great depth of characters, emotional roller-coaster ride... all perfect for the grand finale of this series .
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I wish there were more to this series. I loved all of them.
SJCReviews More than 1 year ago
Rock Wedding is the fifth installment of the Rock Wedding series by Nalini Singh and I found it to be the strongest to date. The series tells the story of Schoolboy Choir, a fictional band. Abe Bellamy and Sarah Smith fell in love in the early stages of the band's stardom. Abe was struggling with an intense drug addiction and Sarah, troubled herself with low self-esteem, attempted to support him, even though she feared he didn't love her the way she loved him. After an intense fight, Sarah had enough and left Abe and attempted to put her life back together. A few years later, fate throws the two of them back together. After a night of passion, Sarah ends up pregnant and Abe wants to use the connection as a chance to make up for his past mistakes. Sarah is understandably wary of Abe. He hurt her deeply and she worked hard to put the past behind her and become independent. But this version of Abe is visibly trying to create a stronger connection between the two of them and is extremely verbal on his the causes of addiction and the actions he is taking to maintain his sobriety. Of all the Rock Kiss books, this relationship felt the deepest. The history between the characters and rather than some magical connection, you can see the work Sarah and Abe put into the relationship to make it work. Even though there are some issues with the series as a whole, I would recommend this title to fans. Reviewer received title as an ARC on Netgalley.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Such a great second chance story! Loved it!
Jturni5762 More than 1 year ago
Perfect "ending" to the series, the best title in the entire series
LynnB888 More than 1 year ago
4 1/2 STARS! A heart-wrenching story filled with highs and lows of a second chance at romance! Sarah Smith thought she had found her happily ever after even though she knew that Abe didn’t love her as deeply as she loved him. She was all in and willing to take anything he dished out … until the night he devastated her heart and broke her spirit. Abe has so many demons on his back that he can’t see straight. Trying to get away from the heartbreak of his past, he is willing to drown himself with hate. He isn’t willing to see what Sarah brings to his life and instead he throws it all away. After the divorce, Sarah pulls herself back up and thrives in the business she starts, but her personal life continues to tear her apart. When Abe happens upon her again, he’s finally coping with his issues and wants another chance with her. Can she bring herself to trust him again?
dsubsits More than 1 year ago
Nalini Singh hits a high note with Rock Wedding the last book in the Rock Kiss Series. This was Sarah’s and Abe’s story. The novel begins with a prolog from when Sarah and Abe separated and then continues fourteen days after book three when Jeremy Vance hit Sarah at the Zenith Music Festival. I enjoyed discovering more about Sarah and Abe. Both characters changed so much throughout the story. Abe struggled with the death of his little sister Tessa and drug addiction. Sarah became a much more independent woman but also suffered from grief over her son's death that took place in book three. My heart went out to both characters, and everything that they endured. This story had me experiencing every possible emotion. I love that this novel also contained the weddings of multiple band members. After reading the series from the first book, I have grown to love the characters and enjoyed hearing the continuation of their stories. Nalini Singh is an exceptional writer, so I am sure you would be able to follow the book as a standalone, but I highly recommend reading the books in order. There are things that happen in the previous books that have relevance in the subsequent stories. Not to mention you will feel more invested in the characters. I was happy to learn in the Author’s Notes at the end of the story that a couple of Rock Kiss short stories are included on Nalini Singh website, and that she is working on some additional short stories set in the Rock Kiss world. Additionally, I was thrilled to discover that she is working on Gabriel’s and Charlotte’s wedding stories along with his rugby playing brothers. So thankfully, we have not seen the last of the Schoolboy Choir. If you enjoy contemporary rock star romances and have not tried this series, you will not want to pass it up. The characters are well-developed and likeable. The plot is believable and exciting. Nalini Singh writing style is extraordinary. They are stories that will touch your heart. Complimentary copy provided in exchange for an honest review.
astroyic More than 1 year ago
This was a Fantastic story! So beautiful, but is also so emotional and heartbreaking as it deals with some serious emotional issues, addiction, loss of a child/infant, divorce, domestic abuse, homelessness and forgiveness. But as these issues are in the past we get to see how all these issues have impacted the two main characters Abe Bellamy and Sarah Smith. These two characters are lovable and so well developed, you will be thinking of their story long after you are finished. Ms. Singh really brings it all, in this story that captivated me from the beginning to end. Abe Bellamy is a rock star in the famous rock group "School Boy Choir", and Sarah Smith is his ex-wife who left him after he told her he didn't love her. In Rock Wedding we get a glimpse of an addicted Abe from Sarah's POV. After divorcing him, Sarah is all alone, but she proves to everyone that she is no longer going to be a victim. Sarah starts her own business and with a lot of hard work she becomes very successful as she turns her cleaning business into a successful, thriving business. Abe has finally become clean after two years of struggling with his drug addiction and rehab attempts, so when he sees Sarah at a a Music Festival all he wants to do is properly apologize to her. During most of their divorce battle he hadn't been sober, Sarah's opinion of him, meant everything and he had screwed their marriage up beyond redemption. Now that he was sober, Abe isn't going to give up easily. Not when he still loves Sarah. So he sets out to woo her, to regain her trust and her love if he can. Their chemistry is scorching hot. Even with all Sarah has been through with Abe, she cannot resist him. They both open up and finally shares their difficult pasts to one another bringing down their walls and connecting on a level they have never shared before. Abe is a new person to Sarah, as he constantly shows his affection, admiration and support, of her, something she has never had in her life before. He finally may earn his redemption. But as good as this all feels to Sarah she still has doubts that all this could go away in a instant. So will Sarah give in to Love? Or will Sarah move on alone? You will have to read to find out. Highly recommended!! Loved it! Received a complimentary copy through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
ehaney578 More than 1 year ago
This was a beautiful love story! I adore second chance romances! ROCK WEDDING has all the awesomeness that is Nalini Singh! You get an excellent story, brilliant characters and a love forged in the fires of redemption and forgiveness. Ms. Singh mended my heart as many times as she broke it. Abe and Sarah are amazing together. I loved reading about their journey and all the good—and bad—things that came right along with it. ROCK WEDDING is not just about Abe and Sarah, everyone else makes an appearance too! If you’ve had a favorite couple, you’ll likely see them in the book. I loved the whole book and wished for it never to end! I highly recommend this and any book by Nalini Singh. ***I was gifted an eBook copy from the publisher via Net Galley in exchange for an honest review. All conclusions reached are my own***
PollyBennett More than 1 year ago
My favorite of the series. An intense read. Understanding Sarah's background sure helped us understand her. What a brave woman who suffered a lot including during her marriage to Abe. It was easy not to like Abe at first, but he won us over with his love and devotion to Sarah and with his wanting to win her back. A great romantic read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved the Rock Kiss series!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Wonderful conclusion to this series. Loved every one of this series.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love a story where a couple can find their way back to each other. WARNING real tear jerker
katsindiebookblog More than 1 year ago
***Gifted in exchange for an honest review*** Nalini is my favourite author, and although the Paranormal series will still stay top on my list, this Rock Star Romance series has been on my top read for that genre. I initially found it hard to get into the first book, due to me being firmly entrenched in Nalini's paranormal voice, but soon Nalini's world of Rockstars had me engrossed in the characters of Schoolboy Choir ( mmm still got a bit of a meh over the name of the band, but I got what it represented - they all met at Choir practice at their boarding school) I can say without a doubt that as each book has been produced, the series has gone from strength to strength, Nalini is in the zone with this book, not only do we get Sarah and Abe's story, but we also get a catch up with the rest of the band and its a great catch up too. Now we were asked not to do spoiler reviews, and I don't anyway as I hate them with a passion... So here is my run down on what is given in the synopsis: Yes it is very emotional, oh was I blubbering over the pain that Sarah has been through, I wanted to hate Abe, but Nalini does a good job as showing his road to despair and then eventually to redemption, love and forgiveness… Sarah Smith ( ah what an awesome surname) in love with Abe, a girl who has never felt she belonged, or was worthy of love, she thought that she had finally found home, but the tragic loss of the baby and the demons of Abe's past cause him to lash out, and finally after one drug fueled night Sarah finally gives up. Heart broken and lost, she does the only thing she can do... picks herself up and tries to make something of her life, but then 2 years later circumstances bring the pair back together and when Sarah is in trouble, Abe and the band are there to pick up the pieces, and now that Abe is clean and sober he realises just what he lost and is determined to get it back. There are passages I could tell you about that had me choked up and in pain, or of the moments of joy, or the laughter... but then I would spoil it for new readers, so what I will say is that I was sad to get to the end of the book, but happy that there was a HEA for Sarah and Abe, it was a rough rocky road, but they get there in the end, thanks to Sarah being such a brave soul, who strove to see beyond the pain and take a chance on the person who was after all the love of her life. I will say that I thought Nalini did a very good job at writing about sarah grief, it was believable, but also beautiful in both the emotional aspect and for also for reminding us that grief is something that we have to face, not run away from. I know these books are ok to be read as standalones but I would say that I feel you will get to know the characters better if you read all the series as they came out. I am glad we may get to come back to these characters in one way or another - through the spin off series due and of course hopefully set in New Zealand and full of Awesome Kiwi Rugby players!!! As with all of Nalini's series, the thought of them ending for good makes my heart ache, these characters are part of me now, and I want to keep in touch with them. I will be buying the series - and pestering Nalini to sign them all some day soon!
Zsofia_T More than 1 year ago
From the moment we got to know Sarah, and got glimpses - or more like mentions into Abe's life with her in Rock Redemption, I was very intrigued and curious, I wanted to learn more about them, about what happened in the past. Because - knowing the author - I felt it must be something big, meaningful and tragic. So all in all, I was really happy that I got the chance to read the book a little bit earlier, thanks to the publisher. I'll try to keep this spoiler free. Though I really enjoyed the story, there were some scenes that I will definitely reread many times, this was not the best of the series in my opinion, something was just missing, and that nuance could have made a great story perfect. I'd like to emphasize specially the heroine now. I have to say, some way I could really empathize with Sarah. I can say this because her appearance and her feeling about it, I personally know what it is like to be tall, and feel plainly too big, in this, we are kindred spirits. But a lot of other tragedies happened with her in her not too many years, until it felt likeit is just too much for only one person. I mean - how does she remained sane? Some would have even committed suicide in her place in real life, I think. She must have a very strong personality. I don't say I agreed with some of her acts, for example the big money-spending feats, or going from a bunny to an almost mindless shark at the divorce, or the scene that was like 'shut up and f*** me', like using Abe, but I think that after everything, it is somewhatt understandable. Because if you have a serious lack of confidence from the start, and then trauma after trauma follows, until even the one you love the most is hurting you... This is why I really liked that Nalini didn't give us a fully healed, balanced and even tempered heroine, more like a girl on the way to that. It is just much more believable. As for the hero, I think we got a level-headed man who made his mind about what he wants. At times it all seemed almost too good to be true, no wonder it took time for Sarah to accept it. Because what Abe has done in the past, it was at league with, if not worse than, what Noah did to Kit, especially knowing the two men's past. So a talented, wealthy, but weak man became a talented, wealthy, and strong man who I am sure made a lot of romantic reader hearts melt. Thugh the plot continually advanced, it was not boring, there were thing that made it better for me: the scenes with other characters. So for example all the weddings and the preparations, the 'just girls' events, the 'just boys' talks, I just really enjoyed them.They were the highlights for me. (It was great to see Charlie and her T-Rex blend in so well with the hotshot rockstars and their sweethearts!) So, while Sarah and Abe's past made me teary-eyed sometimes, their present (and future) served with my romantic fix, these mutual scenes made me smile and laugh. Talk about an emational scale again... ... But it is a Nalini Singh book, after all. ;)
Sandy-thereadingcafe More than 1 year ago
: ROCK WEDDING is the fourth and final full-length installment in Nalini Singh’s contemporary, adult ROCK KISS romance series focusing on the members of the rock group Schoolboy Choir. This is Schoolboy Choir’s keyboard player/vocalist Abe Bellamy, and business entrepreneur Sarah Smith-Bellamy’s story line. ROCK WEDDING can be read as a stand alone without any difficulty although I recommend reading the series in order for backstory and history. Told from dual third person perspectives (Abe and Sarah) ROCK WEDDING is a story of second chances and happily ever afters. Throughout the series the reader becomes aware of the rocky relationship between Abe Bellamy and his (ex) wife Sarah Smith-Bellamy but the truth behind Abe’s destructive behavior comes to light in the current story line. Two years together and a devastating loss find our heroine running towards freedom, a divorce and a new start to life. Fast forward to present day wherein Sarah finds herself the victim of another relationship that goes horribly wrong, and Abe comes calling hoping for a second chance. What ensues are Abe’s attempts to become a better man, a better husband and a better friend to the people he loves. ROCK WEDDING is an emotional story line; a story about overwhelming loss, the destructive nature of addiction, and the struggle to forgive and move forward. Abe’s story is heartbreaking-a man unable to let go of the grief and guilt from his past. Sarah is a woman whose earlier years were filled with rejection and abuse. Wanting a family to call her own is everything Sarah had hoped and dreamed but her marriage to Abe was anything but. Abe’s addictions and subsequent verbally abusive behavior pushed our heroine over the edge and into the arms of something worse. The relationship between Abe and Sarah is one of second chances. Abe’s past treatment of Sarah is reprehensible and destructive not to mention the accusations meant to destroy the human psyche. Rehab and working towards a cleaner lifestyle find Abe hoping for a second chance with the woman he has always loved. Abe’s grief and guilt will forever remain but he must learn to deal with the emotional and physical fall out of his actions. In the end both Abe and Sarah are stronger for the losses they have endured. The $ex scenes are provocative and intense. All of the previous story line couples and characters play secondary and supporting roles. There are several weddings, proposals and marriages as each member of the band gets his happily ever after. The world building focuses on second chances and forgiveness-the music, the tours, and the band are secondary to the story and almost non existent. There are some issues of repetition and redundancy but easily overlooked. ROCK WEDDING is the final installment in the Rock Kiss series but Nalini Singh has revealed she will be writing a few novellas and short stories to update the reader on some of our favorite Schoolboy Choir romances, and the potential for a spin off series in the works. The story line saw the evolution of four relationships culminating in a series of weddings and celebrations. The premise is entertaining and emotional but the angst is limited to the events of the past; the characters are broken but strong; the romance is a second chance at a happily ever after.