This review for the RITA® Reader Challenge was written by a woman with more than one online moniker, so I picked my favorite: lizzle4rizzle. HA! This book finaled in the paranormal romance category. NB: I have a second review of Rebel coming later.
Plot Summary: Nathan Lesperance is used to being different. He’s the first Native attorney in Vancouver, and welcome neither with white society nor his sometime tribe. Not to mention the powerful wildness he’s always felt inside him, too dangerous to set free. Then he met Astrid Bramfield and saw his like within her piercing eyes. Now, unless she helps him through the harsh terrain and the harsher unknowns of his true abilities, it could very well get him killed. Astrid has traveled this path before. Once she was a Blade of the Rose, protecting the world’s magic from unscrupulous men, with her husband by her side. But she’s loved and lost, and as a world-class frontierswoman, she knows all about survival. Nathan’s searing gaze and long, lean muscles mean nothing but trouble. Yet something has ignited a forgotten flame inside her; a burning need for adventure, for life – and perhaps even for love.
And now, lizzle4rizzle’s review:
It seemed silly to write this review, since I imagine the Bitchery doesn’t need me to tell you that Zoe Archer rocks. But just so we’re all on the same page: This book was awesome! And holy crap does Ms. Archer know what she’s doing.
Rebel gives you a great story, great characters, and some pretty cool magic. It has the kind of action that kept me turning the page and rooting for the heroes to beat the bad guys, and the kind of love story that made me really want them to be together forever in awesomeness.
A lot of paranormal elements these days can be really played-out, so I appreciated the fresh take on cool powers and battling with bad guys for said powers. The story framework for the whole series is pretty unique: Blades versus Heirs, fighting to either protect or take control of all of the world’s magic. There’s no cookie-cutter paranormal stuff here.
But the best part is the characters! They’re fully-developed people who have romantic feelings to deal with and foes to face, but they do it while acting like mature adults and kicking some major bad guy butt to boot. Oh, and while getting busy in the wilderness. I loved Astrid – SO cool, and no wilting flower to be rescued. She actually has to pull his metaphorical biscuits from the fire a few times, and he thinks it’s the sexiest thing about her. (It is.) Nathan is also awesome (and yummy), respects his butt-kicking lady, and kicks more and more butt himself as the book goes on.
Overall: yes, you want to read this book!