LIVE NOW!! THE REBEL by Jennifer Bernard is LIVE! + My Review

Today we have the blog tour for THE REBEL, book 1 in The Rockwell Legacy, a passionate new series from USA Today bestselling author Jennifer Bernard. Grab your copy now!

Title: THE REBEL
Author: Jennifer Bernard
Series: The Rockwell Legacy
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release: September 4

About THE REBEL

What would you do for love?

Ever the rebel, Kai Rockwell happily risks his life on a daily basis as a rescue paramedic. What he refuses to deal with? His impossibly stubborn father, “Mad Max” Rockwell, who runs the historic Rocky Peak Lodge deep in the Cascade Mountains with an iron fist.

But when his family faces an unexpected threat at Rocky Peak—in the form of a beautiful woman—Kai knows it’s time to go home.

Fiercely protective nurse Nicole Davidson would do almost anything to take care of her disabled sister–even accept a hefty offer to ask a few harmless questions at the charming old lodge where she’s working. Until the outrageously sexy Kai Rockwell shows up and sets everything on fire—most especially her.

Equally determined, equally passionate about protecting their families, Kai and Nicole don’t know if they should be enemies or lovers—or both. All they know is they can’t resist each other…no matter the price.

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EXCERPT:

 She had two jobs here, and neither of them involved Kai. The sooner he left, the better off she’d be. Getting to know him—his history, his heart—wasn’t part of her mission.

Her gaze dropped to his mouth, those firm lips surrounded by stubble. Kissing definitely wasn’t part of her mission. And yet she’d done it.

And that kiss was the best thing that had happened here so far.

She swallowed and tore her gaze away from him, fixing it on a tall spruce tree next to the trail instead. Now that all her wildest fantasies about kissing him had been confirmed, was she just supposed to block that from her mind? Pretend it had never happened? Move along, nothing to see…

“Should we talk about that kiss?” he asked, as if he’d read her mind—or noticed her staring at his lips. “Or pretend it never happened?”

“The kiss was a mistake.”

“Not all mistakes are bad. In fact, I’ve heard it said that there are no mistakes and no accidents.“

It definitely hadn’t been an accident. She hadn’t tripped over her shoes and fallen into his lips. Although that would have been easier to explain.

She drew in a long breath. “Okay, let’s talk about it. Clearly, there’s an attraction. But I’m here in a professional capacity so that’s all there is to say.”

“I’m not your patient,” he pointed out. “There’s nothing standing in the way of us kissing again, if we choose to.”

“I don’t choose to.”

That was a big fat lie. She’d love to kiss him again. It was probably written all over her not-very-good-at-lying face. “It’s much better if we keep things on a friendly basis. That’s what’s best for my patient.”

“So that’s your medical opinion?”

“Absolutely. I can’t be distracted from my responsibilities. And I wouldn’t want Max to feel neglected.”

“True. Because Max definitely isn’t the kind of man who would scream bloody murder if he felt neglected. He’s the stoic, suffer-in-silence type.”

His sarcasm made her laugh. “You know what I mean.”

“Put it this way. I know what you want.” That phrase, in his rough velvet voice, sent thrills through her.

“What, then?” She knew what she wanted—she wanted him to toss her over his shoulder and carry her up to his bed. She wanted him to slide his hand under her sweater, up the curve of her waist, to her breasts. She wanted him to tug her against him, press his long body against hers, damp clothes and all.

“You want to ignore the heat between us. You want to pretend like we aren’t drawn to each other. You think it makes things too complicated. Too hard to manage.”

A wisp of wind tugged at her beanie. She tucked it around her ears to keep it on. Everything Kai said was true, and yet it wasn’t even close to the whole story. It left out the fantasies she kept having about him. “You’re right. It is too complicated. It’s also incredibly inconvenient that I find you attractive.”

His smug grin made his eyes gleam. “Sorry to make life difficult. That’s kind of my thing, in general.”

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❤️ My Review:

A sweet, snappy, fun romance that’s wonderfully written with terrific characters. The Maxwell family with the patriarch Mad Max, his fabulous children and the generational mountain resort makes this a heartfelt story. The siblings depended on each other after their mother’s death with the oldest Kai at the helm. But Kai forever the rebel and fighting with Mad Max flys the coop at seventeen to make his own way. After a fifteen years the prodigal son returns home when Mad Max has a health scare. Sparks fly between Kai and Nurse Nicole, the Max Whisperer. He’s suspicious of Nicole’s agenda where Max and the lodge are concerned with good reason. The sweet and caring home health provider, Nicole has good reasons for taking the job at the resort that are understandable. But Kai is determined to find out why she’s there in his efforts to protect the lodge and the family’s inheritance. Kai as the rebel is a swoon-worthy mountain man that has an instant sexy connection with Nurse Nicole. The sexual tension between these two soon explodes and as their romance blooms so does the pressure to do the right thing for both of them. I loved the wonderful siblings and the family dynamics in this story. Even Mad Max grew on me with his blustering and gruff personality. Kai’s reason for his volatile relationship with his father is revealed and heartbreaking. Just as Nicole has her motives for her subterfuge that are just as heartbreaking. This is a fantastic story about a wonderful family, a sweet romance, reconciliation and realizing what’s really important in life. Can’t wait for the next sibling story in the Rocky Peak Lodge series.

About Jennifer Bernard

Jennifer Bernard is a USA Today bestselling author of contemporary romance. Her books have been called “an irresistible reading experience” full of “quick wit and sizzling love scenes.” A graduate of Harvard and former news promo producer, she left big city life in Los Angeles for true love in Alaska, where she now lives with her husband and stepdaughters. She still hasn’t adjusted to the cold, so most often she can be found cuddling with her laptop and a cup of tea. No stranger to book success, she also writes erotic novellas under a naughty secret name that she’s happy to share with the curious.

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