Review: Rebel by Skye Jordan


Title: Rebel (Renegades #2)
Author: Skye Jordan
Date of publication: 21 Dec 2013
Genre/themes: Contemporary Romance

Author's links:
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My rating: 3.5 stars

Goodreads Blurb

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.

My Review

This is the second book in the Renegades series Skye Jordan, it delivers the same light and sexy fun as book 1, Reckless. I feel like there is more romance in the story of Rubi and Wes, but there is also more drama, which got just a bit too much towards the end of the book.  

This series features the type of romance that I would describe as fairy tale of dream romance. We have these gorgeous and smart and successful, almost perfect people who meet and fall in love. You need to suspend your belief in order to accept their romance and fully enjoy it. 

Wes and Rubi start as friends when they meet through their best friends, Lexi and Jax, whom we meet in Reckless. There is undeniable chemistry between them but Rubi is reluctant to act on it because of her fear of abandonment and commitment issues.

Wes is just perfect, even too good to be true, still I loved him. He It was Rubi whom I had difficulty liking enough. I understood her issues, yet it took her far too long to deal with them. Wes was so determinate, confident in what he wanted and it was really frustrating to watch Rubi's hesitation, her going back and forth in her decisions. 

I liked the reversal of the traditional roles in romance where the man is a player and he finds a sweet, innocent girl who manages to tame (change) him. In this story it was Rubi who was more sexually experienced and adventurous than Wes. She enjoyed her one-night stands and was not interested in having a long-term relationship. Wes was a more traditional, monogamous guy, going for beautiful, yet ordinary.

They were so wrong for each other, yet they complemented and challenged each other and that made their relationship work so well. It was not just hot chemistry between them, there was admiration and respect, common interests and the need and desire to take care and help the other one. 

It wasn't a smooth ride for those Rubi and Wes. Her issues ran really deep, and his ex girl-friend didn't help matters. Still, the drama surrounding their coming together was a bit excessive. I think that their final break-up was unnecessary. It was just one too many obstacles to the happy end. 

On the plus side, I loved the presence of Jax and Lexi in this book. They have crucial roles in the lives of both Rubi and Wes and I am really happy with the way their own story was further developed. 

My main disappointment with this book was the ending. It felt rushed and I wish it was developed in some more detail. Since, there will be a third book in the series (I didn't get any clues as whom it will be about, but I am hoping it is Rachel and one of the other Renegades), I hope we will see more of Wes and Rubi actually being together as a couple. 

Despite some minor weaknesses, overall it was a light fun read with some hot sexy times coupled with sweet romance.

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