Review Post: Rebel (The Renegades #3) by Rebecca Yarros

 

We are so excited to be sharing Rebecca Yarros’s REBEL with you today! REBEL is the third standalone in the Renegades series and is out now–hurry and grab your copy today!

 

About REBEL

She’s Penna Carstairs.

The Renegade they call Rebel.

FMX-treme Magazine’s sexiest female athlete of the year.

There’s no rule in extreme sports she hasn’t broken,

No gender barrier she hasn’t demolished.

 

She’s the woman I met in a bar in Vegas.

The woman I illegally BASE jumped for.

The woman I spent one insane, incredible night with.

But now I’m screwed.

Or rather…not screwed.

 

Because the woman I can’t get out of my head is the one woman I can never touch again.

I’m Dr. Cruz Delgado—the youngest professor on this campus,

And Penelope Carstairs just walked into my class.

 

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*****5 Unforgettably Amazing Stars*****

Rebel by Rebecca Yarros was one of the most passionate, electrifying, adrenaline pumping, and all-consuming reads I have EVER read! I LOVED this book. I loved it like I love chocolate and coffee, and if you know me, then you know that’s saying something. This book owned me mind, body and soul from start to finish. It owned my feels, my emotions, and practically every breath I had as it gave me every ounce of what Penelope and Cruz shared. From their first unforgettable meeting, to every heart stopping moment in between that and when they realize the situation they’ve found themselves in, to every emotional and all-feeling moment they share as they explore what’s between them. Every word of this book owned me, wowed me, and blew me away.

Rebecca Yarros once again threw me right into the thick of it with these characters in a way that felt wholly authentic, in a way that let me experience all of the enrapturing thrills they were, and in a way that invested me 100% in every bit of feeling they were sharing and building together. From start to finish she had me living and experiencing every one of her magnificent words, and it honestly made for the most breathtaking of reading experiences. From the very first page of this book I was swept up into the magic and spark bursting out of these characters, and I could not get enough of it. The Renegades is one of my all-time favorite series, so being back in this world with what Rebecca Yarros so fantastically creates was everything.

Rebel is the third book in this series, and while you could read it without reading the others, I highly recommend reading these books in order. These characters, their thrills and stunts, and the unforgettable shenanigans they get into will have you swooning, shocked, and loving every single moment you get with them along the way. Trust me. This series is ahhhmazing. It is full of twists and turns, so much passion, so much emotion, and a set of friends who are more like family, who would do whatever it takes for each other and for the ones they love.

Each and every book in this series has given me a different story to love. You had Pax and Leah, then Rachel and Landon, and last but certainly not least is Penna and Cruz. What I have loved about this series is that while each book has given me a unique story, all of these characters fit together, all of their stories have an edge and intensity to them, and all of them push the boundaries both literally and figuratively with what is and isn’t allowed. Rebel was the final book in this series, and I can’t say enough how fitting of an ending this book was for the Renegades. It was them, through and through. It had everything I have come to love about this series, and it just amplified that love tenfold. It made me even more invested in this world and its characters, and the way Rebecca Yarros so seamlessly brought it all to life is something I will never forget.

Even as I sit here writing this review, I just keep reliving all that Rebecca Yarros gave me in Rebel. She gave me a story of forbidden love that pushed the boundaries in every way possible, that was intense as all get out, and yet in the same breath was so easy to believe in and fight for with all that I had. She gave me a story about what it’s like to find that one person who truly gets you, who allows you to become the best you you can be, and who helps you reach your highest potential. She gave me a story that had the perfect level of romance, swoon worthy moments, adrenaline pumping thrills and stunts, all with the charm and distinctive dynamics of all of these characters. She gave me a story that was memorable in every way, a story that gripped my heart from the very first page, a story that wowed me at every turn, and in the end, a story that I know I will never forget.

I have wanted to get my hands on this book ever since I met Penelope in the first book in this series. She is such a strong female character with some serious fire, and I knew that her book would be one that would keep me on my toes. Boy was I right about that. From the very first page of this story Penna’s charm, humor, and fire burst off the pages, and the more I read, the more I saw the real her. The more I got her. The more I saw Penelope, not Penna, and the more I understood exactly what things were like for her. While Penelope is probably one of the strongest female characters I have ever had the pleasure of reading, I loved that this book gave me her vulnerable side. It let me see her in some very raw moments, in moments where she struggled with herself, with her family, and with the feelings she was developing towards Cruz. Getting those raw and honest moments with her, and getting to be with her as she came into her own, as she became the woman she wanted to be, and as that fire within her reignited once again was exceptional. It was real, it was inspiring, and it was Penelope through every word…and that is something I know I will never forget.

Cruz’s character was one that melted my heart from the very start. He just had this way about him that made my heart go all fluttery. Whether it was the protective nature that exuded out of him, his genuine nature that melted my heart, or the words that came out of that mans mouth that were true and honest and just so heartfelt, I loved everything about his character. I loved how he just went with the craziness and intensity that was the Renegades and Penelope, I loved that he fought so hard to find the balance between what he was comfortable with and what Penelope was comfortable with. I loved that he was a man of honor, a man trying to do the right thing and to do right by Penelope, and I loved that he felt with all that he had. Sure he fought against what was building between them, but when push came to shove and things became so very real, he wasn’t afraid to do what needed to be done or to feel what he so desperately wanted to.

Cruz was the swooniest male character, and I swear there were so many times when reading this book when I just wanted to jump into the book and profess my love for him and all that he and Penelope shred. What those two share is bursting with fire and intensity and a forbidden nature that takes it to the next level, but both Penelope and Cruz aren’t afraid to raise that bar. What those two share and what they give you in this book will bring you to your knees at points, will have you blushing at others, will have you swooning and melting and just basking in it all, and will have you feeling every ounce of feeling they share for one another. They push and they pull, they fight and they make up, they give and they get, and in the end, all of that build and builds and builds some more until you’re left with one of the most mesmerizing and enrapturing love stories you’ll ever experience.

Through every twist and turn and up and down this book throws at these two, they face it head on, and you will love every amazing moment you get with them as they fight for themselves, each other, and what they share together. And trust me when I say that you will be so wholly invested in them and everything they share. I think it’s humanly impossible not to believe in these two and what they share together. Sure it might not be allowed, it might push the boundaries a bit, and it might push these two further than they ever thought they’d go, but through every word you will be right there with them living it, loving it, and experiencing every breath of it, and it honestly doesn’t get better than that.

What starts off as fun and forays into the forbidden soon becomes so much more in this book. It’s one wild and crazy and heart pumping ride, but through it all Penelope and Cruz will see you through, and in the end, what you get with them will blow your heart and all of your feels away.

As sad as I am to know that this series is over, I could not have asked for a better ending. It was perfect. It was real, it was fitting, and it had me on the edge of my seat until the very end, and I wouldn’t have expected anything less from the Renegades. It was wild and crazy and bursting with the best kind of emotion from start to finish, and that was them. It was Pax, Leah, Rachel, Landon, Penelope and Cruz. It was their family, their friendships, their loves. It was their highs and lows, it was all of their intense and thrill seeking stunts, and in the end it was them. It was their hearts, their feelings, and every ounce of fight it took them to get to where they all were. When I reached that last of this book I did so with a smile on my face, a few tears brimming my eyes, and heart that was so full for these characters and where they all ended up.

This series exemplified what it means to fight with all you have for the love and life you want. It was all about putting it all out there, giving it all you’ve got, and showing up when it really matters. Rebel was the perfect ending to this amazing series, and I truly could not have asked for more. This book was romance and intensity and love at its finest, and getting what I did with these characters through every page of this book and this series is something I will never forget.

Love is worth the risk. Taking a chance and a leap of faith is worth the risk. Giving into the world of feeling you share with someone is worth the risk. Falling is worth the risk….because with all of that, you fall and then you fly and then you truly have it all. The Renegades Series by Rebecca Yarros delivered 3 unique love stories that give you all of that and more, and I truly can’t say enough how much I loved every word of these books! Rebecca Yarro’s writing and storytelling are in a league of their own, and I am telling you, if you give these books and this series a chance, you will not be sorry!!

 

 

EXCERPT

“Oh God, don’t do that.”

“Do what?”

That.” He pointed toward my mouth. “Everything I told you in Vegas is still true. You’re still gorgeous, still sexy as hell, still everything that draws me in like a damned magnet, but you’re also everything I can’t have. Don’t you get that? When you pull shit like that on the dance floor, you successfully drive me batshit crazy, watching you in some guy’s arms.” A small laugh escaped him. “Like that kid has any idea what to do with you if he actually managed to catch you.”

“And you do?”

His eyes darkened. “Don’t challenge me like that.”

The tension stretched between us for a quiet moment until I broke the silence. “I didn’t kiss him.”

“I’m well aware, because if you had, I’m not sure if I could have let him walk out of here, and that’s dangerous, Penelope. You are dangerous to me.”

“I’m sorry,” I said truthfully. “Logically, I know nothing can happen between us. I get it. But I see you, and all I can think about is the way you kissed me in Vegas. The way you touched me. I can’t just erase those memories, Cruz. Like I said, somehow you make me do stupid things.”

“You? I make you do stupid things?” he nearly yelled, and I was thankful for the loud, driving beat of the music beyond the office doors. “Woman, I got into a strange car for you. Illegally BASE jumped off a Ferris wheel to stay close to you. Went to jail for you, and I make you do stupid things?”

He stalked forward, his movements smooth like a predator, and a low hum filled my stomach, growing stronger with every step he took.

“I let you stay in my class. Stupid. I look for every reason to run into you, while simultaneously praying you’ll stay far away because I need this job. Stupid. I take one look at you in that fucking dress, and I’m so hard I’m afraid I can’t hide it in a room full of students. Stupid. I can’t stop thinking about the way you taste, the way you open up under me, the way your nails left little half-moons in my shoulders when I found how wet you were for me.”

If he got his hands anywhere near me, he’d find out I was just as wet now. God, his words were the biggest turn-on I’d ever experienced. Next to his abs. Or his arms. Or his mouth. Crap, the man was one giant sex package begging to be unwrapped.

“Cruz,” I whispered as he cupped my face with one hand, his thumb rubbing over my lower lip, while he caged me against the desk with the other.

My tongue licked across the tip of his finger, unable to help myself.

“God, Penelope. You could cost me everything, and yet I’m still in here with you. And this might be the worst choice of all.”

His mouth met mine in a kiss that sent my senses reeling. His tongue swept in, claiming every curve he might have missed last time, until it felt like my mouth belonged to him.

 

 

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WILDER

I’m Paxton Wilder.

Motocross phenom & adrenaline junkie.

I have more tattoos than scars.

And I’ve never seen a stunt I couldn’t pull off—

Or a girl I can’t get off.

Until she walks in.

 

My new tutor is sexy, smart, more stubborn than I am, and one hundred percent off limits.

That’s right—the only rule this semester is Don’t Touch the Tutor.

For the first time in my life, I want someone I can’t have.

She’s the girl who obeys every rule.

I’m the guy who breaks them.

Our biggest risk is falling for each other,

But I live for risk…

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NOVA

The only heart he wants is the one he already broke…

He’s Landon Rhodes.

The Renegade they call Nova.

Sinfully gorgeous, broody, tatted-up, professional snowboarder.

Four-time X Games medalist—

Full-time heartbreaker.

They say a girl broke him once—

That’s why he’s so reckless, so driven, so careless with his conquests.

But I’m that girl.

They can call me his curse all they want.

He and I both know the truth—

He’s the one who destroyed me,

And I’m not the sucker who will let that happen again.

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About REBECCA YARROS

Rebecca Yarros is a hopeless romantic and a lover of all things coffee, chocolate, and Paleo. She is the author of the Flight & Glory, Renegades, and Legacy series. She loves military heroes, and has been blissfully married to hers for fifteen years.

When she’s not writing, she’s tying hockey skates for her four sons, sneaking in some guitar time, or watching brat-pack movies with her two daughters. She lives in Colorado with the hottest Apache pilot ever, their rambunctious gaggle of kids, an English bulldog who is more stubborn than sweet, and a tortoise who might be faster than the bulldog. They recently adopted their youngest daughter from the foster system, and Rebecca is passionate about helping others do the same.

 

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