Review: Rebel Hard by Nalini Singh

A sweet, sexy romance featuring big, fat, OTT weddings, a meddling grandma, and a too-serious hero who needs to be unbuttoned…

Photo credit: Book cover is from Goodreads.


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.

My thoughts

I need to preface this review with my prejudice for Nalini Singh as I pretty much love everything she writes and have from the first book I have picked up of her’s, so if you are look for straight objectivity I may not be able to provide it. What this does tell you though is that Singh is an author worth reading no matter the series as she is top of the line and an automatic buy for me.

Two people trying to avoid the patriarchal demands of marriage only to end up craving the one thing both protest not to want.

Singh does it again with Rebel Hard and introduces us to a culture and a love story that includes a little bit of everything for everyone.

Raj is a throwback to old times yet is a mixture of today whereas Nayna only agrees to an arraigned marriage against her will, but plans to have one last night of fun. In only the romance world, Raj and Nayna meet and you can guess the rest.

Singh lets the characters get to know each other even in this demanding marriage culture while still respecting the culture and the characters – a fine line in fiction romance. I do not want to go into a lot of detail as it will give the story line away, but it gives the reader a glance into a culture they may not know and if you do not care you still get a great romance as the chemistry between Raj and Nayna is off the charts.

I got this book from my library. I love my local library and you should check out yours too. Request LGBTQ+ books and they will stock them! #ebooksforall 

Rating: 4 out of 5.


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Books in the “Hard Play” series.

Further Details:
Publisher: TKA Distribution, 9781942356660, 2018
Pages: 409
Narrator: Justine O’Keef
Series: A Hard Play Novel #2; Settings: Aukland, New Zealand

Editor’s Note: previously published on PRW on 18 December 2018. Edited with updated content & PR standard formatting on 28 March 2020.



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