Published by Entangled Publishing, Entangled Publishing (Embrace) on February 20, 2017
Genres: College, Contemporary, Famous, New Adult, Road Trip, Second Chance Romance, Sports Romance
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He’s Landon Rhodes.The Renegade they call Nova.Twenty-two years old, sinfully gorgeous, broody, tatted-up, adrenaline junkie.Four-time X Games medalist —Full-time heartbreaker.
They say a girl broke him once—That’s why he’s so reckless, so driven, so careless with his conquests.But I’m that girl.They can call me his curse all they want.He and I both know the truth—He’s the one who destroyed me,And I’m not the sucker who will let that happen again.
I love this author. I love her writing, her well developed characters, her attention to detail and her thorough research. I also love how she never stops surprising me with the twists and turns of her stories. I also have to say, again, that she writes the swooniest heroes. You know that although flawed, when it comes to romance and being in love, her heroes are hands down the best of the best. And Landon (Nova) is no exception, this man is capital letters SWOONY!
Nova is book 2 in The Renegades series, which follows a team of daredevils while they’re studying abroad in a Semester at Sea type of program. I freaking love the concept of the series and as you know I loved Wilder (Book 2).
I have to say that Nova is not as exciting as Wilder. It’s a second chance romance, there’s a heavy history between the main characters and so the book has a more serious tone. Nevertheless, I enjoyed it a lot.
“Yeah, she’d been an eight. Problem was I wanted an eleven, and I only knew of one in the entire fucking world. One with hair blacker than night, a tight, toned body that had fit mine to a T, and almond-shaped chocolate eyes that made me forget my name, but never hers.”
So Landon aka Nova and Rachel have a lot of convoluted history. If you’ve read Wilder you know most of the story. If you haven’t, you can still read this as a standalone. Years back Nova did something really stupid that broke Rachel’s heart. Now they’re together and forced to share the same space since Rachel is now part of the Semester at Sea program with her best friend Leah (the h of Book 1).
We find out pretty quick that Landon is totally not over Rachel and he wants her back. There’s no wavering or hesitation. He wants her back and will pull all the stops to get her back.
“She was a puzzle I’d never figured out. She’d never bored me, always left me craving her, wanting more, and chasing her down. Given the physical reaction I’d had the minute I’d realized it was really her—the way my heart lurched toward hers like a damned magnet—it was safe to say that hadn’t changed.”
But Rachel is a tough cookie. Even though she clearly loves Landon she was pretty hurt by what he did so she will give him a really tough time. Her struggle is real.
“Everything was familiar and yet new. His scent was the same, the undertones of his skin unchanged by whatever cologne still managed to cling to his clothing. His voice still slid over my nerves like silk, his eyes the same ever-changing hazel that held me captive. His hands cupped my face with the same tenderness while the strength in his arms had only grown. He was my Landon underneath all that Nova, only ten times more… everything.”
So you know I love second chance romances, it’s hands down my favorite trope. And I love this author a lot, but I had a really hard time connecting and understanding Rachel as the story went on. I understand she was in a lot of pain and that she was badly hurt by Nova, but her actions sometimes didn’t match her thoughts. She does a lot of back and forth and plain refuses to listen like an adult, which makes her sound like a petulant child at times. She gave me serious whiplash. I felt like it dragged at parts. I was extremely frustrated by her, as was Nova.
“I was frustrated that she couldn’t just fucking talk to me like every other girl on the planet.”
But Landon/Nova, he was everything. He made the book for me. He’s sweet, he’s patient, he cares so much and he grovels like no other. He’s a man’s man, all actions to match his talk. Swoony to the max!
“God, she’d tasted like summer days in the middle of January, like hope, and home, and everything I’d been searching for since the last time I’d kissed her.”
“You’re it. You’ve always been it, and I don’t care if I have to prove it to you over the rest of this damn year—you’re the only girl I’m going to touch.”
“I’m not going anywhere. If I have to tell you that a million times before you’ll believe me, then I’ll do just that. You and me—we’re our own little infinity. Our forever is wrapped up in everything that’s between us.”
The romance is slow burning in this one because their backstory is super heavy but it definitely has some really hot moments. It’s also extremely romantic as all Rebecca’s books are. Definitely lots of feels!
“You chose me.”
“I always will.”
Overall, I liked this book a lot. Even though it has less action than Wilder, there were some pretty cool adventures I loved and some twists I never saw coming. And well Rebecca’s writing is always beautiful. Next up is Penna and I can’t wait! I’m dying to meet the guy that will steal the coolest Renegade’s heart. Absolutely recommend Nova!
“There was never a moment that I didn’t love you. There will never be a moment that I don’t love you. You can love me or not, but that will never change the way I belong to you.”
**An ARC was generously provided by Entangled Publishing in exchange for an honest review**