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New York Times bestselling author Nalini Singh continues her Hard Play series with a sweet, sexy romance featuring big, fat, OTT weddings, a meddling grandma, and a too-serious hero who needs to be unbuttoned… 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 New York Times bestselling author Nalini Singh continues her Hard Play series with a sweet, sexy romance featuring big, fat, OTT weddings, a meddling grandma, and a too-serious hero who needs to be unbuttoned… 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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New York Times bestselling author Nalini Singh continues her Hard Play series with a sweet, sexy romance featuring big, fat, OTT weddings, a meddling grandma, and a too-serious hero who needs to be unbuttoned… 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 New York Times bestselling author Nalini Singh continues her Hard Play series with a sweet, sexy romance featuring big, fat, OTT weddings, a meddling grandma, and a too-serious hero who needs to be unbuttoned… 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.

30 review for Rebel Hard

  1. 5 out of 5

    Aisling Zena

    4.5 stars It is quite amazing to me, the similarities between Indian and Greek/Cypriot culture. I grew up much the same way as Nayna and trust me when I say, it sucks. And I didn't even have a runaway sister. My parents had no excuse. Other than the typical "What will people say?". I wasn't even allowed to go out in broad daylight to have coffee with my girlfriends, or go to the cinema with them. This book took me down memory lane and frankly it made me angry for my poor teenage self all over aga 4.5 stars It is quite amazing to me, the similarities between Indian and Greek/Cypriot culture. I grew up much the same way as Nayna and trust me when I say, it sucks. And I didn't even have a runaway sister. My parents had no excuse. Other than the typical "What will people say?". I wasn't even allowed to go out in broad daylight to have coffee with my girlfriends, or go to the cinema with them. This book took me down memory lane and frankly it made me angry for my poor teenage self all over again. And I've really gone off topic but I really hate my teen years. DEEP BREATH, IN, OUT! And I'm back. Anyway, this was a lovely book and I loved both Nayna and Raj. Together or apart they commanded your attention and your feelings. Navigating well-meaning families, dodging nosy aunties, listening to wise grandmas or well, one particular cool as all get out grandma, all made for a delightful book. If it wasn't for my flashbacks, I think I would have enjoyed it more. And because they are all awesome and I couldn't pick (and also because I'm so tired my eyes are watering and doing a short review), for your viewing pleasure: P.S. My apologies for the overshare. This book just brought back a lot of memories and I guess I needed to offload.. Sorry.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Corina☞BookTwinsReviews

    Rebel Hard by Nalini Singh was many things, sweet, sexy, and emotional, but most of all it was fascinating. Could you imagine being part of an arranged marriage? I couldn't! But there are quite a few cultures where an arranged marriage is the norm, even in the 21st century. The first time I met Nayna Sharma and Raj Sen was in Cherish Hard. They meet at a party one night without realizing that their parents picked one another as possible candidates for marriage. Of course that second meeting didn't Rebel Hard by Nalini Singh was many things, sweet, sexy, and emotional, but most of all it was fascinating. Could you imagine being part of an arranged marriage? I couldn't! But there are quite a few cultures where an arranged marriage is the norm, even in the 21st century. The first time I met Nayna Sharma and Raj Sen was in Cherish Hard. They meet at a party one night without realizing that their parents picked one another as possible candidates for marriage. Of course that second meeting didn't go well after their first explosive encounter. Throughout the novel, the author did an amazing job describing the feelings that both Nayna as well as Raj went through by coming to the conclusion that their future dreams might not match up. I liked that the author didn't gloss over this issue. She made the characters work for it, talk to each other, and figure things out together. Both, Nayna and Raj felt such a deep connection for each other, that their internal struggle felt real and deeply emotional. Also, it was incredibly easy to fall in love with Nayna and Raj. Both were mature, genuinely likable and wonderfully down to earth kind of people. And if I'm honest I had a slight crush on Raj. He was very much my kind of guy. Quiet, serious, hard working, devoted and loyal to his family. Responsible but also stubborn to go after what he wanted. He was actually the epitome of a perfect boyfriend. DREAMY!!! Nayna was sweet but sassy. She struggled to find herself and was afraid that the past would always dictate her life. Her struggles were real, but she didn't ignore what was right in front of her either. She acknowledged her attraction towards Raj, and gave him a chance to change her mind. And together they were wonderful. They clicked right from the very beginning and I loved how fast they accepted this fact even though they both knew their dreams weren't evenly matched. The true struggle between old traditions and modern times is real. Feeling free to choose, but also making parents and relatives happy was one of Nayna's biggest concerns. It was quite emotional and heartfelt to read Nayna and Raj' journey to their deserved HEA. I must say, Rebel Hard is one of Nalini Singh's most unique contemporary romance novels yet. The author took a topic that isn't usually found in contemporary romance books, an arrange marriage, and made it fascinating, eye opening, and emotional. The cast was to 90% of Indian descent. I loved the insight into their culture, traditions, and family dynamics - it was all very foreign to me - which made it incredibly fascinating. Also, which gave me quite the surprise - both main characters were virgins. It didn't bother me at all. Their sexual experience wasn't intended to be the center of the story, and subsequently didn't take away from the plot or my enjoyment. If you enjoy a diverse cast, learning about different cultures, and loving a sweet but sexy and emotional love story - this is the book for you. ✵ ✦ ✷ ✫ ✷ ✦ ✧ ✵ ✧ ✵ ✦ ✷ ✫ ✷ ✦ ✧ ✵ ✧ ✵ ✦ ✷ ✫ ✷ ✦ ✧ ✵ ✧ ✵ If you want to chat with me about books, find me on Instagram For more of my reviews: My Blog: Book Twins Reviews Facebook Blog Page Twitter Subscribe to Blog

  3. 5 out of 5

    Camila, the opinionated Catruler

    Nalini Singh is back and she comes bearing gifts. I'll be honest with you, I've been a little disenchanted with the whole Romance genre of late. I don't know if it's me, or it's generally going downhill, but if I have to read about one more secret kept for 20 years or a misunderstanding that has no reason to exist other than pride and prejudice (view spoiler)[(except it's actually Pride and Prejudice, then we love it, and so does Nayna) (hide spoiler)] I might just abandon this ship altogether. FE Nalini Singh is back and she comes bearing gifts. I'll be honest with you, I've been a little disenchanted with the whole Romance genre of late. I don't know if it's me, or it's generally going downhill, but if I have to read about one more secret kept for 20 years or a misunderstanding that has no reason to exist other than pride and prejudice (view spoiler)[(except it's actually Pride and Prejudice, then we love it, and so does Nayna) (hide spoiler)] I might just abandon this ship altogether. FEAR NOT! NALINI IS HERE TO SAVE US, ONE DELICIOUS SEXY HUNK, HOT FLING AT THE TIME! Or maybe I should say, one strong, smart, interesting heroine at the time. Because the best thing about this book? Not Raj, not Sailor, could've been T-Rex if she'd have done more than mention him. The absolute best thing about Rebel Hard are the women. Now, this author has written (and I've read) all types of women. From strong, independent Elena to skittish, submissive Grace, and every combination in between. Somehow, Nailini Singh being my most-read author (at 63 stories, according to Goodreads), I didn't think she could surprise me anymore. I WAS WRONG. When Nayna first appeared in Cherish Hard, I didn't understand how a smart, financially independent woman in her late twenties could agree to an arranged marriage she didn't want. My uneasiness grew when I started this book and Nayna was described as a fiery, suffocated woman looking for adventure and her love interest was actually a serious, traditional man her parents had set her up with. However, as I kept reading and got to know Nayna's family, it truly started to make sense. It was in the little things, as it usually is with love. Nayna's parents thinking of Isa on her birthday because she's Nayna friend and her family ignores her. Nayna's grandmother telling a few white lies so an annoying would-be husband would lay off her granddaughter. Her sister, who has in many ways taken away Nayna's freedom, helping her with her clothes so she'd look beautiful. More than a romance, Rebel Hard was about the importance of culture, tradition, family, and finding your own path alongside it rather than in spite of it. And Raj fit perfectly into it. Despite their differences at first (and second, and third) sight, Raj and Nayna were good together because they were ultimately looking for the same thing: to be loved and accepted and very sexytimes, GIVE ME THAT SMUT. Dwight gifs should be inappropiate but he's Dwight, so they're just funny. Raj might be serious and responsible, but he's also very sweet and truly commited to Neyna. I did mention sexy, right? The fact that he was willing to give Neyna space to figure out what she wanted, even as his instincts were screaming to push at every corner, is what truly won me over. His only truly reprehensible characteristic is that he's not a Bishop. And I was promised Bishop goodness, WHERE IS MY BISHOP GOODNESS? Moral of the story? Never doubt Nalini Singh. She'll come at you with Bollywood-worthy OTT weddings, family mayhem, superb ab selfies, and eldery debauchery. P.s.: Can you tell I'm watching The Office? *ARC provided to me by the publisher through Netgalley.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Cyndi

    I loved everything about this book! Raj and Nayna are both awesome! Their relationship is so sweet! I loved all the side characters- especially Nayna’s grandmother! The epilogue was good, but I want more! I would love a little novella about them!

  5. 5 out of 5

    Book Gannet

    This book was everything I wanted it to be, and then some. There’s family drama, an arranged marriage, meddlesome in-laws, massive OTT weddings, fledgling flirtation, super-sexy selfies and a hero who is just amazing. Seriously. Raj is amazing, that is all you need to know. But if you want more… Well, in bare facts, Raj possibly shouldn’t have been as amazing as he is. He works extremely hard, doesn’t have much time or even the inclination to play, he is very serious and very old-fashioned. He wa This book was everything I wanted it to be, and then some. There’s family drama, an arranged marriage, meddlesome in-laws, massive OTT weddings, fledgling flirtation, super-sexy selfies and a hero who is just amazing. Seriously. Raj is amazing, that is all you need to know. But if you want more… Well, in bare facts, Raj possibly shouldn’t have been as amazing as he is. He works extremely hard, doesn’t have much time or even the inclination to play, he is very serious and very old-fashioned. He wants a wife who will stay at home and raise the kids, which is why he’s contemplating an arranged marriage. He is definitely all of that, but he loves his family, is willing to do anything for those he cares about, he listens to Nayna and tries so hard to give her what she wants, while also learning how to flirt and take delicious ab-selfies to keep her interested in his body. And at no point does he ever even think about trying to turn Nayna into his stay-at-home-wife fantasy. He sees her exactly as she is and he loves her for all that she is. He’s gorgeous, in every way, and I loved reading about him. I liked Nayna too, even if she has no idea what she wants and is in the middle of a bit of an identity crisis. I did like how she judged Raj on his actions instead of some of the nonsense he said (such as romance being for children – after he’s met her for a midnight walk and pushed her on the swings and been completely adorable). And when he needs her, she’s right there, loyal and steadfast and loving, just as he is. The rest of the stuff around the romance is equally as wonderful, throwing in a lot of Bollywood style and life and colour and incredible weddings. The Indian-Fijian-New Zealand cultural mix made for an excellent backdrop to all the drama and romance, treating traditions with respect while also maintaining a modern outlook. The secondary characters are great too, especially Nayna’s fabulous grandmother. The whole book is enormous fun, sexy, romantic and just enjoyable all the way through. Nalini Singh never lets me down and I cannot wait to see where this series heads next. (ARC provided via NetGalley) ============== Original First Impressions Review Raj. Oh my goodness. Raj is amazing. I'm going to have to read this again before I can review it because right now I'm just in a Raj-haze and my review is basically, Raj is amazing. That is all. Which, to be honest, is all anyone should need to know about this book in order to read it. Nevertheless, more coherence to come later. ETA: And it turns out I haven't actually read the final book yet. Which... if Raj gets any more adorable, I may squish my Kindle to death. (And by adorable I mean sexy and amazing and, yeah, adorable too.)

  6. 5 out of 5

    Geri Reads

    Rebel Hard was a joy to read from start to finish. Hilarious, poignant, and sexy, Rebel Hard is everything I wanted in my contemporary romance. Nalini Singh's writing shines through as she takes us through Nayna and Raj journey to HEA. Full review to follow! ARC provided by the author in exchange for an honest review.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Aly is so frigging bored

    This is the best contemporary Nalini has ever written!

  8. 5 out of 5

    5 “My heart can barely take all these feelings” Stars This is the best romance book I read this year. Simple, beautiful, touching, full of feels and sexy AF. I’m so in love with this book and these characters I don’t think I have words to describe my feelings. Nayna is the kind of protagonist that steals my heart from page one and refuses to give it to back to me even after the story is over. She’s such a gentle soul. A beautiful person that I wish was real and my friend. Her desire for freedom and 5 “My heart can barely take all these feelings” Stars This is the best romance book I read this year. Simple, beautiful, touching, full of feels and sexy AF. I’m so in love with this book and these characters I don’t think I have words to describe my feelings. Nayna is the kind of protagonist that steals my heart from page one and refuses to give it to back to me even after the story is over. She’s such a gentle soul. A beautiful person that I wish was real and my friend. Her desire for freedom and adventure never gets in the way of her love and respect for her family, and that balance is just another reason to love her. Raj is book boyfriend material at its best. Thoughtful, respectful, serious, committed, sexy, smart. I can’t even with this man. He’s ridiculously perfect in a way that should be annoying but totally isn’t. I love, love, love his relationship with his parents and siblings. He’s one of those men who learned that he should treat women with the same care and respect he wants men to treat the little sister he dearly loves. He owes up to his mistakes, fights for the people he cares and protects them in a way that doesn’t feel suffocating. The chemisty between Nayna and Raj is out of this word. I felt every scene between them from start to finish. They are adorable, sexy and perfect together. It also helps that Raj was so out-of-this-world in love with Naya. The “man who madly loves the woman who is reluctant to commit to her feelings” always gets me. The romance was everything I didn’t know I needed. Aside from Nayna and Raj’s perfect relationship, I adored the family dynamic. It was a beautiful thing to see both Nayna and Raj interact with their own families and with each other’s parents, grandparents and siblings. Nayna’s grandmother is probably my favorite character aside from the main couple. She made me laugh out loud more than a couple of times. But in truth, I loved everyone in Nayna’s family. Same goes for Raj’s parents and little sister. In fact, I was dying to read a YA book about Aditi, because she came across as such a smart and strong young lady. And there were happy endings delivered like Xmas presents and I can't even bring myself to care that some were unrealistic. Real life is hard so books are allowed to give me as many happy ever afters as they want. Honestly, I can’t think about anything I didn’t like in this book. Even the annoying sister-in-law had her place in the story and the third person narrative, despite not being my favorite in general, worked wonderfully here. The book was just that amazing! Well, I don’t know what you’re doing, but whatever it is can’t be more entertaining than reading this book, so stop and go get your copy.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Sarah

    Nayna has always felt like she has to be the perfect daughter to make up for the disappointment her parents felt when her older sister became a rebel. She's always done what was expected of her and has never wanted to hurt them by pushing her boundaries which is why she has agreed to an arranged marriage. But as she meets one disastrous match after another she starts to question whether she really wants to let herself be trapped in a life of someone else's choosing and her bet friend talks her i Nayna has always felt like she has to be the perfect daughter to make up for the disappointment her parents felt when her older sister became a rebel. She's always done what was expected of her and has never wanted to hurt them by pushing her boundaries which is why she has agreed to an arranged marriage. But as she meets one disastrous match after another she starts to question whether she really wants to let herself be trapped in a life of someone else's choosing and her bet friend talks her into attending a party for a night of fun and dancing. The attraction she feels for Raj is instant but their first meeting goes horribly wrong so she is completely shocked when she realises that he's the next match her parents have found for her. Raj was abandoned as a child and although he was adopted into a loving and supportive family he continues to crave love and security. He believes in tradition and is looking for a woman who will be the centre of his world, someone who will be a loving wife and mother and who would never abandon him. From the minute he meets Nayna he can't stop thinking about her but knowing how much she hates the idea of being forced into marriage he has to choose between his dream and allowing her the freedom to make her own choices. Nayna and Raj both made an appearance in Cherish Hard as the best friends of Isa and Sailor so I was already excited about this story but it was even better than I had hoped for. They're both such brilliant characters, Nayna is sweet and funny, a little shy but also becoming increasingly brave as she finds her confidence. She loves her family and wants to do right by them but she also desperately wants to get a taste of freedom before she settles down and marries. Raj is a perfect hero, he claims he doesn't believe in romance but he's surprisingly good at the small romantic gestures that every woman longs for. He cares enough about Nayna to want to help her spread her wings and he stands up for her with both her family and his own when it comes to letting her have the chance to pursue her dreams. The couple have fantastic rapport from the very beginning, they spark off each other and argue but the chemistry is there from the get go and you just know things are going to be explosive when they finally give into temptation. I loved the playful banter between them but also how they were always there for each other when anything went wrong. There is very little drama between them because they talk through their issues and are both willing to make compromises which is something I always appreciate in my romances. I also really loved both of their families, yes they have some issues but they all had a deep bond and clearly loved each other. It was really fun to see the families interact with each other and slowly blend into one big loving, supportive group around our couple. We all know that Nalini Singh is a queen of paranormal romance but she's also just as good at writing fantastic contemporary romance with heroes you're guaranteed to fall for. T-Rex from Rock Hard has long been my favourite of her contemporary heroes but I think Raj may just have taken first place! Rebel Hard was absolutely perfect, great characters, swoon worthy romance, wonderful family dynamics and some huge and OTT Indian weddings! I'm already excited for the next book in this series.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Lisa

    Also on Romances Ever After. Okay so if you've been following my posts or tweets, then you'll probably know that Nalini Singh is a new-to-me author I've started reading early this year, and I've been a huge fan ever since. After devouring her paranormal works and loving her angels, vampires, and changelings, it's only right that I venture into her contemporary works as well. Rebel Hard is my first, and holy shit it's SO GOOD. I basically said that about almost every Nalini book I've read so who's Also on Romances Ever After. Okay so if you've been following my posts or tweets, then you'll probably know that Nalini Singh is a new-to-me author I've started reading early this year, and I've been a huge fan ever since. After devouring her paranormal works and loving her angels, vampires, and changelings, it's only right that I venture into her contemporary works as well. Rebel Hard is my first, and holy shit it's SO GOOD. I basically said that about almost every Nalini book I've read so who's surprised? Not me, obviously. The plot of Rebel Hard revolved around arranged marriage, something that is not unsual in brown cultures. Malays* have done it too, though not so much in the recent years. I love Nayna with all my heart, and it's so easy to root for her happiness. Her parents have been working hard to find a suitable husband for her, and while she was okay with it in the beginning, Nayna is feeling more and more suffocated by it all lately. She has always been the Good Girl in the family. She keeps her head down, always plays by the rules, and never does anything that could bring shame to her parents, not after how her older sister Madhuri ruined the family's good name a decade or so ago. I totally get why Nayna wanted to rebel. I relate to her struggles to be the perfect daughter to her parents versus her wanting to carve her own path and live her life for her, not for family. Luckily her one night of rebel led her to Raj, who turned out to be another one of her parents' prospects for her. The prospect. My one night of rebel? Hasn't happened yet, and I doubt that it would lead me to a Raj so what's even the point? Moving on. Raj is a dreamboat, by the way. I fell for him so hard, and so did Nayna though she sort of struggled with it in the beginning. Raj is described as a serious and traditional guy. He wants the whole package: a loving wife, kids, white picket fence, so much that he agreed to his parents' matchmaking efforts. He and Nayna hit it off right away the night they made, and although that night didn't end well, the thoughts of Nayna kept haunting him until they met again, this time as each other's match. Raj knew instantly that he wanted her for keeps this time. Their relationship development is my favourite thing about this book. Raj decided to court Nayna while he waited for her to make a decision, and I appreciated that he wasn't pushy about the whole marriage thing. He didn't play fair, though; Raj fully capitalized on the intense attraction between him and Nayna, and he basically seduced her all the time, LOL. They just have so much chemistry and fun together. I love the shirtless selfies Raj sent to Nayna (he knew he had a great body and made use of it, smart man), and how he made an effort to read Pride and Prejudice because it was Nayna's favourite book. He was also so good with Nayna's family, especially Nayna's grandmother. Dream. Fucking. Boat. Nayna grew so much in her relationship with Raj. She's had a moment of reckoning with her parents in which she explained her need to break away from the path she has been in, and I was so proud of her. I love that Raj understood her fears and did his best to alleviate them, and made an effort to show that she could trust him with her dreams. He was so understanding of Nayna's need to fly, and he was careful not to chain her. Raj watched Nayna sleep that night and knew he might be the architect of his own heartbreak. The Nayna she was now wanted him, but the Nayna she became as she found her wings... that Nayna might decide a man so rooted in tradition and culture wasn't the man she wanted by her side. (...) So he would tell her of his love only in the midnight hours, when she slept in his arms. He'd help her fly... and hope she'd choose to fly to him. Nayna's inability to make a decision, though, is so understandable. She knew she was attracted to Raj, wanted him more than her next breath, but she also wasn't sure about marriage as a whole. She wanted to do so many more things, and she was scared that her dreams would take the backseat to Raj's wants after she married him. A lot of those fears actually resonated with me, I highlighted so many of Nayna's thoughts re: marriage because wow, somebody actually put my feelings into coherent words??? Amazing. But Nayna had no idea what she wanted from life. Him, she wanted him. But not the tradition that had begun to feel like ropes around her, cutting off her air. Not the implicit defined patterns of behavior. Not the rigidly limited choices. The very things that centered Raj were her worst nightmare. Nayna had no right to put her dreams over his. Not gonna lie, I cried after that bit because SAME. I also love the secondary characters in Rebel Hard. Nayna's Aji was a riot, I want to be her when I grow up. I even ended up liking Madhuri and rooting for her happiness. I also love Raj's sister Aditi and Nayna's best friend Isa. Overall, Rebel Hard is such an amazing ride! It's a whole new experience for me, and I totally recommend this book to everyone. *Now, if my mother could take a cue from the Sharmas and find me a Raj Sen instead of some randos she's been showing me pictures of, that would be great. E-ARC is received thanks to the author/publisher via Netgalley.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Maida

    I don't think I can express how much I loved this book. It's the kind of book that makes me insecure about my own writing because Nalini Singh is a queen and if I only have a tiny bit of talent she has, I'd be ecstatic. But, at the same time, it inspires me to keep on going, keep on sharing, because these are the books that need to be written - #ownvoices novels from writers of color showcasing people from all cultures as the heroes and heroines in romance. I've long admired Nalini Singh and alt I don't think I can express how much I loved this book. It's the kind of book that makes me insecure about my own writing because Nalini Singh is a queen and if I only have a tiny bit of talent she has, I'd be ecstatic. But, at the same time, it inspires me to keep on going, keep on sharing, because these are the books that need to be written - #ownvoices novels from writers of color showcasing people from all cultures as the heroes and heroines in romance. I've long admired Nalini Singh and although she gained fame through her paranormal series, for me, it's her Rock Kiss series that drew me in. My favorite was Rock Hard, from which this Hard Play series originated. I loved the first book Cherish Hard but Rebel Hard is next level in terms of greatness. There is so much to love about this book. It's rich, beautiful, emotion-packed, humorous. There's family, friendship, culture, tradition, respect, food, fashion, and lots and lots of love. I am not Indian, nor a younger sister, not single, and not in an arranged marriage, but while I was reading Rebel Hard, I was totally Nayna. Such is the gift of Nalini Singh that she took me inside the pages of Rebel Hard. And Raj? He’s the best kind of hero. He explains his side, he backs off to give Nayna space, but he still fights for their love. I love the abs selfies and I’m a little in love with him myself.

  12. 5 out of 5

    (Tori-Smexybooks) smexys_sidekick

    Originally posted at http://smexybooks.com/2018/09/toris-t... Delightfully charming and deliciously wicked, Singh outshines herself in her latest romance that examines the Indian tradition of arranged marriage and one couples’ determination to find a way to adhere to their culture without losing themselves in the process. Witty, bold and oh so sexy, Singh opens up for readers a colorful family-oriented culture rich in tradition as she introduces us to a hero and heroine for whom family is everyth Originally posted at http://smexybooks.com/2018/09/toris-t... Delightfully charming and deliciously wicked, Singh outshines herself in her latest romance that examines the Indian tradition of arranged marriage and one couples’ determination to find a way to adhere to their culture without losing themselves in the process. Witty, bold and oh so sexy, Singh opens up for readers a colorful family-oriented culture rich in tradition as she introduces us to a hero and heroine for whom family is everything. Brimming with laughter and love, you can’t help but cheer for the stoic hero and his heroine who just want to be loved for who they are. Raj’s and Nayna’s families only serve to add more drama and laughter to the story as they go through their own personal upheavals from grandma stepping out and a wife wanting more of a partnership to a couple on the brink of divorce and one’s man’s taste of mortality. Rebel Hard is another winner in my book. Nayna Sharma only agreed to her family’s offers of an arranged marriage in order to heal the cracks caused by her sister’s poor choices. In an attempt to regain control of her life, Nayna decides to be the bad girl for one night, she and a friend head to a party and she find her way into the arms of a ruggedly handsome stranger. Raj Sen agrees to allow his parents to arrange his marriage because he believes in tradition and rules. When he meets Nayna he is enchanted with her beauty but when he discovers she is his intended, he finds himself reluctantly falling in love with her maddening ways and lack of rules. Neither is what the other one wants but sometimes what you want isn’t always what you need. Grade: B+

  13. 4 out of 5

    Marta Cox

    With this story the author gives what she knows best and that is tradition, family and of course love. Our heroine Nayna is “a good girl “ trying so hard to be everything her family expect. Yet she has subjugated her own wants and wishes and all so she will never hurt her family. A moment of madness brings Raj into her life but things get so much more complicated when it turns out the sexy hunk is more than a hot fling he’s actually someone her parents are arranging for Nayna to marry ! I never With this story the author gives what she knows best and that is tradition, family and of course love. Our heroine Nayna is “a good girl “ trying so hard to be everything her family expect. Yet she has subjugated her own wants and wishes and all so she will never hurt her family. A moment of madness brings Raj into her life but things get so much more complicated when it turns out the sexy hunk is more than a hot fling he’s actually someone her parents are arranging for Nayna to marry ! I never thought anyone could rival the sexy T Rex but then the author wrote about the sweetly determined Sailor and my heart melted. Now she brings readers Raj who is devoted to his family but commits to the woman who he sees as being as beautiful and delicate as a butterfly. Caging Nayna will crush everything she is and Raj sees that but allowing her to choose freedom might just mean he loses her forever. Raj wants a traditional wife but Nayna wants to follow her dreams so just how this couple find their way through the mire of two Asian families was really eye opening. It’s the first book I’ve read that brings to life just how loving and yet complicated life can be when growing up in a lifestyle that is thousands of years old. Yet it’s done with aplomb and warmth and this couple deserve their happy ending and luckily with a sneaky epilogue readers too get to bask in the glow of their passionate love. This voluntary take is of an advance copy and my thoughts and comments are honest and I believe fair

  14. 4 out of 5

    Bookgasms Book Blog

    I have been a huge fan of Nalini Singh's Rock Kiss series and was super excited to read Rebel Hard. Right from the beginning I was hooked as Raj and Nayna were both sexy and honest and their connection and initial meeting was fabulous. This story almost felt like a bollywood soap opera as there were so many feelings and issues that needed to be addressed. I was hooked from the getgo. As a Desi woman and an Indian American I was overjoyed by the fact that this story told the story of traditional o I have been a huge fan of Nalini Singh's Rock Kiss series and was super excited to read Rebel Hard. Right from the beginning I was hooked as Raj and Nayna were both sexy and honest and their connection and initial meeting was fabulous. This story almost felt like a bollywood soap opera as there were so many feelings and issues that needed to be addressed. I was hooked from the getgo. As a Desi woman and an Indian American I was overjoyed by the fact that this story told the story of traditional over the top Indian families and all of the customs and expectations attributed to that despite the difference in opinion their children (first generation offspring) may have. I just loved Raj. God he was just amazing and everything I love in a man. He was honest, protective, respectful and determined in winning his girl. Nayna likewise was just as fabulous. I loved their physical connection and chemistry and the way they loved one another. They had deep personal feelings about marriage and I loved how the author brought them together. All in all, this story was moving and heartfelt and I never wanted it to end. I would like to thank NetGalley and the publisher for an advanced copy of this book for an honest review. Bravo! 4 stars! ~Ratula

  15. 4 out of 5

    Teresa (Reads_Romance)

    I am not sure if I have the words to adequately express how much I loved Rebel Hard, but I am going to try. I'm still not over this book. I read this book in one amazing day and resented each and every time I needed to stop for things like food. It is absolutely one of my favorite romances of the year, hands down, and is my new favorite Nalini contemporary romance. If I had all the money in the world, I would buy this book for everyone I know. I feel a little helpless as a reviewer in the face of I am not sure if I have the words to adequately express how much I loved Rebel Hard, but I am going to try. I'm still not over this book. I read this book in one amazing day and resented each and every time I needed to stop for things like food. It is absolutely one of my favorite romances of the year, hands down, and is my new favorite Nalini contemporary romance. If I had all the money in the world, I would buy this book for everyone I know. I feel a little helpless as a reviewer in the face of such a gorgeous and rich story.  Nayna Sharma and Raj Sen agreed to the arranged marriage process for different reasons. Nayna feels pressure to be the perfect daughter after her family was hurt by a previous scandal. Raj has always valued family and stability and an arranged marriage seems practical. When the two meet by chance at a party, neither one is expecting their explosive chemistry. When they meet later as potential spouses, the situation gets even more complicated. A testament to Nalini's writing, I want to reread this book as I type. Raj and Nayna are undeniable. Nayna is a woman finally coming into her own and not letting anything get in her way. She loves her family, but her need to spread her wings was exciting and exhilarating to follow along with as a reader. The way Raj supports Nayna unconditionally is one of the best parts of an exceptional novel. Raj is my new dream man. His quiet confidence and willingness to fight for what he wants and what Nayna needs is wonderful. A stunning cast of supporting, characters and multiple, complete sub story arcs weaved through Raj and Nayna's journey to happily ever after kept me captivated until the last page. Ms. Singh, seemingly effortlessly, combines family obligation, professional passion, and true love. FYI - I plan on recommending this book to everyone I know. **I received an ARC of this book in order to provide an honest review** Find/Follow me on Twitter Instagram and my blog !!

  16. 4 out of 5

    Giedre

    Just because we grow doesn’t mean we forget our old selves. We are all created of many skins. Nalini Singh's contemporary romances are hit-and-miss with me. In fact, the only one I was a fan of before reading this book was Rock Hard. Now I can add Rebel Hard to this short list. It was a joy to read. Rebel Hard is a lovely combination of sweet romance, great characters, diversity, and an appreciation of family and culture-slash-traditions. It's a cinnamon roll of a book.

  17. 4 out of 5

    ❆Francesca (Mother of Cats) Selina❆

    This book was a joy to read from start to finish: hilarious, poignant, full of life lessons and sexy. Rebel Hard is everything I like in a contemporary romance. Nalini Singh's writing fully delivers (as always) as she takes us through Nayna and Raj’s story. There is so much to love about this book. It's rich, beautiful, emotion-packed, humorous. There's family, friendship, culture, tradition, respect, food culture, fashion, and lots and lots of love. Although I’ll be always loyal to her UF/PNR seri This book was a joy to read from start to finish: hilarious, poignant, full of life lessons and sexy. Rebel Hard is everything I like in a contemporary romance. Nalini Singh's writing fully delivers (as always) as she takes us through Nayna and Raj’s story. There is so much to love about this book. It's rich, beautiful, emotion-packed, humorous. There's family, friendship, culture, tradition, respect, food culture, fashion, and lots and lots of love. Although I’ll be always loyal to her UF/PNR series (especially Guild Hunter, I grew up with those books), the setting of this book intrigued me so much that I had to try it. It was definitely a pleasurable read, I loved the characters, the drama, the romance, the personal growth the characters (both main and secondary) go through. BUT, I did find something lacking (and I’ll preface this by saying it’s totally my issue, and it hasn’t anything to do with the author’s writing skills or the book’s tone) and THAT was the world building: one of the core strength of Nalini’s writing is the craft of the world her books take place in (weather it’s a society ruled by Archangels, angels and vampires or a world where three different species cohabit in a futuristic world). There’s a reason why I read every Psy-Changeling book: even if I find some couples not captivating enough I’m sure I’ll be swept away by the plot and it’s just fun to go back to that world and catch up with the whole gang. So while I found the depiction of Indian culture and the traditions and the cuisine fascinating, the “normal” world ambience took away some of the excitement....apparently reality is my nemesis in contemporary romance books. If I had to describe this book in few words I would say this: “take a Bollywood movie and slap it on paper”. Just because we grow doesn’t mean we forget our old selves. We are all created of many skins.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Fabiola Chenet

    I absolutely loved the heroes, their story, their Relationship. And I definitely watched again my favorite Bollywood movie while reading the book. Because Rebel Hard is about Indian people, their tradition, their rules and the rebellion of a strong heroine.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Jen (That's What I'm Talking About)

    Nayna Sharma has spent most of her life trying to keep peace within her family. She is the ultimate good child to her mostly traditional Indian parents because her older sister shamed the family with her personal affairs. Although her sister has been accepted back into the family, Nayna continues to feel the pressure to make peace, doing little to make waves; which is why she’s letting her parents choose her husband for her. Along comes Raj Sen. At first he was to be a one-night fling for Nayna - Nayna Sharma has spent most of her life trying to keep peace within her family. She is the ultimate good child to her mostly traditional Indian parents because her older sister shamed the family with her personal affairs. Although her sister has been accepted back into the family, Nayna continues to feel the pressure to make peace, doing little to make waves; which is why she’s letting her parents choose her husband for her. Along comes Raj Sen. At first he was to be a one-night fling for Nayna - an attempt to break out before being tied down in marriage. But then he becomes a prospective husband, and Nayna discovers he is an amazing man. While Raj thought he wanted a traditional Indian wife to love, meeting Nayna changes everything. Rebel Hard is a wonderful love story based in tradition, and brought to life with modern sensibilities. The slow-burn romance juxtaposes the ideals of an Indian arranged marriage and traditional roles with a modern, successful woman who longs to be free of conventions. The author takes care to allow Nayna and Raj to be true to themselves while discovering change and compromise can lead to happiness. The improbable love story works because Raj falls hard and fast, refusing to let Nayna slip away out of fear. He understands her right from the start, and he continues to adjust his expectations and how he woos Nayna as he gets to know her, her family, and her history. He also realizes that he is willing to alter his own expectations for a wife when he meets the right woman, which is Nayna. Due to his sensitivity, perseverance, and heart, he is the perfect match for Nayna. And while Nayna has many fears over living the life her parents expect of her, she doesn’t give up on loving Raj. She learns to stand up for herself, remaining respectful to her parents but finding a way to be happy. Her relationship with her grandmother is everything, keeping Nayna steady and wrapped in unconditional love. I also like that Nayna recognizes her parents love her deeply, regardless of their actions, and she never thinks “poor me,” rather she accepts the things she can’t change and acts on those she can. Rebel Hard has all the makings of an entertaining Bollywood movie. I enjoyed the ups and downs. The laughs and tears. The joy and pain. The mix of traditional and new. I love that Nayna and Raj find a way to make it work because they love one another and want it to work. My Rating: A- Enjoyed A Lot Review copy provided by author Originally posted at That's What I'm Talking About

  20. 4 out of 5

    Jan130

    2 to 2.5 stars. It was OK. I was a bit disappointed. I liked the H, Raj. The h not so much. She was very confused and IMO mucked poor Raj around just too much. It seemed like the angst in this book was a bit too manufactured. It just felt like a storm in a teacup and I wasn't convinced. I mean no disrespect to the Indian/Fijian/New Zealand cultures depicted in both of their families. That was an interesting aspect of the book actually (although there was a little too much detailed description of 2 to 2.5 stars. It was OK. I was a bit disappointed. I liked the H, Raj. The h not so much. She was very confused and IMO mucked poor Raj around just too much. It seemed like the angst in this book was a bit too manufactured. It just felt like a storm in a teacup and I wasn't convinced. I mean no disrespect to the Indian/Fijian/New Zealand cultures depicted in both of their families. That was an interesting aspect of the book actually (although there was a little too much detailed description of the pretty saris and the weddings). But for the amount of drama (melodrama?) in the book, the circumstances to me felt like they didn't justify that depth of anguish. The sexual tension felt a little overcooked too. I got a bit sick of the number of times the h's damp panties were referred to. When H and h did get together it was hot, though. So yeah, I'm a bit lukewarm about this one. Bummer.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Stephanie

    This is an absolutely gorgeous confection of a romance novel - my favorite so far of all of Nalini Singh's contemporary romances. (This one includes characters from the first book in this series, Cherish Hard, but it stands on its own and a lot of the events overlap chronologically, so there's no need to read the other one first. On the other hand, I really enjoyed that one, too, and I'm betting you'll want to read it afterwards if you love this one!) Nayna and Raj are a fantastic couple, and the This is an absolutely gorgeous confection of a romance novel - my favorite so far of all of Nalini Singh's contemporary romances. (This one includes characters from the first book in this series, Cherish Hard, but it stands on its own and a lot of the events overlap chronologically, so there's no need to read the other one first. On the other hand, I really enjoyed that one, too, and I'm betting you'll want to read it afterwards if you love this one!) Nayna and Raj are a fantastic couple, and the mix of Austen and Bollywood allusions in their romance are enormously fun, but what really makes this book feel so warm and wonderful is the huge cast of extended family relationships and friendships, all of them complex and real, each relationship unique with its own individual dynamics, but all of them adding up to the sense of real, vibrant community that feels both beloved and suffocating to Nayna (and which Raj finds so necessary for his own sense of security, for equally sympathetic reasons). I adored Nayna's grandmother, I loved the complexity of Nayna's relationship with her sister (who is a much more complicated person than she first appears), I loved that even the villains of the story have sympathetic points, and I just loved following Nayna and Raj along their journey as Nayna negotiates her real love for him AND for her family with her need to spread her wings and find true independence. A totally delightful, happy-making read!

  22. 5 out of 5

    Alexandra

    I received an e-ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Review can be found on *Milky Way of Books* Nayna and Raj...what can I say about this couple! They were different than the heroes and heroines I usually read in Nalini Singh's books and it felt very refreshing. For once, I got to read about a different culture and expand my vocabulary, since the only idea I have about Indian culture was through Bollywood (which is wrong). The need to be perfect in an Indian family is stifling for I received an e-ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Review can be found on *Milky Way of Books* Nayna and Raj...what can I say about this couple! They were different than the heroes and heroines I usually read in Nalini Singh's books and it felt very refreshing. For once, I got to read about a different culture and expand my vocabulary, since the only idea I have about Indian culture was through Bollywood (which is wrong). The need to be perfect in an Indian family is stifling for Nayna who doesn't want to let down her parents. On the other hand, Raj is very traditional to the point of being absolute. But both meet in the middle and their courtship had its moments, which make you swoon all over. I enjoyed the book, with Isa and Sailor making a cameo appearance too and I can't wait for Kait's story!

  23. 5 out of 5

    Lacey (Booklovers For Life)

    Thanks to the publisher for generously providing me an ARC to review.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Lexxie (un)Conventional Bookworms

    This review was originally posted on (un)Conventional Bookworms *I received a free copy of [title] from [publisher] via Netgalley. This has in no way influenced my voluntary review, which is honest and unbiased *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! Story: Singh always makes me swoon - and she did so with Rebel Hard as well. I loved this peek i This review was originally posted on (un)Conventional Bookworms *I received a free copy of [title] from [publisher] via Netgalley. This has in no way influenced my voluntary review, which is honest and unbiased *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! Story: 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. 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."

  25. 4 out of 5

    Kahea

    ***5 ‘You’re Mine’ Stars*** The whole cheeks hurting because I couldn’t stop doing the dopey grinning thing was real. Even now, after a team workout session that handed me my ass, I’m grinning like a loon as I think about how hard I swooned and laughed over Rebel Hard and how I failed miserably at #multitasking because I couldn’t put the book down. It was all kinds of fun, sweet and filled with a huge dose of family and heart that was like a drug for me and I was addicted from the very first pa ***5 ‘You’re Mine’ Stars*** The whole cheeks hurting because I couldn’t stop doing the dopey grinning thing was real. Even now, after a team workout session that handed me my ass, I’m grinning like a loon as I think about how hard I swooned and laughed over Rebel Hard and how I failed miserably at #multitasking because I couldn’t put the book down. It was all kinds of fun, sweet and filled with a huge dose of family and heart that was like a drug for me and I was addicted from the very first page. I adored Nayna and Raj. Nayna was something of an enigma. There was a sweet and alluring goodness to her that wasn’t an affectation, but something ingrained into her every cell. And yet in the midst of that was a sassy and fiery woman who wanted to live a life as blinding bright as a Bollywood movie.Raj was gruff, broody and blunt and had moments of ‘insert foot into mouth’ disease that had me sighing in frustration and yet there was an honesty to him, a vulnerable sincerity beneath all of it that had me wanting to hug him and never let him go. I thoroughly enjoyed Raj and Nayna’s opposites attract romance. While they grew up with a strong love and respect of family and tradition, their views of what they want their futures to be don’t fall on the same continuum and it was a lot of fun to watch as they gave into the pull between them while struggling with their very opposite wants and if they could find a common ground. Their interactions had me laughing and swooning in equal measure and the fact that both were so honest and earnest in their wants and needs and respected them had me rooting for them to find that common ground and loved when they did. After finishing Cherish Hard, I was one of those who really wanted to know what was going on with Nayna and Raj and was all kinds of excited when it was announced that their story would be told and I can honestly say, I wasn’t disappointed in any way. It was fun, sweet, smexy and swoon worthy and while there was drama, it wasn’t anything OTT angsty and Iloved learning about the Hindi culture and traditions and just how deeply woven they are into everyday life. But as always, it was the family dynamic that really did it for me. I loved all the meddling characters in this one, but Aji and Aditi are my ultimate favs, especially Aji ~ I want to be her when I grow up. Rebel Hard can be read as a standalone since it runs concurrent with Cherish Hard and though there are some situations that crossover, it is very much Raj and Nayna’s story. But I have no doubt that you’ll want to read Cherish Hard after to see all that happens with Isa and Sailor’s own journey to their HEA. Rock Hard (Rock Kiss #2) is loosely connected to this series since Gabriel is Sailor’s brother, but it takes place a few years after the end of Cherish Hard. As for the next in the series?? Well, there are now more options and I cannot wait to see who will be next up on the chopping block! ~ Copy provided by the publisher via NetGalley & voluntarily reviewed ~

  26. 5 out of 5

    Under the Covers Book Blog

    I received this book for free from Author in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review. Anytime I see Nalini Singh has a new release, no matter what it is, I feel like I need to jump on it and read it.  I was particularly excited for this one because I really loved the first book in the series and the main characters here are the two best friends of the characters in the first book.  I was also really excited to see Ms. Singh doing a b I received this book for free from Author in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review. Anytime I see Nalini Singh has a new release, no matter what it is, I feel like I need to jump on it and read it.  I was particularly excited for this one because I really loved the first book in the series and the main characters here are the two best friends of the characters in the first book.  I was also really excited to see Ms. Singh doing a book that dived into modern day Indian culture. Nayna is getting to the age that her family wants to arrange her marriage and she's finally agreed to let them.  At the same time, she's always felt a responsibility for doing right by her family after her sister almost disgraced them in society.  But she also feels the weight of that and wants to be free.  Raj thrives on that sense of belonging and deep rooted family, and that's because of his hard past.  He wants traditional and quiet.  They are complete opposites from what they've always thought they wanted.  And it was so much fun to see them come together and find that common ground and compromise. REBEL HARD is the perfect Bollywood rom-com.  I had a lot of fun reading it while having all the swoony feels.  It will just put a smile on your face.  I loved the glimpse into another culture that at the same time felt very familiar.  I fell in love with both characters and just wanted to see them find a way to make things work.  Raj is such an endearing hero.  He was sweet and lovable, but also very sexy.  I couldn't get enough of him. Favorite Quote: So he would tell her of his love only in the midnight hours, when she slept in his arms. He'd help her fly... and hope she'd choose to fly with him. *ARC provided by author Reviewed by Francesca❤ ♡ Don't want to miss any of our posts? Subscribe to our blog by email! ♡ ❤

  27. 4 out of 5

    Blodeuedd Finland

    We saw them meet in book 1 and I was sure wondering how it all would play out, and then finally here was their story. Nayna is a good girl. She never partied, she never met boys. She got a degree anda good job. And now she will do her parents proud by having an arranged marriage. All to please them as her sister was not a good girl who ran away, and got divorced. But before that she wants a fling! Raj is a good son. He works hard and took over his father's company. He loves his family and he fears We saw them meet in book 1 and I was sure wondering how it all would play out, and then finally here was their story. Nayna is a good girl. She never partied, she never met boys. She got a degree anda good job. And now she will do her parents proud by having an arranged marriage. All to please them as her sister was not a good girl who ran away, and got divorced. But before that she wants a fling! Raj is a good son. He works hard and took over his father's company. He loves his family and he fears being left like when he was little. So he wants an arranged marriage and a sweet wife at home. But then he meets a vixen. Oh Nayna was so sweet, I would have loved to be friends with her! And Raj was so great! I loved him to pieces too. He might want all those traditional things, but that does not mean he is some traditional man. Oh the idiots Nayna had to put up with before Raj. I am glad her parents thought they were idiots too. And that they did not want to push her into something. And these two were fun to watch together. He really wants her. But she she thinks marriage is a prison of some sorts. She will be stuck there and never experience anything. But he will fight for her and try to show her that it does not have to be that way. And omg the times I went oh uh, drama coming! And then, omg you guys...they talked! They did not jump to conclusions. They talked. Oh I loved it. They were normal people. Oh the little things. I liked that it was a story about arranged marriages, even if she did put a twist on it. We got to see how bad ones turned out, to good ones. But also how love matches too go sour. I also learned that Fiji has a big Indian population. I did not know that. Interesting. But yes a great book that kept me entertained. A great couple that I wanted to get their Hea! Narrator Justine O'Keef I enjoy her narration. And she is great in all her roles, from Nayna's gran, to Raj and Nayna. Good variation.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Moon Love

    I don't know how Nalini Singh does it! Her stories are works of art, regardless of the genre she writes in. I know when I pick up a book she's written, the characters will be well developed, lovable, and I'll finish the book yearning for more. Rebel Hard is stunning; a book I yearned for, but had no idea how badly I needed it! With any other author who writes about characters who have traditional values or those with Indian ancestry, I would've worried about whether they'd be able to handle the f I don't know how Nalini Singh does it! Her stories are works of art, regardless of the genre she writes in. I know when I pick up a book she's written, the characters will be well developed, lovable, and I'll finish the book yearning for more. Rebel Hard is stunning; a book I yearned for, but had no idea how badly I needed it! With any other author who writes about characters who have traditional values or those with Indian ancestry, I would've worried about whether they'd be able to handle the fine line that comes with balancing traditional with "modern". It never even crossed my mind for a second, and meeting Nayna and Raj just proved my faith in Nalini to be correct. She never onces goes overboard with either and finds a way to mesh both beautifully. As someone whose family originates from India, I love the way she told a story I could really relate to and feel so proud of. I don't even know where to begin. I saw so much of myself in Nayna and even Raj. I can't tell you how much I love them as a couple and as individuals. How can you not fall for people who are willing to give up or even change their dreams because they can't see themselves with anyone else? That sort of love is not just abiding but so unbelievably sexy. Raj and Nayna have this intense chemistry and it is so HOT! I loved seeing them step outside of their comfort zones and do things that would have their family members freaking out, but also doing things at their own pace and not letting anyone hurry them into doing anything else. And the way they champion each other? *Swoons* I'm a little emotional right now as I write this because this book moved me so much. It's not just about finding romantic love, but it's about the power of finding yourself, taking risks, and also the love of family, culture, and traditions. All of these elements are woven intricately and in a way that seems not just natural, but effortless. It was wonderful to see Isa and Sailor from Cherish Hard and to see how their romance progressed and even moved forward. I can not wait to see whose story Nalini writes next in the Hard Play series! All I know is that it will be thoughtful, beautifully written, with lots of emotions and passion. Kudos once again to Nalini Singh for giving readers such a fantastic story and magnificent book!

  29. 4 out of 5

    Maranda

    Anything Nalini Singh writes should appear on your to read list. Nayna Sharma has always been a good girl because her sister has been such a challenge for her parents. Raj Sen is a part of a loving family even though he was adopted. Nayna has always dreamed of freedom and Raj has always wanted a traditional family he can call his own. A chance meeting at a party proves erotic for Raj and Nayna but fear ends their joining. Now with an arranged marriage for the couple they meet again and work to g Anything Nalini Singh writes should appear on your to read list. Nayna Sharma has always been a good girl because her sister has been such a challenge for her parents. Raj Sen is a part of a loving family even though he was adopted. Nayna has always dreamed of freedom and Raj has always wanted a traditional family he can call his own. A chance meeting at a party proves erotic for Raj and Nayna but fear ends their joining. Now with an arranged marriage for the couple they meet again and work to grasp their future dreams. "A copy of this book was provided by Nscribe Digital via Netgalley with no requirements for a review. Comments here are my honest opinion." THIS WORKS FINE AS A STAND ALONE!

  30. 5 out of 5

    Lynsey A

    I definitely liked this one better than Isa and Sailor's book. I did have some frustrations in reading this book but the ending was so delightful, I upped it to 4 stars. If you're a fan of Nalini's books, I think you'll like it. I do have to say, though, the Psy-Changeling series will always be my favorite of hers but I don't mind these looks into the contemporary romance genre.

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