Rebel (Renegades #2) by Skye Jordan
Rebel (Renegades, Book 2)
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.
After reading Reckless the other day I was excited to read more by this author. Rebel didn't disappoint, though it felt like a very different book. Where Reckless made me so full of love and warm fuzzies, Rebel was just plain hot.
Rubi has a lot of issues letting people in. She doesn't really trust people or know how to have a real relationship. She has never seen that growing up so she doesn't have anything to base it on. Her dad has been absent and always just left without even telling Rubi. He was never there for her and she never had anyone really. Now as an adult she only sleeps with guys once and that is it. She doesn't want to know them or talk to them or anything. One night and done. That or she is friends with them. Either one, because she doesn't want to hurt anyone. She knows she has issues and so she never wants to go from friends to more as by the time they are friends she cares about them.
Wes is a country boy, but works with Jax at his stuntman company. He loves it and has always dated these sweet innocent girls. Then he meets Rubi and he is intrigued. He spends time with her, really getting to know her, and starts falling for her. She is exactly what he never knew he wanted and needed. He tries to go slow with Rubi, but she can be frustrating. He asks her out and she refuses even though he knows she wants to say yes. She wants him as much as he wants her so he has a hard time not acting on it. Until he does.
Wes is really great with Rubi. He knows she has her issues, knows she is scared of feeling the way she does and wanting the things she wants. He gets frustrated at times, but he keeps himself together. He wants everything with Rubi, but he knows if he pushes she will just shut him out for good. As it is it takes him a while to start to really move forward with her. He was incredible. So kind and caring and patient. I loved him.
Of course everything works out in the end, but getting there is a challenge. Rubi definitely doesn't make it easy on Wes, but man are they hot together. Luckily they both have Lexi as well who helps them both. Lexi pushes Rubi to give Wes a chance, to not ruin something that great because she is afraid. She helps Wes understand Rubi and why Rubi is the way she is. I loved seeing Jax and Lexi again and I can't wait for more from this author!
Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★