Sassy, smart, and sexy, former supermodel-turned-tech guru Rubi Russo has it all: looks, money, confidence and freedom. Her life is a whirlwind of fast cars and fleeting affairs, and she likes it that way. With a past like Rubi¹s, forever isn¹t part of her vocabulary. So when studly Renegade stuntman Wes Lawson wants to take their friendship to the next level, she¹s all out.
Raised a simple country-boy, Wes knows the brazen Rubi isn't his type. But after spending time with her, he discovers she's everything he's ever wanted in a woman. To win her wild rebel heart, he¹ll have to prove he sees behind her smokescreen to all the goodness she tries to hide. Then it's just a matter of crushing her fears, shattering her barriers, and convincing her that loving him is everything she's been missing in her life, too.
Piece of cake.
©2014 Joan Swan (P)2014 Joan Swan
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"An amazing Story where Lust and Love Succeed"
Wow ! This is a Highly addictive, Hot and Sexy listen where barriers are put up and torn right down...and beautifully Narrated by the wonderfully expressive Piper Goodeve... In this awesome second book of the Renegades Series, Skye focuses on the next member of the team, Wes, (Oh so Yummy) whom we met in RECKLESS (Book 1). The uncomplicated, easy going farm boy, who grew up in a warm and close family, has played it fast and loose for years, loving the edge of danger his work as a stuntman provided him. He never really considered things in terms of permanency or the future, but Rubi made him consider all of those things, without the need to lose that little edge he loves...
Rubi, is the best friend from RECKLESS, who transformed herself from supermodel to techno-wiz, and loved a little 'living on the edge' herself. Plagued by crippling trust and abandonment issues stemming from a messed up childhood, she has shaped herself into someone rather aloof and unreachable to safeguard herself from further hurt and damage. That is, until Wes starts cracking through her mask and slowly earns her trust...
This is a novel with quite a few different layers to it. At first sight perhaps more superficial, the hunky stuntman, the successful and gorgeous model, but look deeper and there is so much more going on. Sky Jordan succeeds in lifting the outward appearances and letting us see the living, breathing, hurting and damaged people underneath the pretty picture they make. Shows us the struggle to create a semblance of normalcy in a life that has been anything but. Show's to us the courage it takes, not to hurl yourself over a cliff or parade around half naked in front of cameras, but to expose the most fragile parts of you to someone and trust them not to break you. "To reveal your Soul"... :)
This book was literally audiobook and narrating perfection. The story was amazing, too, and my problem with a good book on audio is that I usually can't stick with the audio because I can read so much faster and I want to know what happens in the story. But the narrator was so good on this one that I simply had to stay with it in that version. And that's also a sign of incredible writing too because it all had such a natural flow to it. Someday I want to be able to write like Skye Jordan.
But back to the book...Rubi Russo is all that is dysfunctional when it comes to relationships. She's rich, she's beautiful, she's incredibly intelligent, but she's emotionally stunted because of childhood neglect all through her developing years. She grew up in a house of riches, but no one was ever there for her when she was a little girl. So she has no idea how to love and be loved and to have a true relationship. The one person who has managed to break through that wall with her is her best friend, Lexi, the heroine from book #1 in this series.
Wes is one of the stuntmen from Renegades. He's been friends with Rubi for a while and they have been playing with flirting for just as long. He really wants her, but Rubi doesn't do anything besides just sex...for a single night, no do-overs. Wes grew up in middle america (missouri) and is from a wholesome family. He doesn't understand Rubi's dysfunction, but I loved his character for how much he works to understand and not push her too far, too fast, no matter that he's ready for everything immediately after they hook up because it was so phenomenal.
Rubi is blown away too and so she tentatively gives him a chance. The best thing about this book, next to the absolutely incredible sizzling chemistry between these two, is at just how intelligent Rubi is. She knows she's broken, but has never met a guy worth trying to overcome that. Wes is worth it, but that doesn't stop her knee-jerk reaction to him and his emotions. The difference between this and most books though is that she's smart...she thinks about what she's doing and calls herself out when she's just reacting the way she's been taught to over her life.
I LOVED her and I LOVED Wes. OMG, they are so absolutely perfect together. This is one hot, smexy book, but not once did I feel like the sex or flirting or by-play got to be too much. I believed every single moment of their explosive passion...and there's a lot of it. The whole story is fabulous. It's sexy and smart and has such a great balance of story, backstory, and romance. I LOVED IT!!
And the narrator...PERFECTION! If you have a chance to listen to this one on audio, I highly recommend it. But be warned...this is one seriously smexy book. You will probably want to listen with headphones so someone doesn't walk in during one of the many, hot scenes which could prove to be embarrassing. ;o)
"Rubi has insecurities just like us."
I'm more of a fan of audiobooks. I listen to between 3 and 5 audiobooks a week. I'm an OTR truck driver. This actress has a great voice for audiobooks. Some actresses, I can't listen past the first page. I'm becoming a conossoire of audiobook voices and I recommend this actress.
The confrontation with her father. It was powerful. It gave her the freedom to fly away.
I agree that the actress gave Rubi the attitude I never would have. I like this book better because she acted it out for me.
I liked this story. It was sweet and it had real insecurities to be overcome.
I'm not sure if every woman comes out the house with daddy issues but this book rang true for me. I could feel Rubi's frustration. She's a good girl, a great smart woman and still her father is a hateful shit to her. Why? It messes with her head throughout her adulthood and throughout all of her relationships. Through this she meets Wes. A romance story has to have a good guy like Wes. But the real story is Rubi. She figures it out in the end like every little girl with daddy issues eventually has to do. The author nailed this one.
"sexually stimulating; smile worthy"
It took some time for me to get into this story, but it was great once I did. It’s a great romance, with some struggle and characters who are easy to relate to and behaved authentically, without everything coming so easy. I also liked that Rubi was a biracial woman, though it was not a focus in the story. Still, it was just nice for a popular author to recognize the diversity in society and utilize it in a non-stereotypical way in a book with a main character.
The romance and therefore the book focused on Wes, a stuntman for Renegades, and Rubi, a past-model-turned software engineer or developer. The main side characters were Lexi (friend & dress designer), Jax (Renegade’s boss & Lexi’s boyfriend), and Rachel (secretary and friend at Renegades). The romance was easy to believe because Wes and Rubi were already friends who spent a lot of time together as a foursome with Lexi and Jax. The romance was not an easy one due in large part to Rubi having some unresolved emotional issues resulting from neglect during her upbringing. The author deals well with her emotional struggles. There is plenty of hot, relatively explicit sex in this book, but it was not gratuitous. Altogether, I think there were 5 sex scenes, 2 of which were not intercourse. The sexual play between Wes and Rubi was fun to watch. And watching the love develop between the two was swoon-worthy. There were also funny moments.
Sadly, even with a multicultural character, like many writers, this author still has some work to do on her multicultural competency. It’s not something that should be pursued out of what some call “political correctness” but out of a desire to show care to those we engage with directly or indirectly. Words have power and impact, and sometimes in unintentional ways. As such, I hope in the future that the author will abstain from using “black” in its commonly used, offensive and stereotypically negative fashion. The author’s offensive uses occurred in the following statements: “Her emotions were hot, black, ugly.” – Rubi after being betrayed by her dad again; “…was as black an idea as being without him;”— Rubi having negative thoughts about accepting an offer from Wes; “But his voice still held some element of darkness” – Wes on talking about not being forced to be someone he isn’t in the past.
I love the audio version because when the narrator does a good job you can hear the emotions come out in their reading of the story . This narrator did a good job with the emotions and voices .
Yes- several...Ruby with her dad, Ruby at the hospital and especially towards the end( I don't like spoilers ) so that is all I will say.
This is a great book!!! I loved everything about it!! It has it all... Love, romance , drama, emotional turmoil along with great sex, alpha males and strong women !! Another GREAT BOOK SKYE!!!
"Renegades More Please!!"
If you saw my review of Reckless, you know that I fell head over heels in love with the Renegades. In Reckless we got glimpses of Wes and Rubi's flirtatious nature and I was instantly intrigued. Well... Rebel upped the game in the Renegades series and absolutely blew me away. As in, if I had jumped on the bandwagon to name my favorite books of 2014, Rebel would have made it in the top 10. Easily. Rebel solidified this series as strangely unique and mind blowing. Skye Jordan wraps up freaking hot chemistry with an intellectually stimulating story and throws in continuous laugh out loud moments in one amazing little package.
When we catch up to the Renegades, Rubi and Wes have become best friends but, with a quirky dynamic. They are not above flirting to that dangerous edge that separates friends from lovers. But, that's as far as Rubi will let it go. With no basis for having a functional and long-lived relationship she refuses to muddle up what she has with Wes. Losing him would devastate her more than anything. Wes, however, is a head-strong country man who can't give up on trying to push for more when he know they would be combustible together. With neither one willing to back down it is a push and pull game that will drive you crazy until it makes you fan yourself, because when these two give in... it's hotter than hell. Aside from the raunchy, orgasmic bliss Rubi and Wes find in one another they have also found another common ground. Rubi is a genius when it comes to technology and Wes, a genius when it comes to engineering. So they put their heads together to come up with a solution for Wes' brother who has just underwent surgery and may have trouble walking again. Along the way, they end up meeting each other's family and see just how different they were raised. It is a constant battle for Wes to convince Rubi they could have a future together, and a heartbreaking journey for Rubi to come to accept that.
Rebel is one of those books that's worthy of sitting on my iPod as well as my Kindle. The overall concept may have been told before but, the real meat of the story is refreshing and completely captivating. Wes stole my heart with his charm and dirty mouth. And Rubi had me has her "Yeah! girl" from the first page. They both show so much passion and love but, still have a perfect blend of quippy remarks and real emotions, as well. Skye Jordan weaves an irresistibly seductive web around her readers and there will be no denying your love for this book or its characters. Rebel is a must listen for anyone who loves a fantastically written, steamy and engaging story!
Piper Goodeve was outstanding again with the delivery of the story.
I really am enjoying this series but although some might like Ruby's level of insecurity, I thought it droned on a little too much, too long. kudos to Wes for hanging in there.
really good listening, love the narrator can't wait to listen the rest of this series!
"Happy or mad"
I do love the story line of Ruby & Wes.
But just when she says I love you it is cut off like a rug pulled out from under you. It did drag on with the story line of Wes's family & not enough of there story after. I wanted more of Ruth with Wes at least a I love you sexapaid even an epilogue or happily ever after, neither was given. It left me mad!
So happy she said I love Wes but not directly to him & mad it didn't have an epilogue. I wished I didn't listen to it at all left me feeling bad confused or left out! I thought for a minute I missed a chapter....
Characters are angsty throughout entire book but still a good listen. Enjoyed 1st book in series much more.
"fantastic!!! 5 stars all the way"
loved this story could not stop listening to it I thought James and lexi's story was good but wes and ruby have fast become my favorites! I look forward to the next book in the series
Had me not wanting to turn the book off need more books like that
This is a must read/listen book ,I dont know why but I was reluctant to read the first book Reckless but after I had and laughed and cryed through it I couldent wait to listen to this which was even better and now waiting for Richochet to arrrive , so for the first two five stars all the way
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