Title: The Rebellion
Series: Hard to Resist #5
Author: S.L. Scott
Genre: STANDALONE Contemporary Romance
Release Date: May 18, 2017
I met my muse at fifteen. I’d just gotten busted for smoking behind the school gymnasium. She inspired me with her laugh and nonjudgmental attitude and, before I knew it, we were inseparable. Then I left to pursue my rock star dreams—dreams she encouraged.
I got over Jaymes Grenier no problem. I never think about that little bow at the top of her pink lips, or the way her green eyes admired mine. Nope, I barely recall the way she fit so perfectly in my arms when I held her at night. The sweet way she would whisper she loved me has long faded from memory.
These are the lies I regularly tell myself in hopes of believing them one day. Yeah, I was told I’d get over my first love.
Derrick Masters marked me the moment we met back in ninth grade. He called me over—all bravado and bad boy mystery wrapped in a James Dean-esque package. Dark hair and blue eyes with a rebel without a cause charisma. He was everything I was warned about, but I couldn’t resist. I was his from that moment on.
His career took off almost as soon as he did. I knew it would. I just thought I would be beside him as his partner in crime, best friend, and lover. That’s what we had always been … before he left me behind to fend for myself.
Fend? Fight is more like it.
I’ve been fighting ever since.
Fighting for survival.
Fighting for a better life in a world determined to keep me down.
I don’t have the luxury of letting my head live in the lure of La La Land. His dreams may have come true, but mine were extinguished. These days I fight for something bigger than me, bigger than we were ever meant to be.
When his dreams come crashing back into my reality, is this a second chance at that fairy tale ending or another heartbreak in the making?
***I received an ebook copy in exchange for an honest review***
It took maybe three chapters for Derrick Masters to own me.
Scott has given us yet another amazing book, featuring a beautifully broken leading man, and a beautiful and strong heroine. Derrick left his love behind when he got out of his rough and tough child neighborhood five years earlier. Although leaving ended up leading him to his dream career, his heart never fully mended.
Jaymes lost her heart when she lost Derrick. Despite her sadness, she persisted in her own life, raising a son on her own and working to get her family to a better place. But when Derrick enters her life for a second time, things get turned upside down, and suddenly she finds not just her safety, but that of her son in jeopardy.
I could read second chance romance stories all day. The Rebellion is full of raw emotion. My stomach was twisted up in knots shortly after I started reading, and pretty much stayed that way for the rest of the story. I experienced so many different emotions while I made my way through this book. My heart would break one minute, and the next I was swooning and felt the butterflies in my tummy. Scott kept me glued to my kindle with a plot that was constantly evolving. I loved getting bits and pieces of the backstory between Derrick and Jaymes, and I enjoyed these coming in the form of flashbacks.
This book had a few big twists and turns that I definitely wasn’t expecting. In the interest of avoiding spoilers, I won’t share any of the major reveals, but I will say that the more I found out about how these two got to where they are in the present day, the more in love I fell with them and with the book.
Scott nailed the character development with this one, and not just with the main characters. The secondary characters are all at different places in their lives as well, and I got to see them develop as I was reading. Of course my primary focus was on Derrick … who, as I mentioned earlier, owned me in this book. This man is so many things. He’s talented, gorgeous, and the fantasy of women all over the place, thanks to his career. But he’s also brilliant, emotional, and completely dedicated to those he loves. His passion—for music and Jaymes—jumped right off the page at me. Oh, and Derrick with Ace … completely melted my heart! I was pretty much a puddle of mush by the time I got to the end of the story, and a lot had to do with the interactions between these two.
Kudos to Scott for giving us another rocking story with a bad ass heroine. I love how this author can write across so many different settings, with such varying characters, and nail it every time.
Anyone who loves rocker romance stories should check out The Rebellion. And make sure to check out the other books in the series as well, because they are all amazing!
The Rebellion gets the Wordaholic Must Read seal of approval!
5 stars to this novel!
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