Author: Skye Jordan
My Rating: A
Narrated by: Piper Goodeve
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Series: Renegades #2
Main Characters: Rubi and Wes
Release Date: December 2013
Publisher: Cygnet Books
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Sexual Intensity: erotic
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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.
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)