Rumor (Renegades #3.5) by Skye Jordan
Rumor (Renegades, Book 3.5)
Former Navy SEAL Josh Marx thinks he has it all figured out. He’s living the bachelor lifestyle in southern California, running risk assessment for the Renegades, but most importantly, he’s finally gotten over the unrequited love he’s harbored for his former teammate’s ex wife. Then his buddy calls from overseas, worried because he hasn’t heard from his ex, and asks Josh to check in on her. Josh doesn’t want to get involved, but the same code that urged him to walk away in the first place is suddenly pushing him to change his Christmas plans.
Grace Ashby doesn't appreciate the sexy SEAL trying to step in and take over. He thinks she’s hit rock bottom by working at a strip club, but she knows differently. She could set him straight, but he’s already rejected her once, and she doesn’t need one more man judging her.
She tells him to butt out of her business and her life. But Josh’s conscience won’t let him walk away this time.
I love when I find books by authors I love that I didn't realize were out. It is like a special surprise. Rumor was one of those books. I thought I had read all the Renegade books, but nope. I had this one to read! How excited am I?
Since it has been awhile I didn't quite remember who Josh, or any of them, were at first, but it slowly started to come back to me. Josh is not a Renegade guy, but close enough. He is friends with them and was a Navy SEAL until a shoulder injury took him out of duty. When this story opens he is hanging out with all the characters from the first books, but he is not very happy. Something is missing for him. Being around all these people who are so in love just makes him want that too. But he can't. The only lady he has ever really loved he can't be with.
Grace and Josh used to be really close. She was married to one of his Navy SEAL buddies and even though they divorced a few years earlier Josh still can't go there. Even though he loves Grace he can't have her. When his buddy, her ex, calls him up and asks him to check in on her for him since she is not responding to him Josh grudgingly goes. He doesn't want to, but when he finds out she is might be stripping he knows something must be wrong. She is a dancer, she had all these dreams, if this is what she is doing now she has to have a reason.
When Josh shows up Grace is not very happy. After all he left her broken hearted last year and she just barely was able to recover from that. She can't let him back in, she can't have him walk away again. His life is in LA, hers in San Diego. She knows this and it will never work.
Man these two were so hot together! Even though Josh at first tries to fight it it is inevitable that they will get together. I loved this story. It was great that Grace is working at the strip club, but not stripping (though she has learned a few things while teaching the other girls to dance). Yes at first Josh is upset when he finds her there, but once he sees what she is doing he quickly changes his mind. He loves her and she him and they just need to work everything out. It was hot and fun and just a great read.
Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★