Thursday, April 12, 2018

Rebel Heir: Book 1 by Vi Keeland & Penelope Ward: Review Blitz


How to kick off a great summer in the Hamptons:

Snag a gorgeous rental on the beach. Check.

Get a job at a trendy summer haunt. Check.

How to screw up a great summer in the Hamptons:

Fall for the one guy with a dark leather jacket, scruff on his face, and intense eyes that doesn’t fit in with the rest of the tony looking crowd. A guy you can’t have when you’ll be leaving at the end of the season.

Check. Check. Check.

I should add—especially when the guy is your sexy, tattooed God of a boss.

Especially when he not only owns your place of employment but inherited half of the town.

Especially when he’s mean to you.

Or so I thought.

Until one night when he demanded I get in his car so he could drive me home because he didn’t want me walking in the dark.

That was sort of how it all started with Rush.

And then little by little, some of the walls of this hardass man started to come down.

I never expected that the two of us, seemingly opposites from the outside, would grow so close.

I wasn't supposed to fall for the rebel heir, especially when he made it clear he didn’t want to cross the line with me.

As the temperature turned cooler, the nights became hotter. My summer became a lot more interesting—and complicated.

All good things must come to an end, right?

Except our ending was one I didn’t see coming.

Rebel Heir is the first book in the Rush Series Duet. Book Two, Rebel Heart, will release six weeks later on May, 22, 2018.

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About Vi Keeland:

Vi Keeland is a native New Yorker with three children that occupy most of her free time, which she complains about often, but wouldn't change for the world. She is a bookworm and has been known to read her kindle at stop lights, while styling her hair, cleaning, walking, during sporting events, and frequently while pretending to work. She is a boring attorney by day, and an exciting USA Today Best Selling smut author by night!

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About Penelope Ward:

Penelope Ward is a USA Today Bestselling author.

She grew up in Boston with five older brothers. She spent most of her twenties as a television news anchor, before switching to a more family-friendly career.

Penelope lives for reading books in the new adult genre, coffee and hanging out with her friends and family on weekends.

She is the proud mother of a beautiful 10-year-old girl with autism (the inspiration for the character Callie in Gemini) and a 8-year-old boy, both of whom are the lights of her life.

Penelope, her husband and kids reside in Rhode Island.

She is currently working on her fifth novel, Jake Understood. She is the author of Gemini, Jake Undone, My Skylar and Stepbrother Dearest.
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Michelle's Review:

What do I love about Penelope Ward and Vi Keeland's books together? I'm sure we don't have all day so I won't get into the long, drawn out list of all that, but if you were to ask what I love the most about their collaboration, I would have to say it is their originality. A Vi Keeland, Penelope Ward book is always, without fail, fresh and original and surprising. Are they all similar? Sure, to a certain extent. In fact, there are some common themes in all their books; super hot, incredibly swoony heroes, sassy, strong heroines, witty banter, steamy sexytimes, lots of fun, and an uncanny ability to sweep you away and completely enthrall you within minutes, are just a few examples. Oh, you know, just all the things that make a really great romance novel. While Rebel Heir certainly has all of these things in common with its predecessors, it is also refreshingly different. A hero who is surprisingly softer with each minute you spend with him, a book loving heroine that doesn't hold anything back, and a surprising and unique twist that you may have seen in many variations, but have never experienced playing out like this.

As usual the wit and enchantment of the dialogue is unparalleled. The interactions between characters from the very start was so clever and fun, you just can't help but feel like such a part of the banter that you want to jump right in with your own quick or biting remark. The personality of the characters, their back and forth, and their charisma makes you feel instantly connected with them, as if you are a part of the story, and as though you know them personally and are just one of their good friends.

While I enjoy both main characters and respect Gia's forthrightness, her no holds barred attitude, and her perseverance, let's focus on Rush, who really stole the show for me, for a just second. Rush is not perfect. He doesn't always do what Gia or the reader wants him to do, but I have to say he's about as amazing and swoony as it gets. Rush is everything the stunning picture on the cover insinuates. He's rebellious and sexy and mysterious. He's a bad boy for sure, but you soon realize that he truly is a bad boy with a heart of gold, with only the best of intentions at heart, and a true selflessness that knows no bounds. Rush is the total package and lucky for us, when he meets the perfect girl, we get to witness the depth of his generosity, his gentler side, and all of his vulnerabilities.

Then there's the twist. So, I may have pretty much had the surprised figured out very early on, but I soon came to find that the expected was really only the half of it and I could, in no way, shape, or form, see the other, even more, major aspect that just made the whole situation a bigger, badder, hairier cluster than I ever could have expected. Delightfully surprising in every possible way, if you are not counting down the hours to see how this unique situation is going to turn out, you just might be a little dead inside.

With just as many shocking and hilarious circumstances, just as much fun and outrageousness, and just as many obstacles to a happy ending as always, Rebel Heir is another shining example of the masterpiece that is sure to result when two powerhouse authors combine their many talents into one emotional, original, and captivating story. Fortunately, there is more where this story came from. Unfortunately, we have to wait a while to experience it. But fortunately, this short wait is totally doable and I have a very good feeling, 100% worth it.

*complimentary copy provided by author for an honest review

Rating: 5 Stars

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