Review: Rebel Hard – Nalini Singh

Posted 17 September, 2018 by Linda @ (un)Conventional Bookworms in Reviews / 24 Comments

*I received a free copy of Rebel Hard from TKA Distribution via Netgalley. This has in no way influenced my voluntary review, which is honest and unbiased *

Warning: This book includes mature content such as: sexual content, and/or drug and/or alcohol use, and/or violence.
Review: Rebel Hard – Nalini SinghRebel Hard by Nalini Singh
Series: Hard Play #2
Published by TKA Distribution on 18 September 2018
Format: eARC
Source: Netgalley
5 Stars

Nayna Sharma agreed to an arranged marriage in the hope it would heal the fractures in her beloved family… only to realize too late that a traditional marriage is her personal nightmare. Panicked, she throws caution to the winds, puts on the tiniest dress she can find, and ends up in the arms of a tall, rough-edged hunk of a man who has abs of steel—and who she manages to mortally insult between one kiss and the next.
Abandoned as a child, then adopted into a loving family, Raj Sen believes in tradition, in continuity. Some might call him stiff and old-fashioned, but he knows what he wants—and it’s a life defined by rules… yet he can’t stop thinking about the infuriating and sexy woman who kissed him in the moonlight then disappeared. When his parents spring an introduction on him, the last woman he expects is her. Beautiful. Maddening. A rulebreaker in the making.
He’s all wrong for her. She’s all wrong for him. And love is about to make rebels of them both.

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Rebel Hard was such a swoon-worthy story. Trying to stay within their families’ and culture’s tradition, Nayna and Raj had their work cut of for them! But what a beautiful path they were on!

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Singh always makes me swoon – and she did so with Rebel Hard as well. I loved this peek into Indian customs in New Zealand. How many young people choose to follow traditions, but not completely to the letter. And while parents might seem to hold all the power, that was not always the case here. The two main characters were so relatable – even if I don’t really have much in common with them apart from being human. And that’s legacy to the writing. I felt swept up in the story, and it was impossible to put it down.

Nayna has agreed to an arranged marriage, but she still has more than a little power. Always being the good girl is starting to make her feel like she’s living in a cage, though. But not for long! Rebel Hard is about all the little rebellions that can make the difference. How sneaking out to a party can make the world seem more open. How taking a stand is really important. And even more so – how having someone good at your back is crucial.

Rebel Hard is written in third person point of view, but a close third person. The reader knows most of Nayna’s inner thoughts, and she’s such a great character I loved to stay inside her head. The past tense and even pace made the story flow seamlessly, and I was sad when it was over. The romance was absolutely scorching, even when things were rather slow, and that just delighted me even more.

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She’d been such a nerd at school and university that boys hadn’t seen her as anything but a source of study notes. With graduation had come professional confidence. She was fine with male clients – but that confidence didn’t translate to dealing with men on a male-female level. “Tonight it does.” she squeezed the steering wheel. “Tonight you’re a fearless femme fatale with no panties and a plan to be bad.”

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About Linda @ (un)Conventional Bookworms

Linda is an English as foreign language teacher and has a Master's degree in English Language and Literature. She's an avid reader, blogger, compulsive one-clicker and a genre omnivore. Ever since she learnt how to read she has been seen with a book or two in her hands everywhere she goes.

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24 responses to “Review: Rebel Hard – Nalini Singh

  1. I have not tried Singh’s contemporary yet, but this one sounds fascinating! Is it the beginning of a series or a standalone? I was tempted to get it, but worried it was part of the previous contemporary she just did. The Rock Hard series I think?? And I didn’t want to jump in the middle of that. This one will have to go on the TBR!

  2. Nina

    I so need to get started on the Shalini Singh books I have on my TBR. Every time I read a review of her books I get excited to start. Lol

  3. I really, really want to get to her PNR and UF type offerings but I am not that moved to read the contemporary romance offerings. And arranged marriages go against every grain in me. I’m so glad you enjoyed it. Anne – Books of My Heart

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