Friday, January 10, 2014

Rebel (Renegades #2)

Rebel (Renegades, #2) 
 3 of 5 stars false 
Sassy, smart, and sexy, former supermodel-turned-tech guru Rubi Russo has it all—looks, money, confidence and freedom. Her life is a whirlwind of fast cars and fleeting affairs—and she likes it that way. With a past like Rubi’s, forever isn’t part of her vocabulary. So when studly Renegade stuntman Wes Lawson wants to take their friendship to the next level, she’s all out.
Raised a simple country-boy, Wes knows the brazen Rubi isn’t his type. But after spending time with her, he discovers she’s everything he’s ever wanted in a woman. To win her wild rebel heart, he’ll have to prove he sees behind her smokescreen to all the goodness she tries to hide. Then it’s just a matter of crushing her fears, shattering her barriers, and convincing her that loving him is everything she’s been missing in her life, too.
Piece of cake. 


***I received an ARC of this book courtesy of Cygnet Books, via NetGalley, in exchange for an honest review****
Rubi Russo has grown up with all the material things money could buy, but she never knew the one thing most take for granted, love. Constantly abandoned by her father who would rather not be in her life, she grows up learning not to connect with people in fear of them leaving her too. After all, that's what everyone does eventually right? Wes Lawson grew up on a Missouri farm with a large solid family. Moving to LA and working for Renegades makes him the rebel of the family, something they don't all understand. When Wes first lays eyes on Rubi he's floored by this gorgeous outwardly carefree spirit. As their friendship develops and blooms into more, he finds himself wanting the one thing Rubi won't give him, commitment. As he navigates the damage her father has done they both have to decide if they're willing to take the leap together, or play it safe, something neither of them is used to doing.
Coming off Reckless, book 1, I had high expectations which may have put this book at a disadvantage. I loved Rubi and Wes but the first half of the book was a little dull, riddled with Rubi's back and forth and that was about the limit of the action. As the second half came and went things really started to pick up and I enjoyed the story from there. The writing itself is what I've come to expect from Skye Jordan as it was quality that transitioned smoothly from one character to the next. Multiple POVs allowed more dimension to both characters that allowed you to get in their heads and feel the emotion. It was great to get a follow up on our favorite characters from book one as well. All in all there was romance, steam and sexy characters that live in adrenaline, a win for the reader!  

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