Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Rebel Heart (Rush Series #2) by Penelope Ward & Vi Keeland: Review Blitz


Rush and Gia’s story continues in the gripping conclusion to Rebel Heir…

How to screw up a great summer in the Hamptons:

Sleep with your boss. Check.

Blow all your money on a rental you can’t afford. Check.

How to walk away from a man you fall in love with at the end of a summer:

…I’ll let you know when I figure it out.

Rebel Heir is the second book in the Rush Series Duet. Book One, Rebel Heir, is available for sale now.

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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:

The second book in the Rush Duet is upon us, a cure for the last six weeks of agitation and unease is finally here! Left with a dropped jaw, a powerful Rush addiction, and an unruly need for more, Rebel Heart is just the ending that we needed for this story in just the nick of time.

While I do think this was the perfect resolution to Rush and Gia's story, I have to admit I wasn't crazy about the way in which we got there. With as much as I loved the cliffhanger at the end of Rebel Heir and as much as I absolutely adore Vi Keeland and Penelope Ward and won't ever complain about the gift of another new book, I don't exactly feel like this book was necessary. After reading Rebel Heart, I feel like there wasn't a huge, compelling reason for this story to be a duet as opposed to being just one book without so much of the back and forth. A little more angst, a lot more uncertainty, and a whole lot more drama, there may have been a few new obstacles and a ton of thinking going on, but some parts of this book just seemed like a little too much of the same and a tad bit drawn out.

It could be argued that this journey was exactly what Rush needed to solidify a decision, and in many ways I agree. I certainly feel like the conclusion is now rock solid with no lingering doubts, questions, or worries, but I do feel that there may have been a bit too much unneeded angst when the choice really had been made quite some time ago, in the first book, and really, once a choice like that has been made, it's extremely difficult to turn back from, no matter the circumstances.

While I really loved the anxiety of waiting to see how the cliffhanger would play out and as big of a doozy as it was, the resolution may have been much needed and quite nice, but it seemed to me that it wrapped up far too easily. I feel like most of the drama surrounding Gia really should have been centered around this very real and very worrisome obstacle rather than anything strictly having to do with Rush.

With a hero that is just as swoony as he appears on the cover and maybe even more so than he seemed in the first book, a heroine that is determined to make it on her own, take care of herself, and persevere despite any curve ball thrown her way, and a sweet, sexy, and super emotional love story, Rebel Heart is thoroughly entertaining, incredibly satisfying, and the perfect resolution to Rush and Gia's story.

*complimentary copy provided by the authors for an honest review

Rating: 3.5 Stars

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