Rock Wedding (Nalini Singh)

Rock Wedding is the fourth (and final) novel in the Rock Kiss series by Nalini Singh.
Finished on: 25.7.2020
[Here are my reviews of the rest of the series.]

Content Note: miscarriages, fat hate

Plot:
Sarah barely got over her divorce from Abe, after a short but intense relationship that involved too much pain and Abe doing drugs. Then Sarah slid into the next bad relationship and only just got out of that. It is time for Sarah to get on safe ground again. But Abe, by now sober and full of regrets, finds that there is an opening for a second chance for them. And Sarah barely dares to hope that this might actually be the case, but hope she still does. But can they leave their tumultous and destructive past behind?

Rock Wedding is the grand finale of the Rock Kiss series and as the title suggests, it is filled with weddings left and right. Now, I’m not so much in to weddings myself and I was also not that much into Abe and Sarah’s story. In the end, Rock Wedding left me a little too cold.

The book cover showing a Black man playing the piano. The shot is in black and white.

I wouldn’t say that Rock Wedding is any worse than any of the other books in the series. It is written in Singh’s usual confident style that is perfect for a quick read. The characters are well-drawn and you always understand where they’re coming from. Sarah’s pain in particular was very raw. I also thought it was absolutely lovely that we got a Black romantic hero in Abe, and a heroine of color in Sarah.

So I guess my problems with the book comes from pure incompatibility between it and me and not some kind of failure in the writing. Starting with the fact that it feels like there is a wedding every couple of pages and I just don’t give a damn about weddings. (Couldn’t one couple have decided that weddings are too… establishment or something? These are wild rockstars after all.)

It’s also one of the angstier stories and that just isn’t my cup of tea. It’s not as strong as with Rock Redemption, but still enough for me to grow impatient with it. But I was even more impatient with Sarah’s body issues. As a fat woman, I can’t tell you how annoying it is to read about a woman who is reassuring herself that she is fat only by Hollywood standards and she isn’t really fat, as if being fat was the absolute worst thing you could be. Would it really have been so hard to have her come to the conclusion: “so what if I’m fat? I’m good the fat way I am.” (I mean, yes, I know that it is hard to come to that conclusion as a fat person and actually believe it, but we are talking about a character here after all.)

Overall, Rock Wedding was simply a bit of a let-down for me. Should I revisit the series at some point, I’ll probably stick with Rock Hard and leave it at that.

Summarizing: Meh.

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