Synopsis:Kit Devigny could have loved rock guitarist Noah St. John. Their friendship burned with the promise of intense passion and searing tenderness…until the night Noah deliberately shattered her heart.
Noah knows he destroyed something precious the night he chose to betray Kit, but he’d rather she hate him than learn his darkest secret. All he has left is his music. It’s his saving grace, but it doesn’t silence the voices that keep him up at night. Chasing oblivion through endless one-night-stands, he earns a few hours’ sleep and his bad boy reputation.
When a media error sees Noah and Kit dubbed the new “it” couple, Kit discovers her chance at the role of a lifetime hinges on riding the media wave. Wanting—needing—to give Kit this, even if he can’t give her everything, Noah agrees to play the adoring boyfriend. Only the illusion is suddenly too real, too painful, too beautiful…and it may be too late for the redemption of Noah St. John.
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An Excerpt from Rock Redemption
Kit groaned at the sound of her phone. Reaching out blindly toward the nightstand, she hurled mental curses upon herself for forgetting to turn it off so she could catch some uninterrupted sleep before her four-a.m. makeup call.
It’d be fun and great for her career, her agent had said when recommending Kit take the superhero flick. Coming off two serious and emotionally wrenching projects, Kit had taken Harper’s advice and jumped on board the high-budget, high-octane venture. Unfortunately, Harper had forgotten to mention the four hours it would take to put her into the head-to-toe makeup required for the role. Daily.
“What?” she snarled into the phone without checking to see who it was.
Every cell in her body snapped wide awake. Lifting her eyelids, she just stared at the ceiling through gritty eyes. Her heart thumped, her throat moving convulsively as she swallowed. She hated that he could still do this to her, hated it, but her visceral response to Noah wasn’t something she could stop. She knew because she’d tried for the past two years and three months.
“Noah,” she said flatly. “Do you know what time it is?”
“Two fifteen,” he answered.
Kit should’ve hung up. God, he’d hurt her. So much. But there was something in his voice that had her sitting up. “Are you drunk?” One thing she knew about Noah: no matter his bad-boy rep, he was never wasted. He might give a good indication of it, but look closely and those dark gray eyes were always sober.
“Probably.” A silence, followed by, “I just wanted to hear your voice. Sorry for waking you.”
“Wait,” she said when he would’ve hung up. “Where are you?”
“Some dive.” He took a deep breath, released it in a harsh exhale. “I’m sorry for being an asshole. I wanted to tell you that. I don’t want to go without saying that.”
“Noah,” she said, a horrible feeling in her stomach. “Where exactly are you?”
“The Blue Flamingo Inn off Hollywood Boulevard. Far, far, far off.” He laughed, and it held no humor. “It has a neon sign of a blue—surprise!—flamingo that’s flashing right through my window. Looks like someone stole the curtains.”
Having already grabbed her laptop, which she’d left beside the bed after answering some e-mails before sleep claimed her, she found the Blue Flamingo Inn. But Noah was already gone, having said, “I love your voice, Kit,” in an oddly raw tone before hanging up.
He didn’t pick up when she called back.
“Damn it! Damn it!” She shoved aside the blanket under which she’d been buried, having turned the AC to ice-cold as she usually did at night. Shivering, she tugged on a pair of jeans and an old sweatshirt over the panties and tank top in which she’d gone to sleep.
Pulling her black hair into a rough ponytail to keep it out of her eyes, she ran through the house, phone in one pocket, credit card and driver’s license in the other. In the kitchen, she grabbed her keys off the counter and shoved her feet into the tennis shoes by the door that led to the garage.
She was in her car and on the way to the motel three minutes after Noah had hung up, mouth dry and an ugliness in her gut. “Please be okay, please be okay, please be okay,” she kept saying, the mantra doing nothing to calm her down, but at least it kept her mind focused.
She wanted to call Molly and Fox, or the others in the band, but no one was currently in the city. Schoolboy Choir had completed the final show in the band’s hugely successful tour just over two weeks earlier. Day after that, they’d all gone their separate ways to recharge and regroup.
“Much as I love these guys,” David had said with a grin that reached the dark gold of his eyes, “I’ve been looking at their ugly mugs daily for months. We need to go blow off some steam separately before we start snarling at each other.”
At the time, Kit had nodded in understanding, having had that same experience while working on location for long periods. Tonight, however, she wished the others were all here, not scattered across the country, because something was very wrong with Noah.
“Noah doesn’t do drugs,” she told herself as she drove as fast as she dared, not wanting to risk getting pulled over and further delayed. “He isn’t the kind to—” She couldn’t say it, couldn’t even think of Noah ending his life. “No,” she said firmly, her hands white-knuckled on the steering wheel. “Noah isn’t like that.”
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Noah St. John has one heck of a bad reputation of getting around. But isn’t that what bad boy rockers are supposed to do? Being the guitarist for Schoolboy Choir, one of the hottest bands around, had its rewards. His image suits him just fine. It helps him to keep people at arm’s length and the demons at bay. Nothing he does ever surprises the paparazzi that follow him everywhere he goes, looking for the next big story. But the one thing Noah can’t get away from is how much he hurt Kit. It haunts him every day . Noah doesn’t do relationships, just sex. But what else could he have done to show her he was just not a safe bet for her. Now he has to convince her to continue to be his friend and a part of his life because no matter how hard he tries he can’t seem to stay away from her. Can he convince her to forgive him for the heartbreak he caused? Would she understand his torment from his past that caused him to act the way he did?
Kathleen ‘Kit’ Ordaz- Castille decided to become an actress she didn’t want to use the name her highly famous parents gave her. She wanted to make it on her own, and that she did. Kathleen Devigny is on the verge of becoming a very highly sought after actress in Hollywood. But now that Noah has decided to show up in her life again after breaking her heart she needs to try to keep her heart in check. Noah’s smile and sweet ways have always been a weakness for her, if only he felt the same way about her that she did him. When he asks her to go to a charity event with him she agrees knowing it will be good publicity for her brand. But what she didn’t expect was the rumors about her and Noah to blow up so fast. Now her publicist wants the two to play it off as if they were a real couple. Just until the lead for the part Kit has been dying for is announced. Can Noah keep it in his pants long enough to pull this off? And Can Kit keep her heart from getting broken yet again?
Noah St. John… Holy Hannah!! Hot rocker bad boy with tattoos.. Need I say more? Noah is so sweet and thoughtful for the most part until his demons resurface. He’s broken but not unfixable. Kit is so sweet and strong. These two together are a great story! They belong together. Throw in a stalker and a few band mates and their girlfriends and a few fist fights, and you have one heck of a great storyline! I can’t wait for more!! 4.5 Big Stars for Rock Redemption by Nalini Singh!