16 November 2014

Review #77: The Return of the Rebel by Jennifer Faye

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

They say, "Without a bit of Drama, life is way boring". Although I'm not a great believer of dramas in a relationship, but then again, whom can I blame after all Harlequin Books scream DRAMA!

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. But things get dangerous, and you really need to find out if the high was the worth the pain for these two lovers.

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.

Verdict: 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. 

Courtesy: I won The Return of the Rebel by Jennifer Faye in a giveaway on her blog. So a huge thanks to the author for sending me over a copy of her book. 

Author Info:
Award-winning author, Jennifer Faye pens fun, heartwarming romances. Jennifer has won the RT Book Reviews Reviewers' Choice Award, named a TOP PICK author, and been nominated for numerous awards. Now living her dream, she resides with her patient husband, amazing daughter (the other remarkable daughter is off chasing her own dreams) and two spoiled cats. 
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  1. Thanks Aditi for taking the time to read and review my book. So glad you enjoyed it. :-)


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