Thursday, June 18, 2020

The Rebel (Red's Tavern #2) by Raleigh Ruebins

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Everyone wants to be with an adult film star.
They clearly don’t know Liam Hardy like I do.

At first Liam was just a regular at the bar, and I was the clueless cowboy bartender keeping his glass full… then keeping him full in my bed at night. I had no idea he was about to blossom into a famous adult film star.

But he ripped through me like a storm, losing himself in reckless partying until I had to walk away. I left and opened my bar, Red’s Tavern, here in the middle of nowhere, Kansas.

I never expected to see Liam--all stormy-eyed, tattooed, and smoking hot--show up at my bar now, ten years after we’d cut things off. And it gets worse: he’s asking me to film an adult video with him for his new company. Two words: Hell. No. No matter how hot it sounds to ride in that rodeo again. No matter how much I want to fix that loneliness I’m noticing in his eyes.

My bar is the only boyfriend I need, and I’m plenty happy with my dogs, my old-west house, and my friends.

But I couldn’t help but kiss him. And now I’m aching for him and letting him film videos of me, doing things I’d never dreamed.

And I remember how perfectly we used to fit together, body and soul. Liam’s always been the only one who could get to me...

Like we were made to light each other the hell up.

My Rating - 4.5 Stars!

The Rebel by Raleigh Ruebins is a tender second chance romance with a chance for redemption. The second book in the Red's Tavern series, it is easily read as a standalone.

Liam knows he was wrong in the past, but he's back to see Red again. 
Liam's struggling to find himself, after years of losing his identity in porn and alcohol. I love that he's learning to live without alcohol. His struggles are realistic and well explored. I also enjoy his love of flowers.

As for Red, he's the owner of Red's Tavern and he's given up on love and sex. His whole focus is on keeping his struggling bar afloat.

Both men are troubled and the connection they develop is one that can save them. Their reunion isn't easy and forgiveness is not instant. But the attraction remains and the chemistry is still strong. I love these guys, both individually and together. 

Their story includes family issues and finding a life one actually values. It includes and asshole of an ex, a bar that needs a re-do, and a supportive best friend. And most of all, a romantic second chance at love.

I love the writing except for the dialogue. There are far too many "he said"s. That drives me crazy. Other than that, I love the author's ability to tell an intriguing story. The characters are well developed, flaws and all, and their journey is wonderful. 

The Rebel is a great story. This Raleigh Ruebins book is full of heart and has some fantastic character growth. Liam and Red's journey is perfect for anyone looking to lose themselves in a beautiful second chance romance. 

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