Wednesday, August 23, 2017

{Book Review} Rebel by Rebecca Yarros

Rebel by Rebecca Yarros
Published: August 28th, 2017
Series: Renegades #3
Source: Received in exchange for an honest review
Genre: Action Contemporary Romance

She'll defy his every expectation.

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.

And when I didn’t think that I could love this series anymore, Rebecca Yarros blew me away AGAIN!  These books are so unique, action-packed and full of amazing romance!  Just like the previous books, I felt like this book was really fun, but still had emotional topics interwoven into the plot making it heartfelt and dynamic.  I am really, REALLY sad that this will be the final book in the Renegades series, but I am extremely happy that I read these book and hope to re-visit them several times in the future!

Rebecca Yarros’s writing is absolutely phenomenal!  I am always instantly sucked into the story and this book was no different.  Rebel was full of action and amazing stunts, but they took more of a backseat than they did in the previous books.  I felt like this book focused more on the devastation left over from the end of Wilder and how the characters, mostly Penna, had to cope.  That aspect did make this book feel less ‘fun’ and more serious, but it also added more depth to the characters and the dynamic between them.

I can’t even begin to explain how excited I was to read Penna’s book!  She is so sassy, independent and although she can hang with the guys, she also has a girly side.  It was nice seeing the hard front she is always putting on slowly crumble as she reevaluated her life goals, family dynamic and friendships.  Her character development was amazing and by the last page, I felt like she was the Renegade that I really got to know the most.  And let’s not forget about the introduction of one of my favorite book boyfriends, Cruz!  He was PERFECTION!  I loved that he was older than Penna and the other Renegades because I felt like he balanced out some of their crazy antics.  He still was a free-spirit and liked doing some crazy stuff himself, but he always evaluated the situation first, where as some of the Renegades were a bit reckless.

The romance between Penna and Cruz was amazing!  At first I was not exactly sure how I felt about the forbidden aspect of it (teacher-student), but considering they were both consenting adults, I slowly started to root for them.  I LOVED how they met and that it was fate that brought them together.  Surprisingly, I never really felt the angst between Penna and Cruz, but that doesn’t mean I didn’t feel their chemistry.  I do wish that I could have seen them together more!  I loved the push and pull of their attraction, but I wanted to see more of them as a couple out in the world rather than hidden in a hotel room. 

I am super sad, and I expect other readers probably are too, that Nick is not getting his own book, but I am happy that he was integrated within this story a lot more.  I do think that Rebel was a great conclusion to this epic series and the epilogue helped wrap it up perfectly! 

This series has definitely became one of my favorites!  I HIGHLY recommend it if you love unique romance with action thrown in.  Wilder still is my favorite from the series, but all the books are fantastic!  I will say that although this book can be read as a standalone, I recommend reading them in order.  If you skip the first book, it will definitely give away some big spoilers and Rebel is so good that you will definitely want to read the others in the series!


“Our lips met in a soft caress that had me on my toes, leaning up for more.  It was a kiss that sent awareness rushing down my limbs, waking each of my nerve endings.  It was the first chapter of a romance novel, a bewitching introduction that had me hungry to turn the next page, already hook on his taste.”

Also check out the other books in the Renegades series below!

Monday, August 21, 2017

{Cover Reveal & Release Blitz} Checkmate Box Set by Kennedy Fox

Titles Included: Checkmate: This is Reckless and Checkmate: This is Effortless

Series: Checkmate Duet Series (Drew and Courtney)

Author: Kennedy Fox

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Trope: Friends to Lovers Romance

Photographer & Designer: Sara Eirew

Release Date: August 21, 2017

Introducing the complete Drew & Courtney saga in the Checkmate series from the USA Today Bestselling duo Kennedy Fox!Checkmate: This is Reckless & This is Effortless is a friends to lovers romance will have you swooning and laughing from the first to the last page! Are you ready to play the game?

Drew Fisher is the type of guy every girl wants.
Noble police officer by day, charming prince by night.

He has no idea the effect he has on women, especially Courtney—his little sister’s best friend. She’s the blonde Southern belle who lives up to the cliché, except she has her own quirks. She’s smart as a whip, can change her own oil, and recite The Pledge of Allegiance backward, but no matter what, he doesn’t see that girl. It’d be easier to forget him if he wasn’t Courtney’s roommate and if the first thing she saw in the morning wasn't his shirtless body covered in tattoos. She’s crushed on him since the day they met, but he’s made it perfectly clear where they stand. Just friends.

Courtney Bishop is as sugary sweet as her famous blueberry muffins.
Southern belle at heart, Cali girl by choice.
She barged into Drew’s life and they easily became best friends.
All was great as roommates and just friends, but then he started to fall for the girl who could chop firewood, deliver baby calves, and bail hay without breaking a sweat.
She’s the perfect mixture of sugar and spice, and he wants her.

One drunken hookup leaves them with much more than a platonic friendship.
Pretending it never happened proves to be more difficult than either of them anticipated.
A crazy ex-girlfriend, a dangerous war of stolen glances, and passionate kisses leads to the most reckless battle yet.

Loving each other comes easy, but losing their friendship will break them. Burning passion combined with an undeniable chemistry constantly pushes and pulls them together. In the end, Drew strives to prove they’re worth the fight, even when the game is far from over.


*Recommend for ages 18+ due to sexual content and adult language.*


Checkmate: This is Beautiful is releasing on September 12, 2017!
This is the grande finale of the Checkmate Duet Series!

If you haven't started Logan and Kayla's story yet, the time is now!
We don't have too much longer before it's on e-readers everywhere.


Many people have asked up what's coming after the Checkmate Duet Series.
Well, we plan on releasing A WEEK WITH A BAD BOY together under Brooke and Lyra on October 19, 2017! We are very excited about this and can't wait for it to be released!

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you can sign-up now to apply for our ARC review team!

make sure to add this to your TBR list!


Early 2018 we will start releasing the BISHOP BROTHERS Series!

It is an interconnected stand alone series that will follow Courtney's 4 brothers!

We're so excited about this. If you want more information, please CLICK HERE!

We're still in the early planning stages but will update our "coming soon" page with more info as soon as it's set in stone.


Brooke Cumberland & Lyra Parish are a duo of romance authors who teamed up under the USA Today Bestselling pseudonym, Kennedy Fox who share a love of You’ve Got Mail and The Holiday. When they aren’t bonding over romantic comedies, they like to brainstorm new book ideas. One day, they decided to collaborate and have some fun creating new characters that’ll make your lady bits tingle and your heart melt. If you enjoy romance stories with sexy, tattooed alpha males and smart, independent women, then a Kennedy Fox book is for you!

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