Saturday, August 27, 2016

Book Review ~ The Rebel's Return (Red River, Book #4) by Victoria James @EntangledPub


About the Book:

Natalia Puccini has spent her entire life playing by her overbearing but well-intentioned Italian family's rules...except the one time she took a chance on a bad boy and fell hard. She's worked to get her life back on track so when Aiden McCann comes sauntering back into town with his heart-stopping smile, Natalia vows not to fall for him again. There's no way she'll let him mess with her perfectly planned life...and there's no way she'll let him near her heart again...

Now reformed and a self-made success, Aiden is tormented by regrets and secrets. He left Red River years ago filled with anger and resentment and a promise to never come back. But when his ill father needs help, Aiden knows it's time to face the mess he left behind, and face the one woman he never got over. It doesn't matter how beautiful or intriguing she is, though, because he'll never be able to give her what she needs. As soon as his father is healthy, Aiden is leaving Red River...for good.

Book Details:

Kindle File Size: 1047 KB
Print Length: 147 pages
Publisher: Entangled: Bliss (August 22, 2016)
Publication Date: August 22, 2016
ASIN: B01JGMQDS0

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My Review:

The second chance at love story is sure to win the hearts of everyone that reads The Rebel's Return.

Natalia Puccini is the one girl that Aidan McCann let get away.  Never feeling he was good enough for her he high-tailed it out of Red River ten years with absolutely no plans on returning.  When he discovers that his father is ill, he finds himself smack dab in the middle of the one place he had no desire to be - until she walked through his father's door.

A lot has changed in Natalia Puccini's life since Aidan McCann ripped her heart to shreds and left Red River.  She's taken over her family's business, moved out on her own, and continued to pick up the pieces of her broken heart.  When the sexiest man she's ever seen saunters back into town, she's determined to keep her heart on lock down.

The connection between Nat and Aidan is evident from their initial encounter and continues to grow stronger with each turn of the page.  We also get to see a side of Aidan that was expertly crafted by the author - vulnerable and unsure of his place in the world due to the loss of  his mother and unstable childhood that followed.  The book closely follows the building/rebuilding of a relationship between father and son; one that will make you cry as you put yourself in the shoes of both Aidan and his father.  Each man has layers of grief and layers of excuses they use to hide it.

Aidan and his father aren't the only ones hiding their grief under layers.  Nat was destroyed when Aidan left Red River and the author portrayed her quite well as a broken character.  The events that unfolded prior to Aidan fleeing significantly shaped Nat into who she is today.  His reappearance forces her to deal with her feelings; betrayal, love, insecurity.

Victoria James is one of my favorite authors. I've read almost all of her novels - the few I haven't are definitely on my list.  Her writing is realistic and the subject matter is believable. Her heroines and her heroes are not perfect but they are perfect for one another. Victoria James writes impassioned and realistic contemporary romances and each book manages to evoke emotional responses from me. At the very least, I tear up during some part of the novel. Her characters are believable and realistically written. Sometimes she touches on topics that are sensitive but she has the ability to write them with class and respect. 

The plot, themes, drama, and passion in The Rebel's Return will pull the reader in and keep them engaged. There is true emotion that can be felt by those readers that become one with the books they read. I am able to get lost in the novels and put myself right into the middle of them. I feel for the characters and drawing on my emotions is what makes a book worth 5 stars for me. If I hurt with them, cry with/for them, laugh, or get angry, then the author did a fantastic job and has written the perfect book for me.

Review copy courtesy of the author, at no cost, in exchange for an honest review. All opinions and thoughts about this book are my own.

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