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The Rebel’s Return
by Victoria James
Publication Date: August 22, 2016
Genres: Adult, Entangled: Bliss, Contemporary Romance
Natalia Puccini has spent her entire life playing by her overbearing but well-intentioned Italian family’s rules…except the one time she took a chance on a bad boy and fell hard. She’s worked to get her life back on track so when Aiden McCann comes sauntering back into town with his heart-stopping smile, Natalia vows not to fall for him again. There’s no way she’ll let him mess with her perfectly planned life…and there’s no way she’ll let him near her heart again…
Now reformed and a self-made success, Aiden is tormented by regrets and secrets. He left Red River years ago filled with anger and resentment and a promise to never come back. But when his ill father needs help, Aiden knows it’s time to face the mess he left behind, and face the one woman he never got over. It doesn’t matter how beautiful or intriguing she is, though, because he’ll never be able to give her what she needs. As soon as his father is healthy, Aiden is leaving Red River…for good.
This is a brilliant second chance romance with great characters, a well developed plot and emotive writing that just draws the reader into the ensuing drama. Natalie was devastated ten years ago when her boyfriend broke up with her and left their home town of Red River. She’s stayed in the town, taking over her parents’ bakery and continuing being a caring young lady but without the love of her life, Aiden McCann. His father is ill with cancer, needing regular treatment and Aiden returns to ensure he does all he can to help his father recover. That’s actually difficult for Aiden as he had a problematic childhood after his Mum died and he knows he’ll have to face Natalie and other people he feels he let down once more. He’s never got over Natalie and still doesn’t believe he is worthy of her, even though he and his older brother have made a success of their lives away from Red River.
I’ve read several novels by this author and been impressed by how she brings her characters to life, filling in their background information and making them into well rounded individuals you feel like you know. This is the fourth novel in the Red River series but it works well as a stand alone – I thoroughly enjoyed it and haven’t read any of the others (yet!). This story is filled with angst, love, healing relationships and, of course, romance. It is an enthralling read To find out what happens, you’ll just have to read it yourself!
Many thanks to the author, publisher and NetGalley, too, for providing me with an ARC of this novel in exchange for my honest review.
About Victoria James:
Victoria James is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of contemporary romance.
Victoria always knew she wanted to be a writer and in grade five, she penned her first story, bound it (with staples and a cardboard cover) and did all the illustrations herself. Luckily, this book will never see the light of day again.
In high school she fell in love with historical romance and then contemporary romance. After graduating University with an English Literature degree, Victoria pursued a degree in Interior Design and then opened her own business. After her first child, Victoria knew it was time to fulfill her dream of writing romantic fiction.
Victoria is a hopeless romantic who is living her dream, penning happily-ever-after’s for her characters in between managing kids and the family business. Writing on a laptop in the middle of the country in a rambling old Victorian house would be ideal, but she’s quite content living in suburbia with her husband, their two young children, and very bad cat.
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