Haven’t read the first book, Rebel Heir? Check out my review.
From New York Times Bestselling authors Penelope Ward and Vi Keeland, comes the second book in a new, sexy duet. A full summer in a beach house became a lot more interesting when I met my new boss. More interesting…and complicated.
Rebel Heart picks up immediately where Rebel Heir left off. Thus, begins a long drawn out novel of people taking their time deciding what to do with their future. And when I say taking their time, they take their sweet ass time.
Unfortunately, I didn’t enjoy Rebel Heart as much as the first novel, Rebel Heir. Where Rebel Heir was funny and sexy, Rebel Heart was serious and emotional. That’s not a criticism; however a sequel that differs drastically in tone is slightly jarring. I went into Rebel Heart expecting a similar experience to my enjoyment of Rebel Heir, but, instead, I found myself rolling my eyes impatiently waiting for the inevitable ending.
Rush and Gia almost become completely different characters than they were in the first novel. Gia was driven, sassy, and confident, but during Rebel Heart she becomes a doormat for most of the novel being led around by an indecisive Rush. Gia’s ability to call Rush out on his bullshit disappears almost completely until the end of the novel. Rush continues to be the stereotypical “bad boy”, but also becomes annoyingly indecisive. They didn’t feel like the characters I enjoyed reading about in the first novel.
Overall, the Rush Duet was an okay read that features a plot twist that I detest, so I guess it’s not a surprise that I didn’t enjoy the conclusion. Would I recommend these books? Probably.