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Last Chance Rebel (Copper Ridge) Mass Market Paperback – August 30, 2016
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"Passionate, energetic and jam-packed with personality."
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"Yates writes a story with emotional depth, intense heartache and love that is hard fought for and eventually won in the second Copper Ridge installment... This is a book readers will be telling their friends about."
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"Wraps up nicely, leaving readers with a desire to read more about the feisty duo."
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"The setting is vivid, the secondary characters charming, and the plot has depth and interesting twists. But it is the hero and heroine who truly drive this story."
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About the Author
- ASIN : 0373789823
- Publisher : HQN; Original edition (August 30, 2016)
- Language : English
- Mass Market Paperback : 384 pages
- Item Weight : 6.4 ounces
- Dimensions : 4.22 x 1.02 x 6.59 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #517,224 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Once again, Maisey Yates has delivered another un-put-downable read, perhaps her most angst-ridden in this series, as Gage West, the prodigal son, returns to Copper Ridge after having fled 17 years earlier, after recklessly driving in the wrong lane on a rainy night, which caused an oncoming car to swerve and crash into a tree. The driver wasn't seriously injured, but her 11-year-old daughter, Rebecca Bear, suffered serious injuries. Her mother, who was driving the car that night, couldn't deal with the severity of those injuries and also fled, leaving Rebecca's older brother alone to raise her, and leaving Rebecca as emotionally scarred as she was left physically scarred for life. Rebecca's single mother, poor to begin with, was able to leave after receiving a payoff from Gage's father, town scion, Nathan West. The money was intended to pay for Rebecca's care, and buy their silence about the cause of the accident, but was used instead to pay for her mother's getaway.
Now, at age 28, Rebecca is as closed off and brittle as one can imagine, but she's managed to rent space, open and operate a small shop selling local crafts and knick-knacks on Main Street. She has a couple of girlfriends with whom she socializes casually, and lives outside of town in a small cabin, keeping her distance, until one day a man enters her shop, and starts discussing her finances and her rental agreement with Nathan West, who owns the building, and most of the other buildings in town as well. He seems familiar and she finally realizes who she's talking to--Gage West, the man responsible for her disfigurement, the man she has hated and blamed for the past 17 years. Gage is there to inform her that his father has had a stroke, and that he is now managing the family finances, which are far from good, and that he plans to sell off much of the family's real estate holdings, including the building she's renting--in fact, he wants to give her the building as payment for her suffering, but Rebecca has developed quite a backbone, and refuses to accept his charity.
Thus begins perhaps one of the most inauspicious starts to a romance novel as I've ever read. Rebecca may wear her scars externally, but Gage has been hiding his emotional scars and running for the past 17 years, rather than trying to deal with them. These are not easy characters to like, and in the hands of someone with less talent than Ms. Yates, nothing about the relationship between these two characters would have made any kind of sense, or been in any way believable--but it did and it was. There's a great deal of self-examination, bitterness, resentment, and soul-searching in this novel, as well as some seriously hot sex and some incredibly well-written dialogue, something that's been a hallmark of Ms. Yates' writing from her very first novel. I'm guessing that this may be a tough read for some, but it drew me in like a moth to a flame. While I would have preferred a somewhat more lengthy epilogue, which seemed a bit too rushed compared to all that came before, I still found this to be one of the author's best novels to date.
This was the first book I read by this author. It was pretty long at 384 pages. Sadly, I didn't love it. Because I rarely "not" not finish a book, I admit I skimmed a lot. Even with skipping, it still took me more than two days to finish though. I'm sure it didn't help that I put my Kindle aside and found other things to do more often than not. That said, I'm not saying I won't read this author again. I don't work that way. I know that what pleases others doesn't have to please me so I like to be openminded that just because I don't like one, doesn't mean I won't like another. I will say that Maisey is a passionate writer.
I wanted to like Rebecca but it didn't happen. Gage wasn't very appealing either. Those two didn't like each other and took fighting/bickering to a immature level. It frustrated me how they acted like prepubescent children. Yes, Rebecca had reason to dislike Gage but she was relentless about it for so much of the book.
Gage was selfish and I could not connect with him. He wasn't completely honest about his issues until the end of the book. Even being in his head didn't give me enough.
I did like the premise of the storyline; the blurb is why I added this book. What I had a strong issue with was the fact there were pages and pages of internal monologue between actual dialogue (hence the skimming). I got lost with the direction of the conversation often. For that reason, in my opinion of course, this book could have been shorter. I think I would have enjoyed it a lot more had there been more dialogue. I just couldn't connect with the H/h.
Another disappointment for me was the rushed HEA. Gage and Rebecca were complex characters with a ton of emotional baggage. But the 180 degree turn once they got "together" made it look as if the conflict disappeared.
And then it was back!
And then came the resolution!
And then it was over!
The epilogue didn't satisfy me either.
I'm sad that this book was blah for me. I do plan to read another Maisey Yates book because I am openminded and I'm sure I will find her "just right" book for me.
Rebecca has closed herself off to all. Even her best friend doesn't really know her. Because of her scars she feels unlovable. She blames Gage for everything. She straddles that fine line between love and hate. She is a twenty-eight year old virgin. There is lots of emotion and tears but it is all worth it. I really loved every minute of this book.