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Rock Wedding (Rock Kiss #4) by Nalini Singh
Series: Rock Kiss #4
Published by Tka Distribution on July 19, 2016
FINAL DECISION: As the final book in the Rock Kiss series, this book is a beautiful gift to fans of the series while also providing a compelling second chance at love story.
THE STORY: Abe Bellamy and Sarah Smith’s marriage fell apart under the weight of Abe’s drug and alcohol problem. Their relationship almost destroyed Sarah, but she has learned to live without Abe and has become more confident, more independent and more mature. After finally achieving sobriety, Abe realizes that he alone was at fault for the end of his marriage and he wants the woman he loves back. Sarah, however, doesn’t know if she wants to risk herself again with Abe.
OPINION: ROCK WEDDING is truly a wedding bonanza with multiple weddings in the book. Fans of the Rock Kiss series will be pleased. ROCK WEDDING lives up its name as it has four rock weddings in it. As the final book in the Rock Kiss series, this book is a beautiful gift to fans of the series while also providing a compelling second chance at love story.
Organized around the weddings of the other couples in the series. Making the weddings of the other couples central to the story makes them not only a treat for fans but also a lens through which Abe and Sarah take stock of their relationship. Serving as both reminder of their own broken marriage but also the promise of a new life together, the weddings serve as important tent poles in Abe and Sarah’s relationship along with giving series fans the joy of seeing their favorite couples married in their own unique ways.
Abe and Sarah have a rocky past to overcome. Abe was mired in grief and drug and alcohol abuse during their marriage. Unable to love Sarah as she deserved but unwilling to be apart from her, Abe made Sarah miserable until he broke her heart with his verbal abuse and forced her to leave him. Sarah knows that she should not trust Abe again because he only endlessly disappointed her, but he now claims to be sober and know that she is the woman for him.
Abe is a recovering addict who used his addictions to hide his grief about the death of his baby sister. After losing his wife, he begins the long road to sobriety. He now recognizes that he needs Sarah and that their breakup was his fault. Now that she is free, he doesn’t intend to lose his chance with her. I liked that Abe took complete responsibility for his actions. It is often difficult to make an addict a hero but Singh has done a good job reforming Abe and the length of the time period covered by this book can give readers some security that Abe has turned the corner.
Sarah has completely changed since her marriage. She wanted her marriage to succeed so much and believed herself so unimportant that she allowed herself to be completely malleable. Once her marriage was over she allowed herself to be swept up in another relationship that she really didn’t want. But then she began to become her own person. She opened her own business and began to use the strength that allowed her to survive her difficult childhood. I love that she no longer takes any gruff from Abe. I loved her sweet vulnerable character with a spine of steel.
This couple is hot together as is true of all the couples of this series. Plenty of really sizzling sex scenes that are always accompanied by an emotional component that makes them relevant.
I give this book an extra credit because I love that all the couples of the series are involved in Abe and Sarah’s journey. It’s like one of those great summary epilogues but expanded into a giant buffet of goodies for fans.
This book was so good that I immediately went to each of the other books in the series to read my favorite parts and I completely re-read the first book in the series ROCK ADDICTION to remind myself of how far these characters have traveled.
I’m going to miss these characters (although Singh has promised a spin off series about Gabriel Bishop’s brothers) but I am thrilled that they got such a great send off.
WORTH MENTIONING: A bit of a spoiler for those who might have sensitivities as ROCK WEDDING discusses the aftermath of a miscarriage and stillbirth.
CONNECTED BOOKS: ROCK WEDDING is the fourth book in the Rock Kiss series. It can be read as a standalone although Abe and Sarah’s story is mentioned throughout the series and various characters from the series make significant appearances here.
STAR RATING: I give this book 5 stars.