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The Return of the Rebel (Mills & Boon Cherish) Kindle Edition
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Cleo the only girl in a family of ranchers knows their lifestyle is not for her. Las Vegas is the polar opposite of Hope Springs but Cleo weighed down by other people's expectations and a tragic secret is determined to make a new life there. Serendipity brings her face to face with Jax her teenage crush and now the client she must impress to succeed.
Jax left Hope Springs without a backward glance, anxious to leave behind tragic memories and the feeling of never being good enough. Luck and hard work made him wealthy beyond his expectations but illness and an impending court case leave him more vulnerable than he would choose.
Danger forces Cleo into close proximity with Jax rekindling her teenage crush into love. Unfortunately Jax's inner doubts and the fallout of his secrets jeopardize their fledgling relation.
Powerful romance, great characters and a strong thread of suspense make this story a pleasure to read.
I received an ARC from the author in exchange for an honest review.
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Both Jax and Cleo made there escape from there hometown Hope Springs, Wyoming never believing they would see each other again. Now I made it sound like they left together, which they didn't. Actually Jax left when he was about 18, and never looked back. Cleo had to make her big escape, so could avoid living the rancher's life. She never felt like that was the life with her.
Spring forward, Cleo is working at for a casino host and she finally gets her chance. However, her chance is in a form of a former crush. Of course this adds a bit of a complication. Jax is trying to keep a low profile, because some issues back in New York. Anyway, trouble seems to follow Jax and he manages to drag Cleo in.
As I said The Return of the Rebel is a little different, but it still has the same elements that make this a Jennifer Faye story. You have Jax who is a reformed bad boy, but he always feels that no one could look past his Hope Springs-self. Cleo has her insecurities even though she sweet, smart, and beautiful. She tries to be herself, but she feels that no one wants to love her as herself. As she puts it:
People couldn't love her as is. They always wanted her to be more outgoing, more compliant, more something. There was always an area where she fell short in their eyes.
I felt bad for Cleo. There were times in the story, I had tears falling for Cleo, because she viewed herself as the black sheep of the family. There's more to that.
I loved this story, because you have two misfits in a sense. No one really understands them, but they seem to understand one another. However, you have Jax who is afraid to let Cleo in for a couple reasons: 1) Best friend's sister 2) The past and other things. Overall, a great feel good book with a little action, and you might leak out a few tears. So, if you are looking for a quick read that is going to leave you with a warm fuzzy feeling, you might give The Return of the Rebel a go.
Copy provided by author via Tasty Book Tours
I won The Return of the Rebel by Jennifer Faye in a giveaway on her blog. And here I'm trying to write a decent review for this book. So a huge thanks to the author for sending me over a copy of her book.
The narration is done by the two protagonist of this book, Cleo and Jax. Cleo is working as Host in a posh Las Vegas Casino. One day she finds her long-time crush, Joe Monroe from her small hometown, Wyoming. Back then, Jax was famous for his troubles and was thus called the Bad Boy. Seeing him after all those years, certainly Cleo wells up with all her past emotions. And as by luck, she ends up being Jax's casino host. Certainly they had a lot of catching up to do. But the more Cleo gets closer to Jax, the more Jax pushes her back by shutting the windows of his heart as tightly as possible. Since Jax had a dark past and some grave secrets about himself, so he doesn't want Cleo to end up with him. Suddenly, a killer shows up on the Casino, and Cleo ends up being hurt very badly. So they take off and hide themselves in a movie-star's condo. And after so much action and drama, Cleo and Jax had a fairytale ending indeed.
The book can be finished reading within a day, since it has got a quite fast pace. From the very beginning, the author has managed to get us hooked in to the plot right from the start, since along with the drama, the author has added some amount of mystery into this book. Cleo is a very sweet girl, blaming herself all the way for her father's death, still in love with her crush, loves knitting, and any man will definitely fall for her. Then there is Jax, a true gentleman, who is always broody, mysterious from the very start, and yeah very intriguing. I liked Jax the most. Always keeping to him, never letting Cleo, get closer to his heart or looking into his past demons. And of course, he's terribly hot. And other than these two characters, we can see Cleo's friend, Robyn as the true and loyal friend and Cleo's brother, as very dominating over Cleo, Kurt and her mom, still holding grudges against her daughter for her husband's death. The author has unfolded the twists and turns of the mysteries very slowly and more peeling each layer of mystery at a time. Other than this, it’s quite evident that the author has a natural way of representing her stories to her readers. Although, it was a Harlequin Romance, but I still found this book, quite compelling. Also not to mention about those adrenaline-rushing chase scenes, which you’ll fall for.
I think while Cleo and Jax was going to make love for the first time, the drama could have been avoided to make it too predictable. Because from the beginning, we are seeing that Jax is certainly very repulsive towards Cleo, so he could have let himself go for a little while. I liked how still having feelings for Cleo, Jax, manages hard not to let Cleo know about his true intentions, owing to the fact that Cleo is always drooling over him. Certainly Jax is the only character to look out for in this book.
This book is a perfect read on a very gloomy, dark afternoon. And let yourself fall in love with his tall, dark handsome guy for a while. So romance novel lovers might fall for the plot and other genre lovers can give this book a try.
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