- File Size: 994 KB
- Print Length: 286 pages
- Publisher: Swerve (October 10, 2017)
- Publication Date: October 10, 2017
- Sold by: Macmillan
- Language: English
- ASIN: B0746MMLG2
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Not Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #101,606 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Broken Rebel: A Lawless Kings Novel Kindle Edition
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Neco has always taken care of Ruby. As lifelong friends and neighbors, he has always looked out for her when her stepmother's abuse and lifestyle became too much for her to handle alone. Now almost two decades later, he finds his innate need to protect Ruby has meshed with his fiery attraction towards her. He tries to fight it but eventually they both give in and it's pure fireworks!! But what happens when Neco can't reconcile the fact that Ruby isn't a needy little girl anymore and can fight her own battles? Will they be able to survive?
I loved that Neco and Ruby's chemistry was off the charts hot and she was open and honest about her need to be with him. Unfortunately, Neco always put the breaks on whatever was developing between them as he felt both their rough childhoods marked them and made them incompatible. This was frustrating at times but I understood it and happily cheered when Ruby had enough and was ready to move on. He made it clear he doesn't want her after nine years of getting rebuffed by him. So I felt this way of thinking highlighted her transformation from a bratty attention seeking woman to a string and empowered one.
While I loved this novel I felt that some parts were a little rushed and there were some parts that were left unresolved. Specifically, Neco's need to embrace his darker passions and letting Ruby see them. He let it out once with her in a fit of anger/passion but then immediately locked them down and hid them in shame. I was waiting for them to talk about it or to have Ruby express her own hidden desires for this part of Neco but that topic was never re-approached. All in this was a great story though and I look forward to more books from the author in this series (specifically Zeke and Van!!!) Bravo! 4 stars! ~Ratula
Told from dual first person points of view (Ruby and Neco) SHATTERED REBEL looks at the friends to lovers relationship between King Agency employees Ruby Styles and Neco Malik. Growing up on the mean streets meant Neco was all about protecting the people whom he loved including his childhood friend Ruby Styles. The early years were never good for our leading couple but Ruby suffered at the hands of the people who were tasked with loving and caring for our younger heroine. Fast forward to present day where Ruby finds herself on the outside looking in as the man she has always loved looks beyond the woman to see the child within. Hoping to gain respect and their trust Ruby sets about proving she is just as capable as the men she works for at the King Agency by seeking employment somewhere else. But Ruby’s life is about to get a whole lot worse when our heroine is targeted but an unknown source. What ensues is the building love and fracturing relationship between Ruby and Neco, and the potential fall out when the past come back, looking for revenge.
Neco Malik struggles with his attraction to the woman that calls to his heart. From an early age Ruby saw Neco as her protector and her Superman but Neco believed himself to be the villain, and in doing so, sets about to destroy our heroine’s heart. Ruby’s love for Neco never wavers in the face of our hero’s less than stellar actions and attitude, including his attempts to dissuade Ruby through intimidation and threats.
The relationship between Ruby and Neco is a friends to lovers, back and forth friendship wherein Ruby believes that to be accepted she must prove herself worthy by walking away and never looking back. Neco’s need for Ruby is palpable but his treatment of our heroine is questionable including the push and pull of sexual attraction. Saying that, Ruby knows how to push Neco’s buttons as well, including going rogue as she sets out to meet up with a potential threat to her life. The co-dependent relationship between Ruby and Neco borders on heartbreaking and problematic. The $ex scenes are intimate, erotic and intense.
There is a large ensemble cast of secondary and supporting characters including Hunter King and his fiancee Lulu Frost (Shattered King #1), Hunter’s older brother Van King, and their guardian Raul Esposito; King Agency employees: former police officer Jude Wayland, and ex-navy SEAL sniper Zeke Stanton. We are introduced to Ruby’s roommate Scott, PI Harry Hains, as well as Neco’s mother Celeste Malik. The requisite evil has many familiar faces.
The world building continues to look at the camaraderie between the King Agency employees, most of who have known one another for most of the lives. The simmering relationship and attraction between Ruby and Neco is apparent to everyone but Neco refuses to acknowledge the elephant in the room.
BROKEN REBEL is a story of family and friendship; of one man’s struggle to move on from the past, and one woman’s need to be accepted for the woman she has become. The premise is engaging and emotional; the characters are broken, colorful and charismatic; the romance struggles in the face of unrequited love, perceived notions and one man’s battle with his demons.
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Good character development and steaming hot sex scenes.Easy style. Looking forward to the next book
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