Kitty’s Review – Rebel (The Renegades #3) by Rebecca Yarros

Rebel was an epic love story that just happened to have an “X-Games” feel. Rebecca Yarros outdid herself with this book and I am so very saddened that the story ended. ~ Kitty, Guilty Pleasures

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.

Un-freaking-believable. My favorite of the Renegade series. Rebecca Yarros outdid herself with this book and I am so very saddened that the story ended. I seriously wanted more, didn’t want it to end. Penna and Cruz are, undeniably, my favorite book couple of the year.

Penna is still dealing with the fallout from her sister. Not from the Renegades but in her own head. She is blaming herself for her sister’s actions. She had to find out if she could still be with them, if she had it in her to pull off the stunts and still stay true to herself. Then she meets Cruz, has no idea who he is but gets him to help her pull off a BASE jump that could land them both in jail.

Cruz. I think I swooned with the first words out of his mouth. He was one confident man. Not cocky but confident and it showed right from the beginning. He has one weakness that could bring him to his knees. But after meeting the beautiful Penelope, he knows he now has two. He’ll do whatever it takes to protect the two people that mean the world to him and to help his grandmother. Yes, a man with morals, heart and a protective streak a mile wide. How could you not love a man that has served his country, worked to get his Doctorate and still does the dishes right alongside his grandma.

So much happened throughout this story with both Penna and Cruz and they were both right there to support and love each other. The way the love story played out was beautiful. Cruz treated Penna like a porcelain doll until she put it stop to it … treated her with respect when the need arose … treated her just like any other student. We saw Penna go from insecure to fearless (again) with the love and support of Cruz. She found a way for them to be together. She found a way to help him when he didn’t want the help. She found a way to bring him home to her. She was strong, daring and unstoppable … all because of Cruz.

You will fall in love with Cruz. I promise you. Rebecca Yarros really brought this story to life. The people, the places, the stunts were all beautifully described. From Machu Picchu to Buenos Aires to Cuba … the sights and sounds of each port came alive. The love between Cruz and Rebel was a living, breathing entity in itself. And, the ending … oh, wow … it gave me chills, it made me cry, it brought me to my knees. She had me singing “Up Where We Belong” in my head for hours after finishing the story. Then she gives us an Epilogue that brings this series full circle, brings closure and again, made me cry. Rebel was an epic love story that just happened to have an “X-Games” feel. If you haven’t read Rebecca Yarros before, you have no idea what you are missing. Her writing is flawless, her characters are intoxicating, her stories are incredible.

Review copy provided for a voluntary review.

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