Rock Courtship is the newest release in the Rock Kiss series by Nalini Singh. The first book, Rock Addiction, kicked off the series with Fox and Molly, with David and Thea’s romance quietly playing out in the background, mostly off page. This novella is their love story, told from their POVs.
Thea has a very strict no-fraternization policy for herself when it comes to clients and Schoolboy Choir is by far the most important one she represents. The first time David asks her out, she flat-out turns him down. He’s gorgeous and sweet and she would really love to take him up on his offer, but she has too many reasons why she just can’t go there with him. No way is she starting any kind of relationship with a man who is surrounded by women all the time. She’s been through a cheating man once, thanks to her ex-fiancé. So she says no, and then tries to resume the friendly business relationship they’ve always had. That is until David sends her a memo detailing all the reasons why she should give them a chance.
David is the drummer for the rock band Schoolboy Choir and even though he has women falling at his feet, the only woman he wants is Thea. He’s had a thing for her for what seems like forever. He can’t get enough of her prickly, tough as nails exterior and beautiful body. He knows her ex did a number on her and she has a thing about becoming involved with clients, but he knows they would be so good together. He just needs for her to give him a chance to prove it. When her sister gives him an idea of how to get her attention, he takes the bull by the horns and sets out to list, in writing, all the ways why they would make a great couple.
My biggest issue with the first book was that I thought the overwhelming amount of sex overshadowed the getting to know you part of Fox and Molly’s romance. I’m happy to report that didn’t happen with David and Thea. They use memos to each other to work through their feelings and fears and really get to know each other before they come together sexually. I LOVED IT. They get sweet, very dirty at times and let everything all hang out. By the time they are ready to come together as a couple I felt like they had a real connection and knew exactly what their expectations and desires were. Thea has very real trust issues, and I loved David’s persistence and reassurance time and again that he wanted every part of her. Of course they do eventually steam up the pages, but I was more than ready for those scenes by the time they happened.
I may forget to mention this occasionally, but I adore how well Nalini Singh writes families, both natural ones and those that are created by love and friendship. David and Thea had wonderful support systems and some of the sweetest moments were with their friends and family.
While this novella is short on pages, only 166, I never felt like I was cheated on David and Thea’s romance. In fact, its got me all excited for the next release. I’m keeping my finger crossed it’s Noah. Final Grade- B
“I fucking love you, too,” she said on the heels of his words, and hauled his stunned face to hers for one hell of a kiss. “And could you please try to be a little more romantic next time.”