In continuation of Nalini Singh’s contemporary series, Hard Play, book two came out recently. Please read on for my review of the audiobook version, narrated by Justine O’Keef
Even before this book was announced, we knew this story was coming. Rebel Hard follows Raj and Nayna, who met during a party. And then met again when their families tried to match them for an arranged marriage.
Rebel Hard has so much Bollywood in it, it made me want to be watching Bollywood movies. While listening to the audiobook, I kept expecting to hear Hindi music and see traditionally clothed dancers in front of me.
The plot was solid and had all the right-for-me elements. Love, passion, family, laughter, drama, and characters that I love to hate. Specifically, Nayna’s family were awful to her. It may have been presented as an unconscious choice and Nayna came to terms with it, but it remains a topic I love to nag about.
Narration for Rebel Hard was provided by Justine O. Keef. This is my first audiobook of hers, so I have no comparison of her work, just my own preferences. Her pronunciation is clear and easily understood, even when Hindi words were involved. I really enjoyed the voices she gave to each character. They were unique and fitted their personalities.
What is totally personal, but I feel I should mention about Justine O. Keef and Rebel Hard, is the speed of the narration. I found her pace a bit slow for me. On the other hand, that was useful when Hindi words were used.
All in all, Rebel Hard is definitely a memorable audiobook.
Stars: Overall 4.5 Narration 4.5 Story 4.5
Title: Rebel Hard
Author: Nalini Singh
Series: Hard Play #2
Also in this series: Cherish Hard
Genre: Contemporary Romance, Family Saga, Humor elements, Setting: New Zealand
Narrator: Justine O'Keef
Published by: Tantor Audio, TKA Distribution
Published on: 2 October, 2018
Source: Tantor Audio
Audio Length: 9 Hours: 51 minutes
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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.
A copy of this title was provided via Tantor Audio for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.