REVIEW: REBEL HEART by Penelope Ward and Vi Keeland

Rush and Gia’s story continues in the gripping conclusion to Rebel Heir…

How to screw up a great summer in the Hamptons:

Sleep with your boss. Check.

Blow all your money on a rental you can’t afford. Check.

How to walk away from a man you fall in love with at the end of a summer:

…I’ll let you know when I figure it out.

Rebel Heir is the second book in the Rush Series Duet. Book One, Rebel Heir, is available for sale now.

REBEL HEART

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REBEL HEIR

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My Review

If only Gia’s current writing in progress was full of the angst, heartache, and uncertainty that unfortunately fills her life ever since she realized exactly who her one-night stand/baby daddy was. Because if that was the case, she wouldn’t have to deal with Rush finding out the truth and quite possibly walking away from a connection that seemed destined to remain intact forever.

But now in a horrible twist of fate, Rush and Gia’s story has to be rewritten, and as much as she wants it to end with their happily ever after, Gia ultimately no longer has control over where they end up, putting Rush in an impossible position – one that will put him in the position of either playing the hero or the villain regardless of the fact that he’s just as much a victim in all of this as Gia is.

My one issue with Rebel Heir was that the main conflict was a bit too easy to identify, so heading into Rebel Heart, I was worried that the paternity reveal would be dragged out, making it the main complication of the second book’s story line, but I’m happy to say that, that was not the case; in fact, the secret did not remain hidden for long, but therein also lies the issue because it’s that information that leaves Rush conflicted, struggling to decide if his love for Gia is stronger than his hate for his brother.

It’s an extremely tenuous situation that Rush and Gia find themselves in, and while my heart was put through the ringer due to Rush’s soul searching process, I can’t blame him for needing the time to truly feel like he can give himself over to Gia and her baby accepting what he knows without any hesitation.

Did I feel Rush went a bit too far in some instances? Absolutely, but based on the animosity between him and his father and brother, there are so many overwhelming feelings to deal with and to overcome and I can’t imagine the kind of burdens that puts on Rush’s shoulders, so I can’t completely criticize his actions, but I did feel horrible for Gia as she tried to accept Rush’s distance, his mixed signals, and the real possibility that they may never be together in the way that they both so desperately want due to a set of circumstances that seem to be too far out of their control.

Rush and Gia’s journey to ‘no more unfortunately’ in their lives is an arduous task, but the fact that they don’t come completely unhinged as they delve through their separate issues as well as those they must face together speaks to the kind of people Rush and Gia are and it’s that idea that enabled me to hold on and to let Penelope Ward and Vi Keeland lead me where they needed me to go in order to understand how all the pieces of Rush and Gia’s story fit together and how those fractures get mended and made whole.

4.5 Poison Apples

How to kick off a great summer in the Hamptons:

Snag a gorgeous rental on the beach. Check.

Get a job at a trendy summer haunt. Check.

How to screw up a great summer in the Hamptons:

Fall for the one guy with a dark leather jacket, scruff on his face, and intense eyes that doesn’t fit in with the rest of the tony looking crowd. A guy you can’t have when you’ll be leaving at the end of the season.

Check. Check. Check.

I should add—especially when the guy is your sexy, tattooed God of a boss.

Especially when he not only owns your place of employment but inherited half of the town.

Especially when he’s mean to you.

Or so I thought.

Until one night when he demanded I get in his car so he could drive me home because he didn’t want me walking in the dark.

That was sort of how it all started with Rush.

And then little by little, some of the walls of this hardass man started to come down.

I never expected that the two of us, seemingly opposites from the outside, would grow so close.

I wasn’t supposed to fall for the rebel heir, especially when he made it clear he didn’t want to cross the line with me.

As the temperature turned cooler, the nights became hotter. My summer became a lot more interesting—and complicated.

All good things must come to an end, right?

Except our ending was one I didn’t see coming.

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Penelope Ward is a New York Times, USA Today and #1 Wall Street Journal bestselling author.

She grew up in Boston with five older brothers and spent most of her twenties as a television news anchor. Penelope resides in Rhode Island with her husband, son and beautiful daughter with autism.

With over a million books sold, she is a seventeen-time New York Times bestseller and the author of over fifteen novels, including RoomHate which hit #2 on the New York Times bestseller list and #1 on the Wall Street Journal bestseller list. Other New York Times bestsellers include Stepbrother Dearest, Neighbor Dearest, Drunk Dial, Cocky Bastard, Stuck-Up Suit, Playboy Pilot and Mister Moneybags (the latter four co-written with Vi Keeland).

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Vi Keeland is a #1 New York Times, #1 Wall Street Journal, and USA Today Bestselling author. With millions of books sold, her titles have appeared in over ninety Bestseller lists and are currently translated in twenty languages. She resides in New York with her husband and their three children where she is living out her own happily ever after with the boy she met at age six.

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