Friday, May 6, 2022

Book Review - KISS HARD by Nalini Singh


Title:  Kiss Hard
Author:  Nalini Singh
Genre:  Contemporary Romance, Sports Romance
Release Date:  May 3, 2022

About the Book:

New York Times bestselling author Nalini Singh brings you a sinfully playful contemporary romance between two sworn enemies turned partners in crime...

Daniel Esera is a young god on the rugby field, a sexy and charming man who's got the world at his feet. There's just one problem: his sudden potent attraction to his number one nemesis--Catie River. No. Just no. Not happening.

Catie River is on her way to Paralympic gold, and she's not about to allow Danny "Hotshot" Esera to derail her plans. Too bad her body isn't cooperating. Even worse? Her heart might be coming along for the ride. No. Nope. Never.

The pair are united in their desire to remain enemies... until a stranger's reckless action threatens both their careers. Now, the only way out for Catie and Danny is to pretend to be in a relationship. How bad can it be? They're adults in full control of their hormones and their hearts. There will be no kissing. No PDA. And definitely no falling in love.

Let the games begin.
Buy Links: Amazon

My Review:

When I agreed to read and review an ARC (Advance Reader Copy) of Kiss Hard, I didn't realize this was Book #4 in a series. Perhaps if I had read books 1-3 I would have enjoyed it more. But that's on me and not this awesome author! As it is, I was definitely able to read it as a stand-alone novel.

The "fake relationship that turns real" or "enemies to lovers" tropes have been done many times before, but Nalini Singh puts a bit more of a twist on it with characters that make you want to stand up and cheer. I loved the banter between Daniel and Catie and the slow burn that sent tingles right through me. I also loved the Bishop-Esera family relationship that warmed my heart. I may go back and read the previous books in this series to find out more about them.

I would have liked more of a plot, but altogether the book was an enjoyable read.

My Rating: 

About the Author:

Nalini Singh

I've been writing as long as I can remember and all of my stories always held a thread of romance (even when I was writing about a prince who could shoot lasers out of his eyes). I love creating unique characters, love giving them happy endings and I even love the voices in my head. There's no other job I would rather be doing. In September 2002, when I got the call that Silhouette Desire wanted to buy my first book, Desert Warrior, it was a dream come true. I hope to continue living the dream until I keel over of old age on my keyboard.

I was born in Fiji and raised in New Zealand. I also spent three years living and working in Japan, during which time I took the chance to travel around Asia. I’m back in New Zealand now, but I’m always plotting new trips. If you’d like to see some of my travel snapshots, have a look at the Travel Diary page (updated every month).

So far, I've worked as a lawyer, a librarian, a candy factory general hand, a bank temp and an English teacher and not necessarily in that order. Some might call that inconsistency but I call it grist for the writer's mill.


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