DEA agent Summer Montgomery, code name Renegade, poses as a drama teacher for her newest assignment at Weir Memorial High School in Boston, Massachusetts to stop an illegal drug ring. The five-foot-eight beauty with large, deep set, dark brown eyes has always been able to keep her distance from any man while undercover, until she meets Gabriel Cole.
Gabriel Cole, a multi-award-winning musician, who is also working at the high school in the music department is mesmerized by Summer's stunning beauty and intelligence. As a famous musician, he's used to women lusting after him, but Summer is different. Summer is everything he has been looking for: smart, sexy, ambitious, talented and determined. Summer, with her take charge, strong and self-sufficient attitude, pulls Gabriel in with an invisible bond that will link them together forever. He loves the combination of curiosity and desire he feels every time he's around Summer. She makes him feel the intensity of loving one person completely, and the desire to create and raise a family with her. He wants to make Summer his wife, but Summer is holding something back. Will Summer tell Gabriel about the double life she's leading? Or will her dangerous masquerade ruin both of their lives?
RENEGADE, the last in the Hideaway series by Rochelle Alers, and completes the legacy with style by including the characters from the previous Hideaway stories: HIDEAWAY, HIDDEN AGENDA, VOWS, HEAVEN SENT, HARVEST MOON, JUST BEFORE DAWN, PRIVATE PASSIONS, NO COMPROMISE, HOMECOMING. The tightly-knit Cole family stands up for one another, and Ms.Alers incorporates Summer and Gabriel into the long time trilogy with passion. The Cole females are treated with love and respect by the Cole males and RENEGADE keeps the love and warmth going with Summer's and Gabriel's love story. Summer and Gabriel will do anything for each other. Rochelle Alers writes about both characters with insight and emotion. Summer's and Gabriel's love is riveting and compelling. When Summer realizes she has fallen in love with Gabriel, she stills holds back, not wanting to tell him about her DEA life until her assignment is over.
I consider Gabriel a combination of an alpha hero and a beta hero . He feels he needs to protect Summer, but he's also treats Summer with love and patience. He doesn't rush her into the relationship. He allows her to move at her own pace. Gabriel is there to comfort Summer after she confides to him about her brother died from a driving by shooting. Respecting Summer is a huge part of Gabriel's personality and makes him the fantasy man every woman wants, but few are able to find in reality.
Summer is the challegne Gabriel needs in his life. She make him work toward having a caring and lasting relationship. Apart Summer and Gabriel are amazing people, but together they are superb. With one glance they know when the other person is upset or hurt by something or someone. Summer's only conflict is telling her boss she wants to leave the agency. She has been an agent for the past five years, but the enjoyment of the job has worn off. Summer is ready to settle down and have a family of her own with Gabriel.
RENEGADE is a wonderful romantic read, but I feel Ms. Alers should of focused more on Summer's last assignment, but fans of the series will enjoy reading about the blooming romance between this intriguing couple. Still, RENEGADE is a charming, fun, and sensual conclusion to the beloved Hideaway series.