The Renegades #2
Releasing February 20th, 2017
The only heart he wants is the one he already broke…
He’s Landon Rhodes.
The Renegade they call Nova.
Sinfully gorgeous, broody, tatted-up, professional snowboarder.
Four-time X Games medalist—
They say a girl broke him once—
That’s why he’s so reckless, so driven, so careless with his conquests.
But I’m that girl.
They can call me his curse all they want.
He and I both know the truth—
He’s the one who destroyed me,
And I’m not the sucker who will let that happen again.
***NOVA can be read as a standalone***
Nova is a beautifully broken, slow burn second chance love story that takes readers through the gamut of emotions and leave them wondering how Landon and Rachel can have any kind of a future together when their past is drenched in deceit, secrets, and mess ups, leaving both of them with a heart incapable of beating for anyone else but too scared to allow it to beat for one another again after everything they’ve been through due to Nova’s decisions.
It’s easy to place the blame solely on Landon’s shoulders for what happened 2 ½ years ago, and he’ll be the first to admit that he royally fucked up when it came to how his relationship with Rachel began and what it would cost him to continue it. But there is always more than one side of every story, and in this case, there are more than two people involved in destroying the love between two people who seemed destined to be together, and unless Rachel is willing to look beyond her heartbreak and lower some of her walls to allow Landon to explain what happened the last time they saw each other, neither of them will be able to move forward with a whole heart or the ability to let someone in and not fear being torn apart again.
The layers of deceit are complex, which makes sorting everything out a challenge; Nova and Rachel’s relationship began behind Wilder’s back, illustrating both of their roles in the ultimatum that Wilder gave to Nova. With a foundation based on secrets and lies, it’s easy to understand why things fell apart the way they did and why Nova chose with his head instead of his heart. Don’t get me wrong, Rachel has every right to feel gutted by Nova’s decision and to not trust anything he says once they reunite, but she also needs to look at the bigger picture, which her broken heart and empty soul won’t allow her to do.
It makes sense that Landon would become “Nova” when he left Rachel because when he chose the Renegades over her, he left who he was, because of his feelings for her and the love she showed him, with her. The fact that he became a manwhore, using women to self-medicate, speaks to just how messed up Landon got when he chose money/fame over love. But now that Rachel’s back in his life, thanks to a manipulative Wilder, he refuses to allow her to act like he doesn’t exist.
Regardless of their palpable connection and how well they complement each other, a reunion between Landon and Rachel isn’t a given. There is so much anger and heartache that surrounds Rachel’s true feelings for Landon that it’s going to take time and diligence to make any headway at breaking down Rachel’s walls and getting her to love and trust him again, which makes what Landon and Rachel are going through that much more realistic, and I appreciate the fact that Rebecca Yarros doesn’t rush anything between the couple; she makes it a process – one where there are highs and lows as well as steps forward and backwards. Rachel puts Landon through his paces; he needs to prove how important she is to him with more than words, and while Landon does take some missteps along the way, he does the work that needs to be done, but readers are still left wondering if it’s enough due to the baggage of the past and the fact that there are still more secrets between them.
Nova and Rachel’s story is an emotional read and the introspective way that Rebecca Yarros’ writes her hero and heroine allow readers to truly understand where they are coming from as they try to figure out how to move forward and stop living in the past. Readers will find both characters stubborn and frustrating, but at the same time, their reactions and actions will make sense due to Landon’s choices 2 ½ years ago.
A love that deep and a betrayal of that magnitude are constantly battling one another, and while Landon does everything he can to prove his love to Rachel, her lack of trust in him is what he needs to focus on and even though it takes Landon awhile to figure out exactly the steps he needs to take to reclaim the woman who owns his heart, he’s clearly a changed man due to the love of his life’s presence and he refuses to treat her second best ever again, putting their fate in Rachel’s hands and holding his breath for her to finally be his again.
4.5 Poison Apples
Rebecca Yarros is a hopeless romantic and a lover of all things coffee, chocolate, and Paleo. She is the author of the Flight & Glory series, including Full Measures, the award-winning Eyes Turned Skyward, Beyond What is Given, and Hallowed Ground. She loves military heroes, and has been blissfully married to hers for fourteen years.
When she’s not writing, she’s tying hockey skates for her four sons, sneaking in some guitar time, or watching brat-pack movies with her two daughters. She lives in Colorado with the hottest Apache pilot ever, their rambunctious gaggle of kids, an English bulldog who is more stubborn than sweet, and a bunny named General Fluffy Pants who torments the aforementioned bulldog. They recently adopted their youngest daughter from the foster system, and Rebecca is passionate about helping others do the same.