I’ve had many highs and lows reading the Rock Kiss series. Gabe and Charlotte in Rock Hard were definitely the highest of the high. I loved them so much. There was so much drama and angst between Kit and Noah in Rock Redemption that I wasn’t sure exactly how I felt when it was over. Maybe a bit sad and angry, but happy with how this couple ultimately settled into their HEA. But I’ve enjoyed this series as a whole and have looked forward to every single installment as they’ve been released. Abe and Sarah were always in the background and their story promised to be magnificent. As I’ve mentioned before, second chance romances are my catnip and the emotional scenes between Abe and Sarah in Rock Redemption left me on the edge of my seat in anticipation.
If this is your first time meeting this couple, let me introduce them to you. Abe is the keyboardist in one of the hottest rock bands in the world, Schoolboy Choir. He and his ex-wife Sarah met and married during a terrible, traumatic time in his life where he abused drugs and alcohol to the point where he was alternately neglectful, verbally abusive and emotionally closed off. Sarah, deeply in love with her husband despite his behavior, tries to help him over and over, but after a night of Abe tearing her heart into pieces she reaches her limit and leaves. She expects him to come after her, but as the weeks go by and he never shows, she picks herself back up and files for divorce.
Fast forward several years later and Sarah is once again living alone after the members of Schoolboy Choir and their significant others have rescued her from a physically abusive relationship. Abe, now completely sober, wants to reconnect with his ex-wife. He wants to apologize for his atrocious (that’s for you baby girl) behavior toward the woman who he’s never been able to get over. Sarah, while still having deep feelings for her ex, is understandably afraid to get her heart broken again.
First, let me say I was surprised at how I felt while reading this book. I was expecting big emotional, angsty drama with fireworks and chest clutching scenes of sadness and heartbreak. And other than the first two chapters where readers are thrown into the night that ended this couple’s marriage and the weeks that followed, there wasn’t much of it. Oh, there are scenes of sadness that left me wanting to reach through the pages and give Sarah a hug, but there was also a sweetness and softness to Abe and Sarah’s reunion that I wasn’t expecting. There was joy and hopefulness. An Abe who was truly remorseful and determined to win his wife back. Despite their short marriage it becomes apparent that these two never really opened up to each other, never got to know each other as true partners in life. Abe’s struggles with addiction are repeatedly touched upon during the course of the series, but Sarah isn’t truly introduced until Rock Wedding. Her awful past and traumatic childhood are laid bare on the page. I loved that Abe checks himself repeatedly as he slowly realizes how badly he messed up and works to made amends and prove to Sarah that he can be a man she will never have to doubt again.
True to its title, this book is all about weddings. Fox and Molly’s. Kit and Noah’s. David and Thea’s. I think the emotional drama of Abe and Sarah’s reunion might have been softened by the sheer number of happy and joyful events that surrounded them and their respective relationships with the happy couples. Sarah is embraced in friendship immediately by the group. She and Abe are given a safe place by these friendships to once again find their footing within each other’s lives. They have support and understanding and loved ones who want the best for them. I think Nalini Singh has a gift for writing strong characters who bond over hardships and ultimately come together in friendship and loyalty and love.
Rock Wedding was a satisfying ending to this series. I was excited to see that Ms. Singh intends to travel back to New Zealand and introduce Gabriel’s brothers. Final Grade- B-
His world threatened to shatter.
But then he realized: words were easy. It was the doing that was hard.
He’d have to do. He’d have to love her until she had no choice but to trust in his love.