RITA Reader Challenge Review

RITA Reader Challenge: Why Resist a Rebel? by Leah Ashton

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Title: Why Resist a Rebel
Author: Leah Ashton
Publication Info: Harlequin KISS October 2013
ISBN: B00F12H4DS
Genre: Contemporary Romance

Book Why Resist a Rebel This RITA® Reader Challenge 2014 review was written by Turophile. This story was nominated for the RITA® in the Short Contemporary Series Romance category.

The summary:

Giving in to temptation never felt so good!

Ruby Bell has put scandal and relationships behind her to forge a successful career in film. Then the talk of Hollywood himself, actor Devlin Cooper, strolls onto her Outback set—fired from his two previous movies, and looking decidedly tempting! The last thing Ruby needs is Dev making outrageous demands and causing her to question her “no romance at work” rule….

But what's a girl to do when Dev's taking her on a lavish date one moment, then calling “cut” on their growing closeness the next? What exactly does he want with her—and what's causing the shadows behind those famous blue eyes? Now she's too intrigued to walk away….

And here is Turophile's review:

I almost want to give this book two grades, one for the story and one for the style/grammar.  Since that’s not allowed, I’ll comment on both separately and blend the two.

The Story: Why Resist a Rebel? is a sweet, fun romance.  The heroine, Ruby, is a production coordinator in the movie business.  She travels the world from set to set, ensuring that things run smoothly.  The woman has serious people and project management skills, with a great can do attitude.  (Seriously,  you read the book, you’ll want to hire her). 

The hero, Dev is a movie star.  He’s a global A-list star who’s run into a rough patch and somehow lands the leading role in what would otherwise be a low key production in his native Australia.  Generally, he’s well liked on movie sets and lacks the ego and crazy demands that often come with stardom. 

Though the physical attraction between them is nearly instant, they both are working through their own issues that create barriers to the relationship. Dev’s suffering from depression brought on by the fact that he failed to reconcile with his dad before he passed away.  Ruby’s an orphan and her free spirited nature seems to reflect her lack of an emotional anchor. 

At first, Dev’s attraction to Ruby almost seemed to instant.  He’d been dating gorgeous starlets for year. Then, he suddenly meets her and realizes no, this is what I’m really looking for. Given his emotional state, that’s a possible outcome, but it felt too quick.  Beyond that the author did a good job of developing the relationship between these two and weaving in how their past affected their ability to operate in a relationship. 

The Writing: Who’s editing this series? Oh my gosh.  Talk about your adverb overuse.   I almost DNF’d this book because I couldn’t take the writing style. At the beginning everything was “slightly” this, “Slightly” that.  Actually, literally, inwardly, immediately.  These words are so overused. I wanted to edit the first couple chapters and send them back to the author.  The overuse seemed to decline in the later chapters, or I just stopped caring.

I am glad that I didn’t DNF it because in the end I enjoyed the story, but KISS editors please start running a simple adverb check on your books!!


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